Our tour is designed to seek the many upper-elevation endemics and specialties of the central Peruvian Andes amid some of the finest montane scenery in the world. We'll begin on the arid slopes above Lima--with Great Inca-Finch, Bronze-tailed Comet, and Rufous-breasted Warbling-Finch as possibilities--as we work our way up altitudinally. In the Cordillera Blanca to the north, we'll bird Huascaran National Park, which preserves almost a million acres of high Andean wilderness and supports perhaps the largest Polylepis woodland in South America, complete with Giant Conebill and Tit-like Dacnis and a host of endemics, from White-cheeked Cotinga and Rufous-eared Brush-Finch to the very local Plain-tailed Warbling-Finch.
Based in Huanuco, we'll explore the Carpish Mountains and Bosque Unchog. Here deep canyons and rainshadows isolate portions of the eastern cordillera from other such blocks, and in this isolation some of the most distinctive birds in Peru have evolved. Along the famous Paty Trail, we'll seek east-Andean forest specialties, including three fabulous antpittas, before heading for Bosque Unchog, where we camp for three days at the edge of elfin forest for such local endemics as the monotypic Pardusco and the enamel-plated Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager. After a search for the flightless Junin Grebe, we'll ascend to our highest point, in the arid puna of the western cordillera, home to the rare and local White-bellied Cinclodes and the exquisite Diademed Sandpiper-Plover.
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ITINERARIES • TOUR STATUS • DETAILS • SPACE REQUESTSITINERARIES • We issue a separate itinerary for each year, typically at least 9 months before that year's first departure. Most itineraries don't vary much year to year, but there may be small or rarely more substantive changes. A sample previous-year itinerary is usually available even if the one for your chosen departure is not. We do not require any deposit for provisional bookings until the itinerary for the departure is ready.
- 2018 sample (PDF)
- 2021 (PDF expected Dec 2020)
DEPARTURES • We have 1 departures currently scheduled through 2021, with details including limits, guides, fees, and space available listed below.
May 28 - Jun 13, 2021
Guided by: Dan Lane & Jesse Fagan
Tour Manager: Caroline Lewis
Tour Limit: 12
Status: Open - Space is still available on this tour, and we are accepting provisional bookings. No deposit is required until you receive the itinerary. Click below to book space.
Tour Fee: Fee TBD
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