Manu Road ecosystem, Peru, landscapes and wildlife

Laguna de Huarcapay
Laguna de Huarcapay

a short drive east from Cusco

Rio Quencomayo valley
Rio Quencomayo valley

linking Cusco with Paucartambo

near Wayqecha
near Wayqecha

around 3,000 metres

Puente Union
Puente Union

up the road from Cock of the Rock Lodge

Brown Capucin family
Brown Capucin family

daily visitors to the bird garden at Cock of the Rock Lodge - but they always look glum and nervous, and scratch perpetually

stream at Quitacalzon bridge
stream at Quitacalzon bridge
Lake at Villa Carmen
Lake at Villa Carmen
Hoatzin
Hoatzin

at Villa Carmen

Trucha 2, Villa Carmen
Trucha 2, Villa Carmen
Shield bug (?)
Shield bug (?)

at Villa Carmen

Rio Kosnipata
Rio Kosnipata
Atalaya Mirador
Atalaya Mirador

view looking north

Pillcopata
Pillcopata

approaching across the box girder bridge

Floral bract
Floral bract

Chontachaca

Fresh water crab
Fresh water crab

Chontachaca

Chontachaca forest track
Chontachaca forest track
Fruit bunch
Fruit bunch

Chontachaca

Pillcopata store
Pillcopata store
near Rocatal
near Rocatal
Damselfly
Damselfly

Rocatal

Around Rocatal
Around Rocatal
Rio Kosnipata
Rio Kosnipata

view downstream from my room at Paradise Manu Lodge

View east
View east

towards Amazonia from the Virgin Mary shrine

View down Rio Union
View down Rio Union

from near Rocatal

Quetzal species
Quetzal species

female, in the Rocatal area

stream at Pacchayoq
stream at Pacchayoq
Approaching Wayqecha
Approaching Wayqecha
The huge landslip
The huge landslip

on the higher reaches of the Manu Road. We cross this with hearts in mouths!

Manu Road valley
Manu Road valley
Looking back...
Looking back...

...from the watershed. Back again some day...

Pisac
Pisac

nestling in the Urubamba valley

Cusco
Cusco

massive urban sprawl filling the valley

Sacsayhuaman
Sacsayhuaman

Inca site above Cusco - classic Inca foundations