Birding and Archeology (Highlights of all Peru)
Sometimes you will just have to compromise your birding with your spouse. For other birders there is more to life than just birding. Peru is a great destination to combine birding with archaeology just like Egypt or Mexico. Welcome to our exclusive program, which combines the best of Peru - all categories.
During the full three weeks, you will visit the famous archaeological sites of Machu Picchu near the Inca capital of Cusco. But furthermore the impressive Nazca Lines (optional), the burial sites of Sipan and Tucumé, as well the Kuelap ruins - home of the cloud forest people of Chachapoyas.
The birds are also among the best. Marvellous Spatuletail (of course), as well as White-winged Guan, Peruvian Plantcutter, White-bellied Cinclodes, Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, Cock-of-the-Rock (extension), Royal Cinclodes (with some luck), an impressive Macaw-lick (extension) and loads of others.
The scenery is outstanding with desolate alpine habitat at Marcopomacocha and Abra Malaga, vast coastal deserts (Nazca option), misty cloud forests at Abra Patricia and Machu Picchu and lush tropical rain forest and slow-flowing rivers in Manu (extension).
You will have plenty of opportunity to buy explicit handicrafts and to mingle with the descendants from the people of the sun - the Incas.
You never thought you could see so many birds on a non-birding trip! Or vice versa - You never thought you could see so many interesting archaeological sites on a birding trip. It is really not a compromise, but full value on both accounts.
In summery - you´ll get the best of Peru on this trip.
Cloud Forest and Rain Forest extension in Manu Biosphere Reserve (9 days)
Day 1. Thursday. Corresponds to day 14 above. An early start from Cusco and you will travel by comfortable bus to Cock-of the-Rock Lodge. You cross the Andes and reach the epiphyte-clad Manu cloud forest ? the gateway to the Amazon. Flocks of tanagers will be seen and several species of hummingbirds. B.L.D.
Day 2. Friday. In the morning you will be visiting the famous lek of Cock-of-the-Rock where the orange males gather to show off for females passing by. Later you shall be travelling to Amazonia Lodge. Amazonia lodge has a great garden that is frequently visited by over 10 species of Hummingbirds including Rufous-crested Coquette. Amazonia Lodge is great place to get close up views of the peculiar Hoatzin. B.L.D.
Day 3. Saturday. A full day will be used to explore the trails around Amazonia Lodge. B.L.D.
Day 4. Sunday. Next morning you will travel down the Alto Madre de Diós river the whole day to reach Manu Wildlife Center in the afternoon. B.L.D.
Day 5-7. Monday-Wednesday. You shall have three full days to explore MWC. One morning will be spent at the canopy platform. You are also invited to make a night hike to the famous Tapir clay lick, where Tapirs are often seen at very close range. One morning will be spent at the Macaw lick where large numbers of Red-and-Green Macaws and many other parrots gather. You should see several species of monkeys. B.L.D.
Day 8. Thursday. Flight back to Cusco and the afternoon free in Cusco. Hotel choice of 5-star hotel (Libertador) or 3-star hotel (TBA). B.L.
Day 9. Friday. Fly back to Lima. Ticlio area. The best highland birding in Peru with Diademed Sandpiper Plover and White-bellied Cinclodes and extraordinary scenery at 16.000 feet. Birder or non-birder will love this place!!! Altitude sickness is usually not a problem during the day visit as the exposure is very short. You will spend only 5 hours over 4000 meter (13000 ft), so by drinking lots of fluid, eat very little and not doing any physical work it will affect you very little. Consult you physician if in doubt. B.L.
Note: Availability at Manu WildLife Center is highly limited. In some cases we may be forced to exchange the MWC program to the following:
Day 3. After some birding in the morning at Amazonia Lodge we will return to Cusco picking up birds that we may have missed on the way down.
Day 4. Flight to Puerto Maldonado and transfer to Explorer´s Inn.
Day 5. A full day at Explorer´s, where we will make a 6 km walk to Cotococha where the Giant Otter usually is seen.
Day 6. After some birding in the morning, you will once again board the motorized canoe to travel upstream the Tambopata river and after five hours reach Tambopata Research Center in the heart of Tambopata-Candamo Reserve. It is not unusual to spot a jaguar or a tapir along this stretch.
Day 7. A full days at Tambopata Research Center. The higlight will be a visti to the largest Macaw lick in the world that holds 12 species of parrots and parakeets including 5 species of macaws.
Day 8. Boat downriver to Posada Amazonas for four-five hours in boat. Posada Amazonas is also equiped with a canopy tower.
Day 9. Boat back to Puerto Maldonado and flight back to Lima.