The Manu National Park is one of the best places in the world for birdwatching. The variety of ecosystems of this protected area makes it one of the places with the greatest diversity of species in the world, having 1025 species registered to this day, a number that represents 10% of all types of birds on earth. These figures and the various routes by land and by river through all life zones convert the Manu in the best place for a birdwatcher.
The world record for the greatest diversity of bird species found in one day in one place holds the Manu River with a figure of 331 species. To reach this river you must follow the route to Manu till the port of Atalaya and then follow the Alto Madre de Dios River for at least 5 hours until you finally enter the mentioned tributary. From the smallest hummingbirds to large birds such as the condor of the jungle and the harpy eagle, in the Manu it is possible to find birds of all types, size, shape and colors.
Ideal places for bird watching are clay licks at the riverbanks, where many species of macaws and smaller parrots eat clay during sunrise. The birds eat clay because the minerals they consume through the clay counteract the toxins of certain leaves and fruits that are part of their alimentation.
The descent to the Manu Cloud Forest is also an ideal place to see the cock of the rock, the national bird of Peru. The dance performed by the males to court the female is a special ritual that any bird lover should not miss.
In all the diverse ecosystems of Manu, there are perfect places for the traveler to stay. There is the Biological Station Wayquecha in the upper part of the jungle, and lower down, almost at the end of the higher part of the jungle, is the Villa Carmen. Further down in the lower part of the jungle, is the Pankotsi Shelter in the native community of Shipetiari and finally, within the National Park, the House of Matsiguenka of the Matsiguenka ethnicity.
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