Peru ia a paradise for birdwatchers, with nearly 2,000 species, Peru is the perfect destination for tourists who love to observe these species, as well as for ornithologists.
This privilege is due to the diverse existing natural geography that is home to all types of terrain, ecosystems and microclimates. For this reason, there is no doubt that the best destination for birdwatching is Peru
In order to give visitors a better experience, three main routes divided into north, center and south have been established, which allow covering a large number of different areas of the country, offering several alternatives according to the interest of the traveler.
Next, discover why Peru is the ideal country to live this unforgettable experience.
The northern part of Peru offers endless places where you can watch all kinds of birds -most of them endemic- in their maximum splendor.
Through their different ecosystems, these regions are home to many species that find an ideal habitat for their survival. Among the most recognized and sought-after birds by tourists are the spatula-tailed hummingbird and the white-winged guan, the latter considered one of the most emblematic of Peru whose existence was believed extinct for a hundred years.
Coastal cities like Trujillo or Chiclayo are good options to observe species in dry forest areas. Another important destination is Tumbes, whose mangroves are the ideal place for multiple birds suited to the tropical climate.
On the Amazon side, regions such as Amazonas are home to places such as the Abra Patricia Pass which, together with the Bigotona Owl Biological Station, have become one of the best-known bird watching centers in the entire country. Likewise, the areas of the native Awajun ethnic group, located along the banks of the Marañón, Cenepa and Santiago rivers, are home to endemic species such as the white-masked anteater and the orange-throated tanager.
The central areas of Peru, due to their proximity to Lima, are ideal for tourists who have less travel time. The Amazon plain, which encompasses the regions of Junín, Huánuco and Pucallpa, is one of the main places for sighting exotic birds due to the multiple number and types of natural habitats found in these areas.
One of the best known is the Yanachaga-Chemillén National Park, located in the province of Oxapampa, where nearly 500 species of birds are recorded, among which the golden-backed mountain tanager and the Junín grebe stand out.
Among the destinations that are home to birds, we can find the Santa Eulalia valley, the Marcapomacocha lagoon, the Milloc wetland, the Ticlio or Anticona pass and the Junín lake. Very close to Lima, the protected areas of the Pantanos de Villa, the Ventanilla Wetlands and the Lomas de Lachay National Reserve are also fascinating destinations to live the experience of encountering birds of all species.
These are the areas of the country most visited by birdwatching lovers. The enormous number of destinations, including parks and nature reserves, are places of habitat and rest for multiple birds, both resident and stationary. Among the most visited are the National Reserves of Paracas, Pampa Galeras, Salinas and Aguada Blanca and Tambopata, the Lagunas de Mejía National Sanctuary, the Colca Valley and Lake Titicaca.
If you visit these natural paradises, you will come across emblematic Peruvian birds such as the Inca wren or the cock-of-the-rock, both well-known for their colorful plumage and unique appeal.