Set off for the Manu cloud forest passing over two Andean ranges of almost 13,000 feet through high grassland puna. On the way pass stone chullpas, or burial chambers, of the Pre-Inca Lupaca people, and hope to catch sight of some of the bird species of the high Andes, including the Giant Hummingbird and Mountain Caracara.
Enjoy a picnic lunch at the Ajanaco pass affording a spectacular view on a clear day over the vast expanse of lowland Amazon rain forest. The road plunges down the eastern slope of the Andes, past remnant patches of elfin forest, through swirling mist and cloud, to emerge in a forest of stunted evergreens, festooned with mosses, lichens, bromeliads and other epiphytes. You’ll make frequent stops to look for wildlife, perhaps spotting a brilliantly feathered quetzal or trogon. In the late afternoon, arrive at the Cock of the Rock lodge, nestled within the cloud forest next to a rushing mountain stream. You’ll have the opportunity to visit the lek to hopefully view Peru’s national bird, the Andean Cock-of- the-Rock, displaying in all of its glory. Overnight at Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge.