Our Lima based driver Manolo Figueroa will be pleased to take you out on any of these trips with or without bird tour leader in either of his two vehicles (Larger Sprinters available for bigger groups
LOMAS DE LACHAY:
A visit to the Lomas de Lachay Nature Reserve 100 km North of Lima, an area of low coastal hills that are covered in a unique 'fog vegetation' (i.e. the sparse plant life obtains its moisture almost entirely from condensation in this almost rainless landscape). Bare desert en route to the Lomas is home to the endemic Coastal Miner, whereas higher up in the hills we may find Grayish Miner and the endemic Thick-billed Miner. At times Least Seedsnipe, Tawny-throated Dotterel and Yellowish Pipit nest in this area, while other birds we may find on the green slopes of the Lomas are Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Variable Hawk, American Kestrel, Eared Dove, Croaking Ground-Dove, Oasis and Amazilia Hummingbirds, Vermilion Flycatcher, Blue-and-white Swallow, Hooded Siskin, Grassland Yellow-Finch, Rufous-collared Sparrow and Peruvian Meadowlark. If we are fortunate we will even find the rare and nomadic Raimondi's Yellow-Finch in this area (mostly November to March). A short distance away is a desolate desert canyon, where among the sparse cacti and large boulders we shall look for the endemic Cactus Canastero, and in more open areas we shall keep an eye out for the small desert race nanodes of the Burrowing Owl. On the return journey we shall diligently search recently plowed fields for the cryptic Peruvian Thick-knee and the diminutive Short-tailed Field-Tyrant, while in hedges and brushy areas we may find Groove-billed Ani, as well as Parrot-billed and Chestnut-throated Seedeaters. A brief visit to the Pacific Ocean shore at the municipal reserve of Ventanilla will enable us to watch the numerous seabirds that feed in the nutritious waters of the cold Humboldt current, including the huge Peruvian Pelican, Peruvian Booby, Guanay Cormorant and Band-tailed, Grey and Kelp Gulls. The brackish lagoons hold a great variety of water birds and Boreal shorebirds at the right time of year. Andean Coot, Puna Ibis, Great and White-tufted Grebes, Cinnamon Teal, White-cheeked Pintail, Franklin's Gull, Gray-hooded Gull, Bay-winged and Red-backed Hawk. Wren-like Rushbird and Many-colored Rush tyrant are here. We return you to your hotel in Lima.
You were all a great organizing and support team for the Mass Audubon Peru trip last month. Your operations manager, Mary, earned special thanks when a schedule transportation strike threatened to keep us from getting to Machu Picchu. I don’t know how she managed to get us on flights from Boca Manu, on a late train from a distant station, to Machu Picchu the evening before the strike, and into hotel rooms. Everything had to be rescheduled and she did this smoothly and so the travellers hardly knew there was a problem. Manu Expeditions, and especially their operations manager, as real professionals. Travel in Peru is not easy or predictable, and knowing she was keeping track and making things work out your guide and me to focus on nature and not worry about logistics. A huge Thank You
First many, many thanks for making our trip to Peru so memorable. Everything went smoothly, the hotels were clean and well located, and our tours and trips were everything we had hoped for. Thanks to you and Manu for making it happen.