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BIRDING PROGRAM 11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS
The Andean slopes, the Cloud Forest and the lowland forest of Manu are considered the best and most interesting places for birdwatching.
In Manu you can find 60 species of Hummingbirds, 7 species of Macaws, 10 species of Toucans, 70 species of Antbirds and more than 80 species of Tanagers and a wide variety of Flycatchers .
The maximum size of the group is 7 people for one guide while walking on the trails.
DAY 1.- CUSCO TO PILLAHUATA:
Early in the morning we begin in Huacarpay lake (30 min. from Cusco) where we will see a variety of high Andean birds. Here we look for Wren-like Rushbird, Many-colored Rush-Tyrant, Puna Ibis, Andean Gull, Andean Negrito, Aplomado Falcon, American Kestrel, Cinereous Harrier, Red-Backed Hawk, Black-Chested Buzzard-Eagle and Chilean Flamingo. The impressive endemic birds around this lake are the Bearded Mountaineer, Rufous-Fronted Canastero and Streak-Fronted Thornbird.
After this stop we continue the trip. While driving through the Andes we always stop, when we see some flock of birds. Acjanaco at 3450 meters is a good place for lunch and to start Birdwatching down the road. These are the common ones: Gray-breasted Mountain Toucan, Andean Guan, Hooded and Scarlet Bellied Mountain Tanagers, a wide variety of Hummingbirds, Collared Jay, Mountain Cacique, Fruiteaters and Flycatchers. The camp site for the night is in Pillahuata at 2743 m.
DAY 2.- EXPLORING AROUND PILLAHUATA:
On this day we explore the trails and walk along the road increasing our birding list.
DAY 3.- PILLAHUATA TO SAN PEDRO:
On this day we go down the road into the Cloud Forest where the chances for seeing birds are very high, especially for Tanagers, Redstars, Hummingbirds, Flycatchers, Furnariids and others.
DAY 4.- EXPLORING AROUND SAN PEDRO:
Early in the morning we go to observe - from the special made platform - the famous Cock of the Rocks at the lek, and afterwards we explore the trails increasing our birding list.
DAY 5.- SAN PEDRO TO AMAZON LODGE:
Continuing down the road towards Atalaya (650m) we have the chance to see the Amazonian Umbrellabird, Versicolored Barbet, Black and Chestnut Eagle and the beautifull Quetzals, and many other birds of different species.
DAY 6.- EXPLORING AMAZON LODGE:
There are many good trails for birding purposes around Amazon Lodge. Situated at the foothills of the Andes this place puts together the lowland birds and upper tropical birds.
DAY 7.- AMAZON TO MANU BIOSTATION:
On this day we travel by boat down the Upper Madre de Dios River and arriving to the junction with the Manu River where the Madre de Dios river begins. Birdwatching traveling by boat is very good, there are Vultures, Macaws, Herons, Egrets, Cormorants, Terns and others. We camp on the covered platform of Manu BioStation.
DAY 8.- EXPLORING MANU BIOSTATION:
Early in the morning we walk half an hour to the Blanco Macaw Clay Lick and watch as flocks of Parakeets, Parrots and Macaws arrive to eat the clay at the lick. In the afternoon we go to Blanco Lake looking for Giant River Otters and lake birds like Hoatzins, Kingfishers, Flycatchers, Grebes and others. On the Tower of Camungo Lake - 42 m high!
DAY 9.-EXPLORING AROUND BIOSTATION:
Today we explore the bamboo trails searching for Peruvian Recurvebill , Rufous-headed Woodpecker, White-cheeked Tody Tyrant Manu Antbird, and other Bamboo specialists.
DAY 10.- EXPLORING MAQUISAPAYOJ MAMMAL SALT LICK:
Today we walk on the trails around Maquisapayoj, increasing our birding list. This night we spend at the platform close to the mammal salt lick where we have a big chance to see Tapirs, Deers, and Pacas (rodent).
DAY 11.- MAQUISAPAYOJ TO CUSCO:
Early on the morning we come back to Boca Manu Airstrip and fly back to Cusco (45 min.). Transfer to your hotel. End of service.
The Tour Includes:
Specialized Manu birding guide
Food (3 meals per day, vegetarian on request)
Private bus and boat transportation
Camping equipment, mosquito netting (except your personal sleeping bag)
Entrance to Macaw Clay Lick, Mammal Salt Lick
Flight out (to Cusco)
The birding program is available with the nights camping or in lodges.
Price per Person With Lodges
2 persons: 2383 US $
3 persons: 1889 US $
4 persons: 1662 US $
5 persons: 1483 US $
6 persons: 1373 US $
7 + persons: 1320 US $
Prices per Person in Camping
2 persons: 2242 US $
3 persons: 1705 US $
4 persons: 1465 US $
5 persons: 1323 US $
6 persons: 1120 US $
7 + persons: 1100 US $
Things you should bring for the Manu Trip:
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