Our tour of Peru’s central Andes is designed to search for a wide variety of scare and rare species, many of which are localised endemics, a testament to the rich avian diversity of Peru in general. A mountainous country, Peru’s isolated valleys and cordilleras have seen avian evolution at its finest, with many species being described to science in recent years.

We will visit a variety of habitats during our tour, including high-altitude lakes, cloud forests, and Andean grasslands. This will give us the opportunity to find more than 50 endemics, including some of the most sought-after birds in Peru.

Just some of the birds we are targeting include Golden-backed Mountain Tanager, Pardusco, Rufous-browed Hemispingus, Junin Grebe, Creamy-bellied Antwren, Fiery-throated Metaltail, Marcapata Spinetail, Eye-ringed Thistletail, Black-spectacled Brushfinch, several antpittas and tapaculos, Masked Fruiteater, Bay-vented and White-cheeked Cotingas, Royal, White-bellied and Peruvian Seaside Cinclodes, Tit-like Dacnis and Yellow-scarfed Tanager.

Top Birds

Junin Grebe; Black-necked Hillstar; Bronze-tailed Comet; Coppery, Fiery-throated & Black Metaltails; Green-and-white Hummingbird; 'Junin' Rail; Black-necked Woodpecker; Creamy-bellied Antwren; Bay, Chestnut, Chachapoyas, Panao & Junin Antpittas; Junin, Jalca, Large-footed, Neblina & Tschudi's Tapaculos; Coastal & Dark-winged Miners; Striated Earthcreeper; White-bellied & Peruvian Seaside Cinclodes; Rusty-crowned Tit-Spinetail; Junin & Cactus Canasteros; Eye-ringed Thistletail; Marcapata & Creamy-crested Canasteros; Cerulean-capped Manakin; Masked Fruiteater; White-cheeked & Bay-vented Cotingas; Inca Flycatcher; Peruvian Tyrannulet; Unstreaked Tit-Tyrant; Peruvian Wren; Tricolored, Black-spectacled, 'Taczanowski's' & Rusty-bellied Brushfinches; 'Peruvian' Citrine Warbler; Rufous-backed Inca Finch; White-browed Hemispingus; Brown-flanked & Yellow-scarfed Tanagers; Pardusco; Tit-like Dacnis; 'Streak-crowned' & Golden-backed Mountain Tanagers.

Habitats Covered

cloud forest, high altitude lakes, polylepis forest, coffee plantations, foothill forest

Expected Climate

variable from very warm to cold. High altitude areas can be very cold. At lower altitude, can be warm to very hot on the western coast. Some rain is to be expected.

Max Group Size

8 with 1 Rockjumper leader

Tour Pace & Walking

fast paced, several long, winding drives

Accommodation

variable from basic to comfortable

Ease of Birding

moderate to difficult

Photographic Opportunities

worthwhile to good

What our clients say about us

Lev Frid
GM, Peru 2023

This tour and the extension tour were exceptional. Of course the birds were a real pleasure to view, scenery was unbelievable, food and lodging were excellent. The main highlight were the people. A wonderful, fun group to be with. Hope I see everyone on another trip. The driver not only carried us many miles safely, he did so many other things for us, making certain getting out of bus safely, setting up for meals, and on and on. The local guide got us onto so many birds with his x-ray vision (seemed that way) and was helpful in so many ways. He and the driver were simply put, very nice people. I addition to his obvious bird locating and identification skills, Lev has exceptional people skills with his attentiveness and humor. I had a problem with the altitude one day. I wa., to put it simply.. very slow..lots of breaks. Lev was with the whole way and made certain I was OK. I am very appreciative for that. Thanks again. Its things like that, to me, that makes a guide exceptional. Lev is an exceptional guide. Now to the office team. Wow. Tia and Sarah were so helpful to me with all the questions I had. Not only do they have the answers. the answers come quickly. And I thank them for their patience. As usual, a wonderful job. Thanks again. Lastly, to the Peruvian people, the tour group, the guides, drivers, cooks, office staff and to many others. Thank you. Take care everyone.

Forrest Rowland
JB & KB, Peru 2018

This was an excellent tour! We saw so many great birds, and had many delicious meals from pizza to ceviche. The time spent birding and touring Kuelap was a highlight. To top everything off, Forrest Rowland is an awesome leader. In addition to hearing, seeing and getting everyone on the birds, he told wonderful stories and kept everyone laughing. All in all, we had a terrific time.

Forrest Rowland
GR, Peru 2018

The tour was fantastic. Forrest Rowland, did a terrific job spotting birds, giving us clear directions to actually sight the birds and displayed plenty of patience in the process.

Robert Williams
JH & CH, Southern Peru

Our guide, Rob Williams, was exceptionally well qualified, good humoured in all circumstances and remarkably diligent in accommodating all levels of birding skills within our group. He went out of his way to make sure that each member of the group realised their expectations for the trip. We would welcome the opportunity to join him on additional trips; he is a quality individual with sound values and a superb representative of Rockjumper Birding Tours.

Forrest Rowland
PB, Peru 2018

Forrest Rowland is a terrific guide. He was incredibly knowledgeable of the birds we encountered on our trip. Further, he is very friendly, engaging and enthusiastic. I’d be quite pleased to join him again on any birding tour in the Neotropics.

Peru - Central: Rare Andean Endemics 2024

24 Sep 2024 - 09 Oct 2024 (16 days)

USD6,495 - 3 Spaces Available

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Peru - Central: Rare Andean Endemics 2025

28 Oct 2025 - 12 Nov 2025 (16 days)

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Peru - Central: Rare Andean Endemics 2026

27 Oct 2026 - 11 Nov 2026 (16 days)

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