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“Great Birding and Great People” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lost City Bird Guides

Lost City Bird Guides
858 Jr. Andres Ramon Mejia, Huaraz 84, Peru
+51 943 348 437
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Ranked #13 of 23 Tours & Activities in Huaraz
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Owner description: We provide half-day birdwatching walks that take place in the lush jungle directly below Machu Picchu within walking distance of Aguas Calientes. The tour is designed both for avid birders and casual travelers who would like to experience the surprising quantity of bird life in the valley in a short enough time frame to easily make one’s afternoon train to Cusco.This a great opportunity to see colorful neotropical birds like the legendary Andean Cock-of-the-rock, the Highland Motmot, over a dozen beautiful varieties tanagers, and many other species. We have binoculars available for those who need them and rain gear (just in case).
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“Great Birding and Great People”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2011

We went out with Jim and Gladys Sykes three times over the four days we were in Aguas Calientes.

First of all, we found them very accommodating. They met us at our hotel, and offered us binoculars and ponchos, even though we didn't need them. Many people don't travel with binoculars so this is an important feature..

It is great to have two guides as they complement each other and are experienced in knowing where to look. We saw around 40 species of birds over three days, and many of the birds several times. This includes the famous Cock of the Rock and the Highland Mot Mot.

Both Jim and Gladys are highly intellegent and interesting to talk to. We learned a great deal more about Peruvian culture, politics, and Peru in general during our slow walks with them. Jim is an American and Gladys Peruvian, so we were able to get both perspectives. We feel we have two new friends.

The cost of the tours is reasonable, and they brought cookies and fruit to eat along the way!

As well, they were able to accommodate slower walking times.

All in all, we couldn't recommend them more highly.

Visited March 2011
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“Saw things I've never seen before”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2011

I always thought that Aguas Calientes was a necessary evil on the way to Machu Picchu. Now I know better.
We hooked up with Lost City Bird Guides while in Aguas Calientes and they took us out for a day of birding in the high jungle/ cloud forest of the area. They handed us each a pair of binoculars and out we went looking for feathered creatures. And there were a lot.
Birding is an interesting past time. You look up in the trees for moving things, then try to find said moving things in your binoculars. After you see it, you identify it before it flies off. Jim and Gladys are really good at it. Their enthusiasm for finding all sorts of species spilled over to us and we found ourselves looking every which was for yellow, brown, blue, red, spotted, striped creatures. They could identify the birds in seconds and tell us all about the critters, if they were rare, what they eat, where they live and so on.
In these parts, the bird everyone wants to see if the Cock of the Rock (this is the actual English name). You can't always see them, but on this day we saw both Males and Females. In fact we spotted one independently and were pretty proud.
If you are reading this and at all plan to go to Machu Picchu, plan to spend an extra day in Aguas Calientes (actually a nice little town with no cars) and go birding. It is so much richer than just popping in for a quick visit to the ruins.

Visited February 2011
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