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Endemic Peru

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Nature Trip Endemic Peru   “…Everything was fine and I had a wonderful day. The food was all I needed. I had the chance to have two guides”

Brisson Jacques

“We LOVED our tour with David and Ceero! David was very knowledgeable of the birds in all locations and we felt quite comfortable with our driver, Ceero. The breakfast, snacks, and lunch provided were delicious and the locations we went to were awesome. We had a chance to learn about other wildlife (wild guinea pigs!) and interact with local Peruvians on our tour through the mountains. This trip was not just a great bird tour, but a chance to see a different way of life and experience the Andes”  

Amanda Shafer

  "David, our guide, was excellent, and his expertise shows as we saw 54 bird species!!  Breakfast and lunch were tasty and kept us very happy throughout the day!  I would not hesitate to recommend Endemic Peru to my friends when traveling to Peru!  Thank you so much for everything!  I cannot tell you how happy we were!  :)"  

Kevin, Bob and Ashley

Birding in Cuzco One full day

Cusco/Cuzco Full Day Birding Tour – San Salvador and Huacarpay Lake


Located just over an hour’s drive from Cusco, the small village of San Salvador is home to Rumichaca and Mamacocha Lakes. These high-elevation lakes (3900 – 4200 m) are home to many unique species that cannot be found further down. There are very good chances of seeing Andean Geese, Silver Grebe, and Giant Coot in these lakes.




Huacarpay Lake is as a haven for birdwatchers with over 165 recorded species. This wetland attracts a wide variety of bird species, including both migratory and resident species.



During this full day tour, it is not uncommon to see over 70 species.


Bird Highlights:


San Salvador: Chestnut-breasted Mountain Finch (e), Creamy-crested Spinetail (e), Andean Geese, Silver Grebe, Giant Coot, Andean Hillstar, Andean Flicker, Rufous-webbed Bush-Tyrant, Crested Duck, White-tufted Sunbeam.



Huacarpay Lake: Rusty-fronted Canastero (e), Bearded Mountaineer (e), Puna Teal, White-tufted Grebe, Andean Duck, Many-colored Rush-Tyrant, Streak-fronted Thornbird, Black-tailed Trainbearer.




Our journey begins with a 5 am pick-up from your hotel. Enjoy the scenic drive up to San Salvador, while the sun rises over the mountains. We spend the morning birding around Rumichaca and Mamacocha Lakes, racking up the high-elevation specialists. We enjoy a picnic breakfast and lunch while birding in this unique location.


As we begin to drive down the mountain, we stop frequently to see species that are only found at these elevations, like the Creamy-crested Spinetail (a Peruvian endemic). We continue our birding at Huacarpay Lake, where we will find a whole host of new species, before heading back to your hotel in Cusco around 4:30 pm.



  • Private car and driver
  • Expert bird guide
  • Scope
  • Bottled mineral water and soft drinks
  • Breakfast and hot drinks
  • Box lunch


Not Included:

  • Binoculars (we have some available for rent)
  • Tips
  • International PayPal fees (5 % of total amount)


Birding in Cuzco - Peru



Andean Tinamou Nothoprocta pentlandii Tinamou
White-tufted Grebe Rollandia rolland
Silvery Grebe Podiceps occipitalis
Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus Cormorant
Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
Crested Duck Lophonetta specularioides
Andean Goose Chloephaga melanoptera Gueese
Giant Coot Fulica gigantea Coots
Speckled Teal Anas flavirostris
Puna Teal Anas puna
Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera
Yellow-billed Pintail Anas georgica Pintail
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Great Egret Ardea alba
Snowy Egret Egretta thula
Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Cinereous Harrier Circus cinereus Harrier
Mountain Caracara Phalcoboenus megalopterus Caracara
Black-faced Ibis Theristicus melanopis
Puna Ibis Plegadis ridgwayi
Puna Hawk Buteo poecilochrous Hawks
Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
American Kestrel Falco sparverius Kestrel
Plumbeous Rail Pardirallus sanguinolentus Rails
Chilean Flamingo Phoenicopterus chilensis Flamingos
Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle Geranoaetus melanoleucus Eagles
Common Gallinule Gallinula chloropus Gallinule
Giant Coot Fulica gigantea Rallidae
Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus Recurvirostridae
Andean Lapwing Vanellus resplendens Charadriidae
Puna Snipe Gallinago andina Scolopacidae
Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca Scolopacidae
Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes Scolopacidae
Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria Scolopacidae
Wilson’s Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor Scolopacidae
Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata Columbidae
Black-winged Ground-Dove Metriopelia melanoptera Columbidae
Bare-faced Ground-Dove Metriopelia ceciliae Columbidae
Mitred Parakeet Aratinga mitrata Psittacidae
Andean Parakeet Bolborhynchus orbygnesius Psittacidae
White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris Apodidae
Andean Swift Aeronautes andecolus Apodidae
Sparkling Violet-ear Colibri coruscans Trochilidae
Shining Sunbeam Aglaeactis cupripennis Trochilidae
White-bellied Hummingbird Amazilia chionogaster Trochilidae
Giant Hummingbird Patagona gigas Trochilidae
Black-tailed Trainbearer Lesbia victoriae Trochilidae
Green-tailed Trainbearer Lesbia nuna Trochilidae
Bearded Mountaineer Oreonympha nobilis Trochilidae
Andean Flicker Colaptes rupicola Picidae
Bar-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes fuscus Furnariidae
Rusty-fronted Canastero Asthenes ottonis Furnariidae
Wren-like Rushbird Phleocryptes melanops Furnariidae
Streak-fronted Thornbird Phacellodomus striaticeps Furnariidae
White-crested Elaenia Elaenia albiceps Tyrannidae
Yellow-billed Tit-Tyrant Anairetes flavirostris Tyrannidae
Many-colored Rush-Tyrant Tachuris rubrigastra Tyrannidae
Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca rufipectoralis Tyrannidae
White-browed Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca leucophrys Tyrannidae
Spot-billed Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola maculirostris Tyrannidae
Rufous-naped Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola rufivertex Tyrannidae
Puna Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola juninensis Tyrannidae
White-fronted Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola albifrons Tyrannidae
Cinereous Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola cinereus Tyrannidae
Andean Negrito Lessonia oreas Tyrannidae
Chiguanco Thrush Turdus chiguanco Turdidae
House Wren Troglodytes aedon Troglodytidae
Brown-bellied Swallow Notiochelidon murina Hirundinidae
Hooded Siskin Carduelis magellanica Fringillidae
Cinereous Conebill Conirostrum cinereum Thraupidae
Blue-and-yellow Tanager Thraupis bonariensis Thraupidae
Peruvian Sierra-Finch Phyrgilus punensis Emberizidae
Mourning Sierra-Finch Phrygilus fruticeti Emberizidae
Ash-breasted Sierra-Finch Phrygilus plebejus Emberizidae
Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis Emberizidae
Puna Yellow-Finch Sicalis lutea Emberizidae
Greenish Yellow-Finch Sicalis olivascens Emberizidae
Paramo Seedeater Catamenia homochroa Emberizidae
Band-tailed Seedeater Catamenia analis Emberizidae
Black-throated Flower-piercer Diglossa brunneiventris Thraupidae
Golden-billed Saltator Saltator aurantiirostris Cardinalidae
Yellow-winged Blackbird Agelasticus thilius Icteridae
Striated Heron Butorides striata Ardeidae
White-capped Dipper Cinclus leucocephalus Cinclidae
Black-faced Ibis Theristicus melanopis Threskiornithidae
Osprey Pandion haliaetus Accipitridae
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius Scolopacidae
Baird’s Sandpiper Calidris bairdii Scolopacidae
Dark-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus melacoryphus Cuculidae
Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani Cuculidae
Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus Strigidae
Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia Strigidae
Slender-billed Miner Geositta tenuirostris Furnariidae
Fork-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus savana Tyrannidae
White-fronted Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola albifrons Tyrannidae
Andean Swallow Haplochelidon andecola Hirundinidae
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica Hirundinidae
Páramo Pipit Anthus bogotensis Motacillidae
Plumbeous Sierra-Finch Phrygilus unicolor Emberizidae
Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch Poospiza caesar Emberizidae
Rusty Flower-piercer Diglossa sittoides Thraupidae
Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus Icteridae
White-browed Blackbird Sturnella superciliaris Icteridae




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