The Cusco area has one of the world’s highest areas of bird biodiversity, particularly where the high Andes meet the Amazon rainforest.Particularly rich environments are the Abra Málaga (4,200 meters) area, en route to Quillabamba, and the Acanaju Pass (3,800 meters), en route to Parque Nacional Manu.
Barry Walker, owner of Manu Expeditions and author of A Field Guide to the Birds of Machu Picchu, Peru, leads excellent birding. Barry can be reached through Manu Expeditions (Pardo 895, tel. 084/22-6671, birding [at] manuexpeditions [dot] com, www.manuexpeditions.com, US$250 per day for guided tours with more than six people).
The high-quality Inka Natura (Ricardo Palma J1, Urb. Santa Monica, tel. 084/25-5255, www.inkanatura.com, US$275 per day for guided tours with more than six people) and Gran Peru (www.granperu.com, US$175 per day for guided tours with more than six people) also run birding trips throughout the country. Leo Oblitas is an excellent birding guide and works for some of the leading bird-watching agencies.
© Ross Wehner and Renée del Gaudio from Moon Peru, 3rd Edition