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Huacarpay Lake Bird-Watching Tour Full Day

Huacarpay Lake, Cusco
1 day

Huacarpay Lake Bird-Watching Tour Full Day

Huacarpay is a lake with adjacent marshes in a place that’s still part of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, about 21 miles away in the eastern of Cusco. It is surrounded by dry hills and mountains with Inca and pre-Inca ruins. This lake was declared a Ramsar site in 2006 because it’s home and shelter for 108 species of birds, most of them are endemics and other in the endangered list. It’s a temporal stop for birds in migratory from the north America and south America, the presence of birds is about 70 species all year-round.
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Huacarpay Lake Bird-Watching Tour Full Day


Huacarpay Lake Bird-Watching

Huacarpay Lake Bird-Watching–Huacarpay is a lake with adjacent marshes in a place that’s still part of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, about 21 miles away in the eastern of Cusco. It is surrounded by dry hills and mountains with Inca and pre-Inca ruins. This lake was declared a Ramsar site in 2006 because it’s home and shelter for 108 species of birds, most of them are endemics and other in the endangered list. It’s a temporal stop for birds in migratory from the north America and south America, the presence of birds is about 70 species all year-round. Thus it’s a rich place for birding. It is called Wakarpay in Quechua or sometimes spelled Huarcapay by local inhabitants because the place is home for Little Blue Heron which is called Wakar in Quechua.On the lake we’ll spot White-tufted Grebes, Puna Teal, Yellow-billed Pintail and Speckled Teal. Common Gallinule and Andean Coots patrolled the lake. Wren-like Rushbirds hid in the lakeside grasses. Our Crocotrail staff will set up nice tents to create shadows inside, chairs with back, table with clothes, where we’ll enjoy our succulent sumptuous picnic lunch. The lake is excellent for high Andean waterfowl and depending on the time of year for waders from North America and the notable species to see are. Wren-like Rushbird and Many-colored Rush-Tyrant are present in the reeds and Yellow-winged Blackbird can be found. The arid scrub around the lake holds the Peruvian endemic Rusty-fronted Canastero and Streak-fronted Thornbird, Bearded Mountaineer can be seen feeding in the tree tobacco along the roads and Giant Hummingbird occurs as well. Ready for birding adventure? Join us!

Duration: Full Day

Physical Rating: 2 – Easy, Light, Nothing too Challenging. Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea, river, lake kayaking.

Service Level: Upgraded

Group Size: Small group experience, Min 02 – Max 08, Avg 04.


Witness an amazing gathering of birds at the Wetland

Our excitement mounts as we board our private van for the 45 minutes long drive to Huacarpay lake, this excursion day we’ll start our adventure very early at the hotel to set out. Upon our arrival, we’ll get our gears ready, and venture to where the wetland abruptly gives way to the lagoon. Our knowledgeable Leader in birds leads us through, explaining the significance of the various birds that live on this wetland. While our Machu Picchu Travel Company staff team will make our breakfast, so we then have our breakfast with stunning views around. After that, we’ll keep spotting more bird species, and exploring the area. At about mid-day, we’ll eat our picnic lunch. Meals are served in a picnic tent with comfortable chairs, table, etc, to enjoy our meals in the shadow. In the mid-afternoon, after having a good time in observing birds, we’ll take our private van back to Cusco. All meal included.

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.[/vc_column_text]

What’s included

– Round trip private van.

– First aid-kit.

– Meals: All meals included with an option for vegetarians, gluten-free, lactose-free, etc.

– Entrance fee to the park.

– Tour Leader (Local naturalist).

What’s Not Included

– Extra expenditure during the tour, such a bottle water, soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks.

– Tipping.

– Travel Insurance.

– Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you please), we highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation, interruption; an insurance to protect your travel investment, Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance. Any unexpected situations occurred during the journey and which are beyond our control, including changes in scheduling trains or flights, delays, strikes, cancellations, missed connections, etc. it should be covered by the passenger as a whole. Also, if you for physical reasons of health cannot continue the trek or walk, and will need emergency evacuation then all charges incurred such as transportation, hotel, ambulance, doctors, medication, hospitalization, etc. will be at passenger’s expense.

– International or internal airfare, transfers for independent arrival or departure, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Detailed Itinerary, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, expenses such as medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).


From USD 200.00 Per Person.

Prices are quoted in US Dollars and all payments must be made in US Dollars.

To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are tier priced according to the number of full-paying participants on the trip.

Trip Payment Schedule.

At the time of reservation: 30% of total balance.

– 90 days prior to departure: Balance should be paid fully, or once upon your arrival in Cusco the other 70% of final balance must be paid fully.

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule.

– Minimum fee (Huacarpay permit fee): $50 per person

– 61-90 days prior to departure: 30% of trip cost

– 46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost

– 45 days or less: 100% of trip cost.

Tour Leaders

Meet Our Fabulous Leaders

A professional Machu Picchu Travel Company Tour Leader with a deep knowledge of the destination and a focus on customer service makes all the difference. Our leaders are experts in Inca history, nature, birding, gastronomy, local language, etc, with a profound connection to Peru’s fascinating traditional culture. They take care of all the details so that you can savor the experiences of the trip. And just as important, they have a remarkable gift for sharing their extensive knowledge and favorite places. Our Tour Leaders have the warmth, endless energy, and that special “it” factor that transforms a trip into an unforgettable journey.


Make the most of Peru’s natural beauty with outdoor picnics on each adventure tour, and Discover the delights of Peruvian cuisine in each tour destinations and outdoor tours. So food is awesome!

Our chefs are to Food what Leonardo da Vinci is to Art, so we rely on really experienced Quechua chefs who were trained and chosen to make this food in the mountains, and they are our stars.

You’ll be surprised and delighted at the variety and quality of our on-the-trail cuisine, a blend of freshly made Peruvian & Fusion dishes with vegetarian options. Breakfast and lunch are served in our enclosed dining tent, complete with table and chairs. As you start the day’s activity, we provide tasty trail snacks including fresh fruit and chocolate.

Lunches consist of a wide variety of dishes, depending on the day, including local delicacy dish, beef, chicken, fish, pasta salads, soup, casseroles, and other offerings, or surprises with appetizers and delicious desserts. They are served at a comfortable and scenic spot along the trail where our staff has set up tables and chairs, and quite often an open tent for shade. At each lunch stop, we set up our own private toilet tent and chemical toilet for minimal impact on the environment.

Trip Details

This trip is Level 2, Easy, Light, Nothing too Challenging. Most activity is between 1,640 and 10,500 feet. The maximum elevation we reach is 10,450 feet. Trails can be rugged, not the well-maintained trails you may be accustomed to in your country. For the most part, you can hike at your own speed. Our group will walk in a group along the trail during the excursion for about one to three hours. On the trail, you will just carry your own daypack for the items that you want with you on the excursion, such as a water bottle, camera, and a jacket. Our extra gears are left in our van.

Trip Checklist

– Travel insurance (and some copies).

– Repellent with a minimum of 30 % deet.

– Face tissue paper, toilet paper.

– Binoculars.

– Bathing suit.

– Camera.

– Camera charger and, extra batteries.

– Sunblock,

– Sun hat.

– Sunglasses.

– Backpack to carry your things.

– Rain gear

– Water bottle, Canteen or Camelback container.

– Long sleeve T-shirts.

– Hiking trousers

– American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash.

– Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).

– Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).

When to Go

The Huacarpay lake can be explored all year except in late January and February, the rainiest months when the lake is foggy and difficult to spot birds. The tours reopen in March and April when the rains lighten up and the mountains are still green. High season begins in May and extends through September, as these are the driest months. October through December is considered shoulder season when occasional rain is possible, but keep in mind that the highlands of Peru are a temperate desert and it is not uncommon for it not to rain for weeks at a time even in the height of the rainy season. This is also the time with the fewest hikers on the trail, more flowers in bloom, and fewer tourists at Machu Picchu as well as in Cusco. Temperatures in the Cusco-Machu Picchu region range from the high 60s in the daytime to the low 40s at night, with some variation depending on the time of year you go.