Peru, home to over 14,500 species of animals, invites wildlife enthusiasts to experience the land of ancient empires, hidden treasures, diverse landscapes, renowned cuisine, unbarred natural terrains and exotic amazon wildlife.
The country is ranked as a top destination for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts alike.
From the exotic Amazon jungle to the coastal desert plain via the breathtaking peaks of the Andes, Peru’s wealth of places to visit offers boundless potential for adventure. Whether you want to trek the hallowed Inca Trail, drink pisco sours in a sleepy colonial town, swim with Amazon River Dolphins or paddle your way down the Amazon River in a dugout canoe – or all of the above – this is a country ripe for exploration. Wherever you go Peru’s vibrant Andean culture, one of the most exciting in the Americas, will brighten your travels. Tucked-away highland towns explode into colour on market day and local fiestas are celebrated with unbridled enthusiasm. And that’s before you’ve set eyes on the local wildlife.
Boasting access to the highest tropical mountain range in the world as well as one of the best preserved areas of virgin Amazon rainforest, Peru’s wildlife is as diverse as you would expect, and the sight of Jaguars slinking through the jungle, Spectacled Caimans sunning themselves on riverbanks and dazzling macaws gathering at Amazon clay licks, are all within the visitor’s grasp. Holding about eighteen percent of the world’s 10,000 bird species, Peru is a superlative Neotropical birding destination. Almost every eco-lodge in the Amazon basin lists over 600 bird species for their property alone.
Lima is the customary starting point for all Peru tours. Birding sites near the capital city include: Pucusana fishing port where Humboldt Penguin, Peruvian Diving Petrel, Peruvian Booby, Guanay and Red-legged Cormorants, Blackish Oystercatcher, Grey Gull, Inca Tern and Peruvian Seaside Cinclodes are possible on boat trips out to a South American Sea Lion colony and beyond; Lomas de Lachay and the surrounding area where Peruvian Thick-knee, Least Seedsnipe, Oasis Hummingbird, Peruvian Sheartail, Coastal, Greyish and Thick-billed Miners, Cactus Canastero, Collared Warbling Finch and Raimondi’s Yellow Finch occur.
The nearby Laguna Paraiso on the Pacific coast is a good place for waders, gulls including Belcher’s and Grey, and terns including Peruvian. In addition, no visit to Peru would be complete without a pelagic boat trip out of Callao, on which the range of possible seabird sightings includes Waved Albatross, Hornby’s Storm Petrel and Swallow-tailed Gull.