Chonta – Salkantay Birding Expeditions 2d-1n

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Chonta – Salkantay Birding Expeditions 2d-1n

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Chonta – Salkantay Birding Expeditions   2d/1n


  • Apurimac Canyon
  • Condor Sightseeing
  • Nature
  • Salkantay Glacier
  • Endemic Birds

This trip will take you into a large zone dominated by spectacular landscapes and microclimates that follow each other with their own character and type of life; beginning with the mountain valley, the high mountains with their unique birds and flora and the impressive Apurimac canyon, dominated by the majestic flight of the condor. Everything wisely articulated by the hand of the Andean man and his alive culture.

This is a new adventure trip for photographers, naturalist and birdwatchers who want a little wilder and andean elfin forest ecosystems. This place is located near to Salkantay mountain, at the west slopes of Vilcabamba mountain range.


Dress Code
Photography equipment
A spotting scope, if you have one
Flash light for night birding
Camuflage clothes (obligatory)
Passport or ISIC card (obligatory)
Sun block SPF 45 – 90
Canteen is obligatory
Extra warm clothes
Extra battery
Additional Snacks
Hat or cap
Slippers or tennis shoes
Raincoats or rain ponchos (November to April) 
If you don’t have some of the required equipment, we can rent one
  • Accommodation in Mollepata ecolodge and optional in Soraypampa ecolodge
  • Picnic lunch on first and second day
  • Ozonated water (we will provide it in all the tour, but you must carry your own canteen)
  • Entrance tickets
  • Professional guide specialized in birds
  • Private transportation
  • Snacks on the route
  • First aid kit
Not Included
  • Other requirements.
  • Last dinner
  • Birdiwatching equipment
  • Gratuities recommended for staff.
Day 1: Cusco – Chonta Condor View Point – Mollepata Ecolodge
Departure from the hotel at 5:00 am to driving through the highlands to Chonta community for a 3 hours. Once we get there we will have a coffee break before to start the trek at the direction of Apurimac Canyon and visualize the spectacular scenery, it takes 1:30 minutes. On the way we spot some highlands birds. This tour is an unforgettable experience to enjoy the condor’s flight over the Apurimac Canyon. The condors soar upwards by using the thermal wind currents. This will be the best time to use all your abilities to photograph their majestic.  After couple hours, we set back to Chonta community to have a lunch. After that, we will drive in direction to Mollepata ecolodge, on the way we stop in the route to spot some specific birds, like White-eared Puffbird and Creamy-breasted Canastero (Pale-tailed). Then we continue until arrive to our accommodations, this is one of the most comfortable and high quality ecolodge around Mollepata town. After your accommodation and dinner, we will look for two specific owls that life around the lodge, like Koepcke’s Screech-Owl (endemic) and Buff-fronted Owl.
Day 2: Mollepata Ecolodge – Soraypampa - Cusco
Wake up early morning and walk around the ecolodge to observe some birds that live into the unique semi tropical forest, after couple hours birding around we get back to have our breakfast. After breakfast we will continue the journey in direction to Salkantay mountain, we will be able to stop on the way and walk to try to find other specific birds that exists just on this elfin forest. We have our lunch in a specific point over the route, to finally arrive at Soraypampa and spot some highland birds, then we will back to Cusco, finishing our activities. In this day we will see the next endemic and the hardest to find birds by listers:
  • Koepcke’s Screech-Owl (endemic)
  • Vilcabamba Tapaculo (endemic)
  • Apurimac Spinetail (endemic)
  • White-tufted Sunbeam (endemic)
  • Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch (endemic)
  • Rusty-fronted Canastero (endemic)
  • Creamy-crested Spinetail (endemic)
  • Apurimac brush Finch (endemic)
  • Buff-fronted Owl
  • Purple-backed Thornbill
  • Mountain Velvetbreast
  • White-belllied Woodstar
  • Crimson-mantled Woodpecker and others
Note: If you want to upgrade your tour, you can aggregate one or two days to make the Short Inka Trail or visit the Sanctuary of Machupicchu.
Day 3: Soraypampa Ecolodge - Humantay Lake - Cusco (OPTIONAL)
After past the second night in Soraypampa ecolodge, early, after breakfast we will walk up hill for couple hours until to reach to the beautiful lagoon of Humantay glacier, this day is a little more relaxed and combines spectacular landscapes, nature, birding and an amazing view of Humantay snow peak, this is a great moment to photography the nature and sunrise.  Finalizing our activities, we will come back to the ecolodge to enjoy lunch and farewell. Finally drive back to Cusco.

Tour Location

Chonta – Salkantay Birding Expeditions: 13.49°S, 72.53°W
More information Google Maps 13.49°S, 72.53°W