Duration: 21 days
Group Size: 4 – 6
Date Start: September 29, 2019
Date End: October 19, 2019
Tour Start: Lima
Tour End: Lima
The tour is designed to search for endemics and localized birds of the Central Peruvian Andes.
We will visit high elevations during this tour, up to 4600 meters (15000 feet) above sea level.
A few moderately difficult hikes in steep cloudforest terrain at 2700-3600 meters (9100-11800 feet) are involved in the tour, but most of the birding is by the roads.
This trip requires long drives through the Andes to cover different ecosystems and to get to the endemic bird territories. Therefore we will drive long distances almost every day, with a couple of exceptions where we will have nice breaks at some lodges, exploring the grounds on foot for the whole day.
We will have one domestic flight at the end of the tour from Huaraz to Lima (included in the tour price) to avoid the long drive at the end of the trip. Flights from Huaraz to Lima operate only on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
The accommodations vary from very good, comfortable hotels in Lima, Huánuco and Carhuaz. We will stay at the best options in La Concepción, La Oroya, Tingo María, and Oxapampa. Accommodations at Santa Eulalia and Satipo are basic, without good service, but have warm showers and en-suite bathrooms.
In order to avoid camping in remote villages, where facilities are almost non-existent, we rather add extra driving per day along the Satipo road, so that you can stay in the most adequate accommodations but still see all the key birds. However, this could be tiring for some people.
This trip is for adventurous birders who are in search of a great list of endemics and special Andean species. Participants should be able to walk at least three kilometers per day (1.86 miles) and face high elevations though most of the trip. The trip would be enjoyable also for advanced birders who love the outdoors and overlanding trips. The scenery is fantastic throughout the tour, and there are good photo opportunities.