Bird Tour Huacarpay (Cusco) 1 day
Cusco – Huacarpay Lagoon and San Salvador
The Huacarpay Lagoon, San Salvador and Wetlands in Cusco are situated at an altitude of 3,020 meters. This High-Andean wetland includes four permanent and one temporary lagoon. It is part of the Pikillaqta Arqueological Park and the National Tourist Reserve.
Located in the upper northern part of the wetland are various Inca and pre-Inca remains, such as terraces that were used by the population that once inhabited the citadel of Pikillaqta. Pikillaqta was one of the most powerful regional centers of the Wari culture, which controlled almost all Peruvian territory from 600 and 1200 AD.
In Huacarpay lake is posible to find almost 60 resident avian species and vital resting grounds for migratory birds. Huacarpay provides significant food and refuge to various threatened birds species such as exotic storks and falcons. Others birds worth mentioning are the very attractive Sparkling Violetear, brightly-colored Rush-Tyrants, Yellow-winged Blackbirds, and the elusive Plumbeous Rail. You’ll also find several species of flycatchers, ducks, and members of the Frigillidae family here. Some of the seven species of raptors can be seen flying once the warms up.
Full Day: Bird Cusco – Huacarpay Lagoon / San Salvador
9,908 ft -3,019 m.
In the morning we will go from Cusco to Huacarpay lakes 30km, where we will head out with a picnic lunch to the Huacarpay lakes south of Cusco, Where we are going to see a variety of Andean 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 Nicotianas 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 Lagoon to San Salvador, 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 come back to Cusco.
- Birding Guide.
- Picnic Lunch
- Snacks, Mineral Water.
- Private transport.
- Tips, Extra expenses.
WHAT TO BRING:
- Small back pack and confortable shoes.
- Rain jacket or poncho (December – April).
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun.
- Sun block (sun protection cream).
- Snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, etc.
- Camera, plenty of film and batteries.
- Extra Money (soles).
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