Amazon Field – Rainforest bird to Manu Road / Machu Picchu: Uncommon bird in the humid montane forest of the eastern slope of the Andes from 2,300 masl to 3,500 masl, and occasionally down to 1,500 masl, ornate toucan with bold red, black, and yellow bill, gray-blue underparts, bronzy-green upperparts, yellow rump and red undertail flahses in flight; most individual in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest for Machu Picchu birds
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Amazon Field Rainforest bird to Manu Road / Machu Picchu 10 days:
Birds Day 1: Cusco to Wayquecha – Amazon Field:
We will start birding near Cusco at Huacarpay Lake, which offers a great opportunity to see the bearded mountainer, cinnamon teal, plumbeous rail, streak-fronted thornbird, among other birds. After we will continue to Manu Road where we will make several stop to see important birds.
Birds Day 2: Wayquecha to Cock of the Rock Lodge – Amazon Field:
Today, we will start birding early in the morning near Wayquecha and Manu Road, which provides chances to see big mixed flocks of tanagers, flycatchers, hummingbirds, finches, toucans, and others, such as Grass-green Tanager, Golden-collared Tanager, White-throated Tyrannulet, Gray-breasted Mountain Toucan, and Rufous-capped Thornbill. After birding, we will return to the lodge for breakfast, and then we will continue for a full day of roadside birding. Today we will have good opportunities to see the Golden-headed Quetzal, White-collared Jay, Red and White Antpitta, Black and Chestnut Eagle, until we arrive at the Cock of the Rock Lodge.
Birds Day 3: Cock of the Rock Lodge – Amazon Field:
Today, early in the morning, we will visit the Cock of the Rock Lodge lick, where will see the dance of some male birds. Then we will return to the lodge for breakfast and continue for a full day of roadside birding, looking for birds such as the Andean Cock of the Rock, Black Streak Puffbird, Crested Quetzal, golden tanager, Saffron-crowned tanager, Slaty Gnateater, and many others birds in the cloud forest.
Birds Day 4: Cock of the Rock Lodge to Amazonia Lodge – Amazon Field
Today, we will eat breakfast very early and then continue birding along the route, where we will have chances to see the Black-backed Tody Flycatcher, Peruvian Piedtail, Amazonian Umbrella Bird, Ornate Flycatcher, Cusco Warbler, Solitary Eagle, and many other lowland birds.
Birds Day 5: Full day birding Amazonia lodge – Amazon Field:
We will walk a good trail for birding around the lodge and little tower at the foothill forest where we can find Plum-throated Cotinga and red-billed Tyrannulet. Then we will return to the lodge to see many hummingbirds, Rufous-crested Coquette, Golden-tailed Sapphire, White-necked Jacobin, Long-billed Starthroat, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Fine-barred Piculet, Scarlet-hooded Barbet, Amazonian Antpitta, and many other birds
Birds Day 6: Amazonia Lodge to Ollantaytambo – Amazon Field:
Early in the morning, we will begin birding the same trails before returning to Ollantaytambo. We can see the Band-tailed Manakin, White line Antbird, Goeldi´sAntbird, Bamboo Antshrike, Blue-crowned Trogon, and many more birds. Then we will return to the lodge to pick up our suitcases, return to Atalaya, and then travel to Ollantaytambo
Birds Day 7: Ollantaytambo and Abra Malaga – Amazon Field:
Today, we will leave our hotel early to travel to Abra Malaga for roadside birding. We will start in the cloud forest, where we can see birds such as the Chusquea Bamboo, Marcapata Spinetail, Cusco Brush Finch, Parodi´s Hemispingus, Inca Wren, unstreaked Tit Tyrant, Puna Thistletail, Scarlet-bellied Tanager, and many other birds. After birding, we will return to our hotel in Ollantaytambo.
Birds Day 8: Ollantaytambo, Abra Malaga and Machupicchu – Amazon Field:
Today we will begin birding again in Abra Malaga, at an altitude of 4,316 masl, a good elevation to see special birds, such as Royal Cinclodes, Puna Tapaculo, Ash-breasted tit tyrant, Giant connebill, White-browed tit spinetail, Andean Hillstar, sierra finches, hummingbirds, and gound tyrants. After birding, we will will go back to the train station in Ollantaytambo. From here, we will take a train to Aguas Calientes, a town near Machu Picchu, where we will stay in a hotel.
Birds Day 9: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu Tours – Amazon Field:
Today, after breakfast at the hotel, we will begin birding in Mandor, a very good place to see the Masked Fruit Eater, Ocellated Piculet, Green and white hummingbirds, Pale-legged Warbler, Golden-napped Tanager, Sclater´s Tyrannulet, among other birds. After birding we will return to Aguas Calientes for lunch and relax in the afternoon in Aguas Calientes. We will spend the night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes.
Birds Day 10: Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu Tours – Amazon Field:
Today after breakfast we will visit Machu Picchu, where we will learn about Inca history and see a spectacular view for photography. After exploring all of Machu Picchu, we will go back to Aguas Calientes and then take the train to Cusco.
End of the services of Amazon Birds - Amazon Field Rainforest bird to Manu Road / Machu Picchu 10 days
INCLUDED IN THE AMAZON FIELD
- Transportation by bus and boat
- Hotel or lodge
- 3 meals per day
- Mineral water
- Bird list
- Specialist birding guide
NOT INCLUDED IN THE AMAZON FIELD
- Rain poncho
- Insect repellent
- Flight tickets, train tickets, and tickets visit to Machu Picchu
- Extra drinks , beer wine, juice , or soda
- Rubber boots
- Sun block
RECOMMENDED TO BRING TO AMAZON FIELD:
- Binoculars , camera
- Dark clothes for birding these details.
- Extra clothes, sandals, shirts, pants, jacket.
- Long-sleeve shirt, umbrella , rain jacket, small backpack, hat , sun block , insect repellent
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DESCRIPTIONS TO AMAZON FIELD:
Access to Manu is strictly limited, and only authorized operators can take visitors into the core areas of the reserve. However, there are adjacent areas where one can see all the Manu Amazon Field bird species and the astounding variety of other wildlife in Amazon Field. Even here however, the area is so remote that it is really only possible to make this trip as part of a tour or if you are sponsored by a lodge or NGO working in the area.
A typical tour of Manu starts from Cusco and then crosses the last Andean range and drops down the east slope of the Andes into the lowland Amazon field forests, and terminates with a return flight to the capital Lima. On the first day, birders traditionally visit the wetlands of Huacarpay where a variety of Andean waterfowl and Amazon marsh field birds are abundant. Here the endemic and beautiful Bearded Mountaineer can be seen feeding on tree tobacco. The route then proceeds to the humid eastern Andean slopes where the high grasslands at Ajcanacu pass hold high altitude Tinamous, Canasteros, and Sierra finches.
This wildlife zone is one of the least ornithologically explored areas of Manu Amazon Field and we expect several new species to be recorded in the Manu Reserve in the near future. At this altitude of 3,500 masl, the stunted elfin tree-line forest holds several Tanagers, Flowerpiercers, and the restricted-range Puna Thistletail, which are found nowhere else in the reserve. Between 3,400-2,500 masl, the elfin forest shifts into upper elevation humid cloud forest habitat, characterized by tree-ferns and Chusquea bamboo stands. Amazon birds such as the Gray-breasted Mountain-toucan, Swallow-tailed Nightjar, Mountain Cacique, Barred Fruiteater, Marcapata Spinetail, and Collared Jay are typical. As one continues down the road through the unbroken humid forests to Amazon field, birders encounter distinctive and very noticeable ‘shifts’ in the structure of the bird communities for every 500 meters gained or lost in elevation.
The forests below 1,900 masl and in particular between 1,500-900 masl are the home of the national bird of Peru – the Andean Cock of the Rock. A visit to one of their leks (courtship sites) is one of the world’s great ornithological spectacles and Manu Amazon field has to be the easiest place to witness this spectacle. Cloud forests at this altitude are under much pressure in the rest of South America due to cutting for the cultivation of tea, coffee, and coca for the narcotics trade. In Manu Amazon field, the forest remains intact. Consequently, birds such as the Golden-headed and Crested Quetzal, Blue-banded toucanet, Versicolored Barbet, Chestnut-breasted Wren, Cerulean-capped Manakin, Slaty Gnateater, Peruvian Piedtail and scores of tanagers, ovenbirds, and tyrant-flycatchers are often seen. A morning of birding here can be a fantastic experience, as large mixed-species flocks containing several dozen species of Amazon birds move through the cloud forest, some sally-gleaning, some probing crevices, others climbing tree trunks or limbs. Leaving the Andes and foothills behind, birders soon reach the untouched forests of the western Manu Amazon field, with the highest density of birdlife per hectare of terrestrial habitat on earth. At this point, you must switch from sturdy overland vehicles to motorized dugouts. Here the Manu and Madre de Dios rivers are characterized by a meandering, slow-flowing watercourse with white sand and pebble beaches exposed during the dry season from June to October. These beaches provide valuable nesting habitats and are loaded with nesting and visiting birds. Unlike many other river systems in the Amazon, birds on the Manu River can breed unperturbed. Hundreds of Black Skimmers, Large-billed and Yellow-billed Terns, Orinoco Geese, Pied Lapwings, Collared Plovers and Sand-colored Nightjars nest along the Manu Amazon field. These beaches are also used by Jabiru and American Wood-storks, Roseate Spoonbills, a variety of Egrets and Herons. In late July and August, many migrating shorebirds from North America pass through on their way to points further south.
Due to the natural dynamics of both rivers, many oxbow lakes have been created and show significant variation in stages of development, from recently formed to very old, overgrown lakes with almost no water. These lakes are characterized by Amazon field birds such as Sungrebe, Sunbittern, Wattled Jacana, Muscovy Duck, Rufous-sided Crake, Pale-eyed Blackbird, Anhinga, Agami and Boat-billed Herons, Silvered Antbirds, Amazonian Streaked Antwrens, Red-capped Cardinals and the strange prehistoric-looking Hoatzin. The pristine lowland forests hold over 500 species alone and present some of the most tricky but exciting birding in the world. However, in these forests birders must be aware – sometimes it seems as if there are fewer birds than in a European woodland and often only strange calls betray their presence. This is where birders must be patient because soon enough a mixed flock will pass through containing an astonishing 70-plus species, or flocks of parrots or parakeets such as the a brightly coloured Rock Parakeets make a dash out of fruiting trees. A good ear is essential as many species are only located when their song or call note is recognized.
Many birds live only in the canopy of the forest and are difficult to see, others occur only in the middle and under-story, whilst some are strictly terrestrial. Many specialize in creeping up trees and probing for insects, and others sally out to catch flying insects or turn over leaf litter in search of arthropods or fallen seeds and fruits. Forest-falcons and other winged predators lurk in vine tangles, ready to snatch a small bird out of a mixed species flock. Large stands of woody Guaduabamboo hold some of the rarest and most sought after birds such as Rufous-headed Woodpecker, Manu Antbird, White-cheeked Tody-flycatcher, Peruvian Recurvebill, and Long-crested pygmy-tyrant. Recently-formed islands and river-edge habitats hold willow-dependent and other restricted-range species, such as Orange-headed Tanager, River Tyrannulet, and Rufous-fronted Antthrush. In some instances, when both canopy and mid-story mixed feeding flocks momentarily come together in such habitats up to 70 species of birds may be present at one time.