Peru Manu Biosphere
Brief Overview of Each Trip
The fantastic birding loop includes all of the top birding
sites from Cuzco including Huacarpay Lake, and then off
to the top three birding destinations in Peru.  The trip
spends three nights at Cock-of-the Rock Lodge, then four
nights at Amazonian Lodge before wrapping up at the
world famous Manu Wildlife Center (5 nights).  

This base trip usually records well over 500 bird species
in just over just two weeks.  Some of the key species on
the trip include hummingbirds and endemics, like Bearded
Mountaineer, Peruvian Piedtail, Rufous-webbed Brilliant,
Koepcke's Hermit, White-browed Hermit,
Green-and-White Hummingbird, White-tufted Sunbeam,
and other great hummingbirds like Rufous-crested

The trip will likely pick up 23 Peruvian endemics, including
Rusty-fronted Canastero, Chustnut-breasted Mountain
Finch, Black-faced Brush-Finch, Red-and-White Antpitta,
Cerulean-capped Manakin, Cusco Brush-Finch,
Fine-barred Piculet, Scarlet-hooded Barbet, a new
species of Tanager and more.

Top local guides will also help you find a number of
Andean endemics, near endemics and other key species,
such as Andean Negrito, Plumbeous Rail, Pavonine
Quetzal, Rufous-headed Woodpecker, Peruvian
Recurvebill, Ihering's Antwren, Manu Antbird, Imperial
Snipe and much more.

Besides a two week itinerary with the potential for to see
over 500 bird species, the trip will have a one week
extension to Machu Picchu to enjoy this high mountain
area and including the opportunity to extend the trip list to
620 and perhaps 670 species!
Day 1:  Arrival - Early AM flights from Lima to Cuzco,
then birding
Huacarpay Lake, then transfer with birding
on way to
Wayquencha Research Station near
Day 2:  Birding at Pillahuata in morning and along
transfer route to Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge
Day 3 and 4:  Manu Cloud Forest and Cock-of-the-
Rock Area
Day 5: Birding on way to Amazonian Lodge - Madre de
Dios river
and on the road to Atalaya
Day 6 to 8:  Amazonia Lodge &  Manu Biosphere
Day 9:  Birding from Amazonia Lodge in morning and
then canoe to
Manu Wildlife Center
Day 10 to 13:  Manu Wildlife Center, including
Camungo lake, Camungo Tower and trails, the Blanco
Lake, and the Cocha Nuevo bamboo trails
Day 14: Macaw Clay Lick (at Manu) and then transfer
with some birding to Puerto Maldanado
Day 15:  Puerto Maldanado to Cuzco with morning
birding and potential return home that night (or prepare
for Machu Picchu extension)
  • We will bird that morning at La Pastora for several
    key species there.
  • After lunch, we take the 2 PM flight to Cuzco.
  • If returning home, flight then continues on to Lima
    with arrival at about 4:30 PM. Then Lima to points
    home (if flight schedules work out).
  • Best yet extend the trip, and spend late afternoon
    preparing and resting for Machu Picchu train the
    next morning.

Machu Picchu Extension Option from Day 15 in
afternoon through to afternoon of Day 19:

Day 15: Rest that afternoon after returing from Manu
Wildlife Center.  Also a chance to see parts of
(maybe side trip to
Day 16:  Early train to Machu Picchu.  Birding on train,
Machu Picchu ruins and some birding in area.
Day 17:  Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu:  Birding
and ruins.  Late afternoon train to Ollantaytambo.
Day 18:  Birding full day Road to Abra Malaga and
Ollantaytambo Area.
Day 19:  Birding from morning Road to Abra Malaga
and Ollantaytambo Area.
 That afternoon return to
Cuzco for 2 PM flights to Lima.  Depending upon flight
schedules most folks can return home that night.
Brief Itinerary
Peru: Manu Biosphere
with Machu Picchu Extension
Trip Description
Cuzco, Huacarpay Lake, Pillahuata, Manu Cloud Forest and Cock-of-the-Rock
Area, Amazonia Lodge and Reserve, Manu Biosphere Reserve
With Optional Extension to Machu Picchu
Photo by Lelis Navarrete
Photo by Lelis Navarrete
Photo by Lelis Navarrete
Photo by Lelis Navarrete
Photo by Lelis Navarrete
Photo by Lelis Navarrete
More Details on This Trip
Please call Charles (in the USA at 720-320-1974 or toll free at 888-203-7464) or Ian
(in the UK at 07719-052820), and/or email Also feel free to click