Manu Birding Tours 5 Days / 4 Nights
Five days of bird watching in the high mountains, wetlands, cloud forest and Amazonian jungle between Cusco and Manu National Park. You’ll see many endemic species including the Cock-of-the-Rock, Peru’s national bird. Transport, meals and lodging for four nights are included.
DÍA 1: CUSCO A PARADIESE LODGE
Early departure from the highland city of Cusco. Today’s destination is the lush cloud forest region where the Andes meet the Amazon basin. Our first stop is Huacarpay, a mountain wetland habitat, with numerous bird species such as the endemic Bearded Mountaineer, Rusty-fronted Canastero as well as non-endemic flycatchers, coots, teals, egrets, hummingbirds, raptors, and seedeaters. Between the Cusco Valley and the Paucartambo valley we’ll stop to look for two more endemic birds, the colorful Chesnut- breasted Mountain Finch and the Creamy-crested Spinetail. We will reach a maximum altitude of 3,900m (12,790ft) before we start down through forested cliffs, waterfalls and gorges. Some of the stops along the way include mountain villages, a hilltop necropolis with chullpas (pre-Inca burial chambers), The ridge top of Ajanaco marks our final high point in the Andes. On a clear day, we’ll see a breathtaking panorama of cloud forest and mountains giving way to the lowland Amazonian rainforest far below us.
After a picnic lunch we descend through the rapidly changing habitat characteristic of the tropical Andes. We move through grassland, stunted trees and elfin forest with mixed-species flocks of mountain tanagers, metaltails, tyrannulets, flower piercers and tapaculos. Next is the cloud forest with giant ferns, monster begonias, countless orchids and bromeliads. There’s a good chance we’ll see the Inca Flycatcher (endemic) and more mixed-species flocks of tanagers, fruiteaters, quetzals, the Solitary and Black-and-Chesnut eagles.
As dusk arrives on Manu Road we may see one of the most rare and unique birds in the world – the Lyre-tailed Nightjar. Paradise lodge
DAY 2: PARADIESE LODGE
After an early morning bird walk and breakfast we’ll drive to El Mirador (Union Lookout) to look for mixed-species flocks of Blue-necked Tanagers, Paradise Tanagers, Bush Tanagers, Slaty-capped Flycatchers, Slate-throated red stars, Olive-backed and Mountain woodcreepers, Mountain Foliage Gleaners, Blue-banded and Chesnut-tipped toucanets, Crimson-bellied and Golden Olive woodpeckers, and Highland Motmots. El Mirador is a great place to spot raptors as well.
Back to the lodge for lunch and time to enjoy the garden, home to at least six species of hummingbirds, the Booted Racket-tail, and Wire-crested Thorntail.
We’ll set aside some time to visit a lek in the cloud forest to observe the Cock-of-the-Rock, the national bird of Peru. We’ll get a chance to watch the colorful males dance to attract the females.
DAY 3: PARADIESE LODGE – ESTANCIA AMAZONICA LODGE
After breakfast we continue our journey in the cloud forest – through trees, waterfalls, and dramatic ravines – to the Andean foothills and bamboo forest. Here we’ll look for species like the Dusky-cheeked Foliage-gleaner, Red-billed Scythebill, Chesnut-backed Antstrike, Foothill Antwren, White-backed Fire-eye etc. visit a coca plantation and learn about this plant and its many medicinal uses. We continue on to the port town of Atalaya where we will meet our boat for our river ride Two hours down along the Alto Madre de Dios, one of the southernmost tributaries of the Amazon River.
in this way we will stop to visit Machuwasi (lake) and with the help of our Telescope we will appreciate many families of hoatzins (primitive bird), horned screamer, hawk, herons,etc after visit the beautiful lake we continue boat ride down river to estancia amazónico lodge.
DAY 4: ESTANCIA AMAZONICO LODGE
We’ll spend two days at the comfortable and traditional ESTANCA AMAZONICO LODGE run by the welcoming Quispe family. After breakfast we will explore the bamboo forest that holds an unique collection of birds such as; White checked tody-flycatcher, yellow tyrannulet, red billed scythebill, pavonie cuckoo, bamboo antshrike, blackish antbird, dot winged antwren, dusky checked foliage gleaner and the Black backed tody flycatcher, yellow billed nunbird after that we will explore the second growth forest to observe the blue headed Macaw, Chestnut fronted Macaw, Fiery capped Manakin, White eyed parakeet, Chestnut backed Antshrike, Golden Tanager, black hawk eagle , and much more.after lunch we will visit our amazonian garden where . attract numerous hummingbird species including the Rufous-crested Coquette, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Blue-tailed Emerald, Black-eared Fairy, Wire-crested Thorntail, Amethyst Woodstar and the endemic Kopeck’s Hermit.in the afternoon we will visit a virgin forest to continue our birds waching. At night we will have a greater chances to see common Pauraque and the spectacled owl etc
DAY 5: ESTANCIA AMAZONICO LODGE TO CUSCO
After breakfast, we’ll take the boat back to Atalaya, get back on Manu Road and continue our bird watching. The landscape will change as we climb and move through the cloud and elfin forests. We’ll have a good chance to see Mountain Tanagers, Chat Tyrants, and elaenias. We’ll have a box lunch along the way as we move through the magical landscape toward Cusco. The trip ends when we drop you back at your hotel in Cusco.
- Birding Guide with telescope
- Tour Transport (van & Boat)
- Entrances fees
- 3 meals a day.
- 3 nights lodge at Guadalupe Lodge and Cock of the Rock Lodge (Private Toilets and Hot showers, electricity, rocking seat that overlooks the garden)
- Mineral water + Snacks
- Rubber boots + Duffel bags
- Alcoholic drinks
- Day 1 Breakfast / Day 5 Dinner
- Packing list
Here is a list of items that are helpful for your journey to Manu Jungle
- Insect repellent
- Personal hygiene products
- Camera, film, and extra batteries
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Battery operated alarm clock
- Socks (bring extra)
- Undergarments (bring extra)
- At least 1 pair nylon shorts
- Walking or sport shorts
- 1 pair lightweight pants (for mosquito protection)
- 1 lightweight long-sleeved shirt
- 1 windbreaker or rain jacket
- Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots
- Sport sandals or water shoes (for walking inside the lodge)