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Sacred Valley Hummingbird Trip Peru

Sacred Valley Hummingbird Trip Peru
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Hummingbird Tour in Sacred Valley, Peru

This is a half-day Sacred Valley Hummingbird Trip near Cusco in Peru which is moderately paced and available daily. Just 60km from Cusco City there is a location where 16 species of hummingbird have been recorded, as well as birds that are endemic to the Peruvian Andes.

Peru has 125 different species of hummingbirds and many of them are located in the Andes. Sacred Valley is a delightfully accessible area for general birding if you are visiting Cusco to see the Incan citadel of Macchu Piccu. The bonus is that it is also a great opportunity to see some of these amazing little nectar-sipping birds.

" José was an excellent guide, pointing out and identifying so many birds. His enthusiasm shows in his explanations and insights into the birds and the region. Ensifera camp is a unique venue to enjoy a wide variety of hummingbirds. So exciting to be able to enjoy watching and photographing these beautiful birds! I highly recommend José and this tour. Fantastic! - Karen Kuklinski

Hummingbird gardens are popular features in many parts of South America but not so common in Peru. However, Ensifera Camp in the wetlands was one of the first in the area and it gives birdwatchers the opportunity to observe the birds at close quarters from the comfort of a hide on this Sacred Valley hummingbird tour. This special set-up works well because the hide has been constructed at a perfect altitude for hummingbird activity. It provides a perfect feeding spot within the Sacred Valley for hummingbirds to congregate.

It is also a particularly good spot for photographers to set up because you can have good control of angle and lighting to snap the birds as they visit the feeders.

And it doesn’t matter if you are travelling with someone who is not an ardent birdwatcher, this place and the easy timing of the tour, being just half a day, will keep everyone entertained. They will be fascinated by the variety of colours and shapes of these tiny Peruvian birds and thrilled by the speed of their wingbeats as they zip between the feeders.

An additional incentive for signing up for this Sacred Valley hummingbird trip is that you will hopefully be able to tick off two endemic hummingbirds of the Peruvian Andes as well as two ovenbirds and a Mountain-Finch.

If you have a little more time to spend on your holiday, you might like to consider a longer trip such as the Cusco Bird Watching and Culture Tour, Peru.

Alternative Tour Name: Hummingbirds of the Inca's Sacred Valley
Day 1
Half Day Trip

Our tour begins at 05:30 am with the picked up of your hotel and transfer to the Ensifera Camp - Hummingbird Garden. This place is located in the town of Yanahuara in the middle of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

The trip will be 1 hour and we will see amazing sceneries on the way to Yanahuara town, then we will continue for another 15 minutes on a small road.

At Ensifera Camp we'll go towards the birds hide to start with our activity. According the season, we will see some of the 16 hummingbirds of this place, the sword-billed Hummingbird is always there as well as the Rusty-fronted Canastero, Creamy-creasted Spinetail and Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch.

Our expert bird guide will explain about the characteristics and curiosities of these birds, as well as help you identify them.

At 11:00 am we will return to Cusco city or will transfer you to Ollantaytambo town.

Wildlife species expected to see:

Endemic Birds

White-tufted Sunbeam, Green-and-white Hummingbird, Rusty-fronted Canastero, Creamy-crested Spinetail, Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch

Other hummingbirds and birds were usually seen in the area

Red-crested Cotinga, Lesser Violetear, Sparkling Violetear, Black-tailed Trainbearer, Green-tailed Trainbearer, Bearded Mountaineer, Tyrian Metaltail, Shining Sunbeam, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Great Sapphirewing, Giant Hummingbird, White-bellied Woodstar, White-bellied Hummingbird

What is included?

  • Ground transportation
  • English bird guide
  • Snacks

What is not included?

  • Staff gratuities
  • Extra expenses for cancellations or delays due to weather conditions, strikes or others
  • Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”
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  1. Hummingbird Paradise!
    Karen Kuklinski15 Mar 2022
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    José was an excellent guide, pointing out and identifying so many birds. His enthusiasm shows in his explanations and insights into the birds and the region. Ensifera camp is a unique venue to enjoy a wide variety of hummingbirds. So exciting to be able to enjoy watching and photographing these beautiful birds! I highly recommend José and this tour. Fantastic!

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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 without 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.

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.

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This tour is operated by: Machu Picchu Cusco Birding
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Tour Facts

  • Huacarpay, Peru
  • Available Daily
  • Half Day Trip
  • 1 to 8 pax
  • 6 Hours
  • All year around
  • +15 years
  • Moderate
  • No
  • English
  • Alejandro Velasco Astete Cusco International Airport (CUZ)
  • Alejandro Velasco Astete Cusco International Airport (CUZ)