Overview

Bolivia is something akin to the “Andean Frontier” as far as birding tours are concerned. While new birds are certainly being discovered in Colombia and Peru, Bolivia remains the least-accessible of all the Andean nations. Lucky for us, this is changing! Our Mega birding tour covers it all: Yungas, Savanna, Chaco, Arid Montane Valleys and the Amazon Rainforest. We target almost all the Bolivian endemics in a single tour, featuring perhaps the two most iconic endangered endemics in the whole country: Red-fronted and Blue-throated Macaw! Those aside, Masked Antpitta, Red-tailed Comet, Berlepsch’s Canastero, Black-masked Finch, Cochabamba Mountain Finch, Scimitar-winged Piha, Hooded Mountain Tanager, Bolivian Earthcreeper, Black-hooded Sunbeam, Slaty Gnateater, Blue-tufted Starthroat, Blue-capped Puffleg, Titicaca Grebe, Bolivian Warbling Finch, Chestnut-crested Cotinga – the list of amazing Bolivian birds is endless! Yet birds alone are not the only allure to this culturally-intact and aware country. Amazing scenery in the High Andes puna, dramatic Andean canyons and vast savannas are the backdrop for a vibrant cultural diversity, which makes our experience in Bolivia’s remote wilderness all the more memorable. We look forward to having you join us on this ground-breaking tour.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Black-hooded Sunbeam, Cliff Parakeet, Red-fronted & Blue-throated Macaws, Black-throated Thistletail, Berlepsch’s Canastero, Rufous-faced and Masked Antpittas, Unicolored Thrush, Bolivian Blackbird, Bolivian Brushfinch, Cochabamba Mountain Finch, Rufous-sided Pygmy-Tyrant, Masked Duck, Slaty Gnateater, Yungas Tody-Tyrant, Bolivian Recurvebill, McConnell’s Flycatcher, Yungas Manakin, Olive-crowned Crescentchest, Chaco Puffbird, Red-tailed Comet, Yungas Antwren, White-throated Quail-Dove, Hooded Mountain Toucan, Chestnut-bellied Mountain Tanager, Bolivian White-crowned, Puna & Diademed Tapaculos, Yungas Tody-Tyrant, Bolivian Tyrannulet, Giant Conebill, Maquis Canastero, D’Orbigny’s Chat-Tyrant, Grey-crested Finch, Buff-breasted Earthcreeper, Yungas Dove, Yungas Pygmy Owl, Scimitar-winged Piha, Scarlet-breasted & Band-tailed Fruiteaters, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Yungas Pygmy Owl, Blue-backed Conebill, Three-striped Hemispingus, Titicaca Grebe, Black Siskin, Cinereous Conebill, Mourning, Peruvian & Ash-breasted Sierra Finches, Bare-faced & Golden-spotted Ground Doves, Chilean Flamingo, Andean Laniisoma, Grey-breasted Sabrewing, Violet-headed & Many-spotted Hummingbirds, Violet-fronted Brilliant, Black-eared Fairy, White-tipped Plantcutter, Bolivian Slaty Antshrike, Black-legged Seriema, White-fronted Woodpecker, Chaco Chachalaca, Lark-like Brushrunner, Chaco Earthcreeper, Many-colored Chaco Finch, Military Macaw, Dusky-legged Guan, 'Beni' Softtail, 'Beni' Grackle, Southern & Horned Screamers, Orinoco Goose, Streamer-tailed and Cock-tailed Tyrants, Chotoy Spinetail, Rusty-backed Antwren, Pearly-breasted Conebill, Humaita Antbird, Blue-capped Puffleg, Violet-throated Starfrontlet, Bolivian, Rufous-sided and Ringed Warbling Finches and Fawn-breasted Wren.
Top Mammals
Lowland Tapir, Puma, Ocelot, Crab-eating Fox, Culpeo, Tayra, South American Coati, Red Brocket, Grey Brocket, Brown-throated Sloth, Hoffmann's Two-toed Sloth, Azara’s Night Monkey, Black-and-gold Howler Monkey, Bolivian Grey Titi, Capybara, Southern Mountain Viscacha, South American Agouti, Bolivian Squirrel, Southern Amazon Red Squirrel, Southern Tamandua.
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 & local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking
Our Mega tours are very fast-paced birding adventures designed for the dedicated lister and serious birder. The focus of the tour is to see as many of the endemics and area specials as possible in our given time. In order to cover the necessary route to maximise the species list we tend to spend a single night at most sites and travel large distances. There is very little down time aside from that spent driving from one site to the next. These tours are not suitable for dedicated or avid photographers; inexperienced or new birders; as well as anyone with serious mobility or health challenges.
Accommodation
basic to comfortable
Ease of Birding
moderate with some tricky species
Number of Species Expected
750 - 800
Other Attractions
amazing scenery, vast pristine wildernesses, little explored country
Photographic Opportunities
good, but limited time
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Adam Walleyn did a fantastic job organising the rest of the tour when Erik had to leave due to illness. I really appreciated his hard work and determination; for example: even though he had never been to Samoa before, his logistical work enabled us to get great views of some very difficult and unexpected species (Samoan Triller, Blue-grey Noddy).

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A massive thanks has to go to André, the ranger, he was exceptional. His knowledge of wildlife was incredible. We were able to learn so much about the animals, plants and he is the 'bird' guru!! We cant thank him enough for his time, going out of his way to show us everything possible, we saw everything.

Expert guiding by Keith and Glen Valentine, aided by fabulous local talent, ensured we saw the maximum number of endemics and other birds and mammals. Perhaps more importantly, these two brothers enjoyed their time together and provided a warm, friendly and caring environment in which we all had a good time with lots of laughs, and looked out for each other to ensure everyone got on the birds and did not falter on a tough hike or challenging car ride.

Expert guiding by Keith and Glen Valentine, aided by fabulous local talent, ensured we saw the maximum number of endemics and other birds and mammals. Perhaps more importantly, these two brothers enjoyed their time together and provided a warm, friendly and caring environment in which we all had a good time with lots of laughs, and looked out for each other to ensure everyone got on the birds and did not falter on a tough hike or challenging car ride.

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André, who escorted us on four drives, is a superb tracker with great knowledge of the reserve and its denizens. He is also an expert on the birdlife of southern Africa and was able to bring the bush to life for us with knowledge of all that we saw.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2021 DEPARTURES
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