This is a short but richfull birding trip in the dry West Andean Slope and the barren but diverse high-elevation puna, this is home of lots of endemic birds, with small and restricted habitat for most of them,
Santa Eulalia Valley is accesible in a short time and good birding, here you will find a rewarding variety of habitats in this small area. Some of the star birds include Humboldt Penguin, Great Inca-Finch, White-cheeked Cotinga, Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, Junin Grebe, the last one critically endangered.
Day 1: COSTAL BIRDING.
We start the tour by heading far to the south direct to Lomas de Asia a new birding spot where we can look for Thick-billed Miner, Raimondi’s Yellow-finch and Cactus Canastero, three of them are endemic, we drive back to Pucusana and Pantanos de Villa between these two sites we should see nearly all of our targets: Peruvian Thick-knee, Coastal Miner, Surf Cinclodes, Blackish Oystercatcher, Inca Tern, Humboldt Penguin, Red-legged Cormorant, Peruvian Boobies, Peruvian Pelican Many-colored Rush tyrant and a variety of more common species. In the afternoon we’ll drive up to Santa Eulalia.
Night: Santa Eulalia. L:D
Day 2: SANTA EULALIA VALLEY.
The spectacular scenery of the Santa Eulalia Valley provides an appropriate backdrop for tracking down a number of rare endemic birds. Our primary targets are the extremely localized Rufous-breasted Warbling-Finch and Great Inca-Finch; while looking for them we’re likely to encounter other goodies like Bronze-tailed Comet, Black Metaltail, and Rusty-crowned Tit-Spinetail, Black-necked Woodpecker, Rusty-bellied Brush-Finch – all Peruvian endemics. More common species we may encounter through the day include Canyon Canastero, Giant Hummingbird, Peruvian Sheartail, White-capped Dipper, White-winged Cinclodes, Andean Swift, Torrent Duck, White-tipped Dove, Sparkling Violetear, Peruvian Sheartail, Purple-collared Woodstar, Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant, White-browed Chat-Tyrant, White-capped Dipper, Chiguanco Thrush, Cinereous Conebill, Blue-capped Tanager, Blue-and-Yellow Tanager, Mourning Sierra-Finch, Band-tailed Seedeater, Golden-bellied Grosbeak, Scrub Blackbird and Andean tinamou sometimes cross the road, around midmorning Andean Condor can impress us flying by in front of our eyes.
Night: Santa Eulalia. B:L:D.
Day 3: MILLOC – MARCAPOMACOCHAS.
This is one of the most exciting birding days in Peru, in spite of a relatively low total species count due to the high elevation – almost every bird we’ll see is a specialty! We’ll start by scouring a patch of Polylepis forest for the rare White-cheeked Cotinga. Other birds here include Stripe-headed Antpitta and Striated Earthcreeper. Giant Conebill, We’ll then move up the Milloc Valley, ticking off puna birds on the way: Black Siskin and Bright-rumped Yellow-Finch are common, while we’ll concentrate on finding Black-breasted Hillstar and a variety of canasteros (including the endemic Junin Canastero) and ground-tyrants (including the rare migrant Black-fronted Ground-Tyrant). In the afternoon we’ll bird the famous Marcapomacocha area where we will hope for a plethora of special birds, including the enigmatic Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, the stunning White-bellied Cinclodes, and the incongruous Olivaceous Thornbill. Additionally we can get streak-Throated Canastero, Common Miner, Slender-billed Miner, white-winged Diuca-Finch, Gray-Breasted Seedsnipe, and with luck rarities like Puna Tinamou, Rufous-Bellied Seedsnipe and Dark-Winged Miner, We’ll return to paved roads in the late afternoon, after a tiring but very rewarding day of birding and bumping along dirt roads, we drive to la Oroya to spend a night.
Night: La Oroya. B:L:D.
Day 4: JUNIN LAKE.
We’ll do whatever present conditions require to find the Critically Endangered Junin Grebe this morning. Currently we plan to take a small motor boat out into the deeper parts of Lake Junin to ensure good views of this hard-to-identify bird. Our second main target is Junin Rail ( Laterallus tuerosi), this species is recently described, known from a very small area of marshland around Junin lake, where habitat quality is declining There are many other interesting birds at Lake Junin, including Puna Plover and Andean avocet (seasonal), and a variety of waterfowl, Plumbeous Rail, Silvery Grebe, White-tufted Grebe, Cinnamon, Puna, Yellow-Billed Teals , Andean Negrito, Slate-colored and Giant Coot, Chilean Flamingos are sometimes present. We’ll drive back to Lima in the afternoon. if times allow we have a final scan around the pas for Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe and ln lower elevation for Black Metaltail and rusty-crowned Spinetail.
Night: Lima. B:L:D.
Day 5: PELAGIC BOAT TRIP
We pick you up from your hotel to take a boat for our pelagic birding trip, priority is to see sea bird we spend most of day birding in the ocean; attracting seabirds we use Chumming: We make a gue of rotten fish entrails and old fish left-overs, oil mixed with pop-corn. this smells horrible, all the seabirds have acute sense of smell. When chumming the boat suddenly gets surrounded by Storm Petrels some albatross and several different species of sea birds: Peruvian Diving-Petrel, Sooty Shearwater, Cape Petrel, Markham´s, White-vented, Wilson´s and Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrels. Chilean and South Polar Skuas; Waved, Gray-headed, and Salvin’s, Albatross and more birds depending of the season.
after a pelagic trip we drop you in your hotel for a good and long rest.
End of the trip.(This day is completely optional.)