Some of the attractions around the lodge in San Pedro include one "lek" or dancing ground of Andean cock of the rocks (Rupicola peruviana) endemic to the cloud forest, which are nearly crow-sized, bright red birds in the Cotinga family. Troops of acrobatic Woolly Monkeys (Lagothrix lagothricha) are also frequently sighted. An ornithological census by John Arvin, a renowned tropical ornithologist, shows a list that exceeds 700 species of birds in the way from the grasslands to the lowlands of the Upper Madre de Dios River port of Atalaya (Eastern slopes of the Andes).
Day 1 | Cusco - San Pedro (Cloud Forest)
We depart early in the morning to our Cloud forest adventure. We pass through inter Andean valleys and Andean communities. We´ll visit the interesting Pre-Inca burial towers of Ninamarka known as "chulpas", then we continue to the colonial town of Paucartambo, from there we go up to Acjanaco pass at 3500 m.a.s.l. Where a ranger station marks the southernmost point of the park, from this point we descend into the Amazon basin through the cloud forest rich in endemic species like the Cock of the rock (Rupicola peruviana), the Spectacle bear (Tremarctos ornatus), orchids, ferns, bromeliads, etc. to arrive to our lodge in the Cloud forest where we overnight.
During our journey to the Cloud forest, we will make two walks in search of bird species, the first one on the upper humid montane forest, in an area called Pillahuata where it is possible to spot birds species like Hooded Tinamou (Nothocercus nigrocapillus), Stripe-faced Wood-Quail (Odontophorus balliviani), Golden-plumed Parakeet (Leptosittaca branickii), Yungas Pigmy-Owl (Glaucidium bolivianun), Gould´s Inca (Coeligena inca), Blue-banded Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus coeruleicinctis), Crimson-mantled Woodpecker (Piculus rivolii brevirostris), Sierran Elaenia (Elaenia pallatangae), White-collared Jay (Cyanolyca viridicyana), Mountain Cacique (Cacicus chrysonotus), etc; we will do the second walk in the Cloud forest and before we arrive to our lodge. In this area the vegetation is more luxuriant and will look for birds like Chestnut-bellied Mountain-Tanager (Delothraupis castaneoventris), Tawny-rumped Tyrannulet (Phyllomyias uropygialis), Band-tailed Fruiteater (Pipreola intermedia) and the Barred Fruiteater (Pipreola arcuata) in the mixed flocks, among others.
Day 2 | San Pedro (Cloud Forest) - Amazonia Lodge (Rain Forest)
Day 3 | Amazonia Lodge (Rain Forest) - San Pedro (Cloud Forest)
Late in the afternoon we come back to the cloud forest lodge.
Day 4 | San Pedro (Cloud Forest) - Cusco