3 Days - Expedition to Machu Pucchu and Secret Valley
The hidden citadel of Machu Picchu is one of the most spectacular archaeological sites in the world. It is fair to say that this architectural masterpiece is on most everyone’s short list of silent cultural attractions South America holds and with good reason. Perched in atop a high ridge surrounded by rugged, forested mountains, the pre-colonial Inca ruins tower above the rushing waters of the Rio Urubamba snaking its way a thousand feet below. The Machu Picchu preserve preserves the most perfect picture of what the Inca world must have been like. This conception and the sheer craftsmanship are remarkable by any standards.
NOTE: This Tour is recommended to combine with the Tambopata Research Center tour for your amazon experience.
What is expected of You (Highlights)
Participants should be in good shape to do this tour because it requires climbing, there are many stairs at the archaeological site and some up and down ground walks at this high-altitude. There are many species to encounter and most are endemics especially near Polylepis woodlands.
The Machu Picchu Subtropical Forest habitat at 8500 feet are covered with scrubby vegetation and Chusquea bamboo, the sheer cliff-faces studded with a striking array of terrestrial bromeliads. The train tracks follow the Urubamba river with easy birding opportunity. In the eastern Andean cordillera is Abra Malaga with temperate woodland and Puna habitats and it offers to the most exciting birding in Peru. Bring your own binoculars, camera, rain coat, sunblock and mosquito repellent. We will do the rest! We will provide more background on what to bring and what to expect on this trip when you book. Targets are Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch, Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Andean Guan Green-and-white Hummingbird, Collared (Gould’s) Inca, Andean Motmot, Streaked Xenops, Variable Antshrike, and Ashy-headed tyrannulets, Barred Becard, Rust-and-yellow tanagers, Dusky-green Oropendola and others. Key species to ensure you get the most from your time in the field. They are a great ways of exploring the surrounding and will probably take you to areas you might not venture to on your own. An exciting work review on the checklist is also included.
Day 1, Cusco to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival We will pick you up at the airport or in your hotel in Cusco and drive through the secret valley, we will have walks to enjoy the scenic of Ollantaytambo site, some target such White-bellied Hummingbirds, Green-tailed Trainbearers, Giant Hummingbirds, and Black-backed Grosbeaks, River Tyrant and Others. Night in Ollantaytambo.
Day 2, Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu. This morning after breakfast we will go to the Ollantaytambo train station where we’ll board the train for Machu Picchu. We’ll be able to store any unnecessary luggage at the hotel, since we’ll need clothes for just one days at Machu Picchu. The train ride follows the rushing Rio Urubamba down the east slope along the Urubamba gorge to Aguas Calientes. As we gradually descend toward the Amazon Basin, the vegetation changes from dry scrub and Eucalyptus (introduced here for firewood) to humid subtropical forest, with a whole new complement of birds. We’ll count the Torrent Ducks and White-capped Dippers. Arriving at the ruins, birding takes a back seat for once as we are taken on a guided tour of this mystical archeological complex. White-tipped Swifts will be flying overhead. We will look for Inca Wren, which is quite common in the bamboo around the ruins and then descend into the Urubamba gorge for late lunch. For the rest of the afternoon We will be birding the railway track along the Urubamba River. In the remnant cloud forest we will be looking specifically for Silver-backed Tanager, Capped Conebill, Blue-necked Tanager, Masked Trogon and others. Mixed flocks contain many species of Tanager and the endemic Green and White Hummingbird is common here.
Night in Aguas Calientes.
Day 3, Abra Malaga and Cusco. Very early start and after breakfast we will take the train ride back to Ollantaytambo and them drive an hour and a half to Abra Malaga obove 13,000 feet to work the humid temperate forest birds specialties. This Polylepis woodland is a unique habitat to explore. Targets include, Ash-breasted Tit-tyrant (endemic), White-browed Tit-spinetail (endemic), and Tawny Tit-Spinetail, Giant Conebill, Stripe-headed Antpitta, Andean Tapaculo, Tit-like Dacnis, Blue-mantled Thornbill, Andean Condor, Thick-billed Siskin, Junin Canastero (endemic) and others. The major target bird here will be the endemic Royal Cinclodes, which we discovered here in the 80's. After a boxed lunch we'll keep birding for Creamy-crested Spinetail, (endemic) Rusty-fronted Canastero, (endemic) White-tufted Sunbeam (endemic) and Chestnut-breasted Mountain-finch (endemic). After all we will return to Cusco. Night in Cusco
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Field trip schedule for 2017
Price per person based on two participants
Minimum number of participants is two and maximum is eight
About Your Guide
Richard Amable is a senior tour guide born in Peru, He follows the career in ecotourism, birding, and natural history of the Neotropics and North America also has been involved in nature and birding since a young age doing many volunteering works in projects of wildlife research and educational programs. He is an expert on parrots. He has the knowledge and understanding of the nature, and culture of many geographic regions in South America, Central America, and North America such as Perú, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Panama, and United States. In 2004. He founded the Jacamar Club – Perú, a birding group from Madre de Dios department in Perú. In 2014 Richard become a menber of the board of trusty for the Audubon Society of Ohio. He has stated, “My commitment is to learn from all natural regions and get to see all of the animals is possible. With that knowledge, I will teach and share my passion with others to help strategists for conservation.
- A general introduction to the tour with description of the birding areas to be visited on the tour.
- Knowledgeable bird guide with listed equipment (Spotting scope, field guide to birds of Peru and songs library of the Peruvian Birds).
- All lodging from Day 1 through night of Day 3, all meals from lunch on Day 1 through breakfast on Day 3.
- All ground transportation, park entrance fees, and guiding services of Richard Amable.
- A species checklist for preparing and keeping track of the birds seen on the tour.
Service does not include:
- your airfare to and from Cusco.
- Any alcoholic beverages, and optional tip to the guide, phone calls and laundry.
- Does not include breakfast on the Day 1.
- Other items of a personal nature.
WE DO RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CHANGE THE ORDER OF THE ACTIVITIES OR CHANGE TRAILS DEPENDING ON THEIR CONDITION DUE TO WEATHER OR EXTENSIVE USE.
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