Tour Summary

  • Tour Interest: Birding and Natural History
  • Tour Type: Fly-Drive
  • Tour Dates: Runs on request
  • Tour Duration: 16 Days – 15 Nights
  • Starts/Ends: Starts in Lima ends in Arequipa
  • Best time to go: May to October
  • Prices: Based on group size

Tour Features

Peru counts 84 different types of ecosystems, but forests are Peru’s main geographical features. They range from cloud forest in the south to low-lying plains Amazon forest in the north, spanning over nearly two-thirds of its territory. It is believed that Peru’s Amazon rainforest holds the greatest diversity in the world. These are certainly Peru’s main ecosystems, but despite 60% of the country being Amazon rainforest, only about 5% of its human population live there.

The Andes are perhaps the second most prominent geographical feature in Peru; one that it shares with most other western South American countries. The cordilleras (mountain ranges) in central Peru are among the highest in the country. North of Lima, the Cordillera Blanca stretches for 200 km (124 mi.), with several peaks over 5,000 metres (16,400 ft.) tall. The highest of them all is Huascarán, reaching an altitude of 6,768 metres (22,205 ft.). In the southernmost part of Peru, the Andes yield to the Altiplano; arid plains, sitting above at 3,300 meters (11,000 ft.) high. It is here, at 3,830 metres (12,566 ft.) above sea level, where Peru and Bolivia share the largest lake in South America and the world’s highest navigable body of water: Lake Titicaca.

Our tour has been specially designed for birders and naturalists to enjoy watching and photographing southern Peru’s natural diversity. We invite you to join us on this Neotropical travel adventure, exploring some of the most spectacular habitats in Peru, including the Andes, Amazon forest and Peru’s coastal desert, enjoying their fantastic birds and other wildlife.

Tour Highlights

Archaeological ruins of Machu Picchu. Paracas and the Ballestas Islands. Tambopata’s clay lick. More than 400 species of birds, including Inca Tern, Peruvian Thick-knee, White-winged Trumpeter, Andean Condor and many others.

  • Day 1 – Afternoon meeting with your Trogon Tours’ leader at Lima International Airport. Transfer to Miraflores. O/N Miraflores.
  • Day 2 – Full day birding and exploring Lomas de Lachay. O/N Miraflores.
  • Day 3 – Full day Pantanos de Villa, Puerto Viejo & Pucusana. O/N Miraflores.
  • Day 4 – Full day Paracas and boat excursion to Ballestas Islands. O/N Miraflores.
  • Day 5 – Flight Lima to Puerto Maldonado and transfer to Tambopata. O/N Refugio Amazonas.
  • Day 6 – Continue by boat to Tambopata Research Center. O/N Tambopata Research Center.
  • Days 7 and 8 – Two full days exploring Tambopata. O/N Tambopata Research Center.
  • Day 9 – Tambopata to Puerto Maldonado. Flight to Cusco and drive to Ollantaytambo. O/N Ollantaytambo.
  • Day 10 – Full day birding and exploring Abra Málaga. O/N Ollantaytambo.
  • Day 11 – Cusco to Machu Picchu. O/N Aguas Calientes.
  • Day 12 – Morning Machu Picchu Ruins. Afternoon Aguas Calientes to Cusco. O/N Cusco.
  • Day 13 – Flight Cusco to Arequipa. O/N Arequipa.
  • Day 14 – Arequipa to Colca Canyon via Salinas and Aguada Blanca. O/N Chivay.
  • Day 15 – Colca Canyon to Arequipa. O/N Arequipa.
  • Day 16 – Transfer to Arequipa Airport. Tour Conclusion.

What’s Included?

Private transportation for all transfers and excursions. Accommodations on a twin/double basis. Single supplements on request. Full time Trogon Tours’ leader to accompany the group from day 1 on arrival in Lima International Airport to day 16 on departure from Arequipa airport. Local guides where required by law. All breakfasts, lunches, box-lunches and dinners, from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 10 of the tour. No drinks included. Train tickets Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu return. Boat tour for exploring the Ballestas Islands. Admission fees to all national parks and nature reserves.

What’s Not Included?

International and domestic airfares and airport taxes, tips to guides, drivers, hotel & restaurants personnel, etc. Drinks with your meals. Personal travel and medical insurance. Anything not specified under “What is included?”

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