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Birding Manu Park and Machu Pichu 10D/9N

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Day1: Cusco – Huacarpay - Huayquecha Biological Station.

Today we leave at 5:30am from the hotel heading towards laguna Huacarpay which will take approximately 45 minutes where we can see the ENDEMIC Bearded Mountaineer that is a special hummingbird found in the area. It is not the only hummingbird you can see in the region of Cusco but it does not exist in other parts of the world. We can also observe many other types of birds such as:  Plumbeous rail, Cinnamon teal, Puna teal, Yellow billed pintail, White tufted grebe, Cinereous harrier, Black chested buzzard Eagle, Streak fronted thornbird, Many colored rush tyrant, Rusty fronted canastero and creamy crested spinetail which are also an ENDEMIC birds, and many others; afterwards, we will have a quick breakfast and then continue looking for more birds around the lake. Later we will take the bus to Manu.  Later we arrive in the highest part of the tour to have lunch at the entrance of the national park of Manu (3565masl.) From hear we will enter the cloud forest to see tanagers hummingbirds, antpittas, tyranulets, flycatchers, toucans and toucanets and many other bird species. We will arrive to our lodge Huayquecha around 4:30pm. At night before sleep we will look for Swallow tailed nightjars

Day2: Huayquecha Biological Station - Cock of the Rock Lodge

Today we will head to Cock of the Rock lodge. In the way we will search birds such as:  Golden collared tanager, Grass green Tanager, Scaled metaltail, Mountain Cacique, white collared jay, Barred parakeet, Barred fruiteater, Band tailed fruiteater, Marcapata Spinetail , Red and white antpitta, Blue Banded Toucanet, Hooded Mountain Tanager, Black and Chestnut Eagle, Black solitary Eagle, White throated Antpitta, Slaty Tanager, Slaty Backed Chat tyrant, Fulvos Wren, Chestnut crested Cotinga, Crested Quetzal, Golden Headed Quetzal, Black Streaked Puffbird, Yellow Throated Tanager, Buff Breasted Mountain Tanager, Superciliary Hemispingus, and many more. This night we will look for Rufous-bellied Nighthawk.

Day3: Cock of the rock lodge all day.

In order to visit the “Lek” of the Peruvian National Bird called the Andean Cock of the Rock we will have to start the tour very early in the morning. At the lek we can see the “Gallito de las Rocas” displaying; besides the Andean Cock of the Rock we can also see species like: White crowned Tapaculo, Yungas Manakin, Crested Quetzal, versicolored Barbed, Orange Eared Tanager, Highland Motmot, and many more.  After the morning activity we will return to the lodge for breakfast then go out for a walk along a trail to see more birds and such as: Slaty Gnateater, Chestnut breasted Wren, Cinnamon faced Tyranulet, Spotted Nightingale Thrush, Amazonian Ambrella Bird, Tyrannine Woodcreeper, Masked Trogon, Crimson Bellied Woodpecker, Black Streaked puffbird, Paradise Tanager, Saffron Crowned Tanager, Golden Tanager, Brown Tinamou, and possibly monkeys.  Later we will return to the lodge for lunch, around the lodge we have flowers that attacks hummingbirds; in total we will be able to see around 13 species of them:  Booted Racket Tail, Wire crested Thorntail, Gree Hermit, Buff Tailed Sicklebill, Many Spotted Hummingbird, Violet Fronted Brilliant, White Bellied Woodstar, Peruvian Piedtail, long Tailed Sylph, Wedge Billed Hummingbird, Speckled Hummingbird, Fawn Breasted Brilliant, and common Sparkling Violetear are the species of humming birds we can see. After lunch we will take another walk along the road to see the Lyre Tailed Nightjar and the Rufusent Screech Owl.  Then we will return to the lodge to have dinner.

Day4: Cock of the Rock Lodge - Amazonia lodge

After breakfast we will drive towars our third lodge, in the way we will have chances to observe birds like Ornate flycatcher, Lanceolated monklet, Peruvian piedtail, Black backed tody flycatcher,  Black faced tanager, blue headed Macaw, Chestnut fronted Macaw, Fiery capped Manakin, White eyed parakeet, Chestnut backed Antshrike, Golden Tanager, Orange eared Tanager, black solitary eagle, and much more. Once we reach Atalaya we will switch our transportation and start sailing down river for about 15minutes.  At the Lodge we will be able to see: Rufous crested coquette, Violet headed humminbird, Golden tailed sapphire, koepcke´s Hermit, Amethyst woodstar, Rufous webbed Brilliant, and Gould´s jewelfront.  Along the trails we can see: Amazonian Antpitta, Blue headed macaw, Great Tinamou , Spot back antbird ,Hoalzin, Sungrebe, Chestnut capped puffbird among other birds.  After dinner we will return to the trail to observe owls such as:  Tawny bellied screech owl, Long tailed potoo, Black bandad owl, Great potoo, and Band Bellied owl.

Day5: Amazonia lodge All Day

This day we will start our day after breakfast and do some birding along the trail as well as from a observation tower where we may see canopy bird species such as:  Plum throated Cotinga, Spangled Cotinga, Opal rumped tanager, Turquoise tanager, Round tailed Manakin, Striolared puffbird, Half collared Gnatwren, Tawny-throated Leaftosser, Razor billed Corassow, Military Macaw, and much more.  Then we will return to the lodge for lunch before hiking into another trail to observe:  Scarlet Hooded Barbet, Lemon throated Barbet, Buff Throated Woodcreeper, Red Billed Tyranulet, Fine Barred Piculet, Double Toothed Kite, Undulated Tinamou, Rufous breasted Piculnet, and Plain browed Woodcreeper, Blue crowned Trogon, Red Throated Caracara, chestnut fronted Macaw, Black Capped Tinamou, cinereous Tinamou, Bluish fronted Jacamar, Pygmy Antwren, Goldi’s Antbird, and others.  Late in the afternoon we will return to the lodge for dinner

Day 6: Amazonia Lodge – Parrot Clay Lick - Ollantaytambo

Early in the morning we will visit a Parrot Clay Lick, this is a clay Lick wall on the riverside, where different species of parrots and macaws come down each morning to extract necessary minerals for their diet balance. The Parakeets, Amazon Parrot, the Blue headed Parrot, Chestnut fronted Macaw, and the Blue Headed Macaw give an unforgettable pallet of colored wild life. After this activity we will sail up river towards Atalaya from where we will continue our tour by bus all the way to Ollantaytambo.

Day 7 – Ollantay Tambo - Abra Malaga

Today again we will leave early and travel by bus from Ollantaytambo to Abra Malaga, in the area we will look for several endemic species and some other interesting bird species such as: Inca wren, Marcapata Spinetail, Cusco Brush Finch, Parodi´s Hemispingus, Unstreaked tit tyrant and Puna Thistle tail and a lot more birds traveling in flocks. In the afternoon we will return to Ollantaytambo where we will spend the night.

Day 8 – Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu

Today we will start our day birding at 4,316masl. In a Polilepys forest that has unique specialized birds to the area; the birds we can see are: White browed tit Spinetail, Royal Cinclodes, Puna Tapaculo, Andean Hillstart, Giant conebill, Creamy Crested Spinetail, White tufted Sunbean, chestnut Breasted mountain finch, Stripe Headed Antpitta and many more Birds. After lunch we will go back to Ollantaytambo in order to take train to Aguas Calientes and spend the night there in a Hotel.

Day 9 – Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu all day

The area of Machu Picchu has very good forest for birding and to see same endemics and special. Masked Fruiteater, Ocelated Piculet, Slaty tanager, Sclater´sTyrannulet,Torred Duck, White Capped Diper, Andean cock of the rock, Hightland motmot and a lot more species of birds.

Day 10 – Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu – Cusco

Today after breakfast we will visit Machu Picchu Incas old town, at Machu Picchu you will have a guided tour for about two hours and after that you will be free to explore the Citadel and take pictures, or if you desire, ascent toward the Huaynapicchu Mountain. At 2:26pm. or 6:03pm. (Depending on availability), you will be taking a train to Ollantaytambo and from there; a bus will drive you to your hotel in Cusco.

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