The Manu National Park is one of the largest Peruvian protected areas, and its 18,811km² area is part of the Manu Biosphere Reserve, located in the provinces of Cusco and Madre de Dios. The park features several ecological zones along the altitudinal gradient, that ranges from 150 meters up to 4,200 meters above sea level. It is this altitudinal gradient that gives this region one of the highest biodiversity rates in the world. In general, more than 15,000 species of plants are found in Manu, with over 250 species of trees found per hectare. The region is an excellent destination for birdwatchers, as it is home to more than 1,000 species of birds, a wealth of expression and superior to that of many countries. Therefore, it is acclaimed as having one of the largest abundances of terrestrial vertebrates ever found in rainforests. This trip starts in Cusco, and then we cross the Andes and drive down the Manu Road to Puerto Atalaya, and after that by boat along the Alto Madre de Dios River to Puerto Maldonado. Along our 14 days of birding trip we will visit four Lodges, with one overnight in Cusco and another one in Puerto Maldonado.
Orinoco Goose, Puna Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Andean Duck, Torrent Duck, Andean Coot, Giant Coot, Northern Silvery Grebe, Andean Guan, Hoatzin, Fasciated Tiger Heron, Horned Screamer, Greater Yellow-Headed Vulture, Black-and-chestnut Eagle, Solitary Eagle, Military Macaw, Blue-headed Macaw, Mealy Parrot, Scaly-naped Amazon, Orange-cheeked Parrot, Mitred Parakeet, Andean Parakeet, Dusky-headed Parakeet, Southern Band-tailed Pigeon, Rufescent Scheech-Owl, Band-bellied Owl, Yungas Pygmy-Owl, Golden-headed Quetzal, Crested Quetzal, Pavonine Quetzal, Masked Trogon, Andean Potoo, Lyre-tailed Nightjar, Swallow-tailed Nightjar, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Giant Hummingbird, Great Sapphirewing, White-browed Hermit, Koepcke?s Hermit, Gould?s Jewelfront, Wire-crested Thorntail, Rufous-crested Coquette, Manny-spotted Hummingbird, Shinning Sunbeam, Collared Inca, Bronzy Inca, Long-tailed Sylph, Bearded Mountaineer, Scaled Metaltail, Rufous-capped Thornbill, Highland Motmot, Bluish-fronted Jacamar, Chestnut-capped Puffbird, Black-streaked Puffbird, Lemon-throated barbet, Scarlet-hooded Barbet, Ivory-billed Aracari, Curl-crested Aracari, Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Blue-banded Toucanet, Black-throated Toucanet, Fine-barred Piculet, Bar-breasted Piculet, Crimson-bellied Woodpecker, Puna Thistletail, Marcapata Spinetail, Creamy-crested Spinetail, Streak-fronted Canastero, Bamboo Antshrike, white-lined Antbird, Bluish-slate Antshrike, White-backed Fire-Eye, Yellow-breasted Warbling-Antbird, Peruvian Warbling-Antbird, Goeldi?s Antbird, Rufous-fronted Antthrush, Rusty-belted Tapaculo, Inca Flycaycher, Bolivian Tyrannulet, Black-backed Tody-Flycatcher, White-winged Black-Tyrant, Lemon-browed Flycatcher, Purple-throated Fruitcrow, Red-crested Cotinga, Band-tailed Fruiteater, Masked Fruiteater, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Plum-throated Cotinga, Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Yungas Manakin, Round-tailed Manakin, White-collared Jay, Fulvous Wren, White-eared Solitaire, Thrre-striped Hemispingus, Parodi?s Hemispingus, Rust-and-yellow Tanager, Golden-collared Tanager, White-browed Conebill, Tit-like Dacnis, Mustached Flowerpiercer, Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch, Black-and-white Seedeater, Black-billed Seed-Finch, Black-faced Brush-Finch, Dusky-green Oropendola, and much more!
- Day 1: Airport to Hotel in Cusco;
- Day 2: Cusco to Wayqecha Biological Reserve;
- Day 3: Birding the Wayqecha Biological Reserve;
- Day 4: Wayqecha Biological Reserve to Cock of the Rock Lodge;
- Day 5: Birding the Cock of the Rock Lodge Area;
- Day 6: Cock of the Rock Lodge to Amazonia Lodge;
- Day 7: Birding the Amazonia Lodge area;
- Day 8: Birding the Amazonia Lodge area;
- Day 9: Amazonia Lodge to Manu Wildlife Center;
- Day 10: Birding the Manu Wildlife Center area;
- Day 11: Birding at Blanquillo Macaw Lick;
- Day 12: Birding the Oxbow Lakes;
- Day 13: Manu Wildlife Center to Puerto Maldonado;
- Day 14: End of the trip;
When to go
- June to November.
- Ask in advance for details.
- Accommodation in double rooms;
- All meals during the trip (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner);
- Ground Transport with local driver;
- Boat trips;
- Guide Services.
- Drinks and Bar services;
- Phone services;
- Travel Insurance;
- Air tickets.