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Manu National Park comprises 19,000 KM2 of the best preserve forest in the southeast of Peru since 1977; allowing the birder and non birder experience a pristine forest with one of the largest birds list about 1000 species, 13 monkeys species, the last refuge of the endangered Giant Otter, the second largest macaw clay lick and endless areas for forest walks and canopy platforms making this area a naturalist dream.
Our trip starts in Cusco and ends in Puerto Maldonado
Early departure, setting off to explore the famous Manu National Park, driving along the famous Manu Road know as one of the finest birding roads in the world, we make selected stops on the way to find target birds like the peruvian endemics Creamy Crested Spinetail, Chesnut breasted Mountain Finch, and the gorgeous Bearded Mountaineer, as we reach the mountain pass of Ajanacu 12000 ft official entrance to the Manu National Park the habitat change is quiet dramatic, we admire beautiful elfin forest, upper montane forest laden with delicate orchids here a handfull of species like Hooded, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanagers, Rufous-capped Thornbill, Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Chesnut crested Cotinga and more, our destination is the cloud forest of Manu, the birding along this road is quiet spectacular, mixed-species flocks may produce Masked, Moustached, Deep-blue Flower-Piercers, Crimsom-mantled Woodpecker, Strong-billed Woodcreeper, Golden-collared Tanager and the list goes on; as we approach our inn we keep our eyes wide open for Andean guans and Highland Motmot as it gets dark we have good chances to spot Lyre Tailed Nightjar.Arrival to our comfortable lodge at(5,000ft) and overnight.(B, Box-lunch, D)
At cloud forest for birding, this gives us the change to enjoy probably the most accessible Lek of Andean Cock of the Rocks a beautiful dweller of this forests and the national bird of Peru, we hope to spot some males at their morning mating rituals at nearby Lek furnished with comfortable blinds(hides) and enjoy superb birding with colorful tanagers, hummingbirds like Violet fronted brilliant, green hermit, wire crested thorntail, speckled and others, woodpeckers, furnarids and much more. Overnight at lodge.(B, L, D)
Today we will explore humid temperate forest at 10, 000 ft, hoping to find mixed-flocks that may contain Hooded Mountain-Tanager, Chesnut-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Streaked Tufted-Cheek, White-throated Tyrannulets. White-banded Tyrannulet, Bar-breasted Woodpecker, Blue-banded Toucanet and others. As we drop in elevation we may encounter a wide variety of hummingbirds like Chesnut-breasted Coronet, Long-tailed Sylph, Mountain Velvetbreast, Buff-tigheg Puffleg, Collared Inca, Amathyst-throated Sun-Angel. Middle afternoon drive back to lodge and overnight. (B, L, D)
Early breakfast, drive down road to our next location the foothills of Manu at Amazonia Lodge, and old tea and citrus farm hacienda, run by a local family having an incredible list of over 600 species of birds .This drive will give us the chance to experience a whole set of birds the possibilties include Golden-collared Honeycreepers, Golden-bellied Warbler, bamboo specialties like Warbling Antbird, Striped-chested Antwren, Chesnut-backed Antshrike, and others.Middle afternoon arrival to Atalaya where we will take a short boat trip across the upper Madre de Dios river to our next inn Amazonia Lodge, overnight at lodge.(B, L, D)
It is certainly magical to be awaken by so many birds calling, we will dedicate the first morning hours to enjoy easy birding at lodge clearing before breakfast, excellent for a number of species like Blue-headed Parrots, Cinamon-throated Woodcreeper, several species of tanagers, woodpeckers and more. Breaskfast, rest of morning lodge trail exploration including some bamboo patches excellent for several species of antbirds.Overnight at lodge.(B, L, D)
Early monring start for long boat trip down the Upper Mother of God River to our next location, the lowlands of Manu.During our journey good chances to spot river-side species such as Fasciated Tiger-Heron, Kingfishers, Large and Yellow-billed Terns, Horned Screamers, Pied Plover, Collared Plover, Orinoco Goose also good for birds of prey as well as mammals.Middle afternoon arrival to Manu Wildlife Center and overnight, lodge features comfortable double bungalows with private facilities, hot and cold running water as well as spacious bar and dinning areas. (B, Box-lunch, D)
Early departure from lodge for a 30 minutes boat ride to the Blanquillo Macaw Clay Lick, spectacular exposed river bank where hundreds of parrots gather to eat the mineral rich clay, this is certainly an incredible spectacle of nature seen by very few, some species include the gorgeous Blue-headed and Orange-cheeked Parrots, the larger amazons Yellow-crowned and Mealy Parrots, small visitors include Tui, Cobalt-winged and White-eyed Parakeets, the area is also visited by the large Red and Green Macaws, all seen from a very convenient blind about 200 feet from exposed river bank.After activity is over boat trip back to lodge. Rest of day exploration of lodge trails.Overnight at lodge.(B, L, D)
After a delicious breakfast we set off for a 30 minutes boat trip to Camungo Canopy Tower, this well enable access to the rainforest canopy and birds seldom seen from the rainforest floor.The canopy is reach by a metal spiral staircase at about 150 ft above the ground, resting on a magnificent Kapok Tree.We hope to be in the middle of a mixed-flock with Green and Gold, Opal-rumped, Opal-crowned, Paradise and Masked-Crimsom Tanagers, Purple Honeycreeper, Gilded and Lemon-throated Barbets, Sclater´s and Chesnut-shouldered Antwrens, Orange-fronted Plushcrown and more.Distant tree tops may produce great scope views of Purple-thoated and Spangled Cotingas, Curl-crested, Brown-mandibled, Chesnut-eared Aracaris, White-throated Toucans and hopefully some birds of prey.Rest of morning short visit to Camungo Cocha, ox-bow lake good spot for Purus Jacamar, Pale-eyed Black-bird, the bizarre looking Hoatzins, several species of flycatchers and others.Middle afternoon boat trip back to lodge.Rest of day, exploration of lodge forest trails.The forest in certainly different at night, night birding will give us the chance to observe rather shy birds, possibilities include Amazonian Pigmy Owl, Tawny-bellied Screech Owl, Great and Common Potto.Overnight at lodge.(B, L, D)
Morning exploration of lodge trails, spending time at the Grid trail system, excellent place for uderstory mixed-species flocks as well as for primates, rest of morning exploration of high-ground forest hoping to reach a nearby forest-interior mammals clay-lick visited by several species of birds, like Blue-throated Piping Guan, Spix´s Guan, Black-capped and Rosed-fronted Parakeets, Dusky-billed Parrotlets , primates include Black-spider Monkeys and Red Howlers, if luck is with us maybe even a Tapir, the largest amazonian mammal. Overnight at lodge.(B ,L, D)
Early morning departure to fully explore Blanco Ox-bow Lake. We hope to encounter the resident family of Giant River Otters and several water associated birds, Fasciated Tiger Heron, Agami Heron, Horned Screamers, Green and Rufus Kingfisher, Rufus-sided Crake, Watled Jacana, Silvered Antbird, flycatchers, roosting Ladder-tailed Nightjar and more. The area is also good for primates. Mid-morning journey to Boca Colorado and then drive to Puerto Maldonado. On the way we will make selected stops to look for Brazilian Teal, Southtern Lapwing and more. Arrival to Puerto Maldonado and overnight. (B, Box-lunch, D)
Morning transfer to airport to take flights back to Cusco or Lima.
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