Spectacular Northern Peru
This is our most popular Northern Peru tour, and with good reason: the selection of birds is almost unbeatable on a trip of this length anywhere in the world given the diversity of species, the number of Peruvian and regional endemics, and the highly enigmatic and sought‐after specialties we’ll encounter. On the whole it is a fairly comfortable mid‐range tour with a few nights in basic hotels – and we’ve added one night of camping in order to look for the incomparable Scarlet-banded Barbet. We do plan several long (but birdy!) walks, so at least a moderate level of fitness is required.
Abra Malaga - Machupicchu
This area, while geographically not too far from the Manu Road, is home to a quite different set of birds. The main focus is always on the endemics, but there are lots of other birds to be found as well. On the routes to Abra Malaga or the alternative one to Cancha Cancha we will visit Polylepis forest, a disappearing habitat with endangered bird species.
Central Peru Butterflies
Central Peru has some of the country's best butterflying destinations, and on this tour we hit a few of our favourites. Pampa Hermosa is perhaps the crown jewel of the route with its amazing concentration of firetips, while the road above Pozuzo has an excellent variety of habitats and overwhelming diversity of species from all families. For high-elevation fanatics (a.k.a. satyr-lovers!) Bosque Shollet is an excellent destination. Although we do not visit any true lowland sites on this trip, we expect a great variety of butterflies and wonderful photography opportunities.
Classic Central Peru
Central Peru is, unsurprisingly, the endemic hotebed of the country. Birding the Humboldt Current and Atacama Desert on the Pacific Coast, the dry West Andean Slope, the barren but diverse high-elevation puna, and humid forests from the treeline to the beginnings of the Amazon lowlands, you will find a rewarding variety of habitats in this area. Some of the star birds include Humboldt Penguin, Great Inca-Finch, White-cheeked Cotinga, Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, Junin Grebe, Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, and Oilbird.