Abra Malaga, Peñas, Carrizales

Peru Birding Tours designed a NEW birding extension  at the southern Peru  east-slope, temperate birding at its best, featuring several endemics and scenic Andean puna; also Machu Picchu and great subtropical birding. Good accommodations, easy to moderate terrain with one difficult (optional) hike for Polylepis specialties.

We will work both sides of the eastern cordillera, traveling to the high pass at Abra Malaga along the trace that crosses the Andes on its way to the Amazonian lowlands and also Carrizales (bamboo) at the lower side which we reaguraly see more endemics concentration and mixed flocks and there is time Haypo lake for some andean marshes species.

  • DAY 1: Birding Peñas and Polylepis (abra Malaga)

We will pick you up from yor hotel in Cusco or Ollantaytambo and drive to Peñas for the fisrt birding stop and then we will reach Abra malaga pass for the entrance to small polylepis forest for some endemics species. We will have some box lunches with us to sepdn more time birding along the area for our target species. We will back to our hotel late afternoon for dinner and overnight in our Hotel in Ollantaytambo.

  • DAY 2: Birding Carrizales 

We will early start drive for one hour and half to reach a large patch of Chusquea bamboo for: Parodis Hemispingus (endemic), Puna Thistletail, Drab, Three-striped, Black-eared and Black-capped Himispingus, Golden-collared Tanagers, Scarlet-bellied and Hooded Mountain-Tanagers,  White-throated and White-banded Tyrannulets, Puna Ibis, Unstreaked Tit-tyrant (endemic), White-rumped Hawk, Sierran Elaenia, Marcapata Spinetail (endemic), Inca Wren ( endemic) among others species whcih we can find here. We will also have box lunch with as to spend more time birding in the area. Then we will drive back to Cusco Town but there is a chance to stop in Huaypo lake for some extra species. 

We usually arrive to Cusco late aftenoon where we can leave you at your hotel or the airport for any flight.

have a nice trip!

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NOTE If you are a bigger group number or prefer a private tour, please let us know.  
ACCOMODATION Comfortable in nice Hotel
TOUR PACE & WALKING Easy to moderate and steeps walks along polylepis forest 
EASY OF BIRDING Moderate with some challenging species
INCLUDE hotel, full meals, soft drinks, entrance fee, private transport, driver and birding guide
NOT INCLUDE International/domestic flights, any alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls, extra activities  
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  • Lena and I want to thank you again for a wonderful trip. It is hard to believe it is over. We appreciated your great bird-finding skills, the design of the trip and your taking care of us so well. Although Lena took a couple afternoons off, she finished the trip very enthusiastic about the whole experience. Take care and hope to see you again some day.

    William Proebsting
  • Omar really took care of us from picking us up at the airport to getting us back there, 21 tour days, one in country fight day to Cusco, 1 National Strike day off , 1Partial Rain Day...whew, yet 656 BIRDS in that time frame (21 Days). I am still exhausted...

    Bruce Garlinger
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