Machu Picchu, Manu Road, Amazon 13 days


Machu Picchu, Manu & Amazon 13 days, our classic tour offering for more than 9 years. This tour is for no more than two weeks with the chance to enjoin the highlights of Southern Peru ending with over 300 species.

We had a lot of fun and birds from our last itinerary for few years ago organizing amazing trips for our past customers which we share on our trip reports from previous trips.

From 2019 we updated mostly all tours adding new birding spots and for this case Tambopata Reserve (Amazon Basin), to enhance even more the experience birding and loving nature with us for 13 days togheter including: Penguins, Pelicans, Inca Tern, Machu Picchu, Manu Road, Cock of the rock Lek, Oxbow Lake, Macaw Clay Lick

We invite to join us for your next birding & Nature holiday!

 

  • DAY 1: Arrive in Lima

You will arrive at Lima International Airport. We will welcome and transfer to our hotel near the airport.

  • DAY 2: Villa Marshes/Pucusana-Flight to Cusco

Morning birding along villa marshes which is located 30 minutes from our hotel. After some hours of birding, we will go to Pucusana for our semi pelagic trip. After lunch, we will drive to Lima airport for our late afternoon flight to Cusco. Night in Hotel

  • DAY 3: Birding the Manu Road

Breakfast and then we will start our birding adventure driving to Hucarpay Lake for target species. Then we will continuos our drive to Paucartambo and  Acjanaco pass where Manu National Park starts. After the pass, we will start searching for mixed flocks along man road. We will try to get in time for Lyred-Tailed Nightjar display at dusk another wise we will do on next afternoon Dinner and Night in Manu Paradise Lodge (at 1500m)

Target Species: Bearded Mountaineer (E), Moustached Flowerpiercer, Hooded Mountain-Tanager, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Golden-collared Tanager, Grass-green Tanager, Gray-mantled Wren, Mountain Foliage-Gleaner, Olive-Backed Woodcreeper, Stripe Threehunter, Sc

ale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant, Inca Flycatcher(E), Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant, Stripe-Chested Antwren, White-backed Fire-Eye, Black-eared Hemispingus, Yellow-breasted Antwren, Yungas Manakin, Yellow-throated, common Clorospingus, Dusky-Green Oropendola, Brown Tinamou, Rufous-tailed Tyrant, Chestnut-backed Antshrike, Unicolored Antshrike, Andean Motmot, Rufescent Screech-Owl, Blue-naped Chlorophonia, Yellow-breasted Antbird, Black-streaked Puffbird, and many others.

  • DAY 4: Cock of the Rock Lek, Manu Road

Early and late afternoon birding along the road for mixed flocks and residents species. There is a chance to watch the amazing Cock of the Rock Lek and We for our free time watching the hummingbird feeders. We will try also at dusk for some owls. Night in Manu Paradise Lodge

Target Species: Andean Cock of the Rock, Versicolored Barbet, Beryl-spangled, Safron-Crown, Golden Tanagers and Orange-eared, Yellow-throated, Slaty, Golden-naped, Paradise, Blue-necked, Bay-headed, Spotted Tanagers, Deep-blue Flowerpiercer, Three-stripe Warbler, Russet-crowned Warbler, Black-faced Brush-finch, Golden-headed Quetzal, Crested Quetzal, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Wire-crested Thorntail, Speckled Hummingbird, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Peruvian Piedtail (E), Many-spotted Humminbird, Botted Raquetail, Gray-mantled Wren, Mountain Foliage-Gleaner, Olive-Backed Woodcreeper, Stripe Threehunter, Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant, Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant, Stripe-Chested Antwren, White-backed Fire-Eye, Black-eared Hemispingus, Yellow-breasted Antwren, Yungas Manakin, Yellow-throated, common Clorospingus, Dusky-Green Oropendola, Brown Tinamou, Rufous-tailed Tyrant, Chestnut-backed Antshrike, Unicolored Antshrike, Andean Motmot, Rufescent Screech-Owl, Blue-naped Chlorophonia, Yellow-breasted Antbird and many others.

  • DAY 5: Birding Upper Manu Road 

Today we will have a full Morning birding for some missing and extra species. Then we will drive up to 3,000 mts where we will arrive in our last lodge in Manu Road. We will try to do some owling before dinner and night at Wayqecha Station.

Target Species: Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Grass-green Mountain-Tanager, Chestnut-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Hooded Mountain-Tanager, Barred Becard, Red-crested and Chestnut-crested Cotingas, Slaty-backed Chat-tyrant, Golden-headed Quetzal, Golden-collared Tanager, Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Blue-banded Toucanet, Red and White Antpitta (E), Marcapata Spinetail (E) and many others.and many others.

  • DAY 6: Birding and drive to Cusco

Morning birding along the Manu road for some missing or extra species. After lunch, we will drive back to Cusco. Dinner and night in Hotel

  • DAY 7: Machu Picchu time!

Early transfer to Poroy train station for our train trip to Aguas Calientes and bus drive up to the entrance. There we will meet our local guide for your culture time along the Inca Site. After your amazing time along with Machu Picchu, we will back to the small town for lunch and then our train back to Cusco. Dinner and Night in Hotel

  • DAY 8: Flight to Puerto Maldonado & Lake Sandoval

 Morning transfer to Lima Airport for our flight to Puerto Maldonado. There we will welcome and transfer to Madre de Dios River port for our boat trip for 30 minutes, then we will walk for 40 minutes searching for some amazonian species along the trail. At the end of the trail, we will take a small boat to enjoin the oxbow lake, birds, and wildlife on our way to get our lodge. Dinner and night in Sandoval Home Lodge

Birds: Purus, white-throated, bluish-fronted Jacamars,  Spot-throated, Crimson-crested, Lineated, Little, Cream-colored Woodpeckers, Black, Red-throated Caracaras, Red-bellied, Blue-headed, Chestnut-fronted Macaws, Blue-headed Parrot, Black-capped Donnacobiuos, Red-breasted Meadowlark, Rusty-fronted Tody-tyrant, Common Tody-Flycatcher, Yellow-browed Tody-Flycatcher, Purple-throated Fruitcrow, Bare-necked Fruitcrow, Golden-Collared Toucanet, Emerald Toucanet, Curl-crested Aracari, Chestnut-eared Aracari, Ivory-billed Aracari, Ringed Woodpecker, Blue-headed Macaw, Red and Green Macaw, Scarlet Macaw, Drab Water-Tyrant, Capped Heron, Ladder-tailed Nightjar, Sand-colored nighthawk, Cocoi Heron, Horned Screamer, Great-black Hawk, White-winged Swallow, White-banded Swallow, and many others.

  • DAY 9: Full day Birding

Early birding by boat along the lake for resident species and with good luck a family of Giant Otters, Black Caiman, Agami Heron, Capped Heron, kingfishers and much other wildlife. After a nice early morning, we will back to our lodge for breakfast, and after we will keep birding along the trails. Then we will take the boat again to search for more species before dark.

Birds: Ringed, Green, Amazon, Green and Rufous, Pygmy Kingfishers, Agami, Capped, Cocoi Herons, Green ibis, Silvered Antbird, Streak Antwren, Long-billed Woodcreeper, Point-tailed Palmcreeper, Hoatzin, Cream-colored, Lineated, Crimson-crested Woodpeckers, White-winged, White-banded Swallows, Black-cowled Wood-Rail, Paradise, Great jacamars, Black-tailed, Blue-crowned, Collared, Amazonian Trogons, Amazonian, Rufous, Broad-billed Motmots, Pale-winged Trumpeter, Curl-crested, Ivory-billed, Letter, Chestnut-eared Aracaris, Buff-throated, Cinnamon-throated, Elegant, Inanbari, Wedge-billed, Plain-brown, Long-tailed Woodcreepers, Black-faced, White-browed, Chestnut-tailed, Gray, White-throated Antbirds and many others.

  • DAY 10: Birding, Puerto Maldonado - Explorers Inn Lodge

Today we will leave Sandoval lake. After breakfast, we will do some birding along the lake and the trail to get the main river. Then we will back to Puerto Maldonado where we will start our next briding spot. we will have 3 hours boat trip to get our lodge with the chance to see several species along the Tambopata river bank. We usually arrive at our lodge late afternoon. There is a chance to do some owling before dinner. Night in Explorers Inn Lodge

  •  DAY 11: Canopy Tower Birding and trails.

Early breakfast and we will go to the canopy tower for the first hours of the morning. Then we will keep birding along the trail for some other species. After lunch, we will bird other trails and back to the canopy tower for some missing species if we need it for the afternoon. Night in Explorers Inn Lodge

Birds: Purple-throated Fruitcrow, Bare-necked Fruitcrow, Golden-Collared Toucanet, Emerald Toucanet, Curl-crested Aracari, Chestnut-eared Aracari, Ivory-billed Aracari, Ringed Woodpecker, Blue-headed Macaw, Red and Green Macaw, Scarlet Macaw and many others.

  • DAY 12: Birding, Puerto Maldonado

Some birding in the morning and then we will be transferred to Puerto Maldonado. In the afternoon some birding. Dinner and night in Hotel

  • DAY 13: Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick - Lima

Early drive and boat ride to the upper Tambopata River with the chance to find Orinoco Goose, Razor-Billed Curassow and with good luck Jaguar, Tapir, or even Puma. We will take with us our breakfast. We will try to arrive before at the best time to enjoin the popular Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick. Every morning macaws, parrots, parakeets meet here to socialize and get some minerals from the river bank (cliff) as important for their diet. After a morning full of parrots and macaws, we will back for lunch to celebrate our amazing time together. Then you will be transferred to Puerto Maldonado Airport for your flight to Lima.

Have a Great Trip 

Peru Birding Web
TOUR TIME 13 DAYS & 12 NIGHTS
GROUP SIZE From 2 to 6 Birders + Guide
TOUR DATES Tour Calendar & Custom Dates
PRICE PER PERSON US$ 3,500
SINGLE ROOM $ 400 per person
ACCOMMODATION Comfortable places with private toilet, hot water for shower, WI-FI 
EASY OF BIRDING Easy to moderate with some challenging species
PHOTOGRAPHIC CHANCE Excellent
INCLUDE Domestic Flights, Hotel, lodges, full meals, entrance fee, transport, guide
NOT INCLUDE International, any alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls, tips, extra activities
Peru Birding Web
  • My husband and I wanted to see the birds of southern Peru so we choose Peru Birding Tours, operated by Omar Diaz. There were many combinations of places and length of time, so we did a 19-day trip which included Machu Picchu, Manu Road and the Amazon basin. Omar did not disappoint us as the birds abounded wherever we went. We stayed at comfortable lodges and in some cases, quite remote, where the only way to reach the lodge was by motorized boat. There was limited electrical power in these areas so candle light was necessary in the evenings, but we did not mind since we were tired birders by then. Meals were also good as we enjoyed Peruvian cuisine. Omar is a fantastic guide and with a somewhat flexible schedule, he tried to maximize the opportunity and experience of our trip.

  • I took the Tambopata birding tour Peru Birding Tours this last May. This company never conducts a tour with a complement of more 5 people so that the value for money is exceptional. On this occasion I was the only participant, and although I had to pay a supplement of 20% for the price for the tour, it was well worth the extra cost to have one-on-one personal guidance. From age 18 and now retired, I have birded off and on in the U K, North America (with, Audubon chapters), Sri Lanka, East Africa, South and Central America. But never have I experienced such intensive skillful birding. My guide Omar Diaz, an ornithologist with extraordinary expertise, did the up-most to get me so see as many birds as possible. He has made his own vocal recordings of all the species found in this part of the Peruvian Amazon. Despite unseasonable wet weather throughout the tour, Omar made it his business that I add as many species as possible to my life list. Of particular value were the 2 days spent surveying the mixed habitat in and around Puerto Maldonado. Most travelers coming to Madre de Dios want to make a ‘bee line’ for the rain forest and the Tambopata Nature Reserve. But it is also essential to check out open country around this river town if one is a serious birder seeking to extend their life list. Oh, and by the way, Omar coached me in bird photography, I being a total novice with new untested equipment was able to take a few creditable pictures.

  • A group of 6 friends took the Machu Picchu Manu Road Classic 13-day tour in late September. It was fantastic. We were never disappointed. Everything was great. We were able to spot over 460 bird species in a variety of habitats--ocean, cloud forest, jungle, high Andes. we saw a number of endemics and Omar Diaz, our guide, made sure that we were able to see these incredible birds. The accommodations were very comfortable from a variety of remote mountain and rustic Amazonian lodges to three star hotels in the cities. The food was tasty and gave us an opportunity to taste Peruvian cuisine. The vans we traveled in were clean and safe and our drivers were always concerned with our safety. Omar is an excellent guide and is very patient and informative about the birding experience. He took extra efforts to make sure that all of us saw the birds that we were interested in seeing. He took to time to assure that all of our needs were met and that we were gaining the experience that we wanted. Omar was flexible with our tour and he arranged for tickets for us to climb Huayna Picchu while at Machu Picchu. This was an exciting add on for us. We all were very satisfied with our tour and I would heartily recommend Peru Birding Tours to anyone who is looking for a good tour. Being that this is a Peruvian company, the value for money spent is well worth going with this operator.

  • We contacted Omar a few months ago to add on a two-day birding trip to Santa Eulalia, after a group birding tour to Northern Peru. Omar emailed us two days before our scheduled trip date and informed us some landslides on the road due to heavy raining, he would not be able to completed the tour as planned. But he still met us at Lima airport as scheduled, explained the situation, offered alternative plan. Although we declined his alternative plan and decided to head home early, we are deeply impressed by his professionalism and honesty. Knowing he is someone you can count on, we would not hesitate to schedule birding trip with Omar and Peru Birding Tours in Peru and other destinations in South America. Thank you Omar, we will see you next time.

  • Based on excellent reviews for PBT 19-day birding tour, we booked the same for May 2017. The entire trip was fantastic, covering a cross section from the dry west coast to the highlands, Andes, and Amazonia. Best of all, we saw more than 350 bird species, photographed 274 species, of which 213 were new to us!!! Top of the list were Andean Cock of the Rock, Horned Screamer, Hoatzin, countless hummers, trogons, and parrots galore. We also saw 13 species of mammals, including giant river otters, tayra, and 5 species of monkeys. Lodging and food were first-rate, even gourmet, which was surprising in remote lodges in Amazonia that could be reached only by boat. We were happy to see that PBT owner Omar Diaz limits the tour size to 6 people. Since 4 would-be participants on our tour canceled, my spouse and I ended up with a private tour! Omar led the first half of the trip, followed by Saulo Lima. Both guides were excellent and customized the tour for our photography interests, working hard to find the birds and maximize our chances of taking quality photographs. Omar handled all the logistics perfectly, including 2 plane flights, 2 train trips, van drivers, and all the boat trips. Oops - almost forgot about the bus trips to and from Machu Picchu. The World Heritage site surpassed all our expectations.

  • Our group of 6 went from the Pacific to Machu Picchu to the Amazon jungle. In all, we saw over 550 species of birds, 5 types of monkeys, a tapir, sloth, ant eater along with many other creatures. Omar was a wonderful guide and made sure that everyone had an opportunity to see everything. Make sure you bring your camera and plenty of insect repellent. I would highly recommend using this company if you are planning a trip to Peru and would like a guide.

  • Our group of six just returned from a 16-day birding tour starting in Lima through Machu Picchu, Manu Road, cloud forest, Amazon and ending in Puerto Maldonado. What a fabulous adventure!!! Omar, our guide, was the best - friendly, patient, energetic and SO KNOWLEDGEABLE! He knows his birds and where to find them. Our schedule was intense, but worked out flawlessly. We had nice accommodations and great food. Logged in over 550 bird species. I would without hesitation recommend Omar and Peru Birding Tours to any birders. We had a great time and lots of fun. Peru is an amazingly beautiful and diverse country!

  • My wife and I went on a Manu Cloud Forest 5 Day tour with Omar and Peru Birding Tours this past June-July. It was spectacular. We saw 215 lifers in five days, plus plenty of birds we did seen previously but were happy to see again. Bird highlights included Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Andean (Yungas) Pygmy Owl, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Fiery-Capped Manakin, Barred Fruiteater, Red-crested Cotinga, and Lyre-tailed Nightjar. Mammal highlights included Andean fox, Tayra, and two species of monkey. Omar is a truly expert guide. He is one of the only guides in Peru who knows all of the species of Peru. He knows them all by sound, by sight, by location. In addition to being as knowledgeable a guide as you could find, he is also extremely personable, kind, and accommodating. He is just a pleasure to hang out with. The logistics of the trip went perfectly. He picked us up at our hotel in Cusco, and dropped us off there at the end of the trip. In the meantime, we stayed at Cock-of-the-Rock lodge, and Wayqecha lodge, both of which are really nice places to stay. We also saw lots of birds between Cusco and the Manu road. It is a long drive, but Omar planned stops in beautiful places that allowed us to see more birds and take nice breaks. My only regret is that we did not plan a longer trip, so we could get into the lowlands. I highly recommend Peru Birding Tours.

  • ! Buenos Dias, Omar ¡ I wanted to express my sincere thanks for the great trip you provided Karl and me.  It was the best biding trip I have ever had in my life. I am now in the middle or sorting out and editing all my photos. I miss Peru already! and I miss seeing all of Peru colorful birds. Muchas GraciasDoug Harr

  • Dear Omar: An excellent and honest birder running a high quality birding tour, if you plan to birding in Peru, that is - Simon - Chairman of ITBA

  • I am a pretty good birder, but Omar Diaz spotted at least 200 species that I probably would have overlooked! He knows his birds by sight and sound and is very passionate about his chosen profession. My Dad is not a birder but was extremely impressed by how well organized and professional the trip was. Thanks Omar and Americo! I hope you and your family are doing well. RegardsKen Simonite

  • Thank you Omar for a wonderful time in Peru. You made it all happen for us & took such good care of us throughout the whole trip! California USASusan Gerling Gonzales

  • Many thanks to César, Amerigo, Omar and the entire Peru Birding Tours team for an unforgettable trip to u and Manu Road! USALance Lack

  • This is a small and fairly new business enterprise that has aspirations to gain a larger part of the international birding market and if our (wife and I) trip is anything to go by, they very much deserve to succeed. Firstly, they are reliable and trustworthy, essential when you have to pay upfront as you will be required to do. Omar is the main man but he can hardly be a better guide than our appointed guide - Cesar. In a word, he was amazing. He could spot a bird in a tree across a wide valley and have the telescope (his second wife!) on it before we could find it with binoculars. In fact, never known a guide so proficient with a telescope. Closer by he would hear a bird call in the bush, that we never even detected and was immediately able to identify it and, usually, find it. Cesar English was impeccable, which together with his amiable personality and intelligence, made for easy and pleasant conversation over meals for instance. We only did a 4-night trip over the Manu road but still produced over 200 good sightings - we only count good sightings! This is not the safest of roads but the driver gave us absolutely no cause for concern. In conclusion, I can thoroughly recommend this outfit for any birding trip in Peru and wish them every success in the future.
         
         
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