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.

Lost for almost a century, the spectacular Palkachupa Cotinga was rediscovered in the Apolo Valley as recently as 2000. Yet to this day, few people have heard of this species, never mind seen it! We finish out tour visiting the dry, semi-humid forests near Aten - dedicated to finding the Palkachupa Cotinga as well as a handful of other rarely-seen and difficult-to-find species, including Green-capped Tanager, Yungas Antwren, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Stripe-faced Wood Quail, Yungas Manakin and Military Macaw.

In order to complement our standard comprehensive Bolivia tour, our remote tour concentrates on the far flung and rarely visited endemics and localities. 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
Blue-throated Macaw; Palkachupa Cotinga; Bolivian Recurvebill; Unicolored Thrush; Orinoco Goose; Masked Antpitta; Pearly-breasted Conebill; Humaita Antbird; Johannes's Tody-Tyrant; Rufous-sided Pygmy-Tyrant; Andean Laniisoma; Western Striolated Puffbird; Cuzco Warbler; Green-capped Tanager; Yungas Antwren; Bolivian White-crowned Tapaculo;
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 very tricky species
Number of Species Expected
500 - 600
Other Attractions
amazing scenery, vast pristine wildernesses, little explored country
Photographic Opportunities
average, with limited time
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CJ

The B&BG Tour was the trip of a lifetime for me. Rockjumper did everything just right. The birds and animals, the accommodations, and especially Wayne were all top notch. Although Wayne is relatively new to Rockjumper, he is definitely a keeper – personable, a keen observer, and a natural leader. He really made the tour more than “just another birding trip”. This is certainly a tour that I would enthusiastically recommend to anyone, although I am seriously considering South Africa next. Alison was wonderfully helpful, especially for finding a U.S. travel agent who booked affordable and reliable airline tickets for me.

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.

K

Andre, our guide, has such an infectious nature, which had a huge positive effect on our stay. His incredible knowledge of birds was indeed humbling. A birder's paradise and a guide passionate about birds and nature - what more could one ask for?

Our tour was really exceptional, and our guide, Glen Valentine, was fabulous!!! Being in the jungle meant our views were narrowed, but Glen went out of his way to make sure everyone had a chance to see these exceptional birds.

This was a fantastic trip. David did an excellent job as our guide. He was thoughtful, attentive, hard-working and an expert in the field. There wasn't much that we didn't find. We very much enjoyed his company and hope he leads us again in the future.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
2023 DEPARTURES
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