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Manu Wildlife & Birding Tour, Peru - 6 Days

Manu Wildlife & Birding Tour, Peru

Manu Birdwatching & Wildlife Tour

This 6-day Manu wildlife and birding tour in southeast Peru is a moderately-paced tour available on request that begins in the city of Cusco and culminates in a stay at the Tambo Blanquillo Private Reserve. On this Manu wildlife tour you can expect to see more than 850 species of birds, reptiles and mammals, including even wildcats!  During this wildlife tour to Manu, we will be looking for exotic birds and exciting mammals in some of the very best birdwatching and wildlife watching in South America. This trip is a once-in-a-lifetime Amazon experience in some of the most biodiverse habitats in the Peruvian lowland 'terra caliente' area.

Our guided Manu wildlife and birding tour will take you from the the cloud forests around Cusco down into the Peruvian Neotropics. The adventure starts when our guide picks you up from your hotel in Cuzco to experience a morning's birding activity at Laguna Huacarpay, a renowned wetland.

This is followed by a full day of traversing the famous Manu Road into the cloud forest, which is considered to be one of the 'birdiest' routes in the world,  This will be a magical journey full of colorful sights and unique sounds on the way to the Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge where we will witness Peru's national bird with its radiant red plumage, displaying at its lek to attract females.  This location also gives you the chance to view several other majestic bird species as well as some unique reptiles, primates and even wildcats.

We reach the port of Atalaya the following day on our Manu birding tour, where we board a boat to enjoy the river transfer along the Alto Madre de Dios River to reach Tambo Blanquillo where you will spend the rest of your stay.

Our Lodge's grounds contain the most exuberant biodiversity of animals and vegetation where cotingas, tanagers, parrots, macaws, woodpeckers, monkeys, and several hummingbird species regularly come in to feed at the numerous flowering plants that grow in our gardens.  With luck, a Jaguar or even a Puma pack may put in an appearance too.

From Tambo Blanquillo you can visit a nearby oxbow lake (Blanco) where Giant River Otters are regularly seen very close, sunbathing, fishing, swimming or playing with members of their family as they chase each other in the shallow waters. There is so much wildlife to enjoy each day on our Manu birding tour.  Having the Tambo Blanquillo macaw clay lick close at hand is a definite plus to your visit to Manu. This is a location of choice for camera crews from around the globe who want to film one of the most staggering views the Amazon has to offer. Hundreds of Red-and-green Macaws gather here each day to lick the minerals from the clay.

Tambo Blanquillo 's accommodation is surrounded by rugged scenery and spectacular wildlife. We will be staying in a lovely, rustic yet comfortable private suite bungalow with excellent breakfasts and evening meals based on local produce from the Reserve garden. The bar has a wonderful selection of Pisco brandies from around  Peru, to help you relax in the evening as you listen to the sounds of the jungle and mark up your checklist of Tambo Blanquillo's birds.

Manu Wildlife & Birding Tour Highlights include:

  • A visit to Laguna Huacarpay wetland
  • A visit to Chullpas de Ninamarca
  • Andean Cock-of-the-Rock Lek and stay at the Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge
  • Tambo Blanquillo's natural attractions:
    • Macaw clay lick
    • Blanco, Blanquillo & Camungo oxbow lakes
    • 35-mile trail system for wildlife-viewing and birdwatching
    • Canopy Observation Tower
    • Two mammal clay licks
  • Views of Giant Otters
  • Red-and-green Macaws by the dozen, as well as other parrots, parakeets and parrotlets
  • Sloths and up to eight different primate species
  • Large tropical mammals such as Brazilian Tapir, Peccaries, Capybaras, and wild hogs
  • Dozens of reptiles, salamanders, iguanas, butterflies and insect species

For more exciting birdwatching and mammal watching please take a look at our Amazon Jungle Peru Wildlife Tour where we also offer a night's stay at the cloud forest near Cusco, plus two nights inside Manu National Park, the ideal location to view the Golden-tailed Sapphire, Cuvier’s Toucan, and hopefully Jaguars.

Alternative Tour Name: Manu Complete Birding Trip

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6 Days

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USD3,106 / per person
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This tour is operated by: Tambo Blanquillo Lodge
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Tour Facts

  • Manu, Madre de Dios, Perú
  • On Request
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • 1-10
  • 6 Days
  • March-December
  • 10+ years
  • Moderate
  • No
  • English, Italian, German, French, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish
  • Aeropuerto Internacional Teniente Alejandro Velasco Astete (CUZ) / Aeropuerto Padre Aldamiz (PEM)
  • Aeropuerto Internacional Teniente Alejandro Velasco Astete (CUZ) / Aeropuerto Padre Aldamiz (PEM)