Peru - Manu Road & Machu Picchu 2013

Sunday 22nd September - Monday 7th October 2013 

Rufous-crested Coquette by Nick BrayPeru is literally a birders paradise with an amazing species list of just over 1,800. This special tour takes us on an exciting bird-filled ride along one of the world's most famous birding journeys - the fabled Manu Road. We will begin our adventure with a boat ride below seacliffs teeming with seabirds, including the spectacular Inca Tern and our first endemic, Surf Cinclodes. Then after a short flight to Cusco we will begin our exploration of the Manu Road and quickly notch up more endemics along the way before reaching Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge. From here we have access to the cloud forest and upper Manu Road with its attendant mixed feeding flocks, as well as enjoying some of the finest verandah watching imaginable with hummingbird feeders and bird tables teeming with brightly coloured hummers and tanagers. And then we continue our journey to the birder's paradise of Amazonia Lodge, one of the most exciting places to stay anywhere on the planet. With four full days to explore the vast array of habitats we are guaranteed to see a lot of rare, scarce and spectacular birds from the numerous trails, rivers, oxbow lake and canopy tower. From here we will retrace our steps back up the Manu Road to Wayqechas Biological Station and its exciting canopy walkway. We follow this with a full day at the world's premiere archaeological site of Machu Piccu, which also offers excellent birding as well and our previous visits have scored with mighty Andean Condors drifting over the surrounding peaks. We will also search the high-altitude polylepsis and elfin forests of Abra Malaga for specialities such as Royal Cinclodes and Ash-breasted Tit-tyrant amongst many other great possibilities. An optional extension is not to be missed as the endemic rich, hidden coastal valley of Santa Eulalia will provide many rarely seen endemics and a thorough exploration of the puna zone of Marcapomacocha will culminate with close views of the much-wanted Diademed Sandpiper-plover. This wonderful tour will see us well looked after by our excellent guides, as we relax in picturesque lodges in prime birding areas in search of some of the rarest birds on the planet!

 
Targets:   
 
  • Diademed Sandpiper-plover      
  • White-bellied Cinclodes
  • Inca Tern
  • Surf Cinclodes
  • Bronze-tailed Comet
  • Thick-billed Miner
  • Black-necked Woodpecker
  • Black-breasted Hillstar
  • Great Inca-Finch
  • Royal Cinclodes
  • Scarlet-hooded Barbet
  • Blue-headed Macaw
  • Red-and-white Antpitta
  • Amazonian Antpitta
  • Chestnut-breasted Mountain-finch     
  • Bearded Mountaineer
  • Lanceolated Monklet
  • Creamy-crested Spinetail
  • Andean Potoo
  • Greater Scythebill
  • Hoatzin
  • Hairy-crested Antbird
  • Rufous-crested Coquette
  • Black-spotted Bare-eye
 
  
Days 1- 2    UK - Lima - Atacama Desert - Pucusana    22nd - 23rd Sept 
Inca TernWe will take an overnight flight from London bound for Lima arriving in the early morning of Day 2. On arrival we will begin our birding in this amazing country by heading south of Lima and visit the marshes and lowland scrub at the northernmost tip of the Atacama Desert, which should provide a gentle introduction to the Peruvian avifauna such as Great and White-tufted Grebes, Andean Coot, White-cheeked Pintail, Plumbeous Rail, Peruvian Thick-knee, West Peruvian Dove, Croaking Ground-dove, Long-tailed Mockingbird, Amazilia Hummingbird, the endemic Coastal Miner, Many-coloured Rush-tyrant, Wren-like Rushbird, Drab and Chestnut-throated Seedeaters, Blue-black Grassquit, Collared Warbling-finch, Hooded Siskin, Cinereous Conebill and Pied-crested Tit-tyrant. Probably the highlight will be our boat ride around the picturesque harbour and nearby sea cliffs of Pucusana in search of the endemic Surf Cinclodes. This is also a great place for close views of the stunning Inca Tern, Humboldt Penguin, Red-legged and Guanay Cormorants, Peruvian Pelican, Peruvian and usually a few Blue-footed Boobies plus a good variety of other seabirds. Gulls are well represented with Kelp, Belcher’s and the beautiful Grey, and other species include American and Blackish Oystercatchers and Snowy Plover.  Night at Lima.
  
Days 3 – 5    Lima - Cusco - Manu Road - Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge
This morning we will take an early morning flight across the mighty snow-capped peaks of the Andes to Cusco, the 3400m gateway to Amazonia and some of the best birding on the planet. On arrival at Cusco we will continue on to the famous Manu Road, making several stops along the way. This will be our first opportunity Chestnut-breasted Mountain-finchto find a couple of endemics with Bearded Mountaineer and the shy Rusty-fronted Canastero first up in the dry inter-montane valleys, and there’s also Brown-bellied Swallow, Andean Flicker, Golden-billed Saltator and Peruvian Sierra-finch as well. Further on we can find a few more new birds for our list amongst the drier areas interspersed with Puna grassland. Searching this seemingly barren area we will look for Andean Tinamou, Mountain Caracara, Variable Hawk, Spot-winged Pigeon, the endemic Creamy-crested Spinetail, Hooded Siskin, Cinereous Conebill and the smart endemic Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch. Once over Acjanaco Pass and onto the eastern slope of the Andes we enter elfin forest, humid montane forest and chusquea bamboo where the birdlife inevitably changes and should include White-collared Jay, Grey-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Barred Fruiteater, Sierran Elaenia, Red-crested Cotinga, Moustached Flowerpiercer, Hooded, Scarlet-bellied and Chestnut-bellied Mountain-Tanagers, Golden-collared Tanager and Mountain Cacique. We will inevitably encounter numerous mixed-species feeding flocks throughout our time on the Manu Road, and as we try and keep up with the action and the kaleidoscope of colours and movement we can see Tyrian Metaltail, Amethyst-throated Sunangel, Ochraceous-breasted Flycatcher, White-throated and White-banded Tyrannulets, Pearled Treerunner, Rufous-breasted Chat-tyrant, Drab Hemispingus, and Blue-black, Gold-naped, Blue-capped and Grass-green Tanagers. As the road drops in elevation quickly we will make a special effort to find the beautiful endemic Red-and-White Antpitta. And we need to keep an eye on the roadside trees for Andean Guan, Speckle-faced and Scaly-naped Parrots, Highland Motmot and Golden-headed Quetzal. 
 
Eventually we will arrive at our lodge situated in lower montane evergreen forest beside crystal clear streams.Manu Road We will have two full days to bird the Manu Road both above and below our lodge and this represents an altitude range of 7,000 ft to 2,000 ft, and the range in bird diversification is even more impressive. There is very good birding right around the lodge itself with banana feeders that attract Highland Motmot, the glorious Versicoloured Barbet, Golden, Saffron-crowned, and Paradise Tanagers, and Orange-bellied Euphonia. The hummer feeders here attract Booted Racket-tail, Violet-fronted Brilliant, and both Many-spotted and Speckled Hummingbirds. Other garden birds include Wedge-billed Hummingbird, Wire-crested Thorntail, Stripe-chested Antwren, Two-banded Warbler, Orange-bellied Euphonia, Beryl-spangled, Blue-necked and Spotted Tanagers and Black-faced Brush-finch, whilst mammals such as Tayra and Agouti are also present. A nearby hide overlooks an Andean Cock-of-the-Rock lek where one can sit and watch males of this splendid bird display at very close range. Trails near the lodge can produce such stars as Rufous-breasted Antthrush, Slaty Gnateater, Yungas and Cerulean-capped Manakins and Spotted Nightingale-Thrush. Along the road just above the lodge watch for the charming Crested Quetzal, Bolivian Tyrannulet, Smoke-coloured Pewee, Black-streaked Puffbird, White-crowned Tapaculo, Red-billed Scythebill, Montane Woodcreeper, Grey-mantled Wren, Andean Solitaire, Inca Jay, Golden-eared, Orange-eared and Black-goggled Tanagers, Blue-naped Chlorophonia, Black-eared Hemispingus, Golden-collared Honeycreeper and Dusky-green Oropendola.
 
Chestnut-crested CotingaOne morning we will drive up the road into a different life zone where we will look for stunners like Solitary Eagle, White-throated Hawk, Blue-banded Toucanet, Yungas Pygmy-Owl, Rufous-capped Thornbill, Greater Scythebill, Striped and Black-billed Treehunters, Montane Foliage-gleaner, White-capped Dipper, White-eared Solitaire, Glossy-black Thrush, Band-tailed Fruiteater, Three-striped and Russet-crowned Warblers, Deep-blue Flowerpiercer, White-crowned Tapaculo, tanagers galore, Yellow-throated Bush-tanager, and if we are lucky we may find a superb Chestnut-crested Cotinga, as we did on our last tour. We will also spend time along the road below the lodge. Here we will watch for Sunbittern, Black-and-chestnut Eagle, Wattled Guan, Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Bluish-fronted Jacamar, Amazonian Umbrellabird, White-backed Fire-eye, Cabanis’s Spinetail, Chestnut-backed Antshrike, Stripe-chested, Foothill, Warbling and Ornate Antwrens, Mottle-backed Elaenia, and Swallow Tanager to name a few. And we should at least hear Brown Tinamou and Rufous-breasted Wood-quail! On at least one evening we will visit a special site for Lyre-tailed Nightjar, and can also search for Andean Potoo, Rufescent Screech-owl and Rufous-banded Owl, which were all seen on our last tour. All of this takes place in a beautiful setting of forested valleys, rushing rivers, waterfalls, mild temperatures, good food and comfortable lodging. Nights at Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge.
   
Day 6    Manu Road - Amazonia Lodge
Amazonia-LodgeWe will take the entire day to travel and bird the Manu Road to Hacienda Amazonia, where we will spend the next 5 nights. Stopping along the way we will look for the mythical Lanceolated Monklet, flowering trees with hummingbirds, Plum-throated Cotinga, Military Macaw, fruiting trees with elaenia and tanager flocks, and Epaulet Oriole just to name a few. Lower down we will make a stop for the rare and local Black-backed and Rusty-fronted Tody-Flycatchers, and will also look for Black Caracara, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Yellow-breasted Antwren, Manu Antbird, Chestnut-breasted Wren,  Hazel-fronted Pygmy-tyrant, Slender-footed and Cinnamon-faced Tyrannulets, Bay-headed Tanager, Olive-backed Woodcreeper, Red-eyed Vireo, Golden-bellied (Cusco) Warbler and Tropical Parula, whilst Blue-headed Macaw can sometimes be seen along the road once we are in sight of the river. In the tropical lowlands some wide open fields and cultivated areas are good for Chestnut-bellied Seed-finch, Bran-coloured Flycatcher and both Black-faced and Magpie Tanagers. We eventually come to the river at Atalaya, keeping an eye out for Bat Falcons, and then cross by boat with all of our luggage. This lovely Hacienda is the home of Ramiro Yabar, our local leader whose expertise and intimate knowledge of the area is unsurpassed. Night Amazonia Lodge.    
 
Days 7 – 10   Amazonia Lodge
Wire-crested ThorntailThis is a birder's paradise with a variety of habitats within a short walking distance of the lodge, including the gardens, an oxbow lake, nearby secondary growth and clearings, bamboo forest, the hill behind the lodge, and the primary forest.  Here some very local species are seemingly easy to find and this is the best location anywhere for the endemic Koepcke’s Hermit, White-cheeked Tody-Tyrant and Blue-headed Macaw. Flowering bushes and feeders around the lodge bring in hummingbirds such as Grey-breasted Sabrewing, Blue-tailed and Sapphire-spangled Emeralds, White-necked Jacobin, the local Rufous-crested Coquette, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Gould’s Jewelfront, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, Violet-headed Hummingbird, White-bearded, Rufous-breasted and Long-tailed Hermits, the tiny Amethyst Woodstar, and sometimes Long-billed Starthroat or Blue-fronted Lancebill. This place really is that good! Banana feeders attract Black-billed and Creamy-bellied Thrushes, Red-capped Cardinal, Masked Crimson and Silver-beaked Tanagers, or you can watch the Russet-backed Oropendolas display near their nests in the garden. Other frequent visitors to the garden include Speckled and Plain-crowned Spinetails, Slender-billed Xenops, Plain Softail, Black-and-white Seedeater and Pale-legged Hornero amongst many others. Indeed the garden is surrounded by superb forest and is a great place to set up your scope and scan the surrounding treetops and hillside where there is always something new to find, maybe Greater Yellow-headed Vulture,  several species of raptor including White Hawk and Double-toothed Kite, Spix’s Guan, Chestnut-fronted Macaw, Blue-headed Parrot, Dusky-headed Parakeet, Chestnut-eared Aracari, Yellow-tufted Woodpecker, Plum-throated Cotinga, Long-tailed Tyrant, Swallow-wing, Turquoise Tanager, and both Golden-bellied and Rufous-bellied Euphonia. 
 
Around the oxbow lake, the bizarre Hoatzin is common, whilst it is also a very good place for Amazonian UmbrellabirdSunbittern, the occasional Agami Heron or Sungrebe, up to 4 species of trogon, Black-fronted Nunbird, Red-billed Scythebill, Silvered and Band-tailed Antbirds, Amazonian Streaked Antwren, Thrush-like Wren, Little and Dark-billed Cuckoos, Cinnamon-throated Woodcreeper, Green-backed Becard, Black-capped Donacobius and Hauxwell’s Thrush. The famous jeep track offers more open birding in the canopy as well as possibilities of undergrowth skulkers. Species to look for here are Cinereous, Undulated, Black-capped and Little Tinamous, Collared and barred Forest-falcons, Spix’s Guan, Blue-throated Piping-Guan, Grey-necked Wood-Rail, Chestnut-eared Aracari, the rare Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo, Lemon-throated Barbet, Blue-crowned and Black-tailed Trogons, Johanne’s Tody-tyrant, Yellow-browed Tody-flycatcher, the stunning Black-spotted Bare-eye, Warbling, Spot-backed and Chestnut-tailed Antbirds, Bluish-slate Antshrike, Amazonian Antpitta, Fiery-capped and Band-tailed Manakins, Ringed Antpipit, Long-tailed Woodcreeper, Pink-throated Becard, Grey-capped Flycatcher, Purplish and Violaceous Jays, Yellow-crested Tanager, and many, many more.
 
The bamboo forest is home to some very local species including Scarlet-hooded Barbet, Rufous-headed Woodpecker, Rufous-capped Nunlet, Crested (Dusky-cheeked) Foliage-Gleaner, Bamboo Antshrike, Large-headed Flatbill, White-cheeked Tody-Tyrant and Flammulated Bamboo-Tyrant. The primary forest is home to such prizes as Bartlett’s, Cinereous and Grey Tinamous, Great Razor-billed Curassow, Red-throated Caracara, Cobalt-winged Parakeet, White-throated Toucan, Striolated and Chestnut-capped Puffbirds, Rusty-belted Tapaculo, Black-tailed Leaftosser, Ornate and Ochre-bellied Flycatchers, Fiery-capped Manakin, Pygmy Antwren, Goeldi’s, White-lined, Black, White-browed and Black-throated Antbirds, Bamboo and Plain-winged Antshrikes, Thrush-like and Amazonian Antpittas, Bare-necked Fruitcrow, Round-tailed Manakin, Yellow-bellied Dacnis, and both Olive and Casqued Oropendolas to name just a few.
 
Lanceolated MonkletOne of the many highlights of a visit here is a session viewing from the canopy tower located on the hillside above the lodge. The walk up is relatively steep but passes through yet more excellent forest and we usually encounter lots of feeding flocks on the walk. We regularly see Black-eared Fairy, Bar-breasted Piculet, Strong-billed Woodcreeper, White-winged Shrike-tanager, Rufous-tailed Foliage-gleaner, Striped Woodhaunter, Green and Purple Honeycreepers, Half-collared Gnatwren, Sooty Antbird, Rufous-tailed Antwren, Dusky-capped and Tawny-crowned Greenlets, and both Carmiol’s and Yellow-crested Tanagers. The view below us and across the valley into Amazonia is breath-taking and we have never failed to produce a whole string of excellent sightings on our previous visits. Over our 3 previous tours we have had many excellent sightings including Lettered Aracari, Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet, Yellow-browed Tody-flycatcher, Lanceolated Monklet, and both Opal-crowned and Opal-rumped Tanagers amongst a vast assortment of furnariids, antbirds and tanagers. After the session has quietened down we’ll walk a trail back to the lodge taking in a lek of Round-tailed Manikin along the way, and we could also see Grey Tinamou if we are very lucky, or Buff-throated Foliage-gleaner, Plain Xenops, Grey Antwren,  Plain Antvireo, the awesome Hairy-crested and Sooty Antbird, Black-faced Antthrush, Black-banded Woodcreeper, Sepia-capped Flycatcher and Pectoral Sparrow.
 
Nocturnal species to listen and look for are Tawny-bellied Screech-Owl, Black-banded Owl, Great Bare-necked Fruitcrowand Grey Potoos, and the rare and local Long-tailed Potoo. Hacienda Amazonia is possibly the best location to actually see the latter. Primates here include Wedge-faced Capuchin, Common Woolly Monkey, Dusky Titi Monkey and Red Howler Monkey. As the temperatures here will be a little warmer than the previous lodge with bird activity highest in the morning and late afternoon we will usually split the day's birding into two sessions with a leisurely lunch and plenty of time taken to enjoy the garden birds over refreshing cold drinks.  Nights at Amazonia Lodge.   
 
Day 11   Amazonia Lodge - Manu Road - Wayqechas Biological Station
After an early morning start we will travel across the Alto Madre de Dios river in a motorised canoe and rejoin our minibus before retracing our steps along the Manu Road, offering further opportunities to catch up with any species still missing from our lists. Our ultimate destination today will be the relatively new Wayqechas Biological Station in the temperate zone, where we can spend the afternoon on their excellent canopy walkway. Night at Wayqechas Biological Station.
 
Day 12  Manu Road - Sacred Valley - Urubamba
Another morning on the canopy walkway or we can simply enjoy the many mixed flocks that congregate in the forests around the area. In the afternoon we will drive through the Sacred Valley of Urubamba to our lovely Inca styled hotel. Birding in the late afternoon on the grounds can produce White-bellied Hummingbird, Green-tailed Trainbearer, White-browed Chat-Tyrant and Black-backed Grosbeak. We shall spend the next 2 nights in Urubamba.  
 
Day 13   Abra Malaga
Abra-MalagaAs dawn breaks across a landscape of rugged snow capped peaks we will find ourselves on the way to Abra Malaga this morning. After crossing the 4,230 m pass our descent will take quite a while and the lower we go the more the vegetation increases and we find ourselves in a world of lichen-covered elfin forest. A profusion of birds awaits in this beautiful temperate forest where we will look for the local White-rumped Hawk, Mitred Parakeet, the extraordinary Sword-billed Hummingbird, Coppery-naped Puffleg,  Marcapata Spinetail, Pale-footed Swallow, Inca and Mountain Wrens, Barred Fruiteater, Unstreaked Tit-Tyrant, Three-striped, the local Parodi’s, Oleaginous, Black-capped and Superciliared Hemispinguses, Golden-collared Tanager, several species of mountain-tanagers, White-browed Conebill, Cusco Brush-finch and Plush-capped Finch! Moving higher up we will search for Andean Condors, Rufous Antpitta which skulks in the shadows, Violet-throated Starfrontlet, Rufous-breasted Chat-tyrant, Red-crested Cotinga, Puna Thistletail, Trilling Tapaculo, Tit-like Dacnis, White-browed Conebill and Rusty Flowerpiercer. Higher up still we will reach the puna zone with its grassland and small lakes where we may see Andean Goose, Andean Ibis, Andean Condor, Mountain Caracara, Aplomado Falcon, Grey-breasted Seed-Snipe, Andean Hillstar, Blue-mantled Thornbill, Puna and Ochre-naped Ground-Tyrants, the very local Line-fronted Canastero, Paramo Pipit, White-winged Diuca-Finch and Bright-rumped Yellow-Finch. Weather permitting we will search in the Polylepis forest for three highly prized species: Royal Cinclodes, White-browed Tit-Spinetail and Ash-breasted Tit-Tyrant. Other possibilities in this forest include Tawny Tit-Spinetail, Puna Tapaculo, Red-rumped Bush-Tyrant and D’Orbigny’s Chat-tyrant. Late in the afternoon we will make one final stop to find the endemic White-tufted Sunbeam, and as always there will be other birds to see such as Shining Sunbeam, Giant Hummingbird, Andean Flicker, Creamy-crested Spinetail, Stripe-headed Antpitta, Tufted Tit-Tyrant and Plain-capped Ground-Tyrant among many others. Our comfortable hotel will be a welcome sight after a long but rewarding day of birding in the High Andes of Peru. Night in Urubamba. 
 
Day 14   Machu Picchu - Cusco
We begin this morning with a short transfer by bus to the delightful town of Ollantaytambo fromMachu-Picchu-2 where we board the train for the downriver journey to Aguas Calientes at the base of the famed ruins of Machu Picchu. The tracks follow alongside the Urubamba River, so watch for the splendid Torrent Duck and White-capped Dipper en-route. Once at Aguas Calientes we will board a comfortable bus for the twenty-minute ride up hairpin switchbacks to Machu Picchu, where we will have ample time to learn about this “Lost City of the Incas”, admiring its unique architecture and the dramatic scenery. And of course there are numerous photographic opportunities! Not only is Machu Picchu a must-visit site at least once in your life it is also a fantastic place to see a good variety of interesting and specialized birds. While at the ruins keep an eye out for the endemic Inca Wren as well as White-winged Black-Tyrant, which likes to hunt along the forest edge, and the local White-throated Hawk can sometimes be seen soaring overhead. We even saw the might Andean Condor here on our last visit. Below the ruins lies good forest where we will look for Mitred Parakeet, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, White-bellied Woodstar, the endemic Green-and-white Hummingbird, Ocellated Piculet, Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Sclater’s Tyrannulet, the local Pale-legged and Russet-crowned Warblers, a host of tanagers including Rust-and-yellow and Silver-backed, Chestnut-capped Brush-finch and Dusky-green Oropendola to name a few. We then backtrack by train upriver this time to Ollantaytambo, before transferring by bus to Cusco and our lovely hotel this evening. Overnight in Cusco.
 
Day 15   Huacarpay Lake - Lima - UK      Sunday 6th October
Huacarpay LakeWe can spend the morning in relaxing style around the bird-rich Huacarpay Lake just outside of town. This is an amazing place to bird, where the lake is home to many high Andean water birds including Puna Ibis, Plumbeous Rail, Andean Lapwing, White-backed Stilt, Speckled and Puna Teal, Andean Duck, Yellow-billed Pintail and Andean Gull. Amongst a variety of hummingbirds present, we will search out the rare and local Bearded Mountaineer which is only found in a few arid valleys. We will watch for the local Bare-faced and Black-winged Ground-Doves along the cactus hillsides and other specialities include Streak-fronted Thornbird, Rusty-fronted Canastero, Wren-like Rushbird, Andean Negrito, Spot-billed and Rufous-naped Ground-Tyrants, Many-coloured Rush-Tyrant, Sparkling Violetear, Green-tailed Trainbearer, Giant Hummingbird, Blue-and-yellow Tanager, Greenish Yellow-Finch, Band-tailed Seedeater, Ash-breasted, Mourning, and Peruvian Sierra-Finches and Yellow-winged Blackbird. After a final meal together at lunchtime we will take the return flight to Lima in plenty of time to connect with our international flight back to the UK.
 
Day 16  End of Tour - Monday 7th October  
Morning arrival in the UK and the end of our exciting tour to amazing Peru. 
 
 
POST TOUR EXTENSION: 6th October - 10th October
 
Day 1  Lima - Chosica  - 6th October
Following a flight to Lima on Day 15 of the main tour we will drive the couple of hours to the small settlement of Chosica, where we will stay for the next 2 nights. On the way to our hotel this evening we can call into a small park where Scarlet-fronted and Red-masked Parakeets come in to roost in the tall trees.
 
Days 2 – 3   Santa Eulalia Valley - Marcapomacocha
Diademed Sandpiper-plover by Nick BrayThis morning we will set off towards the western cordillera and the Santa Eulalia Valley which comprises a variety of habitats including montane scrub, riparian thicket, agricultural fields and tumbling streams. This site is seldom visited by other birders but has a reputation for producing some extremely exciting endemics and specialities such as Scarlet-fronted and Mountain Parakeets, Peruvian Sheartail, Oasis Hummingbird, Bronze-tailed Comet, Purple-collared Woodstar, Black-necked Woodpecker, Thick-billed Miner, Canyon Canastero, Rusty-crowned Tit-Spinetail, Great Inca-Finch, Rufous-breasted Warbling-Finch, Rusty-bellied Brush-Finch, Scrub Blackbird and Golden-bellied Grosbeak. Other more widespread species here include Andean Condor, Black-winged and Bare-faced Ground-doves, Andean Swift, Giant Hummingbird, White-browed Chat-tyrant, Yellow-billed Tit-tyrant, Band-tailed and Plain-coloured Seedeaters, Mourning Sierra-finch, Greenish Yellow-finch, Yellow-rumped Siskin and Golden-bellied Grosbeak.
 
The next day we will visit Marcapomacocha bog situated at just over 4,500m and set amidst some of the most stunning Andean scenery imaginable. Here we can find the highly-prized Diademed Sandpiper-plover, as well as a number of endemics such as White-bellied Cinclodes, Black-breasted Hillstar, Dark-winged Miner and Plain-breasted Earthcreeper.  Other species here include Puna Snipe, Andean Goose, Crested Duck, Giant Coot, Grey-bellied Seedsnipe, Olivaceous Thornbill, Streak-throated Canastero, Common Miner, Rufous-webbed Bush-tyrant, White-browed, Ochre-naped, White-fronted, Puna and Taczanowski’s Ground-tyrants, Plain-coloured Seedeater, and plenty of others. Night in Lima. 
 
Days 4 - 5   Lima - UK and End of Tour   9th - 10th October
Transfer to the airport and overnight international flights back to the UK. 
 
 
Leaders: Nick Bray and Ramiro Yabar. 
 
Ground Price - Main Tour: £2650.00 Lima/Lima (provisional)
Ground Price - Extension: £425.00 (provisional)
 
Airfare:  £850.00 (Approx) - UK/UK

Zoothera tour prices explained
  
Single supplement Main Tour: £350.00
Single supplement Extension: £140.00                     Grey-breasted Mountain-toucan
  
Deposit: £500.00

Group size: Minimum for tour to go ahead 5 and maximum 10 with 2 leaders.

Included in cost: Accommodation in twin rooms en-suite, all meals including picnic lunches where necessary, domestic flights, bottled water, all entrance fees, transport throughout, coastal boat excursion at Pucusana and services of local guides and leaders.

Not included: International airfare, insurance, departure tax, drinks, tips, and items of a personal nature.

Accommodation: The hotels used during this tour range from good to standard, all with en-suite facilities except at Amazonia Lodge where there are separate shower/toilet blocks. We will stay in the best available lodges/hotels which are as close to the birding sites as possible in order for us to maximise our time in the field.

Tour Code: This is a relatively adventurous tour as we make early starts and have long days in the field, although at Amazonia Lodge we usually take a couple of hours off to relax over the midday period. There is some high-altitude biding on this tour and you need to be of a reasonable fitness to walk at these elevations. Some long drives are necessary but the roads are mainly paved now and our minibus/coach is comfortable and well maintained. The weather is variable at this time of year, but expect it to be hot and humid at Amazonia Lodge, ranging to cold with possible snow showers in higher areas. Some rain is to be expected in the lowlands and cloud forest. 



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