From San Clemente near Pisco goes the newly paved road Ruta de los Libertadores to Ayacucho. Calculate 5 hours in driving time. En route we will search for Pacific slope endemics like Raimondi´s Yellow-Finch, Cactus Canstero, Thick-billed Miner, Peruvian Sheartail and Black-necked Flicker. Stop at bogs to look for Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe and Puna Snipe. At the patches of Polylepis woodland you may find Giant Conebill, Stripe-headed Antpitta, Tit-like Dacnis and Rusty-crowned Tit-Spinetail.
East of Ayacucho is Huari with cactus plantations where the huancavelica race of Pale-tailed Canastero can be found.
Further on, Taczanowski´s Tinamou is frequently seen in the roadside scrub as well as Bearded Mountaineer and Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch. Ayacucho Thistletail (possible split from Vilcabamba Thistletail) can be found in more humid treeline habitat, where also Fire-throated Metaltail occurs. Pay attention to Tapaculos in this area, since some may constitute new species.
The road continues to San Francisco on the Apurimac river. While this area certainly is very interesting to explore, especially away from the roads, the area is still a center for illegal Coca fields and much of the cocaine produced in Peru comes from this area. Remnants of Sendero Luminoso (the Shining Path) protect the narcs. You had best stay away, while this is the situation. People are very suspicious of strangers.
There is a road being built between Quimbiri (on the other side of the river from San Franscisco) and Quiteni near Vilcabamba cutting through excellent habitat. Once this road is completed maybe this region will meet more tourists travelling overland to Lima and other crops may be more attractive to grow as the tourist market in Cusco can be reached.