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Birding Tour Peru: The Manu Road 2017



Our Birding Tour Peru: The Manu Road is perhaps ‘the’ birding adventure of South America, and the Manu Road is one of the obligatory birding destinations of the world.

Our 20-day trip will take you to the city of Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas, which will allow us to explore the mountains on the way to the world famous Manu Road. This road connects the Andes of Cusco with the Amazon basin in the Madre de Dios region. It runs along the mountains to 4000 meters elevation and then descends to 500 meters in the Amazon. Driving along this remote road will allow us to see different habitats and different altitudinal ranges, such as arid mountains and plateaus, paramo and elfin forest, humid cloudforest mountains, and then the Amazon basin of the Madre de Dios River, one of the most important Amazon River tributaries.

Each habitat exhibits a unique ecosystem and avifauna with some of the most representative birds of this part of the world, such as Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Andean Condor, Torrent Duck, Sungrebe, Sunbittern, Hoatzin, Red-billed Scythebill, Paradise Tanager, Pale-winged Trumpeter, Razor-billed Curassow, Undulated Tinamou, Lyre-tailed Nightjar, Blue-and-yellow Macaw, Band-tailed Manakin, White-throated Toucan, Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan, Pavonine Quetzal, White-capped Dipper, and a lot of hummingbirds, including the endemic Bearded Mountaineer, Giant Hummingbird, and the handsome Booted Racket-tail.

In addition to these most-wanted and representative species the trip will provide a whole selection of range-restricted, country-endemic, and elusive species, such as Chestnut-breasted Mountain Finch, Creamy-crested Spinetail, Red-and-white Antpitta, Manu Antbird, Yungas Manakin, Rufous-headed Woodpecker, Peruvian Recurvebill, White-cheeked Tody-Flycatcher, Black-backed Tody-Flycatcher, Marcapata Spinetail, Rufous-fronted Antthrush, Amazonian Antpitta, Red-billed Pied Tanager, Rufous Twistwing, Purus and White-throated Jacamars, Orange-fronted Plushcrown, Fine-barred Piculet, Scarlet-hooded Barbet, and Blue-headed Macaw. We will be lucky if we have encounters with the rare Harpy Eagle and Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo, both of which occur in the lowlands of the Manu National Park.

Three obligatory natural history shows are possible to witness on this trip, namely the display of the Andean Cock-of-the-rock, the macaws and parrots visiting the clay licks to ingest the minerals they need for their diet every day, and finally the mixed-flock activity, where several species of birds can travel in a single flock through the forest, including army ant followers. The trip also offers good chances for wildlife, including species such as emperor tamarin and over seven species of monkeys, giant otters, and with luck jaguar.

During this trip we will spend six days birding the mountains of Cusco and the upper parts of the Manu Road, visiting the Wayqecha Cloud Forest Biological Station and the Cock of the Rock Lodge, and 12 days visiting the main birding sites in the Amazon. First we will spend two nights at the recently-opened Villa Carmen Biological Station, which is a comfortable option for the lower Manu Road and the Atalaya area with independent rooms and private bathrooms, electricity, internet access, meal facilities, and a good selection of bird species including bamboo specialities – a great asset to our tours. Then we will visit the classic Hacienda Amazonia, where we will spend only one night, enjoying the beautiful grounds and hummingbird feeders, followed by four nights at the well-known Manu Wildlife Center, looking for several Amazonian specialists and visiting oxbow lakes and macaw clay licks, and then by three nights at the lesser-known but comfortable Los Amigos Biological Station in our quest for a handful of localized, prized species and good chances of tracking down mammals. Finally we will spend two days in the Puerto Maldonado area, where we will be near the Brazilian border to look for Rufous Twistwing and other open-country specialists.

Join us for this great adventure!

Duration: 20 days

Limit (Group Size): 2 - 8

Date Start: September 01, 2017

Date End: September 20, 2017

Tour Start: Lima

Tour End: Lima

Price: US$ 5590 per person sharing (6-8 participants), US$ 5950 per person sharing (4-5 participants), US$ 8728 per person sharing (2 participants)

Single Supplement: US$ 990

Price includes:

Domestic flights and airport taxes

Accommodation (hotels and lodges)

Private land and river transportation

Admission fees

All meals (except where indicated)

Private tour leader

Bottled water in the field

Transfers from and to the airport

Price excludes:

International flights and airport taxes

Dinner the first night and any meal except breakfast on day 20

Any activity that is not described in the itinerary

Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, alcoholic drinks, phone calls, internet access

Gratuities

Accommodation in Lima on day 20 if necessary

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Limit (Group Size): 2 - 6
Date Start: December 12, 2017
Date End: December 19, 2017
Price: US$ 2850 per person sharing (6 participants), US$ 3000 per person sharing (4 – 5 participants), US$ 3730 per person sharing (2 - 3 participants)
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Chris I sent a longer analysis of the Florida trip to Stephan, which I will forward to you. Again, my thanks for a truly memorable experience. The trip was spectacularly successful. I chose Birding Ecotours because other trips were full, and I couldn’t be happier. On a purely practical note, with three rather inexperienced birders as the participants we picked up a variety of birds missed by other birders. But the final bird list doesn’t really cover why this tour was so vastly superior. This was my first birding trip ever with less than 12 participants, and the advantages of a small group are monumental – no battling for seats, no squabbling over who saw what, no battles to get to the leader’s scope when the Resplendent Quetzal finally comes into view. In fact, there were no squabbles at all on our trip Hotels were quite well chosen, despite some early problems with accepting South African addresses, etc., and the restaurants worked out quite nicely. Mexican restaurant would be my only quibble – a bit heavy for our over 60s group. One of us simply said he wouldn’t be on the lookout for Mexican restaurants in the future. But then he also discovered Key Lime pie and had it four nights, not to mention the Key Lime ice cream along the way. The balance of Cuban unique restaurants with seafood and steak houses worked out quite nicely, and the final two nights at Cracker Barrel were a big hit. Big hit too were the home-made lunches – they were actually better than the Subway lunches of the last few days and they extended our birding times quite dramatically But the tour only really worked because of Stephan – he’s a gifted birder – that’s a given on any tour these days, but he’s also extremely good with people. In my note to him I mentioned how impressed I was with his interactions with the other participants. They were new to American birding, so we had lots of initial sightings of grackles and starlings. But Stephan patiently looked at all their sightings, and soon they were finding some rather wonderful birds. Main point – he never made them feel bad – something many guides need to learn, believe me. And Stephan really knew the territory – I have no qualms about any of his choices, though I might have questioned a few at the time. There were virtually no migrating birds, and we still got 20 warblers. We also got close to 180 species without that much luck either. We missed the Thick-billed Vireo by one day, and others easily picked up the Smooth-billed Ani at the same location we has scoured a day earlier. But then we got all three cowbirds in an afternoon and had great looks at multiple Prothonotary Warblers, a bird everyone else missed this year. And we birded both the first day and the last – not something most tours do, and he even saved the Spot-breasted Oriole for our last bird. Bottom line, Stephan is equal in his birding skills to any guide I’ve been with. More importantly, he’s the best overall guide I have ever experienced – a people-person who knows birds.  I highly recommend him on any tour he might be leading and love to bird with him again. So, I had never heard of your tour company and only signed on because it was all that was available on dates my wife had to be in Florida. The serendipitous result was one of the most rewarding birding experiences of my rather long birding career. I strongly recommend your company to anyone and even more strongly recommend the value of small group tours – they are worth every extra penny. My thanks for all your help, and I hope to be on one of your tours in the future. Kieran

John Kieran Kealy, Canada
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