The Cordillera Blanca (White Mountains) are an impressive range of snow-capped and glacier-riddled mountains some 200km north of Lima, a veritable Andean Switzerland. Popular amongst the adventure sports fraternity for the area’s excellent granite rock faces, we will remain rather more tethered to the ground. The surrounding peaks contain Nevado Huascarán, Peru’s highest peak at 6 768m (22 200 ft). Aside from the spectacular scenery, several range restricted species occur here, including the likes of White-cheeked Cotinga, Ancash Tapaculo, Giant Conebill, Great and Rufous-backed Inca Finches and Stripe-headed Antpitta endemic. We complement our extension by birding the coastal deserts for a host of endemics before returning to Lima.

Top Birds

Tawny-throated Dotterel; Peruvian Thick-knee; Black-necked Woodpecker; Mountain Parakeet; Stripe-headed Antpitta; Giant, Oasis, Amazilia & Spot-throated Hummingbirds; Peruvian Sheartail; Black Metaltail; White-browed & Giant Conebills; White-cheeked Cotinga; Coastal, Thick-billed & Greyish Miners; Ancash (Pale-tailed) & Canyon Canasteros; Striated & Plain-breasted Earthcreepers; Rusty-crowned Tit-Spinetail; Ancash Tapaculo; D’Orbigny’s & Piura Chat-Tyrants; Rufous-webbed Tyrant; Tit-like Dacnis; Great & Rufous-backed Inca Finches; Rufous-eared Brushfinch; Rufous-breasted & Plain-tailed Warbling Finches; Raimondi’s Yellow Finch; Peruvian Seaside Cincoldes; 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

Expected Climate

warm to hot on the coastal plain and inter-montane valleys, cold to very cold at high altitude

Max Group Size

8 with 1 Rockjumper leader

Tour Pace & Walking

moderate to relaxed



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


What our clients say about us

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.

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
RH, Peru

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".

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.

Robert Williams
TE, Northern Peru 2015

Rob Williams was a brilliant guide in all respects. Throughout the three weeks, he gave the group his all. He is outstanding, and we would love to travel with him again.

Peru - Southern: Lima & Ancash Extension 2024

12 May 2024 - 18 May 2024 (7 days)

USD3,495 - Spaces Available


Tour Leader: Lev Frid

Tour price (Per person): USD3,495 * GBP2,854 * EUR3,286 * AUD5,424

Single Supplement: USD190 * GBP155 * EUR179 * AUD295

Peru - Southern: Lima & Ancash Extension 2025

18 May 2025 - 24 May 2025 (7 days)

USD4,000 - Spaces Available


Tour Leader: Adam Walleyn

Pricing notes : *Prices are estimated and dates may change*

Tour price (Per person): USD4,000 * GBP3,266 * EUR3,761 * AUD6,208

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