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Abra Malaga and Cusco Southern Peru Birding Tour - 5 Days

Abra Malaga and Cusco Southern Peru Birding Tour
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Birdwatching in Southern Peru

Amazing Cusco Birdwatching program that gives you the opportunity to explore the two most important areas in Cusco for birdwatchers (Abra Malaga & Machu Picchu) and to look for 13 different Peru endemic birds and some near endemics.

Abra Malaga is located at 4200 masl and it will be completely different from the west with its east slopes. In the west, we will look for Andean birds and specialist of polylepis patches while in the east, we will look for cloud forest birds and specialist of bamboo patches.

Many people visit Machu Picchu just for the archaeological site and they don't know how rich is the area talking about nature and the different birds that are around this place.

Alternative Tour Name: Abra Malaga & Cusco Birdwatching
Day 1
Day 1 - Huacarpay Wetland, Culinary Experience and Balcon del Diablo

We will start our Cusco Birdwatching tour at 05:30 hrs picking you up from your hotel in the city of Cusco and we will go 30 km south of the city to Huacarpay Wetlands. Upon our arrival to Huacarpay Wetlands we will go to the different strategic points during the next three hours to spot as many Cusco birds and Cusco endemic birds as possible. We may see Rusty-Fronted Canastero (Asthenes ottonis) and Bearded Mountaineer (Oreonimpha nobilis) Ending our Cusco Birdwatching tour, we will start the return from Huacarpay Wetlands to the city of Cusco. Approximate arrival time to Cusco: 10:00 am

At noon we will enjoy our lunch as a new Culinary Experience in one of the best Cusco restaurants. Here we will enjoy a tasting of the different dishes of the restaurant with one of the Chefs that will explain the concepts and the ingredients of each dish. A fun educational and unique culinary experience.

Our Cusco birdwatching tour will start by picking you up from your hotel/restaurant at 2:30 pm to go in a private vehicle to “El Bacon del Diablo”. This amazing place, special for watching Cusco birds, is located next to Sacsaywaman archeological site, like 20 minutes from Cusco City. Upon arrival to Balcon del Diablo we are going to start the exploring in 2 kilometers around looking for the cusco birds and especially the Cusco endemic birds.

Ending our Cusco birdwatching tour at 4:30 pm approximately, we will bring you to your hotel to pick up your stuff and 30 minutes later we will go to Ollantaytambo town to spend the night (accomodation is not included)

Huacarpay Wetlands birds Andean Duck, Puna Teal, White-tufted Grebe, Puna Ibis, Variable Hawk, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Plumbeous Rail, Spotted Sanpiper, Yellow-winged Blackbird, Yellow-billed Tit-tyrant, Rusty-Fronted Canastero (E) , Bearded Mountaineer (E) , Black-tailed Trainbearer, Andean Flicker, Many-colored Rush-Tyrant, Andean Negrito, Rusty Flowerpiercer, Golden-billed Saltatoras well as other interesting birds.

Cusco birds at Balcon del Diablo Chestnut-breasted Mountain- Finch (E) , Creamy-creasted Spinetail (E), Bearded Mountaineer (E), Rusty-fronted Canastero (E) and white-tufted Sunbeam (E) as well as other interesting birds.

Day 2
Day 2- Abra Malaga west slope and polylepis woodland

We will start our birdwatching at Malaga Pass departing at 5:30 am from your Ollantaytambo hotel to Las Peñas, we will explore the area at 3450 masl for just an hour. Later, we will continue to the Polylepis woodland at almost 4000 masl close to the Malaga Pass. At noon we will have our box lunch and later we will walk uphill to catch the vehicle to continue to the east slope of Malaga Pass looking for more Cusco birds. On the road we will do some stops on different strategic spots according to the altitudes until we arrive to our Lodge in Cusco Cloud Forest.

Check in, dinner and sleep

Day 3
Day 3 - Abra Malaga east slope and bamboos patches

We will start our Machu Picchu Birdwatching Tour at 5:30 am with a peaceful walk toward the Ruinas bridge. Once we get there, we will explore the area in order to look for Machu Picchu birds like woodpeckers, tanagers, flycatchers, hummingbirds, but especially we will look for the Machu Picchu endemic birds known as Masked Fruiteater, Green-and-White Hummingbird and Inca Flycatcher and other incredible Machu Picchu birds like Andean Motmot, Green Jay and Cook of the Rock. According to the time, we will continue on the way to Mandor cascades. The landscape is flat and it will give us the chance to look for other Machu Picchu birds. At appropriate time we will return to Aguas Calientes town to have our lunch (Lunch is not included)

At 1:30 pm with our guide, we will catch the bus to go uphill to the Machu Picchu citadel to begin the one-hour and half tour of this magical place. In some areas of Machu Picchu citadel (On the bamboo patches) you will have the opportunity to find another Machu Picchu endemic bird known as Inca wren.

At the indicated time (30 minutes before your train schedule) you will board, on your own and with the assistance of the staff of the railway company, the train to go back to the train station of Poroy or Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival our staff will be waiting outside the station with a board with your name to transfer you to your hotel in the city of Cusco.

Machu Picchu birds (Citadel, Mandor waterfalls and Ruinas bridge): Torrent Duck, Lyre-tailed Nightjar, Band-billied Owl, Chestnut-collared and White-tipped Swifts, Green Hermit, Speckled Hummingbird, Long-tailed Sylph, Buff-thighed Puffleg, Collared Inca, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Booted Racket-tail, White-billied Woodstar, Green-and-White Hummingbird (E) , Masked Trogon, Andean Motmot, Black-streaked Puffbird, Versicolored Barbet, Blue-banded Toucanet, Ocellated Piculet, Golden-Olive Wood-pecker, Mitret Parakeet, Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper, White-tailed and White-banded Tyrannulets, Inca Flycatcher (E) , Smoke-colored Pewwe, Black Phoebe, Masked Fruiteater (E), Cock-of-the Rock, Brown-capped Vireo, Green Jay, White-capped Dipper, Dusky-green Oropendola, Inca Wren (E) and more.

Day 4
Day 4 - Machu Picchu Birdwatching and Citadel Tour

We will start our Machu Picchu Birdwatching Tour at 5:30 am with a peaceful walk toward the Ruinas bridge. Once we get there, we will explore the area in order to look for Machu Picchu birds like woodpeckers, tanagers, flycatchers, hummingbirds, but especially we will look for the Machu Picchu endemic birds known as Masked Fruiteater, Green-and-White Hummingbird and Inca Flycatcher and other incredible Machu Picchu birds like Andean Motmot, Green Jay and Cook of the Rock. According to the time, we will continue on the way to Mandor cascades. The landscape is flat and it will give us the chance to look for other Machu Picchu birds. At appropriate time we will return to Aguas Calientes town to have our lunch (Lunch is not included)

At 1:30 pm with our guide, we will catch the bus to go uphill to the Machu Picchu citadel to begin the one-hour and half tour of this magical place. In some areas of Machu Picchu citadel (On the bamboo patches) you will have the opportunity to find another Machu Picchu endemic bird known as Inca wren.

At the indicated time (30 minutes before your train schedule) you will board, on your own and with the assistance of the staff of the railway company, the train to go back to the train station of Poroy or Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival our staff will be waiting outside the station with a board with your name to transfer you to your hotel in the city of Cusco.

Machu Picchu birds (Citadel, Mandor waterfalls and Ruinas bridge): Torrent Duck, Lyre-tailed Nightjar, Band-billied Owl, Chestnut-collared and White-tipped Swifts, Green Hermit, Speckled Hummingbird, Long-tailed Sylph, Buff-thighed Puffleg, Collared Inca, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Booted Racket-tail, White-billied Woodstar, Green-and-White Hummingbird (E) , Masked Trogon, Andean Motmot, Black-streaked Puffbird, Versicolored Barbet, Blue-banded Toucanet, Ocellated Piculet, Golden-Olive Wood-pecker, Mitret Parakeet, Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper, White-tailed and White-banded Tyrannulets, Inca Flycatcher (E) , Smoke-colored Pewwe, Black Phoebe, Masked Fruiteater (E), Cock-of-the Rock, Brown-capped Vireo, Green Jay, White-capped Dipper, Dusky-green Oropendola, Inca Wren (E) and more.

Day 5
Day 5 - City Walking Tour and Bye Bye Day:

At 9:00 am our tour will start with the pick-up from your hotel and walking through the city center, where we will visit two important buildings such as the Cathedral of Cusco that contains many paintings of the Cusco school and the imposing Temple of the Sun also known in Quechua as the “Qoricancha” considered in the time of the Incas as the most important sanctuary dedicated to the Sun God.

According to your flight schedule we will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the airport of Cusco.

End of service.

Creamy-crested Spinetail, Green-and-white Hummingbird, White-tufted Sunbeam, Masked Fruiteater, Vilcabamba Tapaculo, White-browed Tit-Spinetail, Line-fronted Canastero, Streak-fronted Thornbird, Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch

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  • Cusco
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • 5D / 4N