Blue-headed Parrots visiting a mineral lick near Manu National Park.
In 1996, 1997 and 2001, I traveled to the Amazona province of eastern Peru. All tolled I think I have put in about a month exploring various areas of the Peruvian Amazon. I have visited Manu National Park and the surrounding areas on two occasions and Explorama Lodge near Iquitos once. I have had some fantastic wildlife sightings while in the various locations.
Some of my highpoints include such species as Giant Otters, various species of Monkeys such as Woolly Monkeys, various Spider Monkeys, Coati, Hoatzin, and many others. I have yet to see the South American Tapir or the Giant Anteater, so that means I will have to head back! I very much enjoyed my early morning treks in to the mid-Andes cloud forests to see the Cock-of-the-Rock leks. The mineral licks in Manu and the surrounding areas were amazing. Seeing thousands of Macaw and various Parrot species congregating around the exposed minerals along the river edges is a sight that I will never forget.
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Here are some more images of my experiences in the Peruvian Amazon: