Abra Malaga - Machupicchu 4 days

Abra Malaga - Machupicchu Itinerary

Day 1: Cloud forest (the other side of the pass)

We'll make an early start from Cusco or Ollantaytambo (if you come from Machu Picchu too) today we drive over the pass, where we will see a complete different habitat: theupper cloud forest. We'll hope especially to encounter some good mixed flocks which could contain Parodi's Hemispingus, Unstreaked Tit-Tyrant, White-browed Conebill, Tawny-rumped Tyrannulet, Tit-like Dacnis and many others. Undulated Antpittas are frequently heard calling but are very hard to see, as are Diademed Tapaculos. Hummingbirds to look for include Coppery-naped Puffleg, Scaled Metaltail, Rufous-capped Thornbill and Sword-billed Hummingbird. On the way back we visit a place called ¨Peña Ruins". This is the stake-out for the endemic White-tufted Sumbeam. Also Creamy-crested Spinetail, Rusty-fronted Canastero, Black-backed Grosbeak and, with luck, Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch are possible here.

Day 2: The Polylepis forest

we'll drive untill the Polylepis forest at Abra Malaga in the morning. The three best birds to be found here are Royal Cinclodes, Ash-breasted Tit-Tyrant and White-browed Tit-Spinetail. While these, especially the highly sought-after cinclodes, are sometime elusive, there are many other birds to see as well, including Tawny Tit-Spinetail, Puna Tapaculo, Blue-mantled Thornbill and Giant Conebill. In the afternoon we'll return and stay in a hotel in Ollantaytambo/ take a trail to ollantaytambo/ or go back to cusco in order to take a Manu road Trip

Day 3: Machupicchu area

This day is almost complete cultural day the main idea is visit to Machupicchu arqueological site ofcourse the area is very nice for birding especially the way back (walking down hill) looking for Inca Wren, Masked Fruiteater Sclater's Tyranulet and more.

Day 4: Going back to Cusco

early in the morning we'll birding along the rail way looking for some flock (some missing species) and in the afternoon we'll take a train to go back to Cusco


  • -Birdwatching specialist guide in English and Spanish
  • -Transportation Cusco-Abra malaga private bus (Birdwatcher-driver)
  • -Train tickets,
  • -Buss tickets go in & out to Machupicchu
  • -Machupicchu entrance
  • -Overnights in Hotels
  • -Meals (breakfast, lunch/Picnic and dinner)
  • -Water at any time/snack
  • -Bird checklist by zones
  • -Field Guide Birds of Peru
  • -Entrance fee

Not Included

  • -Soft drinks and beers
  • -Personal expenses
  • -Tips


  • Binoculars
  • Day pack
  • Plastic bags (to keep everything dry)
  • Rain gear
  • Sweater, fleece or light jacket
  • Long pants, long socks and long-sleeved shirts
  • T-shirts/Shorts
  • 1 pair of hiking boots and 1 pair of light shoes or sandals
  • Sunhat, sunglasses, sun block
  • Insect repellent (with at least 35% 'deet') and after bite
  • Water bottle
  • passport
  • Money for soft drinks or beers and handicrafts