The Manu trip exceeded my expectations, bird wise (despite my declining abilities), mammal wise (highlighted, as you probably know, by a long and close view of a handsome male jaguar lounging on a riverbank), and people wise (the leader)...
Manu Expeditions Birding & Wildlife Tours are a bespoke professional company based in Peru and running professionally guided birding and wildlife trips to Peru and throughout South America including Colombia, Guyana, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador & Chile and the Falkland Islands. We are specialized in catering for serious bird watchers, wildlife enthusiasts and photographers. We are birders ourselves and we know how ...
Manu Expeditions Birding & Wildlife Tours are a bespoke professional company in based in and running professionally guided birding and wildlife trips to Peru and throughout South America including Colombia, Guyana, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador & Chile and the Falkland Islands. We are specialized in catering for serious bird watchers, wildlife enthusiasts and photographers. We are birders ourselves and we know how important it is for birders to have trouble free logistics arranged for them while in country.
The company is very experienced in running trips catering for Bird Photographers at a more leisurely pace and our guides know the tricks of getting those important shots! We run birding trips throughout the coast, highlands and rainforests of the region and our leaders for these trips are experienced neo-tropical birders and naturalists who have many years experience in these countries and know where to find the more sought after and difficult species, as well as the necessary personal skills to mould activities to suit personal needs. We make getting the harder birds easy!
All guided trips are led by highly qualified neo-tropical Bird tour leaders who carry the essential equipment, including 'scopes, sound library etc. Our aim is to provide you with excellence in worry free birding and wildlife trips with trouble free logistics whilst in country, not to mention good value for money without cutting corners on service, safety and birds.
WE USE ONLY TOP CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS AND VEHICLES AND CUT NO CORNERS AND WE GET YOU THE BIRDS. IF YOU WANT TO BE CRAMMED IN A SMALL VAN WITH NO TREAD ON THE TIRES WITH NO ROOM FOR YOUR 'SCOPE AND DAY BACK – DON'T TRAVEL WITH US!
We specialize in Private trips can be tailored to suit your needs and be as intense or relaxed as you like
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We first visited North Peru in the early 80’s when travelling with Dr Niels Krabbe who was researching the milestone book “Birds of the High Andes. Whilst many have copied Barry Walker’s pioneering trip we are still exploring. This trip makes a transect from Tarapoto in the Huallaga valley, to Chiclayo on the Pacific slope and takes in some of the most enigmatic birds in Peru. On this trip we will look for Scarlet-banded Barbet, White-masked Antbird, Long-whiskered Owlet, Marvelous Spatuletail, Pale-billed Antpitta not to mention a host of other special birds to North Peru.
The Manu Biosphere Reserve has the highest diversity of life on Earth and is one of the most important conservation units in the world. If you were to choose THE best birding trip in the world, this must surely be a candidate for the top ten. The beauty of this trip is the variety of habitats visited ranging from orchid laden cloud forest where Spectacled Bears and Cock-of-the-Rocks still live unmolested, to untouched Amazon rainforest where 13 species of Monkey abound and Giant Otters still exist in the ox-bow lakes. A trip to Manu is a trip to one of the world’s great wilderness areas where wildlife is still plentiful and over 1000 species of birds have been recorded.
Bolivia stretches across the widest part of the Andean mountain chain and is one of the poorest, highest and most isolated of Latin American republics with the biggest indigenous Amerindian population. The country is as varied as its people and ranges from steaming Amazonian rainforest, high saline lakes and high steppe desert, rolling tropical savanna to snow covered peaks and glaciers as well as the Chaco near the Paraguayan border. This varied topography makes for many habitat types and consequently one of the largest bird lists for a landlocked country in the world. Bolivia has two endemic big Macaws and a flightless Grebe.
Colombia is one of the three most diverse countries for birds on the planet along with Peru and Brazil. North of Ecuador the Andes branches into 3 distinct mountain chains, separated by the Cauca and Magdalena valleys, each with its endemic avifauna.. We know that for a long time birders have looked longingly at Colombia’s ever growing list of birds and of the great number of endemics (over 70 of them) found only within the country, plus there are many other near-endemics in the west that barely extend beyond Colombia’s borders. Mention of Colombia conjures images of Emeralds, Coffee, Vallenato and Cumbia music, white sand beaches with palms and friendly smiles and lots of endemic birds!.
A tour aimed at seeing the spectacular endemic Araripe Manakin, Lear's Macaw, Great Xenops, Seven-coloured Tanager, Hooded Visorbearer, White-browed Antpitta and Slender Antbird and much more. Brazil is vast and even the north-east of Brazil is a huge region within which, not surprisingly, there are a substantial diversity of habitats and landscapes providing for a very varied avifauna. In spite of this it has been neglected by ornithologists until recently, with the discovery of many new species to science, not least of these being the superb Araripe Manakin. The region is characterized by humid Atlantic rainforests, the Caatinga - a dry thorny forest with areas of more open grassland and endless rolling country with dramatic canyons of the interior.
Guyana has may regional specialties hard to see elsewhere.. It’s is a very suitable trip for less experienced neotropical birders due to the large number of widespread species that can be seen as well as the specialties. The coastal strip is dominated by an unusual mix of Caribbean and Indian flavors, but once in the interior of the country we are in the lands of the Makushi Amerindian communities and old colonial cattle ranches. Throw in a bit of Brazil down on the southern border and its quite a fascinating cultural mix. It is not physically demanding apart from the early starts and long days. Most days will be split into morning and afternoon excursions. It does offer an excellent chance of seeing a great range of Guyana’s specialty birds and a unique South American Culture with traces of the old British Colony still in evidence.