EVERY TIME MORE BIRDS The flying colors

Exploring the Manu road and looking for the birds is a fascinating experience. A journey from the Andes to the Rainforest. The clouds forest holds an incredible bird’s species including the cock of the rock at their displaying site. Going further down there is an increasing number of Amazonian birds such as; antbirds, toucans, antshikes. check for fixed departures and gets special discounts.
455$ per person
3 Days
Manu National Park
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Departure Location
Cusco City - Transfer from Hotels , Airport , Bus Station
Return Location
Cusco City - Transfer from Hotels , Airport , Bus Station
Price includes
  • Accommodation on double bed room
  • All meals included (vegetarian, vegan mentioned in advance)
  • Birdlist of the Location
  • Duffel Bags for Travelling Light
  • Entrance Fees to the Guadalupe Ecological Reserve
  • Free Storage Room in Cusco
  • Nights at Guadalupe Lodge
  • Rubber Boots
  • Snacks (fresh fruits, cookies, chocolate)
  • Unlimited Purified Water
Price does not include
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • First day breakfast
  • Last day dinner
  • Services not specifically stated in the itinerary

Cheap Bird-Watching Holiday around Cusco

This tour offers a birding escape from Cusco. Peru is recognized as the second most diverse country in the world with its variety of birds. More than 1800 species inhabit the different ecosystems. Peru represents 15% of all the species on the planet without a doubt is a “Premier Birding Destination.” If you are searching for a cheap bird-watching holiday, The Manu road its a vertical transect from the high mountain to the rainforest. The species are most frequently reported at transitional habitats that differ drastically in elevation.

Affordable Birding Tours from Cusco on 3 days

If you are looking to stay in Cusco and have a couple of days free to explore. Manu National Park is certainly a location you shouldn’t miss. For sites for Birding, combined with nature, wildlife, and beautiful landscapes on a low-budget tour.

We invite you to join us in a great Birdwatching Experience in Peru. With an extra bonus of much lower rates than the traditional rigid programs. Under the guidance of expert local guides from the Manu region, they will take you to the exclusive location. This route is also supporting a large number of species of birds and a wide range of different habitats.

You can check the tour calendar and ask for fixed departures. You should have a flexible schedule. This birdwatching tour program includes alternative lodges. However, this program can be also upgraded if you wish to reside at other lodges such as Cock of the Rock.

Peru is one of the world’s megadiverse countries and an exciting destination for visitors interested in wildlife, archeology, and living heritage, in fact, Manu park it’s supporting a large number of species of birds and a wide range of different habitats, and this diverse makes it a country of contrast for the visitors, whom can experience the world most diverse tropical rainforest, high mountain, and grasslands to mention some of the main habitats that these trips reveal.

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
Day 1

Cusco - Guadalupe Lodge

This morning we travel along the Andes. During our trip, we will pass through dry habitats, and this provides great chances to search for a couple of endemics; Bearded Mountaineer, Chestnut Breasted Mountain Finch, and other interesting birds for the high Andean Mountains such as; Andean Flicker, Mountain Caracara, Andean Lapwing, Giant hummingbirds, Rufous Webbed Shrike-Tyrant, Ground Tyrants and others.

We continue and pass by the Intermountain valleys, we stop briefly for the Undulated and Rufous Antpitta, Rust, and Yellow Tanager, Red Crested Cotinga, Creamy Crested Spinetail, Sword Billed Hummingbird, Brown Backed Chat-Tyrants, Flowerpiercers, and Flycatchers.

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 habitat 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.

Other interesting targets at Tuneles  and Esperanza location are; Gray Breasted Mountain-Toucan, Chestnut Crested Cotinga the Endemic Red and White Antpitta, 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.

If lucky enough we may see the umbrella as far driving down the mountains we will arrive to Sapansachayoq Lodge which on of the best, to observe the Cock of the rock, (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) overnight at the Lodge.

Day 2

Guadalupe Lodge

Early morning we will be searching diligently for more species of the Cloud forest; Yungas Manakin, Versicolored Barbed, Orange Eared Tanager, Streak Necked Flycatcher, Andean Motmot and the Cock of the Rock.

The driving downhill give us chances to explore the bamboo forest that holds a unique collection of birds, " White Checked Tody-flycatcher", 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 and Yellow-Billed Nunbird.

Upon our arrival at Guadalupe Lodge, we will be exploring part of the palm forest to look for psittacines, Blue-Headed, Chestnut Fronted Macaw, Blue-Headed, Yellow-Crowned Parrots.  The riverine forest also offers a great spot to look for the Fasciated Tiger-Heron, Sunbittern. Our target species this afternoon will be the Endemic Black-Backed Tody-Flycatcher which commonly heard along the road, as well as the Rusty, Fronted Tody-Tyrant.

Before dusk, we look for nightjars, potoo and owls, the road it’s by far the best place to see them. Overnight at Guadalupe Lodge.

Day 3

Guadalupe Lodge - Cusco

    Breakdown of Day 3;
  • Bird Watch & Breakfast.
  • Hoatzin Kingdom - lagoon.
  • Drive through the Cloud Forest. Waterfalls, bird watch / Journey back to Cusco.
  • Arrival in Cusco at night.

We will wake up with the amazing variety of birds call that emerges out from the forest. The diversity of callings are 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 overflying at dawn. 

Exploring the garden we get chances to spot the; Golden Tailed Sapphire, Blue-tailed Emerald, Rufous Breasted, White Bearded and White Browed Hermit, Gray Breasted Sabrewing, Buff Tailed Sicklebill, Rufous Crested Coquette, Golden Tailed Sapphire.

During our way back, we visit a lagoon 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, Amazonian Antpitta and many more.  Continuing the journey back we start climbing the Andes and arriving in Cusco at night.

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  • Claire_72
    4 out of 5

    We went on the 3 days birdwatching tour from Cusco. The whole trip was amazing - I couldn't believe the richness of the birds we encountered. Herbert was a great guide, pointing out and explaining everything for us with clear enthusiasm for the rain forest. We saw a huge number of exotic bird species including several species of parrot and parakeet at the clay lick along the Manu Road

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Manu National Park

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