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Peru: Manú Biosphere Reserve

Explore the biodiversity of the Manú Biosphere Reserve on the east slope of the Andes. In the awe-inspiring cloud forest, we will search for dazzling birds such as Golden-headed Quetzal, Highland Motmot, and the Versicolored Barbet. Andean foothills give way to Amazonian lowland rainforest where species such as Red-bellied Macaws and Paradise Tanager can be spotted.


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From the city of Cusco, we make our way east. Our journey begins as we climb the Andes to a mountain pass then continue down the east slope of the Andean Mountains to enter the Amazon Basin and the biodiversity hotspot of the Manu Biosphere Reserve.

On our way we pass through many life zones where we’ll make stops to search for mixed-species flocks from pre-montane to cloud forest, that may include species of mountain-toucans, tanagers, and euphonias. Set in the cloud forest is the Cock-of-the Rock Lodge, where we’ll find the stunning bird which is its namesake. We’ll also keep watch for dazzling birds such as Golden-headed Quetzal, Highland Motmot, Dusky-green Oropendola, Wire-crested Thorntail, and the Versicolored Barbet.

Where Cloud Forest gives way to Amazonian foothills we reach the Villa Carmen Lodge to search for Red-bellied Macaws, Rufous-crested Coquette, Red-billed Scythebill, Paradise Tanager, and Red-capped Cardinal. There is even a chance to see the Amazonian Antpitta.

Next, we continue by boat down the Rio Madre de Dios, traveling deeper into the Amazon Basin to reach the Manu Wildlife Center. The location of this elegant lodge takes full birding-advantage of the rich forest that surrounds it. From here we visit the world famous Macaw Clay Lick where Red-and-Green Macaw, Orange-cheeked, Blue-headed, and Mealy Parrots come to eat clay in order to absorb tannins and alkaloids ingested in their diet of unripe fruits. While on a catamaran on an oxbow lake we’ll look for Least Grebe, Wattled Jacana, and Amazon Kingfisher. A canopy tower, in an emergent Ceiba tree, will give us a bird’s eye view of mixed species flocks moving through the tree-tops. Manu is home to 13 species of primates and we are sure to see some, such as the Tufted Capuchin and the Peruvian Spider Monkey

Join us on this amazing trip, featuring some of the best wildlife viewing in the world!

Trip Details

  • Trip leaders: Dan van den Broek and local guides
  • Early Bird discount: $4,295 members / $4,795 non-members
  • Deposit: $2,200
  • Single supplement: TBD
  • Group size: Limited to 14 participants

Trip fees include all ground transportation, double-occupancy lodging, breakfast/lunch/non-alcoholic beverages/snacks, tips for meals/drivers/porters/local guides, trip materials, entrance fees, excursions, and the services of your skilled leader(s). 

Trip fees do not include airfares, dinners, and alcoholic beverages.


September 12, 2021
September 22, 2021
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Tara Lemezis