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Great Lima, Cusco & Machupicchu 10 days

Tour Code: BS04
Inca archaeological sites, The Inca culture, Polylepis woodland specialities, Cloud forest and Machu Picchu ruins.
Price: 10 days. 4,120 US$






Day 1: Arrival in Lima. Transfer to Miraflores. Hotel Señorial.

Day 2: Late start in the morning. We drive south of Lima towards Pucusana. First stop in Villa Marshes, a small reserve. We will see Andean Coot, Puna Ibis, Great and White-tufted Grebes, Cinnamon Teal, White-cheeked Pintail, Franklin’s Gull, Gray-hooded Gull, Bay-winged and Red-backed Hawk. We will make some stops along the way in agricultural areas  for Peruvian Thicknee, Yellowish Pipit, Short-tailed Field Tyrant. Other possibilities a variaty of Seedeaters including Drab (endemic), Parrot-billed and Chestnut-throated. Also as Scrub Blackbird and Long-tailed Mockingbird. After lunch a boat trip around Pucusana Bay will produce nesting Guaynay and Peruvian Boobies, a stunning sight, not to mention the colonies of South-American Sea-lions. Our targets here are the lovely Inca Tern, Blackish Oystercatcher, Peruvian Pelican, Red-legged Cormorant, Gray Gull, Peruvian Seaside Cinclodes and Humboldt Penguin. A stop in roadside scrub should produce Oasis and Amazillia Hunmingbirds and Peruvian Sheartail. A last stop at San Pedro and Lurin for many shorebirds, Peruvian Tern, Chestnut-collared Swallow, Pacific Bran-colored Flyctacher We return to Lima to the Señorial Hotel. B:L:

Day 3: We will visit the Lomas de Lachay, an area of low coastal hills that are covered in a unique ‘fog vegetation’ (i.e. the sparse plant life obtains its moisture almost entirely from condensation in this almost rainless landscape). Bare desert en route to the Lomas is home to the endemic Coastal Miner, whereas higher up in the hills we may find Greyish Miner and the endemic Thick-billed Miner. At times Least Seedsnipe, Tawny-throated Dotterel and Yellowish Pipit nest in this area, while other birds we may find on the green slopes of the Lomas are Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Variable Hawk, American Kestrel, Eared Dove, Croaking Ground-Dove, Oasis and Amazilia Hummingbirds, Vermilion Flycatcher, Blue-and-white Swallow, Hooded Siskin, Grassland Yellow-Finch, Rufous-collared Sparrow and Peruvian Meadowlark. With fortune we will  find the  Raimondi’s Yellow-Finch in this area. A short distance away is a desolate desert canyon, where among the sparse cacti and large boulders we shall look for the endemic Cactus Canastero, and in more open areas we shall keep an eye out for the small desert race nanodes of the Burrowing Owl. On the return journey we shall diligently search recently plowed fields for the cryptic Peruvian Thick-knee and the diminutive Short-tailed Field-Tyrant, while in hedges and brushy areas we may find Groove-billed Ani, as well as Parrot-billed and Chestnut-throated Seedeaters. A brief visit to the Pacific Ocean shore will enable us to watch the numerous seabirds that feed in the nutritious waters of the cold Humboldt current, including the huge Peruvian Pelican, Peruvian Booby, Guanay Cormorant and Band-tailed, Grey and Kelp Gulls. We’ll return to our Lima hotel in the late afternoon.B:L:

Day 4: Early morning flight to Cusco.  We head out to Huacarpay lakes. The lake is surrounded by Inca, and pre-Inca ruins. Here we will see a variety of high Andean waterfowl including Puna, Speckled and Cinnamon Teal, Yellow-billed Pintail, Andean Duck and other wetland associated birds. White-winged Grebe and Andean coot will be here too. Depending on the time of year migrant North American shorebirds (waders) may be present. We will be specifically on the lookout for Wren-like Rushbird, Many-colored Rush-tyrant, Yellow-winged Blackbird, Puna Ibis and Andean Negrito. Birds of Prey we may see include Aplomado Falcon, Cinereous Harrier, Red-backed Hawk and Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle. In the arid scrub around the lake we’ll look for the endemic Rufous-fronted Canastero and also Streak-fronted Thornbird. We should find the pretty, endemic Bearded Mountaineer feeding in the tree tobacco (Nicotania sp.) with Giant Hummingbird and Trainbearers. Peruvian, Ash-breasted and Mourning Sierra-Finches will be here with Greenish Yellow-finch and Blue and Yellow Tanager. At noon we’ll drive back to Cusco. This 3-4 hour tour takes you to all the important Inca sites in Cusco town and environs . We pick you up at 2:00pm from your hotel and visit the most sacred of Inca sites - the Koricancha . Winding out of town we will take in the megalithic fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the strange temple of Kenko and the water fountains of Tambomachay. Night in Cuzco at The Emperador Hotel . B:L:

Day 5:Depart early in the morning for the 4.5 hour train journey to Machu-Picchu. From the train we will see Torrent Ducks and White-capped Dipper on the Urubamba River and get closer looks as we leave the train. Arriving at the ruins, we are taken on a guided tour of this 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 President Hotel or similar at Machu PicchuB:L:

Day 6: AM birding the railway track along the Urubamba River. In the remnant cloud forest we will be looking specifically for Sclaters and Bolivian Tyrranulets, 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 Ollantaytambo. Night at Pakaritampu Hotel. B:L:

Day 7: We start very early. After a substantial 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 include: Drab, Three-striped, Black-eared and Black-capped Hemispingus 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). Rufous and Undulated Antpittas are also here. PM we’ll look for Cuzco Brush Finch (endemic). We’ll return to the Sacred Valley. Night at Pakaritampu Hotel.B:L:

Day 8:We’ll head for the Polylepis woodland at Abra Malaga and stay birding here all the morning.  We should see Line-fronted Canastero, Ash-breasted Tit-tyrant (endemic), White-browed Tit-spinetail (endemic), Tawny Tit-Spinetail, Giant Conebill, Stripe-headed Antpitta, Andean Tapaculo, Tit-like Dacnis, Blue-mantled Thornbill, Andean Condor, Thick-billed Siskin, Junin Canastero (endemic). The major target bird here is the Royal Cinclodes, discovered here in the 80’s. On the valley floor we’ll check a variety of Ground-tyrants and Sierra-finchs. After a picnic lunch we will look for some local endemics on the west side, including Creamy-crested Spinetail, (endemic), Rusty-fronted Canastero (endemic). White-tufted Sunbeam (endemic) and Chestnut-breasted Mountain-finch (endemic). Then drive back to the valley. Night at The Pakaritampu Hotel.B:L

Day 9:Morning until 10:30 at the hotel installations. Then go back to Cuzco. Install at the Emperador Hotel. You have the rest of the day to go shopping around Cusco. Many small shops and street side vendors selling their wares. Colorful weavings and hand made alpaca sweaters are popular gifts for friends at home. Most people like to migrate to the “Cross Keys English Pub”.'s only authentic English Pub, for drinks and lively conversation with the resident congregation of guides, expatriates, adventurers, treasure hunters and smugglers from far corners of the universe. B

Day 10: Morning to explore Cusco and midday flights to Lima for connecting international departures. Day use of a hotel in Lima close to the airport.B

Included: Train tickets to Macchu Picchu and hotels

Not Include: Flights Lima -Cusco - LIma. 

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