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Cusco Birding at Balcón del Diablo Trip, Peru

Cusco Birding at Balcón del Diablo Trip, Peru

Birdwatching in Cusco Balcón del Diablo

A half-day Cusco bird watching tour next to the Cusco City. Available at 5:30 am and 2:30 pm. 5 endemic birds and more

Perhaps there is no place in Cusco close to the city with better access for birdwatching and even more so for the search for 5 endemic species of the region and all within the same place.

Less than 10 kilometers from Cusco Main Square, there is an area of unequalled beauty, so much so that it was used by the Incas for ceremonies and rituals related to Mother Earth. Today, this paradise is only visited by some Andean shamans and shepherds who usually move with their sheep around the place. This little human activity and its proximity to the city has made this place an island or natural refuge for the birds of the area, which allows the easy observation of different species on this Cusco birding tour.

This place located on the western side of the Andes of the South of Peru (South Peruvian Andes) presents small patches of Polylepis, scrub forests, streams and small water bodies, small areas of agriculture among other environments ranging from 3400 to almost 3900 meters high that allow the observation of various Andes - altitude birds.

If you come to the city of Cusco, do not miss this great opportunity to in just a few hours put interesting species into your pocket and even more to enjoy a pleasant moment in such a natural environment.

Let's explore together in search of these five endemics of the region as they are Rusty-fronted Canastero, Creamy-crested Spinetail, Bearded Mountaineer, White-tufted Sunbeam and Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch.

Top 3 - Cusco Birding Tour Highlights

Five endemic birds in a short area.

Breathtaking Landscapes.

Is located 10 kilometers away from Cusco Main Square

Alternative Tour Name: Cusco Birdwatching at Balcón del Diablo
Day 1
Half Day Birding Tour

Our Cusco birdwatching tour will start by picking you up from your hotel at 5:30 am to go in a private vehicle to “El Bacon del Diablo”. This amazing place, special for watching Cusco birds, is located next to Sacsaywaman archeological site, like 20 minutes from Cusco City.

Upon arrival to Balcon del Diablo we are going to start the exploring in 2 kilometers around looking for the cusco birds and specially the Cusco endemic birds.

We will start in the Pollepys forest area. We will walk next to a inca´s water chanel and later we will descend like 300 meters to the little canyon area. In this place there are some crops plantation that attract some seedeaters depending on the season.

This place is visited for Cusco birdwatchers due to its easy access and the proximity to the city. So it is an amazing chance to enjoy the Cusco birds and Cusco endemic birds in a really short time.

Ending our Cusco birdwatching morning at 9:30 am aprox. We will bring you to your hotel for breakfast.

(If you are more interested to see more birds in the area, we can start earlier for the same rate)

5 Endemic Birds

  • Rusty-fronted Canastero
  • Creamy-crested Spinetail
  • Bearded Mountaineer
  • White-tufted Sunbeam
  • Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch

Other birds usually seen in the area

  • Tit-like Dacnis
  • Yellow-billed Tit-Tyrant
  • Black-throated Flowerpiercer
  • Stripe-headed Antpitta
  • Sparkling Violetear
  • Shining Sunbeam
  • Black-tailed Trainbearer
  • Tyrian Metaltail

What is included?

  • Ground transportation
  • English bird guide
  • Snacks

What is not included?

  • Staff gratuities
  • Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”

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Why should I book the Balcon del Diablo half day birding tour?

The Balcon del Diablo is an amazing place pretty close to Cusco city. It doesn’t demand too much effort and it has 5 endemic birds possible to see.

How many people is the maximum in this group? / What is the size of your group?

Depending on the features of the paths and trails; and of course, according to the new protocols after the COVID pandemic, 06 people is the maximum in our groups.

Would this experience be accessible for people with limited mobility?

Unfortunately, no. However, we have other experiences with the option “Accessible”. You can check Huacarpay wetlands, as example.

Why book with Machu Picchu & Cusco Birding?

Machu Picchu & Cusco Birding can offer affordable South Peru birding tours without sacrificing on the quality of service. We have a business agreement with the best Cusco Private Hospital in case any altitude sickness or any emergency situation. We work with excellent local guides promoting a responsible and fairer distribution of the incomings.

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Price & Availability

USD95 / per person
Single Supplement USD 160
This tour is operated by: Machu Picchu Cusco Birding
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Tour Facts

  • Cusco
  • Available Daily
  • Half Day Trip
  • Birds
  • From 2 to 6 pax
  • 4 Hours
  • Moderate
  • English
  • At Cusco's hotel
  • At Cusco's hotel
  • +12 years old
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