SANTA EULALIA ROADFULL DAY TOUR
With a pre-dawn departure in order to beat morning rush hour in Lima, this long and full day of day birding visits the Santa Eulalia Road located on the Western slope of the Andes. This tour benefits from the road’s elevation changes which produce an incredible combination of landscapes and habitats that greatly influence the birds. Species of interest include: such as Bronze-tailed Comet, Black Metaltail, Black-necked Woodpecker, Dark-winged Miner, Thick-billed Miner, Rufous-breasted Warbling-Finch, Great Inca Finch, and Rusty-bellied Brush-Finch.
About Santa Eulalia Valley
This area is one of the most accessible birding spots in the Andes from Lima and goes from approximately 2,953 feet (900m) up to 14,108 feet (4300m.) At this route approximately 200 species of birds have been recorded, many of which are endemic.
The vegetation is one typical of the west slope of the Andes, going from agricultural lands, through dry scrublands and barren landscapes, Polylepis forest all the way to bunchgrass know as ichu and the meadow bogs.
The lower part of the road might yield species such as Scarlet-fronted Parakeet, Giant Hummingbird, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Torrent Duck, Black-necked Woodpecker, White-capped Dipper, Purple-collared Woodstar, Andean Condor, and Rufous-breasted Warbling-Finch among others.
Duration: 10-12 hours (depending on traffic in Lima)
Habitats visited: arid montane scrubland, agricultural
4:00 AM – We will start with an early departure from Lima to the Santa Eulalia valley to avoid the chaotic traffic of Lima. We will drive for approximately 2 hours until we reach our first birding spot at 2,953 feet above sea level (900 meters).
6:00 AM – picnic breakfast, then birding up along the Santa Eulalia Road.
12:30 PM – lunch, then continuing to bird further up the Santa Eulalia Road.
The main targets on the first day will be the endemics Rufous-breasted Warbling-Finch, Great Inca Finch, Bronze-tailed Comet, Black-necked Woodpecker, Striated Earthcreeper, Rusty-crowned Tit-Spinetail, Thick-billed Miner and Rusty-bellied Brush-Finch. During this outing we may also spot: Andean Tinamou Canyon Canastero, Peruvian Pygmy-Owl, and Andean Condor.
Other species that we might expect to find are Bare-faced Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove, Andean Swift, Sparkling Violetear, Giant Hummingbird, Peruvian Sheartail, Purple-collared Woodstar, Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant, White-browed Chat-Tyrant, House Wren, Long-tailed Mockingbird, White-capped Dipper, Chiguanco Thrush, Cinereous Conebill, Blue-capped Tanager, Mourning Sierra-Finch, Band-tailed Seedeater, Golden-billed Saltator and Scrub Blackbird.
3:00 PM – After a full birding day, we will begin the drive back to Lima.
6:00 PM – arrival to hotel in Lima.
*Times stated are approximate and will be adjusted based on our pace and wishes of the group. Departure cannot changed as it is critical we get beyond Lima before morning traffic.
Want to continue up the Santa Eulalia Road and get even more birds? Check out our 2-Day Santa Eulalia Tour, which extends this day-tour into an overnight excursion that includes habitats like polylepis forest and targets like the Andean Condor.
*Please note, this checklist includes species for both the lower and upper sections of the Santa Eulalia Road.
PRICES 2017 (per person)
1 – $605
2 – $365
3 – $315
4 – 255
5 – $230
6 – $215
*Please submit a request for pricing on groups with more than 6 pax
- Private transportation (incl. driver) from/to your hotel
- Professional, English-speaking birding guide
- Breakfast and Lunch (boxed/picnic)
- Unlimited snacks and bottled water
- Printed destination checklist
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