Birding Huacarpay & Cusco
Huacarpay birding on request half day, arriving or leaving from cusco and birding Saqsaywaman near by the mainsquare of Cusco.
TOUR ITINERARY: This morning we will drive from Cusco to Huacarpay lakes 30km, where we will head out with a picnic lunch to the Huacarpay lakes (3070 m) south of Cusco, Where we will see a variety of high Andean waterfowl and wetland birds, a selection of typical highland passerines like Blue-and-yellow Tanager, Rusty and Black-throated Flowerpiercer. We will likely see the spectacular and endemic Bearded Mountaineer feeding in Tabaco flowering bushes near the lake a spectacular hummingbird restricted to just a few arid valleys. Other birds we may well encounter here are White-tufted Grebe, Yellow-Billed, Puna and Cinnamon Teals, Yellow-billed Pintail, Ruddy Duck, Cinereous Harrier, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Variable Hawk, Plumbeous Rail, Puna Ibis, Andean Coot, Andean Lapwing, Andean Gull, Andean Flicker, Andean Negrito,the impressive Giant Hummingbird, Sparkling Violetear, Black tailed and Green-tailed Trainbearers, the endemic Rusty-fronted Canastero, Streak-fronted Thornbird, Wren-like Rushbird, Many-colored Rush Tyrant, White-crested Elaenia, Yellow-billed Tit-Tyrant, White-browed Chat-Tyrant, Rufous-naped and Spot-billed Ground-Tyrants, Greenish Yellow-Finch, Peruvian sierra-Finch, Mourning sierra-Finch, Golden-billed Saltator, Yellow-winged Blackbird, Hooded Siskin and many more. We will drive one hour from Huacarpay to San Salvador Lake (4000 m), the main target birds are the Andean Goose, Crested Duck, Silvery Grebe, Black-faced Ibis and Giant Coot. Near by the lake we will search for Andean Hilstar. There are small patch of Polylepis forest for two endemics of peru, the Creamy-crested Spinetail and Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch. In the late afternoon we will drive back to Cusco.
PRICE: USD 175 per person, based in two passengers.
Picnic lunch, transportation and Expert bilingual birdguide.
Walking: The walking effort is easy
Climate: Rather variable. Sunny, though on other days it can be cool and overcast. At high altitudes conditions range from cool to decidedly cold in the early morning.
Bird Photography: Opportunities are worthwhile.
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