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Birding Peru – 6 Day Birding Tour in Manu National Park

Observe a unique array of birds and other wildlife on this six day bird watching tour. Delve into Manu National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site. Experience Peru’s exceptional ecosystems in the cloud forest and high jungle.

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Experience the Best Birding Peru Has to Offer in Manu National Park

Discover the unique wildlife in the cloud forest and high jungle of Manu National Park on this six day birding Peru tour. You will be able to explore, go bird watching, and stay in Huacarpay Lodge, the Cock of the Rock Lodge, and Amazonia Lodge. Manu National Park has an astounding amount of biodiversity and you can see hummingbirds, parrots, macaws, owls, parakeets, and many other birds you cannot find anywhere else in the world.

Highlights

  • Explore Manu National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage site
  • Observe a variety of birds and wildlife, many endemic to the area
  • Stay in rainforest lodges
  • Experience some of the most diverse birding Peru can show you

Tour Information

Duration: 6 Days
Start location: Cusco hotel
End location: Cusco
Availability: Year-round

Itinerary

Day 1 – Birdwatching at Laguna Huacarpay and the Cloud Forest of Manu National Park
To start off your birding Peru tour, you will leave the hotel in Cusco at 5:30 am and travel approximately 45 minutes to Laguna Huacarpay. There, you can see the endemic Bearded Mountaineer (Oreonympha nobilis), a hummingbird that only lives in the region of Cusco. You will have a quick breakfast and then continue on the birding tour around the lake. Laguna Huacarpay is also home to a variety of other birds such as:

  • Plumbeous rail (Pardirallus sanguinolentus)
  • Cinnamon teal (Anas cyanoptera)
  • Puna teal (Anas puna)
  • Yellow billed pintail (Anas georgica)
  • White tufted grebe (Rollandia rolland)
  • Cinereous harrier (Circus cinereus)
  • Black chested buzzard Eagle (Geranoaetus melanoleucus)
  • Streak fronted thornbird (Phacellodomus striaticeps)
  • Many colored rush tyrant (Tachuris rubrigastra)
  • Endemic Rusty fronted canastero (Asthenes ottonis)
  • Endemic Creamy crested spinetail (Cranioleuca albicapilla)

After enjoying the lake, you will take a bus to Manu National Park, elevation 11,700 ft (3565 m). Lunch will be at at the entrance to the park. From there, you will enter the cloud forest to see tanagers hummingbirds, antpittas, tyranulets, flycatchers, toucans, toucanets, and many other bird species. After a day of birding tours, you will return to Huayquecha Biological Station and Lodge around 4:30 pm. In the evening, before going to sleep, you will go bird watching for swallow tailed nightjars.

Day 2 – Birdwatching at the Cock of the Rock Lodge
The next day of your birding Peru tour takes you to the Cock of the Rock Lodge. You will have the opportunity to observe a variety of birds during the day. At night, you will go bird watching for Rufous-bellied Nighthawk (Lurocalis rufiventris). The day’s birds you can see include:

  • Golden collared tanager (Iridosornis jelskii)
  • Grass green Tanager (Chlorornis riefferii)
  • Scaled metaltail (Metallura aeneocauda)
  • Mountain Cacique (Cacicus chrysonotus)
  • White collared jay (Cyanolyca viridicyanus)
  • Barred parakeet (Bolborhynchus lineola)
  • Barred fruiteater (Pipreola arcuata)
  • Band tailed fruiteater (Pipreola intermedia)
  • Endemic Marcapata Spinetail (Cranioleuca marcapatae)
  • Red and white antpitta (Grallaria erythroleuca)
  • Blue Banded Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus coeruleicinctis)
  • Hooded Mountain Tanager (Buthraupis montana)
  • Black and Chestnut Eagle (Spizaetus isidori)
  • Black solitary Eagle (Buteogallus solitarius)
  • White throated Antpitta (Grallaria albigula)
  • Slaty Tanager (Creurgops dentatus)
  • Slaty Backed Chat tyrant (Ochthoeca cinnamomeiventris)
  • Fulvous Wren (Cinnycerthia fulva)
  • Chestnut crested Cotinga (Ampelion rufaxilla)
  • Crested Quetzal (Pharomachrus antisianus)
  • Golden Headed Quetzal (Pharomachrus auriceps)
  • Black Streaked Puffbird (Malacoptila fulvogularis)
  • Yellow Throated Tanager (Iridosornis analis)
  • Buff Breasted Mountain Tanager (Dubusia taeniata)
  • Superciliary Hemispingus (Hemispingus superciliaris)
  • And many more!

Day 3 – See Peru’s National Bird and Hummingbirds at the Cock of the Rock Lodge
The day’s birding Peru tour starts early in the morning in order to visit the breeding grounds of the Peruvian National Bird, the Andean Cock of the Rock (“Gallito de las Rocas”). You will be able to see the Andean Cock of the Rock displaying to attract mates.

After the morning activity, you will return to the lodge for breakfast and go out for a trail walk to see more birds and possibly monkeys. Later, you will return to the lodge for lunch.

The lodge has some of the best birding Peru has to offer for hummingbirds. Flowers around the lodge attract up to 13 species of hummingbirds that you can observe! After lunch, you will take another walk along the road to see the Lyre-tailed nightjar (Uropsalis lyra) and the Rufescent Screech Owl (Megascops ingens). Dinner will be back in the lodge. Birds you could spot on this day of the tour include:

  • White crowned Tapaculo (Scytalopus atratus)
  • Yungas Manakin (Chiroxiphia boliviana)
  • Crested Quetzal (Pharomachrus antisianus)
  • Versicolored Barbet (Eubucco versicolor)
  • Orange Eared Tanager (Chlorochrysa calliparaea)
  • Highland Motmot (Momotus aequatorialis)
  • Slaty Gnateater (Conopophaga ardesiaca)
  • Chestnut breasted Wren (Cyphorhinus thoracicus)
  • Cinnamon faced Tyranulet (Phylloscartes parkeri)
  • Spotted Nightingale Thrush (Catharus dryas)
  • Amazonian Ambrella Bird (Cephalopterus ornatus)
  • Tyrannine Woodcreeper (Dendrocincla tyrannina)
  • Masked Trogon (Trogon personatus)
  • Crimson Bellied Woodpecker (Campephilus haematogaster)
  • Black Streaked puffbird (Malacoptila fulvogularis)
  • Paradise Tanager (Tangara chilensis)
  • Saffron Crowned Tanager (Tangara xanthocephala)
  • Golden Tanager (Tangara arthus)
  • Brown Tinamou (Crypturellus obsoletus)
  • Booted Racket Tail (Ocreatus underwoodii)
  • Wire crested Thorntail (Discosura popelairii)
  • Gree Hermit (Phaethornis guy)
  • Buff Tailed Sicklebill (Eutoxeres condamini)
  • Many Spotted Hummingbird (Taphrospilus hypostictus)
  • Violet Fronted Brilliant (Taphrospilus hypostictus)
  • White Bellied Woodstar (Chaetocercus mulsant)
  • Peruvian Piedtail (Phlogophilus harterti)
  • Long Tailed Sylph (Aglaiocercus kingi)
  • Wedge Billed Hummingbird (Schistes geoffroyi)
  • Speckled Hummingbird (Adelomyia melanogenys)
  • Fawn Breasted Brilliant (Heliodoxa rubinoides)
  • Common Sparkling Violetear (Colibri coruscans)

Day 4 – Observe Rainforest Birds and Owls at Amazonia Lodge
After breakfast, you’ll go to Amazonia Lodge by car. Once you reach Atalaya, you will switch from car to boat and sail downriver for about 15 minutes to the lodge. There will be chances to observe an array of birds on the way and along the nearby trails. After dinner, you will return to the trail to observe owls. On this day, you can see:

  • Ornate flycatcher (Myiotriccus ornatus)
  • Lanceolated monklet (Micromonacha lanceolata)
  • Peruvian piedtail (Phlogophilus harterti)
  • Black backed tody flycatcher (Poecilotriccus pulchellus)
  • Black faced tanager (Schistochlamys melanopis)
  • Blue headed Macaw (Primolius couloni)
  • Chestnut fronted Macaw (Ara severus)
  • Fiery capped Manakin (Machaeropterus pyrocephalus)
  • White eyed parakeet (Psittacara leucophthalma)
  • Chestnut backed Antshrike (Thamnophilus palliatus)
  • Golden Tanager (Tangara arthus)
  • Orange eared Tanager (Chlorochrysa calliparaea)
  • Black solitary eagle (Buteogallus solitarius)
  • Rufous crested coquette (Lophornis delattrei)
  • Violet headed humminbird (Klais guimeti)
  • Golden tailed sapphire (Chrysuronia oenone)
  • Koepcke´s Hermit (phaethornis koepckeae)
  • Amethyst woodstar (Calliphlox amethystina)
  • Rufous webbed Brilliant (Heliodoxa branickii)
  • Gould´s jewelfront (Heliodoxa aurescens)
  • Amazonian Antpitta (Hylopezus berlepschi)
  • Blue headed macaw (Primolius couloni)
  • Great Tinamou (Tinamus major)
  • Spot back antbird (Myrmeciza exsul)
  • Hoalzin (Opisthocomus hoazin)
  • Sungrebe (Heliornis fulica)
  • Chestnut capped puffbird (Bucco macrodactylus)
  • Tawny bellied screech owl (Megascops watsonii)
  • Long tailed potoo (Nyctibius aethereus)
  • Black bandad owl (Strix huhula)
  • Great potoo (Nyctibius grandis)
  • Band Bellied owl (Pulsatrix melanota)

Day 5 – Spot Canopy Birds at Amazonia Lodge
After breakfast, you will do some bird watching along the trail as well as from an observation tower, where you may see canopy bird species. Then you will return to the lodge for lunch before hiking and birding on another trail. Late in the afternoon you will return to the lodge for dinner. The day’s birds you could see include:

  • Plum-throated Cotinga (Cotinga maynana)
  • Spangled Cotinga (Cotinga cayana)
  • Opal rumped tanager (Tangara velia)
  • Turquoise tanager (Tangara mexicana)
  • Round tailed Manakin (Ceratopipra chloromeros)
  • Striolared puffbird (Nystalus striolatus)
  • Half collared Gnatwren (Microbates cinereiventris)
  • Tawny-throated Leaftosser (Sclerurus mexicanus)
  • Razor billed Corassow (Mitu tuberosum)
  • Scarlet Hooded Barbet (Eubucco tucinkae)
  • Lemon throated Barbet (Eubucco richardsoni)
  • Buff Throated Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus guttatus)
  • Red Billed Tyrannulet (Zimmerius cinereicapilla)
  • Fine Barred Piculet (Picumnus subtilis)
  • Double Toothed Kite (Harpagus bidentatus)
  • Undulated Tinamou (Crypturellus undulatus)
  • Rufous breasted Piculet (Picumnus rufiventris)
  • Plain browen Woodcreeper (Dendrocincla fuliginosa)
  • Blue crowned Trogon (Trogon curucui)
  • Red Throated Caracara (Ibycter americanus)
  • Chestnut fronted Macaw (Ara severus)
  • Black Capped Tinamou (Crypturellus atrocapillus)
  • Cinereous Tinamou (Crypturellus cinereus)
  • Bluish fronted Jacamar (Galbula cyanescens)
  • Pygmy Antwren (Myrmotherula brachyura)
  • Goldi’s Antbird (Myrmeciza goeldii)

Day 6 – Visit a Parrot Clay Lick and Return to Cusco
Early in the morning, you will visit a parrot clay lick. On a riverside clay wall, different species of parrots and macaws come down each morning to extract necessary minerals for their diet balance. The parakeets, Amazon parrot, blue headed parrot, chestnut fronted macaw, and blue headed macaw make an unforgettable sight of color and diversity. After this activity, you will finish your birding Peru tour by sailing upriver towards Atalaya and continuing by bus all the way to Cusco.

What’s Included

  • Tour guide with binoculars and spotting scope
  • Bird Check List
  • Transportation by bus and boat
  • Five days of accommodations in lodges
  • All meals except the last dinner
  • Entrance fee to Manu Park
  • Mineral water and snacks
  • Rubber boots
  • First aid kit

What to Bring

  • Binoculars and photo equipment
  • A spotting scope, if you have one
  • Flashlight for night birding
  • Light day pack
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • T-shirts and a long-sleeved shirt
  • Jeans or other cotton pants are comfortable, as well as quick-drying nylon ones
  • Cotton socks
  • Sweater, jacket or fleece for night bird watching
  • Light jacket, water resistant, or poncho
  • Hiking boots or sturdy shoes
  • Water bottle/canteen or camel pack
  • Sandals for after hours
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Plastic bags for camera, clothes, etc. Personal toiletries (shampoo, towel, etc)
  • Converter /adaptor for the electricity (Plugs are typically the 2 pronged flat type found in the US)

Important Notes

  • Hiking level: Easy; There are some long journeys and early starts, but the walking is usually fairly easy.
  • Climate: Humid, cold and foggy in the mornings as well as in the afternoons. At midday it can be very hot or sometimes very cold and wet. We recommend to bring rain ponchos and umbrellas for this tour because the weather conditions are unpredictable.
  • Please note that prices are based on tours booked at least 2 months in advance. If you’d like to book a tour within 2 months, please contact us at info@keteka.com for updated pricing information.

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