For birders, this trip is a "must-do" with over 50 species of marine and shore birds having been registered by us in the area. There are not many pelagic birding trips around the world where you can see up to 5 storm petrel species, up to 3 albatross species, as well as other endemic, threatened or rare coastal marine and pelagic bird species in one single trip. You are not only going to be surprised by the number of species you will see on this trip but also by the unbelievable number of individuals.This 7-hour Pelagic from the port of Callao in Lima into the Humboldt Current allows us to see sub-Antarctic seabirds and warm water Petrels depending on the time of year. Any of the following may be seen depending on the time of year: Waved, Salvin's, Buller's and Black-browed Albatross, Antarctic Giant Petrel, Cape Petrel, White-chinned Petrel, Pink-footed and Sooty Shearwater, Wilson's (Fuegian), White-vented, Wedge-rumped, Band-rumped, Sooty, Markham's and Ringed Storm Petrels, Chilean Skua, Swallow-tailed and Sabines Gull and Peruvian Diving Petrel. Inshore species include 3 species of Cormorants, Inca and South American and Peruvian Terns, Peruvian and Blue-footed Booby's, Peruvian Pelican and Humboldt Penguin. Of course many other marine birds endemic to the Humboldt Current are guaranteed to be seen on our tours, like Guanay and red-legged Cormorant, Peruvian Pelican and Peruvian Booby nesting on the Palomino Islands we will visit on our return where we can also see the endemic Surf Cinclodes.
During our bird feeding activity you will be able to get dozens of the beautiful and endemic Inca tern close-up in front of your camera lens. We operate with small groups of 5-12 birders. Our offshore boat, The Pingüino III is a recreational boat. It offers room to stand and turn around for optimum observation and photography. It is fast, so you don't lose time on the way and have more time offshore.
Most importantly we are offering you the safest option for pelagic birding on the central Peruvian coast (please read our safety advice before choosing a pelagic birding tour in Peru). While enjoying your birding tour you are guaranteed to observe South American Sea Lions and Dusky Dolphins, as well as having a good chance to see Common Dolphin, Bottlenose Dolphin and several species of whales are possible.
This is the ultimate and supreme trip for pelagic birding on the central Peruvian coast.
The Pingüino III has all the safety equipment required by the Peruvian authorities to conduct pelagic tours to more than 30 nautical miles offshore. Some of the features of the boat that allow us to operate safely include:
The worst that can happen to anyone wanting to enjoy is having to sit and wait 4 hours in order to get to the place where the birds are having a short time to see some birds and then having to suffer another 4 hours of sea travel to get home again. Speed is essential to shorten the boring and sickening travel time and to have more time on the continental shelf.
Leave port: 06.00 am Approximately 2 hours of navigation to 35 miles offshore, 3 hours off-shore chumming and birding, 2 hours return. Back in port for lunch at 1:00 pm (there is great restaurant at the yacht club dock)
Dear Barry, I want to thank you for making this recent tour a success. It was a fabulous birding experience, up to all my expectations!. I'm glad, too, that I did those extra days in Pucusana and Lomas de Lachay with Jean-Paul for many other interesting species and endemics. Your organization - before and during the tour - was excellent! Please thank Mary for me for her help.
Both of our guides were very good. In addition to their ability to find and identify birds, they were very helpful to me when embarking and disembarking the boats. I am 85 years old and getting a bit wobbly and appreciated the assistance.