Apurimac Endemics, Vilcabamba Tapaculo and Condors

Apurimac Endemics, Vilcabamba Tapaculo and Condors

11birdAndean CondorPhotographer: Alex Durand

A stunning, relaxing, adventurous two-day birding trip from Cusco to see some of the least known Peruvian Endemics and one of the most amazing Andean Condor spectacles in South America. An unforgettable journey to the Apurimac Canyon

Day 1:We pick you up from your Cusco hotel early and head west out of Cusco to Ancahuasi. From here we head across the high plains and Puna Grasslands to the picturesque village of Chonta where we start our 2-hour slow walk to the Condor overlook. We will be birding the whole way as we walk out to the Condors. (See video below). Andean birds we may see include Golden-billed Saltator, a variety of Sierra Finches, Hooded Siskin, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle and Variable Hawk and much more.

Here we watch up to a dozen Andean Condors with a wingspan of 3 meters after leisurely watching, a picnic lunch and great photo ops, we’ll descend in to the Limatambo Valley for a relaxing night at the Andean Spirit Lodge - a hidden paradise in the Andes. Those with energy may want to look for the endemic Koepcke’s Screech Owl, Peruvian Pygmy Owl and we have seen Buff-fronted Owl here, which is often in the garden. L:D
Day 2:An early start this morning after breakfast we’ll head for Mollepata and onto Soray Pampa situated under the towering glaciers of the Salkantay massif. Here we can search for the very localized and endemic Vilcabamba Tapaculo. Working our way along the track back to Cusco giving priority to Apurimac endemic birds - we’ll see a variety of species – some possibilities include: d’Orbigny’s Chat-Tyrant, Apurimac Brush Finch (endemic), Apurimac Spinetail (endemic) Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch (endemic), Peruvian Sierra-Finch, Cinereous Conebill, Band-tailed Seedeater, Black-backed Grosbeak, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Sparkling Violetear, Giant Hummingbird, Andean Lapwing, Plain-colored Seedeater, Red-crested Cotinga, Tit-like Dacnis, Plumbeous Sierra-Finch, White-tufted Sunbeam (endemic), Creamy-crested Spinetail (endemic), Cream-winged Cinclodes, Tyrian Metaltail, Pale-tailed Canastero and White-eared Puffbird and lots more. We’ll retrace our steps back to Cusco after two days birding in the most unimaginably amazing scenery. B:L

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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.

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.

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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.

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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