Peru

Lima, Cusco, Andean Highlands, and Manú National Park

May 2008

In May we joined an American Birding Association (ABA) sponsored birding tour in Peru, flying to Lima (via Dallas and Miami), then on to Cusco, down the Urubamba Valley to Machu Picchu, over the crest of the Andes and down the eastern slope into the cloud forest and eventually rainforest at the lower elevations.

Some of the photos from our trip are on this and following pages.  Our trip journal is also available for anyone wanting gory details. See also the Trogon News article Robert wrote (for Huachuca Audubon).


Lima and Cusco | Machu Picchu | Over the Andes / Cock-of-the-Rock, Amazonia Lodges | Manú / Puerto Maldonado | Birds | Other Flora and Fauna

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Lima and Cusco

At the Larcomar shopping center,
Miraflores district, Lima

Planes in the mist...waiting to fly
to Cusco

Oxygen at the Cusco airport,
which is at 10,860 ft elevation
(no, we didn't bother)

Inside the Cusco airport terminal

The photographer is herself
photographed!

Bienvenidos!  The image of
Machu Picchu is iconic, to
say the least

Exterior, Alejandro Velasco
Astete International Airport,

Cusco

Stuff to buy already...

Cusco street (our hotel was
down on the left)

Adobe is the building material
of choice; a wall topped with
cholla says "keep out"

Birding at Huacarpay Lakes

More adobe...

Birding at Huacarpay Lakes

Getting ready for lunch

Yum!  Note the bottle of Inca Cola,
too bad it isn't sold in the US -
was like a lemon merengue cream
soda...

The lunch table...

Fishing from a reed raft

Liza happy after lunch

[Pre-?]-Incan ruins - not Machu Picchu

Tilling a field...the hard way

[Pre-?]-Incan ruins

Dinner at A Tunupa near the
Plaza de Armas, Cusco

Good company...

...and marvelous entertainment!


Pan-flute music...

...and dance


Plaza de Armas, Cusco
(photo (c) 2005 Christophe Meneboeuf, www.pixinn.net)
Lima and Cusco | Machu Picchu | Over the Andes / Cock-of-the-Rock, Amazonia Lodges | Manú / Puerto Maldonado | Birds | Other Flora and Fauna

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