FLIGHT OF THE CONDOR & BIRDING 2D/1N

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HIGHLIGHTS

The Apurimac Canyon and the Condor viewpoint

Archaeological sites of Killarumiyoq

Salkantay and Humantay Mountains

Glacial Lake Humantay

OVERVIEW

 

The Flight of the Condor & Birding program is a must for all nature and bird lovers. This tour provides great opportunities of spotting the enormous Andean Condor soaring over the Apurimac Canyon, exploring native forests abundant with Polylepis trees, as well as magnificent views of the sacred Salkantay and Humantay Mountains. You will also experience traditional culture and get to meet locals of the high planes.

​You will be able to encounter many endemic species on this trip including the Apurimac and Vilcabamba Tapaculos, Koepcke’s Screech Owls, and Forest Divers.​ At our Ecocamps, you will experience luxurious accommodation and deliciously prepared food made with fresh Andean ingredients.

TOUR SPECIFICATIONS

 

DETAILS

Tour length: 

Departures:

Climate:

Group size:

Start and finish:

Tour style:

Comfort level:

Prices:

2 days/1 night

All year

See FAQ (seasons)

2-8 (per guide)

Cusco

Active Adventurous

Superior

US$

WHAT IS INCLUDED

✔ 1 night in the ecocamp

✔ Entrance to attractions

✔ All meals during tour

✔ All in-tour ground transportation

✔ Walks around ecocamps

✔ Specialized guides

✔ Drinking water

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

✘ Flights to Peru and Cusco

✘ Optional activities

✘ Laundry services

✘ Alcoholic beverages

✘ Tipping

✘ Accommodation in Cusco (see FAQ)

DAY TO DAY PROGRAM

 

DAY 1: CUSCO - CHONTA -PINCOPATA ECOCAMP

The Flight of the Condor & Birding adventure begins with an 8:30 am hotel pick-up and a drive north of Cusco passing through colourful Andean villages. We will enjoy magnificent views of sacred Mount Salkantay (6,270 m / 20,105 ft.), as well as the valleys of Limatambo and Rio Blanco before arriving at the small village of Chonta. From here, we will begin our easy hike along a path surrounded by local flora and flora. The time of this walk will be dependent on the number of species we observe along the way.

 

During this hike we will search for many species including the Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Mountain Caracara, Golden-billed Saltator, Sierra Finch, Giant Hummingbird and the Hooded Siskin without losing sight of one of the deepest canyons in the Americas (4,691m / 15,386ft).  It is possible to catch sight of the infamous Andean condor swooping across the canyon even before arriving at the viewing points. There are three viewing points, each about 100 meters apart, along the canyons edge. Each viewpoint offers different angles and proximities to these giant birds. At the furthest viewpoint it is possible to see juvenile condors practicing their flights. 

 

We will have the chance to observe the predators while enjoying our specially prepared nutritious lunch box before heading back to Chonta. Following our first birding expedition, we'll continue on our journey through the Limatambo valley to our Pincopata Ecocamp.

 

After settling into your geodesic dome, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the stunning natural surroundings at our camp. There is even the chance to spot nocturnal birds such as the Buff-fronted Owl, Koepcke’s Screech Owl, and the Peruvian Pygmy-Owl. We will end our day with an exquisite three-course meal served in the dining dome. 

 

Driving distance:          132.5 km/82.8 mi
Driving time:                  3 hrs


Hiking distance:             6.4 km/4 mi
Hiking time:                    3 hrs. (round trip)

Hiking level:                   moderate


Altitude at Chonta:       3,400 m /11,152 ft.
Altitude at Pincopata:   2,850 m/ 9,348 ft.

DAY 2: PINCOPATA ECOCAMP - SORAY ECOCAMP - CUSCO

After an early morning birding excursion, we will have a hearty breakfast at the Ecocamp before continuing with our days birding activities. A trip through the Rio Blanco Valley to Soraypampa will bring us to the foothills of the Humantay and Salkantay Mountains. The route towards our Soray Ecocamp offers excellent opportunities for spotting both valley and highland species. Depending on the morning's bird sightings, we will be served lunch at either Soray or Pincopata Ecocamp.

 

Some of the birds possible to observe are: the Red-Crested Cotinga, Cinereous Conebill, Apurimac Spinetail (E), Tit-like dacnis, Giant Hummingbird, Shining Sunbeam hummingbird, White-tufted Sunbeam (E)Andean Lapwing, Andean Goose, Mountain Caracara, Vilcabamba Tapaculo, Apurimac Brush Finch (E), Sierra Finch, Creamy-crested Spinetail (E), Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch (E), and Tyrian Metaltail.  

 

As this birding adventure comes to an end, we'll return to Cusco in our private transport.

 

 

Hiking & Birding time:            5-6 hrs         
Soray Altitude:                         3,850 m/12,628 ft.

Hiking level:                             easy

 

Driving time to Cusco:           2 hrs

RATES

 

Tour cost 2019

Single supplement

*when a traveller takes a dome or a hotel alone

1.395.00

168.00

CONTACT US

PERU 

sales@peruecocamp.com

+51  974 010 300 

AV. Huayruropata Nro. 1915 - Ofi. 104 - Cusco - Peru  

USA 

sales-usa@peruecocamp.com

+1 888 908 1252

PO BOX 2621 Venice, CA 90294

EUROPA

sales-europa@peruecocamp.com

+31 681 017 115 

Arnhem Central , Netherlands   

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