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TOUR LENGTH
1/2 DAY
PERU
Lima
 BIRDING PERU
Lima days: El Olivar Park and Pantanos de Villa
Good introduction to the birds of LIma
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: 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.

 
 
 
 
1 DAY
PERU
Cuzco
 BIRDING 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.
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.
Lima
 BIRDING PERU
Bird photography in Lima
A program specifically directed to bird photographers.Close ups of Inca Tern and the use hides at the Villa wetlands. Many other tours in the Lima area can be adpated to suit bird photographers. Just let us know.
Junin Grebe twitch
If you want to get the Junin Grebe but have little time and worry about altitude sickness, a fast way to do it is to start at midnight in Lima and go to Junin, see the Grebe and the Rail and then come back down to Lima again.
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.
Lima days: Daytrip to Ticlio and Marcopomacocha area
Diademed Sandpiper-Plover and White-bellied Cinclodes
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.
Pelagic
There are monthly departures. This is a Kolibri Expeditions special. The first regular departures of Pelagics in Peru is organized by us in 2001 we found three new species for Peru!!.
Piura
 BIRDING 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.
Puerto Maldonado
 BIRDING PERU
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 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.
Trujillo
 BIRDING PERU
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.
 
 
 
 
2 DAYS
PERU
Lima
 BIRDING PERU
Condor watching trips to Santa Eulalia Canyon - only 3 hours from Lima

Daily condor watching trips. This is a short, inexpensive and time efficient alternative for those that had considered to go to Colca Canyon to see condors.

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.
Puerto Maldonado
 BIRDING PERU
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.
 
 
 
 
3 DAYS
PERU
Chimbote
 BIRDING PERU
North Peru 6. Peruvian Martin and Cordillera Blanca Extension
Short extension overland to Lima
Cuzco
 BIRDING PERU
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.
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.
Lima
 BIRDING PERU
Archeology and birding: Nazca lines and Paracas 3 days
A short excellent trip over 3 days for anyone wanting to experience the Nazca lines combining culture and nature. It can easily be added as a post Cusco trip with flights that arrive in Lima before 2 pm.
Photo-Video Safari: Where the condors fly
The spectacular Andes of Santa Eulalia Canyon and Milloq bog and lagoon, near Lima, are habitats for 14 species endemic to Peru, such as Great-Inca Finch, Black-necked Woodpecker, Rufous-breasted Warbling-Finch, White-cheeked Cotinga, White-bellied Cinclodes etc, that can be photographed. These mountains provide water to Lima?s desert climate and also represent a natural refuge where the Andean Condor flies.
Puerto Maldonado
 BIRDING PERU
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.
Saona Lodge - Durand brothers Puerto Maldonado
More birds in a lodge under construction for less money!!!
 
 
 
 
4 DAYS
PERU
Cajamarca
 BIRDING PERU
North Peru 5: Purple-backed Sunbeam and Russet-bellied Spinetail extension.
Short, quite rough trip with lots of driving, to get the very rare Purple-backed Sunbeam and Russet-bellied Spinetail.
Chiclayo
 BIRDING PERU
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.
Cuzco
 BIRDING PERU
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.
Puerto Maldonado
 BIRDING PERU
Birding at Explorers Inn
Birding at classical Explorer's Inn.
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.
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.
Tarapoto
 BIRDING PERU
North Peru 4b: Tarapoto-Cajamarca - Extremely short version 4 days.
Focusing on the endemics en route to complement a Chiclayo/Piura-Tarapoto program.
Scarlet-banded Barbet extension
Scarlet-banded Barbet was discovered in 1995 on an isolated peak in the Cordillera Azul in the head waters of Rio Cushabatay and was formally described to science in 2000. For many years the only way to see it was doing a 10 day expedition with a 2-3 grueling hike to reach the peak. Recently a new site has been discovered very near an extremely rough - but nonetheless - road allowing much easier access. This is still a rough trip with camping and extremely bumpy 4WD ride to get to the base, but the rewards are high with a number of other seldom seen birds in the same area.
White-masked Antbird twitch at San Lorenzo
Recently the rare and little known White-masked Antbird was found at San Lorenzo accessible with light aircraft from Yurimaguas. But there are also many other good birds here such as Black-necked Red-Cotinga and Black Bushbird
 
 
 
 
1 WEEK
BOLIVIA
 
 
ECUADOR
Quito
 BIRDING ECUADOR
Birding North Ecuador 10 days
 
 
 
 
2 WEEKS
BRAZIL
Sao Paolo
 BIRDING BRAZIL
Jaguar Safari and birding in Pantanal
SE Brazil - Short slow pace itinerary. 11 days

We shall concentrate our birding in three areas. Intervales State Park, Ubatuba-Angra dos Reis and finally the great Itatiaia National Park.

 
 
 
 
3 WEEKS
ECUADOR
Tarapoto
 BIRDING ECUADOR
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.
 
 
 
 
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