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This is one of the famous birding areas in Cusco, easily reach in a full day trip leaving Cusco or better is you are based in the Urubamba Valley, the birding is done along the road that goes to La Convencion Province, on the northwestern part of Cusco, this drive used to be a rough one but since road was paved, access has tremendously improved. To bird along this road selected stops are made at first at Peñas with scrubby vegetation where several interesting birds are found, some target birds include the endemics Chesnut-breasted Mountain-Finch, White-tufted Sunbeam, Rusty-fronted Canastero and Creamy-crested Spinetail as well as a great variety of hummers Giant, Black and Green tailed Trainbearers, Great Sapphire-wing, Shinning Sunbeam, Sparkling violetear, Tyrian metatail, Sword-billed and more. Other beauties include Golden-billed Saltator, Blue and Yellow Tanager, Andean Parakeets, Red-crested Cotinga and several more.

The birding as we reach the pass is quiet rewarding too with several species of seedeaters, sierra finches and ground tyrants, raptors are a good possibility as well, once over the pass the habitat gets more humid, as we are in the eastern sloes of the andes. The habitat change is quiet dramatic, Chusquea bamboo patches offers good possibilities for Parodis Hemispingus (endemic), Unstreaked Tit-tyrant (endemic), Marcapata Spinetail (endemic) several species of conebills, furnarids, mountain tanagers and flycatchers. The side fast moving streams are good for Torrent Duck and White capped Dipper.
This a good option for birders that are willing to increase their bird lists and expand their knowledge on Andean birds or just enjoy a full birding day in some of the most dramatic andean habitats.

Day 1 : Abra Malaga (the pass 4316m)

We will need an early start as we drive up to a very high pass at 14,000 ft (4,316 m). Near the pass are groves of Polylepis woodland with several globally threatened species such as Royal Cinclodes, Ash-breasted Tit-Tyrant, and the endemic White-browed Tit-Spinetail. The walking is quite moderate due to the elevation. Sourrouding the Polylepis forest we may see Andean Goose, Crested Duck, Mountain Caracara, Andean Lapwing, Blue-mantled Thornbill, Andean Flicker, Tawny Tit-Spinetail, Streak-throated Canastero, Line-fronted Canastero, Stripe-headed Antpitta, Puna Tapaculo, Taczanowski´s Ground-Tyrant, Red-rumped Bush-Tyrant, Rufous-webbed Bush-Tyrant, Giant Conebill and Black Siskin Later in the day we will target other species in the roadside scrub such as the endemics White-tufted Sunbeam, Creamy-crested Spinetail and Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch. Night in Ollantaytambo. B:L:D.

Day 2 : Abra Malaga (cloud forest 1650m)

Early start to drive up the pass and arrive to the upper montane evergreen forest, chusquea bamboo forest, streams and scrubs. We may see Imperial Snipe, Golden-plumed Pararakeet, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Great Sapphirewing, Violet-throated Starfrontlet, Sapphire-vented Puffleg, Scaled Metaltail, Purple-backed Thornbill, Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Puna Thistletail the endemic Marcapata Spinetail, Pearled Treerunner, Streaked Tuftedcheek, Rufous Antpitta, Rusty-breasted Antpitta, Undulated Antpitta the endemic Red-and-white Antpitta, Diademed Tapaculo, Trilling Tapaculo, Highland Elaenia, Sierran Elaenia the endemic Unstreaked Tit-Tyrant, Black-throated Tody-Tyrant, Bran-colored Flycatcher, Rufous-bellied Bush-Tyrant, Smoky Bush-Tyrant the endemic Inca Wren, Mountain Wren, Great Thrush the endemic Parodi´s Hemispingus, Rufous-chested Tanager, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Lacrimose Mountain-Tanager, Plushcap, Tit-like Dacnis, Blue-backed Conebill, Moustached Flower-piercer, Stripe-headed Brush-Finch the endemic Cuzco Brush-Finch, Golden-bellied Grosbeak, Mountain Cacique and many more. In the late afternoon we will drive back to Cusco.B:L.


  • Student Discount: $35 off per personStudent Discounts apply to anyone who has a valid GREEN ISIC card at the time of the trek or is 16 years old or younger. For those using an ISIC card to receive the discount, we do need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 16 years old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to [email protected]
  • Under 15 years will pay as student: US$35.00
  • Under 7 years Discount: US$50.00

Private Service Prices

  • 2 people : US$550.00 per person
  • 3 people: US$500.00 per person
  • 4 people : US$450.00 per person
  • 5 people : US$400.00 per person
  • 6 people : US$350.00 per person
  • 7+ people : US$300.00 per person


As you see in our Additional Items under Trip Overview, there are several optional upgrades you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices, but check our Overview section for more details.
Huaynapicchu: $65 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $80 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $65 per person

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