This program is designed for birdwatchers experienced or beginners.
This Amazing trip is through the Andes, the Manu road cloud forest, and the lowland rainforest on the turistic zone inside the MANU NATIONAL PARK. Also visit the biggest Macaw clay lick in Blanquillo and the famous Tapir clay lick on Maquisapayoj area both located outside of the Manu Park. On this tour you have the best options for wildlife observation.
DAY 1: CUSCO TO COCK OF THE ROCK LODGE OR MANU PARADISE LODGE:
5:00 am We will pick you up from your hotel in a private bus. Our first stop will be at the small lake in Huasao to look for the Yellow Crowned Night Heron. Our next stop is in Huacarpay Lake to look for the endemic birds like the Rusty fronted Canastero, Bearded Mountaineer and other wetland birds. During the trip, the bus goes via San Salvador road maximizing the possibilities for Chestnut Breasted Mountain Finch, Giant Coot, Crested Duck Creamy Crested Spinetail, White Tufted Sunbeam, Rufous Webbed Bush Tyrant Andean Hillstar and also we make a short visit to the Ninamarca’s Chullpas, these are pre-Inca cemetery. The trip will be around 13 hours approximately; the highest pass on this road is 4000 msl.
On this day, we’ll travel around over the Andes and over the Famous Cloud Forest which has interesting flora and fauna like de Andean Cock of the Rock, Golden Headed and Crested Quetzals, Red and white Antpitta, Rufous Antpitta and many mixed species flocks of Mountain Tanagers, Flowerpiercers, Bush Tanagers, Mountain Toucans and many more to see. In the late afternoon, we arrive to Cock of the Rock Lodge or Paradise Lodge rest in double rooms with private bathroom. Both places are very good locations for their Hummingbird feeders. Night walk for owl spotting. (B,L,D)
DAY 2: COCK OF THE ROCK LODGE OR PARADISE LODGE TO AMAZONIA LODGE:
Creamy crested Spinetail Cranioleuca albicapilla
After an early breakfast we go to see the lek of the Andean Cock of the Rock special place where the males get togheter for displaying or practicing their dance; After cheking more birds along the road we continue our trip by bus to Atalaya, stopping in the way in interesting places like Quitacalzon where we look for Ornate Flycatcher, White Bearded Manakin, Chontachaca area good spot for Black backed Tody Flycatcher,Cabani´s Spinetail, Emerald Toucanet also we make a short stop to see the place of the orchids. From Atalaya we take the boat to Amazonia Lodge with shared bathroom and hot shower. At night is possible to see Caimans. The night is spent at the Amazonia lodge. At night we go to look for Owls. B.L.D.
DAY 3: PARROT CLAY LICK AND MACHUWASI LAKE:
We leave very early to see the Parrot clay lick which is located twenty minutes down river from the lodge. The activity begins around 5:30 am with the Blue Headed and Yellow Crowned Parrots, also, the Blue Headed and the Chestnut fronted Macaws. The Parrots eat the clay which has minerals that helps the stomach digestion that is the reason why hundreds of Parrots, Parakeets and small Macaws come to this particular place. After the show of the Parrots, we go to Machuwasi Lake where we go on balsa raft looking for Kingfishers, the prehistoric bird call Hoatzin and the biggest rodent of the world the Capybaras. After Lunch we walk on the trails of Amazonia Lodge increasing our birding list. We stay at Amazonia Lodge in double rooms with share bathrooms and hot showers. At night we look for Owls.B.L.D.
DAY 4.- AMAZONIA LODGE TO HUMMINGBIRD LODGE IN BOCA MANU:
From Amazonia Lodge we continue our trip by motorize boat towards Boca Manu, in the way we will see interesting birds like Herons, Vultures, Macaws and many Flycatchers along the banks of the alto Madre de Dios River. The night is spent at the Hummingbird Lodge with private bathroom. Optional night walk to see Owls Tarantulas, insects, frogs, snakes etc. B.L.D.
DAY 5: HUMMINGBIRD LODGE BOCA MANU TO CASA MATSIGUENKA INSIDE THE MANU NATIONAL PARK:
We leave very early 5:00 am up the Manu River after 40 minutes we stop at Limonal Guard station and show our permission for the park. Ten minutes away from the station there is a swamp with many Mauritia palm trees which is a good place for Red bellied Macaws,Blue and yellow Macaws,Point tailed Palm Creeper, Lineated Woodpecker, Dusky headed Parakeet. Later we continue our boat trip for approximately 6 hours inside the Manu National Park. During the boat ride we have the best options to see the famous Jaguar, Capybaras, Caimans sleeping on the beach, Herons fishing at the edge of the Manu river, Macaws, Toucans, Vultures, Eagles and other species of birds which will show up along our trip.
We spend the night in the rustic casa Matsiguenka shared bathroom and shower. Night walk looking for Owls.
DAY 6: LAKE SALVADOR AND LAKE OTORONGO :
We leave very early to explore the impressive lake Salvador where it is possible to observe the Giant river otters (Pteronura brasiliensis), the biggest black Caimans, the different species of monkeys which inhabit Manu (13 species), Black faced Cotinga, Hoatzins, King Fishers, Agami Heron and many more species.
After lunch we visit lake Otorongo, here there is an 18 meters observation tower to appreciate the lake , also it is possible to observe another family of Giant river Otter that uses this lake. The trails are very interesting for tinamous, black faced Antthrush Band tailed Manakin and mixed species flocks. We spend the night in the rustic casa Matsiguenka shared bathroom and shower. Optional night walk.
DAY 7: PAKITZA BAMBOO TRAILS:
Barred Fruiteater Pipreola arcuata
Early morning we go to Pakitza Guard station and concentrate on terra firme looking for Bamboo specilist like Rufous headed Woodpecker, Manu Antbird, Striated Antbird, Flammulated Bamboo Tyrant, White cheeked Tody Flycatcher.Large headed Flatbill, Peruvian Recurvebill and others. This area is also special for Emperor Tamarin Monkeys, Saddle backed Tamarins and the rearest Goeldis Monky. After lunch we concentrate with mixed species flock in the trails close to the Matsiguenka lodge. At night we look for Owls.B.L.D
DAY 8: CASA MATSIGUENKA TO MAQUISAPAYOJ MANU BIRDING LODGE:
We will leave very early so we can have the best chance to try to see the rarest Jaguar, the best time to observe animals on the rain forest are early in the morning and late in the afternoon. The trip on the boat will be around 7 hours down the Manu and Madre de Dios River. In the way down always is possible to see some Hawks, Eagles and Kites soaring along the river. After arriving to Maquisapayoj we go to the tapir lick and spend the night there or if we have luck and see the tapir early we can spend the night at the Manu Birding lodge private bathroom and hot shower.
DAY 9.- MACAW CLAY LICK TOUCAN OBSERVATION TOWER AND TAPIR CLAY LICK:
4:30:00 am. We go to the Macaw clay Lick, the trip is 40 minutes by boat and 15 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 have another option for the Tapir lick in case we did not have luck; or visit the Toucan observation Tower we will climb on the 31 meters tower, this is a very good place for the marvelous Toucans like White throated and Channel billed Toucans, Curl crested Aracari, White bellied Parrots, Amazonian pygmy Owl, Red billed Pied Tanager, White browed Purpletuft and canopy mixed species flocks. . At night we chek for Owls B.L.D.
DAY 10.- 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 17:00 Hrs. Transfer from the airport to your hotel and dinner by your own.
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.
-Entrance to the Manu National Park.
-Entrance to the Toucan observation Tower.
– Cook & food (vegetarian on request) and drinking water.
– First Aid Kit, extractor (for poison)
– Bite Away for mosquito bites.
– Antidote for snake bite.
– Radio communication.
– Rubber boots.
– Alcoholic drinks, sodas, etc.
– Airport tax aprox 6 USD
TOUR PRICE PER PERSON: (BUS/BUS):
01 person: $ 6,520.00 USD per person
02 persons: $ 3,710.00 USD per person
03 persons: $ 2,955.00 USD per person
04 persons: $ 2,580.00 USD per person
05 persons or more: $ 2,320.00 USD per person
TOUR PRICE PER PERSON: (BUS/FLIGHT):
01 person: $ 6,765.00 USD per person
02 persons: $ 3,925.00 USD per person
03 persons: $ 3,160.00 USD per person
04 persons: $ 2,780.00 USD per person
05 persons or more: $ 2,530.00 USD per person
THINGS YOU SHOULD FOR THE MANU 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 (Leica, Zeiss, 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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