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 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.
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
Taruca, South American Sea Lion, South American Fur Seal, Marine Otter
Polylepis forests, cactus-studded scrubland, agricultural lands, mountains, lakes, coastal
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader
Tour Pace & Walking
moderate to relaxed
Ease of Birding
comfortable, some high altitude areas
exceptional scenery including Nevado Huascarán (Peru’s highest mountain at 6,768m (22,200 ft) and the world’s highest tropical peak).
good to excellent
The tour met all of my expectations. Rob Williams is an excellent tour guide - knowledgeable, manages logistics well, interacts with participants in a fun and caring way, and strives to find the birds that are on participants' "wish lists".
Successful and enjoyable. Rob proved his already high reputation. Special thanks to our driver Miguel - always helpful, always smiling.
This is my first birdwatching tour organized by a company such as Rockjumper, but I have been on tours organized by my local Naturalist Society. Both Rob and Miguel were excellent. They worked extremally hard to keep everyone happy, find as many species as possible and get everyone onto each sighting.
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.