Day 1: Cusco – Chonta – Pincopata EcoCamp (Condors and Owls)
The Flight of the Condor for Bird Watchers adventure begins with a 5:00 am hotel pick-up and a journey north of Cusco, passing through colorful Andean villages with plenty possibilities for admiring the sacred Salkantay Mountain (6,270 m/ 20,105 ft), and the valleys of Limatambo and Rio Blanco before arriving in the small village of Chonta.
After having a nice lunch, we’ll start hiking along the gradual up & down trail for about an hour; adjusting to the high altitude may be a little challenging, however, the trail itself is not difficult.
During this birding hike, we won’t miss the sight of the deepest Canyon in the Americas, while spotting birds like the Black Chested Buzzard Eagle, Mountain Cara Cara, Golden-Billed Saltator, Sierra Finch, Giant Humming Bird and the Hooded Siskin, before arriving at the look-out point anticipating our first sightings of the Andean Condor soaring over the canyon. There are three sighting points separated by about a hundred meters from one another, offering slightly different angles and proximity to the giant birds. Following our first birding expedition, we’ll continue our journey through the Limatambo valley until we arrive at our Pincopata EcoCamp (2850m/ 9,348ft). After settling and relaxing in our Geodesic Dome Tents, we’ll have leisure time to explore the beautiful natural surroundings of our EcoCamp. There will be many of birds to sight, including nocturnal birds such as the Buff-Fronted Owl, Koepcke’s Screech Owl (E), and the Peruvian Pygmy Owl, before going to the dining dome for an exquisite dinner.
- Driving Distance: 122.8 km/76mi
- Driving time: 4 hrs.
- Hiking distance: 6.4km/4mi
- Hiking time: 2 hrs. (Round Trip)
- Altitude Chonta: 3,400 /11,152ft
- Altitude Pincopata: 2,850 m/ 9,348 ft