Peruvian Amazon Birds – Manu National Park, one of the biggest protected areas in the world, is home to the some of the greatest biodiversity and the greatest biomass in the world in birds. The park boasts over 1,000 species of birds and 200 species of mammals. Including the biosphere reserve (Manu National Park, Reserved Zone, and Cultural Zone), Manu spans across a variety of habitats, from the Andean cloud forests to the humid lowland rainforests. Many magnificent creatures inhabit Manu’s rich ecosystem, including Jaguars, Pumas, Spectacled Bears, Tapirs, Anacondas, and Harpy Eagles. A generous amount of butterflies and plants inhabit Manu’s different bioregions.
In 1973, the Peruvian government established Manu as a park protecting the great biodiversity living in it. In 1977, Manu National Park became a Biosphere Reserve. Then, in 1987, UNESCO declared Manu a World Natural Heritage Site. Protecting countless numbers of species of animals and plants, and a plethora of different habitats, Manu truly is “a living eden amazing peruvian birds.
- Length: 14 Days 13 Nights
- Type of service: Private or Group
- Location: Southern Peru, Madre de Dios Department, Manu National Park, Puerto Maldonado
- Activities :Manu biosphere, Macaw clay Lick Blanquillo, Reserve, Blanco Lake, Camungo Lake
- Altitude: 400 – 3,600 m.a.s.l.
- Best time to visit: May – October
- Departure: Every day
- Minimum of participants: 4
- Maximum of participants: 10
- Price per person: USD
Breve Itinerario del Peruvian Amazon Birdwatching
Day 1 – Cusco Huayquecha reach station
Day 2 – Peruvian Amazon Birdwatching – Huayquecha Lodge
Day 3 – Peruvian Amazon Birdwatching – Huayquecha cock of the rock lodge
Day 4 – Peruvian Amazon Birdwatching – Cock of the rock lodge
Day 5 – Peruvian Amazon Birdwatching – Cock of the lodge to Amazonia lodge
Day 6 – Peruvian Amazon Birdwatching – Amazonia Lodge
Day 7 – Peruvian Amazon Birdwatching – Panticolla lodge
Day 8 – Peruvian Amazon Birdwatching – Pantiacolla Manu Amazon lodge
Day 9 – : Peruvian Amazon Birdwatching – Manu Amazon lodge
Day 10 – Peruvian Amazon Birdwatching – Manu Amazon lodge
Day 11 – Peruvian Amazon Birdwatching – Manu Amazon lodge
Day 12 – Peruvian Amazon Birdwatching – Manu Amazon lodge
Day 13 – Peruvian Amazon Birdwatching – Manu Amazon Lodge – Puerto Maldonado
Day 14 – Peruvian Amazon Birdwatching – Puerto Maldonado Cusco – lima
DESCRIPCION DEL TOUR PERUVIAN AMAZON BIRDWATCHING
Day 1 : Cusco Huayquecha reach station
Today we leave at 5:30 am from the hotel heading towards Laguna huacarpay ( lake Huacarpay) which will take approximately 45 minutes where we can see the bearded mountaineer that is a special hummingbird called ENDEMIC. It is the only hummingbird that you can see in the region of Cusco but it does not exist in other parts 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 thorn bird, many colored rush tyrant, rusty fronted canastero which is also called ENDEMIC, and many others. Afterwards, we will have a quick breakfast and then continue viewing more birds around the lake. Later we will take the bus to Manu to some lakes to stop and observe a creamy crested spine tail which is ENDEMIC, a special bird you can only see in Peru and only in parts. Sometimes we can see the black faced and others. Later we arrive in the higher part of rufterwardta to have lunch at the entrance of the national park of Manu; it is named Ajanacco and is about 3500 m.s.n.m From hear we enter the cloud forest to see tanagers y kolibris antpittas, tyranulets, flycatcher, toucan and tuocanets and many other species until we arrive at Huayquecha reach station. We will arrive approximately 4:30 pm and later we will take are rooms and then we will search for a swallow tailled nightjar and finally go sleep in Huayquecha.
Day 2 : Peruvian Amazon Birdwatching – Huayquecha Lodge
Today we leave after breakfast at 5:40 A.M. to observe birds at the elevation of 3600 m.s.n.m such as: puna thistle ail, Rufous Antpitta, puna Tapaculo, Greal sapphire wing, young’s pygmy Owl, red crested coting, Barred fruit eater, Buff Breasted Mountain Tanager, Hooded Mountain 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. Then we return to Huayquecha for lunch and a short rest. We will then continue searching for more birds like: White winged Black tyrant, refocus capped thornbill, plushcap, crimson Mandle Woodpecker, trilling tapacuco, gray breasted Mountain toucan, and Blue capped tanager. Later we will search for a swallow tailed nightjar, and then return to the lodge for dinner.
Day 3 : Peruvian Amazon Birdwatching – Huayquecha cock of the rock lodge
Today we will head to Cock of the Rock lodge but all day we have to observe the birds in route such as: golden collared tanager, Grass green Tanager, scaled metaltail, mountain Casiqui white collared jay, barred parakeet, Barred fruiteater, Band tailed fruiteater, Marcapata Spinetail , red and white antpitta, while we eat a Box Lunch. More birds that we will observe consist of 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, Superciliared Hemispingus, and many more. At around 5:30 pm we will return to the lodge where we will have the chance to see Rufous Bellied Nighthawk, then dinner and to our private rooms.
Day 4 : Peruvian Amazon Birdwatching – Cock of the rock lodge
today we leave early for Lick de Gallito for the Andean Cock of the rock. In the afternoon we have chance to photograph the most beautiful bird which is considered the national bird of Peru. Also we will be able to see: White crowned Tapaculo, Yungas Manakin, crested quetal, versicolored Barbed, Orange Eared Tanager, Highland Momot, and many more. After that we shall return to have breakfast then go out for a walk along a trail to see more birds and 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 have lunch at the lodge in the garden where there are blue flowers and local fauna. There are 13 species of kolibris for example: 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 Humminbird, Speckled Humminbird, Fawn Breasted Brilliant, and common Sparkling Violetear. Then we will have lunch before going for 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 and go to bed.
Day 5 : Peruvian Amazon Bird watching – Cock of the lodge to Amazonia lodge
Today we will leave after breakfast on the Amazon route to observe: 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. Next we will go to Pilco Pata and Talaya to eat lunch and take a boat down the river for 20 minutes or lunch. We will start out for 15 minutes to the Amazonia lodge where we can appreciate: rufous crested coquette, violet headed hummingbird, golden tailed sapphire, koepcke´s Hermit, amethyst woodstar, rufous webbed Brilliant, and Gould´s jewelfront. Then we will hike along the trail for 3 horas to search for: Amazonian Antpitta, blue headed macaw, Great Tinamou , spot back antbird ,Hoalzin, Sungrebe, chestnut capped puffbird, and others before returning to the lodge for dinner. 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, Band Bellied owl and after we return to the lodge.
Day 6 : Peruvian Amazon Bird watching – Amazonia Lodge
Today we will leave after breakfast to travel down the river for 3 hours to the Pantiacolla lodge to observe: 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. We will then return for lunch and a rest before walking through the bamboo part to search birds such as: 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 much more. Then we are going back for dinner at the lodge to recuperate before embarking on a search for owls.
Day 7 : Peruvian Amazon Birdwatching – Panticolla lodge
Today we will leave early after breakfast to walk the trails where we can observe: 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, and mucho mas. After, we shall return to the lodge for lunch and to rest. In the afternoon we will go hiking another trail to experience: pale winged trumpeter, Barred Forest Falcon, Black and white Hawk eagle, Ornate Hawk Eagle, Slate colored Hawk, before returning to the lodge for dinner. Again we will have the option of going out to view owls.
Day 8 : Peruvian Amazon Bird watching – Pantiacolla Manu Amazon lodge
On this day after breakfast we will take a boat for approximately 4 hours to the Manu Amazon Lodge where we sleep for 4 days and have an immense forrest to explore, and observe rare and exotic specimens. Arriving in the afternoon, after lunch we shall take o another trail to witness the beauty of species such as: yellow billed Nunbird, fistive coquette, chestnut crowned Foliage Gleaner, pale winged trumpeter, White chinned sapphre, and possibly others. After supper we have the option to go out and view the Black banded Owl, crested Owl, and Mottled Owl.
Day 9 : Peruvian Amazon Birdwatching – Manu Amazon lodge
We will have breakfast early before going out on the bamboo trail for about 50 minutes where we will view species like the Rufous headed Woodpecker, Rufous Breasted Piculet, Red Billed Scythebill, Chestnut throated Spinetail, Dusky Cheeked Foliage Gleaner, Brown Rumped Foliage Gleaner, Peruvian Recurvebill, White Cheeked Tody Tyrant, Flammulated Pygmy tyrant, Large Headed Flatbill, Dusky Tailed Flatbill, Rufous Capped Nunlet, Chestnut Throated Spinetail, Bamboo Antshrike, Ihering´s Antwren, Dot Winged Antwren, Black Spoted Bare Eye, Goeldi´s Antbird, Plumbeous Antbird, White Lined Antbird, Long crested Pygmy Tyrant, Pavonine Cuckoo, Rufous Vented Ground Cuckoo, and many more. After lunch we will rest until 2:30 pm before leaving for the observation tower viewing birds such as: Red Billed Tanager, Masked Tanager, Plum Throated Cotinga, Spangled Cotinga, Purple Throated Fruitcrow, pinkThroated Becard, Yellow Backed Tanager, Guira Tanager, Bare Necked Fruitcrow, Sirystes, Rufous Bellied Euphonia, Dusky Capped Greenlet, Lemon Chested Greenlet, White Necked Puffbird, Pied Puffbird, Paradise Jacamar, Black and White Hawk Eagle, Macaw , and parrot and more. Then we will head back to the lodge for sustinance and sweet dreams.
Day 10: Peruvian Amazon Birdwatching – Manu Amazon lodge
On this lovely morning we will leave early after breakfast at 4:30 am to head down the river to Puerto, then a short 15 minute walk to Macaw Clay Lick , Macaw green and Parrot where we wait for the variety of activities the parrots engage in, parrots such as , Mealy Parrot, blue Headed Parrot, Yellow Crowned Parrot, and the Orange cheeked Parrot. After breakfast in los Macaw Red we will experience the majesty of the Red and Green Macaw, Scarlet Macaw, Tui Parakeet, Cobalt Winged Parakeet, among others. We might possibly have the chance to see the Harpy Eagle, Ornate Hawk Eagle, orange Headed Tanager, Spotted Tody Flycatcher, River Tyranulet, subtropical Doradito, and the Greater Ani. Then we head to Cocha Camungo by boat to a tower 45 meters high to observe: Guira Tanager, lemon Throated Barbet, Gilded Barbet, Long Billed Woodcreeper, Orange Backed Troupial, Purple Throated Cotinga, Purus Jacamar, and Black eared Fairys. Then we go for another boat trip for 20 minutes Cocha Blanco for lunch and to and there is an observation platform where we can view various species. From here we will take a catamaran to Cocha to view species such as least Grebe, pied Billed Grebe, horned Screamer, Green Ibis, Agami Heron, Rufescent Tiger Heron, Limpkin, Snail kite, Black Collared Hawk, Sungrebe, Muscovy Duck, Rufous sided Crake, Gray necked Wood rail, Wattle Jacana, Green King Fisher, Green and Rufous Kingfisher, Purus Jacamar, Hoatzin, Pale Eyed Black Bird, Band Tailed Antbird, and silvered Antbirds. If we are lucky, we might see Giant Otters or known as Lobos de Rio meaning wolves of the river. Finally, we will make our way to the comfort of the lodge.
Day 11: Peruvian Amazon Birdwatching – Manu Amazon lodge
Today we will have breakfast at 5:00 am then we head out to the observation tower where we will observe: Red Billed tanager, White Necked Puffbird, Chestnut winged Hookbill, yellow Backed Tanager, White Throated Toucan, ChannelBilled Toucan, Curl Crested Aracari, Golden Collared toucanet, yvoryBilled Aracari, Gilded Barbet, Paradise Jacamar,Pale Rumped Swift, Black Bellied Cuckoo. After we hike down the trail to see collared Puffbird, White Eyed Antwren, Great Jacamar, Collared Trogon, Pavonine Quetzal, cinereous Mourner, Razor Billed Curassow, Blue Crowned Mankin, Long winged Antwren, Dwarf Tyrant Manakin, long Tailed Woodcreeper , Elegant Woodcreeper , Black Banded Woodcreeper , Round Tailed Manakin , Band Tailed Manakin , Blue Back Manakin , Black Faced Antbird , Sooty Antbird , Fasciated Antshrike, Plain Winged Antshrike, Black Spotted Bare Eye, and many more.
We will return to the lodge to eat and rest until 2:00 pm then go to walking down the trail with the mind set to find: Harpy eagle, white Browed Hawk, Red Rumped Cacique, Bronsy Jacamar, Paradise Jacamar, Ruddy Spinetail, Point Tailed Palmcreeper, Chestnut Capped Puffbird, Black Bellied Cuckoo, Scale Breasted Woodpecker, Ringed Woodpecker, Red Necked Woodpecker, Great Potoo, Black tinamou, Ringed Antpipit, White Crested Spadebill, Rufous Tailed Flatbill and others. We then return to the lodge for dinner and have the option to go out seeking owls.
Day 12: Peruvian Amazon Birdwatching – Manu Amazon lodge
This will be the last day in Manu Amazon lodge and we have the chance to see some birds that we have missed such as slender Billed Xenops, Rufous Tailed Xenops, Semicollared Puffbird, Curl crested Aracari, Golden Green Woodpecker, Ringed Woodpecker, Cream colored woodpecker, Strong Billed Woodcreeper, Lineated Woodcreeper, Spot Backed Antbird, Rufous Capped Antthrush, Rusty Belted Tapaculo, White Browed Purpletuft, point Tailed, great Jacamar, Collared Puffbird, Chestnut Capped Puffbird, Black tailed Leaftosser, cinereous Mourner, Winged Barred Manakin, Blue Manakin, Pavonine Quetzal, Musician Wren, and Red Billed Tanagers. After lunch we will rest until 2 pm and go to Cocha Piñara to see Pale Eyed Black Birds, Rufous Sided Crake, Varzea Chiffornis, Buff breasted Wren, Black billed Seed Finch, Chestnut Eared Aracari, Chestnut Fronted Macaw, Spot Breated Woodpecker, Rusfescent Tiger Heron, Striated Heron, tui parakeet, Gray Necked Wood- Rail, Long Billed Woodcreeper and sometimes Giant Otters. Then we return for dinner and slumber.
Day 13: Peruvian Amazon Birdwatching – Manu Amazon Lodge – Puerto Maldonado
Today we make our way to Colorado in a boat where we switch to a taxi or mini-bus for about 2 hours. We then cross the river Inambari in a boat for about 15 minutes to catch another mini-bus to Puerto which takes about 3 hours. We will make a few stops to see some more birds then head to the hotel to get some well-deserved rest.
Day 14: Peruvian Amazon Bird watching – Puerto Maldonado Cusco – Lima
On the last day we will head out to observe some more birds. We will go in our mini-bus for about 15 minutes to a location to await southern Cararas, Southern Lapwings, and Red Breasted
Black Birds, White Tailed kites, White Throated Jacamar, Wattle Jacanas, Upland Sandpipers, Picui Ground Dove, Blue Headed Macaws, Lesser Yellow Headed Vulture, Chestnut Bellied Seed eaters, Burrowing Owls, Barn Owls, Point Tailed Palm creepers, Red Bellied Macaws, and Scaled pigeons. After breakfast we will visit the city of Puerto Maldonado to purchase indigenous art and crafts. Then finally we go to the Cusco airport to catch a flight to Lima where sadly but surely the tour comes to an end.
Included in the Tours Peruvian Amazon Birdwatching
- A professional naturalist Tour Guide Birdwatching
- Motorboat transportation;
- Private vehicle land transportation;
- Entrance fee to the Blanquillo parrot clay-lick;
- A professional Cook,
- Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinking water (Please note: vegetarian option upon request for no extra cost!);
- Accommodation: 4 nights in lodges, 2 nights in a campiste, 1 night in a hostel;
- Camping equipment (personal tents, mattresses, tables, chairs, dining tent, kitchen tent, kitchen equipment and a gas bottle);
- First aid kit, including a poison extractor, mosquito bite treatment and an antidote for a snake bite;
- Radio communications;
- Rubber boots.
Not included in the tours Peruvian Amazon Birdwatching
- A flight from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco nor Lima;
- Airport departure taxes;
- Travel insurance;
- Sleeping bag (you can rent it from us!);
- Breakfast on the first day and dinner on the seventh day (in Puerto Maldonado);
- Tips to local staff.
What to take with you tours Peruvian Amazon Birdwatching
- Mosquito repellent (DEET 35 recommended as a MINIMUM!!),
- Original passport,
- Sleeping bag (you can rent if from us);
- Small backpack,
- Long sleeved cotton shirts (preferably green coloured),
- Long cotton trousers,
- Cotton long socks (to be put into your trousers),
- Comfortable walking shoes,
- Sandals or light shoes,
- Rain gear (e.g. rain poncho),
- Sweater (for the beginning of the tour in Andes and the cloud forest only),
- Binoculars (we also rent it),
- Camera and its charger,
- Plastic bags to be used for clothes and a camera,
- A hat as a protection against the Sun or rain,
- Small towel,
- Toilet paper,
- Antibacterial gel,
- Sun cream,
- Flashlight (with spare bulb and batteries),
- A bottled water (1 litre as a minimum),
- Pocket money (Soles) to buy some beverages and souvenirs as well as to tip.