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Cusco Bird Watching Trip to Huacarpay Wetlands, Peru

Cusco Bird Watching Trip to Huacarpay Wetlands, Peru

Huacarpay Wetlands Cusco Birding Half-day Trip

Enjoy a half-day Cusco bird watching tour just 30 kilometers from Cusco City at the Huacarpay Wetlands. Available at 5:30 am. More than 100 species of birds (02 endemic birds)

The lagoons and wetlands of Lucre and Huacarpay are a set of water mirrors in the middle of the southern Peruvian Andes. This Ramsar wetland is a resting place for many migratory birds, as well as home to resident birds and even endemic birds such as the Rusty-fronted Canastero and the Bearded Mountaineer Hummingbird.

Its big extension has different habitats and environments that allow the presence of more than a hundred species of birds.

In the months from November to March during the boreal migration, you can see birds such as Spotted Sandpiper, Baird´s Sandpiper, Wilson´s Phalarope, Solitary Sandpiper and more. And in the months of February to April when everything is covered with flowers, the activity of the hummingbirds is incredible.

Its access and distance is another point to consider since these wetlands at just 30 kilometers from the City of Cusco (on the route that leads to Lake Titicaca), are the second hot spot in Cusco, after the Balcon del Diablo.

About three hours may be enough to visit the different areas of interest in this place on this Cusco birding tour, but there is no doubt that it is a place to spend the whole day since, in addition to birds, it is important for having been the place of residence of the pre-Inca culture known as Wari, which its incredible

Buildings are still surrounding the Wetland today. We must also consider the great gastronomic and cultural offer that Lucre, a town near the wetlands and a country destination for all Cusco residents, have for you. There, you can enjoy typical dishes.

Top 3 - Cusco Birding Tour Highlights

  • Two endemic birds in the area
  • Precolombian culture archaeological sites
  • Breathtaking Landscape
Alternative Tour Name: Cusco Birdwatching 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
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