a field guide to the planet - by Damon Ramsey
These are justifiably famous bird lodges in the Peruvian rainforest.
I stayed at the former, and visited the latter, in late 2017.
These two lodges are located on the Manu road, which goes from Cusco in the high Andes to the lowland jungle of the Amazon River. As you can imagine, this road has amazing views and incredible diversity of habitats and wildlife.
Of course there are loads of insects, including many stunning butterflies....
I could not stay at the Cock-of the-Rock Lodge, as it was booked out. This lodge is very popular, and for that reason, I guess it does not have/need a website. I think they also tend to focus on group tours.
But I did visit the grounds in the day, and they were great. There is a feeding table with fruit that atttacts birds and mammals.
There are monkeys visiting the restaurant..
There are trails around the lodge.
This lodge is quite small, and has no walks on the property. It has good access on the main road, and views right over the river. While it doesn't have the facilities of Cock of the Rock (just up the road), it is a good enough base. As with most tropical American lodges, there is a bird feeder, which attracts hummingbirds.
The views from the restaurant over the river also allow good birding.
During my stay, there was also butterfly watching group, and they put up a white sheet at night to attract insects. This resulted in a huge range of moths that reflected the local diversity.
Like the other lodges on the Manu road, some of the best birding and wildlife viewing is along the road.
On the valley side, you are often at eye level with the canopy, which means you can great views of birds and arboreal mammals such as squirrels and monkeys...
Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? The first expedition I am booked to work on after the virus is Micronesia, New Guinea & Indonesia in 2021 with Silversea. Meanwhile I am giving a lecture on the Sunshine Coast (Australia) on the "Sounds of suburban south-east Queensland"