Birding Machupicchu 05 days
We totally recommend this program for birding in Peru by the Andes, this tour offers so many chances to see birds by Cusco at Huacarpay lake, Sacred valley of the Incas, high Andes of Abra Malaga and Machupicchu, This is the best birding route by the Andes at Southern Peru, having very good accommodation; delicious Peruvian gastronomy dishes and excellent birding guides.
Endemicperu, concerned about your best birding experience for you they got the best way of knowing Southern Peru birding, the challenge of mark all the checklist of the birds watched in Peru is exiting, because there are so many birdssince the hummingbirds until some Hawks, Eagles and Condors.
Day 01: Cusco – Huacarpay Lake – San Salvador Lakes – Ollantaytambo
We leave Cusco early in the morning in order to get to Huacarpay Lake (a high swampy RAMSAR site) located to the east of Cusco about 45 minutes from your Hotel in Cusco, this place is an interesting key site for some species of birds specially some endemics to Peru which are the Bearded mountaineer (Oreonynpha nobilis); Rusty fronted Canastero (Asthenes ottonis) and some other species of Andean Peruvian birds such as the Giant Hummingbird (Patagona gigas),Haws, Flaycatchers, Grebes, etc. most of them have some key places for finding by the lake around.
After lunch we leave to high Andean lakes of San Salvador (4200 m.a.s.l.) were we will add some more number of bird species for our checklist such as Silvery Grebe (Podiceps occipitalis), Giant Coot (Fulica gigantea), Shining Sunbieam (Aglaeactis cupripenis), White capped Dipper (Cinclus leucocephalus), and some other swallows.
After San Salvador high Andan lakes we leave to Ollantaytambo where we are going to stay in order we get the next day to Abra Malaga.
Day 02: Ollantaytambo – Abra Malaga Polylepis forest – Ollantaytambo
We leave very early direct to Malaga Polylepis forest which is located over the 4200 m.a.s.l. in order to see some birds such as the endemic to Peru such as the White browed tit-spinetail (Leptasthenura xenothorax); Royal Cinclodes (Cinclodes aricomae); Blue Mantled Thorbill (Chalcostigma stanleyi); Tawny Tit-spinetail (Leptasthenura yanacensis); Stripe Headed Antpitta (Grallaria andicolus); and so many more. The place that we have just mentioned is about 45 minutes to 1 hour from Ollantaytambo, on the way we will have box lunch and keep going down until we get the road and we keep birding by the road.
Day 03: Ollantaytambo – Abra Malaga Cloud forest – Aguas Calientes
This day by the early morning we start going up and down the road and finding a perfect spotting site for birds of Peru and for enjoying the breakfast. This day has very good possibilities of watching birds by the Cloud forest of Abra Malaga mountain, where we will have so many chances to see very colorful birds such as the tanagers, Chat tyrants, Hummingbirds, Ovenbirds, flycatchers, Hawks, Eagles and some more others. This place is around 3000 m.a.s.l. this is located on the west slope of the Andes and is the entrance to the jungle of Quillabamba which is a jungle village of fruit farmers in Peru. After this birding day we can go to Aguas Calientes Town (the nearest village to Machupicchu) for staying here.
Day 04: Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Mandor
Early by the morning we start visiting the City of the Incas Machupicchu for about two hours and the We start to go down birding in Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes town and visit Mandor Mountain for birdwatching and looking for some Tanagers, Flycatchers, Vireos, Parakeets, Antpittas, hummingbirds and some other species until late in order we to increase our checklist of birding.
Day 05: Aguas Calientes – Urubamba River – Cusco
Early in the morning we leave birding by the Urubamba river, all the way down expecting to see the Torrent Duck (Merganetta armata); the White Capped Dipper (Cinclus leucosephalus); Torrent Tyrannulet (Serpophaga cinerea); Silver Backed Tanager (Tangara viridicollis); and many more species that we will provide you for your checklist, after our lunch we should be almost ready to take the train to Cusco, where we will be waiting for you until we get to your Hotel.
- Transportation (by car).
- Birding Guide (English Spanish with Telescope).
- Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snacks).
- Entrance ticket to the private conservation properties (Thastayoc – Abra Malaga).
- Train ticket to Machupicchu and Machupicchu to Cusco.
- Bus ticket Aguas calientes to Machupicchu – Machupicchu to Aguas calientes.
- Entrance Ticket to Machupicchu archeological site.
What to bring?
- Cotton cloths T- shirts
- Sun glasses
- Insect repellent
- Rain poncho
- Money in cash