Overview

2021 Prices are an estimate, dates are not confirmed and may change.

The Cordillera Blanca (White Mountains), a veritable Andean Switzerland, are an impressive range of snow-capped and glacier riddled mountains some 200km north of Lima. Popular amongst the adventure sports fraternity for the excellent granite rock faces, we however will remain rather more tethered to the ground. During this extension we take in both the arid desert coast en route to higher ground, and then bird through stunning Polylepis forests and paramo grasslands before returning to Lima for one of the worlds premier pelagics and a host of endemic coastal species. Aside from the spectacular scenery, a number of restricted species occur here including White-cheeked Cotinga, Ancash Tapaculo, Giant Conebill, Black Metaltail, Stripe-headed Antpitta and a host of endemic coastal species.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Puna Teal, Tawny-throated Dotterel, Peruvian Thick-knee, Black-necked Woodpecker, Mountain Parakeet, Stripe-headed Antpitta, Giant, Oasis, Amazilia & Spot-throated Hummingbirds, Shining Sunbeam, Peruvian Sheartail, Purple-collared Woodstar, Black Metaltail, White-browed & Giant Conebills, White-cheeked Cotinga, Coastal, Thick-billed & Greyish Miners, Ancash (Pale-tailed) & Canyon Canasteros, Striated & Plain-breasted Earthcreepers, Least Seedsnipe, Peruvian Thick-knee, Dark-faced Ground Tyrant, Black-crested Tit-Tyrant, Rusty-crowned Tit-Spinetail, Baron’s Spinetail, Ancash Tapaculo, Blue-mantled Thornbill, D’Orbigny’s & Piura Chat-Tyrants, Rufous-webbed Tyrant, Tit-like Dacnis, Scrub Blackbird, Great & Rufous-backed Inca Finches, Rufous-eared Brushfinch, Band-tailed Sierra Finch, Rufous-breasted & Plain-tailed Warbling Finchs, Raimondi’s Yellow Finch, Band-tailed Seedeater, Yellowish Pipit, Peruvian Meadowlark, Hooded Siskin, Peruvian Seaside Cincoldes, Blackish Oystercatcher, Peruvian Pelican, Red-legged & Guanay Cormorants, Humboldt Penguin, Peruvian Booby, Grey & Belcher’s Gulls, Inca Tern
Top Mammals
Taruca, South American Sea Lion, South American Fur Seal, Marine Otter
Habitats Covered
Polylepis forests, cactus-studded scrubland, agricultural lands, mountains, lakes, coastal
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader
Tour Pace & Walking
moderate to relaxed
Accommodation
comfortable
Ease of Birding
comfortable, some high altitude areas
Other Attractions
exceptional scenery including Nevado Huascarán (Peru’s highest mountain at 6,768m (22,200 ft) and the world’s highest tropical peak).
Photographic Opportunities
good to excellent
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Rob Williams is right up there among the very best tour leaders. His vast experience from lots of research and conservation projects and intimate knowledge of the country add lots of value compared to a tour leader who is "just" a good organiser, birder and guide. He is also great company, with a sublime sense of humour.

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.

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.

Rob Williams is the best guide I have ever birded with - wonderful birding and people skills.

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.

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