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Peru Birding Lodges Tour - 16 Days

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Peru Birding Lodges Tour
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From Cusco to Manu Peruvian Birdwatching Lodges Tour

This 16-day Peru Birding Lodges Tour takes you from the high Andes around Cusco along the famous Manu road and the Nombre de Dios river all the way into the Amazonian lowlands.

During the Peru Birding Lodges Tour, we will cover an altitudinal gradient of about 3000 meters (nearly 10,000 ft)! With every few hundred meters we descend, you will notice the change in landscape and vegetation, and thus in bird species.

Be prepared to be completely overwhelmed by the sheer avian diversity on this birdwatching tour in Peru. Add to that the stunning scenery, beautiful Peru Birding Lodges, and delicious cuisine Peru is famous for, and you will understand this is the experience of a lifetime!

We will be staying in excellent lodges in breathtaking natural settings, so that we can fully immerse in the natural wonders and enjoy the birds from the moment we wake up until we go to sleep again, without compromising on comfort or gastronomy (another of Peru’s strong points). We will travel in comfortable cars or vans (depending on group size) and by boat (open on the sides but with a roof for shelter from either sun or rain) on the Madre de Dios river.

You will be accompanied throughout the Peru Birding Lodges Tour by an experienced bilingual Beaks and Peaks tour leader, along with knowledgeable local bird guides, all of whom will do their utmost to give you excellent views of all the birds, introduce you to local culture, and generally offer you an extraordinary experience. All you need to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the birds!

Some of the top bird species we will be looking for during the tour are Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Festive Coquette, Stripe-faced Wood-Quail, Hooded Mountain-Tanager, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Barred Fruiteater, Golden-headed Quetzal, Torrent Duck, Rufous-crested Coquette, Scaly-naped Parrot, Horned Screamer, Solitary Eagle, Lemon-throated Barbet, and many more.

Day 1
Day 1 - Cusco to Wayqecha Biological Station

We leave Cusco at 6.00 am in a private car. En route to the village of Paucartambo, you can see species such as Mountain Caracara, American Kestrel, Aplomado Falcon, Greenish Yellowfinch and Black-tailed Trainbearer. At noon we will reach the Acjanaco pass (3300mts), from where we will start the descent to the lowlands of Manu. We will spend the afternoon birding at high altitudes. Here you can see Andean Pygmy-owl, White-collared Jay, Grass-green Tanager, Golden-collared Tanager, Hooded Mountain-tanager, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-tanager, Masked Flowerpiercer, Grey-breasted Mountain-toucan, Puna Thistletail, Marcapata Spinetail and several species of hummingbirds.

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

After the breakfast we will go down the road to San Pedro, we have opportunities to see, Golden-headed Quetzal, Scaled Metaltail, White-bellied Woodstar, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Barred Fruiteater, White-throated Tyrannulet, Ochraceous-breasted Flycatcher, Barred Becard, Black and Chestnut Eagle, Crested Quetzal, White-eared Solitaire, Masked Trogon, Green Jay, White-collared Jay, Flame-faced Tanager, Red and White Antpitta, Yellow-throated Tanager, Slaty-backed Chat-Tyrant, Deep-blue Flowerpiercer, and maybe Woolly Monkeys, etc...

Day 3
Day 3 - Cock-of-the-rock Lodge

In these days we will see mid-altitude montane species such as Blue-banded Toucanet, Olive-backed Woodcreeper, Montane Woodcreeper, Montane Foliage-gleaner, Crested Quetzal, Amazonian Umbrellabird, , Variable Antshrike, Paradise Tanager, Golden Tanager, Dusky-green Oropendola, Orange-eared Tanager, Golden-eared Tanager and Versicolored Barbet. In this area you can also see two species of primates and other mammals such as squirrels and Tayra. In the gardens and on the trails of the Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge, we can see and photograph a variety of hummingbirds as Green-fronted Lancebill, Geoffroys Hummingbird, Violet-Fronted Brilliant, Booted Racket-tail and Wire-Crested Thorntail, among others. The lodge is – of course – also famous for the nearby lek of the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, where we can watch the males during their display.

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

In these days we will see mid-altitude montane species such as Blue-banded Toucanet, Olive-backed Woodcreeper, Montane Woodcreeper, Montane Foliage-gleaner, Crested Quetzal, Amazonian Umbrellabird, , Variable Antshrike, Paradise Tanager, Golden Tanager, Dusky-green Oropendola, Orange-eared Tanager, Golden-eared Tanager and Versicolored Barbet. In this area you can also see two species of primates and other mammals such as squirrels and Tayra. In the gardens and on the trails of the Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge, we can see and photograph a variety of hummingbirds as Green-fronted Lancebill, Geoffroys Hummingbird, Violet-Fronted Brilliant, Booted Racket-tail and Wire-Crested Thorntail, among others. The lodge is – of course – also famous for the nearby lek of the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, where we can watch the males during their display.

Day 5
Day 5 - Cock-of-the-rock lodge to Amazonia Lodge

Very early, we continue the decline in our car. In this path we can see species of lowlands and secondary forest as Swallow Tanager, Turquoise Tanager, Green-and-gold Tanager, Blue-crowned Trogon, Bat Falcon, Golden-collared Honeycreeper, Speckled Chachalaca, White Hawk, Black-backed Tody-Flycatcher, Manu Antbird, Bamboo Antshrike, Peruvian Recurvebill, Fiery-capped Manakin, Ornate Antwren, Ringed Woodpecker, Black Caracara, Yellow-bellied Dacnis, Cream-colored Woodpecker, Long-tailed Tyrant, Violaceus Jay, Blue-headed Macaw and Solitary Eagle. At noon we arrive at the port of Atalaya where we will continue our journey in a boat with outboard motor. After about thirty minutes by boat, we reach the path leading to the Amazonia Lodge where we will use the remaining light available to see some local birds and mammals.

Day 6
Day 6 - Amazonia Lodge

We will spend these days in the Amazonia Lodge to explore the different routes. The terrain of this lodge includes different habitats, which gives us good opportunities to see birds such as Great Antshrike, Royal Flycatcher, Chestnut-eared Araçari, Spangled Cotinga, Ringed Woodpecker, Amazon Kingfisher, Chestnut-fronted Macaw, Casqued Cacique, Black-tailed Trogon, Blue-throated Piping-Guan, Red-capped Cardinal, Masked-crimson Tanager, Cinnamon-throated Woodcreeper, Green Kingfisher and many others. In addition, the lodge has a large garden where you can find the Golden-tailed Sapphire, Blue-tailed Emerald, Rufous-Crested Coquette, Green Hermit, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Gould´s Jewelfront, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, Lemon-throated Barbet, Scarlet-hooded Barbet and Ivory-billed Araçari. We can also do a night walk in search of the Great Potoo, Spectacled Owl and Common Pauraque.

Day 7
Day 7 - Amazonia Lodge

We will spend these days in the Amazonia Lodge to explore the different routes. The terrain of this lodge includes different habitats, which gives us good opportunities to see birds such as Great Antshrike, Royal Flycatcher, Chestnut-eared Araçari, Spangled Cotinga, Ringed Woodpecker, Amazon Kingfisher, Chestnut-fronted Macaw, Casqued Cacique, Black-tailed Trogon, Blue-throated Piping-Guan, Red-capped Cardinal, Masked-crimson Tanager, Cinnamon-throated Woodcreeper, Green Kingfisher and many others. In addition, the lodge has a large garden where you can find the Golden-tailed Sapphire, Blue-tailed Emerald, Rufous-Crested Coquette, Green Hermit, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Gould´s Jewelfront, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, Lemon-throated Barbet, Scarlet-hooded Barbet and Ivory-billed Araçari. We can also do a night walk in search of the Great Potoo, Spectacled Owl and Common Pauraque.

Day 8
Day 8 - Amazonia Lodge to Pantiacolla Lodge

In the morning we will down the Alto Madre de Dios River to Pantiacolla Lodge. Along this river path we can see birds such as Collared Plover, Fasciated Tiger-heron, Military Macaw, Large-billed Tern, Cocoi Heron, Giant Cowbird, Sand-colored Nighthawk, Purplish Jay, Great Black-Hawk, Capped Heron and Yellow-billed Tern, among others. We will arrive to Pantiacolla Lodge in the morning. We can do our firs hike in this primary forest, this place is excellent for terra firme species such as Great Jacamar, Razor-billed Curassow, Pale-winged Trumpeter, Semicollared Puffbird, White-fronted Nunbird, Red-necked Woodpecker, Undulated Antshrike, Banded Antbird, Peruvian Warbling-Antbird, Black-spotted Bare-eye, Plum-throated Cotinga, Pink-throated Becard, Rufous Motmot, Musician Wren, Tawny-bellied Screech-Owl, Long-tailed Potoo. Dinner and overnight at Pantiacolla Lodge.

Day 9
Day 9 - Pantiacolla Lodge

We will walk the different trails around Pantiacolla Lodge because here we have ten different routes for bird watching. We will tour, among others, the Tinamou Trail, Araçari Trail, Oropendola Trail, Pichico Trail y Capybara Trail. We will not establish a set order for these walks because we will plan according to the activity of birds we encounter. On paths (and garden) you can see birds such as Red-throated Caracara, Spix´s Guan, Blue-throated Piping-guan, Sunbittern, Dark-billed Cuckoo, Grey-breasted Sabrewing, Festive Coquette, Chestnut-capped Puffbird, Bamboo Antshrike, Green Honeycreeper, Great Tinamou , Golden-collared Toucanet, Cream-colored Woodpecker, Round-tailed Manakin and Band-tailed Manakin, among many others. We will also do a night walk.

Day 10
Day 10 - Pantiacolla Lodge to Manu Wildlife Center

After a last walk along the trails and breakfast, we then go out on a boat to Manu Birding Lodge. In the fluvial itinerary we will make any stops needed to observe birds from the river such as Black Skimmer, Sand-colored Nighthawk, Jabiru, King Vulture, Great Potoo and many more. We will arrive at the lodge in the afternoon and after accommodating there, we will travel some paths for a while, birding until dusk.

Day 11
Day 11 - Cocha Blanco

We leave by boat in the morning to visit the Cocha Blanco (meander) and walk some trails that lie close, activities that will occupy us most of the day. And that will be worth it because in this place we can see Least Grebe, Hoatzin, Green Ibis, Green-and-rufous Kingfisher, Horned Screamer, Sungrebe, Agami Heron, Black-billed Seed-finch, Silvered Antbird, Band-tailed Antbirds, Amazonian Streaked Antwren, Rufous-sided Crake, Gray-breasted Crake and Black-capped Donacobius, Limpkin, Red-bellied Macaw, White-throated Toucan, Orange-backed Troupial, Slate-colored Hawk among many other species. Also living here there is a family of giant otters of the Amazon that can sometimes be seen.

Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon we will try to find another species around the lodge, Band-tailed Manakin, White-winged Shrike Tanager, Chanel-billed Toucan, Ivory-billed Araçari, Golden-collared Toucanet, Starred Woodquail, Collared Forest-Falcon, Amazonian Trogon.

Day 12
Day 12 - Cocha Blanco

Depart by boat to the collpa before dawn to put us in its great observatory where you can see groups of Blue-and-yellow Macaw, Scarlet Macaw, Red-and-green Macaw, Mealy Parrot, Blue-headed Parrot, Orange-cheeked Parrot, Cobalt-winged Parakeet, etc…

The activity of these birds can last between two and four hours after the timeout, which varies according to how confident they feel about getting down to eat the clay. Sometimes there are predators lurking around. After breakfast (at the observatory) we will return to the boat to visit the nearby Cocha Camungo. The species which can be found in this other cocha are similar to those of the Cocha Blanco but, unexpectedly, some are more prevalent here than there and vice versa, thus, we have one more chance to get to see them. As in the Cocha Blanco, we will travel this lagoon on rowboat after a short walk along the path that connects with the river. We return to the Manu Birding Lodge for lunch and will spend the afternoon touring the trails in search of its birds.

Day 13
Day 13 - Manu Wildlife Center

We will dedicate this day entirely to walk the territories around the Manu Birding Lodge and entering their different habitats, transition forest, bamboo masses, primary and secondary forest ... We may also use its spectacular observation tower of nearly forty meters in height. This high place, in a flat environment, greatly facilitates the vision of forest and birds of prey which only move through the upper strata of the canopy: White-necked Puffbird, White-throated Toucan, Golden-collared Toucanet, Cream-colored Woodpecker, Ornate Hawk-eagle, King Vulture and Spangled Cotinga, Curl-crested Araçari, Black-faced Dacnis, Opal-rumped Tanager, Crested Eagle.

Many other species are best found on the trails and gardens; Variegated Tinamou, White-chinned Sapphire, Reddish Hermit, Plain-throated Antwren, Rufous-capped Antthrush and Black-tailed Tityra, just to name a few.

Day 14
Day 14 - Manu Wildlife Center to Cusco

After breakfast we return by the river making stops in interesting places or wherever we find concentrations of birds. It is another good opportunity to see those species which escaped us coming down the river, for example; Orinoco Goose, Jabiru, Greater Yellow-headed Vulture and Bare-necked Fruitcrow. We will arrive at Colorado after 3 hours. The car will be waiting there for the long way back to Cusco. Arrive to Cusco in the evening.

Some of the birds expected to see in this trip are:

Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Festive Coquette, Stripe-faced Wood-Quail, Hooded Mountain-Tanager, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Barred Fruiteater, Golden-headed Quetzal, Torrent Duck, Rufous-crested Coquette, Scaly-naped Parrot, Horned Screamer, Solitary Eagle, Lemon-throated Barbet, and many more

What is included?

  • 15 hotel nights (double occupancy)
  • 3 meals per day, starting with dinner on day 1 and ending with dinner on day 16, including water and natural juices
  • all over-land transportation in private van/bus (depending on group size)
  • all entrance fees to the parks and reserves mentioned above
  • all activities as described above
  • all guiding fees (bilingual tour leader and local guides)

What is not included?

  • international and domestic airfare
  • alcoholic beverages and sodas
  • personal purchases such as snacks, souvenirs, laundry, calls etc
  • tips and gratuities
  • insurance
  • Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”

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Why should I book with Beaks and Peaks?

Beaks and Peaks offers high-quality, personalized tours for small group to some of the top birding and wildlife destinations in the world. Everything you would expect from the big names in birdwatching tourism, but on a smaller scale, and therefore closer to the birds, the people, and to you! We are also aware of the importance of transparency, so before you book a tour, we will make sure you have all the information you need or want. Detailed tour itineraries, prices (with clear mention of what is included or excluded), practical information etc. And should you still have questions, then we will be more than happy to help you out. Our goal is to give you the best possible experience. Responsible travel is also key at Beaks and Peaks, so we work to reduce our footprint on both the environment and the communities we visit, for example by preferring reusable materials, respecting distances to wildlife, limit use of recordings, flashlights and pointers, and educating both locals and visitors about the importance of conservation and sustainable development.

What sort of accommodation do we stay at?

Throughout the tour, we stay in the best hotels and lodges available in the area. Since in Latin-America many places outside the big cities and many hotels apart from the international chains do not regularly use the star system that many Europeans or North-Americans are used to, we refer to the rating of the lodges and hotels on TripAdvisor. All hotels visited score ‘very good’, that is at least 4 out of 5 TripAdvisor stars. We would, however, want to ask you to bear in mind that you are traveling to sometimes remote natural areas, which comes with both its own charm but also its own challenges: Comfort may not be what you are used to at home, there will be sounds and creatures of the jungle, wifi and electricity may not be as readily available as in your home country.

What kind of vehicles do you supply?

The vehicles we will travel in ultimately depend on the size of the group, be it a private car or a private van with an experienced driver, with ample space for each passenger, his or her birding/photography gear and luggage.

What forms of travel are involved in this tour?

Between Cusco and Pantiacolla, we will travel by private car or van. The transfer from Pantiacolla to Manu Wildlife Center (and back) happens by boat over the Madre de Dios river.

What are your group sizes?

Our tours and prices are based on a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 participants. We are, however, open to negotiate other group sizes. In that case, please contact us to ask about our custom tours.

Do you arrange airport pick up/drop off?

Yes, we pick you up at Cusco international airport upon arrival of your flight and will drop you off again at Cusco international airport in time for your departure.

Do you include internal flight/ferry costs?

The boat ride between Pantiacolla and Manu is included. There are no internal flights during this trip. We start and end in Cusco, which has an international airport (Alejandro Velasco Astete Airport). That is where we pick you up to start to tour and where we will drop you off again at the end of the tour.

Do you ever change the tour leader or itinerary? If so, what sort of notice do you give?

We do not usually change the tour leader, but if it is absolutely necessary, for example because of illness, force majeure or the like, we will inform you as soon as possible. The same goes for changes to the itinerary. We intend to always stick to the itinerary we have agreed upon, but if we receive information on issues such as road closures, natural disasters, safety concerns etc. we will opt for an alternative route to ensure a safe, orderly and pleasant continuation of your trip. Again, we will inform you of any changes as soon as such a situation should arise.

Do you offer a single supplement option? Can you accommodate a third person/family?

Yes, for this trip a single supplement of 600USD applies in case you want a single room. We can usually accommodate three-person or family rooms, but please do contact us to check options, availability and prices.

Do you include meals?

Yes, all meals starting with dinner on Day 1 and ending with breakfast on Day 16 are included, along with water and natural juices. Sodas or soft drinks and alcohol are not included.

When is the best time to travel?

The best time to travel and bird the Cusco to Manu route is from April to November.

Do you need a minimum fitness level to join this trip/tour/safari?

You do not need to be an athlete for this Cusco to Manu trip, but there are a few specificities you have to bear in mind. Firstly, at least part of this itinerary visits high-altitude areas (over 3,000 meters / 11,000 feet above sea level), which in certain people can affect their breathing or blood pressure. Secondly, when in the lowlands, it is mainly the temperature (with minima around 20°C / 70°F and maxima around 30°C / 90°F) and humidity (anywhere between 60% to 90%) that might affect you. Thirdly, we regularly walk for several hours on uneven forest trails, although slowly and with lots of stops, of course, since we will be birding. If any of these elements worry you, please talk to your doctor and contact us before booking this tour to clarify any health-related issues so that we can take the best possible care of you.

Would this trip/tour/safari be appropriate for someone with limited mobility?

This tour does require you to be able to walk (slowly) for several hours on forest trails. If you cannot walk unaided, unfortunately, this tour is not for you.

Do you have any age or other restrictions to join this trip/tour/safari?

No. Apart from a certain level as fitness (see FAQ n° XX), we put no restrictions on who can join our tours. Everyone is absolutely welcome, independent of age, gender, skin color, sexual orientation, political orientation, religion etc. We treat everyone respectfully and expect the same from anyone who travels with us.

What will be the level of phone signal, WiFi access and electricity supply during this tour?

We are traveling to some very remote areas on this Cusco to Manu Tour. There is WiFi in Cusco, and very basic WiFi at Wayqecha and Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge, only from 6pm to 9pm. There will be no WiFi at all in Amazonia Lodge, Pantiacolla Lodge, and Many Wildlife Center). There will be no phone signal during the tour, except in Cusco. In one small town on day 5 you can use a public phone to make calls if needed. Except in Cusco, where electricity is available all day, the lodges work with generators which are on from 6pm to 9pm only. Take that into account when packing batteries and power packs. Outlets and plugs in Peru are the same shape as in the United States.

Can you book accommodation for us prior to the start of tour?

Yes, of course, just send us an e-mail mentioning what you need and when, and we will make you a suggestion. We can book for you if you want us to.

Do you provide travel and/or medical insurance (incl. repatriation)?

No, we do not provide any insurance, and strongly recommend you obtain travel and/or medical and/or health insurance in your home country. It is also a good idea to provide us with a phone number and e-mail address of your insurer and your account number to speed things up in case we need to contact them urgently for you while on the trip.

How do I pay, and what are the terms, for this tour?

Please consult our Terms and Conditions (https://www.beaksandpeaks.com/terms-and-conditions) for detailed information about payment methods and terms.

What happens if I need to change my tour?

Contact us as soon as possible about the changes you want or need to make so we can figure out if and how we can accommodate you. For detailed information about cancellations and refunds, please consult our Terms and Conditions (https://www.beaksandpeaks.com/terms-and-conditions).

What happens if I have to cancel my tour?

Please consult our Terms and Conditions (https://www.beaksandpeaks.com/terms-and-conditions) for detailed information about cancellations and refunds.

What happens if your company closes down?

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions (https://www.beaksandpeaks.com/terms-and-conditions) for detailed information about cancellations and refunds.

What should I pack for this tour?

In addition to your regular packing list of clothes and toiletries, don’t forget the following items: light shirts with long sleeves; light long trousers; sweater; raincoat; sun hat or cap; waterproof footwear with good grip; insect repellent; sunscreen; plenty of your personal medicine and products for personal hygiene for the entire tip; camera; binoculars; day pack.

Do I need to bring my own food and drink during the day?

We provide potable water throughout the tour (remember that tap water is not for drinking use!) but it is a good idea to bring your own refillable bottle or camel bag (it helps us keep plastic waste down). We provide all meals throughout the tour, whether as box meals or in hotels/restaurants. It is a good idea to bring a small day pack to carry some of your personal items (your water bottle, maybe some snacks, medicine, guide book, rain jacket etc.) during the walks.

Can you cater for special dietary requirements?

Yes, we can, if we know well in advance. Please inform us of any dietary needs or restrictions upon booking.

Should we bring credit cards and/or cash?

Yes, always bring some cash in local currency (Peruvian Sol) and a credit card. In theory, the tour includes everything you need, but you might want to buy a souvenir or some extra snacks or a drink. Alcoholic beverages, sodas, personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry, phone calls etc. are not included in the tour. Neither are tips or gratuities for guides and other service providers.

Can you recommend any articles and/or books to read before this tour?

Book/E-book: Priceton Field Guide, Birds of Peru, Thomas S. Schulenberg et al., 2010. (https://www.amazon.com/Birds-Peru-Revised-Updated-Princeton/dp/069113023X) App: Merlin by The Cornell Lab (packages: All Peru or Amazon and South)

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Tour Facts

  • Cusco & Manu
  • On Request
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • 4 to 8 pax
  • 16 days, 15 nights
  • April to November
  • none
  • Moderate
  • No
  • English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch
  • Cusco (Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport)
  • Cusco (Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport)