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We start our trip in Lima, the capital city of Peru, baptized as the city of the Kings since colonial times.This trip combines the main 3 ecoregions of the country, before we take off to the inner part of the country we will drive to Pucusana a small fisherman village south of Lima on the Pacific where we will board a small boat to explore nearby bay, hoping to find the adorable peruvian endemics Inca Tern and Humboldt Penguins as well as Peruvian Boobies, Peruvian Sea-side Cinclodes, pelicans and many more.After exploring one of the richest oceans of the world we retraced our path to Lima, making a stop at Villa Marches, a typical coastal marsh where we will be looking for Peruvian Thick-Knee, 05 species of ducks, Gray hooded-Gull, Many-colored Rush-Tyrant, Wren-like Rush-bird and others.We will take a domestic flight from Lima to Puerto Maldonado, Peru´s biodiversity capital and gateway to the western amazon, where we will enjoy the next 3 nights based at lodge for good lowland birding, exploring the mysterious Sandoval oxbow-lake, with a great variety of water bird species like herons, kingfishers, the bizarre looking Hoatzins and many more, admire the beauty of colorful Red and Green, Blue and Yellow and Scarlet Macaws as they fly over as well as several species of parrots, Collared, Blue-crowned, Violaceous and Black- tailed Trogons, colorful tanagers, antbirds, furnarids and many many more, our lodge with its very convenient location will give us the unique opportunity to enjoy the resident family of Giant River-Otters.Once our amazon adventure comes to an end, we flight to Cusco, the Capital city of the Incas, where will will bird the andes visiting the Huacarpay Wetlands south of Cusco excellent for an introduction to andean avifauna including Puna Teals, Puna Ibis, Yellow-billed Pintail and others, we will also bird the premier birding site at Abra Malaga where we hope to add more andean species to our list, including the Andean Condor.Machupicchu awaits our visit as we approach the last stretch of our trip, taking the scenic train ride to this Inca Citadel from Ollantaytambo along the gorgeous Urubamba Canyon, from the train we will certainly see Torrent Ducks and White-capped Dippers.
Our trip starts and ends in Lima.
Today we will bird one of the richest oceans of the world, the Humboldt Current!!for this we drive to Pucusana, south of big Lima, on arrival boat exploration of nearby bay for Peru endemics Inca Tern and Hulboldt Penguins, several species of gulls, the area is excellent for several species of other sea birds and mammals. Mid afternoon drive back to Lima, making a last stop at Villa Marshes, typical coastal marsh, where we will be looking for White-cheeked Pintail, Yellow-hooded Black-bird, White-tufted Grebe, Many-colored Rush-Tyrant, Wren-likle Rush-Bird, Peruvian Thick-knees and others.Overnight at hotel in Lima.(B, Lunch)
Morning flight to Puerto Maldonado, birding around town in open habitat for Purus Jacamar, White-tailed Kite and others.After one-hour boat trip, we arrive to Sandoval dock, from where we bird our way for 3 km, the last stretch of our trip will be done on a catamaran across a beautiful lake.Overnight at Amazon Lodge.(B, L, D)
Early morning excursion to lake, to enjoy the loud morning calls of several species of parrots, including the large macaws as we approach to flooded forest of Aguaje Palms, which are their favorite for roosting places.We spend the rest of the monring relaxing on catamaran around lake, checking on the shores for the bizarre looking Hoatzin, kingfishers, herons some other canopy and fly over birds.The lake is also excellent for primates, if luck is with us we may spot the very endangered Giant River Otters, back to lodge for lunch.Rest of the day, we will explore the beautiful high ground forest behind lodge that may produce Pavonine Quetzal, Collared Trogon, Striolated Puffbird and others .Overnight at Amazon Lodge.(B, L, D)
Lodge trail system exploration, good for understory mixed species-flocks, which includes several species of antbirds, antshrikes, antwrens and others, lunch.Middle afternoon lake excursion, hoping to find a few more birds to be added to our list and to enjoy a beautiful orchestra of natural forest calls as we hear frogs, toads and owls.Overnight at Amazon Lodge.(B, L, D)
Breakfast and departure from lodge to reach Puerto Maldonado for flight to Cusco, on arrival we drive to the Wetlands of Huacarpay for some good andean birds, as we continue we arrive to the charming village of Yucay in the hearth of the Urubamba Valley. Overnight at Hotel in the Urubamba Valley. (B, Picnic-lunch)
Malaga pass is an excellent full day outing for andean species, the birding is mainly done along road, selected stops are made at first at Peñas with scrubby vegetation where several interesting birds are found, some target birds include the endemics Chesnut-breasted Mountain-Finch, White-tufted Sunbeam, and Creamy-crested Spinetail as well as a great variety of hummers like Giant Hummingbird, Black and Green tailed Trainbearers, Great sapphirewing, Shinning sunbeam, Sparkling violetear, Tyrian metatail, Sword billed hummingbird, other beauties include Golden billed Saltator, Blue and Yellow Tanager, Andean Parakeets and many more.Middle afternoon drive back to hotel.Overnight in Yucay.(B, Picnic-lunch)
Today a special day, we will travel along the gorgeous urubamba valley and canyon to reach the magical city of Machupicchu, good changes to see the very intrepid Torrent Duck sitting on the rocks along the fast moving Urubamba river as well as White-capped Dipper, on arrival check-in at hotel in Aguas Calientes , rest of morning dedicated to birding, midday bus trip to Machupicchu for lunch and a guided tour of this spectacular site, we will also try to spot the Peruvian endemic Inca Wren found in the vicinity of the site, bus back to Aguas Calientes for some more late afternoon birding and overnight in Aguas Calientes.(B, L)
Breakfast, morning birding along a stretch of road that used to lead to ruins and also a portion of train tracks, excellent for Silver-backed Tanagers, Oleaginous Hemispingus, Ocellated Piculet, Gray-breasted Woodwren, Andean Cock of the Rock and more.Middle afternoon train back to Cusco.On arrival transfer to hotel.Overnight in Cusco.(B)
Enjoy this magical city with a half day walking tour, visiting the Central Market of Cusco, where you can find a huge variety of colorful andean products.Admire the Koricancha Temple with the most perfect example of inca architecture, as well as the Cathedral of the city with its beautiful collection of paintings of the renowned Cusquenian School. Rest of day at leisure. Overnight in Cusco. (B)
Transfer to airport for flight back to Lima. (B)