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300 species in one day - The Biggest Day


The Amazon is amazing, being more species dense than anywhere else in the world. Kolibri Expeditions introduces a new concept in birding tours for birders with little time and those with specific goals. This tour offers a chance at your Biggest Day ever. 

South East Peru is renowned for having extreme biodiversity. In the 1980s legends Ted Parker and Scott Robinson set a fantastic record of 331 species recorded in 24 hours from Cocha Cashu in Manu National Park. This record has since been broken a few times with the current record from Ecuador standing at 431 species set in October 2015.

While, getting such numbers will be extremely difficult, with some 500 species available near Puerto Maldonado it should be quite possible to get over 300 for our Big Day attempt. You shall be part of the team. 

The first four days will be spent watching and learning each species and scout locations for the Big Day. This way you shall also get views of birds unfamiliar to you. During the actual race, heard birds will be counted with very little time to try to see the same. The last day ends in Lima, to add additional birds to the Big Day.

  September 27 - 2018

If the departure dates don't fit you, please suggest another date.


Day 1:Arrive at Puerto Maldonado with an early flight from Cusco or Lima. We shall immediately visit localities in striking range of Puerto Maldonado that hold a number of good birds that are difficult to see at the rain forest of Saona Lodge.

These include Small–billed Tinamou, Brazlian Teal, White-faced Whistling-Duck, Zig Zag Heron, Southern Lapwing, Black-banded and Grey-breasted Crakes, Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture, White-tailed Kite, Crested Caracara, White-throated and Purus Jacamar, Pheasant Cuckoo, Barred Antshrike, Peruvian Recurvebill, Rusty-margined and Sulphury Flycatchers, Grassland Sparrow, Black-faced Tanager and Red-breasted Blackbird.

It may prove that spending the afternoon near Puerto Maldonado on the record attempt may boost the list with the necessary number to set a world record. At night we shall search for Zig-Zag Heron. Little, Spot-tailed and Rufous Nightjar and other night birds of the savannah. Night in Puerto Maldonado.

Day 2:Pre-dawn start from Puerto Maldonado to leave for Saona Lodge. The grounds near the lodge has proven very good for Peruvian Recurvebill and Rufous-headed Woodpecker. A Great Potoo has been seen recently just next to the building. The area is also good for Pale-winged Trumpeters.

There is a great trail system that includes both varzea forest as well as some terra firma. Special birds include Amazonian Pygmy-Owl, Undulated Antshrike, Cream-colored Woodpecker and the rare Yellow-shouldered Grosbeak. 

Day 3:In the morning we shall bird the bamboo patch at Tres Chimbadas Lake and make a short trip on the lake, where recently Unicolored Blackbird has been found (a new addition to the Peruvian list). Here there are a resident colony of giant otters, as well as Hoatzin, Green Ibis, Striated Heron, Sungrebe and Capped Heron

Day 4: We continue to work the trails at Saona Lodge and continue additional scouting near Puerto Maldonado. We shall make it an early night and early dinner to catch a few hours of sleep in Puerto Maldonado.

Day 5: The Big Day.  We start night birding in the savannah near Puerto Maldonado, continuing with night birds at Saona Lodge. During the morning we hit the trails until about 9 am, and then continue by speed boat up the Tambopata River to Tres Chimbadas.

Birding at Tres Chimbadas until around 11 before returning towards Puerto Maldonado. We shall add several species of shorebirds and ducks, as well as the species mentioned above for Puerto Maldonado. 

At 4:40 pm we fly to Lima, landing around 6 PM and just enough light to catch a few Lima birds before dusk near the Lima airport such as Vermilion Flycatcher, Southern Beardless Tyrannulet, Amazilia Hummingbird, Croaking Ground-Dove, Long-tailed Mockingbirds, andWest Peruvian Dove etc. 

Several birds close to Ventanilla, shall be added here such as Lesser Night-Hawk, Peruvian Thick-knee, Gray-hooed Gull, Killdeer, Peruvian Meadowlark and a large number of ducks and shorebirds. Afterwards we shall continue along the coast picking up night observations for Kelp Gull, Band-tailed Gull, Grey Gull, Peruvian Booby, Peruvian Pelican, and Inca Tern.

At Pantanos de Villa the night birding continues. Finally, we shall search for Peruvian Pygmy-Owl, Tschudi's Nightjar and Koepcke's Screech-Owl.


Option: The Biggest Day 5 day tour Days: 5
Price: US$ 1425 (Minimum 5 people).
Less than 5 people: (see pricing)
Single supplement: 80 US$
All guiding, food and transport is included. Includes flight from Lima or Cusco, and return to Lima Does not transfer to airport or hotel on day 5. Drinks are not included. We provide safe filtered water for drinking, as we don't want to contribute to the waste of natural resources and pollution using disposable plastic. Entrance fees are not included. These may be entrance to properties for birding as well as visit Tres Chimbadas lake. At the most $30 in total. Tips in restaurants, to drivers and guides are not included. Calculate your budget accordingly


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