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Easy Birding Peru offers tours from Cusco to the Manu National Park or to the Manu Biosphere, including our private Reserve Maquisapayoj, adjacent to the National Park.

- A trip to the untouched rainforest with plenty of undisturbed wildlife! EBP also offers various trekking tours, the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu as well as several alternative treks.

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For details see 'Cusco, Trekking and South of Peru'. The Manu National Park was created in 1973 and established a Biosphere reserve in 1977; in 1987 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, due to the world´s highest biodiversity in Manu.

It is one of the largest and most important conservation units of the world, it protects an entire virgin watershed, covering altitudinal ranges from 200 m to 4100 m above sea level.


 Amazon Travel Why go to Manu?

Manu is situated in the peruvian part of the Amazon basandis one of the world´s great wilderness areas where wildlife is still undisturbed and plentiful.
The Manu Biosphere Reserve protects Tropical Alpine Grasslands ( Puna), Elfin ( temperate) and Cloud Forests, High Rainforest and Lowland Rainforest. In these different ecosistems we can find an extraordinary variety of animal and plant species:
So far 15.000 plant species, over 1000 bird species and 200 species of mammals have been identified in Manu.

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According to biologists no other rainforest Park can compare with Manu´s biodiversity ( 40 % more bird species than in the brazilian Amazon) and opportunities to observe wildlife, e.g. at the Mammal- and Macaw Salt Licks.
Manu is remote, away from civilisation and scarcely populated, which distinguishes Manu from other rainforest destinations like Pto. Maldonado. Some of the indigenous tribes in Manu have no contact to civilization.
Some birds are endemic to this area as e.g. White tufted Sunbeam(Aglaeactis castelnaudii), Red and white Antpitta (Grallaria erythroleuca), Puna Thistletail (Schizoeaca h. helleri) and White cheeked Tody Tyrant (Poecilotriccus albifacies).

No other area in America offers such excellent viewing of rare or difficult to observe animals.


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Why go with Easy Birding Peru?



We were founded by experienced, professional Manu guides - most of them grew up in the rainforest - , who make sure that you have the best opportunities to observe wildlife without disturbing the animals.

Our guides are bilingual and give you a comprehensive impression of the rainforest ecosystem and provide you with an unique, learning rainforest experience at a fair price.
Amazon Travel Easy Birding Peru aims to train local people and work with them, support lodges and enterprises owned by local people and communities (e.g. Casa Matsiguenka).



  Why go to Blanquillo and Maquisapayoj?
Blanquillo and Maquisapayoj are private reserves, situated in pristine primary rainforest, only a short boat ride from Boca Manu. In Blanquillo there is the big Macaw Clay Lick and 2 oxbow lakes with ideal conditions to observe giant otters from a wooden catamaran.


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Manu is a very rich/ biodiverse but fragile ecosystem.
Being home of several endangered species, e.g. Giant Otter, Harpy Eagle, Giant Anteater, Ocelot and Wooly Monkey, ecologically sustainable tourism in Manu is imperative and a low tourism flow is favourable.

Visitors should be informed about rainforest conservation and favorabletourism activities have to be controled ( e.g. don´t get too close to the animals).

Ecotourism also is an important economic activity for the inhabitants of the rainforest that permits its use without distroying the rainforest resources.
That´s why it´s very important to involve local people in Manu tourism!


Amazon Travel  DAY 1.-CUSCO TO SAN PEDRO:

6:00 am We are leaving in a private bus stopping in interesting places like Ninamarcas Chullpas, these are pre-Inca cemetery. The trip will be around 9 hours approximately, the highest pass on this road is 4000 msl. On this day, we travel around over the Andes and over the famous cloud forest which has interesting flora and fauna like de Andean Cock of the Rock Peru’s national bird. In the afternoon, we arrive to San Pedro. We will spend the night in a lodge with double rooms. Optional night walk.



5:00 am we go to the lick to observe the display of the male Andean Cock of the Rocks. After the show, we come back for breakfast and explore slowly looking for woolly monkey, brown capuchin, quetzals, toucans which inhabit the cloud forest. Later, we continue our trip by bus to Atalaya. From Atalaya we will make rafting in balsa rafts which are made from balsa wood (depending the river conditions). We spend the night in the rustic Soga de Oro Lodge with private bathroom and hot shower. Optional night walk.



We leave very early to see the parrot lick which is located ten minutes down river from the lodge. After the show, we continue with our boat trip for approximately 8 hours .


During the boat ride, we have the best options to see the famous Jaguar, Capybaras, Caimans sleeping on the beach, Herons fishing at the edge of the alto Madre de Dios river, Macaws, Toucans, Vultures, Eagles and other species of birds which will show up along our trip. We spend the night at the Maquisapayoj lodge with private bathroom and hot shower. Optional night walk.



4:00 am we go to the macaw clay lick, the trip is 40 minutes by boat and 15 minutes walk to the especial observation platform. The activity begins around 5:50 am with the small parrots and later the big macaws. The Parrots eat the clay which has minerals that helps the stomach digestion that is the reason why hundreds of parrots parakeets and macaws come to this particular place.



After lunch, we walk through primary rain forest for 1.40 hours to the Tapir lick; here there is an especial observation platform to see Tapir (Tapirus terrestris). The tapirs are usually active at night for this reason we have mosquito nets with mattress and blankets to spend the night.



Very early we visit Blanco lake, here we look for the family of the Giant river otters that uses very often this lake, also this is an interesting place to observe the prehistoric bird called hoatzin, snail kite, brown throated three toed sloth, red howler monkey , squirrel monkey , white fronted capuchin, brown capuchin and other species that inhabit this lake.


After lunch, we visit Camungo lake we will climb on the 42 meters tower, this is a very good place to observe the marvelous toucans. We go on the catamaran and have another chance for the Giant river Otters. Return to the lodge and have another option for the tapir in case we did not have luck the night before.



On this day, we explore the trails of the lodge, we look for black spider monkey, monk Saki, emperor and saddle backed tamarin, also with a very good explanation about the medicinal plants and trees which are used for lumber. Again we can have another last option for the tapir in case we did not have luck.


Early in the morning, we start with our return trip to Cusco, first by boat to Colorado village and then by car to Puerto Carlos, after crossing the Inambari River, we take our private bus to Cusco, we will be arriving in the afternoon. For the people who wants to fly, we will continue our trip to Puerto Maldonado two more hours. We spend the night in a hostal with private bathroom and shower. Dinner by your own.



Breakfast included in the hostel, after transfer to the airport for your trip to Cusco or Lima.



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