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PERU TAMBOPATA/MANU ROAD TOUR

Tour Description

PERU
BIRDING TOUR
ANY TIME*

Duration:17 days, 16 nights
Group Size:2-6
Anytime Price:$5700
Group Price:$5300
Single Suppl:$750
Est #Species:500-550
Pace:Moderate
Difficulty:Moderate
* This tour is available for any dates of your choosing provided guide services and accommodations are available.

DAY 1 - LIMA

Arrive at international airport in Lima and transfer to your nearby hotel. Night at Manhattan Inn Airport Hotel.

DAY 2 - VILLA MARSHES, PUCUSANA, PUERTO MALDONADO

Morning birding at Villa Marshes located 25 min south of Lima. It's the only preserved natural area around Lima, and the bulrushes and tall grasses are home to some interesting species including Wren-like Rushbird, Many-colored Rush Tyrant, and Yellow-hooded Blackbird. A number of open water species such as White-cheeked Pintail, White-tufted Grebe, and Great Grebe are normally present. Several coastal gulls are also there, notably Brown-hooded Gull, Belcher's Gull (Band-tailed Gull), and Kelp Gull. Also sometimes present, though often hard to find, is the endemic Peruvian Thick-knee. The nearby coastal beaches attract various terns and shorebirds. From there continue south another half hour to the coastal fishing village of Pucusana. Pucusana is a more reliable place for Peruvian Thick-knee and is also a great place to see the sought-after Inca Tern, the endemic Surf Cinclodes found on the rocky shoreline, and various arid scrub species such as Peruvian Sheartail, Long-tailed Mockingbird, Collared Warbling-Finch, Grassland Yellow-Finch, and Parrot-billed Seedeater. Afternoon flight to Puerto Maldonado. Night at Cabañna Quinta Hotel.

DAY 3 - LAKE SANDOVAL

Morning transfer to Lake Sandoval. The transfer entails a 1-hour boat trip followed by a 2.7km walk through secondary forest to the lodge. Porters will carry the luggage. It's an easy walk on a broad dry path. From there a dugout canoe ride for 200m across Lake Sandoval gets one to the lodge itself. The resident family of Giant Otters are often seen on the lake in front of the lodge.Rest of day birding around the and on trails looking for specialties of varzea forest and swamps. One of the largest flocks of macaws in the Peruvian Amazon, numbering 500-800 birds, is found in this area. Some of the birds possible during the day include Agami Heron, Gilded Barbet, Lemon-throated Barbet, Scarlet-hooded Barbet, Rufous-headed Woodpecker, Red-necked Woodpecker, Long-billed Woodcreeper, Elegant Woodcreeper, Point-tailed Palmcreeper, Sulphur-bellied Tyrant-Manakin, Musician Wren, and Red-capped Cardinal. Night at Lake Sandoval Lodge.

DAY 4 - LAKE SANDOVAL

Early morning visit an amazing place in the swamp where over a hundred parrots visit to eat parts of decaying Mauritia Palm trunks because no mineral clay sites are nearby. The site is the only known place in the Amazon where this behavior occurs. It's believed the parrots do this to absorb sodium and other ingredients that aid their digestion. Birds visiting the lick typically include Chestnut-fronted Macaw, Scarlet Macaw, Blue-and-yellow Macaw, and White-bellied Parrot. Remainder of day birding Lake Sandoval area. Night at Lake Sandoval Lodge.

DAY 5 - LAKE SANDOVAL

Morning birding a small clay lick to view Red-and-green Macaws, Scarlet Macaws, and Blue-headed Macaws. Remainder of day birding Lake Sandoval area. Night at Lake Sandoval Lodge.

DAY 6 - TRANSFER & TAMBOPATA RESERVE/EXPLORER'S INN

Morning birding around lodge followed by transfer to Explorer's Inn in the Tambopata Reserve. Rest of day birding around lodge. A large number of Amazonian species are possible including several species of tinamous, hummingbirds, parrots, numerous antbirds and antwrens, flycatchers, tanagers, and more. Notable species include White-throated Tinamou, Butterfly Coquette, Pale-winged Trumpeter, Sunbittern, Golden-collared Toucanet, Cobalt-winted Parakeet, White-bellied Parrot, several species of macaws, Bluish-slate Antshrike, Spot-winged Antshrike, White-eyed Stipplethroat, Ornate Stipplethroat, Long-winged Antwren, Ihering's Antwren, Peruvian Warbling-Antbird, Scale-backed Antbird, Rufous-capped Antthrush, Fiery-capped Manakin, Round-tailed Manakin, White-rumped Sirystes, Creamy-bellied Thrush, White-lored Euphonia, and several species of tanagers. Night at Explorer's Inn.

DAY 7 - TAMBOPATA RESERVE/EXPLORER'S INN

Birding from canopy tower and along trails near lodge. Night at Explorer's Inn.

DAY 8 - TAMBOPATA RESERVE

Early morning birding around Explorer's Inn followed by transfer to Collpas Tambopata Inn. Afternoon birding around the lodge. Night at Collpas Tambopata Inn.

DAY 9 - TAMBOPATA RESERVE

Early morning visit Chuncho Clay Lick, the largest macaw clay lick on Earth. Hundreds of Blue-and-yellow, Scarlet, and Red-and-green Macaws gather every morning there at daybreak. A variety of parrots also typically appear including Orange-cheeked, Blue-headed, and Dusky-headed Parrots along with White-eyed Parakeets. Remainder of day birding around the lodge. Night at Collpas Tambopata Inn.

DAY 10 - TAMBOPATA RESERVE & TRANSFER

Morning birding around the lodge following by boat transfer to Puerto Maldonado and afternoon flight to Cusco. Night at Hotel Casa del Rey Cusco.

DAY 11 - HUAYPO & HUACARPAY LAKES, MANU ROAD

Depart early for Huaypo Lake, a new destination for Andean lake species located 30-min from Cusco and from there continue to Huacarpay Lake. The lakes are at high elevation and surrounded by arid montane grassland and scrub. Possibilities on the lakes include Andean Goose, Yellow-billed Pintail, Puna Teal, Speckled Teal, White-tufted Grebe, and Andean Coot. Marshy shores are home to Plumbeous Rail, Wren-like Rushbird, Andean Negrito, Yellow-winged Blackbird and the beautiful but rare Many-colored Rush-Tyrant. A waterhole near Huacarpay Lake used by sheepherders usually attracts a nice variety of birds including White-browed Chat-Tyrant, Blue-and-yellow Tanager, Plumbeous Sierra-Finch, and Band-tailed Seedeater. Scrub habitat along the road around Huacarpay Lake is good for Rusty-fronted Canastero, Streak-fronted Thornbird, White-crested Elaenia, Chiguanco Thrush, Peruvian Sierra-Finch, Mourning Sierra-Finch, and White-winged Duica-Finch. It's also possible to find the spectacular Bearded Mountaineer, which feeds on the tubular yellow flowers of the wild Tree Tobacco growing in the outwash plains nearby. Flocks of Puna Ibis are usually present near the lakes or feeding in wet grassland along the upper Manu Road.

Continue downslope to San Pedro. Concentrate on mixed species flocks encountered along the way plus other interesting birds spotted along the way. The road passes through pristine forest as it descends to the middle elevation around San Pedro. Among the possibilities are Black-and-chestnut Eagle, Barred Forest-Falcon, Bar-bellied Woodpecker, Marcapata Spinetail, Plumbeous-crowned Tyrannulet, Bolivian Tyrannulet, Band-tailed Fruiteater, Three-striped Hemispingus, Orange-throated Tanager, Yellow-throated Tanager, Black-capped Tanager, Cuzco Brush-Finch, and Short-billed Chlorospingus. Sometimes seen along this stretch of road is the rare Greater Scythebill and the elusive Yungas Manakin. Sometimes a raucous flock of White-browed Jays makes an appearance. Crested Quetzal and Golden-headed Quetzal are possible as well. It seems every visit produces a surprising rarity. Arrive at the lodge late afternoon. Night at Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge.

DAYS 12-13 - SAN PEDRO AREA

Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge is one of the original lodges along Manu Road. It's located on the San Pedro River and includes a private forested reserve with an extensive network of trails. All day will be devoted to birding the area. The forest trails are the best place to see Yungas Manakin. The secretive Brown Tinamou is possible as well. Other forest birds of special interest along the trails include Bluish-fronted Jacamar, Versicolored Barbet, Stripe-chested Antwren, Yellow-breasted Antwren, Slaty Gnateater, Cinnamon-faced Tyrannulet, Chestnut-breasted Wren, Black-eared Hemispingus, Plushcap, Rust-and-yellow Tanager, Orange-eared Tanager, and Black-faced Brush-Finch. Andean Cock-of-the-Rock will likely be seen along the trails or road. A nice variety of hummingbirds come to the feeders here and at Manu Paradise Lodge across the river. Some 13 species are possible including Green-fronted Lancebill, Blue-fronted Lancebill, Wire-crested Thorntail, Long-tailed Sylph, Booted Raquet-tail, Violet-fronted Brilliant, and Many-spotted Hummingbird. Optional night birding could produce Rufescent Screech-Owl, Rufous-banded Owl, Lyre-tailed Nightsjar, and Andean Potoo. Nights at Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge.

DAYS 14-15 - UPPER MANU ROAD & WAYQECHA

After early breakfast transfer to the highlands around Wayqecha at an elevation of around 10,000 ft. The habitat there is alpine woodland and scrub. Remainder of day and the following day birding above and below the lodge along the road. In the forested ravine and among stunted trees along the road possible birds include Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan and mixed tanager flocks featuring Hooded Mountain-Tanager, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Buff-breasted Mountain-Tanager, Grass-green Tanager, and Golden-collared Tanager. Possibilities along the road in alpine scrub include Peruvian Piedtail, Rufous-capped Thornbill, Streak-throated Bush-Tyrant, d'Orbigny's Chat-Tyrant, Collared Jay, Blue-capped Tanager, Moustached Flowerpiercer, Deep-blue Flowerpiercer, and Black-faced Brush-Finch. After dark try for Swallow-tailed Nightsjar near the lodge. Night at Wayqecha Biological Station.

DAY 16 - UPPER MANU ROAD & CUSCO

Morning birding around the lodge. Transfer to Cusco, birding en route looking for Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch in the inter-montane valleys used by Qechuan peasant farmers to graze their animals and Creamy-crested Spinetail near the last Andean pass (Ajcanacu). A short side trip may produce Line-fronted Canastero and Scribble-fronted Canastero. If time permits try for Puna Tapaculo and Diademed Tapaculo in the same area. On clear days Andean Condor may be soaring overhead nearly anywhere above the high mountain valleys. Afternoon flight back to Lima. Tour ends at the airport in Lima.

DAY 17 - ARRIVAL HOME

Overnight flights reach North America and connecting flights early this morning (not included in tour price).

 

TOUR NOTES

Air fare within Peru is included in the price.

 

ADDITIONAL INFO
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BIRDING LOCALES

 

Chestnut-fronted Macaw - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding LLC White-browed Antbird - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding LLC Green-and-gold Tanager - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding LLC Plumbeous Rail - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding LLC Andean Cock-of-the-rock - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding LLC Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding LLC