Is a birdwatchers’ paradise, and many eco-tourists visit the reserve specifically to watch birds. On a two to three week birding trip to Manu National Park, from the highlands to the lowlands, birdwatchers regularly record 450-500 species per trip, a staggering number. The high grasslands at Ajcanacu Pass hold high-altitude Tinamous, Canasteros and Sierra-finches and this life zone is one of the least ornithologically explored areas of Manu and where we expect several new species for the Manu Reserve to be added in the near future. At this altitude of nearly 4000 meters, a stunted forest, known as elfin forest, holds several Tanagers, Flowerpiercers and a Thistletail found nowhere else in the reserve.
Today we leave at 5:30am from the hotel heading towards laguna 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 thornbird, 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 spinetail 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.a.s.l.. From hear we enter the cloud forest to see tangers y kolibris antpittas, tyranulets, flycatcher, tuocan 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 Huayquechaimes.
Today we leave after breakfast at 5:40 A.M. to observe birds at the elevation of 3600 m.a.s.l. such as: puna thistleail, Rufous Antpitta, puna Tapaculo, Greal sapphirewing, yungas pygmy Owl, red crested cotinga, Barred fruiteater, Buff Brested Mountain Tanager, Hooded Moumtain 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, rufous 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.
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.
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 quetzal, 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 Violet ear. 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.
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 be for 15 minutes to the Amazonia lodge where we can appreciate: rufous crested coquette, violet headed humminbird, 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.
Today we leave after breakfast to walk along the trail to an observation tower where we may see canopy species such as: Plum throated Cotinga, Spangled Cotinga, opal rumped tanager, turquoise tanager, round tailed Manakin, Striolared puffbird, halp collared Gnatwren, Tawny throated leaftosser, Razor billed Corassow, Military Macaw, and much more. Then we will return to the lodge for lunch before hiking another trail to observe: Scarlet Hooded Barbet, lemon throated Barbet, Buff Throated Woodcreeper, Red Billed Tyranulet, Fine Barred Piculet, Double Toothed Kite, Undulated Tinamou, Rufous breasted Piculnet, and Plain browed Woodcreeper. After lunch we have the options of going for another walk or taking photos of the birds in the famous garden. We can see Blue crowned Trogon, Red Throated Caracara, chestnut fronted Macaw, Black Capped Tinamou, cinereous Tinamou, Bluish fronted Jacamar, Pygmy Antwren, Goldi’s Antbird, and others. Then we return to the lodge for dinner.
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.
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.
Today we head out very early after breakfast to go for a long hike to observe: Orange Breasted Falcon , Black Tinamou, Great Tinamou, Gray Tinamou, Bay Headed tanager, Opal rumped Tanager, Blue Naped Chlorophonia, Hairy crested Antbird, and others that we will see in route. We will have lunch at the lodge then later in the afternoon we’ll explore some trails before returning for dinner and a well deserved rest.
On our final day, we make our way back to Cusco after breakfast. We will first take a boat to Atalaya where we will catch a bus heading to Cusco. While in route we shall have various stops to observe any birds we may have missed we arrive in Cusco.