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Birdwatching Tour in Peru 11D/10N

Duration

11 Days 10 nights

Group size

15

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Difficulty

Easy

Birdwatching Tour in Peru 11D/10N

Duration

11 Days 10 nights

Group size

15

Loading type

Hotel

Difficulty

Easy

Explore the richness of biodiversity and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Peru with our exclusive bird watching travel service. Add exciting adventures to your list of unique experiences as you venture into unparalleled natural paradises.

11 DAYS 10 NIGHTS

Overview

Discover the abundance of exotic and endemic birds that call these regions home. Accompanied by our expert local ornithological guides, you will embark on an exciting expedition full of avifaunal discoveries. You will experience diverse habitats, from high plateaus to cloud forests, where you will spot a wide variety of birds, from colorful toucans and parrots to elusive hummingbirds and graceful eagles.

You will explore jewels of biodiversity in Peru. You will hike hidden trails, cross crystal clear rivers and navigate serene lakes, all in search of the most extraordinary bird species. You will learn about the importance of conservation and the vital role these protected areas play in the preservation of wildlife.

Itinerary

Day 1: CUSCO - HUACARPAY LAGOON WAYQUECHA BIOLOGICAL STATION

Our adventure begins in Cusco very early in the morning, we will pick you up from your hotel in our private van, today’s destination is the lush cloud forest region where the Andes meet the Amazon basin. It is a day of scenic drama and striking contrasts. Our first stop is Huacarpay, a mountain wetland habitat, with numerous bird species we hope to see, such as the endemic bearded mountaineer, rusty-fronted canastero, as well as non-endemic flycatchers, coots, teals, egrets, herons, hummingbirds, raptors. and seed-eaters, between the Cusco Valley and the Paucartambo Valley. Our next stop is for the endemic Cream-crested Spinetail, before reaching the last Andean pass: Acjanaco. On a clear day, we will be able to look down from the last Andean range over the Amazon basin stretching into the distance. A side stop may find us Canasteros with scribbled tails and in front of a line and perhaps Puna and Tapaculo with diadems. In the afternoon we will sight the upper limits of the eastern slopes. Descending the eastern slope of the Andes, the forest becomes more continuous and we will spend the afternoon birding up to our lodge at 2800 meters above sea level above Pillahuata. The possibilities are many, but we expect to find mixed species flocks of Mountain Tanagers, Flycatchers and Ovenbirds. Gray-breasted Mountain Toucan, Collared Jay and Mountain Cacique are among some of the many species we may encounter. In the evening we will go to a favorite spot where we have had luck calling Swallow-tailed Nightjar. We will spend the night at the Wayquecha Biological Station. We will spend the night at the WAYQUECHA BIOLOGICAL STATION.

Day 2: WAYQUECHA BIOLOGICAL STATION

We leave early to the canopy walkway trying to find amazing species, as it will be a long day of bird watching, having the many species: tanagers, toucans, wrens, warblers, quetzals, guans and many others. Then we return for breakfast, after breakfast we start exploring the hummingbird feeder, excellent opportunity to take pictures, after lunch we explore the orchid garden trying to find more bird species. In the evening we go out to look for some species of owl. NIGHT AT THE WAYQUECHA BIOLOGICAL STATION.

Day 3: CAVES, WATER HOLES, FOREST TRAILS

We start early after breakfast, we make the tour through the different trails around the lodge to understand the interaction of animals and plants. After lunch we will visit the famous bat cave, a totally different and unique ecosystem in the Peruvian Amazon, then we will visit the aguajales with the idea of seeing the fauna of this beautiful ecosystem.

Day 4: WAYQUECHA BIOLOGICAL STATION - GALLITO DE LAS ROCAS HOSTEL

After breakfast, we will be greeted with a varied dawn chorus and red and white Antpitta should be calling. We will spend the whole day birding from the biological station at 2800 meters to our next stop at 1300 meters. This is pristine forest on a short bus ride. Some of the special birds on this stretch that we will be looking for include: White-rumped hawk, Threshing tapaculo, Andean guan, a wide variety of hummingbirds, including Collared inca, Chestnut-breasted crown , Violet-throated hummingbird and Amethyst-throated sunangel, Purple-backed hawthornbill, Scaly metaltail, White-bellied woodstar, Mountain parakeet, Andean Pygmy Owl, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, The endemic Spinetail Marcapata, Andean Parakeet, White-throated Antpitta, Barred and Band-tailed Fritillary, White-throated Tyrannulet, Ochraceous-breasted Flycatcher, Barred Becard, Pale-legged Swallow, Mountain Wren, Citrine Warbler and many Tanagers. . During the afternoon we will arrive at the lodge, enjoy the hummingbird feeder Wire-crested Hawthorn-tailed, Green Hermit, Green Violetear, Foamy Violetear, Spotted Hummingbird, Many-spotted Hummingbird, Violet-fronted Hummingbird, Bright-breasted Cervatillo, Inca Bronzy, Racquet-tailed Shoe-tail. In the evening, we will have the opportunity to see Vermiculated Screech Owl, Rufous Screech Owl, Long-eared Owl and Rufous-striped Owl. We will spend the night at the Cock of the Rock Lodge.

Day 5: ALBERGUE GALLITO DE LAS ROCAS TO VILLA CARMEN BIOLOGICAL STATION

We started early in the morning after breakfast birding along the trails, looking for species such as: pot-bellied woodpecker, Elaenia sierran, black-throated tyrant, golden-crowned flycatcher, white-crowned tapaculo, yellow-throated tanager, common hemisphingus, Bolivian tyrannulet, scaly-naped parrot, spotted parrot, striped quail, black and chestnut eagle, white-throated hawk, solitary eagle, spotted bar-tailed, golden-headed quetzal, highland motmot, strong-billed nuthatch, black-striped bird, Versicolored bearded, Blue-banded toucanet, lunch in the middle and then continue along the manu road to the village of Pillcopata and then to the biological station of Villacarmen. Overnight in Villa Carmen.

Day 6: VILLA CARMEN BIOLOGICAL STATION

The possibilities are almost endless and include Uniform Crake, Hoatzin, Blue-headed and Chestnut-fronted Macaws, Yellow-billed Nunbird, Scarlet-capped Barbet, Golden-bellied Warbler, Rufous-crested Coquette, Bamboo Cod, Black-throated Antbird, Rusty -Belted Tapaculo, Banded Antpitta, Johannes’ Tody-Tyrant, Hauxwell’s Thrush and Band-tailed, Round-tailed and Fire-crowned Manakins, in a word, tons of birds. Hummingbird feeders should have Gray-breasted Sabrewing, while the seed feeder and blind near our rooms might have visiting Black-headed, Wavy-headed or Cinereous Tinamou. With luck, a habituated Amazon Antpitta may come to worms, a unique experience. We will have the opportunity to go night birding here as well, and should hear and possibly see the tawny-bellied screech owl, black-banded owl and common colt. NIGHT AT VILLA CARMEN.

Day 7: VILLA CARMEN TO EL DORADO LODGE

After breakfast, we take our van one hour to the port of Atalaya, where we will take our boat, 30 minutes down the Alto Madre de Dios River, then walk 40 minutes to visit this spectacular lagoon of Machuwasi where we have great opportunities to see many birds. species. Then we continue our boat trip to the Dorado Lodge. After arriving at the lodge, you will have the opportunity to see a great sunset. And macaws flying back to their nest. Overnight at El DORADO LODGE.

Day 8: EL DORADO LODGE A MANU WILDLIFE CENTER

We start the 20 minute walk early in the morning and see a small clay parrot, with great possibilities to see, blue-headed parrots, blue-headed macaws, auroras, chestnut-fronted macaws. Then we return to the lodge for breakfast. After breakfast we start a 4 to 5 hour drive to Manu Wildlife Center. Overnight at Manu Wildlife Center.

Day 9: LODGE MANU WILDLIFE CENTER

Another early start a short boat ride down river. We take a 20-minute trail through palm plantations to a cut-off channel of the river. You will witness scarlet macaws in the morning ritual, flapping down to the treetops, inspecting the eroded clay banks of the river, first making sure no large black hawks are present. A supporting cast also appears: these may include blue-headed, mealy, yellow-crowned, and orange-cheeked parrots. The drama unfolds first in tentative and then bolder approaches to licking, until finally nearly all the macaws, parrots and parakeets form a colorful and noisy spectacle on the bare banks, squabbling as they scrape clay from the hard surface. (Note that the clay lick is most active from August to October and less so during May and June). We return to the lodge for lunch and then continue exploring and discovering the rainforest, its lore and plant life. We will then continue to explore the network of trails surrounding the lodge, arriving late in the afternoon at our 34 m / 112 ft Canopy Tower. On its platform, we witness the frenetic activity of the twilight rush hour in the rainforest canopy before night falls. From the top of this platform, you will witness the frenetic “rush hour” wildlife activity as twilight turns to night. You will then hike the “Collpa Trail” to the famous Tapir Clay Lick. This is the most active clay lick known in the entire Amazon for these majestic 600-pound animals, distant cousins of horses and rhinos, and the largest land mammal in Latin America. Manu Wildlife Center research has identified as many as 12 individual tapirs that come to this lick to eat clay from under tree roots around the rim. The clay absorbs and neutralizes toxins from the vegetarian diet of these gentle giants. You can observe this nocturnal ritual from a wide observation platform elevated 17 feet (5 meters) above the forest floor. The platform is equipped with freshly made mattresses with pillows. Each mattress is covered by a spacious mosquito net where you can take a nap, if you like, until the first tapir arrives. Overnight at Manu Wildlife Center.

Day 10: MANU WILDLIFE CENTER

We depart early for an ancient meander lake filled with water lilies (Nuphar lutea) and sunken logs and board the catamaran waiting for us at the lodge. We are likely to encounter the resident giant otter family on a fishing expedition, or groups of monkeys swinging noisily through the tall tree. Around the lake, it is an ornithologist’s dream: woodpeckers, tanagers, macaws, toucans and parakeets are just some of the birds to be seen. Spotted jacanas daintily tread the leaves of the water lilies, grebes paddle delicately through the calm waters, anhingas air-dry their broad black wings along the shore, while overhead, ospreys perched on branches search for fish. Among the bushes near the waterline, Hoatzins announce their presence with distinctive and strange whistles and grunts. After lunch at the lodge, your guide is available to lead you on free expeditions in search of other wildlife encounters. Or you can set out on one of the lodge’s many trails on private, personal excursions to meditate in quiet contemplation with the spirits of the rainforest. During the evening, from late afternoon until after dinner, you will have the opportunity to participate in a boat ride along the riverbank (river level permitting) in search of caiman and other nocturnal animals. Overnight at Manu Wildlife Center.

Day 11: BOCA COLORADO VILLAGE

We will depart the lodge early in the morning for the 2 ½ hour boat ride back down the river to Boca Colorado Village. Breakfast will be served on the boat as you observe early morning wildlife activity along the river. You will also pass native lowland settlements as well as gold miners digging and extracting gold along the banks of the Madre de Dios River. We will stop in the far western gold mining town of Colorado to begin our overland journey to Puerto Carlos for 45 minutes, then cross the Inambari River for 15 minutes by boat to Santa Rosa. Finally, our van will take us in approximately two hours to the airport in Puerto Maldonado. Here you return by commercial flight to Cusco or Lima. Or 6 hours drive back to Cusco.

Price

From: USD 700.00 per person

Includes:

  • Highly experienced bilingual guide. With equipment.
  • Shared or private transportation according to the program.
  • Lunch (Picnic)
  • Entrance ticket to see the condors.
  • 2 bottles of mineral water for each participant
  • First aid kit.

Not included

  • Binoculars, (You can rent them with us)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips

Recommendations:

Trip considerations

Walking: walking effort is easy to moderate.

Weather: quite variable. At high altitudes, conditions vary from cool to decidedly chilly in the early morning. At mid elevations, many days are dry, sunny and cloudy.

Accomodation:

Jungle lodges are comfortable but simple; some do not have full-time electricity, but provide a generator for a few hours a day to charge batteries. Wayqecha Biological Station with shared bathroom. Hot and cold water is always available and all bathroom facilities are flush toilets.

We recommend you bring:

  • Apart from binoculars and photographic equipment (the important things for birders), we recommend:
  • A spotting scope.
  • Flashlight for night birding
  • Light day pack
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • T-shirts and long-sleeved shirt
  • Jeans or other cotton pants are comfortable, as are quick-drying nylon pants.
  • Cotton socks
  • Sweater, jacket or fleece for night birding
  • Lightweight, water-resistant jacket or poncho
  • Hiking boots or sturdy shoes
  • Sandals for after hours
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Plastic bags for camera, clothing, etc.
  • Personal toiletries (shampoo, towel, etc.)

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