Day 1. Cusco-Wayquecha ACCA Red-and-White Antpitta and Marcapata Spinetail.
It will take a good five-six hours before we reach good forest, but there are many highland species that can be seen on the way such as Mountain Parakeet, Black-tailed Shrike-Tyrant, Cinereous Ground-Tyrant and Spot-winged Pigeon.
Birding the temperate woodland beyond Tres Cruces, we will specifically look for Puna Thistletail and Diademed Tapaculo. Lower down we may find the endemic Red-and-White Antpitta. Yungas Pygmy-Owl and species like Marcapata Spinetail, Rufous-capped Thornbill, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan, Blue-banded Toucanet, Hooded, Grass-Green and Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager can be seen near Wayquecha ACCA research station at 2700m where we will spend the night. B. L. D.
Day 2. ACCA - Cock-of-the Rock Lodge. Golden-plumed Parakeet and Andean Potoo.
Further down we may be lucky with Andean Potoo, White-throated Antpitta, Crimson-backed Woodpecker, Blue-banded Toucanet, White-eared and Andean Solitaires, Pearled Treerunner, Streaked Tuftedcheek, Golden-plumed Parakeet, Scaly-naped Parrot, Amethyst-throated Sunangel and many more. In the late afternoon, we shall arrive to the Cock of the Rock lek. We will spend the night at the comfortable Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge.
Day 3. Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge. Cinnamon-faced Tyrannulet and Yellow-rumped Antwren.
The private reserve around the lodge holds a number of good birds such as Long-tailed Antbird, Dusky-Green Oropendula, Yungas Manakin, Black-billed Treehunter, Orange-eared Tanager and Versicolored Barbet. The permanent mixed species flock around the camp contains species like Yellow-rumped Antwren and Cinnamon-faced and Bolivian Tyrannulet. Other birds include Lemon-browed Flycatcher, Crested Quetzal, Uniform Antshrike and Golden-collared Tanager. At the lodge clearing there are feeders and blue vervain flowers where hummingbirds like Violet-fronted Brilliant, Many-spotted Hummingbird, Booted Racket-tail and Wire-crested Thorntail. Peruvian Piedtail and Rufous-webbed Brilliants are rare but sometimes seen. Night at Cock of the Rock Lodge.
Day 4. Cock-of-the Rock Lodge. Black-and-Chestnut Eagle and Solitary Eagle
Additional birding at Cock-of-the Rock Lodge. At the mirador some 30 minutes drive from the lodge one can often see Black-and-Chestnut and Solitary Eagles soaring in the mid-morning thermal winds.The densely forested trail below the lodge holds many birds of the understory such as Chestnut-breasted Wren, Slaty Gnateater, Yungas Manakin, Spotted Barbtail, Scaled Antpitta and Rufous-breasted Ant-thrush
Day 5. Cock of the Rock Lodge- Pilcopata - Guadalupe Lodge. Peruvian Piedtail and Amazonian Umbrellabird
Continued birding in the vicinity of Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge in the morning. Specifically, we shall be looking for a new soon to be described tanager that lives in the bamboo. In the afternoon we will continue to Pilcopata at 1000m and look for specialties such as Amazonian Umbrellabird, Peruvian Piedtail, Cerulean-capped Manakin, Black-streaked Puffbird, Russet Antshrike, Lanceolated Monklet and Black-backed Tody-Flycatcher. The bamboo holds species like Ornate Antwren, Bamboo Antshrike and White-cheeked Tody-Tyrant. Sometimes Wholly Monkeys are seen along this stretch. New lodge close to Pilcopata called Guadalupe Lodge.
Day 6. Pilcopata - Amazonia Lodge. Blue-headed Macaw and Fine-barred Piculet.
There is great bamboo at Guadalupe which shall reward us of many restricted range species such as Manu Antbird, Bamboo Antshrike, Flammulated Bamboo-Tyrant, White-cheeked Tody-Tyrant, Large-headed Flatbill, Bamboo Foliage-gleaner and many more. There is also Buff-tailed Sicklebill in the garden.
There is good foothill forest accessible from Pilcopata. Some of the targets include Military and Blue-headed Macaw, Wattled Guan, Fine-barred Piculet, Chestnut-breasted Wren, Russet Antshrike, Orange-fronted Plushcrown, Red-billed Tyrannulet, Plum-throated and Spangled Cotingas, Yellow-billed Nunbird, Pheasant Cuckoo. At Amazonia Lodge we shall be checking out the blue vervain for hummingbirds. Rufous-crested Coquette is one of the specialties here. Special features at Amazonia Lodge include a good canopy tower up the ridge trail and the famous jeep-track, which is very good for crossing Tinamous (including Black-capped Tinamou). B. L. D.
Day 7. Amazonia Lodge-Charro. Koepcke's Hermit and Selva Casique
At Amazonia lodge, the specialties include Koepcke's Hermit, Black-spotted Bare-eye, Amazonian and Thrush-like Antpitta, Fiery-capped Manakin and many more. In midmorning, we will travel down river to Manu Learning Center. On the way there we shall visit a small lagoon that also has Pale-eyed Blackbird and Horned Screamer. At Manu Learning Center there is a nice garden that attracts Rufous-webbed Brilliant.
Day 8. Manu Learning Center to Manu Birding Lodge.
Birding in the morning at Manu Learning Center and then continue on Alto Madre de Dios to Manu Birding Lodge.
We shall travel most of the day to reach Manu Birding Lodge. In the afternoon we shall be able to check the surroundings of the lodge. For instance, it has been quite easy to see Festive Coquette here. In the vicinity, a hide has been made at a clay-lick for Tapirs. Sometimes Red-brocket Deer and Ocelots are also seen near the lick. On the way to the clay-lick it is possible to see the rare Red-billed Pied-Tanager.
Day 9. Manu Amazon Lodge. Rufous-headed Woodpecker and Long-crested Pygmy-Tyrant.
Full day at the trails of Manu Birding Lodge. There is a great trail system at the camp which includes both terra firme and varzea like forest, heliconia thickets, aguajales (palm swamps) and extensive bamboo with all the specialists including Long-crested Pygmy-Tyrant, White-cheeked Tody-Tyrant, Pavonine Cuckoo, Rufous-headed Woodpecker and Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo. Monkeys are plentiful including Black Spider Monkey, Monk Saki and Emperor Tamarin. Pale-winged Trumpeters and Razor-billed Curassows are often seen
Day 10. Macaw lick, Cocha Camungo and Cocha Blanco. Red-and-Green Macaw and Pale-winged Trumpeter.Giant Otter.
Early morning start to reach the famous Macaw lick. One of the true natural wonders where Blue-headed and Mealy Parrots and White-eyed Parakeet later are replaced by large raucous Red-and-Green Macaws. The rest of the morning we walk the trails nearby which are good for Banded Antbird, Semi-collared Puffbird, Pale-winged Trumpeter and Rufous-fronted Antthrush. In the afternoon we shall go to Cocha Blanco to see the local Giant Otter colony and additional marsh birds such as Sungrebe, Green-and-Rufous Kingfisher, Snail Kite and Wattled Jacana. Night at Amazon Manu Lodge.
Day 11. Cocha Camungo to Amigos. Long-billed Woodcreeper
Break of dawn at the Canopy tower at Cocha Camungo with breakfast served 40 meters up in the air with a splendid view over the awakening Amazonian rain forest. Camungo means Horned Screamer. Toucans, parrots, raptors, cotingas and woodpeckers are best appreciated from up here. The bizarre Long-billed Woodcreeper often comes in to a rendition of its song. We shall continue downriver to Amigos Research Center for a two-night stay.
Day 12. Amigos Research Center. Rufous-fronted Ant-thrush and Long-crested Pygmy-Tyrant.
Outstanding place in the Peruvian rainforest with a 7m Anaconda staked out and recent sightings of Tapir and Jaguar on the trails. Rio Los Amigos Research Station is a very modern set-up in the rainforest with good trails, electric light, and even wi-fi internet and it has the specialties of SE Peru even such rare species as Long-crested Pygmy-Tyrant, Black-faced Cotinga, Rufous-fronted Ant-thrush and Peruvian Recurvebill. There are 10 species of monkeys regularly seen including Emperor Tamarin and Monk Saki Monkey. The rooms have private bath, but not yet hot water. It is possible to upgrade to a private cabin for 40 US$ more per person/per night.
Day 13. Amigos to Puerto Maldonado. Purus Jacamar and Point-tailed Palmcreeper
Aditional birding at Amigos. Around midday we shall leave for Puerto Maldonado, Near Puerto Maldonado there are some pastures and marshes where Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture, Red-breasted, White-browed and Pale-eyed Blackbirds, Chestnut (Purus) Jacamar, Pearl Kite, Sulphury Flycatcher and Point-tailed Palmcreeper may be seen.
Day 14. Puerto Maldonado-Lima or Cusco.
Additional birding near Puerto Maldonado.
Around midday, we shall fly to Lima or Cusco. Those flying to Lima have the option to do some birding at no additional cost at Ventanilla near the airport with goodies such as Peruvian Thickknee and Great Grebe.