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Peru

Birding and Natural History

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Peru—a land as rich in history as it is in natural beauty—is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world and offers some of the finest birding in all of South America. Join Wild Latitudes on this 12-day journey to explore and bird the wilds of Peru, from the Amazonian Rainforests of Manu National Park to the Altiplano of the Andes, and see and experience many of the magnificent Incan structures that remain shrouded in mystery to this day.

Tour Highlights

 Explore the biodiversity of the Amazon Rainforest in Manu National Park.

 Visit the fascinating Incan archaeological sites of Machu Picchu and Sacsayhuaman.

 See a wild array of special birds like the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Hoatzin, Paradise Tanager, Horned Screamer, and Many-colored Rush-Tyrant.

 Visit a parrot clay lick, where wild parrots and macaws gather in large numbers to eat clay.

 Experience a range of Peru's unique ecosystems: high-elevation valleys in the Andes, cloudforests, and lowland rainforests.

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Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1

Arrive at Cuscso Airport and make the short drive to our first hotel. There will be plenty of time to rest up before a guided tour of the city in the afternoon.


Day 2

We will spend the morning at the Huacarpay Lagoon south of Cusco. This well-known site is home to an abundance of water birds and is also an important stopover site for migrants. We’ll return to Cusco for lunch, and the afternoon will be yours to explore the city at your own pace.


Day 3

Today we’ll head east into the cloud forest, stopping along the way at the archeological site of Ninamarca and the colorful town of Paucartambo. We’ll then continue into the beautiful Manu National Park, where we’ll go to observe a lek of flaming red Andean Cock-of-the-Rocks before arriving at our lodge.


Day 4

Breakfast will be enjoyable as we watch vibrant tanagers and hummingbirds come into the feeders at our bird-rich lodge. We’ll then slowly bird our way through the forest on our way to the Atalaya river port, where we will board motorized canoes that will take us to our next lodge in the Amazon Rainforest.


Day 5

Early in the morning, we’ll take boats to visit the Parrot Clay Lick. This clay riverbank attracts parakeets, parrots, and macaws of all types to ingest small pieces of clay in order to obtain minerals important for digestion. We’ll then spend time birding around Machuwasi Lake and the trail system of our lodge, including a night walk to look for some nocturnal animals.


Day 6

We will return to Machuwasi Lake in the morning to spend more time on the trails around the lake. Later we’ll climb the Lookout Tower near the lodge for a stunning view of the surrounding scenery and a chance to get good looks at hard-to-see canopy species.


Day 7

We will have one more morning in the rainforest before making the return trip to Cusco, with plenty of opportunities to stop and view wildlife and scenery as we make our way back through the mountains.


Day 8

Today we will get our first taste of Incan culture as we visit the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, overlooking Cusco. Later we’ll take in the fantastic Andean landscape as we descend into the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the village of Pisac. Here we’ll tour the vast former Inca town and browse their famous handicraft market.


Day 9

In the morning, we’ll return to the Sacred Valley as we visit the archeological site of Moray. We’ll then visit the Inca Salt Flats, where locals still harvest salt in the same way as their Incan ancestors over 800 years ago. After lunch, we’ll board a train at the Ollantaytambo Train Station to take us to Machu Picchu.


Day 10

Today we will visit Machu Picchu. We’ll begin with a local guide who will share the fascinating history with us, then there will be additional time to explore on your own. We will again take the train in the afternoon as we return to Cusco.


Day 11

Today you will have the whole day to explore Cusco on your own. You may choose to stroll through the artists’ neighborhood San Blas, visit the Inca Museum, make your own chocolate at the workshop of Cusco’s chocolate museum, buy souvenirs, or simply enjoy a well-deserved relaxed vacation day.


Day 12

One final morning together before we say our farewells at Cusco Airport, where you can catch you flight home with many fond memories of Peru.

COST: $5,775

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $995

START DATE: Oct 6, 2025

DURATION: 12 days

GROUP SIZE: Up to 12

TRIP FOCUS: Birding




WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Guiding services
  • Double-occupancy lodging
  • Ground and water transportation
  • Breakfasts and lunches
  • Excursions and park fees


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YOUR GUIDES

Chris Payne grew up in rural Pennsylvania with two naturalists for parents, so he has been immersed in the natural world his entire life. Once he discovered the world of birds, he was hooked. After graduating with a degree in biology, he pieced together bird-related field work for several years before returning to school to work on an M.S. in biology. Leading nature tours is the best of both worlds for Chris: getting to work in nature surrounded by birds, but more importantly, getting to share that passion with others.

Rebecca Payne has always been avidly curious about the natural world. What started out as exploring the backyard of her childhood home led to an interest in exotic animals. While completing her B.A. in Zoo and Wildlife Biology, she was surrounded by teachers and mentors who nurtured her love for all things birds and birding. For several years, Rebecca worked in zoos across the country as an aviculturist, participating in breeding programs for endangered species, bird shows, and public outreach. Through these experiences, she discovered that her true passion lies in teaching others and fostering meaningful connections between people and wildlife. Rebecca has enjoyed many fulfilling teaching roles, from New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory, to the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, to Pennsylvania State Parks. All the while, she has had her binoculars in hand, using birds and avian ecology to bring people closer to nature.




If you love nature travel, you’re in good hands with us

How We Travel

We gauge the success of a tour on how well it was enjoyed by all. Providing a rich, rewarding experience for each individual is our top priority. Our tours generally have an easy pace so that everyone gets to experience all a region has to offer.

We create a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere that encourages tour participants to help each other in the field. Just as safety and comfort are cornerstones of our tours, so are humor and the simple joy of learning. The good cheer and camaraderie on our tours often inspire post-trip get-togethers and new, life-long friendships.

Our Focus

We’re crazy about birds, but they are only part of the story.

Our tours offer a holistic experience by taking the time to appreciate all of the animals we encounter– including mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects. They all interact and play vital roles in their ecosystems. We also take time on our tours to explore the plants and geology of the regions we visit.

Fostering a deeper understanding of new cultures is one of our goals. On your tour, you’ll taste exotic cuisine and hear local music. You’ll have time to peruse the market, stroll through villages, and share stories with the people you meet.

Protecting the Wild

Ecotourism is a powerful tool for protecting the wild regions of the world. For example, parts of Uganda are now devoted to the conservation of the Mountain Gorilla. Though still endangered, ecotourism has pulled this species back from the precipice of extinction.

We aim to make a positive conservation impact wherever we travel. We often use local guides and stay in small, locally-owned lodges. On every trip, we donate to a local conservation organization that works to protect a native species or ecosystem. When you travel with Wild Latitudes you are helping to protect wild places and the amazing species that call them home.

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