Birding Hotspots & Lodges at Manu Biosphere Reserve
 

Birding Hotspots & Lodges at Manu Biosphere Reserve

DISCOUNTED ON APRIL 4th
Price
890$ per person
Duration
6 Days
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More than 1
Travellers
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1 Reviews
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Unique Birding Route The BirdsParadise

Explore Manu Biosphere Reserve and enjoy the spectacular bird diversity, and magnificent scenery a transect running from the Andes to the rainforest Around a thousands of birds have been identified along the Manu Park. In fact, much more than the United States and Canada combined! Keep in mind, these selected lodges have feeders for hummingbird’s observation and other birds. The tour also offers chances to spot mammals, amphibians, and reptiles which makes it an ideal tour for families and travellers with different interests.
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What's included

Destination
Birdwatching , Manu National Park Discover Destinations
Return Location
Cusco City - Transfer from Hotels , Airport , Bus Station
Price includes
  • Accommodation on double bed room
  • Activities Listed in the Program
  • All meals included (vegetarian, vegan mentioned in advance)
  • Best available Lodges in the area
  • Birdlist of the Location
  • Box lunch
  • Duffel Bags for Travelling Light
  • Entrance Fees to the Guadalupe Ecological Reserve
  • Free Storage Room in Cusco
  • Illustrated map of Manu National Park
  • Nights at Cock of the Rock Lodge
  • Nights at Guadalupe Lodge
  • Rubber Boots
  • Snacks (fresh fruits, cookies, chocolate)
  • Specialized Birding Guide with Spotting scope
  • Touristic Transportation
  • Unlimited Purified Water
Price does not include
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • First day breakfast
  • Last day dinner
  • Services not specifically stated in the itinerary

Visit the best birding lodges in Peru – Manu Road

Embark on a tour in Manu Biosphere Reserve, and reside at the best birding lodges Peru has to offer. Peru is one of the world’s hugely diverse countries. Home to amazing destinations for birding. In fact, the Manu Road is home to a large number of species of birds and a wide range of different inhabitants. Peru Birding Tour, 6 Days is an especially fascinating journey. From the Andes, down into the heart of the cloud forest. An area that supports an incredible number of species. Above all, a staggering 1000 species have been reported across the park. Certainly making it the best destination and environment for birding in Peru. Few places can boast like we can here at Manu National Reserve. Likewise, this is truly a paradise for birds, and probably on route to one of the greatest avian diversities in the world.

Keep in mind, this tour also offers possibilities to observe mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. Hence, making it an ideal tour for the entire family, or people with different interests.

Getting to know the best birding lodges in Peru

Wild Watch Peru tours assist in order to maximise your full birding experience. Also known as the best birding lodges in Peru. During this tour you will be accommodated at a number of lodges that make it possible to see some of the rarest and beautiful birds. Whether they reside here year round, or migrate. Due to this, one thousand birds have been identified along in the Manu Park alone. In fact much more than the United States and Canada combined! We have included the following locations, and bird hotspots below;

Wayquecha Lodge.

The only lodge with certainly a privileged location. Surrounded by elfin forest, underlying of the Andean mountains. And as a result this location is a niche for birds such as; Barred Antthrush, Cuzco Brushfinch, Golden-collared Tanager, Andean Potoo, Purple backed Thornbill, Red-and-white Antpitta, Marcapata Spinetail. Chestnut-crested Cotinga, and many more. Currently, this location holds around 303 bird species according to Ebird.

Cock of the Rock Lodge

The Lodge sits in the heart of the Manu Cloud Forest on 1,500 meters of elevation surrounded by lush vegetation and a humid forest. The specialties living here are; Cock of the Rock, Crested Quetzal, Rufous-winged Antwren, Handsome Flycatcher, Solitary Eagle, Lyre-tailed Nightjar, Geoffroy’s Daggerbill, Wire-crested Thorntail, Peruvian Piedtail, Lanceolated Monklet, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Olive Finch, and Cerulean-capped Manakin, among many many others. This location holds around 500 bird species according to Ebird

Reserva Ecologica Guadalupe

This location is ranked as a hotspot by Ebird counting the 328 and rising bird species. In turn making it the best birding lodge in Peru. This location is one of the newest birding destinations in Manu. Reported from the mature bamboo forest, Mauriche Palm forest and the Foothill Forest which relatively the Terra Firme in the lower mountains, you will encounter; Blue-Headed MacawBuff-tailed sicklebill, Peruvian recurbill, Black-backed Tody-flycatcher, White-cheeked Tody-Flycatcher, Flammulated Pygmy-Tyrant, Yellow Tyrannulet, Manu Antbird, Yellow-Billed Nunbird, Golden-collared toucanet, Red-billed Pied Tanager, Black-banded woodcreeper, Rufous-headed Woodpecker, Fine Barred Piculet and many more.

Amazonia Lodge

The Amazonia Lodge counts over 600 species according Ebird. Amazonia Lodge is a sustainable lodge with a solar-powered hot water system and its own hydro-powered electricity. You can enjoy a radiation free and natural environment, away from civilization. The altitude range of the property is between 500m to 1050m with all different kinds of habitats. This range in altitude explains the high diversity of wildlife that thrives here. It is a Peruvian paradise for Birdwatchers, Scientists, Nature lovers and Photographers. This fabled location is in it’s prime for observing the following; Amazonian Antpitta, Koepcke’s Hermit, Rufous-crested Coquette, Lemon-throated Barbet, Agami Heron, Rusty-belted Tapaculo, Plum Throated Cotinga and others interesting birds nestling in the foothill forest.

Other Top Locations for Birdwatching in Manu

Machuwasy Lagoon

An oxbow lake attracts a large number of Amazonian birds such as; egrets, hoatzin, herons, kingfishers, rails, crakes, horned screamers, caciques, oropendolas. The lake sits on elevation around 500 meters approx, Currently there is list of 327 species of birds recorded on this location. But this is forever rising, check the updated list on Ebird.

Laguna Patria

Another bonus location to look for amazonian aquatic birds, migrants, and second-growth specialists. The location congregates; Hoatzin, Capped heron, Least Grebe, Sunbittern, Amazonian Antpitta, Brazilian Teal, Red Capped Cardinal, Spot Breasted  Woodpecker, Black Billed SeedFinch and others. Over this location around 95 bird species have been reported via Ebird. Visit our blog for further references.

Interesting Birds.

The Antpittas 

In general, antpittas are shy and retiring and as a result of this, can be quite hard to see. More commonly you will hear, as they call from the dense forest understory. Side trails offer the patience observer a chance to glimpse these seldom-seen species. The forest also is home to a gorgeous variety of hummingbirds. These spectacular birds can be found feeding on roadside flowering trees and shrubs.

The Cock of the Rock

Cock of the rock (Rupicola Peruviana) is another one of the most spectacular and well-known birds in Peru.  It inhibits the lower montane forest bellow 2,000 m altitude. This large orange bird is often seen feeding on fruit trees. But it’s most impressive when seen at an LEK.

Displaying Site

Here the males gather at the traditional LEK sites in the early morning to display. This is where the action happens. They squeal loudly and dance, bending their heads forwards and raising their wings. The duller females visit the Leks to select a male, who after mating, plays no further part in the nesting or feeding of the young.

Hummingbirds

Furthermore Peru supports an impressive 127 species (39 % of all the hummingbirds) of which Manu National Park is their home. Hummingbirds occur in all the habitats of the region, from the high montane forest to the flooded forest. Even being spotted in the towns and agricultural areas. Consequently most of them you can see in the gardens of these selected lodges specific to this tour.

Tanagers

The tanagers are one the most colourful and distinctive group of birds in the world. Only in the new world tropics with the highest diversity of species occurring in the forest of the southern Andes. Even more, Manu Park holds an extraordinary number of them. A colourful procession of these fruit-eating birds score through the sky. Of which you can see in mixed flocks moving through the forest canopy.

If birding is your cup of tea, this is definitely the hot spot for you. Book with us, while our expert guides take you on an out of this world experience. Don’t miss out on an incredible journey to see some rare exquisite birds in their natural habitat. You won’t regret your decision. So, look no further. Click the Book this Tour button at the bottom of the page and start your birding journey today.

Check out the Tour Plan for this tour to get more insight and a day to day itinerary.

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
Day 1

Cusco - Wayquecha Lodge

    Breakdown of Day 1;
  • Elfin Forest - Full day of Birding.
  • Overnight at Wayquecha Lodge.

Driving uphill we will reach the high mountains which is locally known as Puna, we will be searching diligently for Sedge Wren, Line Fronted and Junin Canastero. While descending the Acjanacu Pass (1066 feet) the vegetation is scattered and we will look for birds of this habitats such as; Chestnut Bellied, Hooded, Scarlet Bellied Mountain Tanager and the bird’s flocks that travel at this misty forest are quite productive also to find some specialists at this elevation, Crimson Mantled Woodpecker, Plushcap, White Banded & throated Tyrannulet, Pearled Treerunner, Puna Thistletail, Black Throated Tody-Tyrant, Sierran Eleania, Golden Collared, Grass Green, Blue Capped Tanagers, Band-tailed and Barred Fruiteater, Streaked Tuftedcheeck, Purple Backed Thornbill among others in the mixed flocks as they are more frequently to find them flying across the road.

Full afternoon birding at the elfin forest at the Wayquecha Lodge elevational range, overnight at the Wayquecha

Day 2

Wayquecha- Cock of the Rock Lodge

    Breakdown of Day 2;
  • Cloud Forest - Full day of Birding.
  • Overnight at Cock of the Rock Lodge.

Early morning walk to look for the Endemic Red and White Antpitta and the rufuous. Other interesting targets at Tuneles and Esperanza location are; Gray Breasted Mountain Toucan, Chestnut Crested Cotinga the Endemic Red and White Anpitta. While transecting along the Cloud Forest as we keep driving down into the mountain the vegetation will gradually have changed into a more dense vegetation it holds birds species like Golden Headed Quetzals, Stripe-faced Wood-quail, Yungas Pigmy Owl , Blue-Banded Toucanet, Collared Jay Mountain Cacique, Greater Scythebill,

At Much lower target bird would be the Cock of the rocks (Peru’s national bird) it more easy to find them while they are displaying at their lek, (the male birds are a vibrant reddish orange, and as many as several dozens get together for an exhibition of a mating ritual dance in a place called Lek)

After this fascinating experience we will searching diligently for more species that are still found at this high; Yungas Manakin, Versicolored Barbed, Orange Eared Tanager, Streak Necked Flycatcher, Andean Motmot, Green Jay among others. If lucky enough we may see the lyre tailed night during dusk. Overnight at Cock of the Rock Lodge

Day 3

Cock of the Rock Lodge - Guadalupe Lodge

    Breakdown of Day 3;
  • Cock of the Rock
  • Hummingbird Watch.
  • Overnight at Guadalupe Lodge.

We will be looking to observe Cock of the rocks (Rupicola peruviana), Peru’s national bird from a platform. The male birds are a vibrant reddish orange, and as many as several dozen get together for an exhibition of a mating ritual dance in a place called “Lek”

After this we will visit the flowers / feeders that attracts hummingbirds, we will be able to see the following species; Booted Racket Tail, Wire crested Thorntail, Green Hermit, Many Spotted Hummingbird, Violet Fronted Brilliant, White Bellied Woodstar, Peruvian Pied tail, Long Tailed Sylph, Wedge Billed Hummingbird, Speckled Hummingbird and the common Sparkling Violetear.

During the afternoon we will sadly leave the lodge to look for few target species, if lucky enough we may see the umbrella as far driving down the mountains. We will pass by an swamp that is packed by Hoatzins known as pre-historic birds due its appearance,. Most of the bird sights here are also; Brazilian Teals, Southern Lapwings, Flycatchers, Amazon, Green Kingfishers, Little, Lineated and Spot Breasted Woodpeckers. Gray Breasted and Rufous Sided Crake, Capped Heron, Little Cuckoo, Silvered Antbird, and many more.

We will arrive to our lodge Guadalupe just on time to see the nightjars (Common Pauraque) these elusive birds used to catch insect during dusk, the road it’s by far the best place to see them.

Day 4

Guadalupe Lodge

    Breakdown of Day 4;
  • Bamboo Forest - Full day of Birding.
  • Foothill Forest.
  • Overnight at Guadalupe Lodge.

We will wake up with the amazing variety of birds call that emerges out from the forest , the diversity of call its incredible here, the most frequently heard are specialist from bamboo forest , Mustached and Scaly Breasted Wren , Golden Bellied and Buff Rumped Warbler, Warbling Antbird, Dot Winged Antwren, Bluish Fronted Jacamar, Manu, Striated, White Line Antbird, Stripe Chested Antwren among others  calls you heard coming just behind your cabins, we also heard the calls of the Blue and Yellow Macaws over flying during the sunrise.

After Breakfast we will ultimate our birding experience here, exploring the bamboo forest interior that holds a unique collection of birds, our expert guides will do their best to shows us the jewel of the dense bamboo thickets. "White Checked Tody-flycatcher" the birding at the bamboo Forest Patch its quite Interesting for cool and challenging birds such as; Red Billed Scythebill, Bamboo Antshrike, Ornate, White Eyed and Dot Winged Antwren, Peruvian Recurbill, Dusky Cheeked, Ruddy , Buff Throated Foliage Gleaner, Large Headed Flatbill, Manu and Black Antbird, the Unmistakable Rufous Headed Woodpecker, Yellow Billed Nunbird.

During the afternoon we explore another complex forest type to explore would be the foothill forest that is quite good to spot the Golden Collared Toucanet, Fasciated Antshrike, Red Billed Pied, Masked, Green & Gold, Yellow Bellied, Yellow Crested, Yellow Backed Tanagers all used to be spotted while flocking up and few other unexpected Forest Falcons and large predators such as Harpy Eagle.

The understory at this type of forest that hold incredible species like; Rusty Belted Tapaculo, Black Faced Antbird, Golden Bellied Warbler.

Overnight at Guadalupe Lodge.

Day 5

Guadalupe Lodge - Amazonia Lodge

    Breakdown of Day 5;
  • Full day of Birding.
  • Madre de Dios River - boat journey.
  • Forest walk - monkey watch.
  • Overnight at Amazonia Lodge.

After early morning breakfast will descend out of the foothills to keep looking for a birds along the road few stops including the beautiful Blue and Yellow Macaws, Trogons, Woodpeckers, Tanagers and many second growth specialist such as; seedeaters and flycatchers.

The road crosses a low set of hills where we get the Alto Madre de Dios River starts along the boat journey there will be chances to observe shore birds which often seen foraging on the rocky gravel bars and we will keep a close watch raptor, so we will be exploring the trails to Machuhuasi lagoon (1900 ft) we will have chances to look for the Amazonian Antpitta, Rufous Breasted Piculet, Cabannis Spinetail , arriving to the lagoon we will be welcomed by the noisy and clumsy hoatzins which is one of the most commons birds next to the Black Capped Donacobious, Horned Screamers, Blackish Rail, Black Billed Seed-Finch, Orange Backed Troupial, Red Capped Cardinal, Pale Eyed Blackbird, Rufous Sided Crake.

Once at Amazonia Lodge at noon, the veranda provides wide view of the garden to see hummingbirds flying around the berbenacea flowers ; Golden Tailed Sapphire, Blue tailed Emerald, Rufous Breasted, White Bearded and  White Browed Hermit, Gray Breasted Sabrewing,  Rufous Crested Coquette, Golden Tailed Sapphire and the Endemic Koepcke's Hermit.

During the afternoon we will explore trails along the channel to look for monkeys and if lucky enough the tapir and capybaras, overnight at the Lodge.

Day 6

Amazonia Lodge - Cusco

    Breakdown of Day 6;
  • Parrot Clay Lick - Boat journey.
  • Depart for Cusco, arrive in evening.

Early in the morning, we travel downriver by boat to the parrot clay lick. This is a special place where parrots, parakeets and small macaws, including the Chestnut fronted Macaw and the rare Blue headed Macaw, come to eat minerals which they need for digestion, the we return to our lodge for breakfast and start packing and get ready to take the motor boat back to Atalaya port and our minivan ride will begins. We should be continuing with our journey even when we have to leave behind the tropical forest and weather and we will start climbing the Andes and arriving to Cusco at night.

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User Reviews & Comments

  • Rebecca Ericksson
    5 out of 5

    I only wish we booked a longer tour! We went on the 5 days birding tour along the manu road with Jesus as our guide. He is really nice and very knowledgeable about the birds we encountered. We also had the best food we ate in Peru, thanks to Louisa. (We missed them once our tour was over and went back to Cusco.) The accommodations were clean and comfortable, the boat rides were very pleasant, I couldn't have asked for more!

    14 April, 2019

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Wellington Boots

Provided at the lodge

Experience has taught us that Wellies are by far the most appropriate footwear for  your  time  in  the  Jungle.  You'll hopefully have noticed  we  asked  for  your  shoes  size  on the application form;  this is so we can  buy you  some new ones in  Cusco ready for your departure so you  don't have to  lug  them  with  you.  However, please be  aware  that  is difficult to  get Wellington  boots over  European  size  43  so if that's you  please ensure you  bring some with you.
Flip flopsUseful  for  use  in  the  bathrooms  and  for  walking  around the lodges.
T-shirts, cotton

shirts and  a light sweatshirt

You   should   bring   a   mix   of  short  and   long   sleeved   to protect your arms from  mosquito bites
UnderwearCotton is recommended rather than nylon.
SocksThese should  be  long  and  made from  breathable wool  to ensure optimum comfort inside your boots.
Sunblock Cream 

Sun Glasss

Insect Repellent 

Fleece/Sweatshirt

 

at Least 40 % DEET

Trousers  & shortsIt’s important to be wearing long bottoms for protection from bugs and sun. We recommend full cut khaki bottoms or khaki type pants that can be zipped into shorts.  Lighter
Waterproof

raincoat/poncho

Even in the dry season the rain can be heavy so it's good to come prepared!
FlashlightsFor night activities such as night walks , Caiman Search and for using when the  power from the lodges runs off.
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Birding at Wayquecha - Cock of the Rock - Guadalupe Lodge - Amazonia

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