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Birdwatching Inca Trail Hike 5d/4n Embark on an unforgettable adventure that combines the thrill of birdwatching with the awe-inspiring beauty of the legendary Inca Trail. Our 5-day/4-night Birdwatching Inca Trail Hike is a meticulously crafted journey that caters to both nature enthusiasts and history buffs, offering a unique blend of natural wonders and cultural treasures.The journey begins as we leave Cusco and venture into the heart of the Andes. Our trail takes us through picturesque landscapes, from lush valleys to serene mountainsides. Along the way, keep your binoculars ready as we encounter a variety of bird species, from colorful hummingbirds to elusive Andean condors. Our knowledgeable birdwatching guides will help you spot and identify these remarkable creatures. As we ascend further into the mountains, the birdwatching experience becomes even more captivating. The diverse ecosystems along the trail provide habitat to an array of avian species. You might spot Andean parakeets, torrent ducks, and the iconic Andean cock-of-the-rock among others. In addition to the birdlife, the trail itself showcases ancient Incan ruins and breathtaking vistas.Today’s hike brings us through high mountain passes and cloud forests. These misty forests are home to an abundance of bird species, including quetzals, tanagers, and toucanets. Your guides will share their extensive knowledge about the local ecology and bird behaviors, enhancing your birdwatching experience. Along the way, we’ll also encounter well-preserved archaeological sites that offer insights into the Incan civilization.The climax of the journey is reached as we arrive at the majestic Machu Picchu. Before entering the ancient citadel, spend some time birdwatching in the lush surroundings. Here, you might catch glimpses of the elusive Andean Motmot or the vibrant Golden-headed Quetzal. As the sun rises over Machu Picchu, you’ll witness an unforgettable scene that fuses the wonders of nature with the marvels of human history.Throughout the Birdwatching Inca Trail Hike, you’ll enjoy comfortable accommodations and delicious Peruvian cuisine, allowing you to savor the local flavors and relax after each day’s adventure. Our expert guides are not only well-versed in birdwatching, but also in the history and culture of the region, ensuring a holistic and enriching experience. Join us on this extraordinary 5-day journey that combines your passion for birdwatching with the splendors of the Inca Trail. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Andes, connect with nature, and marvel at the remnants of an ancient civilization, all in one unforgettable expedition.
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Birdwatching Inca Trail Hike

Tour Plan

Arrival Airport: Cusco – Transfer time to hotel 30min Departure Airport: Cusco – Transfer time to hotel 30min Our adventure begins in the morning on the first day and ends at end of  the last day. Travel Visa: Not required 

Destination

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Price:Based Group Size:2024

1 people : US$2150.00 per person
2 people : US$1550.00 per person
3 people: US$1500.00 per person
4 people : US$1450.00 per person
5 people : US$1400.00 per person
6 people : US$1350.00 per person
7+ people : US$1300.00 per person

Our vehicle will take us to the trail head at Piscacucho (76 kilometers by paved road and 15 kilometers by dirt road – 3 hours). From the trailhead we will follow the left bank of the Urubamba River, enjoying fine views of snow-capped Mount Veronica (5850 meters / 19,188 feet). After lunch we will visit the ruins of Llactapata before continuing along the Huayllabamba valley to our campsite near the village of the same name (2968 meters / 9737 feet).
We might see this kind of birds:
Torrent duck  Merganetta armata, American kestrel Faclo Sparveius cinnamominus,Green Violet ear Colibri coruscan,Giant hummingbird patagona gigas,Sparkling violet ear Colibri coruscan,Andean hillstar Oreotrochilus estella, Sword Billet Hummingbird ensifera ensifera,Black tailet trainbearer lesbian victoriae,Green tailet trainbearer, bearded mountaineer oreonympha nobilis, creamy crested Spinetail cranioleuca albicapilla, Rusty fronted canastero Asthenes ottonis,Yellow billet tit tyrant Anairetes flavirostris,Blue and yellow tanager thraupis bonariesis,Peruvian sierra finch phrygilus punesis,Black throated flowerpiercer diglossa brunneiventris, Black chested buzzard eagle geranoaetus melanoleucus,
Altitudes: Cusco 3400 meters / 11,159 feet; Piscacucho (Km 82): 2650 meters / 8692 feet; Llactapata: 2610 meters / 8563 feet; Huayllabamba: 2968 meters / 9737 feet

From the village of Huayllabamba the trail climbs steadily through high Andean woodland to the plain known as Llulluchapampa, just before the first pass, from where there are excellent views of the Huayanay mountain chain. After another two hours walking we will reach Warmiwañuska Pass (4205 meters / 13,795 feet), before descending as far as the canyon of the Pacaymayo River (3604 meters / 11,821 feet), where we will make our second camp. We might see this kind of bird.
Blue mantled thornbill Chalcostigma stanleyi,White tufted sunbean Aglaeactis castelnaudii,Shining sunbean Aglaeactis cupripennis,Slender billed miner Geositta tenuirostris,Cordilleran canastero Asthenes modesta,Stripe headed Antpitta Grallaria Andicolus,Red crested cotinga Ampelion rubrocristata,Tawny rumped tyrannulet Phyllomyas uropygialis,Brown backed chat tyrant Ochthoeca fumicolor,whute winget black tyrantknipolegus aterimus,Scarlet bellied mountain tanager Anisognathus igniventris, Bluish flowerpiercer Dioglossa caerulescens,Golden billioed saltator saltator aurantiirostris,Andfea corndor vulture gryphus,puna variable hawk buteo polyosoma poecilochrous,
Altitudes: Huayllabamba: 2968 meters / 9737 feet; Llulluchapampa: 3767 meters / 12,359 feet; Warmiwañuska: 4205 meters / 13,795 feet; Pacaymayo: 3604 meters / 11,821 feet

The trail climbs to the second pass at Runkuracay (3950 meters / 12,956 feet), from where there are views of both the Vilcabamba and Urubamba mountain ranges. After a short rest we will descend along a paved Inca road to the ruins of Runkuracay and Sayacmarca, which have been recently restored. Here we enter the cloud forest and in the afternoon the trail continues via a series of stone steps past the ruins of Phuyupatamarca (3640 meters / 11,942 feet) where we will camp for the night. We might see this kind of bird.
Scalet metaltail metallura aeneocauda,puna thistletail Schizoeaca helleri,Pearled treerunner Margaronis Squamiger,Undulated antpitta grallaria Squamigera,Vilcabamba tapaculo Scytalopus urubambae,orchraceus brested flycatcher,Rofopus breasted chat ttyrant ochthoeca rufipectoralis,Golden collared tanager iridonorsis taeniata,Chesnut bellied Mountain tanager delothraupis castaneoventris,Tit like dacnis dacnis cayana, Bluish flowerpiercer Dioglossa caerulescens,Moustached flowerpiercer diglossa mysticalis,White throated hawk  buteo albigula,
Altitudes: Pacaymayo: 3604 meters / 11,821 feet; Runkuracay Pass: 3950 meters / 12,956 feet; Phuyupatamarca: 3640 meters / 11,942 feet

From Phuypatamarca, the trail descends a vertiginous slope along a remarkable set of stone Inca steps, a descent of approximately three hours to the picturesque ruins of Wiñay Wayna (2665 meters / 8743 feet), an Inca site set in dense forest. The Wiñay Wayna complex was once inhabited by Inca farmers who used terracing to reclaim these steep slopes for agriculture. It is composed of around structures (which have all been restored), as well as an irrigation system and a splendid Inca temple. You will have at least an hour to explore the ruins of Winay Wayna on foot.In the afternoon we will walk for another two hours, enjoying the spectacular scenery along the way, with the Urubamba River far below, until we reach Intipunku (Sun Gate), from where we will get our first glimpse of Machu Picchu. From here it is a forty minute walk to the Inca city. We might see this kind of bird.Montane Woodcreper Lipidocolaptis lacrymiger,Trilling tapaculo Scytalopus parvirostris,black throated tody tyrant hermitriccus granadfensis,white banded tyranulet Mecocerculus stictopterus,white colared jay Cyanolyca viridicayanus,Sedge wren Cistothorus platensis,Blue and black tanager tangara varsorii,Plush cap catamblyrhynchus diadema, Bluish flowerpiercer Dioglossa caerulescens,
Altitudes: Phuyupatamarca: 3640 meters / 11,942 feet; Wiñay Wayna: 2665 meters / 8743 feet; Intipunku: 2693 meters / 8833 feet; Machu Picchu: 2460 meters / 8071 feet; Aguas Calientes: 2070 meters / 6791 feet.

Today we will make an early start to give us plenty of time to visit this lost city, which was rediscovered in 1911. Located at the top of a steep, forested hill overlooking the Urubamba River, Machu Picchu was hidden by dense vegetation for centuries until the American explorer Hiram Bingham began to clear the site.
Today the city has been completely restored and for visitors from all over the world it is an unforgettable sight.
Our guided tour includes a visit to the temples, plazas, palaces, watercourses and residential areas of Machu Picchu and you will also have time to explore the ruins independently. Our BIRDWATCHING INCA TRAIL | Photo Expedition ends.

Places You’ll See

Photography Inca Trail Hike Machupicchu 5d/4n
Birdwatching Inca Trail Hike 5d/4n

What's Included

Accommodation
Professional guide
Meals
Transport
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Food and drinks

Optional Extras​

Group Size

1 – 8 Guests

Experience | Difficulty

  • Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers
  • DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras
  • Moderate schedule
  • Travel by car or minibus
  • Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking and hiking (none of our adventures have difficult hikes)
  • (non-photographers also welcome)
 

Includes

  • 5 Days
  • Travel, landscape, nature, wildlife and people photography
  • Professional photographer | guide
  • Photo walks & discussions
  • Small group size (1-6 guests)
  • Hotel,Camping
  • Breakfasts
  • All Meals
  • National Park Permits
  • Local transportation

Travel Information

Arrival Airport: Cusco – Transfer time to hotel 30min
Departure Airport: Cusco – Transfer time to hotel 30min
Our adventure begins in the morning on the first day and ends at end of  the last day.
Travel Visa: Not required

Accommodations

Hotel,Camping

 

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