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MACHU PICCHU & ABRA MALAGA, PERU

The bamboo around Machu Picchu is, fittingly, one of the best places to see the endemic Inca Wren. [Photo by guide Jesse Fagan]
Southern Peru's east-slope, temperate birding at its best featuring several endemics and scenic Andean puna; also Machu Picchu and great subtropical birding on and near lovely hotel grounds.

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LAST SPACES NOTE
Only one space remains open on our Jun 15, 2018 departure.

Perched imposingly atop a high ridge surrounded by rugged, forested mountains, the ruins at Machu Picchu tower above the rushing waters of the Rio Urubamba snaking its way fifteen-hundred feet below. By staying two nights (at 6500 feet, on the outskirts of Aguas Calientes), we will be able to experience the site both culturally and for its great birding. And though the ruins alone are worth the visit, the subtropical slopes and the narrow gorge below are surprisingly good for birds.

We regularly see such knockouts as Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Highland Motmot, Lyre-tailed Nightjar, White-eared Solitaire, Inga trees full of hummingbirds (including the endemic Green-and-white), numerous vivid tanagers (including the scarce Silvery), and the endemic Masked Fruiteater.

We'll also 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. Buffering the upper limits of these habitats is the starkly beautiful puna grassland dotted with llamas, alpacas, and the very occasional cluster of stone houses, corrals, and fences erected by Quechua-speaking families.

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The birding is impressive on both sides of the pass including Peruvian Sierra-Finch, Junin Canastero, Puna Thistletail, and often large mixed-species flocks on the more humid east slope (where we may run into the endemic Parodi's Hemispingus). The last day will find us at the pass, with the lovely Cerro Veronica as backdrop, birding the Polylepis forest in hopes of specialties such as Tawny Tit-Spinetail, Ash-breasted Tit-Tyrant, and Giant Conebill. Royal Cinclodes, a Hail Mary longshot, lurks in the area.

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Combo Tours
If you would like a longer birding holiday, some departures of this tour may be combined with:
IQUITOS, PERU: Canopy Walkways & Ancient Forests
CENTRAL PERUVIAN ENDEMICS: The High Andes
PERU'S MAGNETIC NORTH: Spatuletails, Owlet Lodge & More

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2017 Departures
Aug 3-12 ($4250)

2018 Departures
Jun 15-24
Oct 5-14

2019 Departures
Jun 14-23
Oct 4-13


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Guides for our tours
Jesse Fagan
Cory Gregory

What to Expect
Good accommodations, easy to moderate terrain with one difficult (optional) hike for Polylepis specialties.

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