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Classic Peru - Machu Picchu to Manu

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 20 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 8 people
Destination(s): Peru  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: June
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 6775 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 6775 US Dollar (USD)

Our Classic Peru birding tour commences in the coastal deserts of the western littoral. We ease into the tour with a number of localised endemics before embarking on one of the world’s de facto pelagics. 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 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.
- Tour Price (Per Person): €6,070 * £4,510 * USD 6,775 * ZAR 92,080
- Single Supplement: €540 * £400 * USD 600 * ZAR 8,160
- Flights (Approx cost): US$280.

Tour Itinerary:

Ancash Pre-Tour Extension:
Day 1: Arrival in Lima
Day 2: Lima to Huaraz via Lomas de Lachay
Day 3: Huaraz to Yungay, birding Huaylas & Puerto Libre
Day 4: Lagunas Llanganuco & Abra Portachuelo
Day 5: Yungay to Lima

Classic Peru:
Day 1: Arrival in Lima
Day 2: Lima to Pucusana & San Pedro Fields
Day 3: Lima Pelagic
Day 4: Flight from Lima to Cusco, drive to Abancay
Day 5: Abancay & Bosque Ampay
Day 6: Abancay to Ollantaytambo
Days 7-8: Abra Malaga
Day 9: Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu
Day 10: Machu Picchu to Cusco
Day 11: Cusco to Upper Manu Road via Lago Huacarpay
Day 12: Upper Manu Road
Day 13: Upper to mid-elevation Manu Road
Days 14-15: Mid-elevation Manu Road
Day 16: Mid-elevation Manu Road to Andean foothills
Days 17-18: Andean foothills
Day 19: Andean foothills to Cusco / Start of Manu Wildlife Centre Extension (Day 1)
Day 20: Cusco to Lima and depart / Manu Wildlife Centre Extension (Day 2)

Manu Wildlife Centre Post - Tour Extension:
Day 1: Andean Foothills to Manu Wildlife Centre
Days 2-5: Manu Wildlife Centre
Day 6: Manu Wildlife Centre to Andean Foothills
Day 7: Andean Foothills to Cusco
Day 8: Cusco to Lima and depart.

- Top Birds: Torrent Duck, Peruvian Pelican, Red-legged & Guanay Cormorant, Humboldt Penguin, Peruvian Booby, Waved, Salvin’s & Buller’s Albatross, Grey, Belcher’s & Swallow-tailed Gulls, Inca Tern, Chilean Skua, Peruvian Diving Petrel, Markham’s, Elliot’s (White-vented), Ringed (Hornby’s) & Wedge-rumped Storm Petrel (with chances for Band-rumped, Least & Sooty), Andean Condor, Black-and-chestnut Eagle, Montane Solitary Eagle, Harris’s, 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, Least Seedsnipe, Peruvian Thick-knee, 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 Quetzal, Yungas, Fiery-capped, Round-tailed & Cerulean-capped Manakin, Lanceolated Monklet, White-throated, Undulated, Stripe-headed, Rufous, Thrush-like & chances for Red-and-white Antpitta, White-capped Dipper, Black-streaked Puffbird, Olive-backed & Montane Woodcreeper, Spotted Barbtail, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Uniform & Variable Antshrike, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Scaled & Band-tailed Fruiteater, Bolivian Tyrannulet, Inca Flycatcher, White-throated Spadebill, Fulvous-breasted Flatbill, Peruvian Seaside Cincoldes, Koepcke’s Hermit, Peruvian Sheartail, Sword-billed, Amazilia, Giant, Green-and-white, White-bellied & Oasis Hummingbird, Mountain Velvetbreast, Shining & White-tufted Sunbeam, Great Sapphirewing, Scaled & Tyrian Metaltail, Green-fronted Lancebill, Black-tailed & Green-tailed Trainbearer, Bearded Mountaineer, Rufous-webbed Brilliant, Rufous-capped, Blue-mantled & Purple-backed Thornbill, chances for Andean Hillstar, Rufous-crested Coquette, Montane Foliage-gleaner, Peruvian Piedtail, Inca & Mountain Wren, Cuzco Warbler, Apurimac, Marcapata & Creamy-crested Spinetail, White-breasted Tit-Spinetail, Parodi’s Hemispingus, Puna & Vilcabamba Thistletail, Peruvian Treehunter, Puna, Diademed, Trilling & chances for Vilcabamba Tapaculo, Rusty-fronted, Junin, Ayacucho (Pale-tailed) & Streak-throated Canastero, chances for Royal Cinclodes, Streak-fronted Thornbird, Plumbeous (Andean) Tyrant, Cinereous, Puna & White-fronted Ground Tyrant, Ash-breasted Tit-Tyrant, Kalinowski’s Chat-Tyrant, Many-colored Rush Tyrant, Giant, Blue-backed & White-browed Conebill, Black-faced & Tit-like Dacnis, Moustached & Golden-eyed Flowerpiercer, Chestnut-bellied Mountain Tanager, Paradise, Saffron-crowned, Golden-collared, Rust-and-yellow & Grass-green Tanager, Andean Negrito, Peruvian Sierra Finch, Chestnut-breasted Mountain Finch, Apurimac & Cuzco Brush Finch
- Top Mammals: South American Sea Lion, Tayra
- Habitats Covered: humid montane forest, tropical forest, high altitude lakes, polylepis forest, grassland, farmland, cloud & bamboo forest, rivers, floodplain & hill forest, open ocean, coastline, coastal scrubland, abandoned agricultural fields
- Expected Climate: cold to cool in the highlands, hot & humid in the lowlands
- Max Group Size: 8 with 1 tour leader
- Tour Pace & Walking: moderate to tough with some long and/or steep walks
- Accommodation: comfortable
- Ease of Birding: moderate with some challenging species
- Number of Species Expected: 600+
- Other Attractions: Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, Lima pelagic expedition, Cusco (the historical Incan capital city of Peru), Apurimac River valley (source of the Amazon), visiting an Andean Cock-of-the-rock lek
- Photographic Opportunities: excellent.

Single Supplement: The single supplement cost for this tour will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation. If we cannot provide you with a rooming partner for these nights although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share.

Important Notes:
- Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we quote our tours in 4 currencies. The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (US$), and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 4 months before the tour.) The same applies to approximate flight and single supplement rates, which are also quoted in the respective fixed currency.
- Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration a small party supplement will have to be charged.
- Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.
- Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary and / or the designated tour leader/s at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware that we will attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.

Tipping: As noted above, gratuities (drivers, hotel staff, restaurants etc.) are included on this tour. However, this does not include our tour leader/s. If, therefore, you feel that he/they have given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip them.

Special Notes:
- Since some longish drives are necessary to reach the best areas for birds and animals, and as space in the vehicles is limited, it is important for the comfort of your fellow travellers that you do not over-pack. Kindly stick to 20 kg (44 lb) for check in luggage and 8 kg (+-18 lb) for hand luggage.
- Fitness: We will be birding some mountainous and high altitude areas on foot and along forest trails. Trails are sometimes steep and, depending on weather conditions, slippery. A good level of fitness is required for this tour.
- Peru is a large country and there is great variety in the climate, mostly determined by altitude. While we time our tours to coincide with the relative ‘dry’ season, rain is always possible and you should bring adequate rain gear as well as an umbrella. We spend some days at particularly high altitudes that are often very cold and windy with the potential for snow and sleet; warm gear is certainly required. The thinner atmosphere exposes one to higher concentrations of ultra violet light, precautions should therefore be taken against sunburn and sunglasses are advised.
- Crime is not commonplace for tourists in Peru; however, it is prudent to exercise caution as you would for any travel destination. Do not unnecessarily flaunt cash and valuables and do not leave valuables exposed in the vehicle.
- We will be birding in some remote areas well away from modern medical facilities.
- The hotels are generally of a comfortable yet sometimes basic standard throughout.

Arrival and Departure Details: This tour does not include any airfares. The Ancash Pre-tour extension will begin with a welcome dinner at our Lima hotel on day 1. Although this is scheduled as an arrival day, please do arrive in Lima by 17:00 to join us for dinner. The Ancash Pre-tour extension will end in Lima in the early afternoon of day 5.

The main Classic Peru tour will begin with a welcome dinner at our Lima hotel on day 1. Although this is scheduled as an arrival day, please do arrive in Lima by 17:00 to join us for dinner. For those participating on the Ancash Pre-tour Extension, you can expect to arrive back in Lima in time to freshen up and meet any new participants before dinner. The main Classic Peru tour will end mid-morning at Lima International Airport after a short flight from Cusco on day 20*.

The Manu Wildlife Centre Post-tour Extension will depart from our Andean Foothill’s lodge after breakfast on day 1** (which is Day 19 of the Main Classic Peru tour). The tour will end at Lima International Airport mid-morning after an internal flight from Cusco.

*For those participants who are not continuing onto our Manu Wildlife Centre Extension, please note that you will depart by boat from our Andean Foothill lodge after breakfast on the morning of day 19, before driving back up the Manu Road to Cusco. This is a long, dedicated travel day and only our local agent will be accompanying you on this section of the journey. Our local agent will accompany you to dinner this evening before transferring you to Cusco airport for your flight back to Lima on the morning of day 20.
**We do not recommend that anyone joins up for the Manu Wildlife Centre Post-tour extension independently of the main Classic Peru tour due to the time, logistics and distances involved in reaching the starting point of this tour.

Flights: Lima International Airport (IATA: LIM) is the main port of entry for international flights into Peru for this tour, and is serviced by most international airlines. We have the capacity to advise you on the best route according to your preferences, but your local travel agent will best be able to book these flights for you. However: please do not book your international flights until you have consulted our office for confirmation on the status of the tour.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Please note: these prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.

Price Includes:
- Free airport transfers within 3 days of beginning or end of tour
- All meals from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 5 of the Ancash Pre-tour Extension, from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 20 of the Main tour, and from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 8 of the Manu Wildlife Centre Post-tour extension
- Bottled drinking water
- All lodgings
- Ground transportation
- Reserve entrance fees
- Extra activities as mentioned in the itinerary
- All guiding services (including tips for local guides and services).

Price Excludes:
- Visa fees
- Any flights
- Any beverages (including mini-bar charges at hotels)
- Special gratuities
- Telephone calls
- Laundry and other items of a personal nature.

About This Supplier
Location: South Africa
Joined InfoHub: Sep 2007

M17026 is one of the world’s longest established and most highly regarded birding tour companies. Based in South Africa with satellite offices in USA, Australia and New Zealand, their team of professional tour leaders and dedicated office support staff arrange and guide more than 300 annual birding and wildlife tours...

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