If you are and adventurous traveler and fancy exploring flora and fauna of different countries you have come to the right place. It is every tourist’s dream, to live the most fabulous experience ever. Take the chance of a lifetime and enjoy this tour.
If you want to live the most amazing experience of your life you should do this tour. You will have the chance to relax and experience the beauty and magical experience of the High Andes, the Manu Cloud forests and Manu Blanquillo area. Knowing that you will take advantage of this breathtaking moment by spending more time on the lagoon, road, jungle trails, oxbow lake, catamarans, hidden, jungle trails, observation tower macaws and mammals clay licks. This exploration increases the chances of spotting many rare species found within the Manu.
Early morning activities are as follows: you will be picked up from your selected hotel in Cusco where our birdwatcher guide will greet you before heading out south of Cusco to enjoy a picnic breakfast at Huarcapay lagoon. The lagoon is surrounded by Inca, and pre-Inca ruins. Here you will see a variety of high Andean waterfalls including Puna, Yellow-billed and Cinnamon Teal, Yellow-billed Pintail, Andean Duck and other wetland associated with birds. White-tufted Grebe and Andean Coot will be there too. Depending on the time of year migrant North American shorebirds (waders) may be present. You will be specifically on the lookout for Wren-like Rushbird, Many-colored Rush-tyrant, Yellow-winged Blackbird, Puna Ibis, Plumbeous Rail and Andean Negrito. You may see birds of prey such as the Aplomado Falcon, Cinereous Harrier, Variable Hawk and Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle. In the arid scrub around the lake you'll look for the endemic Rufous-fronted Canasteros and also Streak-fronted Thornbirds. You should find the pretty, endemic Bearded Mountaineer feeding in the tobacco tree (Nicotania sp.) with Giant Hummingbirds and Trainbearers. Peruvian Ash-breasted and Mourning Sierra-Finches will be here with Greenish Yellow-finches and Blue and Yellow Tanagers.
You will continue the journey making a couple of selected stops in the intermontane valleys specifically for two endemics. You'll have a picnic as breakfast as the sun hits the slopes and colorful Quechua peasant people who pass by with livestock creating a peaceful pastoral scene – our target here - the Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch. You should see Andean Hillstars, Andean Flickers, Black-throated Flowerpiercers, Chuiguanco Thrush and more. Your next stop is for the endemic Creamy-crested Spinetails, before arriving to the last Andean passage – Ajcanacu and if it's clear you'll be able to look out from the last range of the Andes over the Amazon basin stretching into the distance, as the Incas did in ancient times, worshipping the sun rising over the endless rainforest. A Necessary stop must be done to find Scribble-tailed and Line - fronted Canasteros and maybe Puna and Diademed Tapaculos. In the after-noon you will explore the upper limits of the eastern slopes. Managing your way down the eastern slope of the Andes, the forest becomes more continuous and you will spend the afternoon birding to our accommodations at 2800 meters above sea level above Pillahuata. Possibilities are many but we hope to encounter mixed species flocks of Tanagers, Flycatchers and Ovenbirds. Gray-breasted Mountain Toucans, Collared Jays and Mountain Caciques are among some of the many species you may find. In the evening you will go to a favorite spot where you will have luck calling in Swallow-tailed Nightjars.
Lodging: Wayquecha Biological Station
Meals: Picnic Breakfast, Picnic Lunch & Dinner
At breakfast you will be greeted with a varied dawn chorus and Red and White Antpittas should be welcoming you as well. You will spend all day birding at the biological station at 2800 meters until our next stop at 1300 meters. This is a pristine forest on a little traveled road. Some of the special birds on this stretch which you will look for include: Mustached Flowerpiercers, Tit-like Dacnis, Golden-collared Tanagers and the Puna Thistletails White-rumped Hawks, Trilling Tapaculos, Black Grass-green Tanagers, Hooded Mountain-Tanagers, Black-throated Tody-Flycatchers, Barred Fruiteaters, White-banded and White-throated Tyrannulets and many more. If we are lucky we may see Peruvian Treehunters, Golden-plumed Parakeets or Greater Scythebilland Chestnut Eagles, Andean Guans, Scaly-naped Parrots, a wide variety of Hummingbirds including Collared Inca, Chestnut-breasted Coronets, Violet-throated Startfrontlets and Amethyst-throated Sunangels, Purple-backed Thornbills, Scaled Metaltails, White-bellied Woodstars, Crimson-mantled Woodpeckers, Bar-bellied Woodpeckers, the endemic Marcapata Spinetails, White-throated Antpittas, Barred and Band-tailed Fruiteaters, White-throated Tyrannulets, Ochraceous-breasted Flycatchers, Barred Becards, Pale-footed Swallows, Mountain Wrens, Citrine Warblers and many Tanagers. We will reach Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge near Union at 1300 meters in the late afternoon.
Lodging: Cloud Forest Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch & Dinner
This lodge is situated in the pristine Cloud Forest of the Mountains of Manu just a few minutes from a spectacular Cock of the Rock bird (the active one) into the blind (hidden) which enable us to observe these colorful birds during their dawn mating rituals. Facilities at the Lodge include 12 large spacious en-suite bungalows with hot and cold fresh water, toilets and two single beds in each room plus several rooms with shared facilities which room you get depends on how early you book!. Private bungalows have their own private balcony. Lighting is provided by candle and lantern but there is a small generator available to charge batteries. There is a large dining and lounge area overlooking a feeding station for Brown Capuchin Monkeys and Tayra's (a large mustelid related to the Martens). Hummingbird feeders attract several species right into the dining room sometimes including Rufous-webbed Brilliants. There is a trail system behind the lodge that enables you to see the understory of the Cloud Forest first hand and facilitates seeing some species you do not likely see from the road such as Chestnut-breasted Wrens, Scaled Antpittas, Rufous-breasted and Short-tailed Antthrush's, SlatyGnateaters and the endemic Cerulean-capped Mankins. Many spectacular waterfalls in the area are far away enough so as to enable hearing birdsongs. Orchids abound with c. 80 species are recorded around the lodge. One day you'll devote yourself to the 2500 meter altitude zone, and one day to the 1500 meter zone. You leave San Pedro at 1600 meters and spend the day birding slowly down to the River Port at 500 meters. You will pay particular attention to the stretch between 1500 meters and 800 meters. This upper tropical zone forest has disappeared on much of the Andean slopes in South America because of its suitability for cash crops such as tea, coffee and coca, but in this part of Peru the forest remains untouched. Birds we have seen well on this stretch of road include: Rufous-breasted Wood-Quails, Speckle-faced Parrots, Chestnut-collared Swifts, Peruvian Piedtails, Three-striped and Three-banded Warblers, Long-tailed Sylphs, Lanceolated Monklets, Versicolored Barbets, Russet Antshrikes, Rufous-loredTyrranulets, Marble-faced Bristle-tyrants, Fulvous-breasted Flatbills, Russet Antshrikes, Olive-tufted Flycatchers, Golden-crowned Flycatchers, Dusky-green Oropendolas, Golden-collared Honeycreeepers White-winged Tanagers, Yellow-throated Bush-Tanagers and many more. In between at Patria you’ll visit a plantation of coca grown legitimately for the Peruvian coca leaf market. You’ll have little time to view the Upper Madre de Dios river with the typical jungle boats parket in this river port around midday you will be at Atalaya, a tiny port where the Piñipiñi River meets the Alto Madre de Dios. Now the lowland rainforest part of our journey begins. Rivers are the highways of the rainforest, and henceforth you will travel at large, comfortable dugout canoes shaded by canopy roofs and driven by powerful outboard motors. During normal river conditions you’ll arrive at our lodge in time to explore wildlife views which may include toucans, kingfishers, a rare endemic hummingbird and a multitude of butterflies along one of its many forest trails.
Lodging: Amazonia Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
There is time for another short morning hike on the lodge trails before boarding a canoe leaving early to The Manu Learning Centre. As we follow the broad, rushing course of the Alto Madre de Dios river past the last foothills of the Andes, your ever-changing route will offer sightings of new birds terns, cormorants, White-winged Swallows, and flocks of nighthawks flushed from their daytime lairs by the sound of our engine. Splashes of brilliant yellow, pink and red foliage dot the forest-clad slopes around us, and the breeze is laden with the heady perfumes of the tropical forest. A half-hour ride to the Manu Learning Centre gives you your second impression of the meandering Amazonian river, the Alto Madre de Dios, one of the most southern tributes of the legendary Amazonas River. On arrival you will be shown round the lodge before lunch. In the afternoon, explore the local trail system with its naturalist guides, before relaxing at the lodge with the sounds of the forest. During your stay at this beautiful lodge guests can learn about the human history of Manu and the challenges conserving this beautiful and fragile environment talking to the guides and researchers on site. Or perhaps you just want to relax and let the world go by sipping a cool drink and watching the sun set on the Amazon. After dinner that evening enjoy a presentation which helps put in context the work we do on sustainability and conservation and learn more about the ongoing work the foundation does to help preserve the region.
Lodging: Manu Learning Centre
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
One of the most interesting activities at the Lodge is the clay lick or collpa where, among others, the Blue Headed Macaw is observed and studied as it is part of the endangered species seen around the world. At 5:00 a.m. in the morning, you’ll get on the boat and head for the hide, five minutes up river, to observe the activity of macaws, parrots, and parakeets. As the day breaks and the rays of the sun paint the walls of the clay lick with magical colors, the birds display their dances, come and go in pairs, in flocks, until they leave to continue their day, deeper in the jungle. Then, you will go back to the center. After breakfast, prepare for your next destination and take the boat again, continue the boat journey down to Madre de Dios River to its confluence with Manu River, this boat ride is meant to spot scarlet, blue, yellow, red and green macaws flying or sometimes perching, faciated herons, egrets, pied lapwings, collared plovers, night hawks including Orinoco geese will be seen along the river banks, passing by settlements and native communities during the trip. Just before getting to the village of Boca Manu you’ll pass the native community of Diamante. Their culture is called Piro and this is the largest settlement of Amerindians in the area. Many parrots and macaws come in to roost before you head out for another hour and half in the famous Madre de Dios (Mother of God) River, for which this region is named. During the river journey you will enjoy a packed lunch and start to spot some of the area’s renowned wildlife, including sand-colored nighthawks, Orinoco geese and capybaras, the world’s largest rodent. Upon arrival you will receive a hearty welcome to Tambo Blanquillo Lodge. After a welcome drink you will be shown to your room, help you get settled comfortably and will be introduced to the facilities and surrounding installations. You will enjoy an evening meal freshly prepared by our resident chefs before getting ready for your first foray out into the jungle, following the trails winding away from the lodge.
Lodging: Tambo Blanquillo Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner
Another early start, is followed by a short boat ride downstream. You’ll take a 20-minute trail through palm plantations to a cut-off channel of the river, where we find the Macaw Lick. A spacious hide provided with individual chairs and a convenient place for cameras and binoculars is our ringside seat for what is usually a very spectacular show. You will enjoy a full breakfast here while waiting for the main actors to arrive. The clay lick installation has been custom built for optimal bird watching pleasure, a large blind located just 50 meters away from the clay lick for the best possible show – so close you won’t even need to use your camera zoom. As the sun rises over century-old trees, an explosion of life and color will burst before your eyes, with hundreds of parrots and macaws arriving to enjoy their daily sodium intake. In groups of two and threes the scarlet macaws arrive, landing in the treetops as they eye the main stage below the eroded clay banks of the river and the occasional villain, a menacing and unwelcomed great black hawk.
After this truly unique experience you’ll return to the lodge and enjoy a tasty lunch and some time to relax around the lodge, read or enjoy a well-deserved nap. That afternoon you’ll set out again for one of the most bio-diverse oxbow lakes in the area; the Camungo Oxbow Lake which is home to giant river otters (extinct in almost all its other habitats in Peru), kingfishers, flycatchers and some rare neotropical birds, such as the colorful agami heron. You will enjoy the ride on another of our custom-built installations, a paddle catamaran that will carry you silently around the lake to capture photographs of the undisturbed wildlife. After the lake you’ll visit the Camungo Observation Tower which, at 50 meters height, is the highest observation tower in the Peruvian Amazon. The tower was constructed over (but not touching or interfering with) a ceiba tree over 400 years old. From the top you will watch hunting jacamars, swinging monkeys and mixed flocks of up to 100 bird species passing right beside us. You will even see macaws again as they return home from the clay lick. Returning again to the lodge you’ll enjoy another hearty meal and spend the evening relaxing with our fellow guests, enjoying a beer and playing games in the lodge shared spaces.
Enjoying a slightly later start, you’ll set out after breakfast to visit the most important oxbow lake in the area, the Blanco Oxbow Lake, a 10 minute boat ride from the lodge which offers a chance to spot peccaries and other mammals on the river banks. It’s not uncommon for visitors to spot jaguars sunbathing in the morning sun, after a long night of hunting. At the lake you’ll board our paddle catamarans and navigate the waters teeming with giant otters, caimans and other apex predators. Groups of monkeys are easily seen feeding on the fruiting trees beside the lake, while snail kites feast on the abundance of snails. This lake is famous among birdwatchers as a home to over 600 species of birds. After the lake you’ll return to the lodge for lunch and to have a chance to recharge your batteries. That afternoon you will head to the Blanquillo Oxbow Lake, just 10 minutes walking distance through the shebonal trees. From here you’ll have the option of walking the surrounding trails or taking our canoes to explore the waterways. Upon returning to the lodge you’ll enjoy our final evening among new friends, with some wine or beer under the amazing scenery, a splendid moon and the jungle’s night time cacophony.
You will shortly arrive at our private, on-site mammal clay lick – a major draw for various species of monkeys, the giant tapir, huangana, ronsocos and even the mighty jaguars, all of them visit the clay lick on a regular basis. You will wait in our purpose-designed nature spotting tents and see which of our mammalian neighbours pass by in front of you. After a couple of hours at the clay lick you will return to the lodge and enjoy a deep, comfortable sleep to recharge batteries and prepare for the next day’s adventures.
Lodging: Tambo Blanquillo Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner
Leave the lodge very early for a 2.5 hour boat trip downstream to the Colorado Village, breakfast will be served on the boat which is a perfect time to take advantage of some early morning wildlife activity along the river. During the journey you will also get to see several lowland native settlements and also the gold miners digging and panning gold along the banks of Madre de Dios River. You’ll disembark in the gold-mining town of Colorado to start your overland journey to Puerto Carlos which takes about 45 minutes and then you will cross the Inambari River to Santa Rosa, another 15 minutes before finally a van or bus will drive you to Cusco. (Approx 6hours), our crew team and your birdwatcher guide will assist you until your hotel where our birding adventures ends.
Lodging: Not Included
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch.
Paradise blessed with the greatest biodiversity in the world, inhabited by native communities that still keep alive their ancestral traditions and live in harmony with nature. This fascinating destination is surrounded by beautiful landscapes and exotic animals in the Peruvian Amazon. Becoming an ideal place for those who love nature and like an experiential tourism. Located in the south of Peru, in the eastern sector of the Andes mountain range and western edge of the Amazon basin, it is the only park in Latin America that includes the entire range of environments from tropical lowland to frigid snow, above 4,000 MASL. The Manu Crudel of Life
The Manu National Park, a World Heritage Site, is one of the areas with the greatest biodiversity on the planet. There are up to five recommended areas for tourist visits, with a high diversity of flora and fauna: Salvador, Otorongo, Juárez, Pakitza and Limonal. All navigable circuits in the lakes or oxbow lakes, where you can see the river wolves and the black lizard. Manu Extreme Biodiversity
|The Responsible People foundation is registered under the Peruvian Non-Profit Organization Act. With an annual contribution from Tierras Vivas, we support our operating costs as well as a significant portion of project development costs. If you would like to help us, you can bring warm clothes or new school supplies. While you contribute, you might win a Rainbow Mountain for free (or, another tour in Cusco.). Help us to help Andean children and families please!