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.
Available on 2023
Price
950$ per person
Duration
6 Days
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Destination
Birdwatching , Manu National Park Discover Destinations
Departure Location
Cusco City - Transfer from Hotels , Airport , Bus Station
Return Location
Cusco City - Transfer from Hotels, Airport , Bus Station
Tour Start Date & Time
5 July, 2023 5:00 am View other Times
  • 17 July, 2023 5:00 am
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

Birding in Peru

Peru is a top destination for birders from all over the world. With more than 1800 species of birds, it’s easy to see why! But what makes Peru such a great place for birding? In this blog post, we will explore some of the reasons why Peru is a top destination for birders, as well as some of the best places to go birding along the Manu road. So whether you’re a beginner or an experienced birder, read on to learn more about this birding destination.

Birdwatching along the Manu Road

When it comes to birdwatching, Manu road is one of the best places to go. There are so many different types of birds that you can see, and the rainforest is such a unique environment. However, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind if you want to have a successful birdwatching trip from the Andes, Cloud Forest, and rainforest.

The best time to go birding along the Manu Road

Manu Biosphere Reserve is home to an incredible diversity of birds, with over 1100 species recorded. This makes it a top destination for birders from all over the world. But when is the best time to go birding in Manu?

The answer to this question depends on what kind of birds you are hoping to see. If you are interested in seeing the iconic Cock of the Rock, then the best time to go birding is from April to October. However, this majestic bird can be seen all year round displayed at the LEK (courtship dancing place) many individuals congregate to perform dancing and mating.

If you are more interested in seeing diversity and are lister the best would be to spend at least a couple of nights at the higher and lower cloud forest so this will impact greatly your bird list, over this elevation is where the large mixed flocks occur (tanagers, dacnis, flower piercers, Euphonias, flycatchers, Foliage gleaners, woodcreepers among others flyes in flocks)  Anyway the best time to explore the cloud forest it’s during the dry season from May to October so, On the other hand, there is no definitive answer to this question. It all depends on what kind of birds you hope to see during your trip to Manu

How to prepare for your trip?

When you’re planning a trip to see Peru’s amazing birds, there are a few things you should keep in mind to make sure your trip is a success. First, you’ll want to pick the right time of year to go. The best time to see most of the country’s bird species is during the dry season, from April to October. Keep in mind that some regions, like the Cloud forest, can be inaccessible during this time due to landslides and rains

Next, you’ll need to decide how you’re going to get around. Manu is a large park (2 million hectares )with a variety of terrain, so your transportation options will depend on where you’re going and what kind of birds you’re hoping to see. If you’re planning on visiting multiple regions, flying between them may be your best option.

Finally, you’ll want to make sure you have the right gear for birding. A good pair of binoculars is essential, and a camera can help you capture memories (or evidence!) of your sightings.  Download a couple of apps such as  Merlin (download the Peru bird pack) and  Ebird (quite useful for uploading your bird records, all lodges provide a WIFI connection )

Don’t forget to pack plenty of sunscreen and insect repellent, as well as comfortable walking shoes and clothes that can protect you from the elements. With a little planning and preparation, your trip to see Peru’s amazing birds will be a success!

Getting to know the best birding lodges in Manu

You will be accommodated at a number of lodges that make it possible to see some of the rarest and most beautiful birds. Whether they reside here year-round or migrate.  This lodge selection is the most available and comfortable and with the greatest bird sightings.

Wayquecha Lodge. (2,903 meters / 9,525 feet)

The only lodge with certainly a privileged location. Surrounded by elfin forest, the 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, and Marcapata Spinetail. Chestnut-crested Cotinga, and many more. Currently, this location holds around 303 bird species according to Ebird.

Cock of the Rock Lodge (1,880 meters / 6168 feet)

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

Guadalupe Lodge (635 meters / 2084 feet)

This location is ranked as a hotspot by Ebird counting the 390 bird species 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, Aguaje Palm forest, and the Foothill Forest which is 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.

Eco Manu Lodge (492 m / 1615 Feet)

The Eco Manu Lodge holds currently 266 bird records according to Ebird, this 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. This is a new paradise for birding adjacent to the riverside of the Alto Madre de Dios and the fabled Amazonia Lodge (Not much-performing birding activities) the area is 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

Cocha Machuhuasi

An oxbow lake attracts a large number of Amazonian birds such as; egrets, hoatzins, herons, kingfishers, rails, crakes, horned screamers, caciques, and oropendolas. The lake sits at an elevation of around 500 meters approx, Currently, there is a list of 421 species of birds recorded at this location. But this is forever rising, check the updated list on Ebird.

Laguna Patria

Another bonus location to look for is 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 182 bird species have been reported via Ebird.

Where to see Hummingbirds in Manu?

In addition to the birds that you can see along the Manu road, you can see more than 30 species of hummingbirds on the following locations, these two locations will be visited along this 6 days tour.

Jardin Pico de Hoz

Not far from Pilcopata town, this location incredible holds 356 birds species check out the whole list in Ebird 

Jardín de Picaflores Inkamazonia

Another interesting hotspot that will be covered along this tour, currently this location holds 204 bird species among hummingbirds, tanagers, saltators, antbirds, and other emblematic species, check the whole list at Ebird 

Interesting Birds  Families.

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 their call from the dense forest understory. Side trails offer the patient 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 below 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 colorful and distinctive groups 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 colorful procession of these fruit-eating birds scores through the sky. Of which you can see in mixed flocks moving through the forest canopy.

What to do if you see a rare bird?

If you see a rare bird while birding in Peru, it is important to take a few steps to ensure that the sighting is properly documented. First, try to get a good look at the bird and take note of its appearance, including any markings that will help with identification. Then, take photos or videos if possible. It is also helpful to make a sound recording of the bird if you can.

Once you have all of this documentation, you should report the sighting to a local birding authority or club so that they can follow up on it. This is important because rare bird sightings are not always well-documented and reported, and this information can be used to help improve our understanding of Peruvian bird populations.

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Day 1

Cusco - Wayquecha Lodge

Driving uphill we will reach the high mountains which are 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 habitat such as; Chestnut Bellied, Hooded, Scarlet Bellied Mountain Tanager and the bird’s flocks that travel in 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 Elaenia, 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

Early morning walk to look for the Endemic Red and White Antpitta and the Urubamba Other interesting targets at Tuneles and Esperanza location are; Gray Breasted Mountain Toucan, Chestnut Crested Cotinga the Endemic Red, and White Antpitta. While transacting along the Cloud Forest as we keep driving down into the mountain the vegetation will gradually have changed into 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 easier 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 search diligently for more species that are still found at this high; Yungas Manakin, Versicolored Barbed, Orange Eared Tanager, Streak Necked Flycatcher, Andean Motmot, and 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

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 attract 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 a few target species, if lucky enough we may see the umbrella as far as driving down the mountains. We will pass by a swamp that is packed with Hoatzins known as pre-historic birds due to 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 at our lodge Guadalupe just in time to see the nightjars (Common Pauraque) these elusive birds used to catch insects during dusk, the road it’s by far the best place to see them.
Day 4

Guadalupe Lodge

We will wake up with the amazing variety of birds call that emerges out from the forest, the diversity of all is 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 show us the jewel of the dense bamboo thickets. "White Checked Tody-flycatcher" the birding at the bamboo Forest Patch is quite Interesting for cool and challenging birds such as; the 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 of this type of forest holds incredible species like; Rusty Belted Tapaculo, Black Faced Antbird, and Golden Bellied Warbler. Overnight at Guadalupe Lodge.
Day 5

Guadalupe Lodge - Eco Manu Lodge

After early morning breakfast will descend out of the foothills to keep looking for birds along the road few stops including the beautiful Blue and Yellow Macaws, Trogons, Woodpeckers, Tanagers, and many second growth specialists 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 are often seen foraging on the rocky gravel bars and we will keep a close watch on raptors, 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 are one of the most commons birds next to the Black Capped Donacobius, 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 a wide view of the garden to see hummingbirds flying around the Verbenaceae 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

Eco Manu Lodge - Cusco

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 that they need for digestion, 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 begin. 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 arrive in Cusco at night.

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  • 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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