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All in One - Exploring the Avian Treasures and Exclusive Archeological Sites in Cusco Birding & Archeology 5 Days

Embark on an unforgettable birding adventure in Peru as we explore the most exclusive archaeological sites and discover the unique bird species of Machu Picchu, Espiritu Pampa, Abra Malaga and Vilcabamba. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Peru while witnessing the diverse avifauna of these hidden gems. Our expert guides will optimize your time and budget, ensuring a remarkable journey through remote landscapes and pristine habitats. Uncover the secrets of ancient civilizations and marvel at the avian treasures of Peru's birding paradise.
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Are you ready for the ultimate birding adventure in Peru? Discover the hidden avian treasures of Machu Picchu, Abra Malaga Espiritu Pampa, and Vilcabamba, as we take you off the beaten track to the most exclusive archaeological sites in the country. Optimize your time and budget with our carefully curated 5-day tour, designed to provide you with unparalleled birdwatching experiences. With expert guides by your side, you'll explore remote and untouched landscapes, immersing yourself in the rich biodiversity of the Inkas Land!

What's included

Destination
Abra Malaga , Espiritu Pampa - Vilcabamba , Machupicchu Discover Destinations
Departure Location
Cusco City or Sacred Valley Hotel - Bus Station - Airport
Return Location
Cusco City or Sacred Valley Hotel - Bus Station - Airport
Price includes
  • Birding Specialized Guide
  • Entrances Fees to the Birding Sites
  • Fees to Hummingbird Garden or Rescued centre
  • Free Storage Room in Cusco
  • Hostel at Vilcabamba
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Meals (according the itinerary)
  • Purified Water to Refill
  • Round Bus Ticket (Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu)
  • Snacks (Fresh Fruits, Cookies Juices )
  • Train Station Tranfer
  • Transfer in City, Airport, Bus Station
  • Transport (Air Conditioned Minivan or SUV)
Price does not include
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Binoculars (Available to rent)
  • First Day Breakfast
  • Single Supplement Upgrade

Birding Off Beaten Paths

Birding at Exclusive Archeological Sites in Peru

Discover the magnificent birds of Machu Picchu, Espiritu Pampa, Abra Malaga, and Vilcabamba as we navigate through lush forests and rugged terrains. Birding Off Beaten Paths

Immerse yourself in the rich cultural and historical heritage of Peru as you witness the wonders of its avifauna. Get ready to unravel the mysteries of ancient civilizations and witness the hidden treasures of Peru’s birding paradise.

Discover Exclusive Archeological Sites and Unique Birds in Machu Picchu, Espiritu Pampa, and Vilcabamba

But that’s not all – we understand the value of your time and budget. That’s why our program has been carefully designed to optimize both. You’ll explore the most exclusive archaeological sites while indulging in thrilling birdwatching opportunities, all in a cost-effective manner.

Locations to be Explored!

During this tour, birders will have the incredible opportunity to visit several locations that have been frequently documented on Ebird, increasing their chances of encountering a wide variety of bird species.

These locations have proven to be hotspots for birdwatching enthusiasts, providing a higher likelihood of encountering the avian treasures of the Cusco region. Some of the listed locations that we will visit, based on Ebird records of frequent bird sightings, include:

1. Machu Picchu

This iconic archaeological site not only offers mesmerizing historical wonders but is also known for its diverse birdlife. With its varied habitats and altitudes.  Machu Picchu attracts a wide range of bird species, including the Inca Wren.

Wattled Guan, Tricolored Brushfinch, Cuzco Brushfinch, Cerulean Warbler, Long-tailed Sylph, Green Jay.  Superciliaried Hemispingus, Ocellated Piculet, Slaty Tanager, Stripe-faced Wood-Quail.

Andean Motmot, Sclater’s Tyrannulet, Bolivian Tyrannulet, Chestnut-capped Brushfinch, Masked Fruiteater, Blue-naped Chlorophonia, Parodi’s Hemispingus, and the majestic Torrent Duck and White Capped Dipper

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Machu Picchu

2. Espiritu Pampa

This remote and unexplored archaeological site is teeming with avian treasures.  According to Ebird records. Espiritu Pampa hosts a variety of Interesting species that can be difficult to spot at other locations such as the Crested Quetzal.

Cinnamon-faced TyrannuletSlaty Gnateater, Scaled Antpitta, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Cuzco Warbler, Sharpbill, Versicolored Barbet, and the Majestic Andean Cock-of-the-rock that has a LEK in the vicinity of the archeological site.

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Espíritu Pampa

3. Vitcos – Rosaspata

This enchanting location is home to a remarkable diversity of bird species. Ebird records indicate frequent sightings of colorful species; Creamy-crested Spinetail, Inca Wren, Cuzco Brushfinch, Rufous-chested Tanager, Inca Wren.

Fawn-breasted Tanager, Scaled Metaltail, Red-crested Cotinga, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, Vilcabamba Tapaculo, Vilcabamba Thistletail, Johnson’s Tody-Flycatcher, among other interesting birds.

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Vitcos – Rosaspata
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Ñusta Hispana at Vitcos Archeological Circuit

4. Abra Malaga

This location is renowned for its complex and unique habitat of Polylepis forest. Situated in the southern region of Peru.  Abra Malaga is considered an endemism epicenter and a true haven for bird species found nowhere else in the world.

Polylepis forests are distinctive high-elevation woodlands characterized by their gnarled and twisted trees, forming a rugged and picturesque landscape.

These forests provide a specialized habitat for an exceptional array of bird species  Making Abra Malaga a must-visit destination for avid birdwatchers.

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Abra Malaga Pass

During our excursion to Abra Malaga, our expert guides will lead you through this enchanting forest, helping you search for elusive and endemic bird species such as:

White-browed Tit-Spinetail, Ash-breasted Tit-Tyrant, Streaked Fronted Antpitta, Puna Tapaculo, and the stunning Royal Cinclodes.

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Huamanmarca – Below Abra Malaga

Beyond the Ordinary & Unparalleled Experiences

Discovering Off Beaten Paths Birding Locations!

Our 5-day birdwatching tour in Peru offers a plethora of advantages that set it apart from regular birding tours in Peru. First and foremost, this program goes above and beyond by including not only the renowned Machu Picchu but also the off-the-beaten-track destinations of Espiritu Pampa, Abra Malaga, and Vilcabamba.

1. Birds & Archeology: Where Ancient Ruins and Rare Birds Converge

While many birding tours focus solely on bird species, our program adds an exciting layer of cultural and historical exploration. By combining visits to iconic archaeological sites with birdwatching.

You’ll have a truly immersive and enriching experience. Step into the ancient world of the Incas, marvel at their architectural wonders, and then venture into remote areas known for their exceptional birdlife.

2. Diversity of Landscapes: From Glaciers to Tropical Rainforests

From the high elevation at Abra Malaga (4300 meters ) the lush forests and rugged terrains of Espiritu Pampa to the breathtaking mountain views and valleys of Vilcabamba.  You’ll have the opportunity to spot a wide range of unique and rare bird species.

3. The Endemic Birds Species

By participating in this program, you will have the extraordinary opportunity to encounter numerous endemic bird species. Just to mention the Polilepys specialist and bamboo specialist at Abra Malaga and the Vilcabamba Specialist.

Endemic species are those that are found exclusively in a specific geographic area, making them even more special and sought after by birdwatchers.

4. Time Optimization

This program optimizes both your time and budget. With this all-in-one tour, you won’t need to book a separate tour for Machupicchu.

You will be able to Machu Picchu on the final day of the program.  We have carefully planned our exit through Ollantaytambo via Vistadome Train allowing you to explore different areas and avoid repeating the same route.

5. Accessibility: “Birding Off Beaten Paths”

The Vilcabamba Road is asphalted and the Espiritu Pampa archeological site offers better accessibility by overland transport from Lucma Town. You’ll be captivated by the breathtaking landscapes and hidden gem.

Birding Beyond the Classic Routes: Discovering Peru’s Off-the-Beaten-Track Avian Gems

For the Avid Birdwatcher

“Ideal for Beginners and Experienced Birdwatchers Alike”

Exclusively designed for passionate birdwatchers and adventurous souls. Our 5-day tour is a dream come true for those who love birds, archaeology, and exploring off-the-beaten-track destinations in Peru.

Whether you’re a seasoned or hardcore birder or simply fascinated by avian wonders, this program has been thoughtfully crafted to fulfill your interests. Birding Off Beaten Paths

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Locations by Ebird Birding Off Beaten Paths

As part of our commitment to providing a comprehensive birding experience, we want to ensure that you have all the information you need before embarking on your journey with us.

By accessing the Ebird. database platform, you can gain insights into the specific bird species that have been recorded in each location. This information can serve as a helpful reference as you plan and anticipate the birding opportunities that await you.

You’ll gain a better understanding of the common species that you may encounter, as well as the rarer and more elusive birds that you could have the opportunity to observe. Birding Off Beaten Paths

  1. Ebird Checklist for: Carretera 28B–Peñas
  2. Ebird Checklist for:  ACP Abra Málaga Thastayoc Royal Cinclodes
  3. Ebird Checklist for: ACP Abra Málaga–Lagunillas
  4. Ebird Checklist for Abra Málaga–Upper Temperate Forest (3400-3200m)
  5. Ebird Checklist for Vitcos – Sendero Huancalle
  6. Ebird Checklist for: Comunidad de Pampaconas 
  7. Ebird Checklist for: Zona Arqueologica de Espiritu Pampa 
  8. Ebird Checklist for: Santuario Historico Machu Picchu–Central Hidroeléctrica Machu Picchu
  9. Ebird Checklist for: Santuario Historico Machu Picchu–Catarata y Jardín Mandor
  10. Ebird Checklist for: Santuario Historico Machu Picchu–Puente

Note: The bird spotting may vary depending on the time of year, season, etc., and specific sighting conditions.

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Andean Cock of The Rock at Espiritu Pampa
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  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
Day 1

Cusco - Abra Malaga - Vilcabamba

  • Transfer from your hotel in Cusco from 5:30 AM 
  • Briefly search for Torrent Duck along the drive to Ollantaytambo 
  • Birding at Las Peñas Archeological site for Creamy crested spinetail, Chestnut Breasted Mountain Finch, White Tufted Sunbeam, Giant Hummingbird, Rusty Fronted Canistero
  • Birding at the Vicinity of the Abra Malaga pass to look for Streaked headed Antpitta, Hooded Siskin, Peruvian Sierra Finch, White Browed Conebill, and Anden Condors 
  • Birding walk to the Polilepys forest at Abra Malaga for Tawny Tit-Spinetail, White-browed Tit-Spinetail, Streak-backed Canastero, Royal Cinclodes,  Ash-breasted Tit-Tyrant  and Glacier Finch 
  • Birding along the Chusquea Bamboo while driving down hills to look for the following targets; Inca Wren, Marcapata Spinetail, Unstreaked tit tyrant, Cuzco brush Finch.
  • Arrival at Lucma before Dusk 
Day 2

Vilcabamba - Vitcos - Huancacalle

  • Early morning breakfast and birding walk along the Huancacalle Trails to look for Tyrian Metaltail, Red Crested Cotinga, Inca Wren, Creamy-crested Spinetail, Blue-backed Conebill, Yellow Scarfed Tanager, Silvery Tanager, Rufous-chested Tanager among others specialties.
  • Guided walk along the archeological site; Rosaspata or Vitcos and the Ñusta Hispana Circuit 
  • Lunch at the Hostel in Huancacalle 
  • Birding walk along the Cochapata Lake and plains to look for some Andean aquatic birds; Andean Duck, Yellow Billed Teals, and others 
Day 3

Vilcabamba - Espiritu Pampa

Day 4

Vilcabamba - Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu

  • Early Morning departure to Santa Maria and drive to Hidroelectrica, There will be chances to bird along the road 
  • Train Ride from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes 
  • Birding walk along the Train rail 
  • Observation of some bird species along the Mandor waterfalls 
  • Overnight at Aguas Calientes 

 

Day 5

Aguas Calientes - Cusco

  • Birding walk along the Tran Rail and gardens
  • A bus ride from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu  
  • Exploration of Machupicchu 
  • Return bus to Aguasa Calientes 
  • Lunch 
  • The train ride from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.
  • Transfer from the Train station to your hotel 

Are you ready for the ultimate birding adventure in Peru? Discover the hidden avian treasures of Machu Picchu, Abra Malaga Espiritu Pampa, and Vilcabamba, as we take you off the beaten track to the most exclusive archaeological sites in the country. Optimize your time and budget with our carefully curated 5-day tour, designed to provide you with unparalleled birdwatching experiences. With expert guides by your side, you'll explore remote and untouched landscapes, immersing yourself in the rich biodiversity of the Inkas Land!

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  • Morris Hersko
    5 out of 5

    I recently had the most incredible birding experience on a 5-day tour from Cusco to Abra Malaga, Vitcos, Espiritu Pampa, and finally, ending with a mesmerizing train journey to Machu Picchu. Every day was a delight for bird enthusiasts like me, as we ventured through diverse ecosystems and encountered a wide array of avian species. Our knowledgeable guide not only facilitated fantastic bird sightings but also shared fascinating insights into their behavior and ecology. From colorful hummingbirds to rare Andean species, each day brought new surprises and photo opportunities. The well-planned itinerary allowed for ample time to observe and appreciate the birds in their natural habitats. The tour also encompassed visits to historical sites, adding an extra layer of cultural richness to the experience. The highlight was undoubtedly the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu, the perfect finale to an unforgettable birding adventure. I highly recommend this tour to fellow birders

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    15 August, 2023

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