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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.
Early drive to Malaga from Cusco, birding done mainly along road making selected stops for a number of andean species found in the area, we start at a hanging valley ending up at upper montane forest beyond pass.Mid- afternoon drive back to Cusco or the Urubamba Valley.
The Malaga area is a few hours drive from Cusco(1 hour and 45 minutes) and from Urubamba Valley(45 minutes), you can enjoy this extension after your visit to Machupicchu, Northern Peru or Manu.