Manu / Southern Peru
For birding tours in Peru, Manu is the crown jewel of Peru’s birding areas. Nowhere else in the Andes is there an easily accessible road that travels through pristine cloud forest from the treeline down to the lowlands! And at the bottom of the road, there is an excellent selection of rainforest lodges where you can comfortably bird one of the biodiverse habitats in the world. For the first-time visitor to Peru, Manu is not to be missed!.
An ideal Manu birding tour starts in Cusco and ends in Puerto Maldonado, travelling from the high Andes, through the cloud forest, and out into the true Amazonian lowlands. This should be done in a minimum of 15 days birding trip. For those short on time, we also offer a cloud forest and foothills option which gives you a chance for most of the birds in 9-10 days. We also offer pure Amazonian birding tours, during which we birdwatch, enjoy Pristine forest, amazing and endangered wildlife, local culture, and wonderful landscape.
If you are not a hardcore birder, don’t worry, Manu offer you variety of attractions, nature, Culture and wildlife are waiting for you, so we can organize other combinations; please contact us with your timeframe, targets and budget and we’ll design an itinerary suited to your needs; all our tours are flexible and adjustable on your vacation.
Peru is one of the top birding destinations in the world, you can find about 20% of the total species of the world, birding in Peru is wonderfull and Manu is the crown jewel of Peru’s birding areas, biodiversity is unique, nowhere else in the Andes is there an easily accessible road that travels through pristine cloud forest from the treeline down to the lowlands! And at the bottom of the road, there is an excellent selection of rainforest lodges where you can comfortably bird one of the biodiverse habitats in the world, you will have the chance not only bird watching but also to see the fabulous endangered wildlife of the tropical rainforest.
Even with the best birding in Peru – Manu, some of our customers want to visit some additional areas where they can find some other endemic birds, at the same time, if you visit Peru depending of the season you have good chance to see some sea birds that’s why we decided to combine our traditional Manu tour with coastal – pelagic boat trips, and dry intermontane Andean valley’s tour to see more birds. having good chance for bird photography enjoying the nature and Culture, all together in one single tour.
You can consider part of the trip like bird tour extention (first 4 days)
Created in 1973, the Manu Biosphere Reserve covers an area of 1,881,200 hectares, almost half the size of the Netherlands. It is one of largest conservation areas on earth and extends between 4100 meters to 200 meters above sea level (13451,44 – 656,168 ft.). Manu is one of the most biodiverse areas on this planet and is home to 1000 species of bird, more than 10% of the world total!
The Manu Biosphere Reserve is divided in three zones: the Cultural Zone where all the lodges are situated, the Reserved Zone designated for tourism, and the National Park where only scientists have access. Just a few companies who have a permit to camp are allowed into the Reserved Zone.
Birding tours in Manu is the crown jewel of Peru’s top birding areas. Nowhere else in the Andes & Amazon, birdwatching & bird photography tour can be combined like here, there is an easily accessible road that travels through pristine cloud forest from the treeline down to the lowlands! And at the bottom of the road, there is an excellent selection of Tropical rainforest lodges where you can comfortably birdwatching one of the best biodiverse habitats in the world.
For the first-time visitor to Peru, Manu birding tours will give you chance for bird photography enjoying wildlife and pristine forest with a great number & selection of endemic birds with restricted range, so Manu is not to be missed!
Bird tours in Peru usually are long, especially if we want to get lowland forest, so if you are in Cusco and you would like to birding Amazon forest, here is the best combination, short andean birding just focused on endangered and local endemic birds, without leaving aside the wonderful Andean landscape in a short trip to the tropical rainforest.
Chuncho Macaw clay lick is not to be missed, the biggest in the world, the only place where the 3 big Aras are together eating the clay, Red-and-Green, Blue-and-Yellow and Scarlet Macaw next to 8 species from Psittacidae family, visiting a protected lowland forest enjoying well protected area at the same time you can help this amazing job.