Perched impossibly atop a high ridge surrounded by rugged, forested mountains, the ruins at Machu Picchu tower above the rushing waters of the Rio Urubamba snaking its way fifteen-hundred feet below. By staying two nights (at 6500 feet, on the outskirts of Aguas Calientes), we will be able to experience the site both culturally and for its great birding. And though the ruins alone are worth the visit, the subtropical slopes and the narrow gorge below are surprisingly good for birds. We regularly see such knockouts as Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Highland Motmot, Lyre-tailed Nightjar, White-eared Solitaire, Inga trees full of hummingbirds (including the endemic Green-and-white), numerous vivid tanagers (including the scarce Silver-backed), and the endemic Masked Fruiteater.
The eastern slope of southern Peru’s Andes offers some of the best temperate birding. Several endemics and beautiful scenery are key features to this wonderful trip.
Balanced high atop a ridge surrounded by towering, forested hillsides, the ruins of Machu Picchu are a man-made marvel. Overlooking the scenic Urubamba River valley, the ruins are reason enough to visit this stunning location. However, along with the cultural opportunities, the birding is also fantastic!
Enjoy Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, White-eared Solitaire, Highland Motmot, Mitred Parakeets and many tanagers adorning the Inga trees alongside many species of hummingbirds. Endemics include Green-and-white Hummingbird, Masked Fruiteater and Inca Wren.
Don’t miss this incredible experience that includes a scenic train ride along the river to Aguas Calientes, the entry city for Machu Picchu.