Birdwatching in Manu and Tambopata
Located in the departments of Cuzco and Madre de Dios, the
jungles of the Manu feature a surprising
diversity of bird species. Specialists calculate that in the
region one can find over 1,000 species.
Tambopata, between the departments of Puno
and Madre de Dios, is one of those obligatory
visits for specialists. The area is famous for its world record
of species registered in a single area: more than 650.
rain season runs from December to March, even though rain
showers can also occur during the rest of the year. The area
is best visited from May to August, when temperatures can
Access: A dirt
road runs from Cuzco to the towns of Atalaya and Shintuya
(9 and 12 hours respectively), from where one continues by
boat for 5-6 hours. There are also 30 minute flights between
Cuzco and Boca Manu, from where one continues downriver for
Maldonado and Tambopata have basic services for visitors,
including daily commercial flights to Cuzco. Inns and lodges
provide visitors with all the necessary conditions for a pleasant
and safe stay in the tropical jungle.
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