Peru Manu Part II: The Lowland Rainforest: Aug 20—29, 2007

Peru Manu Part II: The Lowland Rainforest

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Departs: Lima, Peru
Tour Limit: 14
Operations Manager: Greg Lopez
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Steve Hilty

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Stairway to the canopy, Manu

Stairway to the canopy, Manu — Photo: Steve Hilty

Widely acknowledged as one of the premier birding and natural history sites in the world. Part I focuses on the Andes, Part II the lowlands. Spectacular tropical birding in a pristine, super-rich avifauna.

In Manu Part II our journey continues, this time from the foothills at Hacienda Amazonia into lowland forests in an exciting day-long trip down the Alto Madre de Dios River to Boca Manu and the Manu Wildlife Center. For those taking only the Manu II trip, your adventures will begin at the Boca Manu airstrip where you will meet our boat en route downriver to the Manu Wildlife Center. It is about two hours downriver from the airstrip to the Manu Lodge.

The Manu region encompasses one of the wildest and most pristine rainforests on the planet—a place where all the top predators from jaguars and Harpy Eagles to the smallest prey species are present. The Manu area, including the national park, biosphere reserve, and vast wilderness surrounding them, preserves an entire ecosystem. Not a single element is missing.

This trip focuses on the lowland rainforests of Manu, widely acknowledged to be one of the most diverse floras and faunas in the world. More than 500 species of birds occur in the vicinity of the lodge, including such rare and poorly-known species as Rufous-headed Woodpecker, Peruvian Recurvebill, Bamboo Antshrike, Manu Antbird, and Rufous-fronted Antthrush. Many also are quite spectacular including Razor-billed Curassow, Pale-winged Trumpeter, Sunbittern, Horned Screamer, and Curl-crested Aracari. Visitors usually see eight or more species of monkeys, among them the incomparable emperor tamarin. There is a good chance that participants will see giant otters, and this is one of the best places in the world to see a jaguar. We have seen them on almost half of our visits. Forest trails and oxbow lakes near the Manu Wildlife Center provide access to the rich avian diversity for which the region is famous. We'll visit the riverbank where parrots and macaws gather to eat clay, spend two mornings atop forest canopy observation platforms accessed via steel spiral staircases, and an evening at a mineral lick where tapirs visit regularly. And, there will be numerous boat trips and forest walks.

Both Manu I and Manu II trips are wilderness adventures of the first order—trips that incorporate all the magic of unspoiled nature in a birding and wildlife experience unsurpassed in South America.

Good to excellent lodge accommodations and good food; several days at each site; roadside birding in highlands; mostly easy trails in lowlands; travel by bus, boat, and charter plane; one long travel day; moderately brisk pace with frequent midday breaks; cool in mountains, warm and humid in lowlands.