#1.Peru’s national bird – The Andean Cock of the Rock
Perhaps the #1 reason to visit Peru this fall is to see these incredible birds displaying at their lek site.
On past tours we have had up to 15 males displaying in a truly unforgettable spectacle.
Some places simply must be visited once in every traveller’s lifetime. Machu Picchu is definitely one such place. Photos cannot do it justice though. You need to stand at the sun gate and look out over this incredible place to understand and be humbled.
#3.Weird and Amazing Hummingbirds
We can see a large variety of feisty hummingbirds on this workshop. Perhaps none are more interesting than the Rufous-crested Coquette and Wire-crested Thorntail.
Definitely one of the highlights of this trip is heading way down in to the Amazon rainforest to a site where well over 100 Red and Green Macaws come each day to eat the clay that they need to survive. The anticipation of seeing the birds fly in and interact is wonderful and the photo opp’s are plentiful!
Cuzco is the former Inca capital and a fantastic city to visit. We will have a few days to explore and learn all about the history of this important place and what it meant to its inhabitants. Oh and we will do some shopping too!
Throughout this trip we can see a variety of colourful tanagers. Some of my favourite include the Paradise Tanager, Orange-eared Tanager and Masked Crimson Tanager. This trip has so many possibilities!
#7.Fantastic Animals from the Amazon
Once we descend down into the lowland strange and wonderful animals are never too far away. Monkeys, Turtles, Tapirs and bizarre birds like the Horned Screamer are waiting to be discovered.
I just don’t think that a top 10 list about Peru would be complete without mentioning Llamas. It would be like making a top 10 list about Canada and not mentioning a Moose. Or a list about the USA without mentioning the Bald Eagle. Llamas are awesome!
#9.Birds of the Cloud Forest
While the diversity of birds in the high elevation cloud forests may not be as high as in the lower elevation rainforests there are some really special birds to be seen. I am especially fond of the Scarlet-bellied Mountain Tanagers and Grass Green tanagers that are often spotted.
#10.Natural Wonders, Cultural History and A Really Great time!
At the end of the day there is no one bird or one reason to join this falls Peru photo workshop. Instead it is the combination of incredible birds and photo opportunities, the cultural treasures of the Inca Empire, the new friends that are waiting to be made and the fun that you are sure to have.