PERU TAMBOPATA/MANU ROAD TOUR
|Duration:||17 days, 16 nights|
|* This tour is available for any dates of your choosing provided guide services and accommodations are available.|
Our Peru Lake Sandoval/Tambopata/Manu Road Tour features birding at Lake Sandoval and Tambopata Reserve in southeastern Peru followed by birding along famed Manu Road from middle elevation to the highlands in central Peru. The tour is intended for those who want to combine birding the less traveled lowlands of southeastern Peru with an altitudinal transect of the incredibly biodiverse Manu Road. The birding potential of this tour is superb with over 500 species likely, along with a variety of monkeys and other animals. The best time to take this tour is May-January. Rains are possible at any time in the Amazon but should not be disruptive during these months. Accommodations range from quite basic facilities at Wayqecha Biological Station where there is no heat or hot water to moderately-priced hotels with reasonable but not luxurious facilities and typical Amazonian eco-lodges. Participants should be willing to accept moderate sacrifice of creature comforts in exchange for fantastic birding.
The tour begins with a morning of birding at Villa Marshes and Pucusana south of Lima for some coastal specialties followed by an afternoon flight to Puerto Maldonado in southeastern Peru. The next day is a boat transfer to Lake Sandoval for 3 days of birding including visits to a macaw clay lick, a unique site where parrots congregate to feed on Mauritia Palm trunks, and the palm swamps in the region. After a boat transfer to Explorer's Inn in Tambopata Reserve, three days are devoted to birding this bird-rich site. One night is then spent at Collpas Tambopata Inn to allow an early morning visit to the largest macaw clay lick in the world at El Chuncho. After a flight to Cusco, the remaining tour is spent along Manu Road. A morning is devoted to birding some nearby highland lakes surrounded by semi-arid scrub. The remainder of the day is spent birding the Manu Road en route to the San Pedro area and Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge at a middle elevation site. Three days are devoted to birding there before transferring back upslope to Wayqecha Biological Station for a final two days of birding in the highlands before returning to Cusco. The tour ends at the airport in Lima following an afternoon flight from Cusco to Lima.