Lidia&Allen So. America 2019 travel blog

Area of our Audubon Journey from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado

Ecological Reserve in the Peruvian Cloud Forest

Our Cabins at Cock of the Rock

Mountain Stream

Silver Beaked Tanager

Agoti

Fasciated Tiger Heron

That's a Common Potoo masquerading as a tree trunk !

Pineapple Plant

Blue & Yellow Macaw

Moth with a Great Paint Job

Chestnut Fronted Macaw

Red Capped Cardinal

Lidia & Allen at Villa Carmen Reserve

Rufescent Tiger Heron

Something Is Out There

Success, Now Back for Dinner


The gravel roads we travel twist & turn and drop down through the Andean Cloud Forest as we progress from The Cock of the Rock, at 1400 meters above sea level, to the Villa Carmen Reserve at 550 masl; and the temperature & humidity rise as we descend. The trees are gaining height and the undergrowth becoming more dense. Unfortunately the number, and hunger, of the insect population has risen along with the temp.

Our birding days continue to add new species; ~80 in the past couple days. Binoculars are ever present throughout the day as you never know when a new bird may fly by, and hopefully stop for a clear view. After lunch we usually take a couple hours to relax and avoid the height of the days heat; and even most of the birds are smart enough to stick to the shade (hidden) during the middle of the day.

Sleeping accommodations and the food quality have been surprisingly good; especially considering the remoteness of the locations. And the staff at the Reserves are very pleasant & helpful.

Next we will descend to the Madre de Dios River, and travel by boat downstream eventually to Puerto Maldonado.

Ciao for now.

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