Culture and History make it a country rich in traditions and Peru has much to show to our customers not only in Culture and History but also in bird watching all this makes to Peru one of the great tourist destinations of the world.
If you’re a birdwatcher and loves Culture, this trip is for you because our target is to enjoy the architectural and cultural wonders combined with the enigmatic bird watching activity and nature of Peru. during this tour we visit several places along Peruvian coast visiting some natural reserves – Paracas, Ballestas island, Nazca lines, Colca canyon and Puno area, where still reminds Pre-Inca culture “Urus”, this last one is floating island where people still keep their traditions.
Day 1: Arrive in Lima international flight.
Most of the our costumers arrive in evening at Jorge Chavez international airport our staff will be waiting for you and will transfer to our hotel in the Miraflores district of Lima.
Day 2: City Tour Lima.
You will star with a relax breakfast you will have a free morning to enjoy the district and after lunch you will the opportunity to visit the beautiful cultural Lima town also knows as the City of Kings. You’ll see classic historical sights, colonial and Inca influenced architecture, residential neighborhoods, beautiful shrines and churches and incredible panoramic seascapes.
Night: Lima. B:L:D.
Day 3: Pucusana Puerto viejo Paracas.
We start the day by heading south to Puerto Viejo and Pucusana; between these two sites we should see nearly all of our targets: Peruvian Thick-knee, Coastal Miner, Surf Cinclodes, Blackish Oysteratcher, Inca Tern, Humbolt Penguin, Red-legged Cormorant, a boat trip give the best chance photography for all species mentioned uplines, with a good luck we could find Peruvian Martin difficult bird but impossible and a variety of more common species then we’ll continue on to Paracas.
Night: Paracas B:L:D.
Day 4: Islas Ballestas (pelagic trip)
After breakfast we drive to Paracas Bay for a trip to the Ballestas Islands which will produce immense nesting colonies of Peruvian Boobys, Guanay cormorant, Red-legged Cormorants, Peruvian Pelicans, Sea-lions. also Inca Tern, Surf Cinclodes in this excursion gives us very small opportunity offshore trips and depending on the time of year we can see some Albatross, Storm Petrels, Chilean Skua, In the afternoon we’ll explore the Peninsular and see a variety of shorebirds, Chilean Flamingo, Elegant Tern and look for the endangered Peruvian Tern also we’ll visit Paracas in-situ museum.
if you are passionate border we can arrange a pelagic trip actually this the only place from where officially its allowed. please contact us and we can provide you some options.
Night: Paracas. B:L:D.
Day 5: Ruta del Pisco – Knowing about Pisco.
Pisco is a “designation of origin” for the alcoholic drink belonging to a variety of grapes, produced in Peru since the late 16th century. It is the typical destillate of this country, elaborated from fermented wine of certain grapes, during this day we’ll visit wineries and destilations centers where we learn how to elaborate Pisco and variety of peruvian wines, we’ll have chance to taste every single drinks including our National drink Pisco Sour and several local cocktails.
Night: Nasca. B:L:D.
Day 6: Nazca Lines (by plane).
After a breakfast we’ll drive to Nazca airport and we’ll take an airplane to flight over Nazca lines around 1/2 hour, to see Nasca lines, the only way to see this lines its from aircraft, it size a perfections are amazing, during your flight you will enjoy a spectacular opportunity to see 12 of the most famous Nazca Lines, including the hummingbird, dog, hands, astronaut, tree, spider, whale, lizard, shark and more. After a fantastic views we’ll enjoy Lunch and we’ll visit Cahuachi the mayor ceremonial center of Nasca culture.
Night: Nasca. B:L:D.
Day 7: Cantalloc Aqueduct and Chauchilla Cementery.
We start our tour after a delicious breakfast, on the way we are going to stop in a place called Needles to have a ground perspective of Nazca lines from the top of a little hill.
Nazca channels of Cantayoc are huge spirals holes connected by channels. this transport water that comes from the Andes, here we’ll explain how the ancient Nazca people could build all these channels, all of them still working until now, around we can see surrounding fields with different crops produced in this Nazca valley.
our next stop its Chauchilla Cemetery, late in day we drive to southern Peru on the we have some birding.
Night: Chala. B:L:D.
Day 8: To Arequipa.
In the morning we’ll have relax walking birding along the beach then we’ll drive to Arequipa this is long way along the coast and inter mountain valley in afternoon we arrive to Arequipa we have some chance on the way for Cactus Canastero and Slender-Billed finch.
Night: Arequipa. B:L:D.
Day 9: Arequipa Ciudad Blanca.
Arequipa is Know like Ciudad Blanca – “The white city” mostly of constructions are made by Sillar – ashlar stone,this town has a lot of colonial buildings and is located at the foot of three volcanoes: Misti (5825m), Pichu Pichu (5571m), and Chachani (6075m). and after breakfast we visit the beautiful Monastery of Santa Catalina de Siena is a monastery of nuns of the Dominican Second Order, then we will take a City tour.
Night: Arequipa. B:L:D.
Day 10: Colca Canyon.
Leaving Arequipa early, we will stop at the national reserve “Salinas and Aguada Blanca”. Here we find vicuñas, one of the two wild members of South America´s camels. From now on we will look for high altitude species our target is Diademed Sandpiper-Plover also Mountain Caracara, Plain-Breasted Earthcreeper, Canastero´s, Yellow-Finches among others, we’ll pass by marshy area with good chance for Crested Duck, Puna Ibis, different Ground-Tyrants and Andean Negrito for instance. we have nice scenery with look out points from where we can see all volcanoes.
Night: Chivay. B:L:D.
Day 11: Colca Canyon to Puno.
Colca Canyon is famous by Cruz del Condor look out every day are coming hundred of people to see the spectacle of huge condors flying nearby, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle. At the same spot we look for: Canyon Canastero. Andean Hillstar, Giant Hummingbird, Andean Swifts, Slender-billed Miner and more.
In late morning we go back toward the main road passing the same high pass of yesterday we will have a second chance for Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, a rare wader of the highlands.
Back on the paved road we continue in the direction of Juliaca-Puno, making two birding stops on the way. Our targets here are Giant Coot, Andean Avocet, Puna Plover and Flamingos are the most wanted species.
Night: Puno. B:L:D.
Day 12: Uros island – Sillustani.
We are going to visit Titicaca Lake, this lake is the only place where we can encounter the Short-winged (or Flightless Titicaca) Grebe. Often we see it on the boat ride to the floating islands of the Uros Indians. People still keep their ancient traditions cultivating to get some crops like potatoes on this floating island. in the afternoon wehave an excursion to Sillustani, which is a pre-Incan cemetery located around Lake Umayo near Puno, here we’ll find several tombs, which are built above ground in tower-like structures called chullpas, these are the vestiges of the Qolla people, who are Aymara conquered by the Inca Empire in the 15th century.
Day 13: Polylepis forest to Cusco.
On this day we leave Puno to drive toward Polylepis forest above Lampa town our targets is Puna Canastero, Streak-Fronted Thornbird, Black siskin and several andean species like Darwin´s Nothura, this is a very interesting scenery drive through high altitude country along the route we’ll see Andean Ibis, Puna Ibis, mountain Caracara, lot of Great, snowy, and cattle Egrets, arriving in Cusco Late in the day.
we conclude the tour dropping you at your hotel around the main town in Cusco.
additional to this tour you can complement by Cusco Magic and Machupicchu Cultural tour or any other tours that we have.
Night. Cusco. B:L.