Manu Road and Birding Peru Photography Tour
This short Birding Manu road tour of just 5 days goes to prime birdwatching lodges at the edge of Manu National Park which is great for bird photography, particularly our national bird of Peru, the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock and many hummingbirds. All lodges along the Manu Road, Wayqecha Lodge, Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge, Villa Carmen and Amazonia Lodge have feeders for Hummingbirds providing excellent photography opportunities.
The Manu road is the most species-rich road in the world. More than 1000 species have been recorded. Among the highlights, you find Tanagers, Hummingbirds, Trogons, Toucans, Hoatzin, Sungrebe, Sunbittern, Antbirds and Woodcreepers.
This is an itinerary great for birders and bird photographers because there are a number of endemic or restricted-range species available along the road such as Red-and-White Antpitta, Rufous-capped Thornbill, Marcapata Spinetail, Black-backed Tody-Tyrant, Koepcke's Hermit, Black-capped Tinamou, Amazonian Antpitta, Pale-eyed Blackbird and the bamboo specialists such as White-cheeked Tody-Flycatcher, Bamboo Antshrike, Manu Antbird, Large-headed Flatbill, Rufous-headed Woodpecker, White-lined Antbird, Goeldi's Antbird and many more.
There are also iconic birds such as Sunbittern, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Horned Screamer, Black-spotted Bare-eye, Hoatzin, Crested and Golden-headed Quetzal, Grey-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Blue-banded Toucanet and many more.
Note that there are two service levels on this trip. When Kolibri Expeditions started running tour on Manu road over 20 years ago, none of the lodges had a private bath, and of course, we still saw all the birds. Now, the lodges are well equipped with beautiful cabins and rooms with private bathrooms with hot water showers. Prices have become much more expensive.
However, the same lodges still offer shared bath accommodation, so one may save some money here. Therefore, our standard rate gives you shared bath accommodation. If you have limited time and you are only doing this trip, there is probably little point in trying to save money, but if you are putting several of our trips back to back you may be more concerned about your overall spending.
It also makes it easier to fill the group for the best price when there are different price options.
MST Premium Service (optional extra)
The list price includes the Kolibri Pro option with shared facilities no private showers and simpler rooms and no perks, like drinks, merch, airport pick-up, or printed checklist (you get a pdf sent of course).
In the Pro option (or MST Premium Service), the rooms are private, except at Wayquecha and Villa Carmen where there are two separate dorms for females and males, that may or may not house students doing research. It is not always, possible to provide room here, so please be aware that there may be a surcharge of $80/person/night if so in double occupancy without perks (+$60/night for a single supplement if you are alone). If you don't fancy sleeping in as dorm, then perhaps you want to upgrade just those nights.