Rob Williams is right up there among the very best tour leaders. His vast experience from lots of research and conservation projects and intimate knowledge of the country add lots of value compared to a tour leader who is “just” a good organiser, birder and guide. He is also great company, with a sublime sense of humour.
The 2018 tour price is provisional
A short flight from Lima takes us the Incan Capital city of Cusco and beyond. A few days in the scenic Apurimac River valley – source of the mighty Amazon, the world’s largest river system – in search of some highly localised and rarely-seen endemics: Apurimac Spinetail and Apurimac Brush Finch. Returning to Cusco, we climb the famous Manu Road before descending the eastern Andean slopes and birding through temperate zones and montane cloud forest, offering chances for an incredible variety of exceptional and endemic birds, including Cerulean-capped and Yungas Manakins, Rufous-capped Thornbill, Crested and Golden-headed Quetzals, Blue-banded Toucanet, Spotted Barbtail, the outrageous Amazonian Umbrellabird, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Inca Flycatcher, Saffron-crowned Tanager, Golden-eyed Flowerpiercer and Peruvian Piedtail. We also visit an Andean Cock-of-the-rock lek site, where up to twenty males sometimes congregate, to watch the strange mating dance of these spectacular birds! With persistence, night birding in this area might yield the uncommon Napo and Rufescent Screech Owls, Rufous-banded Owl, Lyre-tailed Nightjar and possibly even Andean Potoo.
Torrent Duck, Andean Condor, Black-and-chestnut Eagle, Montane Solitary Eagle, White-rumped & White-throated Hawk, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Cinereous Harrier, Buckley’s Forest Falcon, Black-capped Tinamou, Puna & Andean Ibis, Tawny-throated Dotterel, Imperial Snipe, Rufous-breasted Wood Quail, Blue-headed Macaw, Mitred & Andean Parakeet, Fine-barred Piculet, Versicolored Barbet, Yungas (Andean) Pygmy Owl, White-throated & Napo Screech Owl, Lyre-tailed & Swallow-tailed Nightjar, Andean Potoo, Bluish-fronted Jacamar, Pheasant Cuckoo, Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan, Blue-banded Toucanet, White-collared Jay, Southern Mountain Cacique, Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Crested & Golden-headed Quetzals, Yungas, Fiery-capped, Round-tailed & Cerulean-capped Manakins, Lanceolated Monklet, White-throated, Undulated, Stripe-headed, Rufous, Thrush-like & chances for Red-and-white Antpittas, White-capped Dipper, Black-streaked Puffbird, Olive-backed & Montane Woodcreepers, Spotted Barbtail, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Uniform & Variable Antshrikes, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Scaled & Band-tailed Fruiteaters, Bolivian Tyrannulet, Inca Flycatcher, White-throated Spadebill, Fulvous-breasted Flatbill, Koepcke’s Hermit, Sword-billed, Giant, Green-and-white, White-bellied & Oasis Hummingbirds, Mountain Velvetbreast, Shining & White-tufted Sunbeams, Great Sapphirewing, Scaled & Tyrian Metaltails, Green-fronted Lancebill, Black-tailed & Green-tailed Trainbearers, Bearded Mountaineer, Rufous-webbed Brilliant, Rufous-capped, Blue-mantled & Purple-backed Thornbills, chances for Andean Hillstar, Rufous-crested Coquette, Montane Foliage-gleaner, Peruvian Piedtail, Inca & Mountain Wrens, Cuzco Warbler, Apurimac, Marcapata & Creamy-crested Spinetails, White-breasted Tit-Spinetail, Parodi’s Hemispingus, Puna & Vilcabamba Thistletails, Peruvian Treehunter, Puna, Diademed, Trilling & chances for Vilcabamba Tapaculos, Rusty-fronted, Junin, Ayacucho (Pale-tailed) & Streak-throated Canasteros, chances for Royal Cinclodes, Streak-fronted Thornbird, Plumbeous Tyrant, Cinereous, Puna & White-fronted Ground Tyrants, Ash-breasted Tit-Tyrant, Kalinowski’s Chat-Tyrant, Many-colored Rush Tyrant, Giant, Blue-backed & White-browed Conebills, Black-faced & Tit-like Dacnis, Moustached & Golden-eyed Flowerpiercers, Chestnut-bellied Mountain Tanager, Paradise, Saffron-crowned, Golden-collared, Rust-and-yellow & Grass-green Tanagers, Andean Negrito, Peruvian Sierra Finch, Chestnut-breasted Mountain Finch, Apurimac & Cuzco Brush Finches.
Tayra, Brown-throated Sloth, Saddle-back Tamarin, White-fronted & Large-headed Capuchin, Bolivian Squirrel Monkey, Geoffroy’s Woolly Monkey, Brown Titi Monkey, Bolivian & Southern Amazon Red Squirrels, Long-tailed Weasel, White-lipped Peccary, White-tailed Deer.
humid montane forest, foothill forest, tropical forest, high altitude lakes, polylepis forest
cold to cool in the highlands, hot & humid in the lowlands
moderate, with some long drives and high altitude
Cusco (the historical Incan capital city of Peru), Apurimac River valley (source of the Amazon), visiting an Andean Cock-of-the-rock lek
Day 1: Arrival in Lima
Today we arrive in Peru’s capital city of Lima. A Rockjumper representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to our comfortable city hotel. If you have just arrived in Peru, do enjoy the fine afternoon views from Miraflores over the Pacific Coast. For those continuing onwards from the Ancash & Lima Extension, there will be time to freshen up and rest before we meet up for a welcome dinner this evening.
Day 2: Flight from Lima to Cusco, drive to Abancay
We leave the Pacific coast of Peru behind today and fly to Cusco, the historical Incan capital city of Peru perched some 3,382 lung-busting metres above sea level. While construction of the city was started by the indigenous Killke culture, it is the building by the Inca and consequent destruction by the Spanish that the city is best known for. Since 1200CE, the Inca lived here and enhanced the city for more than 300 years. The arrival of the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro spelt the end of Cuzco, for despite re-naming it the “Very noble and great city of Cuzco”, the Spanish pulled most of the stone down and re-constructed the city in their own light. A strong earthquake in 1950 toppled many of the Spanish constructions, while the original Incan walls remained intact – some testament not only to the beauty of the architecture but also its incredible design.
After the short flight from Lima, we will board our new vehicle and embark on a visually stunning and altitudinally diverse journey. From the lofty Cusco (3,382m) we drop more than 1,500m past the town of Limatambo and into the Apurimac River valley. The source of the Amazon, the world’s largest river system, it rises in the south-western mountains of Peru, less than 160 km from the Pacific coast. We will pass over the modern day metal bridge spanning the river while considering that the Inca bridged this very river as long ago as 1200CE, giving them access to western Peru.
The lower altitude and dry environs of the river valley will see our warm gear coming off in a hurry before we start the concomitant climb up the other side. Travelling first past Curahuasi, we will find ourselves topping 4,000m above sea level before dropping yet again to the town of Abancay situated at the rather more comfortable altitude of 2,400m. As can be inferred, much of the day will be spent in transit. The occasional stop might turn up some new species for the tour, including the scarce White-tipped Swift, Andean Condor, Black Phoebe, Golden-billed Saltator, Black-tailed Trainbearer, Mitred Parakeet and/or Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle. A good night’s rest is in order before tomorrow’s exciting trip to Bosque Ampay.
Day 3: Bosque Ampay & Rio Pachachaca Valley
A short drive out of Abancay will see us visiting Bosque Ampay (Ampay Forest). Home to the only native conifer trees in Peru, this isolated humid montane forest holds a large number of desirable species, including some currently undescribed, and therefore potentially new species!
We will keep our eyes roadside for Glossy-black Thrush while passing through exotic tree plantations, before reaching the small biological station where the birding starts to heat up. The flower gardens attract a number of hummingbirds, and we could see quite a variety of species, including Mountain Velvetbreast, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Shining and the endemic White-tufted Sunbeams, Great Sapphirewing (the world’s second largest hummer species), Tyrian Metaltail and Green-fronted Lancebill. Leaving the flowers behind, we will then start the slow, upward hike. It should be noted at this point that while the trail is in good condition, we do climb uphill most of the way. Short breaks to catch our breath are normally well compensated with new species. Patches of scrub intersperse small agricultural fields to one side, and this is one of the best places to see the endemic Chestnut-breasted Mountain Finch, while also supporting small numbers of the recently split Plumbeous Tyrant (formerly Andean) and the somewhat secretive Rust-and-yellow Tanager.
The near-mythical Taczanowksi’s Tinamou has been reported from the area, though we would be incredibly lucky to chance upon this species during our Peru birding tour. As we enter the virgin montane forest, we can expect to come across our first localised endemic in the form of Apurimac Spinetail. The sounds of cracked seedpods falling to the forest floor could reveal a small flock of the unobtrusive Andean Parakeet. Another of our prime targets, the localised Apurimac Brush Finch, moves quietly through the understory thickets. Bolder, more vocal and with a rather funky hairstyle, the Creamy-crested Spinetail is one of the more attractive members of the genus and is also on our radars. Moving deeper into the forest, we hope to get views of the large Undulated Antpitta and perhaps the odd, dark black Antpitta of unknown status.
Moving higher up the trail, we will reach Laguna Angascocha. While rather small, the lake generally holds a few pairs of Crested Ducks, Brown-bellied Swallows wheel overhead and the surrounding forest edge is good for a multitude of commoner species, including Fawn-breasted and Blue-and-yellow Tanagers, Sierran Elaenia, Streaked Tuftedcheek, and Spectacled Whitestart. The higher up the trail we move, the better our chances of finding the endemic Vilcabamba Thistletail (this particular sub-species could well be elevated to full species status in the future) and even the rarely-recorded Vilcabamba Tapaculo is known from the area.
Having spent the majority of the day probing the forest for its various treasures, we will then head back down the mountain to Abancay. Should we have any time remaining in the day, we may visit a nearby tract of dry scrub to search for an isolated population of White-eared Puffbird and the undescribed form of Pale-tailed Canastero (tentatively known as Ayacucho Canastero).
Day 4: Abancay to Ollantaytambo via Condor View Point
We will depart Abancay early this morning, climbing back out of the Apurimac Valley towards Cusco and onwards to Ollantaytambo. Much like Day 2, most of the day is dedicated to travel and the odd rest/birding stop. Situated in the Urubamba Valley, Ollantaytambo is best known as the gateway to Machu Picchu. For the next few days, however, it will be our base while birding the incredible Abra Malaga area. While driving the final stretch of road parallel to the Urubamba River, we should pay close attention to the river where both Torrent Duck and White-capped Dipper occur. Depending on our travel time, we may yet have some time to bird near our hotel late this afternoon where we may find White-bellied Hummingbird and even have a chance for the endemic Bearded Mountaineer.
Day 5: Abra Malaga
We have a full day of our Peru birding tour to tackle the various habitats and altitudinal specialities to be found in the Abra Malaga area. Leaving our hotel early, we will head up to Abra Malaga pass, some 4,230m above sea level. At this altitude, everything gets done rather slowly, even a seemingly short hike takes rather longer that one might anticipate. Not that we are in any rush, for new species abound. Typically cold and often cloudy, with a little luck, we will be treated to panoramic views of the snow-capped and glacier-ridden Mount Veronica.
We shall first tackle the polylepis specialities of the area. Starting from the pass itself, we walk through a short section of barren grassland before descending a short section of the upper trail. The grassland habitat itself holds a few important species such as White-winged Diuca Finch, Streak-throated Canastero, Cinereous Harrier, Bright-rumped Yellow Finch, Paramo Pipit and possibly the rare Andean Ibis and Andean Hillstar. Upon reaching the nearby ridge, we can gaze across the valley far below us, and the remaining thick patches of mature polylepis. For now, we start descending a narrow trail through patches of small polylepis trees. Our list of target species today is perhaps not huge, but rather particularly rich in scarcity and interest. Both Tawny and endemic White-breasted Tit-Spinetails, exhibitionist Stripe-headed Antpitta, endemic Junin Canastero, Puna Tapaculo, Ash-breasted Tit-Tyrant, Blue-mantled Thornbill, Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant, Red-rumped Bush Tyrant and Giant Conebill all occur here. Moving towards the head of the valley, we will target a particular patch of polylepis, home to one of the world’s rarest species, the Royal Cinclodes.
A recently-found population in Bolivia may have erased its Peruvian endemic status, but it is an incredibly scarce species numbering only in the low hundreds. This is by no means a given species, and we can expect to have to work hard to find an individual probing through the damp and peaty soil along the various rocky ledges.
In the afternoon, we head over the Abra Malaga pass, dropping into fabulous humid cloud and bamboo forests at the slightly lower altitude of approximately 3,500m. We take the easier option and bird slowly downhill. The thick stands of chusquea bamboo hold a number of endemic and tricky species including the oft-heard, but not so often seen Rufous Antpitta. Considering that the Rufous Antpitta complex could well be split into upwards of seven full species, observing every sub-species is certainly desirable! Not that we will be stuck on any one species for too long, as we can expect a very birdy afternoon. We have our first chance for the endemic Inca Wren and only chance for the endemic Parodi’s Hemispingus. The endemic Marcapata Spinetail occurs in low numbers as does the minute Scaled Metaltail, Amethyst-throated Sunangel and Purple-backed Thornbill. The flowering bushes come alive with Moustached, Black-throated and Masked Flowerpiercers, White-browed Conebill and Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant. Flocks are not uncommon, often led by the bright Scarlet-bellied Mountain Tanager, and a profusion of other species may be seen in quick succession, including Blue-backed Conebill, Three-striped and Superciliaried Hemispingus, Andean Guan, Yellow-billed Cacique and the scarce White-throated Hawk.
Progressing further downhill, we will stop at large stands of chusquea bamboo which may hold Plushcap, endemic Puna Thistletail, Diademed Tapaculo, Tit-like Dacnis, endemic Parodi’s Hemispingus, Smoky Bush Tyrant and Unstreaked Tit-Tyrant. The rarely-seen Cuzco Brush Finch occurs in the general area, as does Paramo Seedeater, the rare Chestnut-bellied Mountain Tanager, Yungas Pygmy Owl and the particularly impressive Golden-collared Tanager. After a solid day in the high paramo, cloud and bamboo forests, we will start the climb back up to Abra Malaga pass, stopping en route to scour the various high altitude lakes that might host Imperial Snipe and Andean Ibis. Our day in area may well have been tiring, but is sure to have been thoroughly rewarding.
Day 6: Cordillera Vilcanota and Lago Huacarpay
We depart Ollantaytambo and head to the Cordillera Vilcanota this morning on our Peru birding tour. Our targets species are very similar to those we searched for yesterday, giving us a second chance for the Critically Endangered Royal Cinclodes as well as the somewhat tricky endemics, White-breasted Tit-Spinetail and Ash-breasted Tit-Tyrant.
After another successful morning, we shall drive through Cusco and spend the afternoon around the scenic Huacarpay Lake. The lake is surrounded by both Incan and pre-Incan ruins, and we will have time to look for a wide variety of high Andean waterfowl. These include Puna, Yellow-billed and Cinnamon Teals, Yellow-billed Pintail, Andean Duck, Silvery Grebe, Andean Coot and many other wetland-associated species. We will also search the surrounding reed beds for the furtive Wren-like Rushbird, beautiful Many-colored Rush Tyrant, Yellow-winged Blackbird, Puna Ibis and Andean Negrito, to name just some of our targets. The seemingly barren arid scrub that covers the surrounding hillsides is loaded with birds, and we will search for the endemic Rusty-fronted Canastero, Streak-fronted Thornbird and the prime target of the area; the gorgeous endemic Bearded Mountaineer feeding in the yellow flowers of tobacco bushes. While the mountaineer is sometimes tricky to find, it is often associated with the larger Giant Hummingbird, Green-tailed Trainbearer, Greenish Yellow Finch, Blue-and-yellow Tanager and Peruvian, Ash-breasted and Mourning Sierra Finches. We may also encounter some raptors, including the lovely Aplomado Falcon, Cinereous Harrier, Variable Hawk and the larger Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle.
Day 7: Cusco to Upper Manu Road
This morning we leave the scenic splendour of Cusco and the Urubamba Valley and head for the famed Manu Road. Along the way, we will make selected stops along the inner-montane valleys searching for some very localised endemics. Our first stop is likely to be at a site for the endemic Chestnut-breasted Mountain Finch should we not already have seen it, though we will also be watching for the high-altitude Andean Hillstar, Black-throated Flowerpiercer, Chiguanco Thrush and the endemic Creamy-crested Spinetail if required. After a good morning’s birding and a fair amount of driving, we shall reach Acjanacu, the last Andean mountain pass where Andean Condors can sometimes be seen cruising high above.
If the weather is clear, it may be possible to look out from this final range of the Andes, over the infinite expanse of the Amazon basin stretching into the distance. Doubtlessly, the Incas also stood in this same place in ancient times worshipping the sun rising over the endless rainforest. Birding the roadside scrub might yield Scribble-tailed and Line-fronted Canasteros as well as Puna Tapaculo.
In the late afternoon, we will begin birding through the upper limits of the eastern slopes, before gradually working our way down the eastern edge of the Andes during the coming week or so. Here the forest becomes more contiguous than in the highlands, as we make our way to our idyllically located cloud forest lodge perched at almost 2,800m (9,000 feet) above sea level. In the evening, we will have the opportunity to search for the exquisite Swallow-tailed Nightjar, Yungas Pygmy Owl and perhaps even White-throated Screech Owl.
Day 8: Upper to Mid-elevation Manu Road
Breakfast this morning will greet us with a varied dawn chorus that may include the endemic Red-and-white Antpitta. Beginning from our lodge, some of the birds we will set out searching for this morning are the recently described Diademed Tapaculo, Moustached Flowerpiercer, Tit-like Dacnis, Golden-collared Tanager and Puna Thistletail. We will spend most of the day birding through lush forest seeking out mixed feeding flocks that are sure to contain a variety of tanagers, flycatchers and furnarids (ovenbirds), including Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan, White-collared Jay and Southern Mountain Cacique. Grass-green Tanager, Hooded Mountain Tanager, Black-throated Tody-Tyrant, Barred Fruiteater and both White-banded and White-throated Tyrannulets, to name just a few of the possibilities. Some of the scarcer denizens of the forest here include Peruvian Treehunter, Golden-plumed Parakeet, Kalinowski’s Chat-Tyrant and Greater Scythebill.
After lunch today on our Peru birding tour, we will continue birding downhill, heading towards our lodge for the next two nights. As we move down the little-travelled forested road to lower elevations (approaching 1,600m / 5,000 ft), we will be keeping an eye out for White-rumped Hawk, Trilling Tapaculo, Black-and-chestnut Eagle, Andean Guan, Scaly-naped Amazon, Crimson-mantled and Bar-bellied Woodpeckers, the endemic Marcapata Spinetail, White-throated Antpitta, Band-tailed Fruiteater, Ochraceous-breasted Flycatcher, Barred Becard, Pale-footed Swallow, Mountain Wren and Citrine Warbler. This area also supports a wide variety of dazzling hummingbirds such as Collared Inca, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Violet-throated Starfrontlet, Amethyst-throated Sunangel, Purple-backed Thornbill, Scaled Metaltail and White-bellied Woodstar.
We can expect to arrive at our lodge in the late afternoon. Home for the next few days, it offers only basic candle and lantern lighting at night, but more than makes up for this with a pleasant dining area and exquisite lounge overlooking fantastic hummingbird and fruit feeding stations. The mammal front may also get a boost here, with Brown Capuchin Monkey and Tayra both possible, the latter often arriving at night to pick through fruit scraps from the feeding station.
Day 9: Mid-elevation Manu Road
Our lodge is situated in the pristine cloud forest of the mountains of Manu, only a few minutes’ walk from a spectacular Andean Cock-of-the-rock lek site. Furnished with comfortable blinds from which to observe these vibrant birds during their incredible dawn mating rituals, you should be sure to bring you camera and a spare battery or two. An adjoining trail system enables us to see right into the cloud forest understory where skulkers abound, including Chestnut-breasted Wren, Scaled Antpitta, Rufous-breasted and Short-tailed Antthrushes, Slaty Gnateater and the endemic Cerulean-capped Manakin. The surrounding area also allows for views of several spectacular waterfalls as well as a plethora of beautiful orchids, with at least 80 species recorded in the lodge vicinity alone!
We will take the time to concentrate on the different altitudinal zones, spanning from 2,500m to 1,500m (7,700 to 4,600 ft). Among the many species on offer here, we will be searching intently for White-rumped Hawk, Montane Solitary Eagle, Rufous-capped Thornbill, both Crested and Golden-headed Quetzals, Masked Trogon, Andean Motmot, Black-streaked Puffbird, the charismatic Blue-banded Toucanet, Olive-backed and Montane Woodcreepers, Spotted Barbtail, Montane Foliage-gleaner, the outrageous Amazonian Umbrellabird, Uniform and Variable Antshrikes, scarce Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Scaled Fruiteater, Bolivian Tyrannulet, the endemic Inca Flycatcher, Yungas Manakin, White-throated Spadebill, Fulvous-breasted Flatbill, Saffron-crowned Tanager, Yellow-rumped and Slaty Antwrens, Golden-eyed Flowerpiercer and the endemic Peruvian Piedtail. With persistence, night birding in this area might yield the uncommon Napo and Rufescent Screech Owls, Rufous-banded Owl, Lyre-tailed Nightjar and possibly Andean Potoo.
Day 10: Mid-elevation Manu Road to Andean Foothills
Waking up to the songs of Andean Solitaire and Paradise Tanager, we will spend the day slowly birding down to an altitude of around 500m (1,500 ft). The upper tropical zone forest we will be passing through today has sadly disappeared from much of the Andean slopes throughout South America due to its suitability for cash crops such as tea, coffee and cocoa, but in this part of Peru, the forest remains virtually untouched.
Some of the birds we will be searching for in this specialised habitat include Rufous-breasted Wood Quail, Plum-crowned Parrot, Chestnut-collared Swift, Three-striped and Three-banded Warblers, Long-tailed Sylph, the scarce Lanceolated Monklet, Versicolored Barbet, Russet Antshrike, Cinnamon-faced Tyrannulet, Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant, Fulvous-breasted Flatbill, Olive-tufted and Golden-crowned Flycatchers, Dusky-green Oropendola, Golden-collared Honeycreeper, White-winged Tanager and the striking Yellow-throated Bush Tanager. A short boat ride across the Rio Madre de Dios takes us to our comfortable lodge in the foothills of the Amazon.
Days 11 & 12: Andean Foothills
We have two full days of our Peru birding tour to explore this fabulous family-run, converted tea hacienda. The lodge is situated in the transitional zone between the foothills of the Andes and the flat lowlands of the Amazon Basin proper, and boasts an almost unbelievable bird list of over 550 species! A canopy tower on the nearby hillside also enables us to watch upper-story foothill flocks with ease, and the numerous butterfly bushes often attract a variety of hummingbirds, including the attractive Rufous-crested Coquette, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Western Emerald, Black-eared Fairy and Black-bellied Thorntail.
We will be birding through a variety of habitats during these two days, including floodplain and hill forest, and on one day we will take a packed picnic lunch to access the fabled road from Atalaya to Pilcopata. While the avian possibilities are enormous, some specific species we will be searching for include Black-capped Tinamou, Blackish Rail, Wattled Guan, Military and Blue-headed Macaws, Pheasant Cuckoo, the endemic Koepcke’s Hermit, Rufous-webbed Brilliant, Bluish-fronted Jacamar, Chestnut-capped Puffbird, Fine-barred Piculet, Red-billed Scythebill, Dark-breasted Spinetail, Bamboo Foliage-gleaner, Bamboo and Chestnut-backed Antshrikes, Amazonian and Thrush-like Antpittas, Rusty-belted Tapaculo, Mottle-backed Elaenia, Red-billed Tyrannulet, Johannes’s Tody-Tyrant, Yellow-browed and Black-backed Tody-Flycatchers, Ornate Flycatcher, Cuzco Warbler, the rare Buckley’s Forest Falcon, Black-faced Dacnis, and Band-tailed, Fiery-capped and Round-tailed Manakins. We will also have the option of night birding here and possibilities include Mottled and Black-banded Owls, Tawny-bellied Screech Owl and Great, Long-tailed and Common Potoos.
Day 13: Andean foothills to Cusco
Today marks the beginning of the end of the tour, as we head back up the Manu Road to Cusco. With a lengthy travel day ahead, we shall only take advantage of a few stops along the way for any target species we may still be missing. We expect to arrive in Cusco late in the afternoon or early evening for a final celebratory dinner and a well-deserved rest.
Day 14: Cusco and depart or begin Machu Picchu Extension
For some, this will be the end of an amazing tour to Peru. After breakfast, we will head to the nearby Cusco Airport for your flight back to Lima and onward international departures. For others, the wonders of Machu Picchu await!
What our clients say about tours to Peru
- UA, Peru
Rob Williams is the best guide I have ever birded with – wonderful birding and people skills.PM, Peru
Our guide, Rob Williams, was exceptionally well qualified, good humoured in all circumstances and remarkably diligent in accommodating all levels of birding skills within our group. He went out of his way to make sure that each member of the group realised their expectations for the trip. We would welcome the opportunity to join him on additional trips; he is a quality individual with sound values and a superb representative of Rockjumper Birding Tours.JH & CH, Southern Peru
Rob Williams was a brilliant guide in all respects. Throughout the three weeks, he gave the group his all. He is outstanding, and we would love to travel with him again.TE, Northern Peru 2015
The tour met all of my expectations. Rob Williams is an excellent tour guide – knowledgeable, manages logistics well, interacts with participants in a fun and caring way, and strives to find the birds that are on participants’ “wish lists”.RH, Peru