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”.
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Marvelous Spatuletail, Long-whiskered Owlet, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, 4 Endemic Antpittas, Lulu’s Tody-Tyrant – and that’s just a few of the mind-blowing, highly sought-after species we’ll be looking for. From our base in Tarapoto, we search for the tricky Dotted Tanager, rare Koepke’s Hermit and endemic Huallaga Tanager. We move slowly northwards, taking in Moyobamba and the highly localised endemic Ash-throated Antwren before spending a good number of days in the brilliant and little known forests of Abra Patricia. Top bird species here include Cinnamon-breasted Tody-Tyrant, Royal Sunangel and the scarce White-capped Tanager, while in the fabulous Cloud forests we will target Long-whiskered Owlet, Lulu’s Tody-Flycatcher, Coppery Metaltail, White-chinned Thistletail, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan and the elegant Swallow-tailed Nightjar. Near Pomacochas, we deliver one of the great highlights of the trip, Marvelous Spatuletail and Pale-billed Antpitta in a single day! Little Inca Finch, Tumbes Swallow, the snazzy Sulphur-throated Finch and Grey-and-white Tyrannulet wait further down the road before we enter the Utcubamba Valley. We have some time at the enchanting pre-Incan fortress of Kuelap, arguably as impressive as the famed Machu Picchu before continuing on our quest for another suite of endemics. Coppery Metaltail and the scarce Russet-mantled Softtail await at Abra Barra Negro before we descend the stunning Marañon Valley searching for Buff-bridled and Grey-winged Inca Finches and Yellow-faced Parrotlet, Near the town of Cajamarca we are likely to add the recently rediscovered Grey-bellied Comet, and pick up the dazzling Black Metaltail too. After Cajamarca we journey to the Pacific Coast, and the town of Trujillo, stopping to search for the endemic Great Spinetail en route. Having reached the coast, we travel north to our base for the remainder of the tour, Chaparri, deep in the Tumbes region. From here we shall explore a number of habitats, targeting White-winged Guan (until recently, believed to have been extinct, and with fewer than 300 birds estimated to survive in the wild), unique Peruvian Plantcutter, beautiful Marañon Crescentchest, Tumbes Hummingbird, Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner, beautiful Elegant Crescentchest and Cinereous Finch.
Marvelous Spatuletail, Long-whiskered Owlet, Royal Sunangel, Pale-billed, Ochre-fronted, Rusty-breasted, Chestnut-crowned & Rusty-tinged Antpittas, Lulu’s Tody-Flycatcher, Great, Necklaced & Baron’s Spinetails, Yellow-faced, Pacific & Spot-winged Parrotlets, Bar-winged Wood Wren, Coppery & Black Metaltails, Grey-winged, Little & Rufous-backed Inca Finches, Koepcke’s Hermit, Chestnut-backed Thornbird, White-capped, Yellow-scarfed, Huallaga, Dotted and Blue-browed Tanagers, Equatorial Greytail, Peruvian Pigeon, Russet-mantled Softtail, Blackish Pewee, Plumbeous Euphonia, Ashy-headed Greenlet, Mishana Tyrannulet, Tumbes Tyrant, Rufous, Baird’s & Inca Flycatchers, Gould’s Jewelfront, Rufous-crested Coquette, Grey-tailed Piha, Ash-throated & Rusty-backed Antwrens, Fiery-capped & Western Striped Manakins, Wedge-billed & Tumbes Hummingbird, Crimson-mantled, Guayaquil & Bar-bellied Woodpeckers, Tanager, Peruvian Plantcutter, Rusty-crowned Tit-Spinetail, Large-footed Tapaculo, Jelski’s Chat-Tyrant, Maranon Tit-Tyrant, Slaty-capped Shrike-Vireo, Buckley’s Forest Falcon, Sulphur-bellied Tyrant-Manakin, Black-fronted Nunbird, Sharpbill, Violet-throated Starfrontlet, Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan, Black-crested Warbler, Many-striped Canastero, Least Seedsnipe, Tawny-throated Dotterel, Peruvian Thick-knee and Short-tailed Field Tyrant, Many-coloured Rush Tyrant, Andean Ibis, Andean Tinamou, Montane Solitary Eagle, Short-tailed Woodstar, Grey-and-white Tyrannulet, Collared Antshrike, Elegant Crescentchest, White-tailed Jay, Superciliated Wren, White-headed Brush Finch, White-edged Oriole, Ochre-bellied Dove, Ecuadorian Piculet, Ecuadorian Trogon, Rufous-necked and Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaners, Black-cowled Saltator, Grey-and-white Tyrannulet, Streak-headed Woodcreeper, Peruvian Plantcutter, Oasis Hummingbird, Tumbes Sparrow, Cinereous Finch. Rufous-banded, Striped, Cinnamon Screech, West Peruvian Screech, Koepcke’s Screech, Andean Pygmy & Peruvian Pygmy Owls. Lyre-tailed, Swallow-tailed & Scrub Nightjars, Rufous-bellied Nighthawk.
Tayra, Southern Tamandua, Guayaquil Squirrel, Sechura Fox and Spectacled Bear.
cloud forest, dry deciduous forest, coastal desert, unique Marañon valley
warm to hot in the lower lying areas; cool with colder nights at the higher elevations
exceptional scenery, amazing pristine forests, unique, seldom-explored habitats
Day 1: Early AM arrival in Tarapoto, birding Cordillera Escalera
For those joining the main tour today, you will be met and collected at the local airport en route to Cordillera Escalera where we will spend most of the days birding. The Cordillera Escalera is a forested ridge north of Tarapoto, and the last outlying ridge before the Amazonian lowlands. This ridge is home to some very localised species such as the endemic Koepcke’s Hermit and the very recently found Plumbeous Euphonia (seen on a previous Rockjumper tour here led by Rob Williams). We also have a good chance of finding White-tipped Swift, White Hawk, Yellow-bellied & Dotted Tanagers, Red-stained Woodpecker, Slaty-capped Shrike-Vireo, Blackish Pewee, Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Cliff Flycatchers and Blue-crowned Manakin. The lower elevations in the area have more classic Amazonian avifauna and we will work our way over the ridge trying to find a good range of species from the Amazon too. We will return to Tarapoto later this afternoon, after a stunning introduction to quality Peruvian birding.
Day 2: Quebrada Upaquihua and Juan Guerra
We will spend the morning exploring the drier forests of Quebrada Upaquihua in the Huallaga Valley. These isolated forest fragments hold a series of birds found only here (at least in Peru), such as Planalto Hermit and Rufous Cassiornis as well as other species with highly localised distributions like Chestnut-throated Spinetail and Ashy-headed Greenlet, Rusty-backed Antwren and Sulphur-bellied Tyrant-Manakin. The Critically threatened San Martin Titi Monkey is also found in the area. On our way back to Tarapoto, we will bird the edges of the Huallaga River.
In the afternoon, we will concentrate on the Juan Guerra area, or around our lodge depending which will offer us more birds. The environs provide opportunities for White-browed Antbird, Stripe-chested Antwren, Rusty-fronted Tody-Flycatcher, Great Antshrike, Mishana Tyrannulet, Tataupa Tinamou, Black-fronted Nunbird, Stripe-necked Tody-Tyrant, Drab Water Tyrant, Squirrel Cuckoo, Magpie Tanager, and most importantly, the endemic Huallaga Tanager.
Day 3: Cordillera Escalera and transfer to Moyobamba
We will head back to the Cordillera Escalera this morning to search for any remaining target species. New species we may find here on our Peru birding tour include Great-billed Hermit, Blackish Nightjar, Gould’s Jewelfront, Slaty-capped Shrike-Vireo, White-necked Thrush and Silver-beaked Tanager. We shall then return through Tarapoto before heading north for a few hours to Moyobamba.
Our lodge near Moyobamba is famed for its hummingbirds, and indeed over 25 species have been recorded here – it really is armchair birding at its best. Rufous-crested Coquette is certainly one of the numerous highlights here, as is White-chinned Sapphire, Black-throated and Great-billed Hermits, Black-throated Mango and Grey-breasted Sabrewing. We shall also stretch our legs around the garden, where we may find the localised endemic Mishana Tyrannulet.
Day 4: Quebrada Mishquiyacu and Moro Calzada
We have an entire day of our Peru birding tour to bird Quebrada Misquiyacu, a little-known site home to endemic Ash-throated Antwren. This site has an assortment of species particular to the base of the eastern Andes and we are in for a real treat. Grey-tailed Piha, Spot-winged Parrotlet, Sharpbill, Green and Blue-rumped Manakins, Chestnut-throated Spinetail and Foothill Antwren are just a tiny fraction of the species that are possible here! All we have to hope for is good weather, and we will be seeing some of the most desired foothill species in the entire Peruvian Andes.
In the afternoon, we plan to spend the late afternoon at Morro de Calzada, which offers another completely new set of birds to the two previous locales – making today, perhaps, the most diverse day of the entire tour! Species of the scrub at Calzada may include Cinereous-breasted Spinetail, Black-billed Seed Finch and Pale-eyed Blackbird, while the forests could turn up Buckley’s Forest Falcon, Bluish-fronted Jacamar, Mishana Tyrannulet, White-bellied Pygmy Tyrant and the stunning Fiery-capped and Western Striped Manakins!
Given such an elevation range, the species listed here represent less than one-fortieth of the birds in the area so we must remain on our toes for whatever might turn up! This is still an exciting area for discovery where new sites for rare species, as well as actual new species, are still being found by researchers on a regular basis. Today’s motto should perhaps be this: Expect the unexpected!
Day 5: Arenas Blancas and Rioja to Abra Patricia
We leave Moyobamba early this morning, heading north towards the fabled Abra Patricia. Along the way, we shall make a short stop at some touristic ponds to search for the enigmatic Point-tailed Palmcreeper as well as Russet-crowned Crake, Olive-chested Flycatcher, Dusky Spinetail, Stripe-necked Tody-Tyrant and Wedge-tailed Grass Finch.
The next stop on our Peru birding tour will be at the Arenas Blancas Preserve not far from Aguas Verdes. Owned by a former logger turned conservationist, this is probably the best site worldwide to locate some incredibly tricky ‘voices’. Rufous-breasted Wood Quail will be at the top of our priority list, while Little and Cinereous Tinamous make up a trilogy of species far more frequently heard than seen. With the aid of seed feeders, we stand a very good chance of getting fabulous visuals of these species. We shall continue to bird the surrounds for the remainder of the morning, possibly adding other such mouth-watering species as Speckle-chested Piculet, Bamboo Foliage-gleaner, Lined Antshrike, Rufous-winged, Yellow-breasted and Creamy-bellied Antwrens, Spectacled Bristle Tyrant, Plumbeous-crowned and Ecuadorian Tyrannulets, Scarlet-breasted Fruiteater, Red-shouldered, Huallaga and Vermilion Tanagers – and tonnes more! After lunch, we shall continue northwards to Abra Patricia for the next three nights of our Peru birding tour.
Days 6 & 7: Abra Patricia
We have the next two full days of our Peru birding tour to thoroughly explore the Abra Patricia area, home of some of the least known of Peruvian birds. We will be hoping for mixed bird flocks that should contain radiant Straw-backed, Blue-browed and Metallic-green Tanagers, Tyrannine Woodcreeper, Spotted and Rusty-winged Barbtails and the newly described Lulu’s Tody-Flycatcher (Tody-Tyrant). We will be birding several altitudinal zones between 1,000 and 2,200m (3,300 to 7,200 ft) and along the way, we hope to encounter the difficult and endangered Ash-throated Antwren as well as Cinnamon-breasted Tody-Tyrant, endemic Bar-winged Wood Wren, Equatorial Greytail, White-capped and Scaly-naped Parrots, the stunning Wedge-billed Hummingbird, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Montane Woodcreeper and the outrageous, but scarce, White-capped Tanager. During this time, with some persistence, we also hope see the endemic Ochre-fronted and Rusty-tinged Antpittas as well as Yellow-scarfed and Blue-browed Tanager – the list of possibilities seems endless!
Our list will certainly grow as we sift through the various habitats and other birds we will be looking out for include Long-tailed Antbird, Golden-faced, Sulphur-bellied and Ecuadorian Tyrannulets, Barred and Scaled Fruiteaters, perhaps the spectacular Andean Cock-of-the-rock, endemic Fine-barred Piculet, Barred Becard, the very scarce Lanceolated Monklet, Sepia-brown Wren and, in addition, we will also search for a newly described species related to Bicolored Antvireo. We won’t ignore night birds either and will work after dark to find goodies such as Rufous-banded Owl, Lyre-tailed Nightjar, Rufous-bellied Nighthawk and Cinnamon Screech Owl. This is also the type locality for Long-whiskered Owlet, which has become regular of late! We stand a good chance of finding this bizarre and tiny endemic that, until 2011, was virtually unknown.
Day 8: Abra Patricia and transfer to Pomacochas
We have most of the morning to bird our surrounds for any species we are still searching for, or desire better views of before travelling the relatively short distance to Pomacochas. At 2400m (+-8,000ft) elevation, Pomacochas is the highest site of the tour to date. Birds around Pomacochas include many high-Andean species new to the trip such as Andean Lapwing, Rufous-capped Antshrike and, with luck, Puna Snipe or Plumbeous Rail. Though this site is mostly for convenience, we will also enjoy a lovely meal and fine vistas as we prepare for the next day – one of the highlights of any birder’s career!
Day 9: Pomacochas and Huembo (Pale-billed Antpitta & Marvelous Spatuletail)
There is only one way to describe today: Marvelous Spatuletail day!!! It is hard to say anything more because nothing can top viewing these stunning, unique birds in full. We will likely view the males from the very site that the BBC film crew captured the iconic footage we have no doubt all enjoyed. The afternoon will then be spent seeking out several elfin/high-temperate forest species at a new site for both Pale-billed Antpitta and Violet-throated Starfrontlet, two stonkingly good birds that can only be found on very few mountaintops in far northern Peru. Other species will abound in this lush forest and we hope to encounter a few of the following: Speckle-faced Parrot, Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan, Bar-bellied Woodpecker, Inca Flycatcher, Red-hooded and Grass-green Tanagers as well as Large-footed Tapaculo. We will have access to similar forest the following day, though this is our best chance for the two headline species mentioned above.
Day 10: Pomacochas to Jaen
Today on our Peru birding tour, we will embark on one of the more scenic drives, though we will enjoy several lovely journeys as we cross high passes and plummet into deep valleys over the course of the next week. As we near Jaen, the habitat will change dramatically. Though we will have an opportunity for most of the following species over the next day, we will certainly make the most of the afternoon, stopping in suitable habitat as weather and time permits. Some of the more prominent species we are searching for include Chincipe Spinetail (currently a sub-species of Necklaced, but a good species if ever there was one), the Maranon form of Northern Slaty Antshrike, Tataupa Tinamou, Red-crested Finch, and if we have time to scour some of the rice fields and local irrigated fields, we might even find Spotted Rail or Paint-billed Crake! We might head out this evening for a spot of owling, where we may find West Peruvian Screech Owl or Anthony’s Nightjar.
Day 11: Tamborapa and drive into the Utcubamba Valley
Today on our Peru birding tour, we head slightly north of Jaen to Tamborapa. Here we may find the endemic Little Inca Finch, Spot-throated Hummingbird, Maranon Thrush, Buff-bellied Tanager and skulking Maranon Crescentchest are all easier here than at any of the other sites, making this a must-stop and a fun morning’s birding. Other species we should find here include Green-backed and Black-and-white Becard and Sooty-crowned Flycatcher while there is at least a possibility of seeing the elusive and endangered Military Macaw.
As the day heats up, we shall depart Jaen and start heading into the Utcubamba Valley. We shall continue to bird in suitable habitat en route, although we do have some distance to travel. We can look forward to a good night’s rest in the High Andes before tomorrow’s much-anticipated trip to Kuelap.
Day 12: Kuelap and transfer to Leimebamba
Back in the High Andes, we will have an early start today for the forested fragments of habitat en route to Leimebamba. Our major destination for the day is the pre-Incan Fortress of Kuelap. This spectacular site, occupying an area greater than that of Macchu Picchu, is seldom visited by tourists despite being both archaeologically and anthropologically significant in its complexity, and in being the most extensive ruin of its era. Many fine birds inhabit the scrub and sub-humid montane forests of Kuelap, including Rainbow Starfrontlet, Little Woodstar, Baron’s Spinetail, Rusty-crowned Tit-Spinetail, and the bizarre grey race of Superciliated Hemispingus.
However, the main focus of this afternoon will be the wonderment and delight of strolling through these vast hilltop ruins that once served as a mighty Citadel for the pre-Incan “Cloud People”, which seemed to disappear as deftly as they built their masterpiece. We hope to end the day with views of the localised endemic Koepcke’s Screech Owl, which is often staked out on roost!
Day 13: Abra Barra Negro and Rio Atuen
We will have an entire day of our Peru birding tour, to bird the Leimebamba area and the famed Abra Barra Negro. Here we will slowly bird the remnant patches of cloud forest and farmlands while making several planned stops for species such as the beautiful endemic Coppery Metaltail and the scarce Russet-mantled Softtail, the latter of which makes its home in the high patches of bamboo. Other birds we will be searching for include White-chinned Thistletail, endemic Yellow-scarfed Tanager, the unique obscura race of Rufous Antpitta, Large-footed Tapaculo, Shining Sunbeam, Collared Inca, the threatened Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan, Northern Mountain Cacique, Purple-backed Thornbill, and possibly Chestnut-crowned Antpitta as well as the local race of Rusty-breasted Antpitta, considered by some authorities to be its own species. We will stay out late tonight, with nocturnal possibilities including the elegant Swallow-tailed Nightjar, Andean Pygmy Owl, and a further chance for Rufous-banded Owl
Day 14: Leimebamba to Celendin
We have another early start today on our Peru birding tour, in order to make a short pass at any of the Abra Barra Negro birds we might have missed yesterday, before plummeting down the switchbacks, deep into the driest portion of the Maranon Valley. Early stops should offer ample opportunity for Buff-bridled Inca Finch, a charismatic endemic that inhabits the dry, cactus-covered slopes and often gives great views to birders seeking it out. Birding through the riverine and agricultural vegetation, we will have further opportunity to find Maranon Pigeon should we have missed it previously, while in the Bombax woodlands we will seek out the endangered endemic Yellow-faced Parrotlet. Afterwards, we will slowly bird our way up the valley searching for specialities of this area, specifically targeting two very localised endemics – Chestnut-backed Thornbird and Grey-winged Inca Finch, among other more widespread Andean species. During the afternoon, we will then devote time searching for the endemic Jelski’s Chat-Tyrant before continuing to our hotel in Celendin for the night.
Day 15: Celendin to Cajamarca and Rio Chonta Valley
We will set out early this morning on our Peru birding tour, birding through the remnant humid forest and Polylepis scrub. We will be searching for Andean species we may not have seen so far, including Peruvian Sierra Finch, Shining Sunbeam, Black-crested Warbler, the Maranon sub-species of Black-crested Tit-Tyrant and Many-striped Canastero, among other possible cinclodes, pipits, and ground-tyrants in the high Puna grasslands. We will also make a special effort to the cajamarca race of Rufous Antpitta, undoubtedly a unique species of its own. In the Polylepis scrub, we will search for the endemic Baron’s Spinetail, Striated Earthcreeper and Rusty-crowned Tit-Spinetail. This stretch of road is also one of the best places to see the rare White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant. In the afternoon, we will then head to our stakeout for the endemic Grey-bellied Comet, picking up Black Metaltail along the way before heading to our hotel in Cajamarca. It will be another incredible day chock-full of endemics and beautiful Andean landscapes!
Day 16: San Marcos and Cajamarca, travel to Trujillo
Today will be devoted to perhaps the greatest Furnariid (if not at least the greatest by name), in all the land – Great Spinetail! This bird was once somewhat common in other parts of the Maranon, but now seems restricted to this site where we hope to have great looks of this and other special species. White-winged Black Tyrant, Baron’s Spinetail, Buff-bridled Inca Finch and others await our visit. It will be a wonderful, last full day in the field, which we will end with a fabulous dinner in the quaint city centre of lovely Cajamarca.
Day 17: Trujillo to Chaparri
This morning on our Peru birding tour, we depart from Trujillo and head to Chaparri. Here the tour will no doubt start off with a bang as plenty of specialities are on the cards today! We should have sufficient time to bird both the productive Santa Rosa fields and the lush Puerto Eten wetlands. The Santa Rosa fields offer a good opportunity to search out a few species that are more difficult to encounter away from the coastal littoral, such as Least Seedsnipe, Tawny-throated Dotterel, Peruvian Thick-knee and Short-tailed Field Tyrant, as well as some of the commoner species of the Tumbes scrub. The Puerto Eten wetlands offer up a lot of diversity, with a wide variety of waterfowl present, including White-cheeked Pintail and White-tufted Grebe. Both Wren-like Rushbird and the flashy Many-coloured Rush Tyrant inhabit the marshes here with good numbers of Chilean Flamingos. If there is any daylight left en route to our lodging at the Chaparri Private Reserve, we will spend a few minutes birding the Tinajones reservoir where, with a bit of luck, we might find Andean Ibis, Spotted Rail, Grey-breasted Crake, Black-lored Yellowthroat and an array of migrant shorebirds and waterfowl.
Day 18: Chaparri
Today on our Peru birding tour, we put our efforts into exploring the Chaparri preserve’s trails and microhabitats for all the low-elevation Tumbesian endemics. This preserve occupies a large area of semi-deciduous and dry scrub endemic to the foothills and lowlands of the Tumbes region. We’ll have a great day familiarising ourselves with localised species, including Andean Tinamou, Montane Solitary Eagle, Tumbes Hummingbird, Short-tailed Woodstar, Grey-and-white Tyrannulet, Tumbes Tyrant, Rufous Flycatcher, Baird’s Flycatcher, Necklaced Spinetail, Collared Antshrike, Elegant Crescentchest, White-tailed Jay, Superciliated Wren, White-headed Brush Finch, White-edged Oriole, and both Cinereous and Sulphur-throated Finches all making their home here on the grounds! Night birding will no doubt also be productive, as we will search for Peruvian Pygmy Owl (also seen by day), West Peruvian Screech Owl, Striped Owl and the scarce Scrub Nightjar. With luck, several extraordinary mammal opportunities could be in store for us too, with Tayra, Southern Tamandua and Spectacled Bear all being possible.
Day 19: Casupe area
We will arise early this morning to make the most of our time in the higher elevation forest near the village of Casupe, which will likely produce a whole host of endemic species we have yet to encounter in the lower, drier climes. In this bromeliad-laden, misty forest we will search for such specialities as Ochre-bellied Dove, Ecuadorian Piculet, Ecuadorian Trogon, Rufous-necked and Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaners, Grey-breasted Flycatcher, Tumbes Pewee, and Black-cowled Saltator, amongst others. The headline species for the day, however, might very well be the critically endangered White-winged Guan, which is also established as a re-introduction at Chaparri. Here, at Casupe, we will observe one of the few native, wild populations of this critically endangered poster-bird!
Day 20: Bosque de Pomac and coastal birding
By now, we will have had a few, if not several, encounters with most of the target birds of the lowland Tumbesia. We will spend much of the day at perhaps the most ancient of all the Tumbesian forests: Bosque de Pomac. Pomac was in fact first recognised as an important archaeological site that indirectly protects a vast, intact stretch of contiguous, primary mesquite forests native only to the region, and is a real treat to behold
It is home to none other than the Peruvian Plantcutter, a spectacular endemic with a tiny range that is as bizarre and fascinating as it is rare and local, and we hope to obtain views of this very special species during our time here. There are of course a number of other species available in these forests including Pacific Parrotlet, Grey & White Tyrannulets, Streak-headed Woodcreeper, Peruvian Plantcutter, Short-tailed Woodstar, Oasis Hummingbird, Necklaced Spinetail, Tumbes Sparrow, Cinereous Finch, Guayaquil Woodpecker, White-edged Oriole, Cinereous Conebill and Tawny-crowned Pygmy-Tyrant.
Day 21: Chiclayo and depart, or begin extension to Trujillo
After breakfast, we will transfer to the large town of Chiclayo where the tour will conclude. For some, this will be the end of their adventure to Peru, while for the intrepid, we start our short extension to find the rarely seen Purple-backed Sunbeam.
What our clients say about tours to Peru
- RH, Peru
Rob Williams is the best guide I have ever birded with – wonderful birding and people skills.PM, 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.JH & CH, Southern Peru
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.TE, Northern Peru 2015
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.UA, Peru