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Moderately difficult birding. 

On these trips it is birdwatching all the time, but we make all the effort to get to the hotel before dark. The birds are in general easy to see, but the diversity can often be extreme making the species richness quite overwhelming.  The pace is usually not overly intense, yet, some trips may have new hotel nights every night, so pace can at times be intense due to this fact. We concentrate on good views and even though these trips are not labeled as photography trips, opportunities for photography are frequently given. Sometimes there may be walks or hikes on these trips but rarely for full days. There is no camping involved.

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

South Peru

Abra Malaga (1 day) - Day trip from Cusco/Ollantaytambo

Day trip to Abra Malaga to sample some of the best birds of Peru. Trip starts preferably from Ollantaytambo, but if needed be it can also start from Cuzco.

South East Peru ENDEMICS. Manu and Machu Picchu 12 days

We recommend to do SE Peru in 22 days for Manu and 4 days for Abra Malaga and Machu Picchu if SE Peru is to be done properly. However, if you want to concentrate on the species you cannot see elsewhere you may strip down the trip to only 12 days, and keep a very high pace. The reason why this is possible is that there are relatively few endemics and specialities in the lowlands apart from the bamboo birds. Since many of the bamboo birds can be gotten near Pilcopata relatively close to the road, it is possible to skip lowland Manu completely and still get most of the special birds.
The other SE Peru species are found in high Andean forests (Abra Malaga), in the cloud forest (Machu Picchu) and in the foothills (on Manu road).

Apurimac endemics

Apurimac is only a stone-throw away from Cusco, yet very few birders bird there. At Bosque Ampay the key birds are Apurimac Spinetail and Apurimac Brush-Finch. High altitude and some strenuous hiking.

Abra Malaga - altitude preperation for the Inca Trail. 3 days.

Birdwatching at Abra Malaga while you get accustomed to altitude before hiking the Inca Trail. Don't stay in Cusco feeling miserable at 3450m before Inca Trail. Better to work high and sleep low as the pro mountain climbers. Birding at Abra Malaga

Machu Picchu and Abra Malaga overland

This is a birdier and slightly less expensive version of Machu Picchu and Abra Malaga that does not use the (expensive) train service to Machu Picchu, which gives a better list of species. Limited hiking.

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.

The Highlights of Manu

Manu with limited time. If this 10 day itinerary is placed to start on Friday or Saturday, it would allow you do to this program with only 6 days off from work.

Complete Manu Birding Tour 17 days

17 days birdwatching in South East Peru on the famous Manu road and the best lowland Manu lodges with the famous Macaw lick and Giant Otter lake.

The Biggest Day Amazonian Birding Workshop

A 14 day tour to Explorer's in which include a 9 module workshop to learn Amazonian birdcalls, a lot of time birding with world experts in Amazonian birding, on day 10 you'd aim for personal Big Day record as you will be paired up with an expert leader. There will be max 3 people per leader.

Fågelskådning i sydöstra Peru-Manu och Machu Picchu

Fågelskådning i Manu National Park i sydöstra Peru för skandinaver.

South East Peru ENDEMICS. Manu and Machu Picchu 12 days

We recommend to do SE Peru in 22 days for Manu and 4 days for Abra Malaga and Machu Picchu if SE Peru is to be done properly. However, if you want to concentrate on the species you cannot see elsewhere you may strip down the trip to only 12 days, and keep a very high pace. The reason why this is possible is that there are relatively few endemics and specialities in the lowlands apart from the bamboo birds. Since many of the bamboo birds can be gotten near Pilcopata relatively close to the road, it is possible to skip lowland Manu completely and still get most of the special birds.
The other SE Peru species are found in high Andean forests (Abra Malaga), in the cloud forest (Machu Picchu) and in the foothills (on Manu road).

Central Peru

Carpish and Junin Lake 8 days.

Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager at Bosque Unchog and all the other Carpish endemics, Paty trail, the oilbird cave in Tingo Maria and Junin Grebe at wonderful Lake Junin. A great (and very affordable) trip

Satipo road birding workshop

Un tour para apoyar las iniciativas de conservación de RainForest Partnership, Kolibri Expeditions y las comunidades de Apaya-Calabaza y San Antonio.

Lima days: Junin Grebe twitch 2 days

Main target: Junin Grebe and birds often missed in the Santa Eulalia Canyon.

Satipo road special

The extended version of the Satipo road trip.

Carpish, Unchog and Junin Lake 5 days.

A short 5 day trip which aims to see Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager at Bosque Unchog and the other Carpish endemics, Paty trail, and Junin Grebe and Junin Rail at Lake Junin. On the way back to Lima we stop for White-bellied Cinclodes and Diademed Sandpiper-Plover.

Satipo road and Colibri Cloud Forest - short 5 days tour

Promoting the recent community project at Satipo road we introduce this short trip that contains both excellent cloud forest birding and the endemic specialties which can not be seen on a short Carpish/Unchog trip.

Lima area

Lima days: Daytrip to Ticlio and Marcopomacocha area

Diademed Sandpiper-Plover and White-bellied Cinclodes

Lima days: Junin Grebe twitch 2 days

Main target: Junin Grebe and birds often missed in the Santa Eulalia Canyon.

Lima days: Santa Eulalia valley and Marcopomacocha

Classic Lima excursion for two or three days up into the Rimac drainage wiht 18 endemic species possible including White-bellied Cinclodes and White-cheeked Cotinga. Also one of the best places in South America to see Diademed Sandpiper Plover.

Fågelskådning i sydöstra Peru-Manu och Machu Picchu

Fågelskådning i Manu National Park i sydöstra Peru för skandinaver.

North Peru

North Peru Birding Blitz. Hummingbirds and Endemics

Our most intense North Peru program trying to get more birds at a faster pace. Particular focus on Hummingbirds and endemic species.

Northern Peru Complete Standard Birding Route in 16 days.

The 16 day tour that covers all the main birding sites and the species along the Northern Peru territories.

North Peru 4: MEGADIVERSITY TRIP. Tarapoto-Cajamarca (Chiclayo) 9-10 days

This route can have a different focus apart from birds if the clients request so, such as Orchids, Butterflies, and primates - or specifically keen bird photographers. Focus can change according to your demand. The upper Marañon is also home of several endemics that are difficult elsewhere.

North Peru 6. Peruvian Martin and Cordillera Blanca Extension

Short extension overland to Lima

North Peru 4b: Tarapoto-Cajamarca - Extremely short version 4 days.

Focusing on the endemics en route to complement a Chiclayo/Piura-Tarapoto program.

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.

Iquitos Specialties White-sand forest, river islands, Canopy Walkway and Wattled Curassow

9 days. This trip concentrates on the birds that are difficult to see elsewhere in the Amazon basin. It is possible to add days for other lodges. One can easily spend up to 3 weeks in the Iquitos area

Fågelskådning i sydöstra Peru-Manu och Machu Picchu

Fågelskådning i Manu National Park i sydöstra Peru för skandinaver.

Lowland SE Peru specialties at Los Amigos Research Center

Incredible diversity with good bamboo, varzea and terra firme. Thus you can get all Manu and Tambopata specialists at a very decent price. Departures from Lima on Thursdays. Perfect for someone who only wants a short stay.

Machu Picchu

Visiting Peru without visiting Machu Picchu is like going to Egypt and not seeing the pyramids. Combo: Machu Picchu combined with Manu Road or Tambopata. Stand-alone trip: (especially in rainy season) combined with a trip to the north. Peru has several itineraries that lend themselves to combinations of culture, archeology and gastronomy. Archeology and Birding Itineraries especially South: (classic Peru tour) Lima, Paracas, Nazca Lines, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Puno and Titicaca Lake, before ending in Cusco and Machu Picchu…whilst birding and enjoying nature. North: Moche, Chan Chan, Sipan & Chachapoyas cultures with excellent birding.

Abra Malaga & Machu Picchu

5 days recommended, but shorter variants are possible. Excellent birding in the magic environment of the Incas.

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.

Carpish, Unchog and Junin Lake 5 days.

A short 5 day trip which aims to see Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager at Bosque Unchog and the other Carpish endemics, Paty trail, and Junin Grebe and Junin Rail at Lake Junin. On the way back to Lima we stop for White-bellied Cinclodes and Diademed Sandpiper-Plover.

Satipo road and Colibri Cloud Forest - short 5 days tour

Promoting the recent community project at Satipo road we introduce this short trip that contains both excellent cloud forest birding and the endemic specialties which can not be seen on a short Carpish/Unchog trip.

Lowland SE Peru specialties at Los Amigos Research Center

Incredible diversity with good bamboo, varzea and terra firme. Thus you can get all Manu and Tambopata specialists at a very decent price. Departures from Lima on Thursdays. Perfect for someone who only wants a short stay.

Abra Malaga & Machu Picchu

5 days recommended, but shorter variants are possible. Excellent birding in the magic environment of the Incas.

Birdphotography


Carpish and Junin Lake 8 days.

Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager at Bosque Unchog and all the other Carpish endemics, Paty trail, the oilbird cave in Tingo Maria and Junin Grebe at wonderful Lake Junin. A great (and very affordable) trip

Colombia: NE. Recurve-billed Bushbird and Santa Marta Endemics 13 days.

This tour is an add-on to the West and Central Colombia itinerary, but it may also be taken as a separate trip of course. We bird North East Colombia visiting several sites en route between Bogotá and Santa Marta for 13 days. The itinerary is packed with endemics and the effort you have to put in is less strenuous than the 19 day itinerary.Cool birds include Cundinamarca Antpitta, Recurve-billed Bushbird, Niceforo's Wren, Santa Marta Parakeet, White-tailed Starfrontlet and 18 other Santa Marta Endemics.

Antpitta and Ground Cuckoo Twitch in Peru and Ecuador 20 days.

An epic tour starting in Tarapoto, Peru ending in Quito, Ecuador. We have selected an itinerary that will visit all the best places for Antpittas in Northern Peru and Ecuador. Apart from Pale-billed, Jocotoco, Ochre-fronted, Giant, Moustached and Rufous-crowned Antpittas, we shall also be looking for Banded Ground-Cuckoo which is currently staked out at Un Poco de Choco reserve, Marvelous Spatuletail and Long-whiskered Owlet.

Marvelous Spatuletail twitch 5 days

THE Hummingbird of the Hummingbirds. Here is the fast and comfortable way to see it.

Lima days: Daytrip to Ticlio and Marcopomacocha area

Diademed Sandpiper-Plover and White-bellied Cinclodes

Abra Malaga (1 day) - Day trip from Cusco/Ollantaytambo

Day trip to Abra Malaga to sample some of the best birds of Peru. Trip starts preferably from Ollantaytambo, but if needed be it can also start from Cuzco.

Iquitos Specialties White-sand forest, river islands, Canopy Walkway and Wattled Curassow

9 days. This trip concentrates on the birds that are difficult to see elsewhere in the Amazon basin. It is possible to add days for other lodges. One can easily spend up to 3 weeks in the Iquitos area

North Peru Birding Blitz. Hummingbirds and Endemics

Our most intense North Peru program trying to get more birds at a faster pace. Particular focus on Hummingbirds and endemic species.

Satipo road birding workshop

Un tour para apoyar las iniciativas de conservación de RainForest Partnership, Kolibri Expeditions y las comunidades de Apaya-Calabaza y San Antonio.

The Highlights of Manu

Manu with limited time. If this 10 day itinerary is placed to start on Friday or Saturday, it would allow you do to this program with only 6 days off from work.

Lima days: Junin Grebe twitch 2 days

Main target: Junin Grebe and birds often missed in the Santa Eulalia Canyon.

Lima days: Santa Eulalia valley and Marcopomacocha

Classic Lima excursion for two or three days up into the Rimac drainage wiht 18 endemic species possible including White-bellied Cinclodes and White-cheeked Cotinga. Also one of the best places in South America to see Diademed Sandpiper Plover.

Northern Peru Complete Standard Birding Route in 16 days.

The 16 day tour that covers all the main birding sites and the species along the Northern Peru territories.

Satipo Road and Carpish (17 days)

17 days. Endemic dense and extremely birdy. more than 500 species when combined with Lima excursions.

Satipo road special

The extended version of the Satipo road trip.

South East Peru ENDEMICS. Manu and Machu Picchu 12 days

We recommend to do SE Peru in 22 days for Manu and 4 days for Abra Malaga and Machu Picchu if SE Peru is to be done properly. However, if you want to concentrate on the species you cannot see elsewhere you may strip down the trip to only 12 days, and keep a very high pace. The reason why this is possible is that there are relatively few endemics and specialities in the lowlands apart from the bamboo birds. Since many of the bamboo birds can be gotten near Pilcopata relatively close to the road, it is possible to skip lowland Manu completely and still get most of the special birds.
The other SE Peru species are found in high Andean forests (Abra Malaga), in the cloud forest (Machu Picchu) and in the foothills (on Manu road).

North Peru 4: MEGADIVERSITY TRIP. Tarapoto-Cajamarca (Chiclayo) 9-10 days

This route can have a different focus apart from birds if the clients request so, such as Orchids, Butterflies, and primates - or specifically keen bird photographers. Focus can change according to your demand. The upper Marañon is also home of several endemics that are difficult elsewhere.

Complete Manu Birding Tour 17 days

17 days birdwatching in South East Peru on the famous Manu road and the best lowland Manu lodges with the famous Macaw lick and Giant Otter lake.

Fågelskådning i sydöstra Peru-Manu och Machu Picchu

Fågelskådning i Manu National Park i sydöstra Peru för skandinaver.

The Biggest Day Amazonian Birding Workshop

A 14 day tour to Explorer's in which include a 9 module workshop to learn Amazonian birdcalls, a lot of time birding with world experts in Amazonian birding, on day 10 you'd aim for personal Big Day record as you will be paired up with an expert leader. There will be max 3 people per leader.

Abra Malaga - altitude preperation for the Inca Trail. 3 days.

Birdwatching at Abra Malaga while you get accustomed to altitude before hiking the Inca Trail. Don't stay in Cusco feeling miserable at 3450m before Inca Trail. Better to work high and sleep low as the pro mountain climbers. Birding at Abra Malaga

Apurimac endemics

Apurimac is only a stone-throw away from Cusco, yet very few birders bird there. At Bosque Ampay the key birds are Apurimac Spinetail and Apurimac Brush-Finch. High altitude and some strenuous hiking.

North Peru 6. Peruvian Martin and Cordillera Blanca Extension

Short extension overland to Lima

North Peru 4b: Tarapoto-Cajamarca - Extremely short version 4 days.

Focusing on the endemics en route to complement a Chiclayo/Piura-Tarapoto program.

Birding at Explorers Inn

Birding at classical Explorer's Inn.

Machu Picchu and Abra Malaga overland

This is a birdier and slightly less expensive version of Machu Picchu and Abra Malaga that does not use the (expensive) train service to Machu Picchu, which gives a better list of species. Limited hiking.

Abra Malaga & Machu Picchu

5 days recommended, but shorter variants are possible. Excellent birding in the magic environment of the Incas.

Satipo road and Colibri Cloud Forest - short 5 days tour

Promoting the recent community project at Satipo road we introduce this short trip that contains both excellent cloud forest birding and the endemic specialties which can not be seen on a short Carpish/Unchog trip.

Lowland SE Peru specialties at Los Amigos Research Center

Incredible diversity with good bamboo, varzea and terra firme. Thus you can get all Manu and Tambopata specialists at a very decent price. Departures from Lima on Thursdays. Perfect for someone who only wants a short stay.

Carpish, Unchog and Junin Lake 5 days.

A short 5 day trip which aims to see Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager at Bosque Unchog and the other Carpish endemics, Paty trail, and Junin Grebe and Junin Rail at Lake Junin. On the way back to Lima we stop for White-bellied Cinclodes and Diademed Sandpiper-Plover.

California endemics and seabirds 9 days.

California offers relatively easy birding but with intense pace during 9 days. Five days of these include pelagic birding at sea. Lots of driving. Start in L.A and end in San Francisco. Special birds include California Gnatcatcher, Yellow-billed Magpie, Black-footed Albatross and California Thrasher. Check our Pinterest for some photos of California birds.

Birding Arizona 1 week

A short one week clean up birding Arizona trip over two weekends.


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