At around 6:00 am, we left for a specialized birding excursion. At the start of the outing we had very good sightings around the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel heated plunge pool. We were thrilled to see the migratory Sawinson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) as well as several tanagers.
We also got to hear and see the White Eared Solitaire (Entomodestes leucotis) - which apparently are in their mating season because it was heard more than once during the excursion. At 10:40 am we headed to the helipad, and we saw a movement near the heliport sign. Using binoculars we could see its details and take pictures, it was the Little Ground Tyrant (Muscisaxicola fluviatilis). After this sighting we walked a little further where we spotted another migratory surprise, a Streaked Flycatcher (Myiodynastes maculatus), a species we had last seen in 2013 around the same area.Braulio Puma | Head Explorer Guide | Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Heading back to the Ecocenter from a visit to the Andean Bear Rescue Center, and Inkaterra employee from the Ecology Department told me he had seen an Andean bear (Tremarctos ornatus) very exposed across our river bank. It was then that I decided to head back with the guests. Arriving at the heliport we saw a bear cub coming down the rocks on the mountain as it headed near the river. After a few minutes it disappeared into the vegetation. The guests, just like me, were fascinated to see this species in the wild.
(Photos by Braulio Puma) Braulio Puma | Head of Explorer Guides Cusco | Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel