Very few birding tour companies have drivers who can claim a bird-list containing such juicy species as Long-whiskered Owlet among 17 species of owls, Ochre-fronted Antpitta, Pale-billed Antpitta, Rufous Potoo, Fiery Topaz, Toucan Barbet, San Isidro Owl, Milpo Tapaculo, Rufous-headed Woodpecker, Peruvian Recurvebill, all the Inca-Finches, and elusive species of mammals like Pampas Cat.

Raul Zapata started to work for Birding Ecotours in 2009, becoming our main driver in Peru but also acting as a field logistics expert, providing great help during our tours. Today he drives all over the country and was also the driver for a birding tour to Ecuador, and did Bolivia and Brazil in 2013. He is a very careful driver (with the A3 Peruvian license), he’s a beginner birder, and very enthusiastic fellow to travel with.

He speaks Spanish and his English skills are improving very fast.