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Easy Birdwatching

You don't want to bird 24/7. You like to take your time. There are no long hikes. You sleep at good hotels. Take a few of the trips or day trips listed here and you can if you wish alternate with other programs. Some of these trips, especially the day trips, could be thrown in to a cultural program in which you have a free day. 

Ask us about  traditional cultural programs in Peru by sending an email to kolibriexp@gmail.com

South Peru

Cusco Birding Day trip: Huacarpay and San Salvador full day

We visit two sites. The Huacarpay lake near Cusco good for waterbirds and the Andean slopes above San Salvador good for various passerined. Targets include Giant Coot and Bearded Mountaineer.

Machu Picchu - independant one day or two day trip

Machu Picchu in one day and time for birding.

Hummingbirds: Manu and Machu Picchu Budget 12 days

Best trip for the person who wants to see as many of SE Peru's Hummingbirds as possible and inlcude a visit to Machu Picchu. We have chosen basic but adequate lodging. At Cock-of-the Rock Lodge we sleep in rooms wall to wall next to the diningroom. It is possible to upgrade to private cabins. 30US per person. Also possible to upgrade the hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Abra Malaga & Machu Picchu Ext - MST Comfort

Extension 5 days.

Manu Road

No other road in the whole world covers so many different altitudinal eco-systems such as Manu road. The road pass highland lakes, Puna Grassland, deep dry scrubby gorges, semi-deciduous forest, Polylepis forest, temperate, subtropical and upper tropical cloud forest to eventually reach savanna and lowland amazon rain forest with all its riches. It is the most diverse place on earth. Over 1000 species of birds have been recorded along the road and the lowlands in the Manu National Park. Apart from gaudy birds such as Cock of the Rock found at a lek right by the road, trogons, toucans and tanagers, there are many lodges with Hummingbird feeders and a wide array of endemic birds. Trips range from 5 days on Manu road to combinations over 18 days that also include the lowlands and the macaw lick at Cocha Blanco in the ecotourism buffer zone of Manu National Park. Manu road should best not be attempted in the rainy season mid-December to mid April, as it is prone to landslides.

Hummingbirds Manu and Machu Picchu

Can be booked at any time.

Puerto Maldonado Day Trip: Cocha Tres Chimbadas and Saona Lodge.

Visit an oxbow lake during a daytrip to see Giant Otter and a multitude of birds. In the afternoon we shall be doing birding at Saona Lodge looking for special birds such as Peruvian Recurvebill and Rufous-headed Woodpecker.

Puerto Maldonado - Birding

Puerto Maldonado have some very special birds that can be easily looked for in the vicinity. It is worth to spend a morning before the flight looking for White-throated and Purus Jacamar and savanna birds such as Brazilian Teal and Southern Lapwing. With a full day other localities can be included.

Puerto Maldonado-Cuzco or Puno.

Birding along the transoceanic highway from the lowlands of Puerto Maldonado to the puna of Puno or Cusco with a stop overnight in Mazuko.

Hummingbirds: Manu and Machu Picchu Budget 12 days

Best trip for the person who wants to see as many of SE Peru's Hummingbirds as possible and inlcude a visit to Machu Picchu. We have chosen basic but adequate lodging. At Cock-of-the Rock Lodge we sleep in rooms wall to wall next to the diningroom. It is possible to upgrade to private cabins. 30US per person. Also possible to upgrade the hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Cusco to Puerto Maldonado Birding Overland

Birding the Interoceanica. road between Cusco and Puerto Maldonado. Many of the same species as the more famous Manu road occurs here. And it is accessible all year around.

Birding Heath River Lodge

A new itinerary. Our scouting starts in January 2012. Eventually, this trip will be offered with a bird guide. As for now it is a great trip for photography as you get close to the macaws and gives a decent chance to see jaguars on the river bank of Rio Heath that seperates Peru from Bolivia. Trip leaves every Monday and Thursday.

5 day Manu road Birding and Photography

A 5 day trip covering the best sites on the Manu road. Immensely diverse and loads of hummingbirds.

Lima area

Lima days: Daytrip to Santa Eulalia Canyon

A one day birding trip into the Andes concentrating on the endemics and specialities of the west slope such as Great Inca-Finch, Rusty-bellied Brush-Finch, Thick-billed Miner, Black-necked Woodpecker, Bronze-tailed Comet, Peruvian Sheartail and Rufous-breasted Warbling-Finch.

Lima days: Pantanos de Villa, Pucusana, Puerto Viejo and Cañete valley

One of our Lima favorites.

Lima days: Lomas de Lachay and Paraiso Lagoon.

Endemic or near-endemic birds: Cactus Canastero, Thick-billed, Coastal and Grayish Miners. Also interesting flora with many endemic fog adapted plants and cacti. At Paraiso lagoons sometimes Peruvian Tern and Chilean Flamingo are seen.

Lima Days: Palomino Islets and La Poza Arenilla en La Punta

Visit South American Sealions, Humboldt Penguin and the Palomino guano islands off La Punta, Callao with a good bird guide.

Lima Days: Ventanilla Lagoons - a few hours to kill near airport

Great wetland area just north of the airport. Combine with La Punta.

LIMA DAYS: La Punta and Pozo Arenillas

Good introduction to the birds in Lima. The trip can be run almost anytime. A short trip to do very close to the airport. Perfect  for a short trip to kill time. Especially good for North American waders, gulls and terns - September-April is the best time migrating birds, but it is always something to see.

Lima days: El Olivar Park and Pantanos de Villa

Good introduction to the birds of LIma

North Peru

Piura-Chiclayo connection

Leisurely open area birding adding some localities which are not visited extensively on other Kolibri Expeditions itineraries such as Manglares de Vice and Puerto Eten. Perfect to add some less intense birding while traveling between Tumbes-Piura-Chiclayo.

Salaverry Cruise-ship special - Peruvian Plantcutter and Rufous Flycatcher

This day trip will make the most of birding wise of your stop at the port of Salaverry south of Trujillo. The key species to look for that you will not find in Guayaquil or Lima are Peruvian Plantcutter, Rufous Flycatcher, and an undescribed (s)sp of Neclaced Spinetail (without neclace!).
Different cruiships will have different length of stay, so time will limit exactly what will be done this day.

Long-whiskered Owlet and Marvellous Spatuletail 5 days get-away.

A short only 5 day trip, perfect as an extension to a longer trip or just a short escape. Main targets as the name implies Long-whiskered Owlet and Marvellous Spatuletail, but loads of other birds will be seen on this short trip

Short North Peru getaway (8 days) featuring White-winged Guan and Marvelous Spatuletail

The perfect trip for those with little time.? You only have to take a week off from work. Usually Saturday-Sunday. Good hotels and no camping.

Hummingbirds Hummingbirds of the North.

Marvelous Spatuletail, Royal Sunangel and Grey-bellied Comet .

Chiclayo-Tarapoto Birding Connection 4 days

A very fast trip Connecting Chiclayo with Tarapoto in a fast 4 day trip with highlights such as Peruvian Plantcutter, Rufous Flycatcher, White-winged Guan, two species of Crescentchest, Piura Chat-Tyrant, Long-whiskered Owlet etc.

Amazon Lowlands

The Peruvian Amazon for birders is separated into two main areas. Iquitos region in the North and Manu-Tambopata areas in the South-East. The SE Peruvian Amazon rain forest is perhaps one of the less known gems of South America. It is outstanding for bird and nature watching and still very pristine in spite of being close to Puerto Maldonado served with flights from Lima and Cusco. Nowhere in South America is wildlife so easily accessible at relatively inexpensive rates. Here you may see up to 10 species of monkeys in a week (of 15 possible), Tapir at nightly clay licks, Giant Otters in the oxbow lakes, sometimes jaguar on the sandbanks (May-August) and the famous colorful Macaw-licks where hundreds of colorful parrots, parakeets and macaws gather to eat clay for digesting toxic leaves and fruits. The Iquitos area is less wild, but has a number of endemic bird species in the white sand forests close to the town and many different birds if one goes north or south of the Amazon. There are also many river island specialists and of course Pink River Dolphin. Rainy season (Dec-April) birding in the SE Amazon, can actually be very good, since the rain mostly comes in showers. Right after a shower the birding is fantastic. In the Iquitos region the rain is more spread out through the year with no marked rainy season. However, the river floods from December-April, so access to river islands is difficult this time of year.

Bird photography at Chuncho Macaw Lick and birding at Chuncho Lodge. 3 days.

This is a great alternative if you want a very short but massive rainforest experience in only 3 days. The impressive macawlick attract all of the big macaws and a number of other parrot species. Days.

5-day trips

We have noted that people have less and less time and problems to get away for a 2-3 week holiday and in the wired day and age simply can’t disconnect for such long periods of time. To solve this problem we have responded to the demand. We have no less than 9 different 5-day trips that can be standalone trips during a short break from work or over a longer holiday. There are a number of short one day or half day excursions that can be made in the Lima area to complete to 6-8 days if you like to come to Peru over two weekends. These short trips also serve as good extensions to a completely different part of the country if you are looking to boost the species list in as short time as possible. Currently the 5 day trips include Central Highway, Abra Patricia area (with Marvelous Spatuletail), Machu Picchu&Abra Malaga, Manu road, Amigos Research Center in the Amazon, Iquitos, Chaparri and Marañon Valley, Tumbes and Arequipa-Colca-Puno. From this – (9x5 = 45 days) - you realize that no matter how you bend it, Peru is not one time destination if you are a birder.

Long-whiskered Owlet and Marvellous Spatuletail 5 days get-away.

A short only 5 day trip, perfect as an extension to a longer trip or just a short escape. Main targets as the name implies Long-whiskered Owlet and Marvellous Spatuletail, but loads of other birds will be seen on this short trip

5 day Manu road Birding and Photography

A 5 day trip covering the best sites on the Manu road. Immensely diverse and loads of hummingbirds.

Birdphotography


Manu road- Ultra short (7 days)

Manu road if you only have a week.

Hummingbirds Manu and Machu Picchu

Can be booked at any time.

Oxapampa, Satipo road and Machu Picchu

A good and comfortable introduction to Peru with Machu Picchu.

Archeology and birding highlights (10 days)

Inca, Moche and birding for those with limited time. Cultural highlights of Peru with many birds perfect for the mixture of birding/non-birding spouses.

Machu Picchu and Manu for less able walkers

This is a complete rain forest trip for someone that has a hard time walking long stretches or needs some aid to walk like crutches or a stroller. It is not suited for wheelchairs however. We bring stools so you can sit down frequently if you need to.

Lima days: Lomas de Lachay and Paraiso Lagoon.

Endemic or near-endemic birds: Cactus Canastero, Thick-billed, Coastal and Grayish Miners. Also interesting flora with many endemic fog adapted plants and cacti. At Paraiso lagoons sometimes Peruvian Tern and Chilean Flamingo are seen.

Lima days: Pantanos de Villa, Pucusana, Puerto Viejo and Cañete valley

One of our Lima favorites.

Lima days Tinajas valley close to Lima

Endemics Cactus Canastero and Thick-billed and Grayish Miners

Lima days: Daytrip to Santa Eulalia Canyon

A one day birding trip into the Andes concentrating on the endemics and specialities of the west slope such as Great Inca-Finch, Rusty-bellied Brush-Finch, Thick-billed Miner, Black-necked Woodpecker, Bronze-tailed Comet, Peruvian Sheartail and Rufous-breasted Warbling-Finch.

Salaverry Cruise-ship special - Peruvian Plantcutter and Rufous Flycatcher

This day trip will make the most of birding wise of your stop at the port of Salaverry south of Trujillo. The key species to look for that you will not find in Guayaquil or Lima are Peruvian Plantcutter, Rufous Flycatcher, and an undescribed (s)sp of Neclaced Spinetail (without neclace!).
Different cruiships will have different length of stay, so time will limit exactly what will be done this day.

Machu Picchu - independant one day or two day trip

Machu Picchu in one day and time for birding.

Puerto Maldonado - Birding

Puerto Maldonado have some very special birds that can be easily looked for in the vicinity. It is worth to spend a morning before the flight looking for White-throated and Purus Jacamar and savanna birds such as Brazilian Teal and Southern Lapwing. With a full day other localities can be included.

Cusco Birding Day trip: Huacarpay and San Salvador full day

We visit two sites. The Huacarpay lake near Cusco good for waterbirds and the Andean slopes above San Salvador good for various passerined. Targets include Giant Coot and Bearded Mountaineer.

Puerto Maldonado Day Trip: Cocha Tres Chimbadas and Saona Lodge.

Visit an oxbow lake during a daytrip to see Giant Otter and a multitude of birds. In the afternoon we shall be doing birding at Saona Lodge looking for special birds such as Peruvian Recurvebill and Rufous-headed Woodpecker.

Piura-Chiclayo connection

Leisurely open area birding adding some localities which are not visited extensively on other Kolibri Expeditions itineraries such as Manglares de Vice and Puerto Eten. Perfect to add some less intense birding while traveling between Tumbes-Piura-Chiclayo.

Long-whiskered Owlet and Marvellous Spatuletail 5 days get-away.

A short only 5 day trip, perfect as an extension to a longer trip or just a short escape. Main targets as the name implies Long-whiskered Owlet and Marvellous Spatuletail, but loads of other birds will be seen on this short trip

Hummingbirds Hummingbirds of the North.

Marvelous Spatuletail, Royal Sunangel and Grey-bellied Comet .

Short North Peru getaway (8 days) featuring White-winged Guan and Marvelous Spatuletail

The perfect trip for those with little time.? You only have to take a week off from work. Usually Saturday-Sunday. Good hotels and no camping.

Lima Days: Palomino Islets and La Poza Arenilla en La Punta

Visit South American Sealions, Humboldt Penguin and the Palomino guano islands off La Punta, Callao with a good bird guide.

LIMA DAYS: La Punta and Pozo Arenillas

Good introduction to the birds in Lima. The trip can be run almost anytime. A short trip to do very close to the airport. Perfect  for a short trip to kill time. Especially good for North American waders, gulls and terns - September-April is the best time migrating birds, but it is always something to see.

Lima days: El Olivar Park and Pantanos de Villa

Good introduction to the birds of LIma

Lima Days: Ventanilla Lagoons - a few hours to kill near airport

Great wetland area just north of the airport. Combine with La Punta.

Puerto Maldonado-Cuzco or Puno.

Birding along the transoceanic highway from the lowlands of Puerto Maldonado to the puna of Puno or Cusco with a stop overnight in Mazuko.

Hummingbirds: Manu and Machu Picchu Budget 12 days

Best trip for the person who wants to see as many of SE Peru's Hummingbirds as possible and inlcude a visit to Machu Picchu. We have chosen basic but adequate lodging. At Cock-of-the Rock Lodge we sleep in rooms wall to wall next to the diningroom. It is possible to upgrade to private cabins. 30US per person. Also possible to upgrade the hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Cusco to Puerto Maldonado Birding Overland

Birding the Interoceanica. road between Cusco and Puerto Maldonado. Many of the same species as the more famous Manu road occurs here. And it is accessible all year around.

Bird photography at Chuncho Macaw Lick and birding at Chuncho Lodge. 3 days.

This is a great alternative if you want a very short but massive rainforest experience in only 3 days. The impressive macawlick attract all of the big macaws and a number of other parrot species. Days.

Birding Heath River Lodge

A new itinerary. Our scouting starts in January 2012. Eventually, this trip will be offered with a bird guide. As for now it is a great trip for photography as you get close to the macaws and gives a decent chance to see jaguars on the river bank of Rio Heath that seperates Peru from Bolivia. Trip leaves every Monday and Thursday.

Chiclayo-Tarapoto Birding Connection 4 days

A very fast trip Connecting Chiclayo with Tarapoto in a fast 4 day trip with highlights such as Peruvian Plantcutter, Rufous Flycatcher, White-winged Guan, two species of Crescentchest, Piura Chat-Tyrant, Long-whiskered Owlet etc.

Piedras River - Macaws and Wildlife

A new destination accessible from Puerto Maldonado that can be run throughout the year and with considerbly easier access than Manu with similar birdlife and wildlife. The lodge is very comfortable. It is possible to add days at Tipishca and Iberia for special birds there (more for hard-core birders). For best price minimum 2 people.

5 day Manu road Birding and Photography

A 5 day trip covering the best sites on the Manu road. Immensely diverse and loads of hummingbirds.

Abra Malaga & Machu Picchu Ext - MST Comfort

Extension 5 days.

Calfornia mountains and endemics 7 days.

An easier land-based extension which gives all the California endemics and many cool mountain birds. Additional bonus is the day visit to Santa Cruz Island for the endemic Island Scrub Jay. Check our Pinterest for some photos of California birds.

Colorado Chicken Race

During a long week we shall cover the main sites in Colorado to enjoy displays of Lesser and Greater Prairie-Chickens, Gunnison and Greater Sage-Grouse and Sharp-tailed Grouse. Also Dusky Grouse and perhaps Black-tailed Ptarmigan will be seen during this trip.

Coastal California: Endemics and Pelagics 9 days

This tour begins in San Francisco and ends in Ontario and will be moderately paced. Birding on land will be mostly leisurely and relatively easy, while birding at sea can be quite difficult. With two full days at sea and one channel crossing, we will have lots of time to study pelagic species. The other part of the tour will be focused on finding the California "near-endemic" species. These are species that, within the US, are found either only along the pacific coast, or strictly within California. Check our Pinterest for some photos of California birds.


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