Peru, with almost 1800 bird species surely ranks high among the most attractive countries on earth for birders. Over its immense territory where one can travel from the vast expanses of pristine and luxuriant Amazonian tropical forest to the coastal desert or the mighty Andean cordiliera, the country host almost half the birds of the South American continent.
Owing to the complex topography of the region, with isolated valleys and big mountain barriers, evolution has worked to produce a stunning array of endemics and highly localized species, some of which were only recently uncovered by science. Indeed, except for Colombia, no other country on earth has seen more new species described since the end of the twentieth century.
This peculiar assemblage of highly localized and specialized species along with more widespread and common yet very diversified species has contributed to make it one of the prime destinations for birders from all around the world. The ongoing development of a reliable road system and touristic infrastructures make the country much more accessible than it was a mere 20 years ago, and allow an exploration under good conditions.
In order to make justice to this magnificent and complex country, we offer no less than 4 circuits (and several short extensions) differing dramatically in terms of the visited ecosystems and species looked for.
The Manu road (17 days). You will explore the fabulous altitudinal gradient along the world renowned Manu road from the misty Paramo around the Tres Cruces pass to the lowland Amazonian forests of the Rio Madre de Dios basin. More than 600 species could be observed during this tour. Further, two 4-days extension are possible. The first will concentrate on finding the endemic species occurring in the Apurimac valley near the small city of Abancay, while the second will lead you in the footsteps of Hiram Bingham to the legendary Machu Picchu. See details.
Owlet & Barbet (14 days). This tour will be devoted to a thorough exploration of the foothills and Amazonian forests of the north-eastern part of the country. A slew of fabulous species will await you, among them the fantastic Long-whiskered Owlet and the beautiful Scarlet-banded Barbet, two species that eluded scientists for a long time. See details.
Tumbesian & Marañon endemics (14 days). We will lead you to two poorly known regions in north-west Peru, where many endemics or highly localized species can be found. For the adventurous, a five days extension is proposed to look for two rarely seen endemics. See details.
The central Cordilleras (13 days). The mountainous part in the centre of the country is a complex mesh of cordilleras where a good many endemic species have evolved. We will try to see as many of them as possible from the high and frozen surroundings of the famous Junin lake to the coastal desert near Lomas de Lachay. A two days extension will allow you to acquaint yourself with the tremendous sea wildlife that follow the Humboldt current. See details.