Birdwatching Tour in Chiguata and Laguna de Salinas, Peru
This Full-day tour Chiguata and Laguna de Salinas Birding Tour which is moderately paced available on request will introduce us to some Andean birds, 2 of them endemics and some others with a range restricted to southern Peru. Around Chiguata village, we could see different species like Thick-billed Miner an endemic bird, White-throated Earthcreeper, Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant, Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant, Golden-billed Saltator. Expect to see on average of around 40 bird species on this tour.
Going up through El Simbral, towards the Salinas Lagoon we cross Polylepis and Gynoxys forest patches, here it is possible to watch: Tamarugo Conebill (only between March and September), Black-hooded Sierra-Finch, Black Metaltail (endemic), with luck Andean Condor.
" Thank you so much for your wonderful guiding services to see and enjoy Peru birds. This has been a fantastic experience! Best wishes always, and good birding. We hope our paths cross again.- Carrol & Ethelle Henderson
In Salinas Lagoon, we could see the 3 species of Andean flamingos: Chilean Flamingo, the most common of all; Andean Flamingo, the bigger and scariest; and, Jame’s Flamingo, the small one. Here I found the first record for Peru of Horned Coot, besides that: Andean Avocet; Puna Yellow-Finch; Puna Plover; Golden-spotted Ground-Dove; Cinnamon-bellied Ground-Tyrant (and austral migrant), Cordilleran Canastero; Grey-breasted Seedsnipe and Puna Tinamou during this Chiguata and Laguna de Salinas Birding Tour.
Expect to be amazed at the incredible scenery of 3 volcanoes: Misti, Pichu-Pichu, and Ubinas, hot springs, and when the Salinas Lagoon is dry, the vast expanse of salt, and the diversity of habitats due to different altitudes visited in this trip.
Our Chiguata and Laguna de Salinas Birdwatching Tour starts and ends in Arequipa, a city founded by the Spaniards more than 470 years ago, all of its old buildings are made of Sillar a white volcanic rock, from which the “White City” name came. Your expert bird guide will accompany you for the full duration of the tour which will ensure that you do not miss any of the most important bird species.
The diversity of habitats on this Chiguata-Salinas Lagoon Birding Tour leads to avian highlights, such as Black Metaltail, Thick-billed Miner; both endemics. The opportunity to see the three Andean flamingoes: Chilean, Andean, and James’s Flamingoes. There is also as always the possibility of a rarity like Horned Coot found for the first time for Peru in Salinas Lagoon Jancoccota Lagoon in 2013, normally found in Argentina and Chile that can be experienced in Chiguata and Laguna de Salinas Birdwatching Tour.
Chiguata and Laguna de Salinas Birding Tour Highlights include:
- Salinas Lagoon: A high altitude salty lagoon.
- Aguas Calientes and Salinas Huito Bogs: With a special set of high altitude birds.
- The El Simbral Polylepis forest: the habitat for Giant Conebill and Tit-like Dacnis.
- Chiguata surroundings: With its people, history, old church made of “Sillar” a volcanic rock, and scenic landscapes.
- Many volcanoes: The Misti, Pichu-Pichu and Ubinas.
Alternative Tour Name: Birding Chiguata and Salinas Lagoon