Birds and Machu Picchu
Birds and Machu Picchu 15 days tour
Fixed departure: May 8th 2018 Group size: 4 to 10 pax Category: easy to moderate Price: US$ 4,940. Single suppl. US$ 675 SPECIAL PRICE THROUGH BLUE SKY WILDLIFE: US$ 3,952.oo Single suppl. US$ 675 Day 1 Lima Arrival in Lima and transfer to the hotel in the center of the Miraﬂores distric. Overnight in Lima. Day 2 Lima This morning we will take our way south of Lima for about one and a half hour to Puerto Viejo's marshes. The main attractions are Great Grebe, Peruvian Thick-knee, Manycolored Rush-Tyrant and Grassland Yellow-Finch. On the beach it is easy to ﬁnd Surf Cinclodes ﬂying around the rocky areas. On our way back to Lima we will stop at Pucusana. We will take a boat to explore the cliﬀs near the ocean in Pucusana which are a good place to search for Inca Terns and Humboldt Penguins. Return to the hotel in Lima. On our way we will make a short stop by Villa Marshes for more waterbirds. Overnight at Wyndham Lima Airport Hotel. Meals: B, Boxed-L, D.
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Day 3 Lima - Cusco - Ollantaytambo Today we'll be taking an early ﬂight to Cusco. After arrival in Cusco we'll move straight to lake Huacarpay, this is a reliable place to see typical Andean waterfowl like White-tufted and Silvery Grebes, Andean Duck, Cinnamon and Puna Teal, and others. The vegetation around the lake is good for Bearded Mountaineer, Yellow-winged Blackbird, or Andean Negrito. After lunch in the city center we'll drive to our hotel in the town of Ollantaytambo, at the heart of the Sacred valley of the Incas. The gardens of the hotel can bring nice surprises like Giant Hummingbird, Great Sapphirewing, or Shining Sunbeam. Overnight in Ollantaytambo. Meals: B, L, D. Day 4 Machu Picchu This morning we will have an early departure for the town of Ollantaytambo to take the train to Aguas Calientes, the entrance gate to Machupicchu. The habitat inside the archaeological site is good for Inca Wren, Parodi's Hemispingus, Cuzco BrushFinch, and Tricolored Brush-Finch. In the afternoon we will spend about two hours birding the forest near Aguas Calientes looking for birds like Green-and-white Hummingbird, Andean Motmot, Ocellated Piculet, Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Masked Fruiteater, and many more. Then we will take our train back to Ollantaytambo Overnight in Ollantaytambo. Meals: B, L, D. Day 5 Abra Málaga - Cusco Full day birding excursion to Abra Málaga pass. This is probably the best place to ﬁnd Polylepys elﬁn forests specialists. The Málaga pass is located at an altitude of 4,230 meters. The ﬁrst stops will be after the pass itself, where the humid mountains forests of the eastern slope are good for Puna Thistletail, Tit-like Dacnis, Parodi's Hemismpingus, Rufous Antpitta, or Whitebrowed Conebill. At the pass itself, if people feels able to do the hike, we will be looking for White-browed Tit-Spinetail, Ash-breasted TitTyrant, Stripe-headed Antpitta, Giant Conebill, and Royal Cinclodes. By mid-afternoon we will drive to the city of Cusco, during our descent from Abra Málaga we will make a few stops at some patches of semi-humid mountain scrub where will be looking for White-tufted Sunbeam, Creamy-crested Spinetail, and Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch. Overnight in Cusco. Meals: B, Boxed-L, D.
Day 6 Cusco - Manu Road Today we will enter the cultural zone of Manu Biosphere reserve. The road from Cuzco to Manu is one of the most spectacular birding areas of Peru, the birding adventure begins after the Acjanacco pass (altitude: 3600 meters) at the borders of Manu National Park. The grassland and bushes here can produce Mountain Caracara, Puna Thisteltail, Scribbled-tailed Canastero, Line-fronted Canastero, Black-billed ShrikeTyrant. Not far from the pass (altitude: 2900 meters), on the way down, the elﬁn forests of Wayqecha are good for Andean Guan, Shining Sunbeam, Amethyst-throated Sunagel, Azahara's Spinetal, Sierran Elaenia, Graybreasted Mountain-Touca