Birdwatching and Machu Picchu Tour
Feathers and Marvels
Birdwatching and Machu Picchu Tour Description
Discover a captivating journey with the Birdwatching and Machu Picchu Tour, tailored for bird enthusiasts, photographers, and culture aficionados. Traverse diverse habitats, from high Andean lagoons hosting migratory birds to the enchanting Polylepis forest and hummingbird havens. Ascend to Abra Málaga, where unique bird species thrive amid breathtaking landscapes. Descend through the Cloud Forest, revealing endemic treasures. Culminate your adventure at Machu Picchu, embraced by a rich and diverse ecosystem. This tour seamlessly blends birdwatching, photography, and cultural exploration for an extraordinary and unforgettable exploration of nature and heritage.
Birding in Machu Picchu
- Birdwatching and photography in the Sanctuary of Hummingbirds.
- Exploration through Abra Málaga in search of unique high-altitude birds.
- Trek into the deep Cloud Forest to discover endemic species.
- Observation of the stunning and panoramic views of the Andes.
- Sighting the amazing cock-of-the-rock, our national bird.
- Historical tour of Machu Picchu, wonder of the world.
» Cusco – Sacred Valley
Start your journey from Cusco in the morning, heading towards high Andean lagoons situated at 3445 m.a.s.l. Surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, these lagoons serve as a vital habitat for resident and migratory waterfowl, creating a perfect setting for photography and birdwatching enthusiasts. Immerse yourself in the ancient traditions of Chinchero, a town preserving its original culture.
Continuing the adventure, visit the Hummingbird Sanctuary, a preserved haven tailored for photography and bird watching. Savor a delightful lunch featuring local, organic products. Conclude the day's exploration in Ollantaytambo, where you will spend the night, surrounded by the rich cultural tapestry of the Sacred Valley
» Ollantaytambo – Abra Málaga – Cloud Forest Expedition
Commence your day with an ascent to 13,878 ft – 4,230 m, reaching the pinnacle of Abra Málaga, renowned as one of Cusco's premier birdwatching locales. This extreme habitat hosts unique birds adapted to its challenging climate, making it a hotspot for encountering endemic species like Royal Cinclodes, White-browed Tit-Spinetail, Chesnut-breasted Mountain-Finch, White-tufted Sunbeam, Rusty-fronted Canastero, and Creamy-crested Spinetail.
Marvel at a diverse array of hummingbirds, including Giant, Black and Green-tailed Trainbearers, Great Sapphire-wing, Shining Sunbeam, Sparkling Violetear, Tyrian Metatail, Sword-billed, and more. Surrounding this extraordinary birdwatching experience are landscapes adorned by sacred snow-capped mountains, such as La Veronica or "Wakaywillca" (meaning sacred tears) at 19,202 ft – 5,850 m.
Descend through various habitats, including the polylepis forest and cloud forest, arriving at our lodge for an evening exploration to spot nocturnal birds and owls.
» Cloud Forest to Machu Picchu Exploration
Begin the day with a birdwatching excursion along the lodge's paths in the cloud forest, seeking out endemic species like Inca wren, Marcapata spinetail, Unstreaked tit-tyrant, Cuzco brush finch, Parodi’s Hemispingus, and Vilcabamba tapaculo. Depending on the season, discover native orchids and characteristic flora adding a touch of natural beauty to the surroundings.
Following this enriching activity, our journey continues along the Urubamba or Vilcanota river until we arrive at Machu Picchu, the renowned wonder of the world.
» Machu Picchu – Cusco Journey
Explore the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, nestled in the heart of the Cloud Forest, a protected habitat spanning over 35,500 hectares. Home to endangered species like the Andean Bear, Puma, Andean Cat, and diverse bird species, this sanctuary offers a unique blend of history and nature.
Activities commence early, focusing on Birdwatching in Machu Picchu. Following this, ascend to explore the main temples, astronomical observatories, and squares during a guided tour of the Inca citadel. Concluding our visit, we return to the city of Cusco via train.
- Naturalist Guide.
- Tour Transport (van, bus and train).
- Entrances fees.
- 3 nights lodge and hotel in Machu Picchu.
- Mineral water + Snacks.
- Tips, Extra expenses.
- Binocular, Alcoholic drinks,
- First Breakfast and last day dinner.
- Original passport.
- Flashlight and extra batteries.
- Small back pack and confortable shoes.
- Rain jacket or poncho (December – April).
- Three complete change of clothing.
- Sport sandals or water shoes.
- Personal hygiene products.
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun.
- Sun block (sun protection cream).
- Insect repellent.
- Snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, etc.
- Camera, plenty of film and batteries.
- Extra Money (soles).
- Sit down with a shaman for a private meditation ceremony.
- Observe local weavers at work during private demonstrations.
- Hone your kitchen skills during Peruvian cooking classes with celebrated chefs.
- Admire views of the Andes from your luxury, vintage-style carriage on the Belmond Hiram Bingham Train.
- Take a day hike along part of the famed Inca Trail and arrive in Machu Picchu via the iconic Sun Gate.
- Amp up the adrenaline with exhilarating adventure activities such as riding the fast-flowing rapids of the Vilcanota River, or zooming along zip lines among towering Andean peaks.
Can I book my own hotels?
Absolutely. If you look at the PRICING, you will see that there is one price for including three star hotels and another for no hotels. We can also book any other hotel for you. Just let us know and we can quote any of the hotels in Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu for you.
Are flights included?
Unfortunately no. Neotropic Peru does not include flights for this trip.
How many people will be part of my tour group?
Our meticulously crafted itineraries, such as this 6-day tour through the Cusco region, are usually designed for individual bookings. In the rare instance that others share your interests on the same day, the groups will remain intentionally small, with a maximum of 12 people. Private groups are effortlessly accommodated, ensuring a personalized and intimate experience for all.
Can I bring my luggage to Machu Picchu?
All larger luggage should stay in Cusco and can be stored either at your hotel or with us at our deposit. The train to Machu Picchu Town only allows small bags aboard.
What is the best time to visit the Cusco region?
The ideal time to visit varies, but generally, the dry season from May to September is recommended for pleasant weather and clear skies. However, each season offers unique experiences.
How do I book a tour with Neotropic Peru Travel?
Booking a tour is simple. Visit our website or contact our customer service team to explore available options, and follow the easy booking process outlined on our platform.
Can I customize my tour itinerary?
We understand that each traveler has unique preferences. While our tours are thoughtfully designed, we can discuss options for customization. Contact our team, and we'll work together to create a personalized itinerary that suits your interests.
How can I provide feedback about my tour experience?
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