Bird Watching Huacarpay & San Salvador Lake
An exceptional bird watching place close to Cusco that is home to more than fifty resident species of birds; around twenty five migratory bird species and twenty occasional species. Huacarpay lake is located about 45 minutes from the city of Cusco and includes specific locations for spotting many endemic bird species of Peru.
We will pick you up from your hotel at 5:30 am. Our tour starts with a drive from Cusco to Huacarpay lake, where we will head out with a picnic lunch to the lakes (3070 m). Here we will see a variety of high Andean waterfowl 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 Tabaco 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. Later, after lunch, we will drive one hour from Huacarpay to San Salvador Lake (4000 m), the main birds we are aiming to spot here are the Andean Goose, Crested Duck, Silvery Grebe, Black-faced Ibis and Giant Coot. Near to the lake we will search for Andean Hilstar. There are small patch of Polylepis forest home to two endemic species of Peru: the Creamy-crested Spinetail and Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch. In the late afternoon we will drive back to Cusco.
Climate: Rather variable. Sunny, though on other days it can be cool and overcast. At high altitudes conditions range from cool to decidedly cold in the early morning
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