Cusco & Manu Lowlands Birding Tour in Peru
This 19-day bird watching Peru tour explores a deeper side to this fascinating country. You probably know Peru for its great natural biodiversity, especially Manu National Park. But Peru is also famous for its rich cultural heritage and this extensive but lesiurely paced tour will introduce you to both.
The tour in Peru begins with bird watching in Cuzco with a visit to Machu Picchu and the Abra Malaga area. Inside the archaeological site we will not only be spending time admiring this flagship of Peruvian heritage - as we are birdwatchers we will also spend some time looking for species such as Inca Wren and flocks of tanagers.T
The Abra Malaga area is famous for its Polylepis habitat specialists such as Royal Cinclodes and White-browed Tit-spinetail. We will drive towards the eastern slope of the Andes along the famous Manu Road. We will stay at the delightful Wayqecha Lodge to bird the higher elevation grasslands and the elfin forests of Manu National Park.
Next, we will spend a few nights at the Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge, famous for its Cock-of-the-Rock lek and its bird feeders that attract several species of hummingbirds and tanagers. Our last day in this area will be spent at the wonderful Villa Carmen Biological Station, just at the entrance gate to the Manu lowlands. This lodge is located at a lower elevation than the previous lodges and is probably the most bird-rich area of the Manu Road.
So, after our high altitude birding in Cuzco, this bird watching Peru tour enters the Manu lowlands. We will be travel by boat on the Madre de Dios River and the first stop will be at Tambo Blanquillo Lodge. From here we will visit the clay lick for macaws and parrots, the canopy tower and the Blanco oxbow lake where the Giant River Otters should be visible.
Then we will spend a few nights at Los Amigos Biological Station, probably the best birding place in southeastern Peru. The fabulous network of trails here allows us to visit different types of habitat such as terra firme and varzea forests, palm swamps and bamboo patches. The wide diversity of monkeys and raptors in this area is astonishing.
As a bonus at the beginning of the trip we include a day's birding around the capital, Lima, as we don’t want you to miss opportunities to see Humboldt’s Penguins, Peruvian Thick-knee and Inca Terns!
As you can see, this Peruvian bird watching tour promises to be a great lifetime experience!
Bird Watching Peru Cusco & Manu Lowlands Tour Highlights include:
- The Amazon and its great biodiversity, Manu NP and several fabulous ecolodges.
- The archaeological site of Machu Picchu, one of the world's New Seven Wonders.
- Access to the Cock-of-the-Rock lek, the largest lek known in Peru for this species.
- A visit to Villa Carmen and Los Amigos Biological Stations.
- Humbolt Penguins and Inca Terns
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Alternative Tour Name: Cusco & Manu Lowlands Tour
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