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Machu Picchu: Independant one day or two day trip

 
 INTRODUCTION:

Machu Picchu, Cusco, Perú Photo:Gunnar Engblom

Machu Picchu in one or two days and some time for birding. Machu Picchu must be seen even if you are on a birding trip. And there are birds that can be seen near the ruins. Even if you only have a day it is worth your time. Birding at Machu Picchu with a guide becomes expensive for small groups but it quite straight forward to do on your own if you want to keep a budget. 

There is an option to stay at Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel for the night which would increase your birding and bird photographty options as there are feeders with hummingbirds and tanagers, plus a couple of guided walks on the grounds with hotel guides that know the birds. 



 DEPARTURES:
 


If the departure dates don't fit you, please suggest another date.
 
 GALLERY OF BIRDS ON THE TOUR:


 THE TOUR:

One day independent trip to Machu Picchu

Kolibri Expeditions provides plane tickets from Lima, train to Machu Picchu and private transport between Cusco and Ollantaytambo. You are collected at the airport and you will be driven to Ollantaytambo for the 10.45 train to Machu Picchu. If time permits, you may do a quick visit to the Cusco Main Square (Plaza de Armas) and Sacsayhuaman. In some cases with very early flights from Lima it may be possible to check out the garden of the Pakaritampu hotel for Bearded Mountaineer.

The earliest flights from Lima usually arrive around 7am. The transport to Ollantaytambo takes 1h45min. 

Two day independent day trip to Machu Picchu

The two day program gives you a little more time. At arrival in Cusco, you go to Plaza de Armas with the Cathedral and the fortress of Sacsayhuaman (entrance fees not included). The driver will take you to Ollantaytambo, with a stop at Laguna Huaypo on the way for wetland birds such as Puna and Andean Teal, Andean Duck, Andean Gull, Andean Coot, Puna Ibis, Many-colored Rush-Tyrant, Wren-like Rush-bird, Yellow-winged Blackbird and many more. When you arrive to Ollantaytambo you may want to visit the spectacular Archaeological site (entrance fee not included) or photograph birds in th gardens of hotel Pakaritampu. One may find Bearded Mountaineer and Black-tailed Trainbearer

Later you return to Cusco to see some of the town such as Plaza de Armas with the Cathedral and the fortress of Sacsayhuaman (entrance fees not in the afternoon you take the train to Machu Picchu for an overnight stay.

The next day you have a full day at Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes to explore the ruins and birdwatching. There is a good field guide for Machu Picchu which will help you ID the birds you see. In the afternoon you return to Ollantaytambo or Cusco.

Note the option of staying at the very fancy Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, which has hummingbird feeders, fruitfeeders for tanagers and often Andean Cock-of-the-Rock in the garden. It is a bit costly, but this is compensated by the great birding and bird photography possibilities, the advantage of guides to consult, a fantastic three course gourmet dinner and an abundant breakfast. Note that access to the gardens at Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is only for the guests staying there. 

 


 PRICE :
Option: 2 day independent Machu Picchu with stay at Machu Pueblo Hotel -- Days: 2
Price: US$ 840
 
Includes an experienced driver and guide to take you to Ollantaytambo with many birding stops en route. Afternoon train to Machu Picchu. Night at Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. Several small excursions including birding with hotel guides, exquisite three course dinner at the hotel, abundant and varied breakfast, entrance fee to Machu Picchu, bus to citadel and bus back to Cusco. Minimum 2 people for this price. A single person pays $160 more plus single supplement. Single supplement $175 Does not breakfast and lunch on day 1, nor lunch and dinner on day 2.


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Option: MACHU PICCHU - INDEPENDANT ONE DAY TRIP without flights -- Days: 1
Price: US$ 399
 

Includes an experienced driver to take you to Ollantaytambo. Short stops en route, train to Machu Picchu back and forth from Ollantaytambo, bus back to Cuzco, entrance fee, bus to citadel.

Does not include meals. Minimum 2 people. 
If you are the only person signed up for this trip the cost increase with $160 



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Option: MACHU PICCHU - INDEPENDANT TWO DAY TRIP (independent) -- Days: 2
Price: US$ 610
 

Includes an experienced driver and guide to take you to Ollantaytambo with many birding stops en route. Afternoon train to Machu Picchu. Night in good budget hotel entrance fee to Machu Picchu, bus to citadel and bus back to Cusco. 

Minimum 2 people for this price. 
A single person pays $160 more plus single supplement.  

Single supplement $30

Does not include meals, except breakfast at Aguas Calientes on Day 2. 

 


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