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Birding Manu Cloud Forest Tour, Peru - 4 Days

Birding Manu Cloud Forest Tour, Peru
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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
Day 1
Day 1 - Cusco to Wayqecha Biological Station (2950m)

Today we will leave early, first driving through scenic intermontane valleys. We will make selected stops for two smart endemics: Creamy-crested Spinetail and Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch. In addition we may find Cinereous Conebill, Golden-billed Saltator, Band-tailed Seedeater, Peruvian and Ash-breasted Sierra-Finches and many more. Reaching a high mountain pass at Acjanaco, we will begin our journey into a vast intact wilderness area as we descend along the sinuous road that will take us to the Manu foothills.

Along the extraordinary altitudinal transect that this remarkable road represents, new bird species continually appear whilst others drop out. Initially the steep Andean slopes are clad in stunted forest, temperate shrubbery and wet paramo, and here we may well encounter such high-elevation species as Mountain Caracara, Shining Sunbeam, Bar-winged Cinclodes, Puna Thistletail, Tufted Tit-Tyrant and Black-throated and Moustached Flower-piercers. A little lower down, where the magnificent cloudforests begin, we shall look out for White-throated and Variable Hawks soaring over the impressive slopes. With a little luck we will see a Swallow-tailed Nightjar this evening. We will stay for one night at the Wayqecha Biological Station. In upper Manu-cloudforest. L:D.

Day 2
Day 2 - Wayqecha to Cock of the rock Lodge

Today we´ll target some tough birds like: Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Blue-banded Toucanet, the hummingbirds may include Gould´s Inca, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Amethyst-throated Sunangel, Violet-throated Starfrontlet, Tyrian Metaltail and Rufous-capped Thornbill. Sorting through mixed flocks, we hope to find Montane Woodcreeper, Marcapata Spinetail, Pearled Treerunner, Streaked Tuftedcheek, White-throated and White-banded Tyrannulets, Handsome and Inca Flycatchers, Barred Becard, Mountain Wren, Spectacled Redstart, Citrine and Pale-legged Warblers, Capped Conebill, Blue-and-black, Golden-collared, Blue-capped, Rust-and-yellow and Grass-green Tanagers, Hooded and chestnut-bellied Mountain-Tanagers, Yellow-whiskered Bush-Tanager, and Black-capped, Black-eared and Superciliaried Hemispinguses. Additional species we may find in this area include Andean Guan, Speckle-faced and Scaly-naped Parrots, Andean Pygmy-Owl, Azara´s Spinetail, Striped Treehunter, the endemic but hard to see Red-and-white Antpitta, Trilling Tapaculo, Barred and Band-tailed Fruiteaters, Red-crested Cotinga, Sierran Elaenia, Black-throated Tody-Tyrant, Olive and Pale-edged Flycatchers, Rufous-breasted and Slaty-backed Chat-Tyrants, Streak-throated Bush-Tyrant, White-winged Black-Tyrant, Blue-and-white and Pale-footed Swallows, White-collared Jay, Fulvous Wren, Glossy-black, Great and Chiguanco Thrushes, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager and Mountain Cacique. Night in Cock of the rock Lodge. B:L:D.

Day 3
Day 3 - Cock of the rock Lodge (Lower Manu cloud forest 1400m)

Birding the Manu road to the comfortable subtropical and lower temperate life zones with their spectacular avifauna. In a short distance is a lek of the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock. The most spectacular of the birds of paradise, the displays of these splendid birds and their unearthly strangled shrieks will be emblazoned in our memories for years to come. Near the lodge we shall search for such specialities as Black-billed Treehunter, Slaty Gnateater, Cinnamon-faced Tyrannulet, Versicoloured Barbet, Golden-olive Woodpecker, Olive-backed Woodcreeper, Montane Foliage-gleaner, Yellow-breasted Antwren, Streak-necked and Slaty-capped Flycatchers, Bolivian Tyrannulet, Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant, Grey-mantled Wren, Andean and White-eared Solitaires, Brown-capped Vireo, Tropical Parula, Russet-crowned and Three-striped Warblers, Slate-throated Redstart, Deep-blue and Bluish Flower-piercers, Blue-naped Chlorophonia, Fawn-breasted, Orange-eared, Golden, Saffron-crowned, Yellow-throated and Slaty Tanagers, Yellow-throated and Common Bush-Tanagers, Black-faced Brush-Finch, Golden-headed and Crested Quetzals and Hummingbirds such jewels as Violet-fronted Brilliant, Many-spotted Hummingbird, Speckled Hummingbird, Booted Rackettail, Long-tailed Sylph and as the morning sun warms up the crisp air we shall scan the skies for these huge raptors. Solitary and Black-and-chestnut Eagles, additional birds we may encounter here include Band-tailed Pigeon, Chestnut-collared Swift, Masked Trogon, Highland Motmot, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Yungas Manakin, White-crowned Tapaculo, Cinnamon, Lemon-browed and Golden-crowned Flycatchers, Smoke-coloured Pewee, Green Jay, Grey-breasted Wood-Wren, Two-banded Warbler, Dusky-green Oropendola, Olivaceous Siskin and a dazzling array of tanagers. At nights we search for Rufescent Screech-Owl and Lyre-tailed Nightjar. Night in Cock-of-the-rock Lodge. B:L:D.

NOTE: If Wayqecha and Cock-of-the-rock Logde are full we´ll stay at the nearby very comfortable Paradise Lodge

Day 4
Day 4 - Cock of the rock Lodge to Cusco

After some final birding in lower Manu cloud forest, we will travel back to Cusco picking up species we may missed.

Some of the wildlife expected to see on this trip are:

Creamy-crested Spinetail and Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch. In addition we may find Cinereous Conebill, Golden-billed Saltator, Band-tailed Seedeater, Peruvian and Ash-breasted Sierra-Finches, Mountain Caracara, Shining Sunbeam, Bar-winged Cinclodes, Puna Thistletail, Tufted Tit-Tyrant and Black-throated, Moustached Flower-piercers, Montane Woodcreeper, Marcapata Spinetail, Pearled Treerunner, Streaked Tuftedcheek, White-throated, Inca Flycatchers, Barred Becard, Mountain Wren, Spectacled Redstart, Citrine and Pale-legged Warblers, Capped Conebill, Blue-and-black, Golden-collared, Blue-capped, Rust-and-yellow and Grass-green Tanagers, Hooded and Chestnut-bellied Mountain-Tanagers, Yellow-whiskered Bush-Tanager, and Black-capped, Black-eared. Superciliaried Hemispinguses, Andean Guan, Speckle-faced and Scaly-naped Parrots, Andean Pygmy-Owl, Azara´s Spinetail, Black-billed Treehunter, Slaty Gnateater, Cinnamon-faced Tyrannulet, Versicoloured Barbet, Golden-olive Woodpecker, Olive-backed Woodcreeper, Montane Foliage-gleaner, Yellow-breasted Antwren, Streak-necked, Slaty-capped Flycatchers, Bolivian Tyrannulet, Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant, Grey-mantled Wren, Andean, Hummingbirds, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Yungas Manakin, White-crowned Tapaculo, Cinnamon, Lemon-browed, Golden-crowned Flycatchers, Smoke-coloured Pewee, Green Jay, Grey-breasted Wood-Wren, Two-banded Warbler, Dusky-green Oropendola,

What is included?

  • All Lodging
  • Meals
  • Transportation
  • Expert bilingual birdguide
  • Hotel transfer
  • Entrance fees

What is not included?

  • International Flight tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything that is not mentioned in the itinerary and "what is included"

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Why book with Manu Birding Lodge?

Manu Birding Lodge is a Peruvian birding lodge located next to Manu National Park, with the highest biodiversity of any protected area in the world. This birding lodge in Peru provides local, professional birding guides with visits to canopy towers, tapir and macaw clay licks.

What is the climate like?

Hot and humid in the lowlands to very cold at Abra Malaga. In a dry season tour there is the possibilty of a “Friaje”, a strong cold front moving up from the south that can bring periods of unusually cool weather and rain.

How difficult is the tour?

Walking: The walking effort is easy to moderate.

What is the accommodation like?

The jungle lodges are comfortable but simple; some do not have full-time electricity, but provide a generator for a few hours a day to charge batteries. The hotels in Cusco, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu and Puerto Maldonado are Amazon Birding Standard. The hotel we use in Lima depends on flight schedules. Sometimes we use an airport hotel that is very convenient though a bit noisy, while other times we use a hotel in a better part of the city.

What to bring?

Aside from Binoculars and photo-equipment (the important birdwatchers stuff) we advise: •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 birding • Light jacket, water resistant, or poncho • Hiking boots or sturdy shoes • Sandals for after hours • Hat and sunglasses • Plastic bags for camera, clothes, etc •Personal toiletries (shampoo, towel, etc)

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4 Days

Price & Availability

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USD995 / per person
Based on twin/double room
This tour is operated by: Manu Birding Lodge

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Tour Facts

  • Manu, Peru
  • On Request
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • 4 to 8 pax
  • 4 Days
  • + 10 years
  • Moderate
  • No
  • English, Spanish
  • Jorge Chavez International Airport
  • Jorge Chavez International Airport
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