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THE MANU

Saturday 2nd November - Saturday 23rd November 2013

Eustace Barnes

The stunning Wire-crested Thorntail (Eustace Barnes)

The stunning Wire-crested Thorntail (Eustace Barnes)

Manu National Park is the only place in South America where there is access to the complete primary ecotone from the tree line to lowland tropical forest. It also happens to be the most bio-diverse region of any harbouring over 1000 species of birds within a protected area no bigger than the state of Connecticut. It should come as no surprise then that we enjoyed a spectacular tour with numerous highlights; these included the rarely seen Rufous-vented Ground–Cuckoo, several Razor-billed Curassows, six magnificent Military Macaws at Amazonia lodge, Black and chestnut Eagle, a superb Rufous-headed Woodpecker, a family of White-throated Jacamars, a Scarlet-hooded Barbet and the rare Rufous-fronted Antthrush. We should not forget the Festive and Rufous-crested Coquettes, innumerable Blue and yellow and Red and green Macaws, the family of Rufescent Screech Owls, an adult Solitary Eagle, a male Swallow-tailed Nightjar flying around us, a displaying male Lyre-tailed Nightjar and a superb Crested Owl. We should not take for granted the mesmerising Andean Cock-of-the-Rock at their lek, the numerous encounters with Black Spider Monkeys and Common Woolly Monkeys, spectacular views of Lowland Tapir and the pair of Giant River Otters on Cocha Camungo. Our visit to Machu Picchu, one of the most outstanding World Heritage sites, was equally memorable.

Machu Picchu; one of the most spectacular places on earth (Eustace Barnes)

Machu Picchu; one of the most spectacular places on earth (Eustace Barnes)