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Hoatzin at Muyuna Lodge

The Peruvian Amazon supports over 2,000 species of birds, excluding the 250 or so aquatic species.  This amount is almost a quarter of the world’s total (500 species in Europe, and 700 in North America).  Although this is a great number, it increases seasonally with migrants birds from Patagonia or North America.  This is why in Muyuna we thought it was necessary to give the importance it deserves, with a special program through which you can watch birds and learn their customs, told by expert guides in the area. Birds lovers will not find another paradise in the whole world like this one.

Even a non-ornithologist wants to see toucans, macaws and parrots, and this can be a reality around Muyuna Lodge.  But, if you are a truly birdwatcher, we are sure you want to see other species.  Our guides will help you to identify the different species of birds by their coloring and behaviors.  As part of our service, Muyuna offers morning, day and night excursions to observe birds.  This will allow you to watch many rare species of the Peruvian Amazon.

If you want to learn something of the varieties and their behaviors, here is a little theory:

Near Muyuna, you can see the hyacinth macaw (Ara hyacinthus), that uses its powerful curved bill to break hard nuts and seeds.  It is the finest and rarest specie of the parrot family.  Macaws are widely distributed and, fortunately, still quite common.  Our guides will help you to identify the different species by their coloring.

The main food of the toucans is fruits.  Their long bill is ideal to reach figs and berries at the ends of thin branches.  They prey on small animals and even eggs and nestling of other birds. 

The white-throated toucan’s frog-like croak is one of the ways to avoid confusion with the nearly identical yellow-ridged toucan, which has a polysyllabic yelp.  The guides are able to point out the difference.

Hummingbirds may move it wings up to eighty beats per second.  With so much energy, they need to eat every two hours. They can be seen near the heliconia flower, we in Muyuna Lodge.  

Harpy eagle (Harpia harpyja) is the world’s most powerful bird of prey.  They are the major predators of monkeys and sloth.  Other raptors are eagles, hawks, kites, falcons, and owls.  It is very common to see the black collared hawk.

The Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin) is known as the "prehistoric bird." Similar to archoeopterix, a bird extinct but very interesting. It is believed that the animal was in transition between dinosaurs and birds. The hoatzin, like the archoeopterix, has three claws on the middle joints of the wings.

The loud calls of the oropendolas make them hard not to notice, also because they have chosen one tree of the Muyuna Lodge to put their nests.

During the nocturnal excursions, it is easy to see several owls (strigidae, otus choliba), nighthawks (caprimulgidae), the potoos (nyctibius spp), nightjars that have loud calls, pauraque (nyctidromus albicollis), sand-coloured nigththawk (chordeiles rupestris).  These birds roost on riversides at night, and are easily picked out by their eye-shine reflected in torchlight.

There are many other species missing. However, without a doubt, the most important is the Wattled Curassow.  We explain why it is an emblematic bird and necessary to add to your list.

Muyuna offers morning, day, and night birdwatching excursions.  This will allow you to watch the most exotic species of the Peruvian Amazon fauna.  In the company of our naturalist guides bird specialists, you will visit different habitats (varzea and terra firme rainforests, and islands), so the birding tour of Muyuna Lodge is the most complete in the entire Amazon River.

1st Day (lunch/dinner):

Transfer from the airport or hotel to the port to go to the lodge.  In the harbor, our speed boats will be waiting for you, ready to travel for three hours upriver on the Amazon.  Arriving at the lodge, Muyuna staff will welcome you.  After setting in your bungalow, you will have lunch.  To get used to the place, you will make a short walk in the surroundings, to identify the flora that the birds are looking for (for example, marauding the heliconia flower, it is easy to see the hummingbirds).

2nd Day (breakfast/lunch/dinner):

Very early in the morning you will make an expedition into remote rainforest to see the Piurí (wattled curassow/Crax globulosa) which is a critically endangered bird restricted to western Amazonia and which can only be seen in Peru at Muyuna Lodge.

In the afternoon, while you enjoy the greenest sunset of your life, take a boat ride along the Yanayacu River, looking for more different species of birds of the flat forest, such as parrots, macaws, jacanas, kingfishers, herons, seedeaters, flycatchers, antbirds, tinamus, doves, pigeons, screamers, muscovy ducks, cormorants, etc. 

After dinner, the Amazon Rainforest will surprise you again showing you that it changes by night.  You will have a nocturnal excursion to look for nocturnal birds, while you listen to the deafening sound of silence.  Pootos, pauraques, night herons, bats, owls, nocturnal hawks will accompany you.

3rd Day (breakfast/lunch/dinner):

After breakfast, if your physical state is slightly strong and if water level permits, you can make a long walk.  We will walk behind Muyuna.  The walk may last six hours. In this path, the guide will explore the jungle with you pointing more birds and other kind of wild life, such as chachalacas, hummingbirds, cuckoos, nunbirds, woodpeckers, fruitcrows, tinamus, doves, pigeons.  Here you are not only going to see birds, but also insects, tamarin, and squirrel monkeys, pygmy marmoset, colorful butterflies, and if you are lucky, you may see an anaconda crossing the path.

In the afternoon, we are taking you using canoes to the Lake Corrientillo, looking for different species of birds, such as the white throated toucan, yellow ridged toucan, ara caries (small toucans), egrets, herons, kingfishers, oropendolas, hoarned screamers, caciques, comorans, anhingas, vultures, antbirds, black collared hawks, antshrikes, antpitas, tapaculos, barbets, woodpeckers, togons, hummingbirds, etc.  The guide will tell you about their behaviors and life. 

At night, you do a night walk to see nocturnal birds.

4th Day (breakfast/lunch):

Very early in the morning you will visit the islands of the Amazon to see endemic birds like Parker´s Spinetail, White-bellied Spinetail, Leaden Antwren, Riverside Tyrant that lives in the islands. Also the Festive Parrot that lives in the varzea and along the rivers, Olive-spotted hummingbird that is one specialized to live in the islands of the Amazon, Little Woodpecker, Red and white spinetail, Black-tailed Antbird that is a rare species and not well known, Black and white Antbird.

Later, you will be taken by motorboats to the other side of the Amazon River, just to see how the difference of land can have different species of birds.  The typical birds that can be seen in the high jungle are the cushuris (a type of duck), swallow fish, etc.  As we are in the Amazon River, you will have this magical moment to see the pink Amazon River dolphins playing around your boat.  In the way back to the lodge, you will see the biggest aquatic plant in the whole world, the Victoria Regia.  After lunch, your grateful bird watching trip will come to an end.  You will sail about two hours back to Iquitos and then to the Airport or Hotel.

Nº Pax


2 – 10*

11 – more*

Price 2019




The prices are per passenger and are established in NUEVOS SOLES.

(*) double or more occupancy 

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