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Cusco to Puerto Maldonado Birding Overland


The new tarmac road to Puerto Maldonado may not be as pristine as the more famous Manu road, but the birds are virtually the same and most of the special birds you search for on Manu road are also present on the Interoceanica, as the highway to Brazil is called. Other advantages include no flight but birding overland and access all year around. Manu road is notorious for mudslides in the rainy season. Infrastructure is scarce but it is becoming better for each year.

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Day 1. Cusco-Quincemil

Start from Cusco at 7.30 AM as the first plane arrives to Cusco. Birding Huacarpay lake awith Puna Teal, Yellow-winged Blackbird, Bearded Mountaineer, Rusty-fronted Canastero, Streak-fronted Thornbird   briefly en route to the Puerto Maldonado road. We pass a high Andean Puna habitat with a high lake that contain Giant Coot and Silvery Grebe. Scribble-tailed Canastero and Short-billed Finch. At the temperate cloud forest neat Marcapata we shall be looking for specialties such as Marcapata Spinetail, Red-and-White Antpitta, Blue-banded Toucanet and many more. At around 1200m the habitat becomes excellent and provide loads of possibilities of colorful tanagfer flock. We stay the night outside the frontier town of Quincemil

Day 2. Quincemil. 
Birding subtropical forest between Marcapata and Quincemil where the species composition is similar to that of Manu road, although the habitat in parts is secondary most the same birds of Manu road can be seen. We shall be looking for Cinnamon-faced Tyrannulet, Yungas Manakin, White-eared Solitaire, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Cock-of-the-Rock and many more. Night in basic hotel in Mazuko

Day 3. Mazuko to Puerto Maldonado

The upper tropical forest around Mazuko is in excellent condition. Road side birding at this site is very promising. Again similar to Manu road species wise with species such as Red-billed and Bolivian Tyrannulets, Lanceolated Monklet, Fine-barred Piculet and Black-backed Tody-Tyrant. There are large bamboo patches and palm swamps which should bring species such as Bamboo Antshrike, Manu Antbird, Dot-winged and Ornate Antwren, Fasciated Cuckoo, Sulphury Flycatcher, Purus Jacamar and Point-tailed Palmcreeper.



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