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Peru has the largest number of bird species anywhere in the world. The Tambopata-Candamo National Reserve, situated in the south of the country, is an ornithologist’s dream. Stretching over 1.4 million hectares of pristine forest in the Amazon Basin this is one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth, home to an astounding 592 species of bird.
Tambopata National Reserve, in the south of Peru, is a protected area and refuge for many species of birds and animals whose habitats have been disturbed elsewhere. The reserve is only accessible by boat, with great areas completely untouched by humans. This is incredible bird country: the sheer fertility of the region has produced a wealth of ecological niches, allowing a proliferation of species that must seen to be believed. Their vibrant colours and songs underline the uniqueness of this precious place.
It’s impossible to describe the highlights of this trip in one paragraph as even a straight list of the birds you might spot would fill this page. You’ll visit many different kinds of habitat, from terra firme, secondary and transitional forest to bamboo groves, floodplain and swampland, each of which offers new opportunities to see different birds. You’ll witness the living kaleidoscope of the parrot and macaw clay lick in the early morning light, and view owls at night with the aid of a spotlight. You’ll also have the opportunity to watch the flocks that live in the rainforest canopy from the purpose-built viewing tower. With luck you may even spot a Harpy Eagle.
This trip is for all people interested in wildlife but particularly for bird lovers. There are more bird species in this region than in the whole USA and this makes it one of the top ornithological destinations on the planet. You will be outside every day, trekking, climbing towers and travelling on the rivers: make sure you are fit enough to cope with long days of activity.
In the rainforest there are insects, wild animals and changeable weather patterns. Make sure you are vaccinated against any jungle diseases and that you are medically prepared for your trip - antimalarials are normally advised. Remember you will need waterproof clothing and good footwear. This trip is for people who respect the rainforest and will behave accordingly (leaving no rubbish, adhering to trails and listening to the safety advice of your guides).