Machu Picchu, Manu, Tambopata 19 days


The Tour starts birding part of the Western Pacific Ocean in Lima. Then 50 minutes flight to Cusco for Andean Condor, Machu Picchu, Abra Malaga, Carrizales for several endemics species only found along there.

Finally the most popular birding area; Manu Road ending in alto Madre de Dios River. The we will so a short flight from Puerto Cusco to Puerto Maldonado to get Tambopata Reserve for more amazonian species.

We are sure that you will amaze the great diversity of habitat, flora, fauna, culture and Peruvian food where the trip goes.

  • This trip starts from Humboldt Penguin to Andean Condor.
  • From Machu Picchu to Andean Cock of the Rock.
  • Then from Golden Tanager to Rufous-crested Coquette.
  • Full amazonian species including Oxbow Lake, Giant otters, monkeys, kingfishers and more.
  • Canopy tower and Macaw clay lick for the end.
  • DAY 1: Arrive to Lima - Peru

We will pick you up from lima airpot and transfer to our hotel. Usually international flights arrive to Peru from 10:30 pm to 11:30 pm. But remind us about your arrival time. Night in Hotel.

  • DAY 2: Villa Marshes/Pucusana - Cusco - Limatambo 

After breakfast we will do our check-out the hotel and start birding along Villa Marshes (Pantanos de Villa) for several species found here. Then we will drive again to get Pucusana fishing town for our semi-pelagic trip. Then if time permits we can explore Puerto Viejo, San Andres area for some extra species. Them we will drive to Lima airport for our late afternoon flight to Cusco. There we we will be transfer to our hotel in Limatambo

Target Species: Many-Colored Rusth-Tyrant, Wren-like Rushbird, Great Grebe, Yellow-Hooded Blackbird, Inca Tern, Peruvian Booby, Blue-footed Booby, Peruvian Pelican, Humboldt Penguin, Guanay and Red-legged Cormorants, Blackish Oystercatcher, Surf Cinclodes (E), Coastal Miner (E), Amazilia Hummingbird, Peruvian Medowlark, Peruvian Thick-knee, Purple-collared Woodstart, Peruvian Pygmy-Owl, Pacific Parrotlet and many others.

  • DAY 3: Apurimac Endemic Species

Early drive up to Mollepata road where we can enjoin a our new birding spot for several species very restricted to the area. We will have a pic-nic lunch to enhance our birding time along the Valley. After this amazing area we will drive to Ollantaytambo. Night in Hotel

Target Species: White-eared Puffbird, White-wiged Black-Tyrant, Plain-tailed Canastero, White-tuffed Sunbean (E), Vilcabamba Thisleatail (E), Apurimac Brush-finch (E), Stripe-headed Antpitta, Vilcabamba Tapaculo (E), Andean Condor, Chestnut-breasted Mountain-finch (E), Creamy-crested Spinetail (E), Giant Conebill, Tit-like Dacnis and Many others.

  • DAY 4: Carrizales - Abra Malaga

Early Drive to Abra Malaga Pass for Polylepis forest, Carrizales (Chusquea Bamboo & cloud forest) for restricted range habitat, then we will extend to Ipal Eco Lodge for extra Species. After our amazing birding time we will back to Ollantaytambo. Dinner and Night in Hotel.

Birds: White-winged Cinclodes, Royal Cinclodes, Andean Lapwing, Black Siskin, Mountain Caracara, Ash-breasted Sierra-Finch, Plumbeous Sierra-Finch, White-Winged Diuca-Finch, White-Browed Tit-Spinetail (ENDEMIC), Junin Canastero (ENDEMIC), Unstreaked Tit-Tyrant (ENDEMIC), Red and White Antpitta (ENDEMIC), Cusco Brush-Finch (ENDEMIC), Parodi’s Hemispingus (ENDEMIC), Black-Capped Hemispingus, Plushcap, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager,  Streak-Headed Antpitta, Tawny Tit-Spinetail, Blue-Backed Conebill, Amethyst-Throated Sunangel, Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant, Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant, Sclaters Tyrannulet, Swallow-tailed Hummingbird, Pileated Finch, Ocellated Piculet and many others.

  • DAY 5: Machu Picchu Time

Early Train ride for 2 hours to get Aguas Calientes town wich is the entrance to one of the wonder in world Machu Picchu Ruin. There we will enjoin the inca site for the rest of the morning and if there is time we can do some birding before our train ride to Ollantaytambo and then buss drvie to Cusco. Night in Hotel.

  • DAY 6: Huacarpay Lake – Mountain Cloud forest

Early breakfast and then we will drive up to San Salvador Lake (4,100m) on the way to Paucartambo village for lunch on our favorite local restaurant. Then we will drive up to Acjanaco pass where Manu National Park starts. After the pass we will probably start to see more species on our way to our first lodge in Manu road. Night in lodge

Target Species: Bearded Mountanier (E), Giant Hummingbird, Chestnut-Breasted Mountain-Finch (E), Creamy-crested Spinetail (E), Brown-Backed Chat-tyrant, Black-throated, Moustached, Masked Floweriercers, Gray-mantled Wren, Mountain Foliage-Gleaner, Olive-Backed Woodcreeper, Stripe Threehunter, Scale-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 7: Full day birding along manu road

We will have full morning birding along Manu road and lodge surroundings and we will have some time to enjoin the feeders. After lunch, we will keep birding for some missing species and we will try to see Lyre-tailed Nightjar display before dusk. Night in 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 8: Birding lower Manu Road - Amazon

Breakfast and we will have full morning birding explroing the lower part of manu road untill we get alto madre dios river where we will get a boat to navigate for 20 minutes to reach our next birding spot. After all accommodations we will relax watching the feeders. We will do some owling before dinner. Night in lodge

  • Day 9: Full day Birding

Early breakfast and we will bird along the forest and then late afternoon also for some extra species. For our free time we need to concentrate around the garden for hummingbirds and others species on the feeders. We will do some owling before dinner. Night in lodge.

  • DAY 10: Birding up the mountain forest

Early start birding along the road up to the mirador  and back to 2,900 m for mountain species. We will do pic nic lunch for more birds more fun, We usually arrive to our last lodge late afternoon. Dinner and Night in lodge

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 11: Full day Birding

Early birding along the road looing for some missing species for the whole day. We will try to do some owling before dinner. Night in Lodge.

  • DAY 12: Birding drive to Cusco

Early breakfast and we will search for some missing species and then we will head up to Cusco City. Dinner and night in Hotel.

  • Day 13: Flight to Puerto Maldonado - Lake Sandoval

Airlines usually arrive from midday from Lima or Cusco but try to book the earliest one to arrive. We will welcome to Puerto Maldonado and transfer to our river port for our boat trip for only 30 minutes to get Sandoval Lake entrance where we need to register. There we will start birding along the trail on the way to get our lodge. Dinner and Night in Lodge.

  • Day 14-15: Full day Birding

Early breakfast and we will search by a catamaran along the lake for resident species and with a good luck a family of Giant Otters, Black Caimans, Agami Heron. After a nice early morning, we will back to our lodge for breakfast and after we will keep birding along the trails. After lunch some break then we will take the catamaran again late afternoon. The second day we will bird along the trails for the morning and afternnon. Dinner and Nights in Lodge.

  • DAY 16: Sandoval – Explorers Inn Lodge

Today we will do some birding on our way out to Puerto Maldonado again.  Then we will start our boat trip upstream along the Tambopata river. We will navigate for 3 hours around upstream searching for some river birds. If there is the time we will do some birding at the lodge surroundings. Night in Explorers inn Lodge.

Birds: 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 17-18: Canopy Tower, bamboo forest, Trails.

One of the morning will visit the canopy tower and afternoon some of the trails. For the second morning we will bird bamboo forest and Afternoon birding alon the trails. both nights we will do some owling before or after dinner. Nights 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, Blue-headed Macaw, Red and Green Macaw, Scarlet Macaw among others.

  • DAY 19: Parrot Clay Lick and Flight to Lima

We will do some birding for the morning and then we will be transfer to Puerto Maldonado city for some extra birding, Lunch and airport for your flight to Lima and connections.

Have a great birding time

 

 

 

TOUR TIME 19 DAYS & 18 NIGHTS
GROUP SIZE From 2 people
TOUR DATES From April to November with fixed and custom dates - TOUR CALENDAR
PRICE PER PERSON US$ 4,000.00
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT US$ 500.00 (we do not charge this; hotels and lodges do)
   
ACCOMODATION Confortable places with private toilet, hot water, WI-FI 
EASY OF BIRDING Easy to moderate with some challenging species
PHOTOGRAFIC CHANCE Excellent
INCLUDE Domestic flights, Hotel, lodges, full meals, soft drinks, train, entrance fee, private land and boat transport, driver and birding guide
NOT INCLUDE International flights, any alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls, extra activities 

 

 

 

 

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  • Lena and I want to thank you again for a wonderful trip. It is hard to believe it is over. We appreciated your great bird-finding skills, the design of the trip and your taking care of us so well. Although Lena took a couple afternoons off, she finished the trip very enthusiastic about the whole experience. Take care and hope to see you again some day.

    William Proebsting
  • Omar really took care of us from picking us up at the airport to getting us back there, 21 tour days, one in country fight day to Cusco, 1 National Strike day off , 1Partial Rain Day...whew, yet 656 BIRDS in that time frame (21 Days). I am still exhausted...

    Bruce Garlinger

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