Birding Peru Tours
Green Tours was established in 2006 with the aim of offering Peru birdwatching tours that were genuine nature encounters and also supported conservation. All of its tours are accompanied by knowledgeable guides and ensure a comfortable stay. Fifteen years on and Green Tours is one of the leading wildlife tour operators specialising in birding tours throughout Peru.
We strive to provide the best possible tourism services. These take into consideration:
- Safety and comfort. Due to the nature of the terrain covered by Peru birdwatching tours, most birding and nature trips have to involve long drives or boat rides. We only use authorized vehicles, with tourism operation permits issued by the Peruvian government. We can guarantee that you will never find yourself in an uncomfortable, unsafe, too small or unauthorized vehicle.
- The highest quality lodging available. In the larger cities we organise 3- to 4-star hotels (5-stars hotels may be booked on demand, if available). At ecolodges we always book the best available rooms. Your comfort is our top priority.
- Ensuring good communication between our tour leaders and our operations office. In this way we make sure all booked services are ready before our guests arrive at hotels, restaurants, nature reserves, etc. Also, if an unexpected event occurs, we make sure the crew from our office is there to help the tour leader resolve the issue.
Green Tours is based in the Andes of northern Peru and from there we organize tours across the country, with expert local guides in all the important birding areas. Our Peru birdwatching tours include access to almost all the possible habitats in Peru. This means the best possible sightings of almost all the interesting Peruvian bird species.
Our birding Peru tours include itineraries suitable for people interested in nature photography. By keeping the race of these slow and easy we can guarantee our guests will get the pictures they’re hoping for.
Green Tours’ Founder & Guides
Wilson Díaz – Co-founder of Green Tours: Wilson leads all our Peru birdwatching tours, travelling with the support of local guides who are most knowledgeable about their particular areas. He keeps the groups small, which makes it easy for him to give a highly personalised service. The other Green Tours staff take care of everything that a nature traveller might need for comfort and convenience.
Henry Gonzales: Henry was born and is living in the city of Tarapoto, in northern Peru. He is an expert bird and nature guide who studied Tourism Management at the San Martin National University. He is skilled at identifying birds by their calls and behaviour displays and has a good feel for the best places for birding in his area. He has been guiding expertly since 2007, having been trained by some of Peru’s best birding authorities – Jose Alvarez Alonso, Noam Shany and Constantino Aucca Chutas.
Oscar Mishaja: Oscar was born in the small town of Infierno, in southeast Peru. He has spent almost all of his life in the Tambopata National Reserve. He chose to follow a career as a bird guide because he delights in sharing nature encounters with the guests. He started his guiding in the Pantanal in Brazil before returning to Peru to be a full-time birding and nature guide in Tambopata. He has been guiding in the National Reserve for more than 10 years.
Miguel Alván: Miguel is an exceptionally eager and energetic guide. He has been birding in northern Peru for more than 10 years for not only Green Tours but also Overseas Adventure Travel, Abercrombie & Kent, National Geographic Expedition, TCS, and others. His English is very good, and he is always willing to accommodate the particular requirements of different customers. He is a sporty person who likes open-air activities, as well as, of course, birdwatching. He is also qualified to lead groups with a combined interest in leisure birding and archaeology.
Green Tours is a member of the Peruvian Association of Adventure Tourism, Ecotourism, and Specialized Tourism – APTAE. This is the most important nature tourism organization in the country. The company’s general manager, Carlos Diaz, has been Vice-President of the Association for several years.
Asociación Green Tours is a non-profit organisation committed to the conservation of nature and the wellbeing of the people living in the natural areas where Green Tours regularly runs its Peru birdwatching tours.
After several years of running a professional tourism operation in every area of Peru, the founders and employees of Green Tours felt that it was time to raise the level of their commitment and responsibility to local people living in natural areas where the company is working. A non-profit organisation model is helping Green Tours improve its strategies for contributing to nature conservation, environmental education, enhancement of tourism services, and improving the dynamism of small local economies.
The Peruvian Plantcutter conservation project is an important project in west-northern Peru for the conservation of the habitat of the Peruvian Plantcutter, an endemic bird restricted to the dry forests of the Pacific coast of northern Peru. The project is led by Peruvian-British conservationist Jeremy Flanagan. Green Tours has been helping Jeremy since 2017 with the cultivation of mesquite tree seedlings and other native species used to repopulate degraded areas of the local forests.
Arena Blanca Conservation Area. This is a private conservation initiative located near the small town of Aguas Verdes, in the San Martin province of northeast Peru. The property, 12 hectares of white sand forest, belongs to Norbil Becerra and his family. After three years of hard work, Norbil has established Arena Blanca as a major birding hotspot in northern Peru. Norbil Becerra has hummingbird feeders visited by more than 20 species and a Tinamou feeder visited by at least two species of tinamous and one species of wood-quail. As the number of birders visiting the area is increasing year-on-year, Asociación Green Tours is helping Norbil with some aspects of his accounting and improving the quality of the services he is offering to the visitors.
El Rejo Conservation Area. A family-owned patch of about 30 hectares of mountain humid forests above the Río Marañon valley. In 2017, a team from Green Tours visited the area and discovered what could be very important populations of the very rare Cajamarca sub-species of Rufous Antpitta, and also the rare Jelski’s Chat-Tyrant. The owners are already improving the entrance road and the trails inside the property, and are very keen to establish a formal nature reserve.
Loma de las Perdices Conservation Area. This is former agricultural land now dedicated to the conservation of the characteristic vegetation of the Río Marañon valley. The property is located near the town of San Marcos, in the Cajamarca province of northern Peru. The whole area was already known for its population of the endangered Chestnut-backed Thornbird, but Green Tours identified another four endemic species of birds: Buff-bridle Inca-Finch, Black-throated Woodpecker, Marañon Gnatchatcher, and White-rumped Black-Tyrant. Currently, Asociación Green Tours is working on improving the access road and planning to buy more land to increase the extent of the protected area.
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