Republic of Peru

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Birding Peru

Peru is one of the three most diverse countries for birds on Earth and stands at the top of the international birder’s agenda. Its varied geography and topography, and its wildernesses of so many different life zones, have endowed Peru with the greatest bio-diversity and a large density of birds.

About 1760 bird species occur in Peru (105 being endemic to the country) with many more being described as I write; that’s more than 50% of all Neotropical birds. For ornithologists, it doesn’t come more exciting than this – many species new to science have been discovered in Peru in recent years; some of them so new they have not yet been given scientific names.

Unlike other top-ranking Neo-tropical birding destinations, such as Ecuador and Costa Rica, Peru has vast tracts of forest and wilderness untouched by civilization; two-thirds of the Manu Biosphere reserve, for example, is completely unexplored, hosting un-contacted stone-age tribes as well as the birds.

If you are new to Neo-tropical birding, Peru’s potential can be daunting; a four-week trip can produce over 750 species, and some of the identifications can be tricky! Fortunately, there is an excellent field-guide that covers all the birds of Peru. All of Peru’s birding sites cannot be covered in one trip, but the following will give a taste of what this country has in store not only for the exploring birder but of a relaxed nature to a mystical country with rich culture.

Apart from some of the world’s best birding (and as we all know, birding is just an excuse to get us to wild and wonderful places), Peru is just a great place to be. It has unsurpassed scenery, a magnificent history, friendly people, impressive archaeological sites, stunning scenery, and great food .

Below are the most popular birding circuits in Peru:

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Top Sites
  • Central Peru

    This circuit holds a bagful of endemics - though less well known that the North Peru circuit it's a fantastic trip. First is a stop on the West slope of the Andes which has a suite of endemic birds including Rufous-breasted warbling Finch and Great Inca-Finch, then at area of high Puna grass- and bog-land, about four hours drive east of Lima along the central highway. This is high-altitude birding at its extreme: a giddy 4,500 m.a.s.l. Take it easy here, and drink lots of fluids. Besides regular high Andean species such as ground-tyrants, seed-snipes and sierra-finches, the main reason for birding here istwofold: the Diademed Sandpiper, a rare, almost mythical wader of the mineral-rich marshes, and White-bellied Cinclodes, perhaps the prettiest and one of the rarest of the Ovenbirds. With luck, both can be seen here. Other highlights include and the smart black-breasted Hillstar, a hummingbird endemic to Peru, Dark-winged Miner and Puna Tinamou. A quick side trip down the Satipo road for a few days will find you some interesting species with 3 being described to science right now and the endemic Jun
  • Chiclayo-Cajamarca circuit

    Starting at the coastal city of Chiclayo, a long but rewarding trip can be made into the deep Mara
  • Iquitos

    From this city it is possible to visit a number of rainforest lodges. Some of these are very touristy, but nonetheless good for birds. For the birder, some lodges stand out above the rest: ExplorNapo with its excellent canopy walkway, which is superb for observing tree-top birds, Tahuayo and Muyuna Lodges with river island specialists and varzea forest birds. These lodges are quite expensive but very comfortable. . but all lodges in the area are excellent for Amazon birds, especially for the many species that are not seen south of the Amazon river and for river island specialties. The Allpahauayo-Mishana Reserve just outside Iquitos City holds some very rare recently discovered species and is a must.
  • Machu Picchu & Abra M

    Most visitors to Peru visit the southeast of the country, attracted principally by the archaeological sites of the Inca civilization, and the city of Cusco is the starting point for trips in this area for birder and non-birder alike. Nearby Machu Picchu is the major tourist destination - and a nightmare for lovers of peace and solitude. However, the bamboo stands surrounding the ruins provide excellent opportunities for seeing the Inca Wren! Also, a walk along the tracks near the railroad station can produce species which are difficult to see elsewhere such as Sclater's Tyrannulet and Oleaginous Hemispimgus; this is the place in Peru to see White-capped Dipper and Torrent Duck. From the town of Ollantaytambo, on the way to Machu Picchu, it is only two hours drive to one of the most accessible native Polylepis woodlands in the Andes, whilst the humid temperate forest of Abra M
  • Manu Biosphere Reserve

    This is probably the most pristine conservation unit in the world! The reserve itself is over half the size of Switzerland, and much of it is completely unexplored. Un-contacted Amazonian peoples still inhabit the upper reaches of Manu's forest. The variety of birds is astounding; the reserve holds over 1,000 species - significantly more than the whole of Costa Rica and over one tenth of all the birds on earth. Large mammals such as Jaguar, Giant Otter and Andean Bear also occur at maximum population levels. Access to Manu is strictly limited, and only authorized operators can take visitors into the park itself. However, there are adjacent areas where one can see all the Manu bird specialties and an astounding variety of other wildlife. A typical trip into Manu starts in Cusco and takes in the wetlands at nearby Huacarpay, where a variety of Andean waterfowl and marsh birds are abundant. Here the endemic and beautiful Bearded Mountaineer Hummingbird can be seen feeding on tree tobacco. Then the route proceeds to the cloud forest of the eastern Andean slopes. Trees are then continuous from the tree-line at 3,300 m.a.s.l. down in to the Amazon basin, and on to the borders of Brazil and Bolivia. Driving slowly down through the cloud forest, every 500 ms. loss of elevation produces new birds. This is the home of the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, and a visit to one of their leks (courtship sites) is one of the world's great ornithological spectacles. There are also two species of quetzal here; in fact, these humid montane forests are home to a mind-boggling variety of multi-colored birds; a mixed flock of tanagers, honeycreepers and conebills can turn any tree into a Christmas Tree! The last forested foothills of the Andes level out into the upper tropical zone, a forest habitat that elsewhere has disappeared, to be replaced by tea, coffee and coca plantations. In Manu the forest is intact, and special birds such as the Amazonian Umbrellabird, and Blue headed and Military Macaws can be found. From here, transport is by river. The beaches are packed with nesting birds in the dry season; Large-billed terns scream at passing boats and Orinoco Geese watch warily from the shore. Huge colonies of Sand-colored Nighthawks roost and nest on the hot sand. As you leave the foothills and reach the untouched forests of the western Amazon, you enter jungle with highest-density of birdlife per square km. On earth. But beware! - sometimes it seems as if there are fewer birds than in a European woodland; only strange calls betray their presence - until a mixed flock comes through, containing an astonishing 70-plus species; or a brightly colored group of, say, Rose-fronted Parakeets dashes out of a fruiting tree. For the birder who craves the mysterious and rare, this is the site. This forest has produced the highest day-list on foot ever recorded on earth, and it holds such little-seen gems as Black-faced Cotinga and Rufous-fronted Ant-thrush. Antbirds and Ovenbirds creep in the foliage and give tantalizing glimpses until, eventually, they reveal themselves in a shaft of sunlight. To get to this forest is difficult and expensive, but the experience is well worth it. A trip to Manu is one of the ultimate birding experiences, and topping it off with a macaw lick is a great way to finish; hundreds of brightly colored macaws and other parrots congregate to eat the clay essential to their digestion in one of the world's great wildlife spectacles.
  • Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone

    This area is accessible via the Tambopata river. A number of jungle lodges offer excellent lowland rainforest birding, providing a reasonable alternative for those who do not have the time or money to visit Manu.
Contributors
  • Barry Walker

    | Birding@ManuExpeditions.com

    Website
Number of Species
  • Number of bird species: 1801

    (As at May 2019)
Endemics
  • Number of endemics: 106

    Non-passerines
    White-winged Guan Penelope albipennis, Sira Curassow Pauxi koepckeae, Junín Grebe Podiceps taczanowskii, Koepcke’s Screech-Owl Megascops koepckeae, Long-whiskered Owlet Xenoglaux loweryi, Koepcke’s Hermit Phaethornis koepckeae, Peruvian Piedtail Phlogophilus harterti, Bronze-tailed Comet Polyonymus caroli, Gray-bellied Comet Taphrolesbia griseiventris, Black-breasted Hillstar Oreotrochilus melanogaster, Bearded Mountaineer Oreonympha nobilis, Coppery Metaltail Metallura theresiae , Fire-throated Metaltail Metallura eupogon, Black Metaltail Metallura phoebe, Marvelous Spatuletail Loddigesia mirabilis, White-tufted Sunbeam Aglaeactis castelnaudii, Purple-backed Sunbeam Aglaeactis aliciae, Spot-throated Hummingbird Leucippus taczanowskii, Green-and-white Hummingbird Amazilia viridicauda, Scarlet-banded Barbet Capito wallacei, Yellow-browed Toucanet Aulacorhynchus huallagae, Speckle-chested Piculet Picumnus steindachneri, Black-necked Woodpecker Colaptes atricollis, Yellow-faced Parrotlet Forpus xanthops,
    Passerines
    Creamy-bellied Antwren Herpsilochmus motacilloides, Ash-throated Antwren Herpsilochmus parkeri, Allpahuayo Antbird Percnostola arenarum, Cordillera Azul Antbird Myrmoderus eowilsoni , White-masked Antbird Pithys castaneus, Pale-billed Antpitta Grallaria carrikeri, Rusty-tinged Antpitta Grallaria przewalskii, Bay Antpitta Grallaria capitalis, Red-and-white Antpitta Grallaria erythroleuca, Chestnut Antpitta Grallaria blakei, Ochre-fronted Antpitta Grallaricula ochraceifrons, Unicolored Tapaculo Scytalopus unicolor, Large-footed Tapaculo Scytalopus macropus, Rufous-vented Tapaculo Scytalopus femoralis, Neblina Tapaculo Scytalopus altirostris, Ancash Tapaculo Scytalopus affinis, Tschudi’s Tapaculo Scytalopus acutirostris, Vilcabamba Tapaculo Scytalopus urubambae, Junin Tapaculo Scytalopus gettyae , Coastal Miner Geositta peruviana, Thick-billed Miner Geositta crassirostris, Dark-winged Miner Geositta saxicolina, Striated Earthcreeper Geocerthia serrana, White-bellied Cinclodes Cinclodes palliatus, Surf Cinclodes Cinclodes taczanowskii, Rusty-crowned Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura pileata, White-browed Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura xenothorax, Chestnut-backed Thornbird Phacellodomus dorsalis, Junín Canastero Asthenes virgata, Ayacucho Thistletail Asthenes ayacuchensis, Vilcabamba Thistletail Asthenes vilcabambae, Rusty-fronted Canastero Asthenes ottonis, Eye-ringed Thistletail Asthenes palpebralis, Russet-mantled Softtail Thripophaga berlepschi, Marcapata Spinetail Cranioleuca marcapatae, Creamy-crested Spinetail Cranioleuca albicapilla, Cactus Canastero Pseudasthenes cactorum, Great Spinetail Synallaxis hypochondriaca, Russet-bellied Spinetail Synallaxis zimmeri, Apurimac Spinetail Synallaxis courseni, Unstreaked Tit-Tyrant Uromyias agraphia, Mishana Tyrannulet Zimmerius villarejoi, Peruvian Tyrannulet Zimmerius viridiflavus, Inca Flycatcher Leptopogon taczanowskii, Johnson’s Tody-Flycatcher Poecilotricus luluae, Black-backed Tody-Flycatcher Poecilotriccus pulchellus, Tumbes Tyrant Tumbezia salvini, Piura Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca piurae, Rufous Flycatcher Myiarchus semirufus, Masked Fruiteater Pipreola pulchra, White-cheeked Cotinga Zaratornis stresemanni, Peruvian Plantcutter Phytotoma raimondii, Bay-vented Cotinga Doliornis sclateri, Cerulean-capped Manakin Lepidothrix coeruleocapilla, Inca Wren Pheugopedius eisenmanni, Peruvian Wren Cinnycerthia peruana, Iquitos Gnatcatcher Polioptila clementsi, Parodi’s Hemispingus Hemispingus parodii, Rufous-browed Hemispingus Hemispingus rufosuperciliaris, Brown-flanked Tanager Thlypopsis pectoralis, Pardusco Nephelornis oneilli, Black-bellied Tanager Ramphocelus melanogaster, Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager Cnemathraupis aureodorsalis, Yellow-scarfed Tanager Iridosornis reinhardti, Sira Tanager Tangara phillipsi, Cinereous Finch Piezorina cinerea, Great Inca-Finch Incaspiza pulchra, Rufous-backed Inca-Finch Incaspiza personata, Gray-winged Inca-Finch Incaspiza ortizi, Buff-bridled Inca-Finch Incaspiza laeta, Little Inca-Finch Incaspiza watkinsi, Plain-tailed Warbling-Finch Poospiza alticola, Rufous-breasted Warbling-Finch Poospiza rubecula, Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch Poospiza caesar, Raimondi’s Yellow-Finch Sicalis raimondii, Rufous-eared Brush-Finch Atlapetes rufigenis, Apurimac Brush-Finch Atlapetes forbesi, Black-spectacled Brush-Finch Atlapetes melanopsis, Rusty-bellied Brush-Finch Atlapetes nationi, Cuzco Brush-Finch Atlapetes canigenis, Vilcabamba Brush-Finch Atlapetes terborghi, Selva Cacique Cacicus koepckeae
Checklist

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Useful Reading

  • A Birdwatcher's Site Guide to Peru

    | By Frank E Rheindt | Frank E Rheindt | 1999 | Paperback | 141 pages, b/w photos, colour & b/w maps | ISBN: #99149 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • A Field Guide to the Birds of Peru

    | by James E Clements & Noam Shany | Ibis Publishing Company | 2001 | Paperback | 283 pages, 256 pp of colour plates | ISBN: 9780934797184 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • Birds of Peru

    | By Thomas S Schulenberg, Douglas F Stotz, Daniel F Lane, John P O'Neill & Theodore A Parker III | Christopher Helm | 2007 | Paperback | 664 pages, 307 colour plates, 1806 colour distribution maps | ISBN: 9780713686739 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • Field Guide to the Birds of Machu Picchu and the Cusco Region, Peru

    | (Includes a Bird Finding Guide to the Area) | By Barry Walker | Lynx Edicions | 2015 | Paperback | 243 pages, 82 plates with colour illustrations; colour photos, colour tables | ISBN: 9788496553972 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • Pocket Photo Guide to the Birds of Peru

    | By Clive Byers | Bloomsbury Publishing | 2016 | Paperback | 144 pages, colour photos, 1 colour map | ISBN: 9781472932167 Buy this book from NHBS.com
Birding Aps
  • All Birds Northern Peru

    Apple iOS |
    | A complete field guide to identify all bird species recorded in Northern Peru - incl. songs + calls! | Mullen & Pohland GbR | 2.2 GB | Requires iOS 8.0 or later |

  • Birds of Peru

    Apple iOS | Android
    | Birds In The Hand, LLC | 1.2 GB | Requires iOS 9.0 or later | Requires Android 4.0.3 and up |

    Princeton Field Guides are comprehensive, in-depth identification tools designed for all nature enthusiasts. This is the interactive mobile field guide version of Birds of Peru by Schulenberg, Stotz, Lane, O'Neill & Parker. Like the paper edition, it is the most complete and authoritative field guide to this diverse neotropical landscape, featuring every one of Peru's 1,817 bird species. Every distinct plumage is covered in superb, high-quality color illustrations. This mobile version includes all of the same excellent content of the print edition plus audio for 1,510 species and "Smart Search" by color, size and habitat. It has been updated to reflect the current eBird/Clements taxonomy.
Useful Information
  • National bird

    Andean Cock-of-the-Rock Rupicola peruviana
Museums & Universities
  • Area De Ornitolog

Organisations
  • Amazon Waterfalls Association

    Website
    Our goal for the Amazon Waterfalls Association is to assist and support the local community in becoming the caretakers and primary benefactors of these natural wonders. Creating this infrastructure will give the locals a prideful responsibility and a financial ability to protect and share these treasures with visitors well into the future
  • ECOAN (Asociación Ecosistemas Andinos)

    Website
    Reforestation projects can do a better way to restore the balance of the nature and aids preservation of flora and fauna. It plays an important role in combating climate change.
  • Tambopata Research Centre

    Webpage
    Tambopata Research Centre is a 24-bedroom lodge in an uninhabited portion of Tambopata National Reserve. It is just 500 metres from the world's largest known macaw clay lick. With its remote location, small scale and the presence of researchers, the centre is an excellent base for in-depth exploration of the rainforest.
Reserves

Abbreviations Key

  • IBA Abra Malaga

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    Conservation of fragmented forest patches with extremely threatened birds is difficult. At Abra Malaga in SE Peru in Cusco department there is a c. 10 ha Polylepis woodland at 4000-4300m and some adjacent smaller patches. Among the critically threatened and endangered birds there are White-browed Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura xenothorax, Royal Cinclodes Cinclodes aricomae and Ash-breasted Tit-Tyrant Anairetes alpinus. The locality is very close to the road at the pass on the Cusco-Quillabamba road…
  • NP Manú National Park

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    Peru's Manu Biosphere Reserve has the highest concentration of bird life on Earth. At the time of writing approximately, 925 species have been recorded. Ornitholigists expect this figure to break the 1000 mark in the near future as remoter areas of the reserve are explored. There are a little under 9000 species of birds in the world, meaning Manu holds one in every nine species found on the planet. No other protected area on Earth contains so many birds.
  • NP Río Abiseo National Park

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    The cloud forest supports a wide diversity of fauna with such notable species as turkey vulture Cathartes aura, Andean guan Penelope montagnii, scarlet-fronted parakeet Aratinga wagleri, lyre-tailed nightjar Uropsalis lyra, marvellous spatuletail Loddigesia mirabilis (VU); cock-of-the-rock Rupicola peruviana, carbonated flower-piercer Diglossa carbonaria and hepatic tanager Piranga flava (Mittermeier, de Macedo and Luscombe, 1975). Altitude zonation has strongly influenced the avifauna; there are over 132 bird species between 3,000m and 4,100m (Narvaez, 1989). More threatened species include nine endemics to the country and five species of restricted distribution, found otherwise only in the northern part of Bolivia. The park is the northern limit for the distribution of a variety of scarce species and a new location for species such as yellow-browed toucanet Aulacorhynchus huallagae (LR). Other notable species include South American pochard Netta erythrophthalma and golden-plumed conure Leptosittaca branickii (VU) (Mittermeier, de Macedo and Luscombe, 1975; Narvaez, 1989).
  • NR Abra Patricia-Alto Nieva Private Conservation Area

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    Abra Patricia is a pass located in northern Peru on the east slope of the Andes. From the pass, an unbroken panorama of virgin forest stretches northeast to the Amazonian lowlands of north-central Peru…
  • NR Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve

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    The name of Pacaya-Samiria comes from the names of two rivers that run through it: Pacaya and Samiria. The Reserve has a great diversity of wildlife as well as aquatic life: 449 bird species, 102 mammals, 69 reptiles, 58 amphibians, 256 fish and 1,204 plants…
  • NR Paracas National Reserve

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    The Paracas National Reserve is the most important point along the Peruvian coast for many species of mammals, including two species of seals, 160 species of birds, and numerous fish and shellfish. It hosts large colonies of guano birds…
  • NR Reserva Territorial Madre de Dios

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    This reserve is an ecosystem that has had an unchanging evolution throughout thousands of years, housing one of the biggest variety of flora and fauna in the world. It is estimated that there are more than 1,000 bird species in the park and over 200 mammals. There are between 2,000 and 3,000 plant species, 10% of which are still unknown by scientists.
  • NR Sunchubamba Game Reserve

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    One of the world's greatest concentrations of biodiversity occurs where the eastern slopes of the tropical Andes meet the Amazonian lowlands. Tremendous climatic changes occur as the landscape sweeps from snow-capped mountains across the treeless plains and dry valleys of the altiplano and suddenly descends into steep, dissected valleys of lush cloud forests down into the broad expanse of the low lying Amazon floodplain. The result of this topographic complexity is a tremendous number of habitats that sustain a vast quantity of biodiversity…
  • NR Tambopata National Reserve

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    Tambopata Reserve protects the biological diversity of the entire watersheds of the Tavara and the Candamo Rivers and most of the watershed of the Tambopata River. The declaration and the design of the reserve includes an underlying philosophy of sustainable development and conservation of forest resources…
  • NR Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve

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    The best in northeast Peru is the Reserva Comunal de Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo. The Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo was designated a reserve by the Peruvian government in 1991 to protect the range of the rare red uakari monkey, an orangutan-looking monkey with a bright red face. Subsequent scientific research has found one of the world's richest variety of plants, amphibians, reptiles and birds.
  • WII Perus Wetlands

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    Peru currently has 13 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites), with a surface area of 6,784,041 hectares.
Forums & Mailing Lists
  • Aveando en Lima Peru

    Mailing List
    This group is for those interested in learning to observe birds in the city of Lima
  • Birding Peru

    Mailing List
    Birding Peru is a newsgroup about birdwatching in Peru.
Guides & Tour Operators


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  • Adventure Specialists

    Tour Operator
    Wildlife and Birding Adventures by dugout canoe in Peru`s undisturbed Amazoninan rain forest reserve, Manu Park led by naturalist trained guides. Comfortable rustic lodges and safari style riverside camps year around. Also Horse Supported high Andes Treks, Archaeological Expeditions and Inca study.
  • Amazing Peru

    Tour Operator
    Off the beaten path birding tours Manu & Candamo, Tambopata
  • Amazon Trails Peru

    Tour Operator
    The Andean slopes, the Cloud Forest and the lowland forest of Manu are considered the best and most interesting places for birdwatching
  • Andean Birding

    Tour Operator
    Andean Birding is a birdwatching tour company providing top bird guides, customized itineraries and logistics for your visit to the Andes, Amazon and Galapagos in Ecuador, as well as Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Mexico. In addition, we conduct bird conservation and conduct ornithological research
  • Aracari

    Tour Operator
    Inside Peru with Aracari means meticulous attention to detail. Peru is South America's culinary as well as cultural heartland, and carefully planned itineraries include time to enjoy the unique local cuisine, as well as shopping and evening relaxation. To enhance the quality of your sightseeing, we've chosen small, characterful and comfortable lodges and hotels, each conveying something of the local depth and richness of the Peruvian heritage.
  • Birding Ecotours

    Tour Operator
    Peru has the second-highest species list on earth and a huge list of 125+ endemic species; ever more are being discovered as the forests are studied now more readily than in the past. There is a huge amount of habitat to discover, and the remnants of the Inca Empire add to the majesty of any trip here. Because of its large size several trips or one long one are recommended to cover the major regions and give all of the fantastic EBAs (Endemic Birding Areas) due birding….
  • Birding Peru

    Tour Operator
    We are a team of energetic explorers seeking to experience the real world with a grassroots approach to travel. We create amazing tours that are meaningful and memorable. And we invite you to join us on the path less travelled and experience something extraordinary
  • Birding Peru

    Tour Operator
    Birding Peru was formed in 2001 with the goals of providing birders with affordable, reliable, and knowledgeable service in Peru. As well as promoting and providing sustainable ecotourism, Birding Peru also is involved in conservation of Peruvian habitats, and a portion of your payment goes directly to conservation projects in the very areas we visit on our trips.
  • Birding in Peru

    Tour Operator
    The Manu Biosphere Reserve has the highest diversity of life on Earth and is one of the most important conservation units in the world. If one were to choose THE best birding trip in the world, this must surely be a candidate for the winner…
  • Dawn on the Amazon

    Tour Operator
    Iquitos, Peru, is the port of departure for the voyage to tropical paradise for bird watching. Imagine yourself birding in the most avian diverse region in the world, the Peruvian Amazon rainforest, home to 560 species of neo-tropical birds
  • Green Tracks

    Tour Operator
    GreenTracks has two excellent birding guides, Segundo Mesia and Bill Lamar , one of who accompanies every riverboat expedition. Although we no longer offer trips which are open exclusively to birders, almost any GreenTracks riverboat expedition is an excellent opportunity to add species to your Life List.
  • InkaNatura Travel

    Tour Operator
    Peru is the birdiest country in the world. Peru ties Colombia with over 1800 species of birds, more than 85% of which are permanent residents. Peru is second only to Brazil in the number of endemic birds and second only to Indonesia in the number of bird species with restricted geographical ranges. Several rainforest lodges in Peru offer superb birding, each with a list of over 550 species! In 1982 a team of birders in Manu in southeastern Peru established the current world record big day when they recorded 331 species while only walking and paddling canoes
  • Kolibri Expeditions

    Tour Operator
    Kolibri Expeditons is giving you thorough birding trips to all corners of South America. We are based in Lima, Peru. General Director is Gunnar Engblom, a well known tour leader and birdguide. Our groups are small size and we have our own transport of 4WD cars (or a van where appropriate). We often go off the beaten track to give you all possible endemics and specialties of the particular area you are in. There is usually a bias on quality of unique birds rather than overall numbers. Then again, visiting areas where the endemics are, usually gives a large final overall list. For more comfort demanding clients we also provide Marvelous Spatuletail Tours
  • Nature Travel Specialists

    Tour Operator
    Nature Travel Specialists believes that travel is most enjoyable when it expands the horizons of both visitor and visited, when both give and receive from each other. With this in mind we design itineraries that enable our travelers to explore the natural areas of the world, in the company of English-speaking local tour guides who know their country and region intimately
  • Neblina Forest

    Tour Operator
    ...after six years of running nature and birding trips throughout Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, we expanded our range of operations by opening an office in Santa Cruz, BOLIVIA, and by operating cultural and birding tours to PERU. In recent years, we added BRAZIL, GUYANA and COLOMBIA to the group of countries Neblina Forest visits.
  • Neotropical Birding Tours

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    A group of Peruvian guides have created a new tour operator company called Neotropical Birding Tours. Our company was founded with the desire to offer high quality tours at low costs. During this year we will offer birding trips in Peru's most popular routes and during 2011 we will offer trips to Ecuador and Bolivia. We hope that in the following years we can expand our operations to the rest of the Neotropical region…
  • One Earth

    Tour Operator
    Peru is a paradise for bird watching lovers and nature lovers in general, thanks to a great amount of habitats, climates and the variety of its geography. With more than 1800 species of birds, 117 of them endemic to Peru, it becomes a dream to any ornithologist, especially when you think that we keep discovering new species in remote areas of Per
  • Pantiacolla

    Tour Operator
    Welcome to Pantiacolla, we organize ecotours to Manu National Park in Peru, South America. Manu is considered by many to be the finest ecotourism destination in the entire Amazon basin. A world heritage site, it is considered the world`s most biodiverse national park, and possibly the best location, due to lack of hunting pressure, for viewing large animals, such as giant otters, black caiman, harpy eagles, jaguars, giant anteaters, and tapirs. Pantiacolla aims to inspire an understanding and appreciation for this unique wilderness area
  • Peru Birding Tours

    Tour Operator
    Peru birding Tours based in Puerto Maldonado-Per
  • Peru Green Travel

    Tour Operator
    Our company offers a wide variety of itineraries in Peru, our main destinations are the wildlife in National Parks and the legendary Cuzco and Machu Picchu.
  • Peru Nature Tours

    Tour Operator
    Rainforest Expeditions is a Peruvian ecotourism company founded in 1992 with the purpose of combining tourism with environmental education, research and local sustainable development to support the conservation of the areas where we operate. Our two lodges in the rain forest of Tambopata, Posada Amazonas and Tambopata Research Center, reflect our philosophy. At Tambopata Research Center, we have been lodging tourists and researchers since 1989, watching the symbiosis between conscientious quality ecotours and scientific research come to life.
  • Rainforest Expeditions

    Tour Operator
    Rainforest Expeditions is a Peruvian ecotourism company founded in 1992 by Eduardo Nycander and Kurt Holle with the purpose of combining providing authentic educational experiences that support the conservation of the areas where we operate. Our two lodges in the rain forest of Tambopata, Posada Amazonas and Tambopata Research Center, reflect our philosophy
  • Rockjumper Birding Tours

    Tour Operator
    Peru is the leading South American destination in which to enjoy both the snow-capped Andes and tropical Amazon rainforest, while also boasting one of the largest bird lists in the world. Our comprehensive tour of this classic birding nation also visits the magical and mysterious Machu Picchu - undoubtedly one of the finest architectural achievements of the New World!
  • Tanager Tours

    Tour Operator
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  • 2013 [07 July] - Dane Lane & Pepe Rojas

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    …birds such as Spot-tailed Nightjar and Stripe-necked Tody-Tyrant, as well as many tanagers, tyrants, and the occasional barbet, aracari, and saltator to liven up breakfast in the field…
  • 2013 [07 July] - Eustace Barnes

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    …Of course there were many other magnificent species and unforgettable experiences that peppered the tour including being watched by the endangered Grey-bellied Comet, playing around with the very elegant Ochre-fronted Antpitta and the rare White-faced Nunbird. As is said on many occasions the diversity of life in the Andes is unparalleled and those countries with its dramatic folds within their borders enjoy high levels of biodiversity….
  • 2013 [07 July] - Jesse Fagan

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    …Nearly 200 species of birds ain't bad, but what really counts are those specialty birds and endemics. We had a bunch. Great birds like Inca Wren below the ruins, Creamy-crested Spinetail, Black-and-chestnut Eagle nearly as soon as we stepped off the train in Aguas Calientes, White-browed Tit-Spinetail in the Polylepis (another endemic), and the cooperative Black-streaked Puffbird in the towering Mandor Valley. The tops for the group, however, included Andean Condor, Masked Fruiteater, and Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch, a yard bird for Maxima's which took top vote-getter. A quality week of birding…
  • 2013 [08 August] - Fabrice Schmitt

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    …Long-whiskered Owlet, Marvelous Spatuletail, Pale-billed Antpitta, Tumbes Tyrant, Rufous Flycatcher, Peruvian Plantcutter, White- winged Guan, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, Bar-winged Wood-wren, and so many more…
  • 2013 [08 August] - Fabrice Schmitt - North peru

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    …it is not surprising that some of the species found here are some of the most sought after for any keen birder: Long-whiskered Owlet, Marvelous Spatuletail, Pale-billed Antpitta, Tumbes Tyrant, Rufous Flycatcher, Peruvian Plantcutter, White- winged Guan, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, Bar-winged Wood-wren, and so many more!!…
  • 2013 [08 August] - Jesse Fagan

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    …A really fun trip with an enjoyable friendly group. Thanks, Don & Peg, Steve & Cindy, I hope you all had a memorable time. Avian highlights included my closest Andean Geese to date, Bearded Mountaineer along the towering cliffs of the Urubamba River, very good (in the scope) White-tufted Sunbeam, Giant Hummingbird (probably more spectacular than seeing it perched was watching it fly!), Bar-bellied Woodpecker (often missed), three species of tapaculos (not bad), the endemic White-browed Tit-Spinetail in the Polylepis forest, Junin Canastero (!! missed 90% of the time !!), five species of ground-tyrants, Masked Fruiteater, Inca Wren (because we did visit Machu Picchu and it is a Peruvian endemic), a pair of Plushcaps, and Versicolored Barbet (not the best looks, but still a fantastic bird)….
  • 2013 [08 August] - Silverio Duri

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    A transect from the Andes to the Amazon, from the high Andes to the Amazon Rainforest. Deep immersion into the birdlife of the area, we recorded over 65 species of Tanager and 37 species of Hummingbird – many seen well at feeders
  • 2013 [09 September] - Barry Walker

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    …A week’ birding in the Peruvian Amazon in search of some special birds with limited distribution in the country, primarily recently discovered birds in the nutrient poor white sand forests of the Allpahuayo – Mishana Reserve, the endangered Wattled Curassow and some birds with a distribution only south and east of the Amazon an Ucayali Rivers. An intense and thoroughly relaxing week in bustling Iquitos and the charming Muyuna Lodge on the Yanayacu River..
  • 2013 [09 September] - Jim McConnell - Central Peru

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    …Yellowish Pipits were flushed around the lagoon edge with frequency, and another Coastal Miner was found. I ate quite a lot of the sea purslane plants growing at the edge of the lagoon. They were tasty and nutritious, and were not any different from the species growing in coastal Delaware from what I could tell. There were a couple of locals collecting clams along the flat part of the beach, which was a 10 meter stretch of sand between the ocean and the lagoon….
  • 2013 [10 October] - Sue Bryan

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    I had reservations about this as I struggle with altitude sickness rather badly. Birding Ecotours had sent out a trip report of a trip to Northern Peru that we rather liked the look of, but certain sections were at too high an altitude for me. After some e-mails and phone calls back and forth to Birding Ecotours they came up with a perfect trip customised for us avoiding the highest of altitudes.
  • 2013 [12 December] - Jacob Drucker & Justin Baldwin

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    …In this early morning, relatively stationary period, other highlights included a few more Cook’s Petrels, Peruvian and Black (Chlidonias niger) Terns, a distant Swallow- tailed Gull and a Chilean Skua flyby…
  • 2014 [01 January] - Omar Diaz - Manu Biosphere

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  • 2014 [01 January] - Omar Diaz - Tambopate & Santa Eulalia

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  • 2014 [01 January] - Pepe Rojas & Dan Lane - Iquitos

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    …Mauritia palm swamps are important for Sulphury Flycatcher, for example, or bromeliads in flooded forest for Long-billed Woodcreeper….
  • 2014 [01 January] - Peter Hawrylyshyn - Northern Birding Route

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    …in the afternoon I returned to the feeders for some multi-flash hummingbird photography, while Boris and Bob went on the lower trails and saw Long-tailed Tyrant, Lafresnaye’s Piculet, and the endemic Huallaga Tanager. A Russet-crowned Crake was near the orchid garden. Dinner was a fresh vegetable soup, grilled chicken with potatoes and custard dessert….
  • 2014 [03 March] - Sue Bryan

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    This was a birding holiday organised by Sunbird Tours which Paul and I undertook as we were interested in seeing a Harpy Eagle, a difficult species to see without the aid of help by a company who sub-contracts to local forest workers to find an active nest site.
  • 2014 [04 April] - Jon Hornbuckle

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    Birding was good for me as I had 18 ticks, including Long-whiskered Owlet, Scarlet-banded Barbet, Pale-billed and Rusty-tinged Antpittas and Unicoloured Tapaculo. The only real disappointments were missing Buckley’s Forest-Falcon, Buff-throated Treehunter and Peruvian Martin after a lot of effort to try and see them all. I also failed to see Subtropical Pygmy-Owl, Buff-fronted Owl and Barred Antthrush, despite Alex’s efforts, but my expectations were low for these. Bird activity was disappointing at times, especially along the Abra Patricia road where tanagers were mostly surprisingly scarce. However we were very fortunate in having sightings of two Critically Endangered monkeys: Yellow-tailed Woolly-Monkey and San Martin Titi...
  • 2014 [11 November] - Alex Durand

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    Manu biosphere reserve...
  • 2014 [11 November] - Gustavo Bautista

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    The Manu is a special trip - dropping off the top of the Andes near Machu Picchu and Cusco and sliding down through bromeliad laden cloud forest staying at very comfortable eco-lodges with well-developed fruit and Hummingbird feeding stations, canopy towers and floating catamarans on Ox-bow lakes. More than 1000 bird species exist within the park.
  • 2015 [01 January] - David Marques - Southeast Peru

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    ... The famous Cock-of-the-Rock lek has been moving to different sites over the last years and its size has been decreasing, currently holding 4-5 courting males. It is still next to the road and the lek site was protected by a plastic wall at the time of our visit. Hotels...
  • 2015 [04 April] - Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

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    The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is an isolated mountain range topped by permanent snowfields that are within sight of the sea; it is also one of the most endemic-rich areas in the world, many of them with "Santa Marta" in the name. The principal base was a comfortable lodge on the ProAves reserve at 2650 meters on an outlying ridge of the mountains where saw a large share of those endemics, as well as many other stunning birds.
  • 2015 [06 June] - Eduardo Ormaeche - Northern Peru

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    Diary and annotated list - This trip report is an account of a customized, private tour for a client who requested to come to Peru and explore some remote areas in the search of some endemics, range- restricted, and hard-to-get birds that might normally be missed on many of the commercial tours.
  • 2015 [07 July] - Eduardo Ormaeche

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    Day 1, July 1 Arrival in Lima and transfer to the hotel. Overnight Lima. Day 2, July 2 Flight to Puerto Maldonado. Transfer to the hotel. Birding in the afternoon around La Pastora Road. Overnight Cabaña Quinta Hotel, Puerto Maldonado...
  • 2015 [07 July] - Eduardo Ormaeche - South Peru

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    Brief Diary and annotated list
  • 2015 [07 July] - Jesse Fagan - Machu Picchu & Abra Malaga

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    ...Back to Ollantaytambo, and birding the pass of Abra Malaga with the high peak known as Veronica in her white dress. She's always lovely, but especially so in the early morning sun. We birded both slopes: the drier west side, and the more humid east. A visit to Maxima's house, enjoying her warm potatoes, and we marvelled at her strong, yet lonely existence. Plus, y'all climbed the ridge above the pass (14,500' or so), breaking trail through snow, to stand on hallowed ground. So quiet, peaceful, just the wind, the valley below... and soaring condors.
  • 2015 [07 July] - Silverio Duri - Central andes

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    No other Peru itinerary provides more little known and localized endemics as the Central Peru tour, though the better-known North Peru tour comes a close second. This little known circuit takes us into the arid canyons of the Atacama desert, shrubby mountain valleys, high-Andean bogs, bleak open puna country, bromeliad-laden cloudforests,gnarled elfin forests, cool Polylepis woodland against the spectacular backdrop of the stunning Cordillera Blanca, and seashore habitats.
  • 2015 [08 August] - Dan Lane & Pepe Rojas - North Peru

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    ...Our next day, we continued to enjoy the interesting avifauna of the unique Mayo Valley, where there are influences of Amazonian rainforest (Green-backed Trogon, Scaly-breasted Wren, Peruvian Warbling-Antbird, and Fiery-capped Manakin), the drier cerrado of Bolivia and Brazil (Stripe-necked Tody-Tyrant, Little Nightjar, and Pale-breasted Thrush), and one or two elements all its own (the undescribed "Striped" Manakin). After a morning there, we savored the hummingbird smorgasbord at the Waqanki feeders.
  • 2015 [09 September] - Jose Illanes - Manu & Machu Picchu

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    ...This gave us a few endemic species like Bearded Mountaineer and Rusty-fronted Canastero; along with other less local species like Many-colored Rush-tyrant, Plumbeous Rail, Puna Teal, Andean Negrito and Puna Ibis. The following day we birded along the road towards Manu where we pickedup birds like Peruvian Sierra-Finch, Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch, Spot-winged Pigeon, and a beautiful Peruvian endemic in the form of Creamy-crested Spinetail.
  • 2015 [11 November] - Jesus Cieza - – Machu Picchu & Manu Road

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    ...Our last morning at Amazonia Lodge and we went out for a morning walk getting a nice Rusty Belted Tapaculo, Gray Antwren and Buff Throated Woodpecker, then a very fresh boat ride to Pantiacolla Lodge then once at the Lodge there a short walk around with good birds like Broad Billed Motmot, Sulphury Flycatcher, Yellow Margined Flycatcher and by the end of the day a big flock of Olive Oropendola plus a family of Red Howler Monkey...
  • 2015 [12 December] - Alex Durand Torres - Abra Malaga & Cusco

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    Where else can you get 13 Peruvian endemics in 2 days? A short but interesting extension where we recorded 13 Peruvian endemics and 18 range restricted species and flagship birds such as Inca Wren, Torrent Duck, Black-streaked Puffbird, Green and White Hummingbird, Bearded Mountaineer, Tawny-Tit-Spinetail, White-browed Tit-Spinetail, Unstrakedd Tit-tyrant, Junin Canastero, Marcapata and Creamy-crested Spinetails, Masked Fruiteater, White-tufted Sunveam, Parodi’s Hemispingus and the rarely seen Tacznowski’s Tinamou and Royal Cinclcodes
  • 2015 [12 December] - Dan Lane - Iquitos

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    The Amazon is one of those "Bucket List" places -- particularly if you’re a birder! But why is the Amazon so diverse, so amazing? Well, as I was trying to explain during the tour, the Amazon is thought to be one of the few regions in the world blessed with relatively continuous climatic conditions for the past tens of millions of years. While the higher latitudes have had to deal with glacial cycles, extreme shifts in rainfall, and ocean level rises and falls, the Amazon has had patches of humid tropical forests that probably maintained populations of many of the animals and plants that live there today, in fairly similar conditions...
  • 2015 [12 December] - Keith Taylor - Southern Ecuador

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    ...Manglares-Churute came into view soon after where the trees standing in the flooded ricefields were scanned but no Horned Screamers were seen despite looking from two spots. Unfortunately we were searching in the wrong area and the proper site was an inconspicuous marsh three kilometers back along Highway 25 where there are no shoulders and heavy traffic makes viewing virtually impossible with the exception of one area to pull off on the right heading in the direction of Guayaquil. All of the birds had been seen previously but Limpkin was noted in case of a South American split...
  • 2016 [03 March] - Roger Ahlman - Northern Peru

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    ...D’Orbigny's Chat-Tyrant and Unstreaked Tit-Tyrant were, on the other hand, the frst time I see in northern Peru. We also found other birds that are diffcult in the north like Striated Earthcreeper, Green-headed Hillstarand Stripe-headed Antpitta. On the rarity account we fnd Sora, Black-billed Cuckoo and Cliff Swallow. The event of the trip happened already the frst morning at Pantanos de Ventanilla just north of Lima when we watched tens of thousands of Guanay Cormorants and Peruvian Boobies in a constant stream migrating south. Absolutely breathtaking!..
  • 2016 [03 March] - Silverio Duri - Apurimac

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    This short 3-days trip to see the special Apurimac’s SPECIALITIES & ENDEMICS it was very successful - where we recorded 11 Peruvian endemics and a great bonus (Buff-fronted Owl) that is a new record in this part of the country – this coupled with spectacular scenery gave us a stunning 3 days birding....
  • 2016 [04 April - Silverio Duri - Manu

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    ...We regularly record 600 species on this tour and often see Jaguar. No birding in cutover forest on this trip! Imagine birding on forest trails with mixed species flocks that might contain over 50 species and bumping into a troop of Peruvian Spider Monkeys around the corner, or quietly paddling on a catamaran on an Ox-bow Lake with Giant Otters and teeming lakeside birdlife!...
  • 2016 [05 May] - Silverio Duri

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    Seen at Laguna Piuray. Andean populations have often (e.g., Hellmayr & Conover 1948a, Siegfried 1976, Sibley & Ahlquist 1990, AOU 1998, Ridgely & Greenfield 2001, Jaramillo 2003) been treated as a separate species, O. ferruginea ("Andean Duck" or "Andean Ruddy-Duck"). However, see Adams and Slavid (1984), Fjeldså (1986), and McCracken & Sorenson (2005) for rationale for treating them as conspecific, as done previously (e.g., Blake 1977, Johnsgard 1979), and then followed by Fjeldså & Krabbe (1990) and Carboneras (1992f). Siegfried (1976) and Livezey (1995) considered ferruginea to be more closely related to O. vittata than to O. jamaicensis, but McCracken & Sorenson (2005) showed that this is incorrect.
  • 2016 [07 July] - Barry Walker - Cusco to Lima

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  • 2016 [07 July] - Dan Lane & Jesse Fagan - Peru's Magnetic North

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    ...Less glittery species also made the list, including the wonderful song duetting antics of Black-capped Donacobius, the sluggish Black-streaked Puffbird, the noble Laughing Falcon, the boldly patterned "Moriche Oriole" (now part of Variable Oriole), the little ball of spitfire called Yellow-browed Tody-Flycatcher, the large and impressive Strong-billed Woodcreepers we watched tearing moss off the tree trunks, the nightjar morning, the massive group of Comb Ducks, and the tame Chestnut Antpitta that allowed us to view it beside the trail. ...
  • 2016 [07 July] - David Milton - Remote Northern Peru

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    ...Our itinerary aimed to maximise new birds and to see 14 possible targets species. This included three side trips: to a tributary of the Maranon River (Yellow-browed Toucanet) where we walked in with our 5 horse team; the Scarlet-banded Barbet four-wheel drive trip to Plataforma; and the small plane flight into the northern Amazon (San Lorenzo) to see the White -masked Antbird. At the end of the full 8 week trip to Brazil and Peru together with our 2015 trips to Peru (remote south and Cusco/Manu Rd area) and Japan we successfully achieved the 30 birds from our target families....
  • 2016 [07 July] - Gustavo Bautista - Manu and Cusco area

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  • 2016 [07 July] - Pepe Rojas - Machu Picchu & Abra Malaga

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    ...During the rest of our time in this area, we birded a combination of the Mandor Valley, Aguas Calientes and our hotel grounds, all of which are very productive areas. As a result of our efforts, we scored great views of Fasciated Tiger-Heron, Golden-headed Quetzal, Andean Motmot, Blue-banded Toucanet, Ocellated Piculet, Speckled-faced Parrot, Variable Antshrike, plus astonishing views of a male Andean Cock-of-the-Rock at our hotel grounds -- not to mention the many species of tanagers and hummingbirds we scored at the feeders!...
  • 2016 [08 August] - Alex Durand Torres - Manu Biosphere Reserve

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  • 2016 [08 August] - Jesse Fagan & Cory Gregory - Machu Picchu & Abra Malaga

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    ...Bird highlights were many, but there were some standouts. You loved the already mentioned Andean Condor (this is Peru), and the male Andean Cock-of-the-rock. The endemic Bearded Mountaineer somehow managed to make it on the list (duh!) as did the Royal Cinclodes (a lifer for EVERYBODY). However, the bird of the trip was one of the smallest, if not the cutest: Peruvian Pygmy-Owl. The experience of eating home-grown warm Peruvian potatoes at Maxima's house was one of the non-birding treats and experiences we will never forget....
  • 2016 [08 August] - Silverio Duri - Northern Peru

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    ...A full morning birding the Ridgeline trail out of camp and afternoon down to 45 village trail. After a hot breakfast and coffee we set off to the muddy trail, which fortunately was drier than usual. Luckily we didn’t have any rain, and it was incredibly rewarding – we spent all morning with a field lunch up on the ridge trail packed by Aurelio, seeing 2 Scarlet-banded Barbets, Foothill Schiffornis and great views of Gray-tailed Piha, lot of Tanagers and after lunch went back to the hotel (very basic hotel) for a little break and in the afternoon we explored a new trail...
  • 2016 [09 September] - Dubi Shapiro - Northern Peru

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    This tour just gets better and better. This year the 7 participants, Rob and Baldomero enjoyed a bird filled trip that found 723 species of birds. We had particular success with some tricky groups, finding 12 Rails and Crakes (all but 1 being seen!), 11 Antpittas (8 seen), 90 Tanagers and allies, 71Hummingbirds, 95 Flycatchers. We also found many of the iconic endemic species of Northern Peru, such as White-winged Guan, Peruvian Plantcutter, Marañón Crescentchest, Marvellous Spatuletail, Pale-billed Antpitta, Long-whiskered Owlet, Royal Sunangel, Koepcke’s Hermit, Ash-throatedRBL Northern Peru Trip Report 2016 2 Antwren, Koepcke’s Screech Owl, Yellow-faced Parrotlet, Grey-bellied Comet and 3 species of Inca Finch. We also found more widely distributed, but always special, species like Andean Condor, King Vulture, Agami Heron and Long-tailed Potoo on what was a very successful tour.
  • 2016 [10 October] - Jose Illanes - Manu & Machu Picchu

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    ...Collared Puffbird, White-winged Shrike-Tanager, Sclater’sAntwren, Golden-collared Toucanet, Curl-crested Aracari, Pavonine Quetzal, Spangled Cotinga and also Horned Screamer, Orinoco Goose, and Red-and-green Macaw. Before leaving the Amazon behind completely, we stopped near the Manu town of Puerto Maldonado where we found the very local WhitethroatedJacamar....
  • 2016 [10 October] - Silverio Duri - Manu Biosphere

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    ...The beauty of this trip is the variety of habitats visited ranging from orchid laden cloud forest where Spectacled Bears and Cock-of-the-Rocks still live unmolested, to untouched Amazon rainforest where 13 species of Monkey abound and Giant Otters still exist in the ox-bow lakes...
  • 2016 [11 November] - Eustace Barnes - Central Peru

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    ...The tour went without a hitch and day after day we found our target species and many others besides, producing 482 species and a record breaking 110 write-ins plus a few BQ lifers and the inevitable selection of near-arctic waders....
  • 2016 [11 November] - Jesse Fagan - High Arid Deserts & Nazca Lines

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    ...Highlights were many and varied. They included White-eared Puffbird (Iris especially liked this one), Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe (spotted by Rosy!), the flashy Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant (Josh liked his haircut), Andean Condors, Rufous-collared Sparrows (yep, Buzz appreciated them), while Derryn and I both agreed highlight was the Bearded Mountaineer....
  • 2016 [11 November] - Richard Webster - Northern Peru

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    ...Among the highlights were Tumbes Tyrant, Hummingbird, and Sparrow, along with White-winged Guan, White-tailed Jay, White-headed Brushfinch, Peruvian Screech-Owl, Elegant Crescentchest, and Sulphur-throated Finch. We finished the day with a lovely walk on the beach, although our destination, the river mouth, was short on special birds....
  • 2016 [11 November] - Silverio Duri - Manu Biosphere

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    ...On this trip we recorded 639 species of birds including 53 species of Antbird, 50 species of Hummingbird and 12 species of Owl of which 11 were seen....
  • 2016 [12 December] - Eustace Barnes - Amazonian Peru

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    ...still recorded 376 species, including Red-billed Ground Cuckoo and White-bellied Dacnis! In addition, particularly memorable were the spectacular views of Wattled Curassow, Blue-cheeked and Purplish Jacamars, Brown-banded, Rufous-necked and Collared Puffbirds, incredible views of a veryresponsive Fulvous Antshrike, equally superb views of the shy Black-necked Red Cotinga and retiring Orange-crested Manakin along with many other species....
  • 2017 [03 March] - Alex Durand - Machu Picchu & Abra Malaga

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    A short but interesting extension where we recorded 12 Peruvian endemics and 12 other range restricted species plus the impressive Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu and flagship birds such as Inca Wren, Torrent Duck, Masked Fruiteater, Green and white Hummingbird, Bearded Mountaineer, Tawny-Tit-Spinetail, Royal Cinclodes, Junín Canastero, Marcapata Spinetail and many more...
  • 2018 [01 January] - Alex Durand

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  • 2018 [03 March] - Alex Durand

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  • 2018 [06 June] - Dan Lane - High Andes

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    Our one full day was excellent, scoring on Pardusco, Bay-vented Cotinga, and the stunning Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager in the same flock a couple of kilometers from our base camp! A short morning hike after breakfast produced our only brief looks of the rare Rufous-browed Hemispingus (or Mountain-Finch, actually) before we had to pack up camp and depart.
  • 2018 [06 June] - Jesse Fagan - Machu Picchu & Abra Malaga

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    Birding highlights? Many. Y'all loved the Andean Motmot and the curious Cusco Brushfinches. John picked Andean Condor as one of his tops (hard to go wrong there) and Jerry liked the active Parodi's Hemispingus flock we encountered. Toby was blown away by the cooperative Andean Tinamou (me, too!). Jim Henson Studios, however, took top honors for their creation of the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock.
  • 2018 [06 June] - Mike Catis

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    Highlights included, in no particular order; White-masked Antbird, Long-whiskered Owlet, Scarlet-banded Barbet, Cordillera Azul Antbird, Ochre-fronted, Pale-billed, Rusty-tinged and ‘Leymebamba` Antpittas, Whitewinged Guan, Russet-bellied and Maranon Spinetails, Marvellous Spatuletail, Little Woodstar, Black-bellied Thorntail, Royal Sunangel, Mountain Avocetbill, Piura Chat-tyrant, Tumbes Tyrant, Tumbes Swallow, Maranon and Elegant Crescentchests, Stygian Owl, Cinnamon, Peruvian and Foothill Screech Owls, Cinnamon-breasted Tody-tyrant, Lulu’s Tody-flycatcher, Henna-hooded and Rufous-necked Foliage-gleaners, Scarlet-breasted, Fiery-throated and Scaled Fruiteaters, Painted and Jet Manakins, Dotted and Straw-backed Tanagers, Plumbeous Euphonia, Peruvian Plantcutter, Lunulated and White-plumed Antbirds, Chestnut-crowned Gnateater, Yellowthroated Spadebill, Black-necked Red Cotinga, Paint-billed, Grey-breasted, Rufous-sided and Black-banded Crakes and many more.
  • 2018 [07 July] - Jesse Fagan - Northern Peru

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    the region is famous for the award-winning Marvelous Spatuletail, which is actually not related to the white sand phenomenon, but rather to the Utcubamba valley and its rainshadow habitats (an arm of the dry Marañon valley region of endemism). The white sand endemics actually span areas on both sides of the Marañon valley and include several species described to science only since about 1976!
  • 2018 [07 July] - Pepe Rojas - Coastal Lima, Peru: Villa, Pucusana & Puerto Viejo

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    At the beach we found both of our endemics among other species like American and Blackish Oystercatcher, Red-legged Cormorant, Gray and Gray-hooded Gull, Peruvian Pelicans, Peruvian Boobies among others.
  • 2018 [07 July] - Wilson Diaz - Northen Peru

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  • 2018 [08 August] - Brent Steury

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    Peru (Lima, Lake Huacarpay, Sacsayhuaman Ruins, Aguas Calientes)
  • 2018 [08 August] - Dave Sargeant

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    ...making several birding stops in the lowlands en route, finding Speckled Chachalaca, Hoatzin, Sapphire-spangled Emerald, Pearl Kite, Swallow-tailed Kite, Green-backed Trogon, Yellow-billed Nunbird, Chestnut-eared Aracari, Spot-breasted Woodpecker, Blackish Antbird, White-lored Antpitta heard, Mishana Tyrannulet and Red-billed Tyrannulet.
  • 2018 [08 August] - Gustavo Bautista - Cusco, Abra Malaga, Machu Picchu & Limatambo

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  • 2018 [08 August] - Jesse Fagan

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    Our birding highlights were many, but included a memorable ccolpa experience with several species of macaws and other parrots. Paradise Tanagers, Fiery-capped Manakin, Banded Antbird, Screaming Piha, and Olive Oropendola were all mentioned as group favorites. However, the winner was the King of the Canopy, Harpy Eagle. Thanks to all our support staff (boat drivers, cooks, and bartenders) and, of course, to our awesome local guide, Jair.
  • 2018 [08 August] - Pepe Rojas

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    This report is about the trip I made with my good friend Bill Porteous in search of some species that he needs for his list of birds of South America. I must say that Bill has been systematically traveling in search of the species he lacks in this part of the world. This is the third trip we make together and it is a great honor to find the birds he is looking for.
  • 2018 [08 August] - Wilson Diaz

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    Morning of the first day we went to El Chuco Alto, some 30 minutes from the city of Cajamarca, where we had our first targeted endemics: Great Spinetail (we actually saw 6 birds !), and Buff-bridled Inca-Finch (also 6 birds !). Additionally, we had some more endemics: Spot-throated Hummingbird, Black-necked Woodpecker, White-rumped Black-Tyrant, and Marañon Gnatcatcher.
  • 2018 [09 September] -

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    We just completed another wonderful Peru birding trip. I absolutely love birding in this country with few other birding destinations offering the same variety and diversity of birding habitats and birds (country list in excess of 1800 birds which is incredible).
  • 2018 [09 September] - Fernando Angulo

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  • 2018 [09 September] - Nick Buys

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    We ended up with a total of 538 birds with 38 species of Hummingbirds, 19 species of Macaws, Parrots and Parakeets , 32 Raptor species and 32 species of Antbirds, Antwren, Antshrike and Antpittas. And not to forget Machu Picchu – undoubtedly one of the highlights of the trip!
  • 2018 [10 October] - Alex Durand - Northern Peru

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    Outline and annotated List
  • 2018 [10 October] - Andrea Molina

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  • 2018 [10 October] - Gustavo Bautista - Peru - Lima coast, Lomas de Lachay, Abra Malaga & Manu cloud forest

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    Outline and annotated List
  • 2018 [10 October] - Jose Antonio Padilla Reyes

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    We had an amazing 16-day tour, travelling mainly in south-eastern Peru, where we visited the best parts of the country. We started in Lima with the Palominos Islands and Villa Marshes, moving on to the Amazon rainforest of the Tambopata region, and then the Highlands and the majestic city of Cusco and the fabulous Inca Empire. We visited the Manu Road, covering the cloud-forest habitat, known as the best road for birdwatching in the world. Finally, we got to Machu Pichu...
  • 2018 [10 October] - Pete Morris - Northern Peru

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    ...who’s going to complain when the total list was well over 750 species (776 including a few likely to be split allospecies) and the top birds included Long-whiskered Owlet, Scarlet-banded Barbet, Cordillera Azul Antbird, Pale-billed Antpitta and Painted Manakin.
  • 2018 [10 October] - Pete Morris - White-masked Antbird Expedition

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    As part of our series of trips to see the remaining species not yet on the Birdquest Lifelist, we hatched a plan to go and look for the little known White-masked Antbird – a spectacular obligate antswarm follower that is endemic to Northern Peru and is known from just a handful of sightings from a couple of sites. Fortunately, one of these sites is relatively accessible and so it was that the fve of us and Carlos met up at Tarapoto airport where we were greeted with our frst surprise!
  • 2018 [10 October] - Richard Amable - Tambopata National Park

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    Outline and annotated List
  • 2018 [10 October] - Rosemary Royle - Lima, Cusco, Abra Malaga, Machu Picchu and the Manu Road

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    n Lima our guide was Alejandro Tello - his birding knowledge was excellent and he knows his local patch very well. In the Cusco/Manu area our guide was Gustavo Bautista. Gustavo was very personable, spoke good English and his birding knowledge in terms of both birding ID and knowing where to find them was excellent. I would have no hesitation in recommending either guide. I should also mention Walter, our driver for the Manu part of the trip. He was wonderful – a safe and conservative driver, a Mr Fixit who you felt would always get you out of trouble, and obviously well-known along the road.
  • 2018 [11 November] - Amazon River Cruise

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  • 2018 [11 November] - Eustace Barnes - Central Peru

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    The Central Peruvian avifauna is relatively poorly known, for a country that has received so much attention of late, especially given the continuous stream of new taxa discovered in the region. So, the time is right to get on board and enjoy this fabulous tour.
  • 2018 [11 November] - Gustavo Bautista - Cusco & Manu National Park

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    We arrived at a good time so we could enjoy all the birds that attend the feeding stations and especially the hummingbirds at the feeders. The following days were spent birding up and down the road at different elevations looking for targets, as well as enjoying watching different species of tanagers and hummingbirds right in front of the dining room. Overnights at Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge.
  • 2018 [11 November] - Oete Morris - Iquitos

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    A suite of river island specialities all performed well, white sand specialities such as Brown-banded Puffbird and Cinnamon Neopipo gave great views and more widespread goodies included such delights as Zigzag Heron, Ornate Hawk Eagle at the nest, a tree full of entertaining Sand-coloured Nighthawks, rarely seen Rufous-capped and Brown Nunlets...
  • 2018 [11 November] - Tom Ambrose - Pweruvian Amazon

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    This morning we went out onto Soledad Lake before breakfast. The trip began auspiciously with a group of Red Howler Monkeys, followed shortly after by a stunning Agami Heron. Macaws, parrots and parakeets were passing by noisily overhead, and we enjoyed excellent views of Blue and Yellow, Scarlet and Red and Green Macaws. Two Giant Otters were briefly sighted, and a beautiful Ivory-billed Aracari was seen in the forest canopy.
  • 2018 [12 December] - Gustavo Bautista

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    This was the second Surf & Turf Tour in Peru for 2018 led this time by Gustavo Bautista. The group started in Lima city and then ascended the western slopes of the central Andes taking the Santa Eulalia road which leades into the Santa Eulalia Canyon. We searched for an amazing array of Peruvian endemics such as White-cheeked Cotinga, Black Metaltail, Bronze-tailed Comet, Rusty-crowned Tit-Spinetail, and also birds like Striped-headed Antpitta, Andean Condor, Torrent Ducks, White-capped Dippers, and one of the rarest and poorly known birds in South America, the Diademed Sandpiper-plover.
  • 2019 [02 February] - Juanita Olano Marin

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    After a visit to Chachapoyas, the amazing archeological site Kuelap, and the Gocta waterfall, Juanita wanted to do some birdwatching on the way back to Jaen. This area offers the great opportunity to see some north Peru endemics and specialities of the dry forests of the Marañon river.
  • 2019 [07 July]

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    We saw a lot of species, but more importantly we got great looks at so many of them. It was challenging to photograph from the moving boat, the swells were gaining hour by hour, but it was great fun. We saw Guanay and Red-legged Cormorant, Peruvian Booby, Blackish Oystercatcher, and several pairs of Humboldt Penguin, at close range. It was such fun watching the penguins navigate on the guano covered rocks, passing gorgeous Inca Terns and curious cormorants as they made their way down to the surf edge, then splash!
Places to Stay


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  • Amazon Yarapa River Lodge

    Accommodation
    The Amazon Yarapa River Lodge is located on the Yarapa River, a pristine tributary of the Amazon River. Overwhelm your senses in this incredible adventure. It`s a complex ecosystem like no other. We invite you to join us in an amazing voyage into the Amazon rainforest…
  • Ceiba Tops

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    Ceiba Tops, the newest and only luxury resort on the Amazon River, offers 53 air conditioned rooms and cottages with private bathrooms with hot water, swimming pool, and you can add on an excursion to the longest Canopy Walkway in the world
  • EcoAmazonia Lodge

    Accommodation
    Our first visit will cross the river by canoe to Monkey Island, the first and only one of its kind in the heart of the Madre de Dios River; protected and conserved by EcoAmazonia Lodge
  • Explorama Lodges

    Accommodation
    Explorama offers five Lodges and one Resort in over 250,000 acres of Privately Protected Primary Amazon Rainforest Reserves. Spectacular Canopy Walkway, Birdwatchers Paradise, Full-week & Weekend Specials.
  • Explorers Inn

    Accommodation
    Peru's Explorers' Inn is a well known Amazon rainforest lodge and research station, in operation since 1975. It is the only Lodge in the region located wholely within the Tambopata National Reserve (TNR), in western Amazonia, Madre de Dios, Peru
  • Heliconia Lodge

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    Heliconia, is an authenticate Ecolodge located in Yanamono Reserve, 80 Km. away from Iquitos City, Per
  • Manu Paradise Lodge

    Accommodation
    Our eco-lodge is settled in the heart of the cloud forest; 6 hours by road from Cusco and one hour from the rural airstrip at Pilcopata. Our unique location allows us the opportunity to offer a large variety of special programs in and around this beautiful zone. Our lodge is situated in a truly privileged location - between the Kosnipata and San Pedro Rivers - which gives us a magnificent view of this green paradise
  • Manu Wildlife Centre

    Accommodation
    The Manu Wildlife Center is located in the wild and remote Manu wilderness of Peru. Based along the Manu de Dios river, the wildlife center provides tours for bird watching, the Tapir Lick, the Macaw Clay Lick and observing Giant Otters swimming in Ox Bow lakes from floating platforms…
  • Pacaya-Samiria Amazon Lodge

    Accommodation
    Pacaya-Samiria Amazon Lodge is one of the most exclusive lodges in the Peruvian Amazon and a heaven for visitors in search of a quiet retreat. From this unique place, our guests can visit the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, which is the largest protected natural area in Peru…
  • Posada Amazonas

    Accommodation
    Posada Amazonas, the winner of multiple conservation and ecotourism Awards, is an Ecolodge in the fullest sense of the word. It is a comfortable yet unobtrusive 24 - room lodge owned jointly by the Ese'eja Community of Tambopata and Rainforest Expeditions, the leading Ecotour Company of Peru.
  • Sandoval Lake Lodge

    Accommodation
    Sandoval Lake Lodge is located on the high bluffs overlooking Sandoval Lake, within the protected Tambopata-Candamo Reserve of southeastern Peru. Internationally famous as the site of the world's greatest lowland concentrations of birds and butterflies, Tambopata offers an exciting and unique Amazon experience.
  • Tahuayo Lodge

    Accommodation
    The trip takes 4 hours by our speedboat. Amazonia`s lodge on the Tahuayo River is rustic, yet comfortable. There are fifteen cabins; some are honeymoon cabins, with a single large bed, others are cabins with two beds and a few are family style cabins with one large bed and several single beds
  • Tambo Blanquillo

    Lodge
    The Manu jungle lodge at Blanquillo is locally known as a Tambo. It is a typical Peruvian Amazon communal jungle building called
  • Wasai Lodges

    Accommodation
    We own two beautiful lodges in the amazon jungle, and a Research Center ( Peru Wildlife center) , the first one; Wasai Maldonado Lodge, is located in the tropical city of Puerto Maldonado at the bank of the Madre de Dios river . The others , Wasai Tambopata Lodge and Peru Wildlife Center are located in the Tambopata Candamo National Park, very close to the largests Macaw Clay Licks knowns on the World.
Other Links
  • Adventure in Peru

    Website
    For practical purposes Peru can be divided into three major regions: the central Andean highlands, the long, low coastal strip, and the remote eastern vastness of the Amazon basin. The best-known of these regions, the Andes, is also home to Huascar
  • Andean Hummingbirds

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    A Roadside Hawk was tangled in our hummingbird net, but as I walked toward him, he broke loose. His next wingbeat, however, tangled him again. This happened twice more, and he got closer and closer to the edge of the net. Each time he broke free I had weird conflicting emotions - a sense of relief that we wouldn`t have to deal with him and yet disappointment that we wouldn`t
  • Biosphere Expeditions

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    We are a non-profit-making research and conservation organisation offering hands-on wildlife conservation and adventures with a purpose for everyone. Our projects are not tours, photographic safaris or excursions, but genuine wildlife expeditions placing ordinary people with no research experience alongside scientists who are at the forefront of conservation work. Our expeditions are open to all, there are no special skills (biological or otherwise) required to join and there are no age limits whatsoever. We have two expeditions involving birds: one to the Ukraine where we conduct a net capture census on the Black Sea coast and one to the Peru Amazon where we invstigate parrot behaviour at clay lick sites
  • Las Aves del Vuelo

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    Las aves del vuelo son aquellas que pueden volar. Suena tonto, pero para poder ejercer esta funci
  • Peru Birdwatching

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    Peru possesses an extraordinary ornithological diversity. New species are continually being discovered every year in its cloud-forests and Amazon jungles, as well as in its rugged mountains and inter-Andean valleys. At last count, there were 1.710 registered species (close to 20% of the world

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