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Junin Grebe Birding Tour in Central Peru - 5 Days

Junin Grebe Birding Tour in Central Peru
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Specialist Junin Grebe Birding Tour

This 5-day Junin Grebe Birding Tour in Central Peru focuses particularly on finding the flightless Junin Grebe on Lake Junin. The lake is the largest body of water entirely within Peru (Lake Titicaca is shared with Bolivia) and it is found at just over 4,082m above sea level in the centre of Peru.

This fascinating and endemic grebe is the most threatened avian species in Peru and one of two endangered bird species at the RAMSAR-designated lake, the other being the local subspecies of Black Rail, known as Junin Rail. We may also see Black-breasted Hillstar and Dark-winged Miner along with many other species of these high altitudes.

"Gunnar has outstanding knowledge of Peru, has decent vehicles and uses good local guides. HIs connections to local conservation are also outstanding. Kollibri can accommodate budget travelers and higher end travelers who want a good level of comfort. Their flexibility with schedules is also notable. Conditions are often quite changeable in Peru but Gunnar is expedient in resolving unforeseen problems. I've done 3 tours and will do at least one more when time permits. " - Marcel Holyoak

It's not only birds that attract interest in this unique area of South America. There are also two threatened species of frogs associated with Lake Junin, including the entirely aquatic Lake Junin Giant Frog.

Aside from visiting the Junin Grebes, this birding tour in Central Peru takes in the forests of Bosque Unchog in the Carpish mountains. There we hope to find what might be considered the second best bird on this trip - the iconic and very large Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager.

Other endemic birds you can see while birding in Central Peru include the Rufous-backed Inca-Finch, Brown-flanked Tanager, Rufous-browed Hemispingus, Pardusco, Bay-vented Cotinga, Large-footed Tapaculo, Neblina Tapaculo, newly described White-winged Tapaculo, Baron's Spinetail, Chestnut Antpitta, Bay Antpitta, Panao Antpitta, Chachapoyas Antpitta, Masked Fruiteater,  Striped Earthcreeper.

Junin Grebe Birding Tour in Central Peru highlights include:

  • Two endangered water birds - the eponymous grebe and the Junin Rail
  • Birding in the Bosque Unchog for Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager
  • Views of the high-altitude, largest lake to be found completely in Peru

The price of tour is based on four people on the tour. With fewer participants there is a surcharge. For example with two people in the group the surcharge is $400/person and with three people in the group $150/person.

Like the look of this birding tour but want to see what other, more general birding trips are on offer? Have a look at the Birdwatching Central Peru on Satipo Road Tour.

Alternative tour name: Central Peru Birding - Focus on Junin Grebe
Day 1
Day 1

We recommend an easy day in Lima this morning such as Pantanos de Villa and Pucusana or if you want something more intense such as a day trip to Santa Eulalia Canyon. Very comfortable night bus to Huanuco leaving Lima at 10 PM - this way we get a gradual aclimatization over the next five days. There is a flight service to Huanuco also but it leaves mid-morning and you thus lose a birding day and need to add a hotel night in Huanuco. Let us know if this is your preferred option.

Day 2
Day 2

Birding at the Carpish Tunnel in the morning for Unstreaked Tit-Tyrant, Tchudis Tapaculo, Gray-browed (Stripe-headed) Brush-Finch, Rufous Spinetail, Peruvian Wren, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, Golden-plumed Parakeet, Scaly-naped Parrot, Mountain Cacique and hopefully Chestnut Antpitta and Rufous-browed Hemispingus. Night in Huanuco.

Day 3
Day 3

Early 3AM start for Bosque Unchog. Key species is naturally Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager. Pardusco is usually easy. Rufous-browed Hemispingus is time consuming and Bay-vented Cotinga rare but very conspicuous when perched.

Other birds include Coppery Metaltail, Neblina and Large-footed Tapaculo, Plenge´s Thistletail, Many-striped and Line-fronted Canastero, Paramo Seedeater, White-collared Jay, Rufous (Obscure) Antpitta (ssp obscura warrants species recognition) and Brown-flanked Tanager. Night in Huanuco

Day 4
Day 4

Paty trail in the morning slowly to add species like Peruvian Tyrannulet Masked and Band-tailed Fruiteater, Masked Saltator, Drab Hemispingus, White-eared Solitaire,Grey-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Inca Flycatcher, Bay and Chestnut Antpittas, Buff-browed Foliage-Gleaner, Orange-breasted Falcon, Chestnut-breasted Wren,Long-tailed Antbird, etc. Rest of the day birding the Carpish area.

Day 5
Day 5

If necessary we shall do another 3 AM start for a repeat visit at Bosque Unchog. Perhaps we missed one of the keybirds and would like to give it another shot. At 10 AM we break and start heading towards Junin.

We shall be birding the dry scrub for Rufous-backed Inca-Finch and Brown-flanked Tanager and then continue to Junin lake, via a stop at the Polylepis forests at Quichas for Stripe-headed Antpitta, Giant Conebill, Baron´s Spinetail, Thick-billed Siskin and Striated Earthcreeper if time permits. Night in basic hotel in Junin.

Day 6
Day 6

First we make a try for Junin Rail, and then we continue to make a short boat tour on the lake for the critically endangered Junin Grebe. As we drive back Junin Town we shall be looking for Dark-winged and Common Miner before we continue towards Ticlio for White-bellied Cinclodes, Diademed Plover, Rufous-bellied and Gray-breasted Seedsnipes and Black-breasted Hillstar. We shalll be arriving in Lima at around 8-9 pm. Please schedule flights after 11 pm if you fly out internationally or stay another day in Lima.

The best birds of the Central Peru birding tour

Junin Grebe, Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager, Bay-vented Cotinga, Rufous-browed Hemispingus, White-bellied Cinclodes.

What is included?

  • Comfortable sleeper night bus from Lima
  • Professional guiding
  • Professional driver who is also a great field cook preparing delicious meals.
  • Daily ebird checklist
  • Checklist pdf that you can print out
  • Vegetarian and vegan options
  • Safe drinking water (bring a water container)
  • Some snacks

What is not included?

  • Community fee of $20
  • Bottled drinks
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Anything that is not included in the itienrary and "what is include"
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  1. Outstanding in-country knowledge
    Marcel Holyoak07 Apr 2017
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    Gunnar has outstanding knowledge of Peru, has decent vehicles and uses good local guides. HIs connections to local conservation are also outstanding. Kollibri can accommodate budget travelers and higher end travelers who want a good level of comfort. Their flexibility with schedules is also notable. Conditions are often quite changeable in Peru but Gunnar is expedient in resolving unforeseen problems. I've done 3 tours and will do at least one more when time permits.

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Why book with Kolibri Expeditions?

Kolibri Expeditions has been instrumental for the conservation at Bosque Unchog with our explorary work there since 1998 and introducing the community fee of $20 dollars which has given the community an incentive to conserve the forest. Kolibri Expeditions has also financed detailed studies of the Junin Grebe on Junin lake. 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 at spots where we can also spy some birds while having a bite. No time to lose when More Birds is our motto.

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This tour is operated by: Kolibri Expeditions
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