Tours & Destinations peru
. . . . . 2013 TOUR SCHEDULE . . . . .
The Andes, Machu Picchu & Amazonia3 September 2013 - 22 September 2013, 20 days & 19 nights
With more than 1700 species of birds and 100+ endemics, Peru is arguably the most biologically diverse country on the planet. Combine this with snow-capped Andean peaks, spectacular Inca ruins at Machu Picchu, extensive cloud forest and, of course, the Amazon Rainforest, and you have an unforgettable adventure. After our flight from Lima to Cuzco, we'll take the train along the Urubamba River to one of the world's archeological wonders, a World Heritage Site. Torrent Duck, White-tipped Swift, White-capped Dipper, and the endemic Inca Wren will vie for our attention with the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. The high mountains at Abra Malaga will add more specialties from the region, including a chance for Andean Condor at Ajcanacu Pass. Then begins the descent into the Amazon Basin. With several nights each at Cock-of-the-Rock and Amazonia Lodges, this will be a first class expedition. In addition to the large numbers of tanagers, hummingbirds, and furnarids for which these forests are famous, we'll search for such specialties as Golden-plumed Parakeet, Lyre-tailed Nightjar, Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, the beautiful Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, and Cerulean-capped Manakin. A highlight of any birding trip to the Andes is the strange courtship display of the Andean Cock-of-the-rock on their lek. Then we descend into the heart of Amazonia. Five full days at Manu Wildlife Center in the largest tract of rainforest in the world will provide an entirely different set of avian wonders. In addition to highly localized prizes like Manu Antbird and Rufous-fronted Antthrush, we may find Agami Heron, Buckley's Forest-Falcon, three species of potoo, Peruvian Recurvebill, Flammulated Bamboo-Tyrant, and many others among the 600+ species recorded from this site. We'll visit the Blanquillo Macaw Lick, where hundreds of macaws and parrots visit daily. We'll also go to a large mammal lick with hopes of seeing tapirs, peccaries, guans, and currasows or, if we're extremely lucky, a Jaguar. A combination of boat, van, and plane will return us to Lima for our flights home. An expert Manu Expeditions guide will lead the tour. The tour price is approximate but should be very close.