Machu Picchu, Abra Malaga, and
the Lima Coast

Day 5: 2 July 2006
The Mandor Valley

We began the day by taking an early morning ride by bus to Puente Ruinas, where we were greeted with several feeding flocks of birds. Across the valley we heard some Mitred Parakeets that flew in to feed in the tree tops. Here is one of them.

We felt we had seen most of what was present in the flocks and began our walk down the Mandor Valley. That was when Raziel Guevara waved some of us back because he had spotted a Blue-naped Chlorophonia. This was lucky for me since I had missed the one seen earlier amidst the flock.

The views up slope were quite nice in the valley.

Of course, most of our attention was focused on the birds, such as this Fawn-breasted Tanager.

Still, the scenery was distracting.

The railroad tracks followed the course of the Urubamba River at the bottom of the valley.

A walk up a side canyon led to a small waterfall. Near there we saw Green Jays and a female Cock-of-the-Rock. Also among the birds was this Cinnamon Flycatcher. It's a little fuzzy since the low light levels didn't allow a reasonable shutter speed.

Another interesting flycatcher was this Olive Tufted-Flycatcher that for whatever reason decided not to put its tuft on display.

The waterfall was as far as we went. We pretty much hoofed-it back up to the Puenta Ruinas. The bird activity had slowed as the day advanced, with the clear skies not helping things much. We did get a different perspective on the ruins at Machu Picchu. In this first view the ruins are obvious.

Here, perhaps, you have to look a little closer, both on the top of the ridge but also a little down slope.

We boarded the bus again at Puente Ruinas and rode back up to the ruins for lunch. Afterward, some of us birded the Hiram Bingham Road, at first accompanied by this little perrito. If George had been there, maybe we would have found out earlier about the dog biscuits in his secret cache.

From the Hiram Bingham Road we had good views of Putucusi, the mountain known as "Half Orange." Numerous hikers were on top of the mountain when we first looked. With the approaching weather, the number of them on the peak diminished rapidly.

The road was unexpectedly, and most welcomely, birdy. Here is a White-winged Black-Tyrant that flew down the hillside and posed and perched and fly-caught for us.

Another source of entertainment came from the numerous coatis being fed at the restaurant along the road. We were told that "hundreds" of them came in for the offerings of the proprietors. Well, here there are at least ten.

These weren't your everyday ordinary coatis.

It was quite a nice afternoon along the Hiram Bingham Road. Down below you could see the Urubamba River.

Our next day would start with a train ride from Ollantaytambo up to Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.

On to Day 6: Birding again along the Urubamba River

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