Hummingbirds of Southern Peru Tour
This is a 9-day Peru Hummingbird Tour in the south of the country in search of over 40 hummingbirds!
The Cusco region is a privileged place. Not only because of the great cultural heritage left by one of the most important cultures in the world such as the Incas but also for its special geography made up of various ecosystems, which makes it an ideal destination for nature lovers.
In the case of hummingbirds, it is not the exception, the different ecosystems make possible the presence of more than fifty of these incredible birds. Whether fluttering in the gardens of the Temple of the Sun in the middle of the city, or through the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas or along the train track of Machu Picchu, these little birds display their magical iridescent colours in fantastic movements.
This program gives you the opportunity to search an average of 40 species of hummingbirds, four of them endemic such as the Bearded Mountaineer, Green-and-white Hummingbird, White-tufted Sunbeam and the Peruvian Pied Tail in just 9 days and you have the opportunity to extend 3 more days in the city of Arequipa to add 5 other species with 2 of them endemic such as the Black Metaltail and the Bronze-tailed Comet.
This southern Peru birdwatching tour, which includes the city of Cusco, the Sacred Valley, the Abra Malaga, Machu Picchu and the famous Manu Road is a combination of Garden birding and Birding Safari. The first through the observation in gardens with specially placed feeders to allow the photography of these birds while the second allows us to awaken our adventurous side in walks of no more than 5 kilometers in search of these birds.
- The chance to watch 40 different species of hummingbirds.
- The Visit of 2 Hummingbirds gardens as Ensifera Camp and Inkamazonia
- Manu Road
We will pick you up from your hotel or the airport (morning flights) to explore by walk the most important cultural sites of Cusco City, the Temple of the Sun and the Cathedral. At appropriate time we will go down to the Sacred Valley to spend our first night in Ollantaytambo town at 2400 masl in order to acclimate ourselves for the next day.
Early in the morning we will go to Abra Malaga. we will visit the high places where the Andean Hillstar, Olivaceous and Blue-mantled Thornbill are usually appreciated in the area, we can also appreciate endemic or interesting birds such as Junin and Rusty-fronted Canasteros, Tawny and White-browed Tit-Spinetails, Puna Tapaculo, Stripe-headed Antpitta, Unstreaked Tit-Tyrant and more.
Our lunch will be a box lunch and at the appropriate time we will descend to the eastern side of the Andes where we will spend the night at 1650 high in the middle of the Cloud Forest.
Early in the morning we will go to a Cock-of-the-Rock lek and after that and with better light we will go in search of the hummingbirds of the area such as the Green-and-White, Swallow-tailed, Speckled Hummingbird, Blue-tailed Emerald, Long-tailed Sylph, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Bronzy Inca, Fawn-breasted Brilliant, Amethyst-throated Sunangel and Violet-throated Starfronlet among 10 other species.
At the indicated time we will return through the Abra Málaga towards the town of Ollantaytambo to catch the train to the town of Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night.
We will start our Machu Picchu Birdwatching Tour at 5:30 am with a peaceful walk towards the Ruinas bridge. Once we get there, we will explore the area in order to look for Machu Picchu birds like woodpeckers, tanagers, flycatchers, but especially we will look for the Machu Picchu endemic birds known as Masked Fruiteater and of course Hummingbirds as Booted Raquet tailed, Buff-thighed Puffleg, Collared inca, Great Sapphirewing, Lesser violetear and more.
According to the time, we will continue on the way to Mandor cascades. The landscape is flat and it will give us the chance to look for other Machu Picchu birds.
At appropriate time we will return to Aguas Calientes town to have our lunch (Lunch is not included)
At 1:00 pm with our guide, we will catch the bus to go uphill to the Machu Picchu citadel to begin the one-hour and a half tour of this magical place. In some areas of Machu Picchu citadel (on the bamboo patches) you will have the opportunity to find other Machu Picchu endemic birds known as Inca wren and Cuzco Brushfinch
At indicated time (30 minutes before your train schedule) you will be ready to board the train to go back to the train station of Ollantaytambo. After arriving we move on foot to the selected hotel.
This day we will start not too early, at 7:00 am we will move to the Ensifera Camp hummingbird garden, place where more than 10 species have been registered and where the Sword-billed Hummingbird, white bellied woodstar, White-tufted Sunbeam and occasionally the Bearded Mountaineer and Great Sapphirewing stand out.
In the middle of the morning, we will continue through the Sacred Valley of the Incas towards the town of Pisaq and from there we will continue along an affirmed road towards the Manu Cultural Area. Our night will be at the Wayquecha biological station
From the moment we wake up we can begin to observe the hummingbirds at the feeders and trails of the biological station such as the Sapphire-vented Puffleg, Collared Inca, Rufous-capped Thornbill, Scaled Metaltail, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Amethyst woodstar, Green-tailed Trainbearer, Mountain Velvetbreast and more.
At the appropriate time we will continue descending towards the Amazon through the Manu Road and in a few kilometers, we will be at the Cock of the Rocks hostel. Of course, on the route we will have strategic stops in search of other species of birds.
This will also be a very quiet morning, because from the dining room we will be able to observe more fantastic hummingbirds in the area, among which Great-billed Hermit, Green hermit, Many-spotted Hummingbird, Peruvian Piedtail, Rufous-webbed Brilliant, Sapphire-spangled Emerald, Violet-front Brilliant, Violet-throated Starfrontlet, Wire-crested Thorntail stand out and others.
At a convenient time, we will continue with the descent to the lowest area of our destination, about 1000 masl. On the route we will continue making strategic stops until we reach the Villa Carmen Biological Station.
On this last day of bird watching in Manu we will visit an incredible garden of orchids and hummingbirds. A strategic place for the most beautiful photos. Here we will have the opportunity to wait for the Blue-fronted Lancebill, Buff-tailed Sicklebill, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Gould's Jewelfront, Gray-breasted Sabrewing, Long-billed Starthroat, Rufous-creasted Coquette, Violet- headed Hummingbird, White-bearded Hermit and White-necked Jacobin
At mid-morning we will start the return spending the night once again at the Biological Station of Wayquecha.
Early in the morning we will continue with our return to the City of Cusco. In this last section we will have a brief stop in Huambutillo and Huacarpay wetland in a final search for the Bearded Mountaineer (in case we had not seen it before).
Arrival in the City of Cusco and end of the program in the Main Square, selected hotel, airport or bus / train station.
End of Services
Some of the wildlife expected to see on this trip
IPAL Lodge Key species:
- Amethyst-throuteh Sunangel
- Blue Tailed Emerald
- Bronzy Inca
- Chestnut-breasted coronet
- Fawn-breasted Brilliant
- Green-and-white hummingbird
- Long-tailed sylph
- Speckled hummingbird
- Swallow Tailed Hummingbird
- Violet-throated Starfrontlet
- Machupicchu Key species:
- Booted raquet tailed
- Buff-thighed Puffleg
- Collared inca
- Great Sapphirewing
- Lesser violetear
Ensifera Camp Key species:
- Bearded Mountaineer
- Great Sapphirewing
- sword billed hummingbird
- white-bellied woodstar
- White-tufted Sunbeam
Wayquecha Key species:
- Amethyst woodstar
- Collared inca
- Green-tailed Trainbearer
- Mountain Velvetbreast
- Rufous-capped Thornbill
- Sapphire-vented Puffleg
- Scaled Metaltail
Cock of the rock lodge Key species:
- Great-billed Hermit
- green hermit
- Many-spotted Hummingbird
- Peruvian Piedtail
- Rufous-webbed Brilliant
- Sapphire-spangled Emerald
- Violet-front Brilliant
- Violet-throated Starfrontlet
- Wire-crested Thorntail
Inkamazonia Humminbird´s garden Key species:
- Blue-fronted Lancebill
- Buff-tailed Sicklebill
- Fork-tailed Woodnymph
- Golden-tailed Sapphire
- Gould´s Jewelfront
- Grey-breasted Sabrewing
- Long-billed Starthroat
- Rufous-creasted Coquette
What is included?
- Transfer from and to Cusco's Airport
- Cusco's Cathedral, Qoricancha (Inca Temple), Machupicchu entrance fee
- Bus ticket, train tickets for Machu Picchu excursion
- Transfers from and to Ollantaytambo's Train Station
- Ground transportation
- English bird guide
- Accomodation based in double or twin room
What is not included?
- All international or domestic flights,
- Travel or medical insurance (incl. personal equipment and repatriation)
- Airport departure taxes or visa fees
- Items of personal nature
- Binoculars and telescopes
- Optional tour extensions
- Staff gratuities
- Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”
- Transfers outside of the tour program.
- Tips for guides & drivers.
- Extra expenses for cancellations or delays due to weather conditions, strikes or other.
- Anything not mentioned in the program.
Machu Picchu & Cusco Birding can offer affordable South Peru birding tours without sacrificing on the quality of service as we are just a small travel operator working from Cusco, a city not as expensive as capital city Lima, with an office located on our own property. We also have a team of ornithologist experts who are in an extremely professional way and our tours offer matching cultural activities in the afternoon and culinary experiences at night which benefits more Peruvians.
Yes, the airport pick up and drop off is included in the rate.
A 30% deposit is needed to confirm the this tour. Payments can be made by bank transfer or credit card. (Mastercard and Visa). The final payment (70%) can be made upon arrival in the city of Cusco on the first day of your tour