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Peru Birdwatching Tour

Peru Birdwatching Tour
When: Sat 22 June - Thur 11 July 2019
Leaders: Chris Doughty and Percy Avendano
Peru Birdwatching Tour
Sydney/Sydney (20 Days) $12,930
Single Room Supplement $850
Ground Content (ex Lima/Cuzco)$10,730
Almost everyone harbours longings to see the Andes, the ruined cities of the Incas and the great rainforest of Amazonia. With over 1,800 species of birds recorded in the country to date, Peru has the largest species list of any country in the world and offers visiting birders some of the most exciting birding in South America. While the emphasis of the tour will be to observe Peru's amazing diversity of both birds and mammals, we will also sample Peru's unique culture and fascinating history. The tour begins in Iquitos in Amazonia, at the confluence of the Amazon and Itaya Rivers, and during the next seven days, we will explore the Amazon Maranon and Ucayali Rivers, aboard the La Perla (The Pearl) Riverboat. The Amazon is often described as 'The Lungs of the Planet', and its seemingly endless rainforests are the most biologically diverse place on earth. The word 'Amazon' conjures images of broad, sluggish rivers and unbroken rainforest, teeming with Hoatzins, dazzling macaws, parrots, toucans, umbrellabirds, sloths, primates, fresh-water dolphins and brightly-coloured tropical butterflies. Our riverboat features local naturalist guides, excellent food, and an open-air upper deck for great wildlife viewing by day, and stargazing by night. Additionally, stable, flat-bottomed boats powered by exceptionally quite engines, permit intimate exploration of small wooded streams, lakes and seasonally flooded forest, with ease and comfort. Simply put, the La Perla offers the most comfortable and luxurious way possible to explore the Amazon, while still retaining the ability to visit extremely remote areas. We then fly back to Lima and begin our exploration of the largely mountainous central area of Peru, the endemic hotbed of the country, which is home to a fantastic treasure chest of endemic, localised, and poorly-known birds. We begin in the wetlands and beaches of the Pacific coast, before travelling inland, birding the barren, but diverse, high-elevation puna grasslands, as we search for such varied species as the gorgeous Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, White-cheeked Cotinga, Striated Earthcreeper, White-bellied Cinclodes and Great Inca-Finch. Before leaving the highlands, we will visit Lake Junin, where we will search for the critically endangered Junin Grebe. Returning to Lima, our next adventure will be a full day pelagic boat trip out into the famous Humboldt Current, where we will be surrounded by a feeding frenzy of albatrosses, petrels, shearwaters, diving-petrels, storm-petrels and skuas. We then fly to the ancient city of Cuzco, high in the Andes Mountains, from here we explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the fabled lost city of the Incas, Mach Picchu; one of the world's most spectacular and famous archaeological sites. Perched imposingly on the top of a high ridge, surrounded by rugged forested mountains, the ruins of Machu Picchu tower above the rushing waters of the Rio Urubamba 460 metres, in the gorge below.

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