Overview

Bolivia has a very distinctive allure. It does not have the longest list of birds, nor does it have the best infrastructure or accommodations of any South American country. However, Bolivia has more intrigue and potential than any other South American country. Bolivia has more barely accessed natural areas, more varied habitats yet to be explored, and more opportunity for visiting birders to actually contribute to the base of knowledge that is only very recently, and very slowly, being expanded by researchers and travelling birders alike.

The above paragraph says nothing of the endless, impressive, awe-inspiring backdrops against which a birding adventure in Bolivia plays out. Towering peaks soaring tens-of-thousands of feet high, canyons plunging thousands of feet deep, and the largest inland lake in all of South America (home to the most influential native culture on the continent), are daily landscapes one enjoys during a tour through the heart of the Bolivian Andes. Dry Chaco forests, swampy Pampas grasslands, unique Chiquitania woodland, endemic-rich arid Andean valleys, and the bird-rich Yungas right up to scree slopes and bufedal wetlands at 15,000 feet are just some of the habitats in which we spend valuable time. In order to comprehensively bird the best that Bolivia has to offer we explore some of the most diverse, spectacular species and scenery, as well as being, by default, utterly immersed in truly remote, intact, Andean culture. Birding in Bolivia isn’t just a trip; it’s a unique, total experience.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Red-fronted & Chestnut-fronted Macaw, Red-tailed Comet, Blue-capped Puffleg, Violet-throated Starfrontlet, Chestnut-bellied Mountain Tanager, Bolivian Brushfinch, Bolivian Earthcreeper, White-tipped Plantcutter, Greater Wagtail-Tyrant, Bolivian Blackbird, Yungas Antwren, White-throated Quail-Dove, Blue-crowned Trogon, White-shouldered Antshrike, Grey-throated Leaftosser, Hooded Mountain Toucan, Stripe-faced Wood Quail, Chestnut-bellied Mountain Tanager, Rufous-faced Antpitta, Rufous-bellied Bush Tyrant, Black-hooded Sunbeam, Yungas Manakin, Black-throated Thistletail, Hooded Tinamou, Scarlet-breasted & Band-tailed Fruiteaters, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Yungas Manakin, Slaty Gnateater, Blue-browed Tanager, White-browed Brushfinch, Barred Antthrush, Dusky-green Oropendola, Versicolored Barbet, Bolivian White-crowned & Diademed Tapaculo, Bolivian Tyrannulet, Wedge-tailed Hillstar, Cochabamba Mountain Finch, Brown-capped & Tawny Tit-Spinetails, D’Orbigny’s Chat-Tyrant, Grey-breasted Seedsnipe, White-winged Cinclodes, Buff-breasted Earthcreeper, Puna Tapaculo, Chaco Puffbird, Fawn-breasted Wren, Bolivian Slaty Antshrike, Chaco Chachalaca, Cliff, Blue-crowned, Mitred, Grey-headed, Mountain, Yellow-chevroned & Green-cheeked Parakeets, Black-and-rufous, Bolivian, Rufous-sided, Ringed & Black-capped Warbling Finches, Andean Condor, Yungas Dove, Titicaca Grebe, Berlepsch's Canastero, Chilean Flamingo, Black-winged and Golden-spotted Ground Doves.
Habitats Covered
yungas forest, savanna, chaco, arid montane valleys, high andean puna
Expected Climate
warm to hot in the lower lying areas; cool with colder nights at the higher elevations
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader
Tour Pace & Walking
moderate
Accommodation
basic to comfortable
Ease of Birding
moderate with some tricky species
Other Attractions
amazing scenery, vast pristine wildernesses, little explored country
Photographic Opportunities
very good
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials
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I am not a twitcher or even a knowledgeable birdwatcher, but I am always keen to see new things. Our ranger André had a huge knowledge of birds. He shared this and more about all the flora and fauna that we came across. He explained about insects and trees as we passed them and didn't fail to answer a question.

I would recommend Rockjumper to my birding colleagues back in Cape May, New Jersey. Cuan and Rockjumper did an outstanding job in helping us plan our trip.

The tour was very enjoyable and interesting. Doug McCulloch's knowledge of his subject was encyclopaedic, and was as keen as mustard to share it and find us lots of birds.

I had a wonderful time. Our Rockjumper guide, Holly Faithfull, was terrific. She made the cruise, which was already excellent, even better.

David Hoddinott was an excellent leader. It was obvious he had devoted a lot of preparation time studying the birds and learning their vocalizations. I was very impressed with his knowledge. I’d love to go on another tour with him some day.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
2023 DEPARTURES
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