4 days and 3 nights
Difficulty: 2 of 5
Peru is one of the worlds mega diverse countries and exciting destinations for the visitors interested in wildlife archeology and living heritage , this land its also supporting large number of species of birds and wide range of different habitats, this diverse makes it a country of contrast for the visitors , whom can experience the different types of habitats, high mountain to inter valleys just to mention some of the main habitats that this trips reveals, the cloud forest around Machupicchu and Abra Malaga holds an incredible number of endemic and keys species, This trip is combine with an equally cultural diverse heritage with an multitude of archeological sites and a varied a modern day cousine and customs in the Cusco region
WHERE : Cusco Region
ELEVATION RANGE : : from 14,107 ft to 6,889 ft
IDEAL FOR VIEWING: Andean Cock of Rock, Andean Condor, Antpittas, Polilepys Specialist, Tanagers Flock, Bamboo Bird Specialist.
EXCELLENT FOR : Birdwatching, Bird Photography & Inca Ruins sighting
DAY 1: Cusco – Huacarpay Lagoon
Pick up from your hotel in Cusco We will visit the lake early morning located some twenty-five kilometers south of Cusco, are situated above 10,500 feet. One of the lakes resembles an extensive saltpan interrupted here and there by beds of reeds, the other a shallow crater. Both are lined with marsh vegetation, seem to be rich in nutrients, and attract birds for miles around. The lakes are surrounded by xeric ravines (quebradas in Peruvian Spanish) and rocky hills covered with shrubs, various cacti, tree tobacco, and small trees. The area deserves at least several hours of attentive birding and always seems to be a popular place from which to start our tour, since the viewing conditions are easy. You'll want your scopes for this area, though your guide will have a scope along, too. The marshy shores and waters of the lakes support Andean waterbirds and waders, including White-tufted Grebe, Puna Ibis, Puna Teal, Yellow-billed Pintail, Ruddy Duck,Plumbeous Rail, and Andean Lapwing. In addition, there are usually a few boreal shorebird non-breeders or migrants (quite a few later in the season). The extensive rush beds shelter Cinereous Harriers, Yellow-winged Blackbirds, Wren-like Rushbirds, and the beautiful Many-colored Rush- Tyrant, and the scrubby slopes are home to a number of land birds, including Bare-faced Ground-Dove, Giant Hummingbird (at nine inches, the largest-bodied of the hummers). Streak-fronted Thornbird, large flocks of Greenish Yellow-Finches (usually). Ash-breasted Sierra-Finches, Band-tailed Seedeaters, and the endemic Rusty-fronted Canastero. Another Peruvian endemic, the spectacular Bearded Mountaineer, feeds at the tubular yellow flowers of the wild Tree Tobacco that grows in the outwash plains near the lakes. Hanging above the slopes on occasion are Black chested Buzzard-Eagles, and down them hurtle Aplomado Falcons in pursuit of some unsuspecting dove. Afternoon drive with bird stops on the way to Ollamtaytambo.
DAY 2: Abra Malaga (Wet Side)
We leave Ollamtaytambo early in the morning in the way to Malaga Pass driving uphill which is high Andean, with beautiful puna grasses, rugged landscapes, jagged peaks (with snow-capped Veronica quietly dominating the cordillera in these parts), and high temperate forest from treeline down to about 9000 feet. Much of the area below 9000 feet on the east slope has been badly disturbed, so our birding will be along the "Wet-side" endemics include: Marcapata Spinetail, Puna Thistletail, Unstreaked Tit-Tyrant, Inca Wren, Parodi's Hemispingus, and Cusco Brush-Finch. Also possible are Saphire-vented Puffleg, Line-fronted Canastero, and Diademed Tapaculo. we will also bird along lush mixture of bamboo, some Polylepis, and moss-festooned trees of the wet slope (on the north side of the pass) is still extremely rich with birds, as is the scrubby canyon of the dry slope (on the south side of the pass). This, of course, is not always apparent since often one can walk along the road, even under highly favorable weather conditions, and see very little. The main reason for this is that birds in this cloud forest travel in mixed-species flocks, so the situation is often feast or famine for the birder. Yet few phenomena in the tropics hold the excitement off easting one's eyes on these flocks when they do materialize out of the neblina or out of a shady enclave untouched as yet by the sun. In the afternoon we will return to Ollamtaytambo town
DAY 3: Abra Malaga (Dry side) - Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu
We get up early in the morning to find our share during our second morning at Abra Malaga we'll head to the "dry side," watching for Andean Ibis, Gray-breasted Seedsnipe, White-tufted Sunbeam, Creamy-crested Spinetail, Stripe-headed Antpitta,and the handsome Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch.There will be an opportunity for the hardy to climb into an area of extensive Polylepis where we'll have a chance for Andean Hillstar, White-browed and Tawny tit-spinetails, Junin Canastero, Puna Tapaculo, Ash-breasted Tit-Tyrant, and Giant Conebill. And at any time on the "dry side," a huge Andean Condor could circle right overhead, returning to Ollamtaytambo we will stop briefly at "Las Penas" for more species, after having all this espectacular birding experience. Train to Machu Picchu
DAY 4: Machupicchu - Cusco
All morning birding the railway track along the Urubamba River. In the remnant cloud forest we will be looking specifically for Sclater's , torrent ducks , white capped dipper. Silver-backed Tanager, Pale-eyed Thrush, Masked Fruiteater (endemic). Black-streaked Puffbird, Oleaginous Hemispingus and Capped Conebill. Mixed flocks contain many species of Tanager and the endemic Green and White Hummingbird is common here, by noon we will visit to the Machupicchu ruins exploring this fascinating for 2 hours then we will descent to the Aguas Calientes and return trip to Cusco via overland transport, overnight at Cusco
Day 1: Cusco - Huacarpay Lagoon
Day 2: Abra Malaga (Wet Side)
Day 3: Abra Malaga (Dry side) - Machupicchu
Day 4 : Machupicchu - Cusco
Specialized Birding Guide with telescope
Private Overland Transport
Admissions to the birding spots
Mineral water + Snacks
Night Hotels (you can also ask for our tour rates including lodging )
Here is a list of items that are helpful for your Birding journey
Personal hygiene products
Camera, film, and extra batteries
Flashlight and extra batteries
Battery operated alarm clock
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