Southeastern Peru 6D5N (EA 109)
Excellent program for birdwatchers, along the beautiful landscape of inter-Andean and cloud forests of Southern Peru without the need of long trips. Several Andean ducks, three Peruvian endemics such as the Chestnut-breasted Mountain- Finch, Dusky-billed Canastero, and Bearded Mountaineer and also the mighty Andean Condor soaring majestically over deep canyons.
Even more while we visit Machu Picchu surroundings there are many other spectacular Andean and cloud forest bird species including shimmering colorful tanagers and hummingbirds, the spectacular Andean-Cock-of-the-Rock, Andean Motmot, the Torrent Duck, White-capped Dipper and more.
Available throughout the year
- Day 1: Cusco / Optional: City Tour
- Arrival to Cusco. Transfer from the Cusco’s international airport to your hotel. Free afternoon
- Day 2: Cusco - Limatambo-Chonta - Sacsayhuaman – Cusco
- Early departure towards the subtropical valley of Limatambo to access the Chonta Viewpoint that allows views of soaring Andean Condors over the Apurimac Canyon. This day will end with a visit to the outskirts of the Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park. There will be several convenient stops during the trip to see Andean birds from wetlands, bushes and scrubs or mixed woodlands. Species include the Black-Chested Buzzard Eagle, Variable Hawk, Aplomado Falcon, Puna Ibis, Eared Dove, Andean Lapwing, Giant Hummingbird, Golden-billed Saltator, Hooded Siskin, and some endemics such as the Apurimac Brush-Finch, Apurimac Spinetail, White-tufted Sunbeam, Chestnut-breasted Mountain Finch, Creamy Creasted Spinetail and Rusty fronted Canastero. Hotel in Cusco (B, Box L)
- Day 3: Huacarpay – Sacred Valley of the Incas-Ollantaytambo
- After a refreshing morning coffee, another early departure will lead us to the wetlands of the Southern part of the Cusco Valley, a great location to see resident and migratory species found along the Huacarpay lagoons and also scattered subtropical dry woodlands nearby. During the earliest hours we will see Cinereous Harrier, several ducks like the Yellow-Billed, Puna and Cinnamon Teals, Yellow-billed Pintail, Ruddy Duck, also White-tufted Grebe, Plumbeous Rail, Andean Coot, Andean Gull, Streak-fronted Thornbird, Wren-like Rushbird, Many-colored Rush Tyrant and Yellow-winged Blackbird. Later, as travelling the warmer and lovely weather of the Sacred Valley of the Incas there will be opportunity to see the Andean Flicker, Andean Negrito, Sparkling Violetear, Black tailed and Green-tailed Trainbearers, White-crested Elaenia, Yellow-billed Tit-Tyrant, White-browed Chat-Tyrant, Rufous-naped and Spot-billed Ground-Tyrants, Greenish Yellow-Finch, Peruvian Sierra-Finch, Mourning Sierra-Finch and many more. Night in Ollantaytambo. (B, L)
- Day 4: Ollantaytambo-Aguas Calientes-Machu Picchu
- Today we will head towards the cloud forests of the Urubamba Canyon as the train will travel along Vilcanota-Urubamba River on route to the village of Aguas Calientes. More bird will be added to our list. White-winged Swallow, Chestnut-collared Swift, Torrent Duck and White-capped Dipper are common to be seen along the Urubamba River on route to Aguas Calientes (2,040 m). Aguas Calientes surrounding forests and farming plots show Orange-bellied Euphonia, Blue-gray Tanager, Saffron-crowned Tanager, Silver-backed Tanager, Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch, Fawn-breasted Tanager, Slaty Tanager, Capped Conebill, Speckled-face Parrot, Andean-Cock -of- the- Rock, Andean Motmot, Glossy-black Thrush, White-eared Solitaire and the endemic Masked Fruiteater. Many hummingbird species such as the Collared Inca, Racket-booted-tail Hummingbird, Green Violetear, Green-and-White Hummingbird, Green Hermit, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, and other colorful cloud forest birds. Night in Aguas Calientes (B, L, D)
- Day 5: Machu Picchu-Cusco
- This will be the final day of your tour starting with a guided visit to the mysterious and precious Machu Picchu Citatdel, perched in the heights of the Urubamba Canyon. The surrounding landscape is amazing, and while waiting for the bus transfers and short trip to Machu Picchu you will see the Azara´s Spinetail, Torrent Tyrannulet, Green Jay, Dusky-green Oropendola, Inca Wren, Mitred Parak