Manu Amazon Birds Watch 10 days
This program is recommended for ornithologists and tourists interested in bird watching in the Andes, cloud forest, high Amazon rainforest, and low Amazon rainforest.
The Amazon rainforest is by far one of the world’s most attractive destination for birders, from 3490 m.a.s.l. at the first check point of Manu National Park (Ajanacu) down to the low Amazon basin at 280 m.a.s.l. This great range of altitudes makes Manu home to more than 1,000 bird species.
Birds Watch Day 1: Cusco – Huacarpay – Huayquecha Biological Station .
Today we leave at 5:30 am from your hotel and head towards Laguna Huacarpay, which will take approximately 45 minutes. We will be able to see the ENDEMIC Bearded Mountaineer, which is a special hummingbird found in this area. It is not the only hummingbird you can see in the region of Cusco, but it does not exist in any other region of the world. We can also observe many other types of birds such as: Plumbeous rail, Cinnamon teal, Puna teal, Yellow billed pintail, White tufted grebe, Cinereous harrier, Black chested buzzard Eagle, Streak fronted thornbird, Many colored rush tyrant, Rusty fronted canastero and creamy crested spinetail which are also ENDEMIC birds, and many others. Afterwards, we will have a quick breakfast and then continue looking for more birds around the lake. Later we will take the bus to Manu. We will then arrive at the highest part of the tour to have lunch at the entrance of Manu National Park (3565 masl.) From here we will enter the cloud forest to see tanagers, hummingbirds, antpittas, tyranulets, flycatchers, toucans and toucanets and many other bird species. We will arrive at Huayquecha Lodge around 4:30pm. At night before we go to bed we will look for Swallow tailed nightjars.
Birds Wach Day 2: Huayquecha Biological Station – All Day Waching Birds.
We will start our day at 5:40am to observe birds at an elevation of 3600 masl. In this area we can see birds such as: Puna thistleail, Rufous Antpitta, Puna Tapaculo, Greal sapphirewing, Yungas pygmy Owl, Red crested cotinga, Barred fruiteater, Buff Brested Mountain Tanager, Hooded Moumtain Tanager, Grass green Tanager, Golden plumed Parakeet, Scaly naped Parrot, Moustached plowerpiercer, Rufous Bellied Bush tyrant, Sedge wren, Scarlet Bellied Mountain Tanager, White browed conebill, Three striped Hemispingus, Line fronted Canastero, Scribble tailed canastero, and many more birds. Then we will return to our lodge at Huayquecha for lunch and a short break. In the afternoon we will look for: White winged Black tyrant, Rufous capped thornbill, Plushcap, Crimson mantled woodpecker, Trilling tapaculo, Gray breasted Mountain Toucan, and Blue capped tanager. At night after dinner we will again look for Swallow tailed nightjars.
Birds Wach Day 3: Huayquecha Biological Station – Cock of the Rock Lodge .
Today we will head to Cock of the Rock Lodge. On the way we will search for birds such as: Golden collared tanager, Grass green Tanager, Scaled metaltail, Mountain Cacique, white collared jay, Barred parakeet, Barred fruiteater, Band tailed fruiteater, Marcapata Spinetail , Red and white antpitta, Blue Banded Toucanet, Hooded Mountain Tanager, Black and Chestnut Eagle, Black solitary Eagle, White throated Antpitta, Slaty Tanager, Slaty Backed Chat tyrant, Fulvos Wren, Chestnut crested Cotinga, Crested Quetzal, Golden Headed Quetzal, Black Streaked Puffbird, Yellow Throated Tanager, Buff Breasted Mountain Tanager, Superciliary Hemispingus, and many more. At night we will look for Rufous-bellied Nighthawk.
Birds Wach Day 4: Cock of the Rock Lodge – All Day Waching Birds .
In order to visit the “Lek” of the Peruvian National Bird called the Andean Cock of the Rock we will have to start the day very early in the morning. At the lek we can see the “Gallito de las Rocas” displaying; besides the Andean Cock of the Rock we can also see species such as: White crowned Tapaculo, Yungas Manakin, Crested Quetzal, versicolored Barbed, Orange Eared Tanager, Highland Motmot, and many more. After the morning activity, we will return to the lodge for breakfast then go for a walk along a trail to see more birds such as: Slaty Gnateater, Chestnut breasted Wren, Cinnamon faced Tyranulet, Spotted Nightingale Thrush, Amazonian Ambrella Bird, Tyrannine Woodcreeper, Masked Trogon, Crimson Bellied Woodpecker, Black Streaked puffbird, Paradise Tanager, Saffron Crowned Tanager, Golden Tanager, Brown Tinamou, and possibly monkeys. Later we will return to the lodge for lunch. Around the lodge we have flowers that attract hummingbirds; in total we will be able to see around 13 species of them: Booted Racket Tail, Wire crested Thorntail, Gree Hermit, Buff Tailed Sicklebill, Many Spotted Hummingbird, Violet Fronted Brilliant, White Bellied Woodstar, Peruvian Piedtail, long Tailed Sylph, Wedge Billed Hummingbird, Speckled Hummingbird, Fawn Breasted Brilliant, and common Sparkling Violetear are the species of humming birds we can see. After lunch we will take another walk along the road to see the Lyre Tailed Nightjar and the Rufusent Screech Owl. Then we will return to the lodge to have dinner.
Birds Wach Day 5: Cloud Forest Cock of the Rock Lodge to Amazonia Lodge Manu Park .
After breakfast we will drive towards our third lodge. On the way we will have chances to observe birds like the Ornate flycatcher, Lanceolated monklet, Peruvian piedtail, Black backed tody flycatcher, Black faced tanager, blue headed Macaw, Chestnut fronted Macaw, Fiery capped Manakin, White eyed parakeet, Chestnut backed Antshrike, Golden Tanager, Orange eared Tanager, black solitary eagle, and much more. When we reach Atalaya, we will switch our transportation and start cruising down river for about 15 minutes. At the lodge we will be able to see: Rufous crested coquette, Violet headed humminbird, Golden tailed sapphire, koepcke´s Hermit, Amethyst woodstar, Rufous webbed Brilliant, and Gould´s jewelfront. Along the trails we can see: Amazonian Antpitta, Blue headed macaw, Great Tinamou , Spot back antbird ,Hoalzin, Sungrebe, Chestnut capped puffbird among other birds. After dinner we will return to the trail to observe owls such as: Tawny bellied screech owl, Long tailed potoo, Black bandad owl, Great potoo, and Band Bellied owl.
Birds Wach Day 6: Amazonia Lodge Manu Park – All Day Waching Birds .
This day we will start our day after breakfast and do some birding along the trail as well as from a observation tower where we may see canopy bird species such as: Plum throated Cotinga, Spangled Cotinga, Opal rumped tanager, Turquoise tanager, Round tailed Manakin, Striolared puffbird, Half collared Gnatwren, Tawny-throated Leaftosser, Razor billed Corassow, Military Macaw, and much more. Then we will return to the lodge for lunch before hiking into another trail to observe: Scarlet Hooded Barbet, Lemon throated Barbet, Buff Throated Woodcreeper, Red Billed Tyranulet, Fine Barred Piculet, Double Toothed Kite, Undulated Tinamou, Rufous breasted Piculnet, and Plain browed Woodcreeper, Blue crowned Trogon, Red Throated Caracara, chestnut fronted Macaw, Black Capped Tinamou, cinereous Tinamou, Bluish fronted Jacamar, Pygmy Antwren, Goldi’s Antbird, and others. Late in the afternoon we will return to the lodge for dinner.
Birds wach Day 7: Amazonia Lodge Manu to Pantiacolla lodge Manu park .
Today we will continue traveling down the river in our motor boat for 3 hours towards Pantiacolla Lodge to observe the following species: Great Jacamar, Black faced Antbird, Blue crowned Manakin, Chestnut eared Aracarí, Curl crested Aracari, White fronted Nunbird, White Flanked Antwren, Long winged Antwren, Gray Antwren, Bluish Slate Antshrike, and Plain winged Antshrike. After lunch we will have some free time. After this deserved break, we will walk through a bamboo forest to look for: Peruvian Recurvebill, Rufous Headed Woodpecker, White Throated Jacamar, Manu Antbird, White line Antbird, Bamboo Antshrike, Goldi’s Antbird, Striated Antbird, White cheeked Tody Tyrant, Scarlet Hooded Barbet, and some other species. At night, after dinne,r we will walk through the forest to look for some owl species.
Birds Wach Day 8: Pantiacolla Lodge Manu park – All Day Waching Birds.
Today we will be able to see the following species along the trails: Royal Flycatcher, purple Throated Fruitcrow, Amazonian Barred Woodcreeper, Elegant Woodcreeper, Black Banded Woodcreeper, Rusty Breasted tapaculo, Ash throated Gnateater, Bare Necked Fruitcrow, Band Tailed Manakin, Round Tailed Manakin, Johannes’s tody Tyrant, white eyed Antwren, white crested spadebill, Ringed Antpipit, Black tailed leaftosser, Red Necked Woodpecker, Black bellied Cuckoo, Cream Colored Woodpecker, Yellow Backed tanager, Paradise Tanager, Red crowned Ant Tanager, Golden Collared toucanet, White throated toucan, Sooty Antbird, Black Spotted Bare eye, White throated Antbird, Pale winged trumpeter, Barred Forest Falcon, Black and white Hawk eagle, Ornate Hawk Eagle, Slate colored Hawk.
Birds Wach Day 9: Pantiacolla Lodge Manu Park – A ll Day Waching Birds .
Today we will be able to see the following species along the trail during our long hike: Orange Breasted Falcon, Black Tinamou, Great Tinamou, Gray Tinamou, Bay Headed tanager, Opal rumped Tanager, Blue Naped Chlorophonia, Hairy crested Antbird, and others.
Birds Wach Day 10: Pantiacolla Lodge Manu – Returno Cusco .
On our final day, we make our way back to Cusco after breakfast. We will first take a boat to Atalaya where we will catch a bus to return to Cusco. While en-route we will make several stops to observe any birds we may have missed. We will reach Cusco around 5pm.
NOTE: Close to Pantiacolla Lodge there is a Macaw and Parrot Clay Lick; this is a clay wall along the riverside where different species of parrots and macaws come down each morning to extract necessary minerals for their dietary balance. The Parakeets, Amazon Parrot, the Blue headed Parrot, Chestnut fronted Macaw, and the Blue Headed Macaw provide an unforgettable pallet of colored wildlife. This activity can be done any time between the 8th and 9th day.
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