Abra Malaga, Carrizales

Abra Malaga offers very productive birding in the high Andes between Cusco and Machu Picchu. The puna scrub and Polylepis forests around the pass are prime habitats for specialties. So also are the upper reaches of stunted cloud forest at the somewhat lower elevation around Carrizales.

Endemics found in these habitats include Royal Cinclodes, White-browed Tit-Spinetail, Tawny Tit-Spinetail, and Junin Canastero. Other birds found in these forests include Blue-mantled Thornbill, Bar-winged Cinclodes, White-winged Cinclodes, Line-fronted Canastero, Stripe-headed Antpitta, Andean Tapaculo, Giant Conebill, White-tufted Sunbeam, Creamy-crested Spinetail, Rusty-fronted Canastero, and Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch, Andean Guan, Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Marcapata Spinetail, Pearled Treerunner, Red-crested Cotinga, Unstreaked Tit-Tyrant, Pale-legged Warbler, White-browed Conebill, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Tanager, Moustached Flowerpiercer, Cusco Brush-Finch and the end of the tour  we include it Ipal Private Reserve for Swallow-tailed Hummingbirds, Red-Pileated Finch, Ocellated Piculet and many others.


  • FULL DAY: Abra Malaga, Carrizales

We will pick you up from your hotel early morning and drive up to Abra Malaga Pass (Polylepis forest) at 4300 m where there is a chance to explore the small Polylepis forest a very unique ecosystem for certain species only found along the area. Then we will head down to Carrizales for Bamboo specialist and finally, we will drive straight to Swallow-tailed Hummingbird spot. After our amazing full day will drive back to Cusco or Ollantaytambo according to your stay. 

Target Species: White-winged Diuca-Finch, Ash-breasted Sierra-Finch, Plumbeous Sierra-Finch, White-browed Tit-Spinetail, Ash-breasted Tit-Tyrant, Stripe-headed Antpitta, Tawny Tit-Spinetail, Royal Cinclodes, White-winged Cinclodes, Puna Tapaculo, Olivaceous Thornbill, Andean Lapwing, Giant Conebill, Puna Ground-Tyrant, Unstreaked Tit-tyrant, Cusco Brush-finch, Parodis Heminpingus, Black-capped Hemispingus, Rufous Antpitta, Trilling Tapaculo, Marcapata Spinetail, Inca Wren, White-banded Tyrannulet, Pearled Treerunner, Streaked Tuftedcheek, White-rumped Hawk,  Plushcap, Red-crested Finch, Sclaters Tyrannulet, Ocellated Piculet, Plumbeous-back Tyrant, Swallow-tailed Hummingbird, Yellow-bellied Seedeater, Common Tody-Flycatcher among others.

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GROUP SIZE From 2 to 10  
TOUR DATES Book at any time, fixed and custom dates  
INCLUDE Pick up, lunch, private transport, driver and birding guide
NOT INCLUDE International/domestic flights,hotel, phone calls, extra activities   




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  • ! Buenos Dias, Omar ¡

    I wanted to express my sincere thanks for the great trip you provided Karl and me.  It was the best biding trip Ive ever had in my life. Im now in the middle or sorting out and editing all my photos. 

    I miss Peru already! and I miss seeing all of Perus colorful birds.

    Muchas GraciasDoug Harr
  • Dear Omar:

    "An excellent and honest birder running a high quality birding tour,if you plan to birding in Peru,that is"


    國際台灣觀鳥協會理事長Simon - Chairman of ITBA
  • Hi Omar,

    Im a pretty good birder, but Omar Diaz spotted at least 200 species that I probably would have overlooked! He knows his birds by sight and sound and is very passionate about his chosen profession.

    My Dad is not a birder but was extremely impressed by how well organized and professional the trip was. Thanks Omar and Americo!

    I hope you and your family are doing well.

    RegardsKen Simonite
  • Thank you Omar for a wonderful time in Peru. You made it all happen for us & took such good care of us throughout the whole trip!

    California USASusan Gerling Gonzales
  • Many thanks to César, Amerigo, Omar and the entire Peru Birding Tours team for an unforgettable trip to u and Manu Road!

    USALance Lack
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