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Cusco Birding Tour - 4 Days

Cusco Birding Tour

A 4-day birdwatching tour that will let you enjoy of Andean and Cloud Forest birds including Creamy-crested Spinetail, Green-and-white Hummingbird, White-tufted Sunbeam, Masked Fruiteater, Vilcabamba Tapaculo, White-browed Tit-Spinetail, Line-fronted Canastero, Streak-fronted Thornbird, Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch.

Day 1
Day 1: Huacarpay RAMSAR Wetland

We will start the tour at 05:30 am picking you up from your hotel in the city of Cusco and we will go 30 km south of the city.   Many species of birds reside in the area all year round, but depending on the time of the year we can also find migratory birds that visit us from other continents.   Upon our arrival we will go to the different strategic points during the next three hours to try to spot as many birds as possible. Approximate return to Cusco at 11:00 a.m. City walking tour:  After lunch (lunch is not included) we will start our walking tour at 15:00 hrs with the pick-up of your hotel or restaurant and walk through the city center, where we will visit two important buildings such as the Cathedral of Cusco that contains many paintings of the Cusco school and the imposing Temple of the Sun also known in Quechua as the "Qoricancha" considered in the time of the Incas as the most important sanctuary dedicated to the Sun God. Later on we will start with our Pisco Tasting, this it will be an amazing journey into the realm of Peru's national liquor with different Pisco varieties to try and cocktails to learn to make individually with our friendly bartender. Our bar specialist will provide a basic introduction on Peruvian grapes and pisco. We will begin our tasting with a non-aromatic and aromatic pisco. Finally coming to a close with a delicate Mosto Verde. We will also teach how to properly taste Pisco and how to pair these pure liquors with classic Peruvian dishes.

  • Huacarpay Key species :  Spotted Sanpiper, Yellow-winged Blackbird, White-bellied Hummingbird, Yellow-billed Tit-tyrant, Tufted Tit-tyrant, Yellow billed pintail, Speckled Teal, Great Egret, Rusty-Fronted Canastero (E), Cattle Egret, Striated Heron, Baird's Sandpiper

Day 2
Day 2: Soqma+Pachamanca+Ollantaytambo

We will pick you up at 04:30 am from your hotel in the city of Cusco and we will go 50 km northeast of the city. Just 2 hours driving and we will be in Soqma andean community. From here we will walk around 4 kilometers in a special environmental where, with luck, we can see 5 different endemic species, as well as many other interesting birds. If you have enough energy we can add 1 kilometer more uphill to get to small patch of polylepis forest. At 11:00 we will go to Ollantaytambo town, that is in the way to Machu Picchu Citadel. Here we will enjoy one of the most traditional Incas lunch: Pachamanca. Pachamanca is a traditional Peruvian dish based on the baking, with the aid of hot stones (the earthen oven is known as a huatia), of lamb, pork, chicken or guinea pig, marinated in spices accompanied with potato, green lima beans or "habas", sweet potato and humitas (sweet treat) as well as ears of corn, tamale and chili, which are also is included in the baking. At 18:15 hrs walking transfer to Ollantaytambo train station to board your train service that will bring you to Aguas Calientes town. Overnight at Aguas Calientes town

  • Socma Key species: Sparkling Violetear, Green-tailed Trainbearer, Bearded Mountaineer (E), Tyrian Metaltail, White-tufted Sunbea (E), Giant Hummingbird, Andean Parakeet, Rusty-fronted Canastero (E), Streak-throated Bush-Tyrant, House Wren, White-capped Dipper, Hooded Siskin, Moustached Flowerpiercer, Peruvian Sierra-Finch, Mourning Sierra-Finch, Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch (E), Creamy-crested Spinetail (E), Greenish Yellow-Finch.

Day 3
Day 3 : Machu Picchu

We will start this tour at 05:30 hrs picking you up from your hotel. We will start a peaceful walk towards to Ruinas bridge. Once we get there we will explore the area in order to search for woodpeckers, tanagers and others peculiar species of birds.   Then we will continue towards Mandor cascades. The landscape is flat through cloud forests which host an array of birds and orchids. - At 10:00 we will return to Aguas Calientes town to have our lunch (Lunch is not included) - At 14:00 hrs our guide will be waiting in Machu Picchu entrance, to start the tour (tour duration: 02 hrs approximately) - At 17:30 hrs you will go by yourself to board the train back to Cusco City.

  • Machu Picchu Key species (Citadel, Mandor waterfalls and Ruinas bridge):Torrent Duck, Black and Chestnut Eagle, Lyre-tailed Nightjar, Band-billed Owl, Chestnut-collared and White-tipped Swiffs, Green Hermit, Speckled Hummingbird, Long-tailed Sylph, Buff-thighed puffleg, Collared Inca, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Booted Racket-tail, White-bellied Woodstar, Green-and-White Hummingbird (E), Masked Trogon, Andean Motmot, Black-streaked Puffbird, Versicolored Barbet, Blue-banded Toucanet, Ocellated Piculet, Streak-necked and Inca, Masked Fruiteater (E) and Inca Wren (E)

Day 4
Day 4 : Bye Bye Day

According your flight schedule we will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the airport of Cusco. End of the services.

Creamy-crested Spinetail, Green-and-white Hummingbird, White-tufted Sunbeam, Masked Fruiteater, Vilcabamba Tapaculo, White-browed Tit-Spinetail, Line-fronted Canastero, Streak-fronted Thornbird, Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch

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4 Days

Price & Availability

USD650 / per person
This tour is operated by: Machu Picchu Cusco Birding

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