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Bird Watching Day Trips in Peru: Lima, Cuzco and Arequipa

Lima and Beyond Birding Trips

This range of 1-day and half-day Bird Watching Day Trips in Peru: Lima, Cuzco and Arequipa tour is leisurely paced available daily operate daily throughout the year with group sizes of up to 12 birders. The trips are designed to give you some good quality, leisurely birding, even if you are short of time. They also work well if you are on a general touring holiday, visiting Inca sites and taking in Peruvian culture, or passing through on business and want to incorporate a little bit of wildlife watching with an expert guide.

These well-planned bird watching trips are a fantastic opportunity to see and photograph local birds and wildlife from all of Peru’s hub cities - Lima, Arequipa, Puno and Cusco. The birding and bird photography trips from Lima include coastal lagoons and deserts and the rocky shores of the Pacific, with species such as Inca Tern, Peruvian Thick-knee, Peruvian Sheertail, Least Seedsnipe, Red-legged Cormorant, Surf Cinclodes and the Many-colored Rush-Tyrant during this bird watching day trip.

Other trips include venturing up into the Andes mountains to Santa Eulalia Canyon and the Ticlio Pass. There you have opportunities to see the enigmatic Diademed Sandpiper Plover among many other interesting species.

This Birding trips from Cusco offer Condor-watching experiences in the Apurimac Valley. These magnificent birds of prey are the pinnacle of a whole range of raptors that inhabit the high peaks around the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. At the same site you could enjoy Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Torrent Duck, Andean Motmot and Green-and-White Hummingbird.

Another exciting day trip involves views of three species of flamingo filtering the waters in the salt lakes near Arequipa. While you are there you might also catch a glimpse of Andean Avocet, White-throated Earthcreeper and Dark-winged Canastero.

Near Puno there are opportunities for encounters with Titicaca Grebe, Chilean Flamingo, Puna Teal and Giant Hummingbird. Or you could enjoy a slightly longer, two-day trip to Colca Canyon, Abra Malaga and Machu Picchu for a greater range of birds to add to your list.

Bird Watching Day Trips in Peru: Lima, Cuzco and Arequipa highlights include:

  • Good quality bird watching trips that only occupy a single day or half day
  • The chance to find endemics and iconic Peruvian birds
  • A wide choice of habitats and species, from coastal to high mountain

If you are interested in longer tour options and you enjoy finding rarities, then perhaps the Junin Grebe Birding Tour in Central Peru might be to your liking. 

Alternative tour name: Peru's Varied Birdwatching Day Trips
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Best bird target species during birding day tours near Lima.

Inca Tern, Condor, Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, White-bellied Cinclodes, White-cheeked Cotinga, Rufous-breasted Warbling-Finch, Cactus Canastero, Peruvian Sheertail, Least Seedsnipe, Red-legged Cormorant, Surf Cinclodes, Many-colored Rush-Tyrant

Best highlights during birding day tours near Cuzco

Condor, Royal Cinclodes, Many-colored Rush-Tyrant, Bearded Mountaineer, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Apurimac Brush-Finch, Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch

Best bird target species during birding day tours near Machu Picchu.

Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Torrent Duck, Andean Motmot, Green-and-White Hummingbird, Inca Wren

Best bird target species during birding day tours near Arequipa.

Puna Flamingo. (James’ Flamingo), Andean Flamingo, Andean Avocet, White-throated Earthcreeper, Dark-winged Canastero

Best bird target species during birding day tours near Puno.

Titicaca Grebe, Chilean Flamingo, Puna Teal, Giant Hummingbird, White-tufted Grebe

What is included?

  • Expert Guiding
  • Transport
  • Hotel pickup
  • Lunch in the field during full day tours
  • Breakfast in the field on day tours that start before dawn.
  • All entrance fees to all reserves
  • Safe drinking water (bring empty field bottle to fill up)

What is not included?

  • Dinners
  • breakfasts for any day tour that starts after 7 AM.
  • Gratitudes
  • Personal snacks
  • Bottled drinks
  • Anything that is mention in the itinerary an

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Why book with Kolibri Expeditions?

We only employ the best drivers and guides, together with our conservation pathos and care for the environment and the local communities. And our field meals are legendary both in terms of abundance, healthy quality and environmental care avoiding single use plastics. Our field meals prepared by our drivers are very healthy. We provide breakfasts that are lacto-ovo vegetarian and our field lunches are vegan most of the time for everyone as a conscious way to more environmentally friendly. Meat eaters don'tneed to be afraid - at night you chose what you want. We try not to waste your birding time avoiding sitdown lunches at restaurants and instead aim to have our driver prepare field meals.

Which are the best day tours for bird photographers?

In Lima we do a coastal tour that is particularly focused on photographing birds. But for mobile photographers any of the day tours are good Also in Cusco there our tour to 2 day tour to Machu Picchu is very good for bird photography.

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This tour is operated by: Kolibri Expeditions
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Tour Facts

  • Full or half day birding trips from Lima, Cusco and Arequipa
  • Available Daily
  • Full Day Trip
  • Birds
  • up to 12 people, but normally groups are 2-6.
  • half day or full day. Also a few 2 day trips from Lima and Cusco
  • Any time of year
  • No limit.
  • Leisurely
  • English, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, French, Portuguese, Italian + (Japanese and Mandarin with translator).
  • Alejandro Velasco Astete Cusco International Airport
  • Alejandro Velasco Astete Cusco International Airport