Machu Picchu Birding Bird-Watching
Machu Picchu Birding Bird-Watching
Machu Picchu Birding Bird-Watching–Join us on our birding adventure in the valley of Urubamba, a perfect place to spot birds and flora, before exploring the Inca city of Machu Picchu perched atop the mountain. Undertake Machu Picchu’s most fascinating hike to Hidroelectrica. Located behind the Inca city, this fascinating valley shelters unique species of flora and fauna as well as some waterfalls. The Journey starts very early on the outskirts of Aguas Calientes town towards Hidroelectrica village. From there, we hike alongside the Urubamba River and the railroad track until the 118km marker. The landscape is spectacular since the valley is inhabited by a vast variety of birds such as golden oriole, woodpeckers, blue-grey tanagers, cock-of-the-rock, Peru’s national bird, Highland Motmot, Torrent Duck, Lyre-tailed Nightjar, White-eared Solitaire, Inga trees full of hummingbirds (including the endemic Green-and-white), numerous vivid tanagers (including the scarce Silvery), and the endemic Masked Fruiteater; as well as beautiful wildflowers such as orchids and impressive ferns that are more than 2,000 years old.
With our EXTENSION TOUR TO MACHU PICCHU, our exploration is concentrated in the area of Machu Picchu Inca city and Urubamba Valley, where we spend enough time to do justice to the archeological and natural heritage of this unique place. In this part of the country, Inca influence is particularly strong, and tradition still rules the daily lives of people, who are very proud of their legacy. Machu Picchu itself is an Incan citadel set high in the Andes, built in the 15th century, renowned for its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar. Although its exact former use remains a mystery, Machu Picchu contains many intriguing buildings that play on astronomical alignments and panoramic views.
Duration: 2 Days / 1 Night
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.
Day 01. Cusco – Machu Picchu Town (Aguas Calientes) – Machu Picchu Inca City
We’ll depart very early this morning to catch the early train to the town of Machu Picchu, also known as Aguas Calientes. From the train, we’ll see Torrent Duck and possibly White-capped Dipper on the Urubamba River, and on arrival, we’ll make our hotel check-in, we then board a bus for the short ride to the ruins, situated on a high ridge with spectacular views of the Urubamba River below. Our Leader will tell us about the geological and history of the region as we spend a couple hours slowly walking through the ruins, all the while watching for White-tipped Swifts overhead, looking for Inca Wren in the bamboo on the fringes of the ruins, and keeping an eye out for Northern Mountain Viscachas and Stenocercus lizards on the ruins themselves. After exploring and enjoying great afternoon views at Machu Picchu we’ll drive back to Aguas Calientes town. Optional hot springs.
Day 02. Machu Picchu Town – Hiking and Birding to Hidroelectrica – Cusco
Today’s hiking will take us outskirts of the town towards the Hidroelectrica led by our naturalist guide, as we leave the city we’ll start to see and hear songs of the birds along the train track. We’ll walk downstream for about one and a half hours, until getting a rich place in birdlife, where we plunge into the world of birds. We can usually see, Torrent Duck, Andean Guan, Plum-crowned Parrot, Mitred Parakeet, Green and Sparkling violet-ears, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Green-and-White Hummingbird, Gould’s Inca, Andean Cock of the Rock, Speckled Hummingbird, Variable Antshrike; Sclater’s, Mottle-cheeked, and Ashy-headed tyranulets, Russet-crowned Warbler, and numerous tanagers, including Saffron-crowned, Blue-necked, Silvery, and Golden-naped. These are but a few of the many fabulous birds we may encounter on this special extension. In the afternoon after spotting birds, we’ll walk back to Aguas Calientes to have lunch. We then take our train back to Cusco.
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.
– Round trip Train ticket.
– Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
– Tour Leader (Local naturalist).
– Bus up and down in Machu Picchu town.
– One night hotel in Machu Picchu town.
– Private transport, Hotel-Train Station-Hotel.
What’s Not Included
– Extra expenditure during the tour, such as bottled water, soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks.
– 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.).
On the night stay, after your day of exploring, you’ll overnight at charming Gringo Bill’s Boutique Hotel or similar hotel in the town of Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes).
From USD 900.00 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.
All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. If you are willing to share accommodations, we will match you with a roommate if one is available. If we cannot match you with a roommate, the “forced single supplement” is listed if applicable.
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 (Machu Picchu permit fee): $150 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.
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.
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 8,036 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 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 hotel.
– Original Passport
– Travel insurance (and some copies).
– Repellent with a minimum of 30 % deet.
– Face tissue paper, toilet paper.
– Bathing suit.
– Camera charger and, extra batteries.
– Sun hat.
– 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 Urubamba Valley can be explored all year except in late January and February, the rainiest months when the valley 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.