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Manu National Park 8 days / 7 nights Manu Biosphere Reserve
Manu National Park 8days/7nights
Manu Biosphere Reserve: The Manu National Park is situated in Southeastern Peru where it covers 1.9 Million hectares. Around 6500 Quechua and 2000 Amazonian peoples are living inside the Reserve. Manu Jungle Trips in Peru
Manu Jungle Trips
Manu Jungle Trips
Manu Jungle Trips
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Manu Tour 7 days / 6 nights Manu Biosphere Reserve
Manu Tour 7days/6nights
Manu Biosphere Reserve: FEEL TRIPS MANU TOUR OF A NATURAL EXPERIENCE: The most important request for the development of the ecotourism is the sustainable use the conservations of nature We, Manu Jungle Trips, are a company with conservation in mind, and we are aware of the changes that have occurred on our planet. Manu Jungle Trips in Peru
Manu Jungle Trips
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Clay Lick Wild – Manu Blanquillo 7 days / 6 nights Manu National Park
Clay Lick Wild – Manu Blanquillo 7days/6nights Manu National Park
In Manu, typical areas of macaw salt licks are the (Scheela butyracea) palm trees, known as Shebonal. Pew nutrients, a high concentration of aluminum, and little organic material characterize these areas - Manu National Park. Manu Jungle Trips in Peru
Manu Nature 6 days / 5 nights Manu Biosphere Reserve
Manu Nature 6days/5nights Manu Biosphere Reserve
Giant otter distribution and Manu Nature Surveyed (positive and negative) grid squares for the giant otter in Giant otter distribution and Manu Nature within its current range of distribution. Manu Jungle Trips in Peru
Volunteer Manu national park
Volunteer Manu national park
Volunteer work at Manu National Park
Clay Lick – Macaw Blanquillo - Manu Park Peru
Clay Lick – Macaw Blanquillo - Manu National Park Peru
CLAY LICK – MACAW BLANQUILLO - MANU NATIONAL PARK: In native language, Macaw means, “that who cries along the river”. They are highly intelligent animals and can live up 50 or 60 years old.. There are sixteen species in total. Six species are extinct, while eight species are at present in danger of extinction in amazon wildlife in peru. Manu Jungle Trips in Peru
Manu Jungle Trips


Kosnipata Valley AMAZON WILDLIFE PERU LEADER: MATT DENTON: The Manu Wildlife Peru is unique in South America in offering birders the most accessible and diverse example of contiguous Andean east slope together with western Amazonia forest amazon wildlife peru, a protected area harbouring over 1000 species. Our detailed coverage of this incredible altitudinal transect includes a visit intothe wilds of actual amazon wildlife peru where our journey up the Manu River provides the rare experience of a truly wild, lowland rainforest completely unaltered by man. The Manu 2009 reaped many great rewards with a total of 689 species recorded including memorable sightings of many of the south-eastern Peru  in amazon wildlife peru specialties: Blue-headed Macaws in lovely morning light, feeding Amazonian Parrotlets, Black-capped Parakeets at rest, lekking Peruvian Piedtails, the localized White-throated Jacamar, two separate White-cheeked Tody-Tyrants, Unadorned Flycatcher on territory, a nesting Semicollared Puffbird, a male Scarlet-hooded Barbet point-blank, the secretive Rufous-fronted Antthrush and a pair of Black-faced Cotingas to name just a few. Each day brought an enticing selection of new birds providing many other spectacular highlights worth mentioning. A pair of Razor-billed Curassows spied in the subcanopy, a Pale-winged Trumpeter that came charging up to us, a covey of Starred Wood-Quails at our feet and a nesting pair of Solitary Eagle.

We had stunning views of a male Pavonine Quetzal, an extremely brazen Amazonian wildlife peru Antpitta, and an Olive Finch that likewise gave us fine views. Some of the nightbirds we saw included Andean Potoo, a Silky-tailed Nightjar on the trail at dusk, a male Swallow-tailed Nightjar just overhead, a gold medal performance by a displaying male Lyre-tailed Nightjar and for some a Crested Owl. In the cloud forests amazon wildlife peru enjoyed the bizarre displays of Andean Cock-of-the-Rock at their lek and colourful tanager flocks included such gems as Golden-collared and Yellow-throated Tanagers and Scarlet-bellied Mountain- Tanagers. In Manu National Park amazon wildlife peru  we enjoyed a superb sighting of a Lowland Tapir walking in the shallows of the amazon  wildlife peru  River by day, the family of Giant Otters crowned our catamaran experience on the always-superb Cocha Salvador, and the many troops of monkeys included the impressive Common Woolly and Peruvian Spider Monkeys.

The mountains and rainforest of amazon willdife peru never ceased to surprise us with something new each day along the lodge trails or even in the garden just outside our chalet doors. A trip that leaves behind roads and cities for comfortable lodges, pleasant boat travel, candlelight meals and pisco sours, white sand beaches, riots of colourful macaws, and a steady procession of new birds. The tour began with a flight to the historic city of Cusco, and an easy day of birding at nearby Huacarpay Lake. Here in the arid scrub surrounding the lake our main target was the Bearded.

2 Birdquest: The amazon wildlife peru: Mountaineer with whom we eventually connected, later finding it a common bird in the garden of our Sacred Valley hotel. In addition to the mountaineer we found a nice selection of more widespread birds that included Andean Lapwing, Giant Hummingbird, Streak-fronted Thornbird, Yellow-billed Tit-Tyrant, Blue-and-yellow Tanager and the endemic Rusty-fronted Canastero. The lake had a smattering of waterfowl that included Puna and Sharp-winged Teals and Yellow-billed Pintail and in the surrounding marsh we saw Plumbeous Rail, Wren-like Rushbird and Rufous-naped Ground-Tyrant. Our first picnic lunch of the tour was done in customary fine style and an Andean Negrito at the edge of the marsh rounded out the day. the next day we began our journey to the Manu Biosphere Reserve amazon wildlife peru aboard our well-equipped and comfortable expedition bus. Our first sighting of the morning was an Andean Tinamou spotted crossing the mountain road and pausing in the field above us. The road then took us through several typical Quechua villages of hardy highland farmers in whose fields we saw a flock of Spot-winged Pigeons and from which we sorted through flocks of Peruvian, Mourning and Ash-breasted Sierra- Finches and Black-throated Flowerpiercer for a particularly handsome mountain-finch.

After some initial frustration with a wary first bird, we all had fine views of a second group of the endemic Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finches. Continuing the journey we had good luck in finding Andean (split from Black-faced) Ibis at our usual stake-out, and a Slender-billed Miner was spied blending with the sun-parched landscape. Eventually we arrived at a series of inter-Andean valleys, a biome rich in restricted-range taxa throughout the continent, and within no time we were enjoying a pair of noisy Creamy-crested Spinetails. Soon we reached the 3800 metre pass of Acjanaco, our doorway to another world, for this was the starting point from which we would begin to descend the eastern Andean slope. amazon wildlife  peru the ever-changing weather featured only scattered fog as we enjoyed a nice selection of birds that included Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant, White-browed Conebill, Moustached Flowerpiercer, and Plaincoloured Seedeater.

Loading onto the bus we drove down into rather thick fog that eventually cleared after losing some altitude and allowed us to excellent sightings of Grey-breasted Mountain-Toucan, a Puna Thistletail responding to playback, and a frenzied flock of tanagers and flycatchers that included the incomparable Grass-green Tanager as well as Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Tanager alongside its plainer brethren the Drab Hemispingus. That evening we spotlighted a fine male Swallow-tailed Nightjar making display flights overhead and flying in for incredible close-ups. That evening we had the relative comfort of bunk-beds along with hot showers and tasty food at the Wayquecha Lodge, a cloud forest biological station owned by the Amazonian wildlife peru  Conservation Association. The next morning from the station grounds we began with a Scaled Metaltail in response to playback, a pair of Andean  Parakeets passed in low flight overhead and a group of vocalizing Pale-footed Swallows was an added bonus.

As we continued our descent, mixed-flocks contained Scarlet-bellied and Hooded Mountain-Tanagers and a superb pair of Golden-collared Tanager. In these misty, bamboo-choked, epiphyte-laden temperate forests we tracked down small passerines such as Black-throated Tody- Tyrant, Fulvous Wren, the endemic Marcapata Spinetail and the exquisite Maroon-chested Chat- Tyrant (split from Slaty-backed), in addition to other stunning cloud forest birds that included Goldenheaded Quetzal, Masked Trogon, Barred Fruiteater and White-collared Jay. The avifauna continued to change as we descended with new birds such as Blue-banded Toucanet, both Andean and Whiteeared Solitaires, Barred Becard, White-browed Hemispingus, Pale-legged Warbler and Dusky-greenb Oropendola all seen well. Surely one of the major highlights though was when Henco made an almost impossible spot of an Andean Potoo on its day roost. The first of our Manu wildlife peru was the Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge, an aptly named place as just a fiveminute walk took us into a semi-open hide from which we watched the amazing displays of Andean Cock-of-the-Rocks at their lek. We watched the bright orange males strut and dip their crested heads with their wings raised in excitement and their voices often reaching a crescendo at the appearance of a dimly plumaged female. Here in the Kosñipata valley some of the many highlights included a superb sighting of Crimson-bellied Woodpecker, several pairs of Versicoloured Barbets, a secretive.

3 Birdquest: The Manu  amazon wildlife peru: Slaty Gnateater from the forest understorey, a pair of Crested Quetzals in a fruiting tree and chunky roadside Highland Motmots. Hummers visiting the lodge feeders and flowering shrubs included Wire-crested Thorntail, Many-spotted Hummingbird, Violet-fronted Brilliant and Sparkling Violetear. In addition to great birds near the lodge we also drove up and down the road that transects the cloud forest, stopping for mixed flocks and sampling a wide array of elevations. Here amidst this breathtaking scenery of unbroken cloud forest, steep mountainsides and deep valleys we saw Sandy’s much requested Black-and-chestnut (or Isidore’s) Eagle soaring overhead. Just moments later Jake made a second great feat of raptor spotting of a Solitary Eagle soaring with possibly a snake in its talons and then perching below the road. After some careful searching it was Keith who spotted the actual nest where a begging chick was seen with its magnificent parent Solitary Eagle perched nearby. Later that evening we were thrilled by the truly awesome display of a male Lyre-tailed Nightjar as it made a long series of nearly continuous flights from a close perch, eliciting cries of wonder from the admiring throng of birders.

In the temperate forest we sometimes struggled to find mixed foraging flocks but still managed good views of some of the jewel-like Tangara tanagers including Golden-naped, Golden-eared, Golden, Beryl-spangled and Blue-and-black Tanagers as well as the somewhat shy Yellow-throated Tanager. Mid-storey flocks held the endemic Inca Flycatcher, the retiring Striped Treehunter, and in the dense understorey we had good views of White-crowned Tapaculo and the unobtrusive Unadorned Flycatcher.More good birds awaited us in the foothill zone below the lodge where an Amazonian Umbrellabird was seen at the road’s edge, the recently-described Rufous-browed Tyrannulet was spied in a flock, a Peruvian Piedtail gave us a point-blank scold with its tail spread wide, and a singing Olive Finch in great light on an exposed perch was unforgettable. A few of us had a good view of a male Whitebacked Fire-eye and then a Lanceolated Monklet was spotted sunbathing on an exposed perch from the moving bus. We all piled out of the bus to scope this scarce little puffbird as quickly as possible only to have it fly in even closer for more views. Our bamboo birding also got off to a great start here in the foothills with lengthy studies of the smartly plumaged White-cheeked Tody-Tyrant, an obligate bamboo-specialist. Late in the afternoon after seeing Black Antbird and Stripe-chested Antwren, we finally descended upon Atalaya where we switched modes of transportation for the short ride across the Rio Madre de Dios.

In the late afternoon we arrived in the clearing at Amazonia Lodge to enjoy a refreshing welcome drink of local citrus as we enjoyed a parade of hummers led by none other than a male Gould’s Jewelfront. Our first morning at Amazonia Lodge began with torrential rain, however the garden birds did not mind the rain and the mahogany veranda was a great place to sit and study the steady procession of hummers on the flowering porterweed hedge which included male Rufous-crested Coquettes (the lodge mascot), Golden-tailed Sapphire, Blue-tailed and Sapphire-spangled Emeralds, and Greybreasted Sabrewing. Feeders also brought in plenty of Speckled Chachalacas, Masked Crimson Tanagers, Red-capped Cardinals, Black-billed Thrush and Black-and-white Seedeaters. Furnarids such as Pale-legged Hornero and Plain-crowned Spinetails made the rounds and a White-lored Tyrannulet was called in for close views. A pair of Grey-necked Wood-Rails inspected newly formed puddles for prey, and as soon as the shower had passed there was Blue-throated Piping-Guan, Blue-headed Parrot, Roadside Hawk, Chestnut-eared Aracari, Purplish Jay and nesting Chestnut-fronted Macaws and Yellow-rumped Caciques all doing their best to dry out. We all donned our wellies and to begin our mid-morning walk we had great views through the scope of a male Fine-barred Piculet tapping away. A pair of resting Spix’s Guan feeding on palm fruits promptly followed and a cuddly family group of Smooth-billed Anis was even scoped up. The forest was still a bit drippy but we got right into it with the forest birds, seeing a pair of Chestnut-tailed Antbirds, followed by great views of Pectoral Sparrow and also Band-tailed Manakin. A Rusty-belted Tapaculo was next, and instead of having to find it walking along the dark forest floor, this obliging fellow perched four feet off the ground on a horizontal branch and started singing his head off! With this great result we next tried our luck with yet another understorey denizen, a pair of Thrush-like Antpittas that was seen well by nearly all of us. The lodge’s small oxbow lake was welcome respite and provided our first views of the amazon wildlife peru

4 Birdquest: The Manu Amazon Wildlife Peru: The strange Hoatzin, as well as Great Kiskadee and Yellow-tufted Woodpecker. The floodplain forest surrounding the lodge continued to yield new birds during our stay with highlights including the tiny Short-tailed Pygmy-Tyrant perched so low we could really appreciate its size, a mixed flock with Red-billed Scythebill, Slender-billed Xenops and Chestnut-vented Conebill and a singing male Lemon-throated Barbet. After initially trying to see an impossibly hidden individual with only partial success, we tried a second territory for Amazonian Antpitta with Cathryn first spotting what was voted our bird-of-the-trip, perched up right before us on a trapeze like vine five feet off the ground! This aggressive bird meant business, wanting no one intruding on his territory, and the looks we had were truly special.

We also ventured up into the hill forest behind the lodge where a Barred Forest-Falcon flew in for good views and a pair of Razor-billed Curassows flushed from the trail allowing us all to see this fabulous bird in the subcanopy. A family group of White-browed Purpletufts and a beautiful White Hawk were highlights from atop the canopy tower, while down below we saw Round-tailed Manakins at a lek, but activity was slow until the late morning when we started to pick up some mixed flocks with Tschudi’s Woodcreeper (split from Ocellated), Rufous-tailed Antwren, Olive Tanager, Golden-bellied Warbler, Bluish-Slate Antshrike and then a subcanopy tanager flock led by White-winged Shrike-Tanager and Yellow-crested Tanager with Yellow-bellied Tanager and Rufoustailed Foliage-gleaner in tow. Later that evening, a Southern Tawny-bellied Screech-Owl perched at the lip of his tree roosting cavity provided yet another lasting from Amazonia amazon wildlife peru.

After saying goodbye to our hosts at Amazonia Lodge we loaded onto our comfortable boat for the short ride down the headwaters of the Alto Madre de Dios, where Fasciated Tiger-Herons patiently standing in the rapids were commonplace. Our departure was timed perfectly to coincide with the activity at a parrot clay lick at which we had excellent views of the rare Blue-headed Macaw bathed in tropical yellow morning light. After seeing the birds both on the clay wall and in flight we continued to our lodge placed at the base of the Pantiacolla Range. Within just moments of arriving a male Scarlet-hooded Barbet appeared at close-range, a great start to our bamboo birding that was followed quickly by a smart male Ihering’s Antwren on territory and then the chattery notes of Amazonian Parrotlets alerted us to their presence for yet another excellent sighting.

Further along a Rufous-headed Woodpecker suddenly appeared on a low perch overhead, a Black-throated Toucanet (split from Emerald) was seen feeding on fruits, a pair of Cinnamon-throated Woodcreepers responded well to playback as did Strong-billed Woodcreeper and Striated Antbird. In the afternoon we started off with a pair of Goeldi’s Antbirds, a Flammulated Pygmy-Tyrant showed to some, a Musician Wren in song gave us all many great views, a Dusky-tailed Flatbill was gradually brought into close view and we finished the day with a responsive Brown-rumped Foliage-gleaner. The next day we continued our boat journey beyond the forested ridges to the perimeter of the vast Amazon basin and the fabled Manu River. After signing in at the ranger station we were now for the first time within the actual park boundaries. Venturing up the Manu River is for many the once-in-alifetime experience of the planet’s last great refugium, and in the mesmerizing play of water and sun under a spectacular skyscape of puffy cumulus clouds, our minds contemplated the untouched rainforest, its jaguars and ‘uncontacted’ indigenes within. This year the water levels of the Manu River were quite high allowing us to advance past the usual maze of logjams but there were far fewer sandbars than usual. Although we dipped on the big cat, there were far greater numbers of waterbirds here than on the rocky Madre de Dios river with several family groups of Orinoco Goose, numerous Large-billed and Yellow-billed Terns, Black Skimmers on the wing plying the shallows, smart-looking Pied Lapwings and numerous Collared Plovers. We watched sunbathing Horned Screamers with their huge feet taking slow steps on these serene beaches, our passing seemingly just a curiosity to them. Further spectacle was provided by multitudes of Sand-coloured Nighthawks roosting on the fallen crowns of giant emergent trees naturally brought down during the previous rainy season.During our stay inside Manu National Park amazon wildlife peru  we birded the floodplain surrounding Cocha Salvador as well as the nearby terra firme forests. The highlight of our visit was our catamaran birding on Cocha salvador, an oxbow lake famous amongst biologists and film crews for its family of Giant Otters and.

5 Birdquest: The Manu amazon wildlife peru :Wealth of fauna. In the early morning hours we saw an impressive variety of birds from our catamaran that included of course plenty of water birds such as Anhinga, Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Agami and Capped Herons, Green Ibis, Sungrebe and a very cooperative little Rufous-sided Crake. As per the norm in Manu amazon wildlife peru, early mornings were great for all three of the big macaws with Scarlet, Red-and-green and Blue-and-yellow Macaws seen flying to their foraging sites. The forest edge was alive with Lettered and Ivory-billed Aracaris, Spot-breasted, Scale-breasted and Lineated Woodpeckers, Blackcapped Donacobius, Black-tailed Tityra and Plum-throated Cotinga and eventually our summons were met with a response from a pair of the highly sought-after Black-faced Cotinga seen perched above the lake. A film crew from National Geographic was filming the otters from a second catamaran, and we all marvelled at the family of five otters actively fishing on this massive oxbow lake. We watched these endangered and fierce predators provide one of the most charismatic amazon wildlife peru  spectacles on the continent as they each devour up to five kilograms of fish per day in audible, bonecrushing bites.

We also saw the endangered Black Caiman here, the otters’ sworn enemy with whom they often do battle. The forest trails here once again proved to have an interesting mix of species, foremost among them the Pale-winged Trumpeter who came charging up to us for superb views. A Bartlett’s Tinamou also gave us a similar performance with what was surely the record in length of observation of any forest Crypturellus. Other highlights included our first Screaming Pihas, the seesaw routine of a calling Golden-collared Toucanet, the spritely Dwarf Tyrant-Manakin, the grounddwelling Ringed Antpipit, a Dull-capped Attila perched at nearly head-height, and finally a Rufouscapped Antthrush striking the most picturesque pose at close-focus range. A visit up to the Pakitza ranger station was unfortunately rained out, but along the way Henco brought to our attention a completely obvious and massive Lowland Tapir walking in the shallows of the amazon wildlife peru Manu River by day. To see one of these normally nocturnal creatures in broad daylight was truly special. Next we retraced our boat journey back to Boca Manu and a short distance down the Madre de Dios. Shortly after lunch we tracked down a Rufous-fronted Antthrush singing in a patch of successional forest and after a protracted session of playback we all had excellent views of this rare bird. By lateafternoon we arrived at Manu amazon Wildlife  peru, another fine lodge providing access to a wide variety of Amazonian habitats, where we ended the day with close views of two avian delights: Semicollared Puffbird and Black-tailed Leaftosser.Our first morning was spent at the Blanquillo macaw clay lick where we enjoyed one of the great parrot spectacles of the world. Hundreds and hundreds of birds consisting of shrieking Blue-headed Parrots and smaller numbers of Orange-cheeked, Yellow-crowned and Mealy Parrots and Duskyheaded, Tui and Cobalt-winged Parakeet made their deafening presence known, with most of them coming down to the clay wall to dine on their clay biscuits with the typical noise and fanfare.

There were several Little Ground-Tyrants to keep us entertained as we waited for the macaws to gather their numbers and courage. The short wait for the macaws was well worth it and after some initial hesitation around 60 Red-and-green Macaws descended to the wall to break off chunks of the hard clay they so desperately crave. This macaw spectacle lasted for well over an hour and provided some great photographic opportunities but eventually we had to tear ourselves away from this spectacle birding for our thrills in the bamboo! We visited a couple of bamboo trails in the area for our remaining quota of bamboo specialists with highlights including the smartly patterned Bamboo Antshrike, the recently described Manu Antbird, and with great effort several of us had complete views of Peruvian Recurvebill (including the bill). From the area’s two canopy towers there were White-bellied Parrots, a trio of Cream-coloured Woodpeckers in territorial dispute, colourful Orange-backed Troupial, Yellow-bellied and Blackfaced Dacnises and an inquisitive Grey Antbird, but canopy birding this year was fairly slow in comparison to previous years with practically no flock activity. We also visited a second oxbow lake where we found such localized species as Pale-eyed Blackbird and Black-billed Seed-Finch and in the surrounding forest had excellent close encounters with a covey of Starred Wood-Quail, perched Rose-fronted Parakeets and a mixed flock with Orange-fronted Plushcrown. We worked the  the amazon wildlife peru.

6 Birdquest: The Manu amazon wildlife peru :Huge network of forest trails finding some great Amazonian birds including superb looks at a handsome male Pavonine Quetzal, a tree-pounding Red-necked Woodpecker and the delicate, ground-dwelling Banded Antbird (or Antwren). Night birding in the area proved very productive with a Silky-tailed Nightjar foraging inside the forest at dusk and then actually landing on the trail long enough for most of us to get a scope view of it, an incubating male Ocellated Poorwill motionless on his nest allowed our close approach and a nocturnal foray yielded a Crested Owl in the spotlight. Our last day was spent in the terra firme trails where we had good views of a pair of Black-bellied Cuckoos, Golden-green Woodpecker, Chestnut-winged Hookbill, a male Black-tailed Trogon, a male Pink-throated Becard, and a family group of White-fronted Nunbird. One of the great triumphs was finally nailing great views of a White-bellied Tody-Tyrant after frustrating previous attempts with a few devilish individuals. Good scope views of Black-capped (Rock) Parakeets at the mammal clay lick were had just before the tropical deluge that had been building over the last two days was finally unleashed making for a rather wet return in which we still managed very good scope views of a singing White-chinned Sapphire. Our last afternoon was spent in the lodge garden where we enjoyed a nice flock with Lemon-throated Barbet and as the day faded a Chestnut-capped Puffbird proved to be our last new lodge bird.

All of the rain the previous day gave us perfect, overcast weather for our boat journey downriver. Two Jabiru storks during the journey were the major avian highlight and before long we once again were reunited with a road at the river port of Laberinto. A new tarmac surface made the short drive to the frontier town of Puerto Maldonado that much easier and during the journey we made several stops for open country birds that included Southern Lapwing, Southern Caracara, Burrowing Owl, Rusty-margined and Boat-billed Flycatcher, Lined and Double-collared Seedeater, and Grassland Sparrow. At a flooded forest of Moriche palms we had superb views of a very responsive Point-tailed Palmcreeper and a lovely pair of Sulphury Flycatchers. The next morning we visited a productive country road with riverine second growth where we started out with good views of a Chestnut-bellied Seed-Finch in the scope, a Rusty-fronted Tody-Flycatcher in the undergrowth and some of us saw Buff-breasted Wren.

A juvenile Grey Hawk perched up for us for good views and it soon became obvious that Purus Jacamar was extremely common here. A migrant Swainson’s Flycatcher was scoped up just before a Slender-billed Kite magically appeared for stunning close views of it perched over the road. Next Henco spotted a White-throated Jacamar allowing us all to get a good view of this localized bird that was our primary target of the morning. A Johannes’s Tody-Tyrant followed with all seeing this second-growth speciality, and a Chestnut-crowned Foliage-gleaner was unusually generous by allowing many good views. A pair of Barred Antshrikes also made a lovely sight before we moved to a nearby dairy farm where there were numerous Red-breasted Blackbirds, Black-faced Tanagers were perched on the barbed-wire fence, King Vulture soared overhead and nearby woodland held a Straight-billed Woodcreeper. A Solitary Sandpiper was seen leaving the cowpen and a great finale to our lowland birding was provided by a Sunbittern who flew across our path with the sun illuminating its unique, aposematic plumage pattern. A regularly scheduled commercial jet flight whisked us back to Cusco where we had lunch in the plaza before setting off to our lodge in the Sacred Valley.

A surprisingly wide variety of hummingbirds visited the many flowers of the beautifully landscaped gardens of our hotel making for a very enjoyable afternoon. Giant Hummingbirds were perched just about everywhere we looked, a male Great Sapphirewing gave us a beautiful showing, at least two different Bearded Mountaineers were either hovering or duelling in mid-air most of the time, and both White-bellied and Green-andwhite Hummingbirds were present. The next morning we boarded our train to Machu Picchu and from our riverside seats at the front of the train we enjoyed numerous Torrent Ducks on the Rio Urubamba. All enjoyed the very scenic train ride and quickly after arriving at Aguas Calientes we took about an hour to do some birding before our tour of the ruins. We saw many of our targets in quick succession, with everything from Ocellated Piculet to Silvery (Silver-backed) and Fawnbreasted Tanagers, Sclater’s, Ashy-headed and Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulets, Oleaginous Hemispingus, and Variable Antshrike. Our informative tour of the citadel of Machu Picchu with our interpretive guide was blessed with clear blue skies amidst its spectacular setting.

After lunch we had just enough time to tape in a cooperative pair of garrulous Inca Wrens before boarding the afternoon train back to Cusco. Upon our return to the coastal capital of Lima, we quickly set off for the Lomas de Lachay National Reserve, a hill formation in the midst of the Atacama desert. Here in a verdant boulder strewn valley covered in seasonal fog vegetation we saw a nice variety of coastal endemics and specialities such as Oasis Hummingbird, Peruvian Sheartail, Short-tailed Field-Tyrant, Cactus Canastero and Greyish and Thick-billed Miners as well as more widespread species such as Band-tailed Sierra-Finch and Collared Warbling-Finch. On the flowering desert floor we had good views of Coastal Miner and a pair of Least Seedsnipes with an ambulatory chick whilst Black-chested Buzzard-Eagles cruised back and forth and the air was filled with the song of Peruvian Meadowlarks. A quick dash to the very sunny coast netted us a few of the Humboldt current birds including Peruvian Booby, Peruvian Pelican and Grey, Belcher’s and Kelp Gulls. Waterfowl including Great Grebe graced a local marsh and a resting pair of Peruvian Thick-Knees was also a welcome addition. We could have easily spent the rest of the afternoon soaking up the coastal sun and exploring the shoreline and neighbouring marsh areas, but alas we had to gradually pull ourselves away to prepare for our flights home. It had been a memorable and bird-filled trip in which we had shared so many great sightings and experiences in a small yet hyper-diverse corner of the great country that is amazon wildlife peru




Manu Biosphere reserve is 242km (150 miles) NE of Cusco Manu, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site, certainly lack for distinctions and accolades. The Biosphere Reserve encompasses the least sible and explored jungle of primary and secondary forest in Peru, and it is about as as you’re likely to come to virgin rainforest anywhere in the world. In fact, it’s so r that not only did the Spaniards, who found their way to virtually every cornerof except Machu Picchu, never enter the jungle, but the Incas, who created an empire stretched from Ecuador to Chile, never conquered the region, either. The forest v, really penetrated until the late 1800s, when rubber barons and loggers set their sights it. Peru declared it a national park in 1973. Only slightly smaller than the.

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Brings several families of parrots and macaws. In front of it there is a platform-observatory (The Hiding Place) can accommodate 100 visitors, to take pictures of the bird activity without the need for expensive lenses, under a protective roof and with sanitary facilities (urinary).

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Using a catamaran we can visit all around this water mirror, habitat for various wildlife populations as otters (Pteronura brasiliensis). But, the most attractive is the presence of various species of birds like the camungo, the prehistoric hoatzin and more 150 species of birds, and monkeys, white alligators and of course the River Otters.

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The reserve is divided into three zones. By far the largest, Zone A is the core zone, the National Park, which is strictly preserved in its natural state. Zone B is a Buffer Zone, generally known as the Reserved Zone and set aside mainly for controlled research and tourism. Zone C is the Transitional or Cultural Zone, an area of human settlement for controlled traditional use. Accessible only by boat, any expedition to Manu is very much in the hands of the gods, because of the temperamental jungle environment; the region experiences a rainy season from December to March, and is best visited between May and August when it’s much drier, although at that time the temperatures often exceed 30°C (86°F).




For flora and fauna, the Manu is pretty much unbeatable in South America, home to 20,000 vascular plant types (one five-square-kilometer area was found to contain 1147 species of vascular plants, almost as many as in the whole of Great Britain), with over 5000 flowering plants, 1200 species of butterfly, 1000 types of bird, 200 kinds of mammal and an unknown quantity of reptiles and insects. Rich in macaw salt-licks, otter lagoons and prowling jaguars, there are thirteen species of monkey and seven species of macaw in Manu, and it still contains other species in serious danger of extinction, such as the giant otter and the black caiman (Melanosuchus

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Due to the nature of the trip Cusco – Manu national park there are three pathways of complement each other, which are:

VIA LAND OF MANU NATIONAL PARK : The road is used Cusco – Shintuya, in which the second named is in the province of Manu; in whose path the vehicle train is regulated, considering day in and day out admission days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday. While (exit are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday This provision of the Ministry of transportation and communications, is due to the narrowness of the road, bridge Huambutío in Cusco until Shintuya. Besides this pathway Paucartambo has steep slopes, why circulating Paucartambo into the jungle only trucks and vans suspension wheel drive, especially to spend Sludge and Coal ford rivers. On the way after passing the bridge Huambutío, after an hour is reached Huancarani district is 3,700 meters above sea level. In which place is held the Sunday fair purchase and see agricultural products of the highlands area, such as potatoes, ollucos, barley, lamb. Then after two hours of journey up Paucartambo, which is 2,906 meters above sea level. View gallery of the Manu National Park.

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RIVER MAPACHO IN THE MANU NATIONAL PARK: River Mapacho going through the hill that city Paucartambo is characterized by well-painted houses, some white and others blue with blue balconies narrow streets well paved with river stones is also famous party of the Virgin del Carmen celebrated with much pomp on 16 July, with the large variety of groups of dancers who sing beautiful songs. This town is located 77 kilometers from the city of Cusco. After passing the town of Paucartambo climb to the highest point called Acjanacu at the entrance of Manu National Park is 104 kilometers an hour to three quarters of the 3,500 m located and 3 degrees Celsius temperature where the first checkpoint is the Manu National Park. This place is open to whose right hand there are high mountains over 4,000 meters as Qañaqway, known to the locals in the Andean idiosyncrasy under the name of Apu Qañaqway or tutelary deity of the area, while the left side branches within the Manu National Park, 15 kilometers road heading East, which goes to sunrise observatory, called Tress Cruces or the East Balcony 3,800 m In whose area the rough straw and intense cold prevails there begins the entrance to the reserve Manu National Park.

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ACAJANACU THE DOOR OF THE MANU NATIONAL PARK: The observation is between the months of May June to mid-July; This natural phenomenon is beautiful by the different shades of colors that contrast between the star rising sun and clouds, each output being very different in color and shape in his appearance, to be observed across the disk of the star. Continuing the road from Acjanaco penetration (Manu National Park) begins the descent to Qosñipata Quechua name that is explained by the low output and crisp mist from the inside of the jungle and slowly ascending the mountains to transport; the sharpness of the fog looks like smoke, which in Quechua qosñi leg height translates as, being the merger of these two terms in Quechua Qosñipata. This entire sector has very steep descent, which is why the development of very dangerous road has many sharp curves that are adorned with crosses testifying accidents that occurred in these places. As the road goes down to LA Manu National Park Reserve will reach the place called New Hope name since then up to Pillawata where there are two houses, the place where a restaurant where passengers take their food works. From this place the jungle begins and the presence of orchids (Sobralia dichotoma). Continuing the journey you reach the place called Buenos Aires; once this Union where the level of Ceja jungle ends) starts jungle Alta is in turn the level of the rainforest because in that place the meeting of two streams, habitat, adjacent to the Cock of the Rock of Manu National Park (Rupícola Peruvian)

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CLOUD FOREST MANU NATIONAL PARK: The place called San Pedro is located in the Manu National Park Reserve tranche which has a very rocky descent in bounds, with crisp presence on both sides of the deep ravines on the right road forest. In this section the traveler will have the opportunity to observe the beauty of the Cock of the Rock, nuanced color between red and black male and female dark brown from the Paca here or Bamboo (Guadua weberbaueri) that is hanging over whose branches can have the thick thorns at each node. Continuing about three miles above the creek and called Delete Calzón reflecting the fact that years ago when not yet entered the car were made travel to Manu National Park on the back of a beast by the bridle path, that on one occasion the wife a landowner in the area to spend the indicated Qosñi creek in the rainy season had been dragged p force of the water and lost his undergarment. Since the accident was eaten by laborers who named the creek as it removes Briefs. Then, after an hour’s drive you will reach the small village within Chonta Chaka Reserve (Manu National Park) which means bridge in Castilian Chonta (Bactris gasopi in whose place the descent of the road ends, and then continue plain passing the Assumption community as it is called a ranch inhabited place where great diversity of species in their natural habitat .Then above the lowest populated country in this part of the road has very deep sloughs and potholes that make impossible the movement of small cars; likewise in the towns of ChontaChaka and Patria on both sides of the cemetery road truck chassis Chevrolet and Ford 1940 to 1965, shows that come to be silent in the history of logging and transfer are observed des wood forest to the road in such vehicles of the Manu National Park.

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All Macaws have large, strong bills, bright plumage and long tapered tails, but their distinguishing field characteristic is the bare patch of facial skin around the eye and beak.. The three larger species of the Amazon Peru Macaw are much brighter in color than the other two Red and Green Macaws and Scarlet Macaws are both bright crimson, but Red and Greens have no yellow feathers on their wings (Scarlet do). Blue and Yellow Macaws, as their name suggests, are bright cobalt blue and gold in the Amazon Peru

All three have (harsh crow-like calls that echo around the forest, whether in flight, feeding in fruiting trees or at the colpas, they are never quiet .Amazon Peru Macaws nest in holes in trees or in the branches of large emergent trees. Blue and Yellows are the most selective-in choosing a nest site, generally only nesting inside old Puna Palms. This is a growing problem for these spectacular birds as the bird trade has cut down many of these nest sites in the search for chicks to export. There are research programmers, however in Tambopata that erect artificial nest sites, in likely trees to hopefully safeguard the future of these incredible birds in the Amazon Peru

The two smaller in the Amazon Peru Macaw species both have mainly green plumage with blue wings. The Chestnut Flouted Macaw is distingue from the Red Bellied Macaw by having white facial skin and a reddish color on the underside of its wings and tail. The Red bellied macaw has yellow facial skin and a yellowy color under the wings and tail the red bellied macaw and chest nut are usually seen flying in the large flocks (up to twenty individuals ) in the Amazon Peru

AMAZON PERU HISTORY: Throughout in the Amazon Peru history, extravagant wealth and sordid misery are dominant themes. Fortunes were found and lost; kingdoms were defeated; peoples were enslaved and freed. Deadly diseases, fearsome creatures, hostile Indians and rapacious settlers, all within the forest’s immensity, set the stage for a fascinating and often turbulent history. Added to this, the overwhelming power of legends attracted conquistadors from halfway across the world in search of the gilded man of El Dorado, while explorers throughout the centuries have searched in vain for the women tribes of the Amazon Peru and numerous lost cities:

ORIGINS OF THE AMAZON PERU: Today the Amazon yields few of its past secrets. Unfortunately the heat, together with the damp and acid soils of the rainforest, conspire to decompose organic remains quickly before they can fossilize. Human fossils are virtually absent from the lowland regions, so we have practically no certain clues as to how and when people arrived in the area. Likewise, without animal fossils it is difficult to reconstruct ancient faunas and so we are denied the human picture in its ecological context.

Aboriginal peoples of the Americas are believed to have arrived on the continent around 15 -20,000 years ago, between the two most recent ice ages. Migrating east and southwards, the hunter-gatherers made their way across the isthmus of Central America down to South America. This wave of migration gave rise to the Olmec, Maya and A2tec civilizations of Central America which flourished from 1400BC until the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors in the early 1500s. In the eastern coastal regions and highlands of South America the Chimu and Inca, along with many other cultures, left ample architectural and cultural artefacts for us to ponder. In the last twenty years, chance discoveries and finds of stone tools and ceramics have suggested that large populations were established on the flood plains near the current city of Manaus by 3000BC. Some authorities believe humans have been in the Amazon much longer than formerly thought. David Childress, recounting The Chronicle of Akaka, describes advanced civilizations and lost cities in the Amazon dating back over 12,000 years ago.




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Clay Lick Wild – Manu Blanquillo 7d/6n

Activities: Cocha Blanco Lake – Rainforest Lodge – Macaw Clay Lick – Manu Blanquillo – Collpa

The Macaw Clay Lick. Here bird-watchers can view one of the world’s phenomenal avian spectacles, as hun-dreds of red, blue, and green parrots and macaws gather at the lick daily. Squawking raucously, they wheel through the air before landing together on the river bank to eat clay. This breathtaking display can only be seen where there is undisturbed rainforest with healthy populations of wild macaws, as in southeast Peru. Below: sunset on Trails around the macaw lick offer the River Manu. birding in both floodplain and high- ground forest. Orinoco geese and large horned screamers can also be seen along clear streams near the Andean foothills. Comfortable accommodation is provided at the macaw clay lick in manu national park and sandoval lake and tambopata tours.

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Manu Reserve

TRIPS: Manu Tour 7d/ 6n

Activities: Manu Biosphere Reserve – Lake Otorongo Salvador – Boca Manu – Parrot Clay Lick

Manu Jungle Trips Visitors to Manu Biosphere Reserve and readers of this book, are likely to wish to see and learn more about large, exotic mammals: the jaguar, giant otter, and the monkeys are the most sought-after of the large forms. Small mammals, the bats and rodents that venture our only at night, are much less likely to attract attention. They should not be ignored, however, as they make up the majority of the mammalian diversity in Manu, are a significant prey base for large predators, and are extremely important in maintaining plant diversity via their roles as seed dispersers and seed predators. We see ecotourism as a mean of preserving nature by providing sustainable development for the communities that live surrounding natural habitats like Manu National Park.

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TRIPS: Manu Center 5d/4n

Activities: Mazuco – Manu Maquisapayoq Lodge – Manu Blanquillo – Macaw Clay Lick Wild

MANU CENTER: We visit a special site of the Manu National Park – a private reserve of Manu Maquisapayoq and Manu Blanquillo, situated in the southern part of the park! We discover there some paths going through this virgin part of the jungle manu center. To get there, we use the newly paved Interoceanic Highway for the most of the travel followed by a much shorter travel on the Madre de Dios River by motorboat..Blanquillo offers perfect conditions to observe river otters in a nearby lake and macaws, parrots and parakeets in one of the best clay licks of Manu Center!!. Tours in Manu Maquisapayoq is an exceptional clay-lick serving to tapirs and other animals to eat clay! There is also a special roofed platform with mosquito´s nets where visitors can overnight while watching tapirs arriving to eat at nights in manu center.

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Manu Reserve

TRIPS: Manu National Park 8d/7n

Activities: Pilcopata – Boca Manu – Reserve of Manu National Park – Biosphere Reserve

The Manu National Park is composed of 3 main areas: a core area ( Manu National Park) devoted to conservation, a buffer area including indigenous territories and private ecological reserves, a transition area with bio geographical boundaries and experimental, application and traditional use areas. The biological station of Cocha Cachu allows to carry out different researches on biological species. and ecosystems. An inventory of the biodiversity was undertaken in  Manu National Park since 1987. The Manu National Park is situated in Southeastern Peru where it covers 1.9 Million hectares. Around 6500 Quechua and 2000 Amazonian peoples are living inside the Reserve. The Manu National Park is concerned by 3 major biogeographically provinces (the Puna, the Yungas and the Amazonian provinces).

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Manu Explorers

TRIPS: Amazon Trail – Manu Park 8d/7n

Activities: Cusco – Tikari Lodge – Community – Jungle Trips – Amazing Salvacion Lake

AMAZON TRAIL – MANU PARK: The forests in order to provide a reservoir of under­lying nutrients for their crops. In the Amazon, however, the nutrient propor­tions are reversed: as much as 90% are stored in the vegetation above ground and only 10% in the thin, often clayey soils below. Despite appear­ances to the contrary, the irony of the Amazon is that the world’s most luxu­riant forest lies rooted in the midst of an enormous nutrient desert in amazon trail. All told, over 27,000 square miles (70,000 km2) of the Peruvian Amazon trail has been deforested to date, an area roughly four times the size of the Manu Biosphere Reserve; 743,100 additional acres (300,000 hectares) are deforested every year within the Amazon rainforest.

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Manu Culture Zone

TRIPS: Manu Peruvian Jungle 4d/3n

Activities: Tikari Lodge – Atalaya – Rainforest Lodge – Parrot Clay Lick – Jungle Trips

MANU PERUVIAN JUNGLE: A mysterious, almost prehistoric look to the landscape is provided by the often common presence of tree ferns. They are true ferns, but they grow to the size of small trees. Small ferns are also often abundant. Mosses, lichens and ferns are some of the oldest plants on earth and interestingly, they all depend upon mobile sperm for sexual reproduction. Thus, rain has to fall to enable the plants ‘sperm to travel over the wet surfaces of the plant, with the end goal of finding an egg and reproducing. Of course this process is inextricably linked to the watery origins of these plants in Manu Peruvian Jungle with the travel agency and tourism Manu Jungle Trips to see the Amazon jungle of Peru. With cool temperatures and abundant moisture, generally there is low evapotranspiration.

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