CENTRAL ROUTE
AND BOSQUE UNCHOG
10 DAYS

IQUITOS AND ALLPAHUAYO - MISHANA
11 DAYS

MANU CLOUD
FOREST
7 DAYS
MANÚ
NATIONAL PARK
15 DAYS
MANÚ NATIONAL PARK
AND MACHUPICCHU
10 DAYS
NORTH-EAST
ROUTE
12 DAYS
NORTH-EAST ROUTE AND
MARAÑON VALLEY
18 DAYS
TAMBOPATA
RESERVE
8 DAYS
Abra Málaga
Huacarpay Lagoon
Lomas de Lachay
Machupicchu Area
Paracas and Ballestas Island
Villa Marshes





MANÚ NATIONAL PARK 15 DAYS

 

This tour is designed to explore the area with greatest biodiversity on the planet, where over 20,000 varieties of plants, 1000 species of birds, 200 mammals and a still undetermined number of reptiles, amphibians and insects coexist. We will cross the National Park birding at almost all altitudes between 3300 and 200 mts. over the sea level.

DAY 1.- CUSCO - PILLAHUATA.
We leave Cusco at 6.00 am in a private car. En route to the village of Paucartambo, you can see species such as Mountain Caracara, American Kestrel, Aplomado Falcon, Greenish Yellow-finch and Black-tailed Trainbearer. At noon we will reach the gates of Acjanaco (3300mts), from where we will start the descent to the lowlands of Manu. We will spend the afternoon birding at high altitudes. Here you can see Andean Pygmy-owl, White-collared Jay, Grass-green Tanager, Golden-collared Tanager, Hooded Mountain-tanager, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-tanager, Masked Flowerpiercer, Grey-breasted Mountain-toucan, Puna Thistletail and several species of hummingbirds.
Overnight in camp and lunch box meals.



DAY 2.- PILLAHAUTA - SAN PEDRO.
After breakfast we will go down the road to San Pedro, making several stops and walks to see birds like Golden-crowned Flycatcher, Golden-collared Honeycreeeper, White-winged Tanager, Yellow-throated Bush-tanager, Golden-headed Quetzal, Scaled Metaltail, White-bellied Woodstar, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Bar-bellied Woodpecker, Barred Fruiteater, Band-tailed Fruiteater, White-throated Tyrannulet, Ochraceous-breasted Flycatcher, Barred Becard, etc...
Arrive at the San Pedro area by evening. Overnight in camp and lunch box meals.

DAYS 3 AND 4.- COCK-OF-THE-ROCK LODGE.
We will birding near the river and on the road throughout the morning, before settling in at the Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge for lunch. In these days we will see mid-altitude montane species such as Blue-banded Toucanet, Olive-backed Woodcreeper, Montane Woodcreeper, Spotted Barbtail, Montane Foliage-gleaner, Crested Quetzal, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Uniform Antshrike, Variable Antshrike, Paradise Tanager, Golden Tanager, Dusky-green Oropendola, and Versicolored Barbet. In this area you can also see two species of primates and other mammals such as squirrels and Tayra. In the gardens of the Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge can see and photograph a variety of hummingbirds as Green-fronted Lancebill, Wedge-Billed Hummingbird, Violet-Fronted Brilliant, Booted Racket-tail and Wire-Crested Thorntail, among others. In the afternoon (first day) we will go to the lek of the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock to watch the males during their mating dance.
The first hours of the second day will be used in walking the trails of the lodge in search of Antbirds, Antshrihes and Antpittas. We will return to the lodge for breakfast and spend the morning in the garden (The order of these activities can be changed depending on the weather). In the afternoon we will continue looking for birds from the road or return to the lek if necessary.
Overnight and meals at the Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge.


DAY 5.-COCK OF THE ROCK LODGE - AMAZONIA LODGE.
Very early we continue the decline in vehicle. In this path we can see species of lowlands and secondary forest as Swallow Tanager, Turquoise Tanager, Green-and-gold Tanager, Blue-crowned Trogon, Bat Falcon, Yellow-shouldered Grosbeak, Golden-collared Honeycreeeper, Speckled Chachalaca, Barred Forest-falcon, White-rumped Hawk and Black Solitary Eagle. At noon we arrive at the port of Atalaya where we will continue our journey in a boat with outboard motor. After about thirty minutes by boat, we reach the path leading to the Amazonia Lodge where we will use the remaining light available to see some local birds of great interest.
Dinner and overnight at Amazonia Lodge.

DAY 6.-AMAZONIA LODGE.
We will spend the day in the Amazonia Lodge to explore the different routes. The terrain of this lodge includes different habitats, which gives us good opportunities to see birds such as Great Antshrike, Royal Flycatcher, Chestnut-eared Aracary, Spangled Cotinga, Ringed Woodpecker, Amazon Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher and many others. In addition, the lodge has a large garden where you can find the Golden-tailed Sapphire, Blue-tailed Emerald, Rufous-Crested Coquette, Green Hermit, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Gould´s Jewelfront, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, Black-tailed Trogon, Lemon-throated Barbet, Scarlet-hooded Barbet and Ivory-billed Araçary.
We can also do a night walk in search of the Great Potoo, Spectacled Owl and Common Pauraque.
Overnight and meals at the lodge.
DAY 7.-AMAZONIA LODGE-PANTIACOLLA LODGE.
In the morning we will cross the Alto Madre de Dios River to visit the small Cocha Machuwasi, a bend in the river long abandoned and is now a lagoon which is accessed by a path that we will travel looking for birds such as the Manu Antbird, Buckley’s Forest-falcon, Wattled Guan, Pheasant Cuckoo, Koepcke’s Hermit, Ferruginous Pygmy-owl and Yellow-browed Tody-flycatcher.
Once we get to the lake, we will get on a pole driven raft from which we can look closely at the strange Hoatzin, akin to the ancient bird Archaeopteryx. This species makes a digestion similar to ruminants, flies only short stretches and their chicks have claws on the wings with which they can climb the branches. Other species typical of this habitat; Striated Heron, Cocoi Heron, Rufescent-tiger Heron, Sungrebe, Red-capped Cardinal, Horned Screamer, Watled Jacana and many more. After lunch (box lunch) we will climb into the boat and descend the river bound for Pantiacolla Lodge. Along this river path we can see birds such as Collared Plover, Fasciated Tiger-heron, Military Macaw, Large-billed Tern and Yellow-billed Tern, among others. We will arrive to Pantiacolla Lodge where we may still have time to make an initial tour of the trails. Dinner and overnight at Pantiacolla Lodge.
DAYS 8, 9.- PANTIACOLLA.
During these two days, we will walk in all different trails around Pantiacolla Lodge because here we have ten different routes for bird watching. We will tour, among others, the Tinamou Trail, Araçari Trail, Oropendola Trail, Pichico Trail y Capybara Trail. We will not establish a set order for these walks because we will plan according to the activity of birds we encounter. On paths (and garden) you can see birds such as Red-throated Caracara, Spix´s Guan, Blue-throated Piping-guan, Sunbittern, Dark-billed Cuckoo, Grey-breasted Sabrewing, Festive Coquette, Great Jacamar, Chestnut-capped Puffbird, Plum-throated Cotinga, Bamboo Antshrike, Green Honeycreeper, Great Tinamou , Golden-collared Toucanet, Cream-coloured Woodpecker, Round-tailed Manakin and Band-tailed Manakin, among many others. We will also do a night walk.
Overnight and meals at the Pantiacolla Lodge.

DAY 10.-PANTIACOLLA – AMAZON MANU LODGE.
After a last walk through a trail, breakfast and then go out on boat to the Amazon Manu Lodge or Tambo Blanquillo. In the fluvial itinerary we will make any stops needed to observe birds from the river such as Black Skimmer, Sand-coloured Nighthawk, Great Potoo and many more. We will arrive at the lodge in the afternoon and after accommodating there, we will travel some paths for a while , birding until dusk.
Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

DAY 11.-COCHA BLANCO – AMAZON MANU LODGE.
We leave by boat in the morning to visit the Cocha Blanco (another meander) and walk some trails that lie close, activities that will occupy us most of the day. And that will be worth it because in this place we can see Least Grebe, Hoatzin, Green Ibis, Green-and-rufous Kingfisher, Horned Screamer, Sungrebe, Agami Heron, Black-billed Seed-finch, Silvered Antbird, Band-tailed Antbirds, Amazonian Streaked-antwren, Rufous-sided Crake, Gray-breasted Crake and Donacobius among many other species. Also living here there's a family of giant otters of the Amazon that can sometimes be seen.
Return to the the lodge for dinner and overnight.

DAY 12.-COLLPA DE GUACAMAYOS – COCHA CAMUNGO.
Depart by boat to the collpa before dawn to put us in its great observatory where you can see groups of Blue-and-yellow Macaw, Scarlet Macaw, Red-and-green Macaw, Mealy Parrot, Blue-headed Parrot, etc…
The activity of these birds can last between two and four hours after the timeout, which varies according to how confident they feel about getting down to eat the clay. Sometimes there are predators lurking around. After breakfast (at the observatory) we will return to the boat to visit the nearby Cocha Camungo. The species which can be found in this other cocha are similar to those of the Cocha Blanco but, unexpectedly, some are more prevalent here than there and vice versa, thus, we have one more chance to get to see them. As in the Cocha Blanco, we will travel this lagoon on rowboat after a short walk along the path that connects with the river. We return to the Amazon Manu Lodge for lunch and will spend the afternoon touring the trails in search of its birds (see brief quote at the end of next day´s story).
Dinner and overnight at Amazon Manu Lodge.
DAY 13.-MANU AMAZON LODGE.
We will dedicate this day entirely to walk the territories around the Manu Amazon Lodge and entering their different habitats, transition forest, bamboo masses, primary and secondary forest ... We may also use its spectacular observation tower of nearly forty meters in height. This high place, in a flat environment, greatly facilitates the vision of forest and birds of prey which only move through the upper strata of the canopy: White-necked Puffbird, White-thoated Tucan, Golden-collared Tucanet, Cream-coloured Woodpecker, Ornate Hawk-eagle, King Vulture and Spangled Cotinga.
Many other species are best found on the trails and gardens; Variegated Tinamou, White-chinned Sapphire, Ermitaño rojizo, Plain-throated Antwren, Rufous-capped Antthrush and Black-tailed Tityra, just to name a few.
Meals and overnight at Manu Amazon Lodge.


DAY 14.-MANU AMAZON LODGE-PANTIACOLLA LODGE.
After breakfast we return by the river making stops in interesting places or wherever we find concentrations of birds. It's another good opportunity to see those species which escaped us coming down the river , for example; Orinoco Goose, Jabiru, Greater Yellow-headed Vultur and Bare-necked Fruitcrow. We will arrive at Pantiacolla Lodge in the afternoon, still in time to walk through one of its trails and even perform a second scan at night.
Dinner and overnight at Pantiacolla Lodge.

DAY 15.-CUSCO.
We will leave early, again by boat to Atalaya. The car will be waiting there for the long way back to Cusco. We can still make some stops on route to watch or photograph birds. Arrive to Cusco in the evening.

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