Birding Cusco – Abra Malaga

One and Two Day Birding trips from Cusco
Short trips that are convenient if visiting Cusco, or before or after another trip to the old Inca Capital.

on-rocksPhotographer: Fabrice Schmitt

Abra Malaga (2 Days):

Day 1:

If leaving from Cusco Very early start for the 3 hour drive to Abra Malaga. If leaving from Urubamba or Ollantaytambo a later start and an hour and a half's drive After a field breakfast we'll have all day to work the humid temperate forest. Starting at a large patch of Chusquea bamboo we should see Parodi's Hemispingus (endemic) and Puna Thistletail (endemic). Other possibilities throughout the day include: Drab, Three-striped, Black-eared and Black-capped Himispingus, Golden-collared and other Tanagers, White-throated and White-banded Tyrannulets, Andean Ibis, Unstreaked Tit-tyrant (endemic), White-rumped Hawk, Sierran Elaenia, Marcapata Spinetail (endemic), Inca Wren ( endemic), Diademed and Trilling Tapaculo plus a lot more. Rufous and Undulated Antpitta's are here too. In the afternoon we'll look for Cuzco Brush Finch (endemic). We'll return to the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the evening. L:D

Day 2: We'll head for the Polylepis woodland at Abra Malaga. We'll devote the whole morning to explore this unique habitat. Possibilities include Line-fronted Canastero, Ash-breasted Tit-tyrant (endemic), White-browed Tit-spinetail (endemic), Tawny Tit-Spinetail, Giant Conebill, Stripe-headed Antpitta, Andean Tapaculo, Tit-like Dacnis, Blue-mantled Thornbill, Andean Condor, Thick-billed Siskin, Junin Canastero (endemic) and more. Our major target bird here will be the endemic Royal Cinclodes, which we discovered here in the 80's. On the valley floor we'll check a variety of Ground-tyrants and Sierra-Finchs. After a picnic lunch we'll concentrate on some local endemics on the west side, including Creamy-crested Spinetail, (endemic) Rusty-fronted Canastero, (endemic) White-tufted Sunbeam (endemic) and Chestnut-breasted Mountain-finch (endemic). We return to Cusco or if you wish the Sacred Valley of the Incas and your hotel. B:L:

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Peter Bono – USA

Your staff (Balvina, Wendel) and our bird guide Alex were wonderful. We enjoyed our half-day Laguna de Huacarpay excursion with Alex, and Wendel and Balvina kept us on schedule and "extracted" from Agua Calientes during the wildcat strike.

Lynn Dunlap - USA

I'm writing to express my deepest appreciation for the tour I took through Manu and Legacy Tours. It was my first visit to Peru, and I didn't have a very clear sense of what to expect. I am so very happy to say that everything about the tour was wonderful. I was very appreciative of the logistical aspects of the tour. The hotels and lodges were great. And the meals were substantial and delicious. I was especially delighted by our alfresco lunches on the road--and very appreciative of snack packs we received while traveling. The complex arrangements for transportation were handled smoothly. The buses and boats were comfortable and the drivers and boatmen conscientious.

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I'm writing to express my deepest appreciation for the tour I took through Manu and Legacy Tours. It was my first visit to Peru, and I didn't have a very clear sense of what to expect. I am so very happy to say that everything about the tour was wonderful. I was very appreciative of the logistical aspects of the tour. The hotels and lodges were great. And the meals were substantial and delicious. I was especially delighted by our alfresco lunches on the road--and very appreciative of snack packs we received while traveling. The complex arrangements for transportation were handled smoothly. The buses and boats were comfortable and the drivers and boatmen conscientious.

Your staff (Balvina, Wendel) and our bird guide Alex were wonderful. We enjoyed our half-day Laguna de Huacarpay excursion with Alex, and Wendel and Balvina kept us on schedule and "extracted" from Agua Calientes during the wildcat strike.

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