Chonta Condors View Point & Apurimac Endemic Birds 2d/1n
- Apurimac Canyon
- Condor Sightseeing
- Endemic Birds
- Salkantay Glacier
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, 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 ecosystem. This place is located near to Salkantay Mountain, at the west slopes of Vilcabamba mountain range.
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 2.5 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 – Marq’uccasa - 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 continue the journey in direction to Marq’uccasa elfin forest, from here until the Inca channel we will walk up for 2 hours average in order to look for the Vilcabamba Tapaculo and the Apurimac endemic birds. We have our lunch in a specific point over the route. After lunch, we will drive in direction to Limatambo valley to spot once again the fantastic bird White-eared Puffbird, to take the best angles and captures. 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)
- Green and white hummingbird (endemic)
- Buff-fronted Owl
- Purple-backed Thornbill
- Mountain Velvetbreast
- White-bellied 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.
Tour Program includes
- Accommodation in Mollepata ecolodge
- Picnic lunch on first and second day
- Ozonized 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
- Other requirements
- Last dinner
- Birdwatching equipment
- Gratuities recommended for staff
List of Trip:
- 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