Machupicchu Historic Sanctuary
This wonder of the world not only houses an important cultural legacy for Peru and the world, but also is a perfect habitat for a great variety of endemic and globally threatened birds like the Inca Wren (Pheugopedius eisenmanni).
There are 443 bird species in the Sanctuary, 15 of which are endemic to Peru.
- Marcapata Spinetail (Cranioleuca marcapatae) (VU)(E)
- Red-and-white Antpitta (Grallaria erythroleuca) (E)
- Inca Wren (Pheugopedius eisenmanni) (E)
- Royal Cinclodes (Cinclodes aricomae) (CR)
The sanctuary offers three ideal options for birdwatchers:
- The “Inka Trail”, which includes the traditional route (Route 1) and the Salkantay (Route 5). Duration time is 4 days and 3 nights by hiking trail.
- The Amazon Route, from the Hydroelectric plant to the bridge ruins. Duration time is 5 to 6 hours approximately.
- The Aobamba route, from Hydroelectric plant to the Valley of Ahobamba. Duration time is 3 hours approximately.
Best time for visiting is between May and November.