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Manu National Park from the Andes to the lowlands 9d/8n

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco to Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge.

Our overland journey begins at 3,400m (11,150 ft) with an early departure from the highland city of Cusco. Today's destination is the lush cloud forest region where the Andes meet the Amazon basin. It’s a day of scenic drama and striking contrasts. Our first stop is Huacarpay, a mountain wetland habitat, with numerous bird species such as the endemic Bearded Mountaineer, Rusty-fronted Canastero as well as non-endemic flycatchers, coots, teals, egrets, hummingbirds, raptors, and seedeaters. Between the Cusco Valley and the Paucartambo valley we’ll stop to look for two more endemic birds, the colorful Chesnut- breasted Mountain Finch and the Creamy-crested Spinetail. We will reach a maximum altitude of 3,900m (12,790ft) before we start down through forested cliffs, waterfalls and gorges. Some of the stops along the way include mountain villages, a hilltop necropolis with chullpas (pre-Inca burial chambers), and numerous opportunities to spot ground tyrants and miners. The ridge top of Ajanaco marks our final high point in the Andes. On a clear day, we’ll see a breathtaking panorama of cloud forest and mountains give way to the lowland Amazonian rainforest far below us.

After a picnic lunch we descend through the rapidly changing habitat characteristic of the tropical Andes. We move through grassland, stunted trees and elfin forest with mixed-species flocks of mountain tanagers, metaltails, tyrannulets, flower piercers and tapaculos. Next is the cloud forest with giant ferns, monster begonias, countless orchids and bromeliads. There’s a good chance we’ll see the Inca Flycatcher (endemic) and more mixed-species flocks of tanagers, fruiteaters, quetzals, the Solitary and Black-and-Chesnut eagles.

As dusk arrives on Manu Road we may see one of the most rare and unique birds in the world - the Lyre-tailed Nightjar.

Lodging:Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge

Day 2: Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge.

After an early morning bird walk and breakfast we’ll drive to El Mirador (Union Lookout) to look for mixed-species flocks of Blue-necked Tanagers, Paradise Tanagers, Bush Tanagers, Slaty-capped Flycatchers, Slate-throated red stars, Olive-backed and Mountain woodcreepers, Mountain Foliage Gleaners, Blue-banded and Chesnut-tipped toucanets, Crimson-bellied and Golden Olive woodpeckers, and Highland Motmots. El Mirador is a great place to spot raptors as well.

Back to the lodge for lunch and time to enjoy the garden, home to at least six species of hummingbirds, the Booted Racket-tail, and Wire-crested Thorntail.

We’ll set aside some time to visit a lek in the cloud forest to observe the Cock-of-the-Rock, the national bird of Peru. We’ll get a chance to watch the colorful males dance to attract the females.

Day 3: Cock-of-the-Rock-Amazonia Lodge

We’ll have another chance to visit the Cock-of-the-Rock lek before we continue our journey in the cloud forest - through trees, waterfalls, and dramatic ravines – to the Andean foothills and bamboo forest. Here we’ll look for species like the Dusky-cheeked Foliage-gleaner, Red-billed Scythebill, Chesnut-backed Antstrike, Foothill Antwren, White-backed Fire-eye, Yellow-breasted Flycatcher, Stripe-chested Antwren, and Cabanis Spinetail. We’ll also see the Golden-bellied Warbler, Ornate Flycatcher, Cinnamon-faced Tyrannulet, rare Peruvian Pietail (endemic hummingbird), and Fine-barred Piculet (endemic). In Pillcopata we’ll stop to visit a coca plantation and learn about this plant and its many medicinal uses. We continue on to the port town of Atalaya where we will meet our boat for our river ride to the Amazonia Lodge.

Day 4: Amazonia Lodge to Manu Tented Camp

After breakfast we’ll embark on a five-hour boat trip downstream to the Manu River. We go up the Manu River to the Manu National Park and the checkpoint to enter the park. Lunch is provided on the boat ride. As we travel through the park on the river, we may see nesting birds or a jaguar on the riverbank. It is late afternoon by the time we arrive at the tented camp.

The Tented Camp or Albergue Machiguenga features spacious double-occupancy tents with hinged, lockable doors and solid wooden floors. All tents are fully screened, with a raised floor on wooden stilts to provide maximum ventilation and coolness, as well as protection from flooding and insects. A thatched roof completes the structure. Each of the extra-long twin beds has a mosquito net. A separate screened dining room with a wooden floor and a complex of shared hot-water showers and flush toilets complete the compound.

Bring a good flashlight!

Day 5: Manu Tented Camp

From our jungle tent camp we are back in the boat and off to visit a beautiful oxbow lake with a resident family of Giant River Otters! We’ll spend the morning observing the otter family and bird watching before returning to our camp for lunch.

Our afternoon trip takes us to Otorongo Lake. This oxbow lake has a small canopy tower for fantastic wildlife observation. The surrounding forest is pristine and will provide many wildlife sightings.

Back at our home base we gather at the central lodge for dinner and stories of the day. The sounds of the forest surround us as we make our way to our tents for the night.

Day 6: Manu Tented camp

Today is the day we visit the macaw clay lick!

We will visit a new Macaw Clay lick, which is not far from our camp. A fifteen-minute boat ride up the Manu River and 30-minute walk through the forest will provide ample opportunity to see monkeys. There are at least thirteen species of monkeys here including the Spiderman monkey as well as Emperor, Saddleback, Tamarind, Squirrel, Brown, White face Capuchin, Dusky, Titi, Red Howler, and Woolly Monkeys.

At the lick we’ll see blue, yellow, red and green macaws, five species of parrots and three species of parakeets.

In the afternoon we take the boat upstream to the last forest ranger check point to observe wildlife at a mammal clay lick. The lick is a good spot to see monkeys and tapirs that ingest clay as a detoxifier.

We head back to our tent camp for dinner and the night.

Day 7: Manu Tented camp to Manu Wildlife Center

As we make our way downstream we’ll have another opportunity to spot a jaguar on the banks of the Manu River. We reach the Madre de Dios River after four hours and stop in Boca Manu Village to see the handmade wooden boats built here.

We arrive at the Manu Wildlife Center Lodge in time for lunch. We spend the rest of the afternoon at the tapir clay lick, a platform with comfortable mats, protective mosquito nets, to watch for tapirs.

We spend the night at the Manu Wildlife Center.

Day 8: Manu Wildlife Center

At 5:00 am we head downstream to the Blanquillo Macaw lick. After a forty-minute boat ride and thirty minute walk we reach this amazing roofed platform. Breakfast is prepared and served as we watch the spectacular show of macaws, parrots and parakeets at the lick.

After lunch at the lodge we’ll climb up to a forty meter-high canopy tower on top of a huge Ceiba tree. In the treetops we watch the macaws fly at eye level and gaze at the spectacular landscape far below.

Day 9: 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.

INCLUDED INTRIP:

  • All meals between Cusco and Puerto Maldonado
  • Accommodations for eight nights
  • Transportation between Cusco, Manu National Park and the Maldonado Airport

NOT INCLUDED IN THE TRIP:

  • Hotel in Cusco
  • Flight from Lima to Cusco
  • Flight from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco
  • Alcoholic beverages
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