The Best 2-Day Birdwatching Tour in Machu Picchu

You cannot miss this magnificent Birdwatching in Machu Picchu 2-day Tour! Bird watching is reported as being the fastest growing outdoor activity in America and the surroundings of Machu Picchu is one of the paradises for Bird-Based Tourism.

There are many good reasons to visit the most amazing of all known Inca ruins and birding definitely adds to the long list. The habitats surrounding the ruins are probably the best place to see Inca Wren and another elusive endemic, Parodi´s Hemispingus. Many birders see their first Andean Cock-of the-Rock (Peru’s national bird) along the rail way near Aguas Calientes town and Torrent Duck in the Urubamba river. Machu Picchu offers a nice range of cloud forest birds in an incredible setting.


If you want to see the citadel of Machu Picchu and its beautiful landscape, then book your trip in advance. Since, the Peruvian government has imposed a daily limit of visits and tickets tend to sell out quickly. Make sure to buy your tickets in time!

Why to choose Culturandes Travel & Adventure for this Birdwatching in Machu Picchu ?

Are you looking for unforgettable memories for this adventure? Culturandes Travel & Adventure want you to have a hassle-free planning and an unforgettable travel experience without any stress and unexpected situations by the hand of its experts travel advisors and knowledgeable local guides providing you:

  • Reliable and high level services
  • Certified Peruvian tour operator
  • Safe transport according to the highest standards
  • Adequate equipment for the activity
  • Detailed and personalized information prior to the trip
  • 24 hour support during your trip
  • Excellent official local guides who will be the star of your trip

We are experts in private and customized tours all around Peru, ask our expert travel advisors to upgrade your experience with additional activities and extensions.

Group services versus Private services?

This is a question we all need to ask ourselves when planning a trip. The answer depends largely on the age, the particular interests of each person and, above all, the economy of each passenger. Below, we list the differences between conducting a group service versus a private service. It should be noted that, in either of the two modalities, you will receive top quality care from the entire team of professionals who will make your trip unforgettable

Group Services

  • The driver follows the stops designated by the tour
  • Groups can have between 15 and 20 people
  • Guidance is simultaneous in English and Spanish for the entire group
  • The itinerary has to be strict to fulfill the daily plan
  • Guidance is available at the same time for the entire group
  • The main advantage of group services is the affordable price

Private Services

  • The driver will make the necessary stops where you indicate
  • Of 5 or more people, the private service has a similar price to the group service.
  • You own the time you want to have at each stop
  • Guidance is in only 1 language and at the passenger’s choice (prior consultation for rare languages)
  • The guide will be available only for you and attentive to your requirements
  • The travel experience becomes much more personal and deep in knowledge

We urge you to get in touch with us so we can design your trip to Peru together, probably combining some excursions in private and some in group services. Our team of experienced voyagers knows what it means to plan a trip of a lifetime as well as the investment that implies, therefore, we want everything to go perfect.


  • Nature
  • Wildlife watching

  • Cusco
  • Machu Picchu
  • Peru

  • Easy

  • 2 days

  • Year round


  • Enjoy a leisurely train ride to Machu Picchu and visit “The Lost City of the Incas”
  • Remain astonished by a place where the legend of the past is so vividly present while you discovered the Incas civilization best-kept secret.
  • Take your binoculars and experience two days of marveling with the wide variety of birds that we can find around.


Early in the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the Ollantaytambo train station where you will hop on board of one of the prettiest train rides in South America with final destination Machu Picchu, which rises enigmatic among the clouds of the majestic Andes. This natural environment located on the eastern slopes of the Andes encompasses the upper Amazon basin, with its rich diversity of flora and fauna.

The citadel was probably the most impressive urban creation of the Inca Empire in its heyday. Its giant walls, terraces and ramps look as if they had been carved naturally in the escarpments of the rock.
When, in 1911, the American archaeologist and historian Hiram Bingham discovered “The Lost City of the Inca Empire”, he could not imagine that he had reached the most enigmatic Inca ruins, one of the most spectacular and overwhelming places on earth that still conserves its mystery, charm and mystical appeal, despite its enormous popularity, even more so after having been designated one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Exploring the place continues to be an exciting experience, especially at dawn, when the scenic rays of light extend over the Andean peaks.

From the train you will certainly see Torrent Ducks and White-capped Dipper on the Urubamba River and get a closer look as you leave the train. Once you reach the town of Aguas Calientes, the final station of Machupicchu, you will take a bus for 25 minutes to the archaeological site and for a couple of hours, birding will take a back seat while you will be taking on a guided tour of this mystical archaeological complex while the Swallows flies overhead. You will also look for Inca Wren, which is quite common in the bamboo around the ruins and then descend into the Urubamba gorge for a late afternoon birding.

At night, visit the bars along the railroad tracks to share stories with some of the hikers who successfully completed the Inca Trail, or end your fantastic day relaxing the muscles in the hot springs.


The wake up will be early in the morning for a great birding activity through the railway track along the Urubamba River. In the remnant cloud forest, we will be looking specifically for Sclater’s and Bolivian Tyrannulets, Silver-backed Tanager, Pale-eyed Thrush, Masked Fruiteater (endemic), Black-streaked Puffbird, Oleaginous Hemispingus and Capped Conebill. Mixed flocks contain many species of Tanager and the endemic Green and White Hummingbird is common here. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo train station where the vehicle will be waiting for you to take you back to Cusco city.


Ask our experts travel advisors to complete your trip with an extension to the impressive citadel of Machu Picchu, the challenging Inca Trail, the impressive Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, the majestic Colca Canyon, the mysterious Nazca lines, the enigmatic jungle or the Kingdom of the Chachapoyas


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