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Birding Off Beaten Paths
Birding at Exclusive Archeological Sites in Peru
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.
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
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 Tyrannulet, Slaty 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
- Ebird Checklist for: Carretera 28B–Peñas
- Ebird Checklist for: ACP Abra Málaga Thastayoc Royal Cinclodes
- Ebird Checklist for: ACP Abra Málaga–Lagunillas
- Ebird Checklist for Abra Málaga–Upper Temperate Forest (3400-3200m)
- Ebird Checklist for Vitcos – Sendero Huancalle
- Ebird Checklist for: Comunidad de Pampaconas
- Ebird Checklist for: Zona Arqueologica de Espiritu Pampa
- Ebird Checklist for: Santuario Historico Machu Picchu–Central Hidroeléctrica Machu Picchu
- Ebird Checklist for: Santuario Historico Machu Picchu–Catarata y Jardín Mandor
- 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.
- Day 1
- Day 2
- Day 3
- Day 4
- Day 5
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
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
Vilcabamba - Espiritu Pampa
- Drive along the high Andes and descend to the Cloud forest to look for the Tanager's flocks and descend to the SubTropical forest of the Archeological complex of Espiritu Pampa.
- Birding at Espiritu Pampa surroundings to observe; Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Crested Quetzal, Versicolored Barbet, Western Fire-eye, Slaty Gnateater, Scaled Antpitta, Ash-browed Spinetail, Ocellated Piculet, Streaked Xenops
- Return to Licma Town to spend the overnight
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
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
- The train ride from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.
- Transfer from the Train station to your hotel
Our guides are recording birds all year around and Finding new locations for birding!