DRY WEST ANDEAN SLOPE - HIGH PUNA CENTRAL PERU. 5 days

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.

DRY WEST ANDEAN SLOPE - HIGH PUNA CENTRAL PERU. Itinerary

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, Raymondi'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, Humbolt 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 in Santa Eulalia Bungalows. 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 in Santa Eulalia Bungalows. 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 in La Oroya - Hotel Michelin. 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 in 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 sea birds 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 sea birds 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.)

Included

  • Birding Guide
  • Ground Transportation.
  • Boat to get Junin Lake
  • oxygen
  • Accommodations in all the tour.
  • Meals, B:L:D. Snacks, Drinking Water,
  • entrance fee to all birding spots
  • Annotated Bird Checklist
  • Boat for Pelagic tours.

Not Included

  • Extra Drinks (eg Soft Drinks, Beer, Wine)
  • Tips.

Bring

  • Binoculars.
  • Flashlight.
  • Day pack.
  • Rain gear.
  • Sweater, fleece or light jacket
  • Long pants, long socks and long-sleeved shirts.
  • T-shirts/Shorts.
  • Hiking Boots, Sandals, Rubber Boots (optional)
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, sun block.
  • Insect repellent (with at least 35% 'deet') and afterbite.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Water bottle.
  • Passport.
  • Copy of yellow fever (required) and tetanus (optional) vaccinations
  • Malaria medication.
  • Money for soft drinks or beers and handicrafts.