Join Ken Archer on this exciting tour which goes through Northern Peru – a wild region which includes many endemic and spectacular species. On this trip we will see up to 50 species of hummingbirds and photograph most of them, wildlife includes the Spectacled Bear at Chaparri Ecolodge, probably the best location to photograph the only South American bear species. Other wildlife should include Sechuran Foxes, marmosets and more. It includes 2 nights at the best location to photograph the incredible Marvellous Spatuletail hummingbird and 3 nights at Owlet Lodge with hummingbird multi-flash photography.. We spend the first afternoon in Lima photographing the Amazing Inca Tern. The extension features Machu Picchu and we will continue to seek out native birds.
Story and photographs by Mercedes Benavides
Peru is one of the top 20 mega-diverse countries in the world. Its capital city of Lima contributes to this through its beautiful landscapes, flora and fauna. To the west is the Pacific Ocean. On the east is the foot of the rising Andes Mountain Range, and on the north and south is desert. Millions of years ago when the Andes were created gorges formed on the western side of the Andes through which rivers flowed into the Pacific Ocean. Those gorges today are fertile valleys along the coastline of Peru, and it is in one of them, on the alluvial fan of the River Rimac, that the city of Lima is located.
Lima has many natural and man-made nature locations, but here are four of the best. The first is the Zona Reservada Pantanos de Villa, a Ramsar Site, which is designated a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention, an intergovernmental treaty. Ramsar Sites are recognized as being of significant value not only for the country or the countries in which they are located, but for humanity as a whole. The Zona Reservada Pantanos de Villa is a coastal wetland and a location for feeding, nesting, rest and safe harbor for resident and migratory birds. Migrants fly in from Chile and Argentina to the south; from the United States and Canada to the north; and from over the Andes to the east. More than 200 bird species exist at this site, and one of them is the Many-Colored Rush-Tyrant (Tachuris rubrigastra), a favorite with nationals and foreign visitors.
A second location includes the cliffs of the Costa Verde which are a magnificent site that show the face of the desert and overlook the Pacific Ocean. Continue reading