Birding Manu Blanquillo 5 days is a birdwatching tour for people who wants to concentrate and see the lowland birds including the canopy and understory mix species flocks, the impressive Macaw lick, the lakeside birds and the tapir clay lick. The main targets on this tour are the elusive birds like the black face Cotinga and rufous fronted Antthrush, the largest Macaws, Toucans and Aracaris, Antbirds, woodpeckers, woodcreepers, Hummingbirds, Owls and Potoos . This program is designed for birdwatchers experienced or beginners to enjoy patiently.
BIRDING MANU BLANQUILLO 5 DAYS ITINERARY:
DAY 1.- CUSCO TO TAMBO BLANQUILLO LODGE:
02:30 am departure time. We take a trip of 15 hours in a private bus and boat (with short stops) from Cusco, ascending the Pirhuayani High Pass 4725 m (15583 feet). After a short stop on the high pass, to see the spectacular mountains, we descend the eastern slopes of the Andes through cloud forest with lush vegetation (ferns, orchids, bromeliads etc.) to the lowland rainforest on the Inambari River, after crossing the river we take another car for one hour from Puerto Carlos to Colorado village. Here the boat is waiting for us and will take us 4 hours up the Madre de Dios River to Tambo Blanquillo Lodge.
Today we enjoy the changing landscape and have the opportunity to see wildlife along the rocky banks of the river, such as Cocoi Herons, Purplish Jays, Skimmers, Vultures, caimans and some of the 15 species of monkeys that live in Manu. Late afternoon, we arrive to Tambo Blanquillo Lodge, the night is spent in double rooms with share bathroom and hot showers. Nght walk to look for Owls.
DAY 2.- MACAW CLAY LICK AND CAMUNGO LAKE:
5:00 am. We go to the macaw clay Lick, the trip is 10 minutes by boat and 20 minutes walking to the special observation hideaway. We have our breakfast at the hideout. The activity begins around 5:30 am with the small parrots and later the big macaws. The Parrots eat the clay which has minerals that helps the stomach digestion that is the reason why hundreds of parrots parakeets and macaws come to this particular place.
After lunch, we visit Camungo Lake we will climb on the 42 meters tower, this is a very good place to observe the marvelous toucans, great Potoo sleeping next to the tower. We go on the catamaran and have the chance for Purus Jacamar, Black billed Seed-Finch and the Giant River Otters. Return to the lodge at Tambo Blanquillo. Night walk to look for Owls.
DAY 3.- BLANCO LAKE AND TAPIR CLAY LICK:
Very early, we visit Blanco lake, here we look for the Agami Heron, the nocturnal boat billed Heron, Amazonian streaked-Antwren, horned Screamers, the prehistoric bird called hoatzin, snail kites, Black collared Hawk and the family of the Giant river otters that uses very often this lake, also this is an interesting place to observe , brown throated three toed sloth, red howler monkey, squirrel monkey, white fronted capuchin, brown capuchin and other species that inhabit this lake.
After lunch, we will go to the next lodge Manu birding lodge (ex-Maquisapayoj lodge) with private bathroom and hot shower. Then, we walk through primary rain forest for 1 hour to the Tapir lick; here there is an especial observation platform to see the Tapir (Tapirus terrestris). The tapirs are usually active at night for this reason we have mosquito nets with mattress and blankets to spend the night.
DAY 4.- MAQUISAPAYOJ TRAILS:
On this day, we explore the trails of the lodge, we look for Antbirds, Manakins at their leks, Bamboo specialists like Rufous headed woodpecker, Peruvian Recurvebill, Bamboo Anshrike, White cheeked Tody Flycatcher, Large headed Flatbill also we will see monkeys like black spider monkey, monk Saki, emperor and saddle backed Tamarin. Again we can have another last option for the tapirs in case we did not have luck or look for Owls at night.
DAY 5.- MAQUISAPAYOJ TO CUSCO OR LIMA:
Early in the morning, we start with our return trip to Cusco, first by boat to Colorado village and then by car to Puerto Carlos, after crossing the Inambari River, we take our private bus to Cusco, we will be arriving around 19:00 hours and leave you at your hotel. For the people who wants to fly, from Puerto Carlos we take them by another car 2.30 hours to Puerto Maldonado airport and take the last flight arriving to Lima around 18:00 Hrs. Transfer from the airport to your hotel and dinner by your own.
BIRDING MANU BLANQUILLO 5 DAYS TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:
– Professional Birding Guide with telescope, Birds of Peru book and bird sounds.
– Private boat and bus transport.
– Return flight ticket to Lima (If you have paid for that program)
– Entrance fees to Macaw clay lick,Tapir lick, Blanco & Camungo Lakes.
– Cook & food (vegetarian on request) and drinking water.
– First Aid Kit, extractor (for poison)
– Bite Away for mosquito bites.
– Antidote for snake bite.
– Rubber boots.
BIRDING MANU BLANQUILLO 5 DAYS TOUR PRICE NOT INCLUDED:
– Alcoholic drinks, sodas, etc.
– Airport tax aprox 6 USD
BIRDING MANU BLANQUILLO 5 DAYS TOUR PRICE PER PERSON: (BUS/BUS):
01 person: $ 2,670.00 USD per person
02 persons: $ 1,560.00 USD per person
03 persons: $ 1,345.00 USD per person
04 persons: $ 1,155.00 USD per person
05 persons or more: $ 1,050.00 USD per person
BIRDING MANU BLANQUILLO 5 DAYS TOUR PRICE PER PERSON: (BUS/FLIGHT TO LIMA):
01 person: $ 2,920.00 USD per person
02 persons: $ 1,775.00 USD per person
03 persons: $ 1,550.00 USD per person
04 persons: $ 1,355.00 USD per person
05 persons or more: $ 1,260.00 USD per person
BIRDING MANU BLANQUILLO 5 DAYS THINGS YOU SHOULD BRING FOR THE TRIP.
– Mosquito repellent
– Long sleeved shirts
– Cotton socks
– Hiking shoes
– Sandals or light shoes to change
– Rain gear (rain poncho is ok)
– Sweater ( in case we have coldfront)
– Long pants
– Binoculars very important the best ones are (Zeiss, Leica, Swarovski, Nikon, Bushnell) 8×32, 10×40, 10×42
– Camera and extra batteries
– Camera charger
– Dry bag back pack.
– Personal things like toothbrush, etc
– Hat (or handkerchief)
– Sun blocker, sun glasses
– Flashlight LED Lenser H7 – 200 Lumens – Head torch
– Water bottle ( min. 1 l)
– Day pack
– Original passport
– Money (Soles) for soft drinks, handicrafts and tips
– Bite away very important for travelling in Peru
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