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Manu Cloud Forest: Forest, Foothills and Lowlands 13D/12N

DAY 1: CUSCO, HUACARPAY LAKE AND WAYQUECHA STATION (MANU ROAD)

The day begins when we pick you up at the Cusco airport. The airport is at an altitude of 11,000 feet and Cusco temperatures drop quickly in the evening so bring layers of warm clothing. After a delicious breakfast, we head to Huacarpay Lake, about twenty-five kilometers south of Cusco. As we slowly walk around the lake and marshy grassland we’ll look for two endemic species, the Bearded Mountaineer and the Rusty-fronted Canastero, as well as numerous other high Andean species.

We’ll stop along the Manu road for a tasty box lunch and continue on to several spots in the mountain valleys to look for the Andean Flicker, Black-throated Flowerpiercer, and Creamy-crested Spinetail (endemic). As we approach the Andean pass of Aicanaco we will have beautiful views of the Andes behind us and the Amazon Basin before us. At the pass we’ll have a chance to see the Scribble-tailed and Line-fronted Canastero and the Puna and Diademed Tapaculo. Working our way down the eastern slope of the Andes, the forest becomes more continuous and we’ll find mixed-species flocks of Mountain Tanagers, flycatchers, Gray-breasted Mountain Toucan, White-collared Jay and Mountain Cacique. In the late afternoon we arrive at the Wayqecha Station. Here, we’ll relax in comfortable lodgings with private bathrooms and hot water. Guests enjoy gathering in the dining room for the Wi-Fi and hot drinks.

We will overnight at the Wayqecha Station (9300ft).

DAY 2: WAYQECHA STATION – FULL DAY

After an early breakfast we will bird along Manu Road, looking for mixed flocks of tanagers, Golden-collared Tanager, Grass-green Tanager, Scaled Metaltail, White-collared Jay, Black-throated Tody Tyrant, Barred Fruiteater, Band-tailed Fruiteater, Marcapata Spinetail (endemic), Blue-banded Toucanet, Hooded Mountain Tanager, Black and Chestnut Eagles, Solitary Eagle, Slaty Tanager, Slaty-backed Chat Tyrant, Fulvous Wren, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Crested Quetzal, Yellow-throated Tanager, Buff-breasted Mountain Tanager, and Superciliared Hemispingus. After lunch and a siesta will have another chance to see more birds like the Mountain Tanager, finches, chat-tyrants, Barred Woodpecker, Rufous-capped Thornbill and others.

We will overnight at the Wayqecha Station.

DAY 3: WAYQUECHA TO COCK-OF-THE-ROCK LODGE

After an early breakfast we will descend through the elfin forest into the cloud forest. Along the way we will see the Barred Fruiteater, Chesnut-crested Cotinga, Violet-throated Starfrontlet, White-bellied Woodstar, Versicolored Barbet, and Andean Cock-of-the-Rock. Other species we may find are the White-crowned Tapaculo, Yungas Manakin, Crested Quetzal, Versicolored Barbet, Golden-eared Tanager, Highland Motmot and many more. We will keep descending in altitude as we bird along the road looking for the Bar-bellied Woodpecker, White-throated Tyrannulet, Ochraceous-breasted and Unadorned Flycatchers, Barred Becard, Pale-footed Swallow, Mountain Wren, Citrine Warbler Slaty Gnateater, Chestnut-breasted Wren, Cinnamon-faced Tyrannulet, Spotted Nightingale Thrush, Amazonian Umbrella Bird, Tyrannine Woodcreeper, Masked Trogon, Crimson-bellied Woodpecker, Black-streaked Puffbird, Paradise Tanager, Saffron-crowned Tanager, Golden Tanager. If we’re lucky we may see gray woolly monkeys. We will arrive to the Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge in late afternoon. Enjoy a welcome drink and settle into your room, before a pre-dinner owl prowl.

We will overnight at Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge (4900ft).

DAY 4 - 5: COCK-OF-THE-ROCK LODGE

In the early morning we’ll visit an Andean Cock-of-the-Rock lek to observe this showy and spectacular bird. From the lek we return to the lodge and watch the action at the hummingbird feeders while we eat breakfast. Some of the hummingbirds we’ll see are the Booted-racket Tail, Wire-crested Thorntail, Many-spotted Hummingbird, Violet-fronted Brilliant, White-bellied Woodstar, and Long-tailed Sylph. After breakfast we’ll explore some of the trails along the road to spot cloud forest birds such as the Southern White-crowned Tapaculo, Andean Guan, Scaly-naped Parrot, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, and various species of tanagers. Back to the lodge for lunch and a break before we continue birding the rest of the afternoon. We’ll spot the Rufous-breasted Wood Quail, Chestnut-collared Swift, Three-striped and Three-banded Warblers, Lanceolated Monklet, Russet Antshrike, Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant, Fulvous-breasted Flatbill, Golden-crowned Flycatcher, Golden-collared Honeycreeper, White-winged Tanager, Yellow-throated Bush Tanager and many more.

We’ll overnight in Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge.

DAY 6: COCK-OF-THE-ROCK LODGE – AMAZONIA

After an early breakfast we hop into our vehicles and continue birding along the road down to the Amazonia Lodge. After a full day of birding in different habitats and box lunches on the way we arrive at the end of the road - the Atalaya river port. From here, the Alto Madre de Dios region, we take a short boat ride across the Upper Madre de Dios River to the lodge. The Amazonia Lodge has comfortable rooms with shared bathrooms and hot showers. There is no Wi-Fi but electricity, generated by a small hydroelectric plant, keeps the lights on during the day. Watch the hummingbirds and tanagers as you eat dinner and sip your hot drinks in the dining room.

We’ll overnight at the Amazonia Lodge.

DAY 7 - 8: AMAZONIA LODGE.

The very hospitable Yabar family runs the comfortable Amazonia Lodge. The converted tea plantation and citrus hacienda boasts a bird list of over 600 species! The lodge is in the transitional zone (at 1640 feet of elevation) where the last foothills of the Andes begin to flatten out into the lowland Amazon Basin. Butterfly bushes attract numerous hummingbird species including the Rufous-crested Coquette, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Blue-tailed Emerald, Black-eared Fairy, Wire-crested Thorntail, Amethyst Woodstar and the endemic Kopeck’s Hermit. A canopy tower on a hill gives us a good view of the canopy foothill flocks. We will also see birds in floodplain and hill forest habitats. Some of the species we will be looking for include the Black-capped Tinamou, the Strange Hoatzin, Buckley’s Forest Falcon, Wattled Guan, Military Macaw, Blue-headed Macaw, Pheasant Cuckoo, Bluish-fronted Jacamar, Chestnut-capped Puffbird, Fine-barred Piculet, Red-billed Scythbill, Dark-breasted Spinetail, Dusky-cheeked Foliage-gleaner, Bamboo Antshrike, Chestnut-backed Antshrike, Amazonian and Thrush-like Antpittas, Rusty-belted Tapaculo, Mottle-backed Elaenia, Red-billed Tyrannulet, Johanne’s Tody-tyrant, Yellow-browed Tody-flycatcher, Black-backed Tody-Flycatcher, Ornate Flycatcher, Band-tailed, Fiery-capped and Round-tailed Manakins, Golden-bellied (Cusco) Warbler, Black-faced Dacnis and many more. We will go owling for the Mottled Owl, Black-banded Owl, Tawny-bellied Screech Owl along with Great, Long-tailed and Common Potoos.

DAY 9: AMAZONIA-MANU WILDLIFE CENTER

After breakfast we will bird around the lodge before taking our boat downstream to the Manu Wildlife Center, one of the best lodges in Manu. Along the way we will spot water birds like the Buff-breasted and Solitary Sandpipers, Collared Plovers, Large-billed and Yellow-billed Terns, Black Skimmers, and macaws. After lunch on the boat we reach the Manu Wildlife Center (985ft) where we will stay overnight.

DAY 10: MACAW CLAY LICK DAY AND MANU WILDLIFE CENTER

Get ready for an unforgettable day! A short, early morning boat ride downstream and a short walk to a blind takes us to one of the most spectacular shows in nature! Eat a delicious breakfast while you observe large groups of Red and Green Macaws, Yellow-crowned, Mealy, Blue-headed and Orange-cheeked parrots; Dark-breasted Spinetails, Black-billed Seedfinches, Chesnut-bellied Seedfinches and the Solitary Black Cacique. Back to the lodge for lunch and an afternoon exploring the trails, bamboo groves, flat plains, terra firma forest, and understory mixed-species flocks of foliage gleaners, flycatchers, antbirds, woodcreepers, antshrikes, antwrens, and antpittas. If we’re lucky we may even see cuckoos!

We’ll overnight at the Manu Wildlife Center.

DAY 11: COCHA BLANCO AND CANOPY TOWER

A thirty-minute boat ride down the river and a twenty five-minute walk lead us to an oxbow lake full of Horned Screamers, Wattled Jacanas, Purple Gallinules, Little Cuckoos, Black-billed Seedfinches, Pale-eyed Blackbirds, Amazonian pygmy Antwrens, and nesting Chesnut-fronted Macaws. We return to the lodge where, after lunch and a rest, we take a short walk to the canopy tower. Up thirty meters in the canopy we see mixed-species flocks of tanagers, flycatchers, becars, woodcreepers, foliage-gleaners, woodpeckers, dacnis, and soaring raptors. As we head back to the lodge for dinner we will be on the lookout for owls.

We will overnight at the Manu Wildlife Center.

DAY 12: COCHA CAMUNGO, TRAILS AND CANOPY TOWER

Starting early in the morning again going downstream 35 minutes by boat, before to get the lake the canopy tower 42 mts is great place to see canopy mix species flocks like White winged strike Tanages , Lineated Woodcreepers, Pink-throated Becards ,Black-capped Becards, Yellow-backed Tanagers, Black-faced Dacnis, Blue Dacnis, Yellow-bellied Dacnis, Chesnut-winged foliage Gleaners, Opal-crowned Tanager, Opal-rumped Tanager and some raptors around the place this activity will combining with the lake visit as part of the morning and we will go back to the lodge for lunch this last afternoon will be an optional excursion around the lodge.

Overnight Manu Wildlife Center

DAY 13: MANU WILDLIFE CENTER TO PUERTO MALDONADO AIRPORT

After breakfast we journey down the Madre de Dios River for three hours to the gold-mining town of Colorado. A three-hour van ride takes us to Puerto Maldonado. Our adventure ends at the Airport in Puerto Maldonado.

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