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



Humboldt Penguin, Spheniscus humboldti. Pucusana, Lima, Perú. Photo:Gunnar Engblom

Introduction to Lima days:

Given under the heading of Lima Days are a couple of very easy Lima one day trips and our classic the Santa Eulalia and Marcopomacocha circuit. Some visitors will undoubtedly already have visited some of the sites, but after a long and dusty trip in interior Peru it may be a good idea to have a few days to spare in Lima. There are some great archeological museum in Lima, which should not be missed. During the Lima days hotel and dinner in Lima is not included. We have several hotel possibilities which we can book for you in a wide range of prices.

These trips can be booked at any time and with short notice.

Also check these trips. 

Half day trips.

Perfect tours if you are short of time, want to do other activities in Lima as well, or perhaps have a plane to catch and some time to kill. 

Full day tours.

Two day trips: 

  • 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.
  • Junin Grebe twitch
    Main target: Junin Grebe and birds often missed in the Santa Eulalia Canyon.
  • Santa Eulalia valley and Marcopomacocha road
    It is preferred to do Santa Eulalia and the Marcapomacocha road as a two or three day trip with overnight in the Andes to save driving time. One may also add on the Junin Grebe twitch and make it a 3-4 day trip in total. 

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Coastal Miner, Geositta peruviana. Humedales de Puerto Viejo, Lima, Perú Photo:Juan Chalco

Pucusana, Pantanos de Villa and Cañete valley
One of our Lima favorites. You may not have time to visit all the localities. It all depends on what pace you want.

We start in Pantanos de Villa looking for Great Grebe, Andean Duck, Black Skimmer, Many-colored Rush-Tyrant and many more..
In Pucusana we usually see Humboldt Penguin, Red-legged Cormorant, Inca Tern, Peruvian Seaside Cinclodes, Blackish Oystercatcher, Guanay Cormorant and Peruvian Pelican. It is possible to make a short boat trip for some additional chance of photography. 

Puerto Viejo is a good place for  Peruvian Thickknee, but it is also a good place to get good views of smaller birds such as Yellowish Pipit, Grassland Yellow-Finch, Drab, Chestnut-throated and Parrot-billed Seedeaters, Coastal Miner, Short-tailed Field-Tyrant and Collared Warbling-Finch.

If time permits, we will further explore Cañete valley for Slender-billed Finch and the rufescens race of Bran-colored Flycatcher which is possibly a good species. This adds another 2 hours of driving time why most groups opt not to do this. Only if there is full consensus in the group will this be added.



Option: Pantanos de Villa Pucusana and Puerto Viejo Days: 1
Price: US$ 191 (Minimun 5 people).
Less than 5 people: (see pricing)
Price per person Includes transport, guiding, checklist, food and snacks. Drinks and personal expenses such as tips are not included.


Posted on BirdForum

Just returned from a great trip to Peru. Didn't do the east slope (with megadiversity) but did do Amazonas at Los Amigos biological station, Abra Malaga, Tumbes, Chaparri Lodge, Santa Eulalia, Cusco to Machu Picchu and Agua Calientes.

540+ species including 34 +/- antbirds. Had Point-tailed Palmcreeper at Los Amigos, fleeting look at Royal Cinclodes (will not count in my book but glad they are still at Abra Malaga (also had an adult Andean Condor there too).

Despite rumors of their demise we had 20+ Humboldt Penguins at Pucusana just an hour south of Lima as well as Seaside Cinclodes, Peruvian Thick-knee, and Slender-billed Finch at Canaette.

Kolibri was an excellent company with great guides in each location that really knew their birds and the best places to find them.

Brian Allen

We really enjoyed our day with Alejandro and Julio. The birding was excellant and I appreciated Alejandro's efforts to make sure we had actually seen each bird we claimed. Not only is he a talented birder but a patient teacher as well and a very nice person too. Out of the two inches of annual rain that Lima  experiences we did get to enjoy about a quarter inch. You know it never rains in Lima! The two hour traffic gridlock was a bit of a disappointment but Julio went above and beyond to try to get through it. Overall, it was a good day and I even was able to bring home a copy of Alejandro's book.
Diane and Phil Power

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