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Birdwatching in Peru (10 days/9 nights)

Peru, with its more than 1,800 species representing 20% of the world total, is the second country in the world with the greatest number of birds and that makes Peru a true paradise populated by endemic and migratory birds from all over the world. BIRDWATCHING IN PERU proposes birders a program that will draw a lot of marine, coastal, Andean and jungle of Peru to make the perfect spot for bird watching.

ITINERARY

1st day | Arrival in Lima
Arrival at Lima’s international airport in the afternoon or night. Meeting with our personnel, transfer and lodging in hotel (private service, English-speaking assistant). Overnight.

2nd day | Lima / Puerto Maldonado / Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the airport and flight to Puerto Maldonado. Welcome in Puerto Maldonado and transfer to the river port. After boarding, begin to experience the enchantment of the rainforest, as you take a 45-minute boat ride along the Madre de Dios River to arrive at the lodge. Accommodation and lunch. In the afternoon, we recommend a guided walk along the Trail system, into the Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica natural area, where you will discover the Amazon Basin. This trail offers an excellent introduction to the jungle environment, winding past, impressive trees such as the Shihuahuaco, and the strangely beautiful strangler fig, offering excellent opportunities for birdwatching and observing exotic insects. Return to the lodge for dinner. Overnight. *Excursions at Reserva Amazónica could be collective with English-speaking guide .

3rd day | Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica
The specialized guide will recommend several birding routes, and you will be able to tailor made your day. Wake up really early to start your adventure – birdwatching activity down the river. Enjoy breakfast at the boat to continue your excursion at Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion. Lunch at Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion. Continue during the afternoon to Rolin Island for birdwatching around the island, a good spot for shorebirds and migrants. Dinner and overnight at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica.

4th day | Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica
Breakfast. Morning excursion to Lake Sandoval – a 40-minute boat ride takes you to the Tambopata National Reserve. Spend an hour-and-a-half walking the 3 km. (1.8 mile) trail through the wildlife-rich reserve. Parrots, macaws and the rare Black-faced Cotinga are possible to find there. Here, you will have an excellent opportunity to see the endangered giant river otter. Also residing in and around the lake are some monkeys like the rare Red howler, Brown capuchin and Common squirrel monkeys, Red-bellied macaws, Black caimans, and Side-neck turtles. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, a visit to the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway and the Anaconda Walk: a 5-minute boat ride takes you to the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway. Ascend the first tower, 30 meters (99 feet) above the forest floor. Spend an hour-and-a-half walking on the bridges that stretch between seven platforms, to observe a giant strangler fig trees, orchids, toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, and with luck, monkeys or a three-toed sloth. A 30-minute walk takes you to a nearby wetland area, an important rainforest ecosystem that is host to many exotic plants and birds. Return to the Lodge and nature presentation in the Eco – Center. Dinner and overnight.

5th day | Lodge / Puerto Maldonado / Cusco
Breakfast. A 45-minute return trip by boat on the Madre de Dios River takes you to Puerto Maldonado, where you may visit Butterfly House.  Transfer to airport to take the flight to Cusco. After arrival, transfer to the hotel. Overnight.

6th day | Cusco / Machu Picchu (Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel)
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Poroy’s station to take the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu town. Arrival at Aguas Calientes’ station and transfer to Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. After lunch, transfer to the bus station for a 25-minute trip to Machu Picchu. Enjoy a private guided visit through the world renowned Inca Citadel, which is also one of the best spots to find the endemic Inca Wren (Pheugopedius eisenmanni). Return to the hotel for a dinner. Overnight. *Excursions at Machu Picchu could be collective with English-speaking guide
The train ticket, allows the transport clients their hand luggage (01 bag or backpack) with a weight of no more than 5kg/11lb and with a maximum size of 62 linear inches/157 cm (length + height + width), with the cars intended for this purpose. The main luggage will stay in the hotel of Cusco.

7th day | Machu Picchu (Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel)
At 6am, a 4-hour excursion will take you along the Vilcanota River into the Mandor Valley, inhabited by varied and fascinating birdlife, like the Andean Guan (Penelope montagnii), Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas), and colorful tanagers, among others. Relax enjoying the Mandor waterfall, before walking back to the hotel in the shadow of Machu Picchu. Return to the hotel for lunch. After lunch, birding at the hotel surroundings is a good option for finding tanagers, hummingbirds, or the emblematic Andean Cock of the Rock (Rupicola peruviana). You can also find the world’s largest collection of native orchid species in their natural setting within a private facility (372 species). Return to the hotel for a dinner. Overnight.

8th day | Machu Picchu (Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel) / Cusco
Breakfast. Early wake up in the morning to take advantage of the optimum time for cloud-forest birdwatching. Take specialized guided birdwatching walks around the hotel grounds. Excursions are led by the resident biologist or by a specialized interpreter with the possibility of sighting the sought-after Torrent Duck (Merganetta armata) and the White-capped Dipper (Cinclus leucocephalus). Then proceed to a tanagerfeeding area, where Silver-beaked (Ramphocelus carbo), Blue-necked (Tangara cyanicollis), Fawn-breasted (Pipraeidea melanonota) and Saffron-crowned (Tangara xanthocephala) tanagers can be spotted. Along the hotel’s pathways, stay on the lookout for the Andean Cock of the Rock (Rupicola peruviana), the Golden-headed Quetzal (Pharomachrus auriceps) and many of the 18 different hummingbirds identified on the surroundings, including the Booted Racket-tail (Ocreatus underwoodii) and the Green-and-white Hummingbirds (Amazilia viridicauda), which are native to the area. After lunch, transfer to the station for the Vistadome train to Poroy (almost 3.30-hour journey – subject to availability). At Poroy, transfer to Cusco (30m) and lodging in the hotel. Overnight.

9th day | Cusco / Lima
Breakfast in the hotel. In the morning, excursion to visit the historical center (fee entrance to the Cathedral and Santo Domingo/Coricancha are included) the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay (private service, English-speaking guide). In the afternoon, transfer to the airport and a flight to Lima. At the arrival, meeting with our personnel and transfer to the hotel. Overnight.

10th day | Departure from Lima
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the airport at the proper time for departure (passengers are requested to be at the airport 3 hours before international flight).

The price includes :
All transfers on arrival and departure of each locality, assisted by expert personnel.
Visits mentioned as description with ornithologist guides.
All entrance fees to the sites mentioned.
Vistadome train to/from Machu Picchu.
Transportation in comfortable tourist vehicles.
Overnights in suggested hotels or similar (subject to confirmation), breakfast included.
Meals as indicated.

The price does not include:
Early check-in in case the international flight arrives in the morning.
Internal flights (approx. USD 220 per person, per flight).
Meals not expressly stated.
Drinks during meals.
Extras at the bar, in laundry, in phone, etc.
Our tour escort from Lima to Lima.
Tips for guides, hotels, restaurants and airports.
Personal insurance.

 

All offers will be considered tailor-made. Contact us for our best prices for this property and information on availability.

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