• Habitats Peru - Cusco, Peru
  • Habitats Peru - Cusco, Peru
  • Habitats Peru - Cusco, Peru
  • Habitats Peru - Cusco, Peru
  • Habitats Peru - Cusco, Peru
  • Habitats Peru - Cusco, Peru
  • Habitats Peru - Cusco, Peru
  • Habitats Peru - Cusco, Peru
  • Habitats Peru - Cusco, Peru
  • Habitats Peru - Cusco, Peru

You are here: Birding Tours > URUBAMBA AND LUCUMAYU VALLEYS BIRDING HIGHLIGHTS 3d

URUBAMBA AND LUCUMAYU VALLEYS BIRDING HIGHLIGHTS 3d

Special Offer

Daily departures 2017
ASK FOR OUR GROUP PRICES

This brand new tour focuses in the wonderful avian diversity of the high mountains of the Urubamba range in the andes with its highest point the Malaga Pass (14,200 ft) and the very little known Lucumayu Valley.
The high elevation plains, boggy áreas, grasslands, elfin forest, upper montane and tropical cloud forest provide the myriads of hábitats that holds various specialties and endemics . Hummingbirds, flycatchers, canasteros, fruiteaters, colorful tanagers and more can be spotted along this route . Polylepis woodlands with their red peeling bark are certainly unique to the Andes and holds highly specialized avifauna. Various days are spend exploring these unique hábitats in search of these colorful creatures.
This trip starts and ends in the colorful and very happening little community of Ollantaytambo, nights will be spend at the grounds of the Pacha Conservancy Project on the Lucumayu Valley, the Project Works with environmmental education and reforestation.

Program itinerary

Day 1: DAY 01: OLLANTAYTAMBO TO PACHA CONSERVANCY

Early morning departure to bird our way to the high Malaga Pass, various interesting hábitats are birded on route in search of the endemics Creamy-crested Spinteail, Chesnut-breasted Mountain-finch and others. The bunches of Tabaco bushes may produce Great Shapphire-wing, Giant Hummingbird, Tyrian Metailtail and other delicate hummers. As we reach the pass the bunches of grass, bogs and others may produce various species of ground-tyrants, finches, seedeaters, canasteros and even a seedsnipe¡¡. Once over the pass the hábitat change is quiet dramatic as we enter the cloud covered forest below us. colorful mountain tanagers, woodpeckers and more can be spotted on this section. We hope to come across a mixed flock that could have Cuzco Brushfinch, Unstreaked Tit-tyrant, Plush-capped Finch, Citrine Warbler, Marcapata Spinetail and other beauties. Late afternoon arrival to our inn the Pacha Conservancy Project on time for a relaxing shower and a cold beer. Dinner. Night at Pacha grounds. (D)

Day 2: DAY 02: PACHA CONSERVANCY

Afer a good night sleep, we rise up early and set off to bird the nearby trails in search of Green Jay, Speckled –faced Parrot, Golden-crowned Flycatcher, the very attractive Andean Cock of the Rock can be seen regularly in the gardens. Various hummingbird species are attracted to flowers in the garden to mention the endemic Green and White Hummingbird, the tiny White-bellied Woodstar, Blue-tailed Emerald, Chesnut-breasted Coronet, the gorgeous Long-tailed Sylph and various others. Enjoy a delicious breakfast with fresh fruit, organice hot coffee, and home made bread .
The Project has been able to succefully recuperated over 400 individuals of delicate orchids of various species which have been carefully re-planted on the inca style architecture terraces that have been built for the purpuse, here we can appreciate the big variety of species typical of a cloud forest environment. These orchids have been rescued from the main road, when Pacha Conservancy Project started the Cusco-Quillabamba road which connects the Lucumayu Valley with Cusco was dirt only, as the road was paved starting in 2011 may orchids and other plant species hábitats were destroyed to give room to the bulldozers when the road needed expansión..
Pacha Conservancy grounds has a list of 162 species of birds and we will spend our day trying to find as much as we can, we hope to have great views of the peruvian endemic Inca Wren found in the various patches of Chusquea Bamboo which are quiet abundant in the área, others include the elusive Scaled Antpitta, Variable Anthrike, Ocellated Piculet, Gray-mantled Wren, Versicolored Barbet and lots more.
Afternoon visit of the nearby site of Inkatambo. This interesting spot is reachable after an adventurous river cross over an OROYA, this basket hang over a cable will transfer us from Pacha grounds over the Lucumayu River to a very seldon used Inca Trail which was the one supposedly used by Manco Inca and his army on their attempt to scape the spaniards towards his last stronghold the city of Vilcabamba. The walk is quiet pleasant as we stroll across beautiful forest, coffee, banana and tea plantations, the site of Inkatambo is reach after a 45 mins walk. This interesting site was the control point between the Lucumayu Valley and the Curcur Ravice. This place features various habitational buildings, farming terraces and wáter aqueducts.
On our return close to dust we will take our time to visit a nearby Lyre-tailed Nightjar lek where we hope to see a beautiful male with its elegant tail streamers as they perform their nocturnal mating rituals. Night at Pacha grounds. (B, L, D)

Day 3: DAY 03: PACHA CONSERVANCY TO POLYLEPIS WOODLANDS

Early breakfast, we will take a straight drive over to the Malaga Pass to start a 4 to 5 hours hike along a big patch of Polylepis forest, this forest belongs to the community of Thastayoq whichs is located in the vecinty of the pass. Thanks to various efforts and the essential help of ECOAN Organization (Asociation for Andean Ecosystems) Birdlife International and others this patch which isnt very big has been declared protected and certainly there is a good reason for it, this forest is quickly dissapering due over grazing, fires and logging. Polylepis trees endemic to the andes of southamerica support a highly specialized avifauna and associted flora and fauna, we will have the unique opportunity to explore this forest in seach of probably the rarest birds on earth due the high elevation were they are found, we wont have a huge list at the end of the day but certainly the birds to be seen here are very unique and critically endangered some of the species we may see include the endemics Royal Cinclodes, White-browed Tit-spinetail, others Striped-headed Antpitta, Giant Conebill, Andean Condor, Blue-mantled Thornbird, Ash-breasted Tit-tyrant, Rufus-webbed Tyrant, Tawny Tit-spinetail and many more. At the end of our walk we will meet our transport and then continue into Ollantaytambo. (B)

End of our services

You may want to continue your adventure and travel to the magical citadel of Machupicchu which is only an hour and a half train ride from Ollantaytambo.

Services included

  • Private transport
    Professional birding guide
    02 dinners
    01 lunch
    02 breakfasts
    01 pack lunch
    Lodging in single/double room with shared facilities
    Entrance fee to bird polylepis woodlands

Services not included

  • Not mentioned meals
    Tips and other gratuities
    Alcoholic drinks
    Lodging before and after tour

We recommend that you bring

  • Rain gear may be needed depending on the time of year, mosquito repellent, light clothing, long sleeves, sun glasses, warm clothing, good pair of hiking shoes, sun cream.

Habitats Peru Travel SRL
Carbon Neutral trips to Peru
Private Tours and Tailor Made Travel to Peru
Condominio La Alborada B-507
Wanchaq-Cusco
Peru
Phone: +51 984-115593 / +51 984-115594
Skype: valencia.doris

Design by Gissel Enríquez - Development by Jeronimo Design DDS