Day 1 travel to Shintuya via Wayquecha and Cock of the Rock Lodge
This day we will swosh past the cloud forest, with very little time to stop for birding en route. We ask you to bare this in mind and to either book the the pre-tour above or the week long extension in the end to Satipo road and Carpish, which will give you most birds you pass now!
Start from Cusco at 4 AM start and reaching Wayquecha at 8 AM for a birding breakfast there. People that have opted to stay here a day early will be picked up. Lunch near Cock-of the Rock Lodge at noon picking up people here. Atalaya at pm for boat or car the final 3 hours to Shintuya depending on road conditions. This means that there are pick-up points en route if anyone wants to bird Wayquecha/Cock-of-the Rock or Amazonia Lodge independently or with a guide.
Day 2. Shintuya to CMT
There is good bamboo near Shintuya that gives species such as Dot-winged Antbird and Ruddy-tailed Flycatcher. The lodge clearing has produced Needle-billed Hermit and Fiery-capped Manakin and close by one can easily find Red-billed Tyrannulet.Birding on the Itahuania road with Great Jacamar,Fasciated Antshrike, Blue-headed Mackaw and Orange-fronted Plushcrown.In the afternoon we leave for Centro de Medicina Tradicional looking out for Fasciated Tiger-Heron on the way.
Day 3. CMT-Charro
The forest beyond the lodge is excellent with mature floodplain-forest, as well as patches of bamboo and a mammal clay lick (Colpa) which occasionally is frequented by Tapirs. The site is run by the famous Machiguenga Shaman Mateo Italiano, who will give tremendous insight in plants used by the native communities in traditional medicine. His son Jesus is currently receiving training from Kolibri Expeditions to become a local resident bird-guide at CMT. Highlights seen here during our recent scouting trip were Black-faced Cotinga, Rufous-headed Woodpecker, Ocellated Poorwill, Dusky-cheeked Foliage-gleaner and Semi-collared Puffbird.In the afternoon we shall continue to Charro.
Day 4 Charro-Blanco.
Charro has the best varzea forest in the whole Manu area and there is very good bamboo accessible.
Birding highlights include Striolated Puffbird, Peruvian Recurvebill, Long-billed and Amazonian form of Strong-billed Woodcreeper, Red-billed Scythbill, Amzonian and Elusive Antpittas, Rufous-fronted Ant-Thrush,White-cheecked Tody-tyrant and more. Furthermore, the varzea specialties such as Varzea Mourner and Plumbeous Antbird are easily picked up here. In the afternoon we transfer to Blanco Lodge.
Day 5 Blanco. Macaw lick, Giant Otter.
We have three mornings in the key area of Manu where the Macaw lick is. Blanco Lodge is situated in very good mature floodplain forest with many species of monkeys such as Monk Saki and Emperor Tamarins and good and wide trails and has been a reliable site for Black-faced Cotinga. The first morning we may visit Cocha Blanco where Giant Otters often are seen, as well as Sungrebe, Snail Kite, Wattled Jacana, Hoatzin, Anhinga and many more.
Day 6. Blanco. Bamboo and tower.
Not far from the lodge there is an extensive bamboo and a small cocha. One walks for 10 minutes and reach 30 meter steel canopy tower that can be very productive.
Some highlights we have seen recently include Rufous-headed Woodpecker, Sharpbill, White-cheecked Tody-Tyrant, Ash-throated Gnateater and Long-billed Woodcreeper.
Day 7. Macaw lick and travel to Maldonado.
In the early morning we shall travel down river to the famous Macawlick. A clay wall where 100s of Macaws, Parrots, Parakeets and Parrotlets gather in the mornings. A great show!
We continue down-river to Colorado.
On the way to Puerto Maldonado, we shall look out for White-tailed Kite, Southern Caracara, Southern Lapwing, Grassland Sparrow and Red-breasted Blackbird. Night in hotel in Puerto Maldonado.
Day 8. Optional Harpy Eagle. Flight to Lima.
A Harpy Eagle nest is staked out and can be visited for a surcharge of 150$ in the morning. The nest can be observed from a platform straight across. The money goes to the local community and Harpy Eagle research. Midday flight back to Lima.