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Huacarpay Wetlands Cusco Bird Watching Trip, Peru

Huacarpay Wetlands Cusco Bird Watching Trip, Peru

Cusco Birding Half-day Tour of Huacarpay Wetlands

This half-day Cusco birdwatching tour, just 30km from Cusco City at the Huacarpay Wetlands and available daily, involves an early start but it's well worth it.

The lagoons and wetlands of Lucre and Huacarpay are in the middle of the southern Peruvian Andes. This Ramsar site is a stopping off place for many migratory birds, as well as home to resident birds and the endemic Rusty-fronted Canastero and Bearded Mountaineer Hummingbird. All-in-all you can count on spotting around 100 birds on this Cusco birding trip.

From November to March, during the boreal migration, you can see birds such as Spotted Sandpiper, Baird's Sandpiper, Wilson's Phalarope and Solitary Sandpiper. And in the months of February to April, when the landscape is covered with flowers, there is an incredible amount of activity from hummingbirds.

One advantage of a Cusco birding tour to Huacarpay is its ease of access and the fact that it is not far from the city on the route that leads to Lake Titicaca. It is the second most well known hot spot for Cusco birdwatching, after the Balcon del Diablo.

A trip  of about four hours is enough to experience the different areas of interest to be found on this birding tour near Cusco, but there is no doubt that it is a place to spend the whole day if you can. In addition to the birds, it is an important area for the fascinating pre-Incan culture known as Wari. Its buildings can still be found surrounding the wetland today.

A final consideration is the great gastronomic and cultural experience offered by Lucre, a town near the wetlands. It is a country destination beloved by Cusco residents and it's an opportunity to enjoy some typical southern Peruvian dishes.

Cusco Birdwatching Trip to Huacarpay Wetlands Highlights

  • Bird-rich lagoons and an important migration stopping place
  • Two of Peru's endemic birds
  • Pre-Colombian archaeological sites
  • Breathtaking mountain landscapes
Alternative Tour Name: Cusco Birding at Huacarpay Wetlands
Day 1
Half Day Tour

Who could imagine that at just 30 kilometers south of the Cusco city there is a set of Andean lagoons known as Huacarpay Wetlands where you can enjoy a Cusco Birdwatching morning?

We will start our Cusco Birdwatching tour at 06:00 hrs picking you up from your hotel in the city of Cusco and we will go 30 km south of the city to Huacarpay Wetlands.Many species of Cusco birds reside in the area, but depending on the time of the year we can also find migratory birds that visit us.

Upon our arrival to Huacarpay Wetlands we will go to the different strategic points during the next three hours to try to spot as many Cusco birds as possible including two Cusco endemic birds as Rusty-Fronted Canastero (Asthenes ottonis) and Bearded Mountaineer (Oreonimpha nobilis)

Ending our Cusco Birdwatching tour we will start the return from Huacarpay Wetlands to the city of Cusco.

Birdwatching tour we will start the return from Huacarpay Wetlands to the city of Cusco.

Approximate arrival time to Cusco:  11:00 a.m.

Endemic Birds

  • Rusty-fronted Canastero
  • Bearded Mountaineer

Other birds usually seen in the area

  • Yellow-winged Blackbird,
  • Yellow-billed Tit-Tyrant,
  • Yellow-billed Teal,
  • Band-tailed Seedeater,
  • Andean Gull, Cinereous Harrier,
  • Andean Flicker,
  • Rusty Flowerpiercer,
  • Slate-colored Coot,
  • Common Gallinule,
  • Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle,
  • Andean Negrito
  • Bare-faced Ground Dove
  • Plumbeous Rail, Puna Ibis

What is included?

  • Ground transportation
  • English bird guide
  • Snacks

What is not included?

  • Staff gratuities
  • Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”
  • Extra expenses for cancellations or delays due to weather conditions, strikes or others

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Why should I book the Huacarpay wetland half day birding tour?

Huacarpay Wetlands is a group of lakes where we will find migratory and resident birds, as well as two endemic birds. It is really close to Cusco city and it doesn’t demand too much effort to visit it.

How many people is the maximum in this 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?

YES, this experience is accessible for people with wheel chair. Also, we will provide you a special chair with bigger tires in order to make your accessible birdwatching experience a better one. There is no extra cost for the accessible option.

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 are direct/local operator with out INTERMEDIARIOS in the way, making our rates fairer and more accessible without scarifying the quality of the service. We are located in Cusco City and you will always be in direct touch with the owners of the business.

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USD120 / per person
This tour is operated by: Machu Picchu Cusco Birding
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Tour Facts

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