Our Lima based driver Manuel 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)
THE SANTA EULALIA ROAD:
An early start along the dusty but spectacular Santa Eulalia road will take us high into the mountains above Lima. The scenery is stunning! After crossing a bridge over a tremendous chasm we shall reach a shrubby hillside and small ravine where the rare and endemic Rufous-breasted Warbling-Finch is regularly seen along with Black Inca (endemic). As the early morning sun hits the slopes we will be sorting through flocks of the much more numerous Mourning Sierra-Finches in the hopes of finding this elusive specialty. Andean Tinamou is often on the road. Lower down we will enter a mosaic of small farms with irrigated fields and hedgerows, where we will check flowering bushes for the endemic Bronze-tailed Comet. Other endemics we will try to find here are Black-necked Woodpecker (endemic), Striated Earthcreeper (endemic), Rusty-crowned Tit-Spinetail (endemic), Canyon Canastero, Thick-billed Miner (endemic) and Rusty-bellied Brush-Finch (endemic). Tall groves of introduced Eucalyptus trees often hold the diminutive Peruvian Pygmy-Owl, and depending on weather conditions the majestic Andean Condor may take to the air. Descending farther, we reach the arid cactus-clad slopes, which are the home to another highly prized endemic, the Great Inca-Finch. Other birds we will look for in the course of the day are Bare-faced Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove, Andean Swift, Sparkling Violetear, Giant Hummingbird, Peruvian Sheartail, Purple-collared Woodstar, Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant, White-browed Chat-Tyrant, House Wren, Long-tailed Mockingbird, White-capped Dipper, Chiguanco Thrush, Cinereous Conebill, Blue-capped Tanager, Mourning Sierra-Finch, Band-tailed Seedeater, Golden-billed Saltator and Scrub Blackbird. We return you to your hotel in Lima.
Please keep us informed of any birding trips in the future. We would really enjoy another birding trip with you.
Hi Barry. First of all, I want to say I really enjoyed the trip. Logistically, all went well, and Silverio was excellent!! All in all, I believe the tour was well worth the cost, and I will recommend it to anyone who asks. Happy New Year.