- DAY 1: Arrive in Lima - Peru
We will pick you up from Lima airport and transfer to our hotel. Usually, international flights arrive in Peru from 10:30 pm to 11:30 pm. But remind us about your arrival time. Night in Hotel.
- DAY 2: Villa Marshes/Pucusana
We will have a morning drive to Villa Marshes (Pantanos de Villa) for several species found here. Then we will drive again to get Pucusana fishing town for our semi-pelagic trip for Inca Terns and Penguins. Then if time permits we can explore Puerto Viejo, San Andres area for some extra species. And finally, we will back to our hotel in Lima.
Target Species: Many-Colored Rush-Tyrant, Wren-like HoteRushbird, Great Grebe, Yellow-Hooded Blackbird, Inca Tern, Peruvian Booby, Blue-footed Booby, Peruvian Pelican, Humboldt Penguin, Guanay and Red-legged Cormorants, Blackish Oystercatcher, Surf Cinclodes (E), Coastal Miner (E), Amazilia Hummingbird, Peruvian Meadowlark, Peruvian Thick-knee, Purple-collared Woodstar, Peruvian Pygmy-Owl, Pacific Parrotlet and many others.
- DAY 3: Morning flight to Cusco and Lakes
We will flight to Cusco. There we will visit some Andean lakes: Huacarpay, Huaypo and Piuray Lakes. After all day birding, we will drive to Limatambo. Dinner and night in Limatambo Hotel.
- DAY 4: Mollepata Road for endemics
Early start drives up to Mollepata road where we can enjoin our new birding spot for several species very restricted to the area and with good luck Andean Condor. After this amazing area, we will drive to Cusco. Dinner and Night in Cusco Hotel
Target Species: White-eared Puffbird, Pale-tailed Canastero, White-tufted Sunbean (E), Vilcabamba Thisleatail (E), Apurimac Brush-finch (E), Stripe-headed Antpitta, Vilcabamba Tapaculo (E), Chestnut-breasted Mountain-finch (E), Creamy-crested Spinetail (E), Giant Conebill, Andean Condor, Tit Like Dacnis and Many others.
- DAY 5: Abra Malaga - Peñas
Early breakfast and we will drive up to Abra Malaga Pass (polylepis forest) at 4300 m where there is a chance to explore the small polylepis forest a very unique ecosystem for certain species only found along the area. We will have a full morning and part of the afternoon to search all endemics and specialist. Then we will back to our hotel for dinner. Night in Ollantaytambo Hotel.
Target Species: White-winged Diuca-Finch, Ash-breasted Sierra-Finch, Plumbeous Sierra-Finch, White-browed Tit-Spinetail, Ash-breasted Tit-Tyrant, Stripe-headed Antpitta, Tawny Tit-Spinetail, Royal Cinclodes, White.winged Cinclodes, Puna Tapaculo, Olivaceous Thornbill, Andean Lapwing, Giant Conebill, Puna Ground-Tyrant, and many others.
- DAY 6: Carrizales full Day
Early start drives to Carrizales Birding Spot for several endemics species ending at Ipal Ecolodge our new birding spot or lunch and some birding for target species. Then we will back for our dinner. Night in Ollantaytambo hotel.
Target Species: Unstreaked Tit-tyrant, Cusco Brush-finch, Parodis Heminpingus, Black-capped Hemispingus, Rufous Antpitta, Trilling Tapaculo, Marcapata Spinetail, Inca Wren, White-banded Tyrannulet, Pearled Treerunner, Streaked Tuftedcheek, White-rumped Hawk, Plushcap, Red-crested Finch, Sclaters Tyrannulet, Ocellated Piculet, Plumbeous-back Tyrant, Swallow-tailed Hummingbird, Yellow-bellied Seedeater, Common Tody-Flycatcher among others.
- DAY 7: Machu Picchu time!
An early train ride to Aguas Calientes to visit the Machu Picchu where we will have an unforgettable experience along Inca site for the rest of the morning. Then we can do some birding before and after our lunch. Them late afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo. Night in Hotel.
Target Species: Torrent Duck, White-capped Dipper, Inca Wren (E), Green and White Hummingbird (E), Ocellated Piculet, Masked Fruiteater (E), Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch, Pale-legged Warbler, Rusty Flowerpiercer, Tricolored Brush-Finch, Variable Antshrike, and many others.
Early breakfast and then we will drive up to San Salvador Lake (4,100m) on the way to Paucartambo village. Then we will arrive at Acjanaco pass where Manu National Park starts. After the pass, we will probably start to see more species. Night in Wayqecha Station.
Target Species: Bearded Mountanier (E), Giant Hummingbird, Chestnut-Breasted Mountain-Finch (E), Giant Coot, Crested Duck, Andean Goose, Plumbeous Sierra-Finch, Ash-breasted Sierra-Finch, Andean Flicker, Puna Ibis, Hooded Siskin, Black Siskin, Band-tailed Seedeater, Peruvian Sierra-Finch, Slender-billed Miner, Creamy-crested Spinetail (E), Brow-Backed Chat-tyrant, Black-throated, Moustached, Masked Flowerpiercers, Tit-like Dacnis, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager and many others.
Today will be full day birding along the road and lodge surrounding. We will explore the upper road for some missing species and spend more time after the tunnels for more diversity for all our targets. Night in Wayqecha Station.
Target Species: Grass-green Mountain-Tanager, Chestnut-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Hooded Mountain-Tanager, Barred Becard, Red-crested and Chestnut-crested Cotingas, Slaty-backed Chat-tyrant, Golden-headed Quetzal, Golden-collared Tanager, Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Blue-banded Toucanet, Red and White Antpitta (E), Marcapata Spinetail (E) and many others.
- DAY 10: Birding to Cock of the Rock Lodge
Early birding along the road on our way to the next birding lodge. Dinner and night in Cock of the Rock Lodge.
Target Species: Gray-mantled Wren, Mountain Foliage-Gleaner, Olive-Backed Woodcreeper, Stripe Threehunter, Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant, Inca Flycatcher(E), Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant, Stripe-Chested Antwren, White-backed Fire-Eye, Black-eared Hemispingus, Yellow-breasted Antwren, Yungas Manakin, Yellow-throated, common Clorospingus, Dusky-Green Oropendola, Brown Tinamou, Rufous-tailed Tyrant, Chestnut-backed Antshrike, Unicolored Antshrike, Andean Motmot, Rufescent Screech-Owl, Blue-naped Chlorophonia, Yellow-breasted Antbird, Black-streaked Puffbird and many others.
We will have full morning birding along Manu road and lodge surroundings and we will have some time to enjoin the hummingbirds feeders. After lunch, we will keep birding for some missing species and we will try to see Lyre-tailed Nightjar display before dusk. Night in Cock of the Rock Lodge.
Target Species: Andean Cock of the Rock, Versicolored Barbet, Beryl-spangled, Safron-Crown, Golden Tanagers and Orange-eared, Yellow-throated, Slaty, Golden-naped, Paradise, Blue-necked, Bay-headed, Spotted Tanagers, Deep-blue Flowerpiercer, Three-stripe Warbler, Russet-crowned Warbler, Black-faced Brush-finch, Golden-headed Quetzal, Crested Quetzal, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Wire-crested Thorntail, Speckled Hummingbird, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Peruvian Piedtail (E), Many-spotted Humminbird, Botted Raquetail and many others.
- DAY 12: Birding drive to Villa Carmen Station