Machu Picchu

  • Hummingbird!

    Location: Bird Feeders | Date: February 22nd, 2014 | Time: 7:45 am

    It was a rather cold morning in the cloud forest of Machu Picchu; looking for birds with some travelers but we didn’t have much luck. When the excursion was about to end we approached the bird feeders to observe the hummingbirds. Suddenly  I saw a very rare bird. It was a Fawn-breasted Brilliant (Heliodoxa rubinoides). This was the second time I had seen this hummingbird in Machu Picchu ; it was a new register for the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. We observed the bird throughout the day with other Inkaterra Explorer Guide as well as our resident biologist. Hope you enjoy the picture!!!

    (Photo by: Jose Luis Lavilla)

    Jose Luis Lavilla | Explorer Guide | Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
  • Birding Day!

    Location: Alccamayo River | Date: January 19th 2014 | Time: 10:00 am


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    Our exploration trek began at 5:00am towards the Alccamayo river searching for particular bird species such as the Golden Head Quetzal (Pharomachrus auriceps). At the beginning, the outing was not very good. On route we couldn’t see much because it was still dark but we could hear many signs of birds awaking. We decided to keep climbing and at around 8:00am we had our first big sighting. A Quetzal (easily recognizable due to the color of its feathers) flew in front of us. Lucky for us, the bird decided to rest on a branch very close to us. Suddenly the sighting became even more interesting when another quetzal perched alongside the first one. For a few minutes we got to see them both until they flew into the vegetation. Suddenly, when we were heading back to the hotel, a Blue-banded Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus coeruleicinctis) appeared and surprised us ;when we finally began to descend we noticed that there was a white-breasted bird of prey far away on a dry tree branch. We took the telescope trying to identify this bird . We could not believe it, we realized it was a Semicollared Hawk (Accipiter collaris) resting in front of us. It was a very good day!Our exploration trek began at 5:00am towards the Alccamayo river searching for
  • Owl!

    Location: Railroad Track | Date: December 9th, 2013 | Time: 5:02 am

    During the last day of the “Birding Rally Challenge” with the Sunbird Team from UK, decided to walk to Mandor Valley at 4:00am since we were only one species from the first place of the contest . After one hour walking in the rain, Gavin Bieber saw a dark silhouette on the train tracks, we knew it was a bird but it flew away. We kept waking and a few meters from where we saw the unidentified bird twe noticed movement on the trees, we pointed our torches an   saw a Band-bellied Owl (Pulsatrix melanota) a “lifer” (bird species seen for the first time). It was the first Owl that I had ever seen in Machu Picchu. During the ceremony the judges told us that it was a new register for the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. It was worth the walk in the rain, enjoy the picture!!!

    Stuart Elsom, Steve Howell, Gavin Bieber | Sunbird Team (UK)

    Jose Luis Lavilla Holguin | Explorer Guide | Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
  • Birding!

    Location: Orchid Trail | Date: November 29th, 2013 | Time: 5:50 pm


    During a bird training outing, getting ready for the Birding Rally Challenge, the Ecotourism team decided to take the Orchid trail. Minutes before they spotted 2 migratory bird species on the trail, a Swainson's Thrush (Catharus Thrushes) and a red Tanager (Piranga rubra) that left the team fascinated, they thought they could get lucky again. They were not mistaken. Suddenly one of the Explorer Guides mentioned that he saw a brown bird that looked like a dove. They all began to try to identify the bird with the help of the telescope and reviewing the book “ Birds of Peru” by Thomas Schulenberg. After a couple minutes they could clearly identified the bird as Ruddy Quail Dove (Geotrygon montana), a "lifer" (bird species seen for the first time) for many of the Guides. Since it’s a species that is not registered in the area everyone was very excited. It was worth the hours of searching, enjoy the picture!

     (Photo: Braulio Puma)

    Jose Lavilla ,Wilian Polo ,Fermín Reyes, Braulio Puma

    Explorer Guides | Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

     
  • Sunbittern!

    Location: Railroad Km 109 | Date: September 26th, 2013 | Time: 9:40 am

    TiganaDuring a specialized birding excursion, along with two travelers, we decided to rest after 4 hours of sighting various bird species. While enjoying our snacks before starting the journey back to the hotel, one of the travelers pointed out a bird that flew close to us and went into the jungle. At first glance I thought it was an Andean Guan (Penelope montagnii) but a few seconds later I saw the bird perched in front of us, I could not identify it, since it was the first time I saw it. As I grabbed my book I asked one of the travelers to take a picture of the bird so we could identify it afterwards. To our surprise it was a sunbittern (Eurypyga helias). We were all very excited because it was a very rare sighting. I want to take this opportunity to share the picture our guest took while I tried to identify the bird for us.

    (Photo by: Ron Blake)

    Jose Luis Lavilla | Inkaterra Explorer Guide | Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
  • Spectacle Bear

    Location: Vilcanota River | Date: 07 October, 2013 | Time: 3:45pm

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    At 3:45 pm. Florentino Candia and Rudy Quiroz, security and logistics personnel at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel respectively, were working near the railroad, when they saw some branches moving on the opposite side of the river. After a few minutes, a spectacle bear (Tremarctos ornatus) appeared from between the branches looking for bromeliads. They immediately reported the sighting to the Ecology and Ecotourism staffs by radio come and watch this interesting species.

    The bear was 2 years old approximately and looked underweight, due to the dry season that the area was currently going through. The sightings are specially important because we can learn more about the species behavior, eating and breading habits.

    Carmen Soto | Inkaterra Asociacion - ITA Coordinator | Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
  • A day as a Bear!

    Location: Vilcanota River | Date: 22 September, 2013 | Time: 12:30m




    At 12:30m Inkaterra staff working near the Vilcanota River reported the sighting of a spectacled bear within the hotel grounds, also known as Andean bear (Tremarctos ornatus), walking on the left bank of the Vilcanota River in front of Café Inkaterra restaurant. Fortunately the bear was in sight for more than 30 minutes which allowed staff members and travelers to observe and take pictures of this interesting species. During that time the bear went down to the river, drank water, took a bath, and then climbed a tree to feed on bromeliads. Quite a show. Let’s hope he visits us again!

    Wiliam Polo | Assistant Explorer Guide | Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
  • Spectacle Bear Family!

    Location: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel | Date: June 2nd, 2013 | Time: 10:30 am.

      

    It was a cloudy day, Fredy Apaza, storage personnel, was returning to Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel from the train station with guest luggage. He was entering the hotel when he saw the top of the branches moving on the other side of the river in front of Café Inkaterra. Much was his surprise when he could recognize a family of Spectacle Bears (Tremarctos ornatus), a mother with two small cubs. He reported the sighting by radio to the Ecotourism staff and hotel personnel, along passing guests, witnessed this unique sighting.

    Carmen Soto | Inkaterra Asociacion - ITA Coordinator | Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

    (Photos by: Joaquín Escudero and Ivan Galindo)
  • Snake!

    Location: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel | Date: June 2nd, 2013 | Time: 11:00 am.

    Angel Layme and Percy Jauregui were at the Ecocenter when the Public Areas Supervisor, Julio Huaylla, came to inform that he had found a green snake near the NGO ITA office (Inkaterra Association). Since snakes can be very dangerous they took the snake catching  equipment to be able to relocate it.  When they arrived they realized that it was a Dichrours drymoluber snake (or commonly known as “Chicotillo”). They were able to capture the snake and release it without any problems in a remote area.

    Here we share a picture for you to enjoy our, and the snakes, adventure.

    (Photo by: Julio Huaylla)

    Angel Layme | Explorer Guide | Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel


  • Our visitor returns!

    Location: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel | Date: May 23rd , 2013 | Time: 8:30 am

    As we gathered in front of the Ecocentre to begin our excursion to the Andean Bear Rescue Centre one of the travelers observed a big bird flying near the top of the mountains. Using our binoculars we could identify that it was the same bird that we saw a couple days ago; the Black and Chesnut Eagle (Oroacetus isidori).The eagle once again, was flying with the help of warm air drafts looking for food. Fortunately I was able to take another picture for your enjoyment.

     

    Braulio Puma | Head Explorer Guide | Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
  • Eagle!

    Location: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel | Date: May 20th, 2013 | Time: 8:30 am

    A group of guests and I were walking towards Inkaterra´s Tea House when, across the Urubamba River, I realized that there was a Road Side Hawk (Buteo magnirostris) sitting on a Cecropia sp. Tree. As we watched the hawk we noticed that the birds were very active.

    Suddenly one of the guests pointed out a big bird flying near the mountain in front of the Tea House. When I used my binoculars I could see that it was a Black and Chesnut Eagle (Oroacetus isidori) flying around the mountain probably looking for food. Then I realized that the birds were so active because of the presence of an eagle flying using the hot air currents. This gave me the chance to take some pictures that I now share with you. Hope you enjoy them!

    Braulio Puma | Head Explorer Guide | Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
  • Band-winged Nightjar

    Location: Andean Bear Project | Date: November 18, 2012 | Time: 11:45

    The day was sunny and clear, Daniel Aucayllo, Andrés Quispe and Braulio Supa, staff from the ecology team, were working on the Andean bear facilities. Daniel saw something moving on a rock nearby and went to take a look, much was his surprise when he observed a bird rarely seen during the day, a Nightjar resting on top of the lithophytic vegetation (Columnea lophophora). After making the photographic record, that same day in the ecology cabinet the bird was identified as a Band-winged Nightjar (Caprimulgus longirostris) confirmed by Dr. Daniel F. Lane, co-author of the book “Aves de Perú). This specie is more active at night and during the day spends most of the time resting on branches and fallen leaves, and thanks to its feathers it appears unnoticed.
  • Blue Banded Toucanet

    Location: Orquid Trail II | Date: November 24 , 2012 | Time: 12:45 pm.



    On a rainy Saturday morning at 8:20 am. near the gardening  house and orchid trail II, gardeners reported by radio to our ecology personnel the sighting, of what seemed to be a toucanet, but when reaching the site this bird flew off to the top of the mountain. Later that day at 12:45 pm. we heard a rather strange and strong tweet coming from the maintenance warehouse, we went running with our binoculars and cameras, and surprise!, there it was, resting on a “pacaemono” tree branch (Inga adenophylla) chirping loudly, a Blue-banded Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus coeruleicinctis). This bird is very rarely observed in the area, the staff passing by could not believe that there were toucanets in Machu Picchu.
  • Andean Bear Sighting

    Species: Andean Bear | Date: March 08th 2012 | Time: 11:30 | Place: Síngate Trail



    A very quiet morning, around 11:30 a.m., on our way to an excursion with travelers, we were walking towards the Sungate trail. The walk was very pleasant and the weather was sweet.

    We were talking about the beauty of the landscape and the experience. Every once in a while we made stops to rest. Suddenly, one of the travelers heard the plants shaking in the bottom of the path. All of us turned to look at that very spot, and between the plants a bear cub appeared eating and exploring the vegetation.

    It was surprising because he showed no fear and got close to us. One of the travelers even mentioned that he looked like a pet we could feed. It was a unique experience for all of us.

    Andean Spectacled Bear (Tremactus ornatos) Carnivorous mammal that inhabits South America. Nowadays the Andean spectacled bear is an endangered species.

    Explorer Guide: Jannet Estrada.
  • Canada warbler

    Species: Canada Warbler | Date: March 13th 2012 | Time: 15:30 | Place: Trail system


    It was a cloudy afternoon, around 3:30 p.m., when the ecotourism group decided to go to the heliport accompanied by Braulio Puma (Leader Explorer Guide) with the only purpose of birdwatching. We started our search of bird species and were able to spot many of them; nevertheless the most remarkable was the Canada Warbler (Wilsonia canadensis) of 13 cm.

    This species is a common boreal migrant from September to April, to east slope of the Andes at 650-1700 meters above-sea-level. This bird is one of the few you can also see in the Amazonian rainforests, usually with mixed flocks. Canada Warblers have a colorful and notorious yellow plumage around their belly and a dark necklace, less distinct in females and juveniles.

    Due to the weather conditions we could not continue with the activity. Fortunately we had the chance to shoot some pictures we would like to share with you.

    Explorer Guides: Cecilia Cabrera, Jannet Estrada, Jose L.Lavilla, Wilian Polo, Angel Layme,
    Carmen R.Solis
  • Cock of the Rocks

    Species: Canada Warbler | Date: March 13th 2012 | Time: 15:30 | Place: Trail system

    Walking around the hotel it's always nice when you are greeted not only by the wonderful staff but by an Andean Cock of the Rock (Rupicola peruviana)!

    Joe Koechlin
    CEO Inkaterra
  • River Otter sighting in front of the Hotel

    Species: Neotropical Otter | Date: March 21th 2012 | Time: 07:00 am | Place: Urubamba river



    This morning, around 7:00 a.m., I was ready to go on a bird watching excursion with travelers from casitas 4 and 74. Ready for the walk, we headed to the pool side where usually you can see various tanagers. I explained about these birds and then continued the excursion leading along the River Urubamba where it is possible to observe various species of flycatchers. Perched on an electrical cable, very close to us, we saw an Andean Mot Mot.

    That was lovely to see. The travelers and I were really enjoying the sight. In order to look for more species, I followed with my binoculars the river side. Suddenly, I looked on the rocks right in front of the Inkaterra restaurant, an animal with a tail, which I eventually identified as a Neo-tropical Otter (lontra longicaudis).

    I was excited because it was the first time I saw one. I showed the animal to the travelers who were fascinated. We were able to follow the otter while swimming in the river. It was amazing to see him keeping balance in the turbulent waters and then resting on the rocks, until he went into the forest and got out of sight.

    Neotropical Otter (Lontra longicaudis) Coming from the Lutrinae mustelid subfamily, this species is found in Central and South America, from southern Mexico to Uruguay and Central Argentina. It measures from 50 to 130 cm in length and weights between 5 and 12 kg. Males are smaller than females. Nowadays it is an endangered species.

    Explorer Guide: Cecilia Cabrera
  • Ducks!!!

    Date: November 18th, 2011 | Time: 9:30 am | Sighting: Madre de Dios River



    Mr. Daniel Collao and his wife had chosen to visit Lake Sandoval that morning. What we never anticipated for was that the boat ride towards the lake would be so interesting. Right before we reached our destination we saw a group of 3 regular sized birds at a distance.

    They were walking along the shores of the Madre de Dios River. To avoid disturbing the birds we decided to wait on the boat and observe them by using our binoculars. Imagine my amazement when we identified the birds as white faced whistling ducks (Dendrocygna viduata) - species that hadn't been reported in this area for several years.

    Even more amazed when we got the great photo that we took and we are now sharing it with you!

    - Jesus Ciesa / Explorer Guide / Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica - Close close window

  • Hawk!

    Date: November 29th 2010 / Time: 13:00 / Weather: Cloudy

    It was a cloudy day when the interpreter Hendrik Torres was returning to Ecocentro and suddenly spotted, perched on a utility pole next to the rooms 48 and 49, a very large bird (about 45cm in height) with the characteristics of a hawk. Hendrik went to the Ecocentro as quickly as possible to bring his camera and take some pictures with the help of another interpreter, Yashira Bejar.

    Fortunately the bird was still in the same place. The hawk stayed for about 15 minutes "posing" on the pole. While both interpreters took photos they also noticed that different species of birds began to sing in a nervous matter (constantly) and approached the hawk trying to scare it away.

    At the neginning the hawk could not be identified by Hendrik o Yashira, so they sent an email to Renzo Zepilli (an Inkaterra bird trainer) who immediately responded saying that it was a juvenil Broad-Winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus) a boreal migrant (North Amercia) relatively common to the area in this time of year.

    - Hendrik Torres / Interpreter Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel -
  • Broad-winged Hawk

    Date: November 29th 2010 / Time: 13:00 / Weather: Cloudy

    It was a cloudy day when the interpreter Hendrik Torres was returning to Ecocentro and suddenly spotted, perched on a utility pole next to the rooms 48 and 49, a very large bird (about 45cm in height) with the characteristics of a hawk.

    Hendrik went to the Ecocentro as quickly as possible to bring his camera and take some pictures with the help of another interpreter, Yashira Bejar. Fortunately the bird was still in the same place. The hawk stayed for about 15 minutes "posing" on the pole.

    While both interpreters took photos they also noticed that different species of birds began to sing in a nervous matter (constantly) and approached the hawk trying to scare it away.

    At the neginning the hawk could not be identified by Hendrik o Yashira, so they sent an email to Renzo Zepilli (an Inkaterra bird trainer) who immediately responded saying that it was a juvenil Broad-Winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus) a boreal migrant (North Amercia) relatively common to the area in this time of year.

    - Hendrik Torres / Interpreter Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
  • Canada warbler

    Species: Canada Warbler | Date: March 13th 2012 | Time: 15:30 | Place: Trail system Read Sighting

    It was a cloudy afternoon, around 3:30 p.m., when the ecotourism group decided to go to the heliport accompanied by Braulio Puma (Leader Explorer Guide) with the only purpose of birdwatching.

    We started our search of bird species and were able to spot many of them; nevertheless the most remarkable was the Canada Warbler (Wilsonia canadensis) of 13 cm. This species is a common boreal migrant from September to April, to east slope of the Andes at 650-1700 meters above-sea-level.

    This bird is one of the few you can also see in the Amazonian rainforests, usually with mixed flocks. Canada Warblers have a colorful and notorious yellow plumage around their belly and a dark necklace, less distinct in females and juveniles.

    Due to the weather conditions we could not continue with the activity. Fortunately we had the chance to shoot some pictures we would like to share with you.

    Explorer Guides: Cecilia Cabrera, Jannet Estrada, Jose L.Lavilla, Wilian Polo, Angel Layme,
    Carmen R.Solis
  • Andean Bear Sighting



     On September 2nd, 2011, between 14h05 and 14h45, the Chilean couple, Mr. Williams Alex Muñoz Vargas and Mrs.

    Paula Martínez Godoy were having lunch at the main dining room when they observed something was shaking the branches of a tree right in front of the Chaskapata mountain.

    After a while they witnessed an amazing scenario, a female Andean bear were climbing up to the top of a tree looking for her favorite meal, bromelias.

    On September 3rd, 2011, at 06h30, the Explorer Guides María del Carmen Camasa and Yanet Estrada were in the middle of the excursion "Birdwatching" when they sighted the same female Andean Bear from the day before and at the same spot.

    They were impressed to see how the female bear was climbing up and down the soaring and rocky mountain very skillfully in the search of food. In this opportunity the guests enjoyed sighting the bear for 20 minutes.

    At the end the female bear vanished in the rainforest's vegetation
  • Buff Throated Saltator (Saltator maximus)

    Date: September 16th 2011 / Time: 3:45pm / Weather: Sunny

    It was a sunny afternoon, the second day of our bird identification training with ornithologist Zepilli Renzo. The plan was to go on a birding excursion near the hotel. Therefore at 3:45 pm we began the outing at the Ecocentro.

    As we watched the trees supplied with bananas to attract different bird species, we noticed the arrival of a Blue-neck tanager, and a Palm Tanager (both common to the area).

    While taking a good look at them, a different colored bird that we initially had mistaken for a female Blue and yellow tanager, appeared. Renzo identified it as a Buff throated saltator! This was the first time anyone had seen the saltator at the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel hotel grounds, Renzo and all of us, Inkaterra Explorer Guides, took time to observe the bird details for future identification.

    Finally, once at the office we added the Buff throated saltator as a new bird specie for the hotel. Renzo later explained, using the Birds of Peru Field Guide, that this particular bird is usually found above 1750msnm on the canopy of fruit trees, as well as secondary forests. One more bird for Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel bird list!!!

    - Cecilia Cabrera, Maria del Carmen Camasa y Renzo Zeppilli / Environmental Interpreter Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel - Close
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