Overview & Highlights
Discover Peru’s abundant birdlife on a journey from the Andes to Amazonia. Visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas, hummingbird-filled cloud forest close to Machu Picchu, and the richly biodiverse Amazonian Manú Biosphere Reserve.
Discover Peru’s incredible birdlife on a journey from the Andes to Amazon. With a breathtaking diversity of altitudes, landscapes and ecosystems, from chilly mountain ranges to humid lowland jungle, Peru is home to over 1,800 species of birds (120 endemic to Peru), 500 species of mammals and over 300 species of reptiles.
On this unique bird-focussed holiday in Peru, see the spectacular Andean setting of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, home to magnificent birds of prey, white-capped Dipper and torrent ducks, then wander through hummingbird-filled cloud forest below the lost city of Machu Picchu, the cultural highlight of any visit to Peru.
With time to discover the enchanting town of Cusco, travel down towards the remote Amazonian Manú National Park, which boasts one of highest levels of biodiversity of any reserve in the world. Here, explore Manú Biosphere Reserve on the edge of the Park, where highlights include razor-billed curassow, cock-of-the-rock, and intimate views of macaws, parrots, and parakeets at a nearby clay-lick.
Here, you also have the opportunity to get hands-on with the centre’s inspirational tree-top canopy research and studies into the endangered blue headed macaw, alongside the conservation-focused scientists and researchers who are based here.
- Train to Machu Picchu
- Visit to Machu Picchu with guided tour of the ruins
- Guided Cusco tour
- Guided expeditions from the jungle lodges at Manu
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Arrive in Cusco, transfer to the Sacred Valley
Explore Ollantaytambo and the shores of the Urubamba River
Expedition train to Machu Picchu, guided tour of the ruins, overnight in Aguas Calientes
Cloud forest walk (optional); train to Cusco
Explore Cusco with guided visits to markets and highlights
Travel to Manú Biosphere Reserve in Amazonia
Visit coq-of-the-rock habitat; continue deeper into the forest.
Days 8 & 9
Visit parrot clay lick; research projects
Community projects at the Manú Learning Centre
Return to Cusco
Depart Cusco for international flight; or extend your holiday
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