DAY 1: Cusco – Huacarpay – Paucartambo – San Pedro Cloud Forest
You leave Cusco early in the morning (appr. 05:30 am) by private transportation to travel the famous “Manu Road”. Lake Huacarpay is reached after 40 minutes, where we spend time to observe highland lake with marsh birds and butterflies. We look for the Plumbeous Rail, which is not as elusive here as rails normally are, the Many-coloured Rush-Tyrant and two endemics, the Rusty-fronted Canastero and the spectacular hummingbird, the Bearded Mountaineer. This site should also provide our first Peruvian butterflies with Gulf Fritillary and Brazilian Painted Lady amongst the target species. In the early afternoon you arrive at the Ajanaco pass at 3530 m and the beginning of our descent of the eastern Andes. This is also the beginning of the Manu National Park, where the slope forests, unlike at other parts of the eastern Andes, are almost completely untouched. In between the clouds we look for flocks of many different tanager species. Also the Andean Guan, Grey-breasted Mountain-Toucan, White-collared Jay, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker and the endemic Puna Thistletail belong to this altitude. Butterflies here include Clouded Yellows and various Skippers. Overnight at Posada San Pedro, where we will be able to run a moth lamp for the one night we are staying here.
DAY 2 : San Pedro Cloud Forest – Cusco
This second day we will explore the different altitudes along the Manu Road. in the temperate and upper subtropical zone, where we hope to meet Blue-banded Toucanet, Golden-headed Quetzal, Marcapata Spinetail, Red-and-white Antpitta, Barred Fruiteater, Fulvous Wren and many more. At dusk we will search for Lyre-tailed Nightjar and Owl butterflies.
And in the transition zone between the sub-tropical and upper-tropical habitat, at around 1500 metres. First we pay an early morning visit to a nearby Cock of the Rock lek before exploring the rest of the cloud forest. This avian-rich zone is home to many species of tanagers and hummingbirds but we also have the change to encounter the splendid Versicoloured Barbet, Highland Motmot, Green Jay and Cock-of-the-Rock amongst others. It is also a great area for butterflies in the families of Skippers, Daggerwings,and if we are lucky we can also see two species of monkeys and also we can see the sloth bear and others. Adelphas and Sulphurs which often gather to imbibe moisture from seepages and rocky pools along the river and in the vicinity of small waterfalls. The moths in this sort of habitat are no less stunning than the butterflies and birds in both their sheer number and variety, although identifying them is more of a challenge. then in the afternoon we take our private car to return to Cusco city and let you in the door of your hostel, we arrive at 6:00 pm
TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:
- Professional naturalist guide with telescope.
- Birding guide on request.
- Private bus transport.
- Entrance fees to the Manu National Park
- Cook & food (vegetarian on request) and drinking water.
- Camping equipment and Lodging.
- First Aid Kit, extractor (for poison)
- Bite Away for mosquito bites
- Antidote for snake bite
- Alcoholic drinks, sodas, etc.
THINGS YOU SHOULD BRING FOR THE MANU TRIP:
- Mosquito repellent
- Long sleeved shirts
- Cotton socks
- Hiking shoes
- Sandals or light shoes to change
- Rain gear (rain poncho is ok)
- Sweater ( in case we have coldfront)
- Long pants
- Binoculars very important the best ones are (Leica, Zeiss, Swarovski,
- Nikon, Bushnell)
- Camera and extra batteries
- Camera charger
- Dry bag back pack.
- Personal things like toothbrush, etc
- Hat (or handkerchief)
- Sun blocker, sun glasses
- Flashlight (with spare bulb and batteries)
- Water bottle ( min. 1 l)
- Day pack
- Money (Soles) for soft drinks, handicrafts and tips