Macchu Pichu and Manu Lowlands
- 7 Jul – 24Jul
- 6 Oct – 23 Oct
Day 1 LIMA
Arrival in Lima . We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Night in Lima
Day 2 PANTANOS DE VILLA- PUCUSANA
Coastal Birding , we will go to bird at Pantanos de villa and Pucusana. Night in Lima
Day 3 CUSCO- HUACARPAY- SACDRED VALLEY
We will take the first flight to Cusco in order to give us plenty of time to explore Huacarpay Lake, which is over 3,500 m. in elevation. Our primary target bird will be the endemic Bearded Mountaineer, which frequents tobacco trees along with the Giant Hummingbird and Green- tailed Trainbearer. Around the lake we hope to find Speckled, Cinnamon, and Puna Teals; Andean Ruddy Duck; and White-tufted Grebe. In the scrublands we will look for Streak-fronted Thornbird and Rusty- fronted Canastero. As we explore the area by vehicle . we will periodically stop to search for Andean Negrito, Wren-like Rushbird, Puna Ibis, and the spectacular Many-colored Rush-Tyrant. If we remember to “look up” amongst all the spectacular scenery . we may add Andean Swallow to the list as well! After all this wonderful birding we will head for Ollantaytambo, stopping for a lunch of traditional Peruvian cuisine on the way. Arriving at the Pakaritampu Hotel in the afternoon, we’ll have plenty of time to bird the gardens, which should yield Green-and- white and White-bellied Hummingbirds, amongst others. Night: Pakaritampu Hotel.
Day 4 AGUAS CALIENTES- MACHUCPICCHU
Early this morning we will take a short walk to the train station where we will take a 2.5 hour ride to Agua Calientes. The train travels along the Urubamba River where we will look for Torrent Duck and White-capped Dipper on the fly. Once in Agua Calientes, we will take a bus to the famous archaeological complex of Macchupicchu, where we will take a tour of the ruins. While exploring this area we will look for Inca Wren and Mountain Caracara, among others. Night in Aguas calientes.
Day 5 AGUAS CALIENTES- OLLANTAYTAMBO
We will be birding around aguas Calientes in the Monring and then we will take the train to Ollantaytambo Night in Ollantayrtambo .
Day 6 ABRA MALAGA- CUSCO
We will get an early start heading up to Abra Malaga Pass, at 3.900 m. elevation. On the way we will stop to look for the endemic Chestnut- breasted Mountain Finch and Creamy-crested Spinetail. We will also have a good chance at adding White-tufted Sunbeam to the list. Before actually reaching the pass we will stop to look for Streak-throated Canastero, Andean Flicker, and Andean Goose. Once across the pass we will look for a Polylepis forest where we hope to find White-browed and Giant Conebills, Tit-like Dacnis, and the endemic Parodi’s Hemispingus. After thoroughly exploring this area we will start driving back to Cusco
Day 7 CUSCO- WAYQECHA
Cusco/Wayqecha Biological Station. Note that sleeping arrangements and bathrooms are shared. Our overland journey begins at 3,400m (11,150 ft.) with an early departure from the highland city of Cusco. Today’s destination is the lush cloud forest region where the Andes fall away to the Amazon basin, and thus will be a day of scenic drama and striking contrasts! We will stop several times in the intermontane valley to look for four species of Sierra Finch (Mourning, Peruvian, Plumbeous, and Ash-breasted), Puna and Rufous-naped Ground-Tyrants, Slender-billed and Common Miners, Plain-breasted Earthcreeper, and hopefully Andean Condor. We will enjoy a box lunch overlooking the valley. Upon reaching Acjanacu we hope to find a mixed flock containing Scarlet- bellied and Chestnut-bellied Mountain-Tanagers, Golden-collared Tanager, and Black-throated and Moustached Flowerpiercers. At dusk we will look for Swallow-tailed Nightjar. Night: Wayqecha Biological Station
Day 8- 9 Cock of the Rock Lodge
After an early morning bird walk and breakfast we’ll drive to El Mirador (Union Lookout) to look for mixed-species flocks of Blue-necked Tanagers, Paradise Tanagers, Bush Tanagers, Slaty-capped Flycatchers, Slate- throated red stars, Olive-backed and Mountain woodcreepers, Mountain Foliage Gleaners, Blue-banded and Chesnut-tipped toucanets, Crimson- bellied and Golden Olive woodpeckers, Dand Highland Motmots. El Mirador is a great place to spot raptors as well. Back to the lodge for lunch and time to enjoy the garden, home to at least six species of hummingbirds, the Booted Racket-tail, and Wire-crested Thorntail. We’ll set aside some time to visit a lek in the cloud forest to observe the Cock-of- the-Rock, the national bird of Peru. We’ll get a chance to watch the colorful males dance to attract the females.
As dusk , we may see one of the most rare and unique birds in the world – the Lyre-tailed Nightjar. Nigh Cock of the rock
Day 10 Cock of the Rock – Amazonia Lodge
We’ll have another chance to visit the Cock-of- the-Rock lek before we continue our journey in the cloud forest – through trees, waterfalls, and dramatic ravines – to the Andean foothills and bamboo forest. Here we’ll look for species like the Dusky-cheeked Foliage-gleaner, Red-billed Scythebill, Chesnut-backed Antstrike, Foothill Antwren, White-backed Fire- eye, Yellow-breasted Flycatcher, Stripe-chested Antwren, and Cabanis Spinetail. We’ll also see the Golden-bellied Warbler, Ornate Flycatcher, Cinnamon-faced Tyrannulet, rare Peruvian Pietail (endemic hummingbird), and Fine-barred Piculet (endemic). In Pillcopata we’ll stop to visit a coca plantation and learn about this plant and its many medicinal uses. We continue on to the port town of Atalaya where we will meet our boat for our river ride to the Amazonia Lodge.
Day 11 Amazonia Lodge – Manu Tented Camp
After breakfast we’ll embark on a five-hour boat trip downstream to the Manu River. We go up the Manu River to the Manu National Park and the checkpoint to enter the park. Lunch is provided on the boat ride. As we travel through the park on the river, we may see nesting birds or a jaguar on the riverbank. It is late afternoon by the time we arrive at the tented camp. The Tented Camp or Albergue Machiguenga features spacious double- occupancy tents with hinged, lockable doors and solid wooden floors. All tents are fully screened, with a raised floor on wooden stilts to provide maximum ventilation and coolness, as well as protection from flooding and insects. A thatched roof completes the structure. Each of the extra-long twin beds has a mosquito net. A separate screened dining room with a wooden floor and a complex of shared hot-water showers and flush toilets complete the compound. Bring a good flashlight!
Day 12 Manu Tented Camp
From our jungle tent camp we are back in the boat and off to visit a beautiful oxbow lake with a resident family of Giant River Otters! We’ll spend the morning observing the otter family and bird watching before returning to our camp for lunch. Our afternoon trip takes us to Otorongo Lake. This oxbow lake has a small canopy tower for fantastic wildlife observation. The surrounding forest is pristine and will provide many wildlife sightings. Back at our home base we gather at the central lodge for dinner and stories of the day. The sounds of the forest surround us as we make our way to our tents for the night.
Day 13 Manu Tend Camp
Today is the day we visit the macaw clay lick! We will visit a new Macaw Clay lick, which is not far from our camp. A fifteen-minute boat ride up the Manu River and 30-minute walk through the forest will provide ample opportunity to see monkeys. There are at least thirteen species of monkeys here including the Spiderman monkey as well as Emperor, Saddleback, Tamarind, Squirrel, Brown, White face Capuchin, Dusky, Titi, Red Howler, and Woolly Monkeys. At the lick we’ll see blue, yellow, red and green macaws, five species of parrots and three species of parakeets. In the afternoon we take the boat upstream to the last forest ranger check point to observe wildlife at a mammal clay lick. The lick is a good spot to see monkeys and tapirs that ingest clay as a detoxifier. We head back to our tent camp for dinner and the night.
Day 14 Manu Tented Camp – Manu Wildlife Center
As we make our way downstream we’ll have another opportunity to spot a jaguar on the banks of the Manu River. We reach the Madre de Dios River after four hours and stop in Boca Manu Village to see the handmade wooden boats built here. We arrive at the Manu Wildlife Center Lodge in time for lunch. We spend the rest of the afternoon at the tapir clay lick, a platform with comfortable mats, protective mosquito nets, to watch for tapirs. We spend the night at the Manu Wildlife Center.
Day 15 Manu Wildlife Center
At 5:00 am we head downstream to the Blanquillo Macaw lick. After a forty- minute boat ride and thirty minute walk we reach this amazing roofed platform. Breakfast is prepared and served as we watch the spectacular show of macaws, parrots and parakeets at the lick. After lunch at the lodge we’ll climb up to a forty meter-high canopy tower on top of a huge Ceiba tree. In the treetops we watch the macaws fly at eye level and gaze at the spectacular landscape far below.
Day 16 Manu wildlife center Cocha Blanco or Cocha Camungo with Canopy Tower
Early morning going downstream to visit any of these places and enjoy including a Bambu forest in the way back to the Lodge
Day 17 Manu wildlife center to Puerto Maldonado airport
After breakfast we journey down the Madre de Dios River for three hours to the gold-mining town of Colorado. A three-hour van ride takes us to Puerto Maldonado night in Puerto Maldonado.
Day 18 LIMA- INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
We will be birding around Puerto Maldonado and we take our fly back to Lima . you will have to book and overnight fly we will leave you at the airport End of the services..
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