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Four Peruvian Ecoregions Tour - 11 Days

Four Peruvian Ecoregions Tour

An 11-day immersion in the 4 natural ecoregions of one of the richest countries on birds. A journey that gives the chance to see almost 1000 different species of birds from the coast, Andes, Cloud Forest and Rainforest. Key species: Taczanowski’s Tinamou, Peruvian Piedtail, Olivaceous Thornbill, White-tufted Sunbeam, Inca Tern, Humboldt Penguin, Red-legged Cormorant, Masked Fruiteater, Vilcabamba Tapaculo, White-browed Tit-Spinetail, Line-fronted Canastero, Streak-fronted Thornbird, White-cheeked Tody-Flycatcher, Black-faced cotinga, Pale-winged trumpeter, curl-crested aracari.

Day 1
Day 1: LIMA

Reception, assistance and welcome at the Lima airport and transfer to the selected hotel. According to your flight schedule you will have the welcome briefing at morning, afternoon or night.   Free day to explore the city or to rest after a long long trip.

Day 2
Day 2: RAINFOREST: Puerto Maldonado

At 8:00 am we will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the airport of Lima city. Arriving to Puerto Maldonado airport, reception, assistance and transfer to Inkaterra Guides Field Station.   At appropriate we will walk through Inkaterra Guides Field Station exclusive trails to explore the rainforest ecosystems at the Inkaterra Ecological Reserve, where 540 bird species, 362 ant species (world record) and over 100 mammal species have been registered.   At night, after dinner we will cruise on the Madre de Dios River in search of the wildlife that surfaces during nighttime. Identify the behavior of various animals such as capybaras, white caimans and nightjars, as they take advantage of the dark to roam around the Amazonian riverbanks.

Day 3
Day 3 : RAINFOREST: Puerto Maldonado

At 5:30 we will walk 20 minutes to the canopy. This canopy is winner of the PURE Award in the ‘High Emotion/Low Impact’ category, the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway is a 1129ft system of 2 observation towers, 8 platforms and 7 hanging bridges 100ft above the ground. Designed to perform scientific research on ecosystems inhabiting the rainforest canopy, this attraction contributes to birdwatching and other eco-friendly activities. At appropriate time we will go back to the lodge for the lunch and after it we will catch the boat to visit Sandoval lake. Navigate with a canoe this beautiful oxbow-shaped water mirror surrounded by Aguaje palm trees (Mauritia flexuosa), inhabited by giant river otters (Pteronura brasiliensis), red howler monkeys (Alouatta seniculus), black caimans (Melanosuchus niger) and one of the world’s biggest freshwater scaled fish: the paiche (Arapaima gigas).

    • Canopy Key speciesMealy Parrot, Dusky-headed Parakeet, Thrush-like Wren, Blue Dacnis, Buff-throated Saltator, Black-faced cotinga, Lined Forest-Falcon, Western Striolated-Puffbird, Lemon-throated Barbet, Cobalt-winged Parakeet, Blue-headed Parrot, Red-bellied Macaw, Blue-and-yellow Macaw, Buff-throated Woodcreeper.
  • Sandoval Lake Key species: Little Cuckoo, Common Paraque, Boat-billed Heron, Amazonian Pygmy-Owl, Amazonian Trogon, Broad-billed Motmot, Semicollared Puffbird, Chestnut Woodpecker, Bluish-slate Antshrike, Plain-throated Antwren, Spot-winged Antshrike, Goeldi’s Antbird, White-chinned Woodcreeper, blue and yellow macaws (Ara ararauna), hoatzins (Opisthocomus hoazin).

Day 4
Day 4 : RAINFOREST: Puerto Maldonado - Cusco

We will visit the canopy for last time to continue enjoying and observing birds. At 11:00 am we will pick you up to bring you to the airport of Puerto Maldonado City. Arriving to Cusco airport and reception, assistance and transfer to the selected hotel. At 7:00 pm welcome dinner at Marcelo Batata Restaurant (Drinks are not included). Later on a briefing about the next days of tour.

Day 5
Day 5 : Huacarpay RAMSAR Wetland (3020 m.a.s.l.)

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. 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 6
Day 6 : 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 kilometers more uphill to get to a polylepis forest. In similar altitudes so close to here we could see Junin Canastero and White browed tii-Spinetail At 12:00 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.

  • Soqma 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 7
Day 7 : 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. The landscape is flat and passes through gardens and cloud forests, both of 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 water falls 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 8
Day 8 : Malaga Pass

At 5:00 am we will start the adventure going to Las Peñas (40 minutes from Ollantaytambo). We are going to walk around one hour to continue later to Malaga Pass, where we going to spent the rest of the morning in the polylepis forest. Malaga Pass is at 4300 m.s.a.l. At 17:30 hrs tour will starts. In this tour we will explore the streets of Cusco in order to try some of the city’s best street eats from strategically chosen points as well as visiting three of the city’s top restaurants located in the historic center alongside our chef that will guide us and share with us untold and sometimes unusual stories of the streets and places we visit.Our chef will provide an introduction of the local ingredients and products, then we will try different appetizers in some restaurants of Cusco. Also, we will try peruvian street food like “anticucho” at one of the most important points in the Inca empire, the Intikijllu or Sun Alley.Finally, we will enjoy a traditional dessert from Lima that has gained popularity throughout the country. It is referred to as the “Peruvian donut” but even more flavorful.

    • Las Peñas Key species: Taczanowski’s Tinamou, Andean Condor, Spot- winged Pigeon, Peruvian Pygmy-owl, Band- winged Nightjar, Tyrian Metaltail, Shining and White-tufted Sunbeam(E), Giant Humminbird, White-bellied Hummingbird, Andean Swift, Aplomado Falcon, Andean Parakeet, Creamy-crested Spinetail (E) and Junin Canastero (E), Tawny-rumped Tyrannulet, White-crested and Sierran Elaenias, Brown-bellied Swallow, Crested Becard, Black – throated Flowerpiercer, Cinerous Conebill, Tit-like Dacnis, Golden – billed Saltador, Peruvian Sierra-Finch.
  • The Polylepis & The Pass Key species: Andean goose, variable Hawk, Andean Condor, Mountain Caracara, Gray-breasted Seedsnipe, Blue-mantled Thornbill , Andean Hill-star, Stripe-headed Antpitta, Puna Tapaculo, line-fronted, streak – throasted and Junin Canastero (E), Tawny Tit-Spinetail, White browed Tit-Spinetail (E), Plain-breasted Earthcreeper, Royal Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant, Red-rumped and Rufous-webbed Bush-Tyrants, Giant Conebill, Tit-like Dacnis, White-winged Diuca-Finch, Bright-rumped Yellow-Finch, Plumbeous Sierra-Finch, Thick-billed Siskin.
We will go down, going back to Ollantaytambo town for lunch and after it we will go back to Cusco City. (lunch is not included)

Day 9
Day 9 : Condors Of Chonta

We will start our adventure at 09:00 hrs picking you up from your hotel to transfer you to Limatambo town.  On the way we will enjoy impressive landscapes until we reach the community of Chonta.   Once there, we will start an hour and a half trek to the first viewpoint, from where we will have the opportunity to watch the impressive Andean condor in its natural habitat. Here we will also enjoy our box lunch.   Following the adventure and to have a better view of these incredible birds, we will hike on a trail for about 30 minutes and then go down a few meters to the following viewpoints.   On some occasions these formidable birds have flown up to 10 meters close to people.   At the appropriate time we will start the return to the control point and then to the city of Cusco.   Approximate arrival time to Cusco: 6:00 p.m.

  • Chonta key birds: Andean Tinamou, Eared Dove, Tyrian Metaltail, Andean Condor, Variable Hawk, Streak-fronted Thornbird, Rusty-fronted Canastero, Creamy-crested Spinetail (E), Yellow-billed Tit-Tyrant, Tufted Tit-Tyrant, White-browed Chat-Tyrant, House Wren, Great Thrush, Chiguanco Thrush, Rufous-collared Sparrow, Apurimac Brushfinch (E), Cinereous Conebill, Band-tailed Seedeater.

Day 10
Day 10 : San Andres Beach & Pisco Weatlands until the sunset

At 10:30 am we will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to Cusco airport. Arriving to Pisco airport reception, assistance and Lunch. After lunch we will visit San Andres beach where we can watch some birds so close to us.   At appropriate time we will bring you to Paracas City to spend the night there. Check in at the hotel.

Day 11
Day 11 : Ballestas Islands

Transfer to the Paracas Bay. Motor boat ride to ballestas islands in the national reserve of Paracas where we can observe many different birds. Upon return we will have the opportunity to see the Candelabro, a figure in the style of Nazca lines, made in sand. At indicated time we will take a bus to Lima. We will transfer you to the selected hotel in Lima

  • Pisco & Ballestas Island key birds: Spotted Sandpiper, Andean Swift, Upland Sandpiper, Mountain Parakeet, Sanderling, Little Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Peregrine Falcon, American Kestrel, Common Moorhen, Greyish Miner, Blackish Oystercatcher, American Oystercatcher, Least Bittern, Inca Tern, Laughing Gull, Bare-Faced Ground Dove, Southern Pochard, Blue-and-White Swallow, Virginia Rai, Oasis Hummingbird, Lesser Antillean Saltator, American Redstart, Many-coloured Rush Tyrant, Peruvian Sheartail, Andean Lapwing, Blue-black Grassquit, Sabine's Gull, Slender-billed Finch, Eared Dove, Rufous-collared Sparrow.

Day 12
End of our services

This program was designed optimizing your time to let you see and enjoy some birds in the south Peru hotspots. It will be appropriate time, No running, but exactly in times and activities. But if you have more time you can extend one extra night in Inkaterra Guide Field Station and other in Machu Picchu or Cusco City.   The flight from Cusco to Paracas is available only on Thursdays so the starting day of this tour always should be on Tuesday.

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11 Days

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USD2,500 / per person
This tour is operated by: Machu Picchu Cusco Birding

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