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Cusco Birding at Balcón del Diablo Trip, Peru

4.83based on 6 reviews
Peru
Starting From USD 95 / per person

Huacarpay Wetlands Cusco Bird Watching Trip, Peru

5based on 1 review
Peru
Starting From USD 120 / per person

Sacred Valley Hummingbird Trip Peru

5based on 1 review
Peru
Starting From USD 120 / per person

Cusco Birding Trip for the Condors of Chonta Town

5based on 2 reviews
Peru 1 Days
Starting From USD 205 / per person
Group Discount Available

Cusco Bird Watching and Culture Tour, Peru

5based on 1 review
Peru 4 Days
Starting From USD 900 / per person
Group Discount Available
Starting From USD 1,100 / per person
Group Discount Available

Peru Hummingbird Tour

Peru 9 Days
Starting From USD 3,250 / per person
Masked Fruiteater
This beautiful endemic bird can be seen near Puente Ruinas on the way to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Its colors and endemism make it a real highlight of Cusco – Peru.
Rusty-fronted Canastero
Beautiful endemic bird canastero from the Andes of southern Peru. Easily sighted around Cusco but very difficult to photograph because they are among the bushes.
Creamy-crested Spinetail
Incredible endemic bird Spinetail from southern Peru. It can be found very close to Cusco city. Especially around the archaeological site of Tambomachay.
Bearded Mountaineer
Endemic hummingbird. Easily recognisable by its large size (16 cms). Beautiful colors where white predominates. Very impressive.
White-tufted Sunbean
Peruvian endemic hummingbird that reside in two main areas located in Central and Southern-Central Peru. Locally fairly common In Cusco region like at the beginning of the inca trail, Las Peñas in the way to Malaga pass and also in Soqma destination.
Chestnut-breasted Mountain Finch
A beautiful endemic tanager from Cusco and Apurimac region. Fairly common around Cusco city like in Tambomachay archeological site. A large and relatively stocky impressive finch.
Green-and-white Hummingbird
The Green-and-white Hummingbird (Amazilia viridicauda) is an apodiform bird of the trochilidae family. It is one of the many endemic species of the east slopes of the Andes. Locally fairly common from 1000 to 2750 masl among the treetops and forest edges. Click here to watch a video: https://youtu.be/meiLAeYWrL4
Andean Cock-of-the-rock
One of the most representative birds of South America. Bird symbol of Peru. While it is not endemic, its wonderful shape and spectacular color make it a super target. Uncommon to fairly common on the Machu Picchu route to Mandor waterfalls.
Red-legged Cormorant
Most beautiful Peruvian cormorant. Endemic of the humbolt current. Readily recognized into Ballestas Islands by its shape and pretty colors.
Hoatzin
Very strange bird with “prehistoric” shapes. Very common in the rainforest like Puerto Maldonado. Readily recognized in Sandoval lake.

Avistando Peru: Educating Peruvian Children

Peru is the second country with the largest diversity of birds in the world and that is why hundreds of birdwatchers travel to the land of the Incas in search of their birds. However, the number of Peruvian birdwatchers is not proportional to the number that a country with these characteristics should have.

It is interesting to consider that the national tourist activity in Peru (Peruvian tourists travelling through Peru) has not been more than 20 years and it is that prior to these years Peru experienced difficult social, political and economic conflicts and therefore the Peruvian’s did not have the opportunity to travel and get to know their country better.

Tourism is not only a recreational activity, but it is also a learning opportunity and this helps the human being to value both, its cultural and natural resources and Peru is definitely a natural treasure heritage of all humanity and it is the Peruvians who have the greatest possibilities to protect this paradise … If more Peruvians get involved in nature activities … definitely the whole world will be the winner.

Avistando Peru is the first audiovisual program with a channel on social media directed to Peruvian children, youth and adults in order to spread the activity of Birdwatching Tourism and this project is entirely financed by Machu Picchu & Cusco Birding.

We invite you to learn more about Peru through the different episodes that show the various destinations for birdwatching throughout Peru.

View Avistando Peru YouTube Channel Here.

  • Hummingbird Paradise!
    Sacred Valley Hummingbird Trip Peru
    Karen Kuklinski15 Mar 2022
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    José was an excellent guide, pointing out and identifying so many birds. His enthusiasm shows in his explanations and insights into the birds and the region. Ensifera camp is a unique venue to enjoy a wide variety of hummingbirds. So exciting to be able to enjoy watching and photographing these beautiful birds! I highly recommend José and this tour. Fantastic!
  • Great way to spend an early morning
    Cusco Birding at Balcón del Diablo Trip, Peru
    Vicci and Robin21 Oct 2022
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    So close to Cusco city and a quiet location with the chance to see many species. Jose Luis is so enthusiastic and knowledgeable and it was wonderful when he heard a bird first before any of us saw it. It was quite overcast initially which meant for few birds but things livened up when the sun came out. It was such a lovely place that we wouldn’t have been disappointed seeing fewer birds. We saw (amongst others) delightful humming birds, Creamy-crested Spinetail, Chestnut-breasted Mountain Finch, Mourning Sierra Finch, Flower piercer, Siskin, Seedeater, Spot winged pigeon, Golden billed Saltator, House wren, Great thrush, Tyrant and of course the Rufous Collared Sparrow - all of this just a 20 minute drive from Cusco centre and in one early morning! I really recommend this even if it’s your first ever birding trip as the birds are so colourful and varied and Jose Louis’s enthusiasm is infectious!
  • Just What We Wanted
    Cusco Birding at Balcón del Diablo Trip, Peru
    Bob Marshall29 Sep 2022
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    Fifteen minutes out of downtown Cusco we were in farmland picking out common species and finding rarer endemics. Our guide Oscar was knowledgeable and fun to talk with in excellent English. We aren't "listers" and didn't have specific targets; we just wanted a morning away from our tour group, a pleasant hike with Inca ruins and pretty scenery and, with a second stop at a lagoon, 25 new avian friends. The entire operation - reservation, communication, driver, timing - was very professional. Jose Luis was very accommodating in handling our special requests.
  • Excellent Tour!
    Cusco Birding at Balcón del Diablo Trip, Peru
    Shawna1 Jul 2022
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    We had a fantastic time birding with Jose! Thanks to him, we saw many amazing birds. This tour is exceptional in so many ways - birds, guide, and beautiful scenery. I really appreciated that Jose was always very clear about the plan for the tour, and overall communication was excellent. The care and enthusiasm that Jose brings to the tour made it one of the best on our 2+-week Peru trip. We combined Balcon del Diablo with a stop at a hummingbird garden, which I also highly recommend (sword-billed hummingbird!). If you're in Cusco for birding, this tour is a must!
  • Amazing Trip!
    Cusco Birding at Balcón del Diablo Trip, Peru
    Kyle Leader1 Jan 1970
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    This is was an excellent tour. Jose is a great guide. He's friendly, knowledgeable and has a deep passion for birds. Balcon Del Diablo is a beautiful place with incredible birds. Some of my favorites were Bearded Mountaineer, Shining Sunbeam and Tit-like Dacnis. Anyone looking to visit a great birding spot just 15 minutes outside of Cusco should absolutely take this tour.
  • Fantastic tour in the mist of Balcon del Diablo
    Cusco Birding at Balcón del Diablo Trip, Peru
    Ryan Green1 Jun 2022
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    We connected with Jose Luis a few months before our trip to Peru and were able to get information on this tour. Jose provided excellent communication and helped us set up a full day birding trip that included Balcon del Diablo in the morning and Sacred Valley hummingbirds in the afternoon. Jose was extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic and personable. He was a great host and a great ambassador for the world of birding guides. He pointed out endemic species in both locations and helped us get great looks and photographs for all of our target birds. The morning tour in Balcon del Diablo was excellent. Jose picked us up from our hotel bright and early and provided snacks and coffee once we got to the site. We saw a bearded mountaineer hummingbird, creamy-crested spinetail, chestnut-breasted mountain finch, and many others. Jose went above and beyond to provide us with an amazing experience and also helped us set up another bird tour in Lima with a guide friend of his on a day that we had free. I feel confident anyone who takes a tour with Jose will have an excellent experience!
  • Best Birding Experience in Huacarpay and Balcón del Diablo
    Cusco Birding at Balcón del Diablo Trip, Peru
    V. P. Gambal1 Aug 2019
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    Jose Luiz made my trip to Cusco very special with a full day of bird watching in two places. Even without a birding companion, I settled in alone, something other tour operators wouldn't do without an extra fee. He made the whole process easy by booking online in advance and then meeting me at my hotel two days before our tour to take care of the business transaction. (He also saved our group's side trip to Machu Picchu by making sure we had purchased our tickets in advance. Something we had overlooked). I chose two separate trips to complete a full day of bird watching with a lunch break at my hotel. The first stop was Huacarpay, a nearby area of freshwater marshes, and the afternoon stop was Balcón del Diablo. Huacarpay was more productive with about 40 birds (most of the birds alive to me), but Balcón was an idyllic setting in a high-altitude protected valley that gave us some endemic Peruvian birds. In total, I managed to record about 45 birds alive that day and left with a big smile. Jose Luiz and his assistant Stephany treated me more like a close friend than a client. The breakfast and coffee from the back door in the morning was a nice touch. Also in Huacarpay, where there are pre-Inca ruins, José Luiz also turned it into an interesting history lesson. Thank you for a great experience! Paraphrased/Unique Content Jose Luiz made my tour to Cusco extremely exceptional with an entire day of bird watching in two spots. Indeed, even without a birding partner, I got comfortable alone, something other visit administrators wouldn't manage without an additional expense. He made the entire cycle simple by booking on the web ahead of time and afterward meeting me at my inn two days before our visit to deal with the deal. (He additionally saved our gathering's side outing to Machu Picchu by ensuring we had bought our tickets ahead of time. Something we had disregarded). I picked two separate trip to finish an entire day of bird watching with a mid-day break at my inn. The main stop was Huacarpay, a close by space of freshwater swamps, and the evening stop was Balcón del Diablo. Huacarpay was more useful with around 40 birds (the greater part of the birds alive to me), yet Balcón was an unspoiled setting in a high-height secured valley that gave us some endemic Peruvian birds. Altogether, I figured out how to record around 45 birds alive that day and left with a major grin. Jose Luiz and his collaborator Stephany treated me more like a dear companion than a customer. The morning meal and espresso from the secondary passage toward the beginning of the day was a pleasant touch. Likewise in Huacarpay, where there are pre-Inca ruins, José Luiz additionally transformed it into a fascinating history exercise. Much thanks to you for an incredible experience!
  • Condors and much more!
    Cusco Birding Trip for the Condors of Chonta Town
    Shawna1 Jul 2022
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    Of course the biggest draw for this tour is the condors (even if they don't get close, they're still impressive). But there was so much more - fantastic sightings of many other birds, breathtaking scenery, and a pleasant hike. Jose is an excellent, enthusiastic guide and did a great job showing us the birds of the area, including several endemics. I highly recommend this tour and guide; it was one of my favorite bird tours in Peru.
  • A Wonderful Experience
    Cusco Birding Trip for the Condors of Chonta Town
    Kyle Leader1 Jan 1970
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    Any birder visiting Cusco will want to see the Andean Condor, and this tour is a great way to do it. Jose knows all the best places to see condors around Chonta and helped us find many other wonderful birds as well. It is a great hike through a beautiful area, and the condors were incredible. Jose also packed a delicious lunch for us! This tour was definitely one of the high points of our trip to Peru. Thank you Jose!
  • Fascsinating mornings birding
    Huacarpay Wetlands Cusco Bird Watching Trip, Peru
    Vicci and Robin27 Nov 2022
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    A fabulous setting to see many species of bird and to learn about the history of the area and the habitat. Jose Luis is a brilliant guide and we enjoyed ticking off over 35 species from the list he provided, mostly new birds to us! We were mesmerised by a sleepy great horned owl and delighted to see the Many-coloured Rush Tyrant 😊
  • Machu Picchu-Cusco Birding Tour (4 Days)
    Cusco Bird Watching and Culture Tour, Peru
    Helen Kittredge13 Oct 2019
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    This was a great trip choice! Each day we experienced some culture, some archeological/ historical visits and birding! Each day begin around 5:30-6:00am. Our host guide met us and transported us ( car, van, bus, train) to birding locations. When necessary, breakfast or lunch was provided so that we could optimize our time birding. Other times of the days we were met by experienced and congenial guides like Fabrizzio and Vogner who toured us through places like Cusco’s Temple of the Sun, The Cathedral of Cusco and The Citadel at Machu Picchu. Our hosts handled all the remade arrangements for entry tickets and transportation needed throughout the tour. What a fabulous birding experience we had with Oscar and José on the Inca Trail! Although we hiked during several hours of rain, we saw many beautiful and endemic species of birds. We had great recommendations for places to eat, such as Uchu and enjoyed learning the history of Pisco and as well as attending the bar tending class with Alejandro! We tumbled into our beds by 9:00pm most nights after long, exciting and satisfying days. Best of all, we met so many thoughtful and knowledgeable people throughout our tour that the memories created will warm our hearts forever. A special thanks to our main hosts, José Luis and Cristina, whose friendly natures and detailed communications made us feel both happy and secure as we explored this area of Peru.
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