If leaving from Cusco Very early start for the 3 hour drive to Abra Malaga. If leaving from Urubamba or Ollantaytambo a later start and an hour and a half's drive After a field breakfast we'll have all day to work the humid temperate forest. Starting at a large patch of Chusquea bamboo we should see Parodi's Hemispingus (endemic) and Puna Thistletail (endemic). Other possibilities throughout the day include: Drab, Three-striped, Black-eared and Black-capped Himispingus, Golden-collared and other Tanagers, White-throated and White-banded Tyrannulets, Andean Ibis, Unstreaked Tit-tyrant (endemic), White-rumped Hawk, Sierran Elaenia, Marcapata Spinetail (endemic), Inca Wren ( endemic), Diademed and Trilling Tapaculo plus a lot more. Rufous and Undulated Antpitta's are here too. In the afternoon we'll look for Cuzco Brush Finch (endemic). We'll return to the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the evening. L:D
Your staff (Balvina, Wendel) and our bird guide Alex were wonderful. We enjoyed our half-day Laguna de Huacarpay excursion with Alex, and Wendel and Balvina kept us on schedule and "extracted" from Agua Calientes during the wildcat strike.
I'm writing to express my deepest appreciation for the tour I took through Manu and Legacy Tours. It was my first visit to Peru, and I didn't have a very clear sense of what to expect. I am so very happy to say that everything about the tour was wonderful. I was very appreciative of the logistical aspects of the tour. The hotels and lodges were great. And the meals were substantial and delicious. I was especially delighted by our alfresco lunches on the road--and very appreciative of snack packs we received while traveling. The complex arrangements for transportation were handled smoothly. The buses and boats were comfortable and the drivers and boatmen conscientious.