Birding Cusco – Machu Picchu

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.

on-rocksInca Wren
Photographer: Dave Krueper
Day 1:We leave Cusco early in the morning for the 4 hour train and bus journey to Machu-Picchu. From the train we will certainly see Torrent Ducks and White-capped Dipper on the Urubamba River and get closer looks as we leave the train. Arriving at the ruins, birding takes a back seat for once as we are taken on a guided tour of this mystical archeological complex. White-tipped Swifts will be flying overhead. After lunch we will look for Inca Wren, which is quite common in the bamboo around the ruins and then descend into the Urubamba gorge for late afternoon birding. Night at our Hotel in Aguas Calientes. L:D
Day 2:All morning birding the railway track along the Urubamba River. In the remnant cloud forest we will be looking specifically for Sclater's and Bolivian Tyrannulets, Silver-backed Tanager, Pale-eyed Thrush, Masked Fruiteater (endemic), Black-streaked Puffbird, Oleaginous Hemispingus and Capped Conebill. Mixed flocks contain many species of Tanager and the endemic Green and White Hummingbird is common here. After a late lunch, we return on the tourist train to the historic town of Cusco ( or Ollantaytambo) for the night. B:L

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Elissa M. Landre, Director - Mass Audubon's - Broadmoor Wildlife

You were all a great organizing and support team for the Mass Audubon Peru trip last month. Your operations manager, Mary, earned special thanks when a schedule transportation strike threatened to keep us from getting to Machu Picchu. I don’t know how she managed to get us on flights from Boca Manu, on a late train from a distant station, to Machu Picchu the evening before the strike, and into hotel rooms. Everything had to be rescheduled and she did this smoothly and so the travelers hardly knew there was a problem. Manu Expeditions, and especially their operations manager, as real professionals. Travel in Peru is not easy or predictable, and knowing she was keeping track and making things work out your guide and me to focus on nature and not worry about logistics. A huge Thank You!

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Our tour with Silverio will always be one of our fondest memories.

You were all a great organizing and support team for the Mass Audubon Peru trip last month. Your operations manager, Mary, earned special thanks when a schedule transportation strike threatened to keep us from getting to Machu Picchu. I don’t know how she managed to get us on flights from Boca Manu, on a late train from a distant station, to Machu Picchu the evening before the strike, and into hotel rooms. Everything had to be rescheduled and she did this smoothly and so the travelers hardly knew there was a problem. Manu Expeditions, and especially their operations manager, as real professionals. Travel in Peru is not easy or predictable, and knowing she was keeping track and making things work out your guide and me to focus on nature and not worry about logistics. A huge Thank You!

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