Bird Watching: Southern Route

A wide range of experiences

The birdwatching route through the Southern region has always been the best known. This circuit is also known as the “Megadiversity Route”. It crosses the rich coastal waters of Paracas and the mysterious Nasca Lines; the Andes through Pampa Galeras (where vicuñas are protected), or through Arequipa and the Colca Valley, or Cusco, the so-called “navel of the world”; the high Andean plateau of Puno and Lake Titicaca until it reaches the plains of Manu and Tambopata. This route is noted for having the best infrastructure of the three routes and for being the cradle of the Inca Empire. The main birds that can be seen along this route are those that live in the Polylepis or queñual forests, those birds that visit the clay licks (known as «Collpas»); bamboo specialists and ant-eating birds; as well as other specialist categories. The most emblematic birds are the Inca Wren (Pheugopedius eisenmanni), and the Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus).

Birding Rally Challenge Peru, Southern 2012

The Birding Rally Challenge is the only competition of its kind in the world. It brings together the best known birdwatchers on the planet, who work in teams to try to see and hear the largest number of bird species on a set route.
The first event of the “Birding Rally Challenge Peru, Southern 2012” brought together twenty four international experts, represented in 6 teams and coming from the following countries: (2) the United States (2), Brazil (1), the United Kingdom (1), South Africa (1) and Spain(1). During 6 days they explored the abundant biodiversity of the low and high jungle of Peru, starting in Puerto Maldonado, crossing the Inter Oceanic Highway and arriving at Cusco in the Andes.
They recorded a total of 649 bird species during the six days of competition. The winning team was “LSU – Tigrosomas” from the United States, which won the John P. O’Neill prize for spotting 493 birds.

  • The “Forest – Falcons” team from the United Kingdom came in second place, with 490 species spotted.
  • The team of “e-Birds” from the United States was in third place, having spotted 413 species.
  • Fourth place went to the Brazilian team “Ararajuba”, which spotted 396 species.
  • The team “Zuzulanders” from South Africa took fifth place with 364 species.
  • The team “Tramuntana” from Catalunya was in sixth place with 348 birds spotted.

What else is there to do?

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In Tacna

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