Manu and Tambopata Photo-Birding Expedition 10D / 9N
The Manu National Park and the Tambopata National Reserve, are part of the largest ecological corridor in the South American rainforest, extending itself towards Bolivia and Brazil. Ideal place to observe and photograph wildlife that are constantly migrating searching for food or mating in it. Manu, considered as a Biosphere reserve and Tambopata area, for owning the largest collpa (salty mud lick) for birds in the world, offers us all its biodiversity in this expedition.
Day 1. Cusco – Wayquecha Biological Station Lodge
Early in the morning in our private van, we head to Huacarpay wetland for our first stop and exploration in it. Wildlife of the Highlands, mainly aquatic birds, mammals (fox, wild guinea pig, among others) can be sighted here. After traveling through the Peruvian Andes, we continue towards Acjanaco, an excellent place for native flora and fauna. We can see and photograph birds such us, Canasteros, Hummingbirds, Spinetails, Tanagers, Flycatchers among many others. Apart from birds, we can also spot some mammals such us, Andean Fox, Spectacled Bear, Deer, etc.
After our picnic lunch here, we keep driving down through the unique vegetation, until we get the first lodge. Arriving in the afternoon, we will spend some hours at the garden watching hummingbirds.
We stay at Wayquecha Biological Station.
Day 2. Wayquecha Biological Station Lodge
We will have the whole day to explore the great forest of the area. The lodge has trails that lead us through the low vegetation which helps us observe and photograph wildlife, mainly birds such us, Scarlet-bellied mountain Tanager, Hooded Mountain Tanager, Andean Pygmy owl, Amethyst-throated Sunangel, White-throated Tyrannulet, among other colorful birds. In the afternoon, we will explore the road and the garden.
Day 3. Wayquecha Biological Station – Cock of the Rock Lodge
Early in the morning after a delicious breakfast, we take our van to continue descending to another totally different ecosystem. After several stops along the route to beautify by the biodiversity of the place, we will arrive at the lodge in the afternoon to take advantage of the light in the garden and observe Hummingbirds, Tanagers, Oropendolas, Euphonias, etc. Along the route we will have the opportunity to see the Golden-headed Quetzal, White-collared Jay, Cinnamon Flycatcher, Crested Quetzal, primates, and many more. The garden has plenty of hummingbirds and tanagers that come out for food, here we can see the Violet-fronted Brilliant, Booted Racket-tail, Speckled Hummingbird, Blue gray Tanager, Silver-beaked Tanager, among others.
Overnight at the Cock of the rock Lodge
Day 4. Cock of the rock Lodge
We will have the whole morning to explore the trails, the garden and the road next to the Lodge. This excellent place has a unique vegetation and creatures, such us Paradise Tanager, mammals. In the afternoon we will visit the Lek of Cock of the Rock, where the males make every effort to attract the female. We return to the Lodge birding on the road.
Day 5. Cock of the rock Lodge – Amazonia Lodge
Early in the morning, we continue our expedition to the transitional forest. On this route we will have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Swallow Tanager, Turquoise Tanager, Speckled Chachalaca, Blue-crowned Trogon, Golden-collared Honeycreeper, Black Solitary Eagle, among others. At noon we will arrive at Atalaya village, where we will change the vehicle and continue with the expedition by boat with outboard motor. After a 15-minute journey, we arrive at the Amazonia lodge, where we can take advantage of natural light and see hummingbirds such us, White-necked Jacobin, Rufous-crested Coquete, Blue-tailed Emerlad and many more.
Day 6. Amazonia Lodge
The lodge has a very good trails system for birding/photography and the small towers that help us have a better view. Here, we will have the opportunity to see the Great Antshrike, Black-tailed Trogon, Chestnut-eared Arasari, Royal Flycatcher, Amazon Kingfisher, Ringed Woodpecker, Spangled Cotinga and among others.
We can also do a night walk in search of Great Potoo, Spectacled Owl, and Common Pauraque and among others.
Day 7. Amazonia – Cusco
After our last activity in the garden and breakfast in this lodge, we return to Cusco by the same route, obviously making stops on the way to observe and photograph birds that we probably have not seen when we came. Arriving in Cusco in the afternoon and prepare for the next day.
We spend the night in a hotel in Cusco.
Day 8. Cusco – Puerto Maldonado – Chuncho Lodge
We take a flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado – the biodiversity capital-, and then go by car and boat to the next destination, the Chuncho Lodge. This lodge is strategically located in the rainforest and very close to the largest macaw clay lick in the world, Collpa Chuncho.
We spend the night in the Chuncho lodge.
Day 9. Chuncho Lodge – Chuncho Clay lick
Early in the morning, we take our boat and we get embellished by the great multicolored show that happens there every day. Hundreds of Macaws, Parrots, Parakeets of different species and among other birds, congregate in the natural clay wall to feed on it. Occasionally you can see some mammals such as primates, cats, rodents, etc.
In the afternoon we will explore some trails and the garden of the same lodge.
Day 10. Chuncho Lodge – Puerto Maldonado – Cusco
After our last activity in the garden and the breakfast, we leave the lodge and travel back to Puerto Maldonado city. We take our flight back to Cusco and you get the International flight to home or other destination.
- All the transportation from/Cusco (terrestrial and aerial)
- Experienced Bilingual Birding Guide
- Accommodation (in lodges)
- Duffle bag
- All food included (except the first breakfast and last lunch)
- Extra drinks (beer, pisco sour, etc.)
- Travel Insurance
- Tips for the staff (optional)
- Take extra money with you
- Good Binoculars
- Eco-friendly clothes