Guided by José Illánes.
We all started the tour very excited this morning, looking forward to the amazing number of birds we would see in the next couple weeks – Peru has one of the highest bird lists of any country. Our tour would sample the megadiversity of Manu National Park and also take in a few other sites including the famous Inca ruins at Machu Picchu. Our flight was late to Cusco but we saw beautiful landscapes on the way, which was great compensation. After our arrival in Cusco, we met the driver, loaded the van, and went up to Huacarpay Lake. We saw some our target species such as White-tufted Grebe, Puna Ibis, Puna and Cinnamon Teal, Cinereous Harrier, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Black-tailed Traibearer, Bearded Moutaineer, Wren-like Rushbird, Rusty-fronted Canastero, White-browed Chat-Tyrant, Mourning Sierra-Finch, and Yellow-winged Blackbird. It was a very good day.