(14 days, 13 nights)
Day 1: Lima
Arrival in Lima, reception and transfer to your hotel.
Day 2: Cuzco
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Cuzco. Free day.
Day 3: Cuzco to Pillahuata
Early in the morning we begin in Huacarpay lake (30 min. from Cuzco) where we will see a variety of high Andean birds. Here we look for Wren-like Rushbird, many-coloured Rush-Tyrant, Puna Ibis, Andean Gull, Andean Negrito, Aplomado Falcon, American Kestrel, Cinereous Harrier, Red-Backed Hawk, Black-Chested Buzzard-Eagle and Chilean Flamingo. The impressive endemic birds around this lake are the Bearded Mountaineer, Rufous-Fronted Canastero and Streak-Fronted Thornbird.
We continue the trip driving through the Andes always stopping when we see some flock of birds. Acjanaco at 3450 meters is a good place for lunch and to start Birdwatching down the road. Often sighted are: Gray-breasted Mountain Toucan, Andean Guan, Hooded and Scarlet Bellied Mountain Tanagers, a wide variety of Hummingbirds, Collared Jay, Mountain Cacique, Fruiteaters and Flycatchers. The camp site for the night is in Pillahuata at 2743 m.
Day 4: Exploring around Pillahuata
Today we explore the trails and walk along the road around the area.
Day 5: Pillahuata to San Pedro
Today we go down into the Cloud Forest to look especially for Tanagers, Redstars, Hummingbirds, Flycatchers, Furnariids and others.
Day 6: Exploring around San Pedro
Early in the morning we go to observe, from a specially made platform, the famous Cock of the Rocks at the lek, and afterwards we explore the trails.
Day 7: San Pedro to Amazonia Lodge
Continuing down the road towards Atalaya (650m) we have the chance to see the Amazonian Umbrella bird, Versicoloured Barbet, Black and Chestnut Eagle and the beautiful Quetzals.
Day 8: Amazonia Lodge
There are many good trails for birding around the Amazonia Lodge. Situated in the foothills of the Andes, this place is home to a a wonderful variety of both the lowland birds and upper tropical birds.
Day 9: Amazonia to Manu Bio Station
On this day we travel by boat down the Upper Madre de Dios River to arrive at the junction with the Manu River and where the Madre de Dios river begins. Birdwatching whilst on the boat is very good; there are Vultures, Macaws, Herons, Egrets, Cormorants, Terns and many others. We will camp on the covered platform of the Manu Bio Station.
Day 10: Manu Bio Station
Early in the morning we will walk half an hour to the Blanco Macaw Clay Lick and watch as flocks of Parakeets, Parrots and Macaws arrive to eat the clay at the lick. In the afternoon we will visit the Blanco Lake looking for Giant River Otters and lake birds like Hoatzins, Kingfishers, Flycatchers, Grebes and others.
Day 11: Manu Bio Station
Today we explore the bamboo trails searching for the Peruvian Recurvebill, Rufous-headed Woodpecker, White-cheeked Tody Tyrant, Manu Antbird, and other Bamboo specialists.
Day 12: Maquisapayoj Mammal Salt Lick
Today we walk on the trails around Maquisapayoj, increasing your birding list. The night will be spent at the platform close to the mammal salt lick where we will have a chance to see Tapirs, Deer, and Pacas (a rodent).
Day 13: Maquisapayoj to Cuzco
Early in the morning, return to Boca Manu Airstrip for the flight back to Cuzco (45 min). Transfer to your hotel.
Day 14: Cuzco to Lima
Transfer to the airport for the return flight to Lima and the onward flight home.
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