Manu Birding Biotrip
Sites: Manu Biosphere Reserve: Bio-trip: 8 days/7nights
Featured: Wayquecha Biology Station, Cock Of The Rock Lodge, Amazonia lodge and Manu Wildlife Center.
Point of Interest: Colorful and amazing birds, the amazing Macaw and parrot clay lick, Cloud forest orquids and plants, Monkeys and mammals, reptiles, the biggest and the most accessible Tapir Clay lick in the Peruvian amazon, landscape & photography.
Day 1: CUSCO TO WAYQUECHA BIOLOGY STATION.
After an early breakfast, today we begin our trip to Manu Biosphere Reserve. We will be driving casually throughout the day from Cusco along the famous Manu Road; today´s destination is the lush cloud forest region where the Andes begin to fall away towards the Amazon basin. This is a day of dramatic scenery and striking contrasts from the high Puna at nearly 4,000 meters until we plunge through an extraordinary world of forested cliffs, waterfalls and gorges. We will make spontaneous stops along the way before reaching the nice and comfortable Research Station: Wayquecha. Overnight in Wayquecha Biology Station. (B, L, D)
Day 2: WAYQUECHA BIOLOGY STATION TO COCK OF THE ROCK LODGE
Leaving Wayquecha after breakfast around 7:00am we travel through more of the cloud forest habitats and through the spectacular eastern ranges of the Andes, passing beautiful natural habitats. We begin the breath taking descent from 3000 meters to 1600 meters above sea-level to our comfortable lodge in the orchid laden Cloud Forest. This is a spectacular journey passing cascading waterfalls and multicolored birds along the way. In the late afternoon, we'll walk into the lodge to the sounds of Quetzals, Trogons and Gray-breasted Wood-Wrens. Night at Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 3: COCK OF THE ROCK LODGE TO AMAZONIA LODGE:
Pre-breakfast walk to a nearby spot in the Cloud Forest where the strange and beautiful Cocks-of-the-Rock display at dawn. This is a wonderful sight, as up to 25 bright red-orange males dance and sing, attempting to attract the favors of the duller, burgundy colored females. After visiting this lek we return to the Lodge for a leisurely breakfast and continue in our all terrain bus to the Madre de Dios River and our motorized dugouts and we begin our journey across the river to reach La “Hacienda Amazonia”, located at the base of the mountains in what we called as the foothills habitat, The lodge is surrounded by one the most beautiful gardens in this part of the Amazon Rainforest. Night in Amazonia lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 4: AMAZONIA LODGE.
Full of flowering plants, La Hacienda Amazonia is a unique place. Today we´ll be birding around the lodge and its beautiful garden trails, the country of the rufous crested Coquette amongst others. The lodge is located in the tropical lowland rainforest of Manu Biosphere Reserve. The Yábar family, from Cusco, established the lodge in 1980 which used to be a tea plantation in the 1970's. The book Birds of South America by Robert S. Ridgely refers to the lodge as Hacienda Amazonia. The property have primary forest 65% mostly in the hills(foothills). The rest is mature secondary forest 30 years old whit reforestation. "One of Peru's top birding sites." Paul Coopmans
During 1983 Dr. John W. Fitzpatrick and his team were doing studies in Amazonia. He suggested to the Yábar family about the possibility of them working in tourism because of the potential he and his team had observed specifically for birdwatchers. In 1984 the Yábars converted the property into a lodge creating one of the pioneer lodges in the Manu Biosphere Reserve. Working in Ecotourism, the lodge is now considered one of the best birding places in Peru. The lodge's bird list contains 628 species and keeps going up, fast becoming one of the largest lists in the world. There are many species of mammals including tapir, peccaries, jaguar, and puma, 8 species of monkeys including the rare Night Monkey. Also found are many butterflies, amphibians, reptiles, orchids, and bromeliads. Night at Amazonia Lodge.
Day 5: AMAZONIA LODGE TO MANU WILDLIFE CENTRE
Pre-breakfast walk to a nearby spot in The Hacienda Amazonia we begin our journey down the river, past the last folds of the Andes down the Madre de Dios River to its confluence with the Manu River. We’ll pass settlements and native communities during the trip. Just before we get to the village of Boca Manu we pass the native community of Diamante. Their culture is Piro and this is the largest settlement of Amerindians in the area. We turn up the Manu River leaving the relatively clean waters of the Madre de Dios behind; we enter the clay laden waters of the Manu River. We’ll at the park ranger station at Limonal to present our permits and visit an overgrown oxbow lake where many Parrots and Macaws come in to roost we travel another hour to our destination Manu Wildlife Centre Lodge. We should arrive in time for lunch and a shower (hot water) and get to meet whichever researchers are onsite. The afternoon is set aside to relax or, if you want, to explore a trail through the untouched forest to a lookout point on a cliff over the river to watch roosting flights of Parrots and Macaws as the sun sets. Manu Wildlife Center Center has a canopy platform and an observation tower (B, L, D)
Day 6: MANU WILDLIFE CENTRE
Early start to-day for the Macaw Clay Lick. This is truly one of the world’s great wildlife spectacles as hundreds of Parrots and their larger relatives, the Macaws, congregate at this traditional locality to eat the mineral rich clay that is essential to their digestion. We'll use a comfortable blind (hide) to get close to the birds and breakfast will be served. The noise alone is incredible and the sight of these brightly colored birds at the lick is a sight not to be forgotten. As the lick slows down in midmorning we'll head back to the lodge for lunch and a siesta before an afternoon excursion for those who wish perhaps to the canopy tower or along quite rails looking for primates. Such as Emperor and Saddleback Tamarins, and we have seen the rare Goeldi's Monkey repeatedly in this area. Night at the Manu Wildlife Center (B, L, D)
Day 7: MANU WILDLIFE CENTRE
A full day to explore the forest, and oxbow lake called: Blanco and trails around the lodge. We'll be on the lookout for Monk Saki - an uncommon and rarely seen monkey of the terra firme forest that is occasionally seen here. We'll explore trails where groups of Manakins, perhaps the most enigmatic of neo-tropical birds, perform their strange mating dances and walk to one of our blinds at a large mammal lick where Guans and forest Parakeets and Parrotlets come for clay. Here too, groups of Black Spider Monkeys visit on occasions for clay to help their digestion. Those who wish will return with the guide to the lodge in the late afternoon however there is an opportunity to stay at the lick after dark to see what nocturnal creatures come to the lick. Tapirs, the largest South American land mammal are frequent visitors with up to 12 animals visiting in one night. We watch them from the comfort of mosquito nets and mattresses from our specially constructed blind. Other nocturnal creatures are always possible. At some porint we'll head for Cocha Blanco, an old ox-bow lake, in search of a family of Giant Otters that live there, and canoe around the lake on our floating platform looking for other wildlife, including the bizarre Hoatzin. After a leisurely lunch at the lodge we'll explore other trails and perhaps enjoy a last rainforest sunset. Night at the Manu Wildlife Center (B, L, D)
Day 8: MANU WILDLIFE CENTRE TO CUSCO
Early morning start as flocks of birds pass over the boat, and we may see a Capybara, the world’s largest rodent. Our destination Boca Colorado, a frontier gold rush town, where we’ll take local transport for an hour to the Inambari river and by paved road to Puerto Maldonado in order to catch the afternoon Airbus flight to Cusco. On arrival at around 3:00pm we’ll drop you at your hotel (B, L, D)
*Bilingual (English/Spanish) expert nature guide: with scope, birds vocalizations and binoculars.
*All meals above described & Snacks
*01 night of Accommodation at Wayquecha Biology Station
*01 night at the Cock of the Rock Lodge.
*02 night of Accommodation at the “Hacienda Amazonia”
*03 nights of Accommodation at Manu Wildlife Center.
*Private Motorized canoe for the river trips.
*Flights tickets from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco.
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