Birdwatching Tour of the Manu Cloud Forests, Peru
This moderately paced 4-day Birding Manu Cloud Forest Tour is available on request and will take you to a unique habitat in Manu National Park - one of the world's great wilderness areas. Wildlife is plentiful in this area and over 1,000 species of birds have been recorded here. In our four days we can hope to find many of these exciting avian inhabitants while birding in the Manu cloud forests.
In particular, we will be looking for two of the region's endemics: Creamy-crested Spinetail and Chestnut-breasted Mountain Finch. In addition, we will also hope to find Cineeous Conebill, Goldbilled Saltator, Bandtailed Seedeater, Peruvian, Ash Breast Sierra Finches, and many more on this birding Manu cloud forest adventure.
The journey begins at a high mountain pass in Acjanaco where we will experience a vast intact wilderness area and descend along winding roads to the foothills around Manu National Park. Along the way we'll target some hard-to-find birds such as Crimson-mantled Woodpecker and Blue-banded Toucanet. The hummingbirds we encounter may include Gould's Inca, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Amethyst-throated Sunangel, Violet-throated Starfrontlet, Tyrian Metaltail and Rufous-capped Thornbill.
The area is also good for mixed flocks, and sorting through them we may find Montane Woodcreeper, Marcapata Spinetail, Pearled Treerunner, Streaked Tuftedcheek, White-throated and White-banded Tyrannulets and Handsome and Inca Flycatchers, to name but a few. Then there is the endemic but hard to see Red-and-white Antpitta, and a whole range of tyrants - Rufous-breasted and Slaty-backed Chat-Tyrants, Streak-throated Bush-Tyrant, White-winged Black-Tyrant and Black-throated Tody-Tyrant.
No trip to go birding the Manu cloud forest would be complete without a visit to an Andean Cock-of-the-Rock lek. One of these is easily accessed at the Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge. The tour allows for a night there or at an adjacent, equally comfortable lodge. The spectacular display of this splendid bird, national symbol of Peru, will be a lasting memory to take home, along with an extensive bird list!
Birding Manu Cloud Forest Tour highlights include:
- Two of the region's endemics: Creamy-crested Spinetail and Chestnut-breasted Mountain Finch
- The wilderness birds of the high mountain pass in Acjanaco, 3,500m above sea level
- Birding the world-famous Manu Road
- A visit to an Andean Cock-of-the-Rock lek
If you’d like to try a slightly longer tour that takes in some different habitats, have a look at Birding Andes to the Amazon Tour.
Alternative Tour Name: Birdwatching Tour of the Manu Cloud Forest