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Southern Peru Birding Tour: Abra Malaga and Cusco - 5 Days

Southern Peru Birding Tour: Abra Malaga and Cusco

Southern Peru Birdwatching and Culture Tour: Abra Malaga and Cusco

This 5-day southern Peru birding tour combines nature watching, culture and gastronomy and is available on request. The pace of the tour is challenging but rewarding, taking in Cusco City, Abra Malaga, the Huacarpay wetlands, Balcón del Diablo, Ensifera Camp hummingbird garden and the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. Expect to see over 200 bird species including ten endemics, four near-endemics, other Polylepis and Chusquea Bambu specialist birds.

The southern part of Peru, especially the Cusco region, is one of the richest and most naturally diverse destinations in the country for birding. The geographical characteristics of the area are unique and due to this, there is a high number of endemic and near-endemic species - a situation it shares only with Bolivia.

Specialist birds abound in the Chusquea Bamboo of the cloud forest, the thorny clumping Guadua Bamboo found in the lowlands and the Polylepis scrub woodlands at 4,200m above sea level in this southern Peru birding paradise.

This enjoyable birding tour of southern Peru also adds in visits to the fascinating city of Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. You will explore two of the most important areas for birdwatchers around Cusco - Abra Malaga and Machu Picchu - and look for 13 different Peruvian endemics. There are also some near-endemics to be found during this southern Peru birdwatching experience.

Abra Malaga is located at 4,200m above sea level and its eastern and western slopes are completely different. On the west side we will look for Andean high mountain birds and specialists of the Polylepis woodlands, while on the east side we will look for cloud forest birds and specialists of bamboo patches.

Many people visit Machu Picchu just for the archaeological site and don't realise how rich this area of southern Peru is in natural wonders and how good it is for birding. This Cusco birdwatching tour will open your eyes to the delights to be enjoyed. Contact us to arrange this tour on a date to suit your itinerary, subject to availability.

Southern Peru Birding Tour Highlights

  • The two sides of the Abra Malaga heights
  • Waders and migratory species at the Huacarpay wetlands
  • The Inca remains at the citadel of Machu Picchu
  • The many endemic birds of the highlands and cloud forest
Alternative Tour Name: Abra Malaga & Cusco Birdwatching Tour

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5 Days

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USD1,100 / per person
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This tour is operated by: Machu Picchu Cusco Birding
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Tour Facts

  • Cusco
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • On Request
  • 5D / 4N
  • 2 to 6 passengers
  • Challenging
  • English, Spanish
  • At Cusco's Hotel
  • Alejandro Velasco Astete Airport