Machu Picchu Birds Peru Abra Malaga 5 days: Machu Picchu hardly needs any introduction and, for birders, the Polylepis Forest at the Abra Malaga pass with many endemic species is almost as famous. There are four types of programs available and the number of days can be varied:
- A Program: Arrival from Manu road in the evening of day 1 in the afternoon of the program below
- B Program: Start in Cusco with pick up at the airport in the morning of day 1 on program below
- C program: Combining culture and birds. This has a special program below.
- D program: Super short. For those with very little time this is an extremely short program of only two days, going directly to Abra Malaga from the airport early in the morning and concentrating the effort at the Polylepis at the pass and naturally makes the obligatory visit to Machu Picchu concentraing the effort here to see the Inca Wren.
We can run this tour any day of the year. We recommend spending two nights at Machu Picchu and two full days on the Abra Malaga road (programs A, B and C). This will make the program less hectic.
The grading of the tour is “moderately difficult” because of the walking one does at altitude at Abra Malaga and the many stairs Machu Picchu. The birding itself is quite easy.
These are programs that combine birding at the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and the temperate wet and dry Polylepis forests at Abra Malaga. Abra Malaga is the prime site you need to visit near Cusco, since there are a lot of endemic and near-endemic birds here, most of which are difficult or non-existent on the Manu road. If you are interested in having a stronger focus on culture and archaeology, check out the C program below.