Monday, May 12, 2008

Day 607: Our trip to Manu National Park

We spent seven days traveling through Manu National Park. It was an amazing adventure that took us from 4,000m to nearly sea level, deep in the lowland tropical rainforest. We observed tons of wildlife, including almost 200 species of birds (of the 1,000), a half-dozen species of monkeys, white-lipped peccaries (kind of like a wild boar) and caimans (alligator cousins). It was a great treat to visit this beautiful part of the world.

Andean Cock-of-th-Rock displaying in a lek for potential female mates
this is a male white-chinned sapphire hummingbird

this is a white caiman submerging its body in the Manu River
these are white winged swallows
Hoatzin in flight; this bird is a vegetarian, eating leaves full-time - totally weird and awesome!

Our group de-boating and preparing to enter the dense tropical forest to look for monkeys.
a typical tropical tree