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Exploring Machupicchu Ruins & Birds | Best Birding Schedule for Cusco

Low Season
Price
750$ per person
Duration
4 Days
Destination
Machupicchu
Travellers
2

MAGICAL Experience Machupicchu&Birds

We are pleased to introduce to our birders this innovative birding packages into one of the highlights for birding in Peru this tours combine the magical feelings of the in heritage of the Inca Cultural and its immerse in the magical landscapes of the Andes.
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What's included

Destination
Machupicchu Discover Machupicchu
Departure Location
Cusco City - Transfer from Hotels , Airport , Bus Station
Return Location
Cusco City - Transfer from Hotels , Airport , Bus Station
Price includes
  • Accommodation on double bed room
  • Activities Listed in the Program
  • Birdlist of the Location
  • Box lunch
  • Entrance Ticket to Machupicchu Ruins
  • Free Storage Room in Cusco
  • Hotel at Aguas Calientes (3rd Night)
  • Round Bus Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu
  • Snacks (fresh fruits, cookies, chocolate)
  • Transfer to the Train Station (Ollantaytambo)
  • Unlimited Purified Water
  • Vistadome Train (round ticket)
Price does not include
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Nights on Single Supplement

Birding around Cusco and Machu Picchu

Explore the Birds and Ruins at Cusco and Machu Picchu and get a unique Experience through high mountain valleys carved from powerful rushing rivers, a trip into high Andean grasslands and, most of all, a trip through history.

All accounts,  a region of colorful markets and of remarkable people dressed in distinctive but regionally varied clothing. Women carry babies, wrapped in bright blankets, on their backs.

Our route took us through cold valleys where dawn comes slowly to restless hummingbirds fleeing retreating shadows in an endless pursuit of flowers. An ideal combination of birds, scenery, and history is incomparable on this trip.

Machu Picchu  Ruins

The ruins of Machu Picchu are indeed one of the world’s great travel destinations, but they are, in themselves, just a brief chapter in a long and fascinating history of human occupation of the Urubamba river valley. As always, remain impressionable, mysterious, and evocative—the more so perhaps because so little is known of their origins, and because of the breathtaking location.

Other Location while birding at Cusco and Machu Picchu

Visiting Cusco & Machupicchu in a birding tour, we also includes  the other locations

Abra Malaga

This is the last studied for ornithology by the world-famous Ted parker, the wet side of the Abra MALAGA passes its incredible diverse area.  That contains a large number of different habitats and consequently a large number of species of birds.

The west side of the Pass is traversed by the road and allowing access to the interesting bamboo chusquea forest. Here the road provides easy access to high mountain forests with its often enveloped in clouds and its laden with epiphytic plants in most of the slopes dense stands of bamboo dominated the vegetation surface.

Huacarpay Lake.

One of the best-located sites  for birding near Cusco city, its an ideal spot for hours or the entire day, the drive only takes around 40 minutes from City center, the wetland its situated at an altitude of 9908 Feet, this High-Andean wetland comprises four permanent and one temporary lagoon, two swamps and two rivers, and is part of the Pikillaqta Archeological Park. This wetland provides considerable food and refuge to various threatened species such as Peregrine and Aplomado Falcon and the 2 endemics; Bearded Mountaineer, Rusty fronted Canastero.

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
Day 1

Cusco - Huacarpay Lagoon - Ollantaytambo

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 water birds 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 along the Sacred Valley and birding along the route from Pisac, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo.  

Day 2

Ollantaytambo - Abra Malaga (Wet Slopes)

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, the flocks will be all interesting with High Mountain Tanagers, Dacnis, Flower-Piercers, Conebills and Flycatchers.

The Undertory of the Bamboo forest its quite interesting for the Endemic Red and White Antpitta , Undulated and Rufous Antpittas and of course Trilling and Diademed Tapaculos.

We will be also looking for canopy forest birds like; Red Crested Cotinga, Golden Plumed Parakeet, Band Tailed Pigeon, Golden Headed Quetzals and Gray Breasted Mountain-Toucan.

While driving back on the pass we will look for some birds at the high elevation such as: Paramo Pipit, Junin and Line Fronted Canastero and some aquatic birds at the marsh, Andean Goose, Yellow Billed Teal¸ Andean Lapwing and unexpected shore birds.

After this exciting walk we drive back to the Peñas Archeological site to look for some other interesting birds such as; Great Sabrewing, Sword Billed Hummingbird, Rufous Breasted Mountain Finch , Creamy Crested Spinetail and Streak Throsted Bush-Tyrants , return to Ollantaytambo to Overnight.

Day 3

Abra Malaga (Dry Side)

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.

We will also bird along lush mixture of  Polylepis forest while descending by drastic transect from the pass to look for the Streak Headed Antpitta, Royal Cinclodes, White Browed and Tawny Tit-spinetail, Ash Breasted Tit-tyrant, Giant Conebill, Red Rumped Bush-Tyrant, D’orbigny’s Chat-Tyrants and the Andean Hillstar.

The 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.  And at any time on the "dry side," a huge Andean Condor could circle right overhead, returning to Ollamtaytambo  on time to catch our train to Aguas Calientes 

Day 4

Birding along the Railway - Machupicchu Ruins - Cusco

All morning birding the railway track along the Urubamba River looking for Torrent Ducks , White Capped Dipper and Fasciated Tiger Heron 

In the remnant cloud forest we will be looking specifically for Sclater's  and Ashy Headed Tyrannulets,   Slaty Tanager, Pale-eyed Thrush, Masked Fruiteater (endemic). Black-streaked Puffbird, Oleaginous  and Parodi's  Hemispingus and Capped Conebill, Barred Becard, Andean Cock of the Rock , Andean Motmot, Golden Headed Quetzal, Ocellated Piculet, Blue banded Toucanet and the Golden Olive Woodpecker.

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

More about Machupicchu

More about this tour

Welcome to the wonderful world of Cusco and Machupicchu which is one of the most spectacular archaeological sites in the world and also a great locations for watching birds in the south of Peru.

Unique Experience  through high mountain valleys carved from powerful rushing rivers, a trip into high Andean grasslands and, most of all, a trip through history. It is, by all accounts, a region of colorful markets and of remarkable people dressed in distinctive but regionally varied clothing. Women carry babies, wrapped in bright blankets, on their backs. Men with broad sandal-clad feet, bent under heavy loads, move with a quick shuffling gait, all amidst majestic ruins, ancient terraces, rimmed valleys, and beside puna lakes shimmering beneath blue skies. Our route took us through cold valleys where dawn comes slowly to restless hummingbirds fleeing retreating shadows in endless pursuit of flowers.

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Packing List 

Equipment /Clothing Comments
Wellington Boots

Provided at the lodge

Experience has taught us that Wellies are by far the most appropriate footwear for  your  time  in  the  Jungle.  You'll hopefully have noticed  we  asked  for  your  shoes  size  on the application form;  this is so we can  buy you  some new ones in  Cusco ready for your departure so you  don't have to  lug  them  with  you.  However, please be  aware  that  is difficult to  get Wellington  boots over  European  size  43  so if that's you  please ensure you  bring some with you.
Flip flops Useful  for  use  in  the  bathrooms  and  for  walking  around the lodges.
T-shirts, cottonshirts and  a light sweatshirt You   should   bring   a   mix   of  short  and   long   sleeved   to protect your arms from  mosquito bites
Underwear Cotton is recommended rather than nylon.
Socks These should  be  long  and  made from  breathable wool  to ensure optimum comfort inside your boots.
Sunblock Cream Sun Glasss

Insect Repellent 

Fleece/Sweatshirt

at Least 40 % DEET
Trousers  & shorts It’s important to be wearing long bottoms for protection from bugs and sun. We recommend full cut khaki bottoms or khaki type pants that can be zipped into shorts.  Lighter
Waterproofraincoat/poncho Even in the dry season the rain can be heavy so it's good to come prepared!
Flashlights For night activities such as night walks , Caiman Search and for using when the  power from the lodges runs off.
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Exploring Machupicchu Ruins & Birds

Price
750$ per person
Duration
4 Days
Destination
Machupicchu
Travellers
2

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