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Peru, situated in South America, proudly holds a prestigious status, claiming the second-highest number of bird species on Earth!
Located on the western side of South America, Peru shares borders with Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, and Chile. Its topography spans from the towering peaks of the Andes to the expansive Amazon rainforest and the arid stretches of the coastal desert.
The cultural heritage of Peru is deeply rooted in ancient civilizations, most notably the Inca Empire. This history is tangible in iconic sites like Machu Picchu and the Nazca Lines. Modern Peru reflects a blend of indigenous, Spanish, and African influences, creating a dynamic and diverse cultural panorama.
With 1861 bird species in Peru to date, including 139 endemic to the country, it holds more than 50% of all Neotropical birds. The enthusiasm for birders is unmatched, with continual discoveries adding to the thrill. Some of these newfound species are so recent that they await formal scientific naming. What sets Peru apart from other premier Neotropical birding destinations like Ecuador and Costa Rica is its extensive expanses of untouched forests and wilderness, unaffected by human civilization. For instance, two-thirds of the Manu Biosphere Reserve remain unexplored, harbouring not only uncontacted stone-age tribes but also a myriad of bird species.
As birding enthusiasts explore Peru’s varied terrain, they not only encounter a remarkable diversity of bird species but also engage with a country where nature and culture seamlessly coexist.
At Sustainable Birding, we do not offer ready-made, off-the-shelf birding tours. Our approach is deeply personalised—we meticulously craft each of our tours in Peru from scratch, ensuring every detail aligns with your unique preferences. From the breathtaking highlands to the diverse birding habitats, such as the Amazon rainforest and coastal regions, our Peru birding tours promise a unique and immersive experience.
All our birding tours in Peru are expertly guided by our passionate, knowledgeable, and experienced Peruvian tour leaders. They are some of the best guides on the planet! So, give us a call or drop us an email and let‘s talk Peru!
Reasons to go on a Tailor-made Birding Tour
• Select the exact dates that suit your schedule.
• Choose the ideal time of year for your birding adventure.
• Travel alongside your preferred companions—be it family, friends, or fellow birders.
• Set your pace—whether fast or brisk.
• Customise within your personal budget, from luxurious to budget accommodations or a mix.
• Craft a tour that matches your specific interests—whether intense birding, leisurely exploration, photography, culture, music, wine, botany, butterflies, herpetology, geology, diving, hiking, and beyond.
• Our team is here to cater to your interests and ensure a fulfilling birding holiday.
Explore our selection of Scheduled Group Birding Tours in Peru. These groups tours have been designed to fit different birding preference and time restraints. Typically, our group tours are more affordable, and allow people to meet up and make lifelong memories with fellow birders. All our group tours are small and come with an expert Tour Leader, having groups no bigger than 6 individuals, so you still get that intimate feeling and the full attention of the Tour Leader.
Please refer to our Birding Calendar for tour schedules, dates, and fixed prices.
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The optimal time for birding in Peru typically varies depending on the region and the specific bird species you aim to observe. However, a generally favorable period is during the dry season, which spans from May to October. This timeframe provides clearer skies and easier birdwatching conditions.
For specific regions like the Amazon rainforest, the low water season (June to October) is recommended as birds concentrate near water sources. In the Andes, the months of June to September are often favored for birding due to milder temperatures.
It’s advisable to let us know which species or area you are interested in going to, as migratory patterns and breeding seasons can influence the ideal time for birding in different parts of Peru.
Peru exhibits a diverse range of weather and climate patterns across its distinct geographical regions. Along the coastal areas, known as the Costa, a desert climate prevails, marked by arid conditions and minimal precipitation. The temperatures along the coast are relatively mild, with warm summers and cooler winters. Notably, the presence of coastal fog, locally known as “garúa,” is a characteristic feature during the winter months.
In the Andean region, or Sierra, the climate varies significantly with altitude. The high Andes experience cooler temperatures, while lower elevations may have more temperate conditions. The Andean climate adds to Peru’s weather tapestry, offering a diverse range of experiences for visitors and birding enthusiasts alike.
Descending into the Amazon rainforest, known as the Selva, a tropical climate dominates. This region experiences high temperatures and considerable humidity throughout the year. The Amazon basin witnesses distinct wet and dry seasons, with increased rainfall during the wet season.
When joining us on a birding tour in Peru, it’s essential to pack thoughtfully for an enriching and comfortable experience.
Considering Peru’s diverse geography, pack appropriate clothing. Dressing in layers allows you to adapt to fluctuating temperatures, especially in the Andean region where conditions can vary with altitude. Ensure you have lightweight, moisture-wicking clothing for the warmer coastal areas, and include a waterproof jacket for unexpected rain, particularly in the Amazon rainforest.
Comfortable and sturdy footwear is advisable for navigating diverse terrains, whether you’re exploring the mountains, coastal regions, or dense rainforest trails. Additionally, don’t forget essentials such as a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, and insect repellent to protect yourself from the elements. Carry a backpack with essentials like a refillable water bottle, and a small first aid kit..
Equipment such as high-quality binoculars tailored for birdwatching is essential and if you have a good working camera and lens, then please bring it with you! A comprehensive field guide specific to the country’s birds, such as Birds of Peru (Helm Field Guides) would be recommended.
*Remember that when you book a Peru birding tour with us over 14 days, we will send you a new complementary field guide!
The Sustainable Birding Company is a subsidiary of Far and Wild Travel, a tailor-made tour company based in Cumbria, UK. Far and Wild Travel offer sustainable, luxury, tailor-made tour itineraries throughout Africa and around the world.