Lima’s Highlights: Aug 10—13, 2019

Coastal Marshes, Humboldt Seabird Colonies & Santa Eulalia Endemics

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Price: To Be Announced.
($1095 in 2018)
Departs: Lima
Tour Limit: 8
Operations Manager: Greg Lopez
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Andrew Whittaker

Andrew Whittaker, a senior member of the VENT staff, has led VENT tours since 1993 throughou...

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Inca Terns and Red-legged Cormorants, Pucusana, Lima, Peru

Inca Terns and Red-legged Cormorants, Pucusana, Lima, Peru— Photo: Andrew Whittaker

An action-packed two days of birding the top sites, first visiting Pantanos de Ville wetland reserve and migrant trap, and then driving south through the stark Atacama Desert to visit the quaint fishing town of Pucusana where a highlight will be our exciting boating excursion to view seabird colonies along the cliffs of these incredibly rich waters.

Heading south out of the capital, we quickly reach the oasis known as the Pantanos de Villa marshes, a wonderful nature reserve rich with both migrants and resident waterbirds. Birds abound here, with a list of around 200 species. Here we hope to see White-tufted and Great grebes; Least Bittern; Puna Ibis; White-cheeked Pintail; Cinnamon Teal; Harris’s Hawk; Plumbeous Rail; the sought after Peruvian Thick-knee; Belcher’s, Gray-hooded, Andean, Kelp, and the unique Gray gull, as well as what must be the best-looking of all terns, the magnificent Inca Tern, and (with luck) the rare tiny Peruvian Tern. Marshes hold Least Bittern; the stunning Many-colored Rush-Tyrant; Vermilion Flycatcher; Peruvian Red-breasted Meadowlark; Yellow-hooded Blackbird; Chestnut-throated Seedeater; and more.

Many-colored Rush-Tyrant

Many-colored Rush-Tyrant— Photo: Andrew Whittaker


We will drive south through the stark Atacama Desert to the quaint little fishing village of Pucusana. A trip highlight is our boating excursion exploring this incredibly rich coastline, home to breeding colonies of thousands of seabirds and marine mammals. We expect to see the endangered Humboldt Penguin, Peruvian Diving-Petrel (rare), Peruvian Pelican, Peruvian Booby, stunning Red-legged and odd Guanay cormorants, the endemic Surf (Peruvian Seaside) Cinclodes, and Blackish Oystercatcher. We’ll also enjoy exceptional looks at large colonies of noisy South American Sea Lions, as well as possible encounters with cetaceans such as Bottlenose or Dusky dolphins.

Midafternoon we transfer to our quaint lodge 60 km into the picturesque Santa Eulalia Gorge. We’ll explore the arid scenic west slope of the Andes Mountains high above Lima where low scrub and cactus slopes make for easy birding and a completely different avifauna, including ten sought after endemics including Black-necked Woodpecker, the lovely Great Inca-Finch and Rufous-breasted Warbling-Finch, Bronze-tailed Comet, Striated Earthcreeper, Rusty-crowned Tit-Spinetail, Canyon Canastro, Thick-billed Miner, and Rusty-bellied Brush-Finch.

Excellent and easy birding with a wonderful easy boat trip and spectacular mountain scenery on the west slope of the Andes combined with fine accommodations and great food.