Flight of the Condor for Bird Watchers

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The Flight of the Condor for Bird Watchers program is a must for all nature lovers, it provides great opportunities for spotting the large Andean Condor soaring over the Apurimac Canyon while enjoying traditional culture and magnificent views of the sacred Salkantay and Humantay Mountains. On this trip, you’ll encounter some species that are endemic to the area, including the Apurimac and Vilcabamba Tapaculos, Koepcke’s Screech Owls and Forest Divers.
At our EcoCamps, you’ll experience comfortable accommodations and deliciously prepared Andean food, typical to the region.

One Night at a luxurious Geodesic Domo Tend
Private transport
Specialized tour guide
All meals during the trip
Entrance fees
Optional activities ( Horse riding, Bikes, Massages)
Alcoholic beverages
Laundry services
Binoculars 10 x 40Spotting Scope
Camera and accessoriesWater bottles
Trekking poles (optional)Personal medications
Money pouchMosquito repellent
Sun blockSunglasses
SwimsuitWarm hat
HatRain pants
Rain jacketGloves
Fleece jacketUnderwear
Long underwearT-shirts
Long sleeve shirtsWarm jacket
Waterproof Hiking boots (optional)Hiking socks
Hiking shortsHiking pants
Binoculars and spotting scopes will be available, but you are welcome to bring your own.


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


Day 2: Pincopata EcoCamp – Soray EcoCamp – Cusco

After an early morning birding adventure, we’ll have a nice breakfast and time for relaxing, before birding around the camp and the old casa hacienda. A trip through the Rio Blanco valley to Soraypampa, will bring us to the foothills of the Humantay and Salkantay Mountains; this journey offers good opportunities for spotting both valley and highland species before arriving at Soray EcoCamp for a lovely lunch.
Some of the birds to spot, are: the Red-Crested Cotinga, Cinereous Conebill, Apurimac Sinetail (E), Tit-like dacnis, Giant Hummingbird, Shining Sunbeam hummingbird, White-tufted Sunbeam (E)Andean lapwing, Andean Goose, Mountain Cara-Cara, Vilcabamba Tapaculo, Apurimac Brush Finch (E), Sierra Finch, Creamy-crested Spinetail (E), Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch (E), and Tyrian Metaltail. As this birding adventure comes to an end, we’ll return to Cusco.

  • Driving Distance: 142.8 km /88.75 mi
  • Driving time: 5 hrs (Incl. return to Cusco)
  • Soray EcoCamp: 3,850m/12,628 ft


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