Machu Picchu & Manu Biosphere
Although it is difficult to be flexible with a tour, we will try where possible to make changes depending on our birding success, to allow more time where it can be best spent. Thus, we might end up emphasizing one area more than another. Whatever we do, it will be close to the following to get the best birding trip for everybody.
- DAY 1: Arrive in Lima
Usually, international flights arrive in Peru from 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm. We’ll pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel selected. We mainly stay in the Miraflores area. Overnight in Lima Hotel
- DAY 2: Lima – Villa Marshes, Pucusana - Cuzco
Breakfast and we will drive for about 30 minutes south of Miraflores to Villa Marsh (Pantanos de Villa) for a couple of hours. Then we will drive for 30 minutes south of Pantanos de Villa to Pucusana fishing port for our Semi Pelagic birding Tour. There we will navigate on our private local boat for penguins and other sea birds. After our amazing birding day we will celebrate our lunch with a Ceviche and Pisco sour. Then we will drive straight to Lima airport for our afternoon flight to Cuzco. After checking into our hotel if time permits we will visit the main square and have dinner nearby. Overnight in Cusco
Possible Species: Many-colored Rush-tyrant (coast specie), Wren-like Rushbird, Yellow-hooded Blackbird, Peruvian Meadowlark, Peruvian Thick-knee, Great Grebe, White-Cheeked Pintail, Plumbeous Rail, Gray-hooded Gull, Belchers Gull (Band-Tailed), kelp Gull, Gray Gull, Peruvian Pelican, Peruvian Booby, Surf Cinclodes (ENDEMIC), Guanay Cormorant, Red-Legged Cormorant, Blackish Oystercatcher, Humboldt Penguin, Inca Tern, Coastal Miner (ENDEMIC), Dark-Faced Ground-Tyrant, Short-Tailed Field-Tyrant, Parrot-Billed Seedeater, Purple-Throated Seedeater, Collared Warbling-Finch, Peruvian Sheartail, Amazilia Hummingbird, Yellowish Pipit and many more.
- DAY 3: Cuzco – Huacarpay Lake – Manu Road
Breakfast and we will start our birding adventure into the famous Manu Road. We will drive for 30 minutes south of Cuzco to start with Huacarpay Lake; this natural Andean marsh provides huge bird diversity. After this amazing place, we will drive to the beginning of Manu Road arriving first at Paucartambo village for lunch. Then we’ll head up to Acjanaco where Manu National Parks Begins and officially our birding along Manu Road birding along the road for mixed flocks or other target species. We will arrive at the lodge late in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight in Cock of the Rock Lodge or Manu Paradise Lodge
Possible Species: Bearded Mountaineer (ENDEMIC), Rusty-fronted Canastero (ENDEMIC), Streak-fronted Thornbird (RR), Giant Hummingbird, Band-tailed Sierra-finch, Chiguanco Thrush, White-tufted Grebe, Puna Teal, Yellow-billed Pintail, Blue and Yellow Tanager, Andean Gull, Peruvian Sierra-finch, Brown-Backed Chat-tyrant, Moustached Flowerpiercer, White-browed Conebill, White-Collared Jay, Barred Becard, White-Throated Tyrannulet, White-Tailed Tyrannulet, Black-throated Flowerpiercer, Chestnut-Breasted Mountain-Finch (ENDEMIC), Puna Thistletail, Tyrant Metaltail, Creamy-Crested Spinetail (ENDEMIC), Marcapata Spinetail (ENDEMIC), Rufous-Naped Ground-Tyrant, Hooded Mountain-Tanager, Scarlet-Bellied Mountain-Tanager, Grass-Green Tanager, Golden-Collared Tanager, Peruvian Piedtail (ENDEMIC) and many more…
- DAY 4-5: Full days birding along Manu Road
Today we will start with the amazing Cock of the Rock Lek; we can watch this spectacular bird very close from a blind. Then we’ll keep birding for the rest of the morning up and down the road. We will be back for Lunch and have some time off watching hummingbirds at the feeders in front of the Comedor. We will do some birding in the afternoon and search for owls. Dinner overnights in Cock of the Rock Lodge
Possible Species: Blue-capped Tanager, Black-faced Brush-Finch, Golden-headed Quetzal, Crested Quetzal, Masked Flowerpiercer, Banded-Tailed Pigeon, White-browed Chat-Tyrant, Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant, Rufous-capped Thornbill, Chestnut-Bellied Mountain-Tanager, Fawn-Breasted Tanager, Black-Eared Hemispingus, Three-Stripe Hemispingus, Mountain Cacique, Slaty-Backed Chat-Tyrant, Cock of the Rock, Green Jay, Long-tailed Antbird, Two Banded Warbler, Chestnut-Backed Antshrike, Blue-Naped Chlorophonia, Paradise Tanager, Bronze-Green Euphonia, Orange-Eared Tanager, Golden Tanager, Crested Quetzal, Booted Racket-Tail, Spotted Hummingbird, Violet-fronted brilliant, Wire-Crested Thorntail, Mountain Foliage-Gleaner, Versicolored Barbet, Black-streaked Puffbird, Scale-Crested Pygmy-Tyrant, Striped-Chested Antwren, Yellow-Breasted Antbird, Beryl-Spangled Tanager, Spotted Tanager, Gray-Mantled Wren, Yungas Manakin, Ash-Browed Spinetail, Mountain Woodcreeper, Purple Honeycreeper, Golden-Olive Woodpecker, Black-billed Treehunter and many more…
- DAY 6: Birding to the Lower Manu Road
Morning birding for some missing species and then we will head to our next birding lodge at the lower side of Manu Road around 500m after our accommodation we will spend some time birding at the lodge surroundings and feeder in front of the dining room. Dinner and night in Villa Carmen
Possible Species: Marble-Faced Bristle-Tyrant, Ornate Flycatcher, Streak-Necked Flycatcher, Yellow-browed Tody-Flycatcher, Striolated Puffbird, Southern Lapwing, Southern Caracara, Warbling Antbird, Little Woodpecker, Russet Backed Oropendola, Bamboo Antshrike, Swallow wing, Blue-Headed Macaw, Swallow Tanager, Magpie Tanager, Ornate Antwren, Ornate Flycatcher, Plumbeous Kite and many more…
- DAY 7-8: Full-Days Birding
We will have two full days to spend birding along the bamboo forest and in the afternoon we will visit the new places running for local families where they have feeders for hummingbirds, Tanager, and Antpittas. We will also explore a small oxbow lake for extra species. Dinner and nights in Villa Carmen Station
Possible Species: Rufous-Crested Coquete, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Gray-breasted Sabrewing, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, Blue-tailed Emerald, Goulds Jewelfront, Sapphire-Spangled Emerald, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Masked-Crimson Tanager, Cinnamon-Throated Woodcreeper, Pale-legged Hornero, Lemon-throated barbet, Chestnut-fronted Puffbird, Bluish-Fronted Jacamar, Pectoral Sparrow, White-browed Antbird, Ringed Antpitit, Rusty-Belted Tapaculo, Crested Oropendola, Olive Oropendola, Goeldis Antbird, White-Lined Antbird, Sooty Antbird, Buff-throated Woodcreeper, Plain-crowned Spinetail, Great Potoo, Hoatzin, Military Macaw, Gray Anbird, Pygmy Antwren, Gray Antbird, Chestnut-fronted Macaw, Blue-headed Parrot, White-eyed Parakeet, Violaceus Jay, Purplish Jay, Great Antshrike, Amazon Kingfisher, and many more
- DAY 9: Birding to the Upper Manu Road
Morning birding along the bamboo forest for some missing species and then we will start our birding drive up to the mountains cloud forest at 3,000m where is located our last lodge for our amazing birding trip along Manu Road. We will bird basically along the Manu road for mixed flocks or any bird sighting. As soon we arrive at our lodge if time permits we will enjoin the feeders for the end of the day. Dinner and night in Wayquecha Sation.
- DAY 10: Birding and back to Cuzco/Ollantaytambo
Early birding along the Mountain cloud forest species. and after Lunch, we will head back to Vuzco with some stops along the road. Dinner and night in Ollantaytambo
- DAY 11: Birding to Abra Malaga - Carrizales
Early drive to Abra Malaga Pass where we will search along Polylepis forest and high mountain species found at 4,000m. Then we will cross the Pass to Carriales where we will find more endemics. After a great day, we will head back to Ollantaytambo. Dinner and night in Ollantaytambo.
Possible Species: White-browed Tit-Spinetail, Tawny Tit-Spinetail, Ash-breasted Tit-Tyrant, Puna Tapaculo, Royal Cinclodes, Junin Canastero, Glaciar Finch, Cuzco Brush-Finch, Paradodis Hemminpingus, Maracapata Spinetail, Inca Wren, Violet-fronted Startfronlet and many more.
- DAY 12: Machu Picchu Time!
Early train ride to Aguas Calientes to visit Machu Picchu where we will have an unforgettable experience along the Inca site for the rest of the morning. Then we can do some birding before and after our lunch. Then we will take our train back to Ollantaytambo and bus drive to Cusco and if you have an evening flight to Lima and connections we will transfer you to the airport or a hotel if you stay in Cusco.
Possible Species: Torrent Duck, White-capped Dipper, Inca Wren (E), Green and White Hummingbird (E), Ocellated Piculet, Masked Fruiteater (E), Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch, Pale-legged Warbler, Rusty Flowerpiercer, Tricolored Brush-Finch, Variable Antshrike, and many more.
Have a wonderful birding holiday in Peru!
|TOUR TIME||12 DAYS & 11 NIGHTS|
|GROUP SIZE||From 2 to 6 People + Birding Guide|
|TOUR DATES||Tour Calendar & Custom Dates AT ANY TIME|
|TOUR PRICE||USD 3,500 per person|
|SINGLE ROOM||USD 500|
|ESTIMATE # SPECIES||350 - 500|
|ACCOMMODATION||Comfortable Places with private services|
|EASY OF BIRDING||Easy to moderate with some challenging species|
|INCLUDE||Domestic Flights, Hotel, lodges, full meals, entrance fees, transport, Birding Guide|
|NOT INCLUDE||International flights, any alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls, extra activities, tips|