Trip report: Peru, Manu and Machu Picchu (Sept 2005) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Nick Athanas and Jose Illanes.

This is the third time I’ve guided this trip, and each time brings a new set of experiences. Not all were good! We had disappointments with cancelled flights, blocked roads, and some bad weather costing us our visit to the  polylepis forest, but these were tempered by some of the most amazing sightings I’ve had on any of my tours, and somehow, surprisingly, a bigger list than any of the past trips I’ve done here. We were lucky to have José Illánes along with us to learn the route – his sharp Amazonian eyes helped us spot countless great birds and his charm made the trip much more fun. In this report I will try something a little different. Rather than give a day-by-day account of where we went and the birds we saw, I’m going to describe a few special events that stand out in my mind as really defining this tour. I think it will be more interesting for you to read and it is far more interesting for me to write.

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