Manu Expeditions – Macaw Clay Lick – 8 days

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Manu Expeditions  -Macaw Clay Lick

Abstract The Andes are considered as the most diverse hot spots of the tropics, within these is the Manu National Park, whose complex climatic and physiographic conditions harbor a mega-diversity and endemism. In the present work an annotated list of arboreal and related species is presented along a gradient of elevation from submontane forests at 800 m to the forest line at 3625 m in the Manu Biosphere Reserve. Based on a network of 21 one-hectare permanent plots and botanical explorations, floristic information is systematized by ranges of elevation, geographical distribution and endemism. These preliminary results are translated into 1108 species of which 39.7% are morphospecies, 43% of the species determined are new records for the Cusco region, 15 species are new records for the Peruvian flora, 40 species are endemic for Peru and 30 are potential new species for science. Additionally, the expansion of the altitudinal range is highlighted for 45.2% of the determined species (302 species). These results are a sample of the high arboreal diversity and related in these mountainous ecosystems registered in only ~ 20 km of geographic distance, in addition it shows how scarcely collected and little studied that they are. More botanical collections are necessary – these basic studies of floristics are imperative for a better understanding of the distribution of species and the function of ecosystems, and will help answer one of the big questions in modern global ecology. How will tropical forests respond? global climate change

  • Trip Level: Moderate
  • Activities: Culture, Nature, Fauna, Flora, Wildlife, Trekking & Hiking.
  • Places: Cusco, Manu Cloud forest, Manu National Park &
  • Transportation: Private bus, Private boat and Hiking
  • Accommodation: Bambu ,  Casa Matshiguenka,
  • Starting Point: Cusco .
  • Ending Point: Cusco or Puerto Maldonado .
  • Small Groups: (no more than 6 travelers) .
  • Pick-up: From your Hotel in Cusco city .



Manu Expeditions – Macaw Clay Lick – 8 days:

Manu Expeditions Day 01:

Cusco – Cloud Forest -Pilcopata  to manu Park .

We pick up from your hotel very early in the morning from 5:30 a.m. at 6:00 a.m. in our comfortable and private bus. On the way, we visit the funerary towers or Chullpas de Ninamarca at 3750 meters above sea level and a brief visit to Paucartambo, a folkloric town, a colonial bridge. We ascend to the upper area of Paucartambo, the Acjanaco sector. (4000 m.s.n.m) This is the point of entry to the Manu National Park. Then we descend through the mysterious cloud forest, which hosts a great variety of flora and fauna, full of beautiful orchids, heliconias and primitive ferns. We toke a walk to give you the opportunity to witness the Cock of the Rocks (Rupícola Peruviana) in the ritual of mating. There are also possibilities to observe Trogones (Trogon sp.), Quetzales (Pharomachrus sp.) In addition, much more and if we are lucky we can observe Spectacled Bear (Tremantus Ornatos). In the afternoon, we arrive at a village Pilcopata at 550 meters above sea level in our typical lodge that is outside the town with private bathrooms and showers where we will spend the night.

Manu Expeditions 02:

Pilcopta  to Atalaya Port – Boca Manu Lodge – Manu Park .

After the delicious breakfast we continue our trip 45 minutes by bus to watchtower port on the way we observe coca and fruit tree plantations, orchids, we embark on motorized boat by the Madre de Dios river. On the way, we can see a variety of birds, such as herons, Kingfisher and always the presence of vultures of which the most spectacular is the condor of the jungle, the king of vultures (Sarcoramphus papa). The Jaguar (Panther Onca) we also have a stop in natural hot springs, to take medicinal baths, if we still have time we visit the Native community of Diamante to see their typical constructions of houses and see the wild fruits they have. In the afternoon we arrive at the village of Boca Manu (280 m.s.n.m), where we have the accommodation. lodge with showers and bathrooms.

Manu Expeditions Day 03:

Boca Manu Lodge  – Cocha  Otorongo to Manu reserve Center .

After breakfast, we enter the reserve area where we will have a better opportunity to observe the biodiversity that the Manu offers, a brief stop in the rangers stations. The boat trip continues and one begins to realize why Manu is so famous for its wildlife. On the banks of the river, there are groups of turtles, white alligators (Cayman cocodrylus) or perhaps some ronsocos (Hydrochoerus, hydrochaeris) and many more. In the afternoon we arrived at our safari camp in Cocha Otorongo, (250 m.s.n.m) (double beds inside platforms) shortly after we organized a walk to visit the lake and the observation tower of 30 meters from where we have the opportunity to observe the river giant otters. Here in the Manu the animals have never suffered hunting persecution by men. Night in safari camp, on platforms with roof double beds with mosquito net. Showers and shared bathrooms.

Manu Expeditions Day 04:

Manu Biosphere – Cocha Otorongo – Cocha Salvador to Manu Reserve Center .

The group visits Cocha Salvador today, which is 30 minutes from Cocha Otorongo. Today, they explore walking in the virgin primary forest. We visit the lake to paddle silently in a catamaran that gives us the possibility to observe the wolves of the river again and a great variety of strange birds. The sultana cock (Porphyrula Martinica or the Garga Agami ( Agamia) and monkeys of different species are almost certainly observed 9 species of the 14 species.We later walked on the main trails with the guide to learn the operation and secrets of the tropical forest. Brief visit to Casa Matchiguenka to buy some crafts in the afternoon we return to our camp in Cocha Otorongo. Night in camp on platforms with roof. Beds with mosquito net Showers and shared bathrooms available. Optional night walk.

Manu Expeditions Day 05:

Manu park – Cocha Otorong  to Blanquillo Macaw Clay Lick Center .

After a delicious breakfast we continue with our trip in the imposing MANU and Madre de Dios River, until we reach the lodge that is very close to the impressive Collpa de Macaws, where we will have a walk to explore the various trails around the lodge where we will spend the night, Night in lodge.

Manu Expeditions Day 06:

Manu Blanquillo  Macw Clay Lick – Cocha Blanco Manu Park .

After a delicious and nutritious breakfast, we will continue with our itinerary traveling by boat to observe the colorful macaw we will observe from a platform or a catamaran typical of the area a spectacular show of the birds  . of great variety, monkeys, reptiles, dwarf alligators and insects, groups of turtles and perhaps some ronsocos (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) after this unforgettable walk, then we will visit white lake, from a catamaran we will be able to observe a few otters and turtles.

Manu Expeditions  07.-

Manu Blanquillo  – Colorado  to Puerto Maldonado .

After breakfast we will take the boat to Puerto Colorado approximately 3 hours and then we will take the vehicles to Puerto Carlo, optional the passengers that wish to come by bus continue until Cusco arriving approximately 9 pm in the way we make stops in interesting places to see up close the snowy Ausangate that reaches 6300 masl and we leave at your hotel. In addition, the other passengers who wish to take the flight from Puerto Maldonado continue the trip to the city of Puerto Maldonado. Night in hotel.

Manu Expeditions  Day 08.-

Puerto Maldonado  Airport – Cusco – Lima .

Depending on the flight time. They usually arrive
in Cusco at 1:00 p.m.

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Included in  the Tour Manu Expeditions .

  • A professional naturalist tour guide;
  • Motorboat transportation;
  • Private vehicle land transportation;
  • Entrance to the Reserved Zone of the Manu National Park;
  • A professional cook,
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners and drinking water (Please note: vegetarian option available upon
  • request for no extra cost);
  • Accommodation: 7 nights in our lodges;
  • First aid kit, including a poison extractor, mosquito bite treatment, and an antidote for snake bites;
  • Radio communications;
  • Rubber boots.

Does not included Tour Manu Expeditions .

  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and water the first day.
  • Extra money

What we Recommend to Take Manu Expeditions .

  • Mosquito repellent (DEET 35 recommended as a MINIMUM),
  • Original passport,
  • Small backpack,
  • Long sleeved cotton shirts (preferably green coloured),
  • Long cotton trousers,
  • Cotton long socks (to be put into your trousers),
  • Comfortable walking shoes,
  • Sandals or light shoes,
  • Rain gear (e.g. rain poncho),
  • Sweater (for the beginning of the tour in Andes and the cloud forest only),
  • Swimsuit;
  • Binoculars (also available for rent),
  • Camera and charger,
  • Plastic bags to be used for clothes and a camera,
  • A hat as a protection against the sun or rain,
  • Toiletries,
  • Small towel,
  • Toilet paper,
  • Sun cream,
  • Sunglasses,
  • Flashlight (with spare bulb and batteries),
  • Water bottle (1 litre as a minimum),
  • Pocket money (Soles) to buy some beverages and souvenirs, as well as to tip.

Note: The passenger must carry a maximum of 10 kilos of luggage.


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Manu Expeditions   Informations  About Ecosystems  .

Ecosystems on the planet. Encompassing an entire unlogged watershed, with ecological zones ranging from Andean puna at 13,000′ to low elevation rainforest below 1,000′, no other reserve on the planet can compare to Manu in terms of sheer biodiversity! There are an estimated 20,000 plant species (10% of all of the plant species on earth) plus more than 1,000 species of birds (again 10% of the earth’s total) and 13 species of monkeys recorded within its boundaries.
The area is home to endangered wildlife such as the Andean spectacled bear, giant river otter and black caiman, as well as several primitive Indian tribes. Manu is also one of the best places in the Amazon to spot rarely observed species such as the ocelot, jaguar or harpy eagle. Designed to maximize wildlife viewing while learning about the rainforest, this exciting, low-impact adventure offers the best, first-hand understanding of this incredible reserve! We begin our adventure with a scenic 2-day overland journey, allowing us to witness the amazing transition from the Andes to the rainforest–opportunities missed if one flies into the reserve. From Atalaya we navigate the upper Madre de Dios and Manu rivers in a wooden motorized canoe until we reach Cocha Salvador. Here, we enjoy guided hikes through the jungle and paddle canoe excursions on the lake to observe a resident family of giant river otters. Next, we head downstream to a lodge near the Blanquillo macaw lick, one of the largest in Manu. At a blind about 150 feet from the bank, we marvel at the Amazon’s most thrilling avian spectacle as dozens of parrots and macaws descend to eat the clay. A river and land journey plus a scenic flight from Puerto Maldonado brings us back to Lima where we finish our sightseeing before flying home.


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We left the hotel at 3:45 a.m. with a cart of luggage, crossed the street, and entered Lima’s International airport, already bustling with travelers. After check-in, a fast-food breakfast, security lines that proceeded smoothly, we were in the waiting area by 5:00 a.m., soon to board a predawn flight to Cuzco, leaving the glitz and glitter of Lima behind. At Cuzco, the second contrast of the day would begin—where our journey would really begin. We departed Cuzco shortly after 7:00, spent a couple of hours at nearby Laguna Huacarpay (elevation 11,000 feet; 3,300m) for an introduction to highland waterbirds, and then confronted a detour that lengthened our drive somewhat to the highland town of Paucartambo. The route was picturesque: villages, little mud and straw brick huts, farms, golden fields on hillsides, and birds scattering in front of our vehicle. Stops produced an interesting assortment of birds characteristic of Peru’s arid highlands, including miners, bush-tyrants, and sierrafinches. By midafternoon we plunged downward into a region dramatically more humid, and by late afternoon reached the relatively new Wayqecha Lodge located at 9,750 feet elevation. Situated on the humid eastern slope of the Andes but little more than thirty minutes beyond the high pass at about 12,000 feet that marked a dramatic and rapid transition from the arid interior valleys of Peru to its humid eastern face, the lodge provided the third important contrast of the day—montane forest. We settled in to our rooms and made sure flashlights were handy. Nightfall comes early, and there would be only a three-hour span of electricity from a portable generator. And with no heat, the rooms would soon be cold. The next several days took us downward through a series of habitats as dramatic as any in the world. It was a stunning transition—from puna grassland and scrub at 12,000 feet down through patches of elfin forest, then taller montane forest, and finally more humid foothill or lower montane forest, some of it mixed with bamboo. We would stay at three lodges, each at a lower elevation than the previous, and experience each with an almost completely new avifauna, a remarkable demonstration of how species replace each other as one travels up or down mountain slopes. Hummingbirds, flycatchers, and mountain-tanagers dominated the highlands. Lower down we encountered our first really good mixed species flocks with furnariids, wrens, warblers, tanagers, and brush-finches, and then spent time at a wonderful Andean Cock-of-the-rock lek before continuing our journey downward. In the foothills everything seemed to change again. There were aquatic species, hoatzins, parrots, macaws, antbirds, woodcreepers, and a different cast of hummingbirds; the increase in diversity was obvious. Two days later we left the foothills and the comfort of the Villa Carmen Lodge for a long, rainy boat trip to our final and most important destination, the Manu Wildlife Center with its canopy level observation platforms, lakes, forest trails, and the spectacle of parrots and macaws descending to a river bank to eat clay early in the morning. And by now the avian diversity was amazing. We’d left all those colorful mountain-tanagers and hummingbirds far upslope, but they’d been replaced here with hoatzins, wood-rails, puffbirds, nunbirds, kingfishers, antbirds, spinetails, manakins, new tanagers (but fewer Tangara), and more nightbird sounds. Dark highland forests with dense tiny leaves were now replaced by many plants with large leaves, many more palms, and trees that were impossibly tall. This was the Amazon rainforest we’d dreamed about. This trip plunges you into arguably one of the most diverse biological regions on the planet, and there is simply a lot more of everything than a visitor can possibly comprehend in a whirlwind trip of just over two weeks, but it is a great sampler. There is something for everyone, something to stir new interests, stimulate questions, flesh out a western Amazonian life list and, if nothing else, it is a place that takes you just a little bit beyond your normal comfort zone, where suddenly everything is new and different and exciting, and the unexpected might be waiting around the next bend in the river, or a little further down that forest trail. And that, I think, is what makes a birding trip, or any trip, exciting. Highlights are marked in red on the main list, but a few stand out above all others. For me, the Razorbilled Curassows and Pale-winged Trumpeters are near the top for honors. Along with these are the macaw spectacle at the Blanquillo collpa, the Cock-of-the-rock lek, the Common Woolly Monkeys, Giant Otters, howler monkeys, adorable little Saddleback Tamarins, and timid gouties in gardens, but nothing, in my mind, equals the amazing views we had of a much chagrined Ocelot that failed in its prey capture attempt, then stood for some minutes looking around as if he hoped no one had seen his clumsy effort. I hope you enjoyed this trip, felt a little sense of adventure from time to time, and now carry with you some great memories and photos. We also hope that this trip leaves you wanting to see and learn more. And, of course, I’d love to see you again on another tour in the future.


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