Just 3.5 hours northeast of Cusco—via a spectacular drive through the snow-capped Andes—Wayqecha Cloud Forest Biological Station and Birding Lodge is one of the world’s best sites to explore the lush cloud forest ecosystem bordering Manu National Park.
Situated where the eastern slopes of the Andes meet the Amazon lowlands, the cloud forest absorbs moisture from passing clouds and is often blanketed in mist and fog. The constant supply of moisture allows a remarkable diversity of plants to grow here, which in turn supports thriving populations of birds, amphibians, and mammals.
The 1,400-acre property serves as a protective buffer for Manu National Park, located immediately across the road. At Wayqecha, explore over nine miles of trails and see where the Andean grasslands transition into lush cloud forests and montane forests below. Winding through elfin forest, you can experience close encounters with tanager flocks, maybe sighting a Grass Green or Golden-collared. Listen for the endemic but fairly common Red-and-white Antpitta, or a Marcapata Spinetail. Maybe catch sight of the recently observed Orange-breasted Falcon, or look for high-elevation species like
Grey-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Red-and-white Antpitta, Puna Thistletail, Marcapata Spinetail, Rufous-capped Thornbill, and others.
Though the station itself is situated in gorgeous elfin forest, the property it encompasses is incredibly diverse, spanning from 6,500 feet to 9,875 feet, “making for an incredible place to live, work, and bird,” says Jacob Drucker, a freelance ornithologist who was stationed at Wayqecha for four months in 2013.
At Wayqecha, six freshly renovated cabins offer the perfect view to watch the clouds roll across the Andes. Each cabin features comfortable beds (your choice of single or double), a table and chair, a luggage and clothes rack, and its own private bathroom with hot showers. A brand new dining room, lounge and bar welcome you for meals and provide comfortable seating for reviewing your lists at the end of the day.
Max occupancy is 18 (3 per cabin), minimum stay 1 night. Children must be accompanied by their parent(s) but are welcome throughout Wayqecha at reduced cost.
Wayqecha is the lodge of choice for many professional bird guides starting their Manu Road birding expedition. Please consider Wayqecha for your next birding trip!
The best time to visit our three lodges is May through November. Cabins start at $115 USD. We can arrange for a private vehicle with an experienced driver to drive you from Cusco to Wayqecha. For more information:
Wayqecha Cloud Forest Birding Lodge website.
Wayqecha eBird Hotspot
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