Peru Birdwatching Tours
Green Tours was established in 2006 with a desire to offer something more than just Peru birdwatching tours, yet rather genuine nature encounters along with innovation, comfort, wellbeing, and a solid obligation to their social and ecological duties. Not surprisingly, nearly 10 years on and Green Tours has also established themselves as one of the leading wildlife tour operators specialising in birding tours throughout Peru.
With more than 1180 species of birds, 118 of which are endemic making Peru one of the top birdwatching destinations in the world. The reason for this exceptional bird diversity is the Andes mountain range, which creates an incredibly large number of different habitats from the Pacific coast lowlands, across the Andes, and into the Amazonian lowlands.
The company has been stablished in the Andes of north Peru, and from there we organize tours all over the country, with expert local guides in all important birding areas. Our Peru birdwatching tours include birdwatching in almost all possible and accessible habitats in Peru. This secures high probabilities of good sightings of almost all interesting bird species.
Our tours also includes itineraries suited for people interested in nature and bird photography. With slow pace itineraries, we can garantee that our guests have the pictures they’re looking for.
For Green Tours, there are two keywords that come to mind when birdwatching in Peru: “diversity” and “endemism”.
Green Tours is an approved member of the Peruvian Association of Adventure Tourism, Ecotourism and Specialized Tourism – APTAE.
Founder & Our Guides
Wilson Díaz – Co-founder of Green Tours: With no more than 10 Peru birdwatching tours per year, all tours are lead by Wilson Díaz, manager and founder of Green Tours. Always travelling with the support of local guides for the different sites he visits (local guides know best!). Smalls groups make it easy to give highly personalised service with the staff always taking care of everything that a nature traveller might need.
Henry Gonzales: Born and living in the city of Tarapoto, in northern Peru. He is an expert bird and nature guide. He can distinguish birds by its vocalization and displays. At the same time, he has a good knowledge of the best places for birding in the country. He concluded his studies of Tourism Management at the San Martin National University. He has been guiding expertly since 2007, being trained by Peru’s birding authorities like Jose Alvarez Alonso, Noam Shany and Constantino Aucca Chutas.
Oscar Mishaja: He was born in the small town of Infierno, in southeast Peru. He spent almost all of his life in the Tambopata National Reserve. He chose to turn into a bird guide because of the delight of sharing is nature encounters with the gests. He has been guiding in Tambopata for more than 10 years, then he started to become an expert bird guide while working in Pantanal (Brazil). Then he returned to Peru to be a full-time birding and nature guide in Tambopata.
Miguel Alván: He sees himself as exceptionally eager and energetic for his work. He has been guiding in north Peru for more than 10 years for important companies like Green Tours, Overseas Adventure Travel, Abercrombie & Kent, National Geographic Expedition, TCS, and others. His english is very good, and obviously speaks spanish. He generally will adjust to the particular requirements of the different customers. He is a sportive person, likes open air activities, and of course birdwatching. Currently, he is leading groups with a mixed interest in soft birding and archaeology.
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 birding tours within Peru.
After several years of professional tourism operation in every corner of Peru, the founders and employees of Green Tours felt that it was time to increase the level of commitment and responsibility with the local people living in natural areas where the company was working. Indeed, the non-profit organisation model is helping Green Tours to improve its strategies for nature conservation, environmental education, enhancement of tourism services, and improving the dynamism of small local economies.
Peruvian Plantcutter conservation project. An important project in west-northern Peru for the conservation of the habitat of the Peruvian Plantcutter, a Peruvian 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 have been helping Jeremy since 2017 with the production of mesquite tree seedlings and other native species used to repopulate degraded areas of the forests.
Arena Blanca Conservation Area. This is a private conservation initiative located near the small town of Aguas Verdes, in the San Martin department in 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 positioned Arena Blanca as a major birding hotspot in northern Peru. Norbil Becerra has hummingbird feeders visited by more than twenty species, and a Tinamou feeder visited by at least two species of Tinamous and one species of Wood-Quail. Since the number of birders visiting the area is increasing year after 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 the also 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 a former agricultural land nowadays 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 department in northern Peru. The whole area is known for its population of the endangered Chestnut-backed Thornbird, but in the conservation area Green Tours had 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 surface of the protected area.
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