Daytrip to Ticlio and Marcopomacocha area.
We have recently found the both Diademed Sandpiper-Plover and White-bellied Cinclodes just off the main Central Highway near Ticlio pass. It is quite possible to just go up and down on a quest to see these magic species. Recommended start: 4-5 AM. It is possible to leave later if the two mentioned species are your prime targets, but during the months of November-March, the area clouds up after midday, why it is good to leave as early as possible.
Other special birds we see at this extreme altitude include Gray-breasted Seed-Snipe, Puna Snipe, Olivaceous Thornbill, Black-breasted Hillstar, Dark-winged Miner, Black Siskin, White-fronted Ground-Tyrant, White-winged Diuca-Finch and Junin Canastero.
With luck sometimes we can spot Rufous-bellied Seed-snipe and Puna Tinamou.