Birdwatching Tour Cusco including Machu Picchu
This 15-day Birding Cusco & Machu Picchu Tour mixes top-class birding with the picturesque sights of the Inca city of Machu Picchu, the flagship of the ancient Incan culture. With our birding and Machu Picchu trip we have planned an itinerary that caters for keen birders, but also allows time for a full day's experience of Peru's cultural heritage. Obviously, as we are birders, we will be keeping our eyes open at the archaeological site for Inca Wren and flocks of tanagers!
The first part of this birding Cusco tour will focus on the Manu Road, well-known for its excellent birdwatching opportunities. Our initial stop will be at the Wayqecha Lodge, located in the middle of the elfin forest of Manu National Park. There we will be looking for birds of high elevations, such as the Puna Canastero, Grey-breasted Mountain-Toucan and Red-and-white Antpitta.
After that, we will spend a couple of nights at the Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge, famous for its high diversity of birdlife. The garden there has feeders for tanagers and hummingbirds and also several trails that go into the mountain forest. In addition, there is a large Cock-of-the-Rock lek not far from the lodge.
Our last days on the eastern slopes of the Andes will be spent at the wonderful Villa Carmen Biological Station. This lodge is located at a lower elevation than the previous lodges in probably the most bird-rich area of the Manu Road.
Finally, after birding for 10 days on the Manu Road, we will go back to Cusco for the second part of the trip: the visit to Machu Picchu and Abra Malaga. Abra Malaga is famous for its rare high elevation birds such as Royal Cinclodes and White-browed Tit-spinetail.
The birding Cusco tour is perfect for people looking for unique species, a bit of history, and the world-class experience of the capital of the Inca empire.
As with most of our tours, the first day will be spent in Lima and devoted to looking for Inca Terns, Humboldt Penguins and Peruvian Thick-knees.
Birding Cusco and Machu Picchu Tour highlights include:
- The archaeological site of Machu Picchu, one of the World's New Seven Wonders.
- Access to the Cock-of-the-Rock lek, the largest lek known in Peru for this species.
- The historical city centre of Cuzco.
- Manu National Park, one of the most biodiverse protected areas in the world.
- Fantastic scenery of the Andes around Cuzco.
Please note: this tour is also available as a private tour on request. Please complete the enquiry form and let us know your preferred dates to travel.
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Alternative Tour Name: Birds and Machu Picchu