One of the earlier posts praised Kolibri Expeditions, run in Peru by Gunnar Engblom. I share the positive sentiments shared by the previous poster. I had two days for birding out of Lima at the end of a four week trip to Peru. The first day I went on a one day birding excursion to Lomas de Lachay and El Paraiso Lagoon with Alejandro, one of Gunnar's guides. I will mention that I paid a premium price for the day, as there were no other birders on the tour, but I felt I received good value for my money. Both Juan (the driver) and Alejandro were friendly and personable. I will add here that I speak Spanish, which allowed me to speak with both the driver and the guide, although Alejandro spoke English as well. Alejandro was excellent with the birds, for example he worked very hard to make sure I saw Cactus Canastero, which species was being very uncooperative. It was a pleasure to bird with him.
The following day I went out of Callao on a pelagic trip. As a pelagic guide myself, I have high expectations for this kind of trip. I was not disappointed. It was July, winter in the southern hemisphere, but the birding was still excellent. A few of the memorable lifers for me were Humboldt Penguin, Ringed (Hornby's) Storm-Petrel, Swallow-tailed Gull and Peruvian Diving-Petrel. Gunnar knows his birds and although the ocean was a little rough, it was a super day.
I not only highly recommend Kolibri Expeditions to anyone heading to Peru, I look forward to going out with them again myself.
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