Birding Cusco – Lake Piuray and the Vilcanota High Andes

One and Two Day Birding trips from Cusco
Short trips that are convenient if visiting Cusco, or before or after another trip to the old Inca Capital.

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Lake Piuray and the Vilcanota High Andes:

We pick you up at your hotel in Cusco and we head towards the historic Inca town of Chinchero and stopping at Piuray and Huaypo Lakes teeming with waterfowl. Species we should see easily include Cinnamon, Puna and Yellow-billed Teal, Yellow-billed Pintail, Andean Duck, Andean Goose, Silvery & White-tufted Grebes, Andean Gull, Puna and Andean Ibis and Andean Coot. Short-billed pipit and Slender billed Miner is often in the grassy area along with Andean Lapwing and maybe Puna Snipe. Variable Hawk, Cinereous Harrier and Black-chested Buzzard-Eagles are often seen. There is always a chance to see something unusual here. Crossing the Maras plateau with stunning views of the Vilcanota mountain chain, we'll turn up the Lamay Valley to the high Puna grassland and lakes. We can look here for Giant Coot( a short hike) and in the Austral winter a variety of Ground-Tyrants & Sierra Finches are always present. Other possibilities include Cream-winged Cinclodes, Peruvian Sierra -Finch, Streak-throated Canstero, White-winged Diuca-Finch, Common Miner, Rusty-fronted Canastero and many more Andean passerines. We return you to Cusco or if you wish drop you off in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. L

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Bill Kingston - USA

We had an uneventful return trip and are back at work.  Once again I want to thank you and your colleagues for a wonderful Peru adventure.  Your coordination of our complicated itinerary was perfect.

Stephen Eccles - UK

On the trip itself, my main comment is that Silverio was a superb leader!

Lynn Lakso - USA

Dear Friends at Manu Expeditions,
Thank you for making a dream come true. My trip to the Mountains of Manu was truly extraordinary. The guide was the best birding guide I have met. In addition he was a very competent and caring person. He answered my many questions about birds, ecology, Peruvian history, and farming practices knowledgeably and cheerfully. I truly appreciate his extra efforts to insure I saw every bird possible.

Gary Graham - National Audubon - USA

Thanks again for an incredible experience on our Audubon Nature Odyssey trip to Manu and Machu Picchu! The guide team provided the best birding and nature experience that anyone could possibly hope for. The combination of their birding expertise, unparalleled in my view, and people skills provided our group with exceptional birdwatching in a very user-friendly manner where all our participants excelled. Everyone really enjoyed the total trip summarized by one of our participants who has birded around the world with many of the famous birding leaders who stated that you guys were the best birding guides she had ever experienced.

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Thanks again for an incredible experience on our Audubon Nature Odyssey trip to Manu and Machu Picchu! The guide team provided the best birding and nature experience that anyone could possibly hope for. The combination of their birding expertise, unparalleled in my view, and people skills provided our group with exceptional birdwatching in a very user-friendly manner where all our participants excelled. Everyone really enjoyed the total trip summarized by one of our participants who has birded around the world with many of the famous birding leaders who stated that you guys were the best birding guides she had ever experienced.

Dear Friends at Manu Expeditions,
Thank you for making a dream come true. My trip to the Mountains of Manu was truly extraordinary. The guide was the best birding guide I have met. In addition he was a very competent and caring person. He answered my many questions about birds, ecology, Peruvian history, and farming practices knowledgeably and cheerfully. I truly appreciate his extra efforts to insure I saw every bird possible.

On the trip itself, my main comment is that Silverio was a superb leader!

We had an uneventful return trip and are back at work.  Once again I want to thank you and your colleagues for a wonderful Peru adventure.  Your coordination of our complicated itinerary was perfect.

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