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Cream-backed Woodpecker. Photo by Gina Nichol.BOLIVIA!
October 1 - 15, 2019

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Bolivia may be one of the less frequently visited birding destinations in South America, but it has truly great potential and magnificent birds. The country has more than 1430 bird species and there are at least 20 country endemic species. Add to that several range-restricted and 48 globally threatened birds that are very difficult to find elsewhere and you have an exceptional birding destination! Bolivia's avian biodiversity comes from its varied habitats and ecosystems. From the Amazon rainforest to Yungas cloud forests to the high Andean mountains to Lake Titicaca, Bolivia is most arguably the most diverse landlocked country on earth. In fact, some say that if it wasn’t landlocked it would have more species than any other country.

Until now, experiencing Bolivia's avian riches required a minimum of 3-4 weeks of exhilarating and exhausting travel. We've designed this shorter trip to be more affordable than those marathon trips while experiencing the highlights of Bolivia and its surprising diversity. Here is your opportunity to explore in the most important birding ecosystems in Bolivia and the best birds the country has to offer in just over two weeks.

The itinerary includes some stunning endemics such as Black-hooded Sunbeam, Bolivian Earthcreeper, Black-throated Thistletail, Berlepsch’s Canastero, Bolivian Recurvebill, Masked Antpitta, Yungas Tody Tyrant, Bolivian Brush Finch, Bolivian Blackbird and Cochabamba Mountain Finch, as well as a number of near-endemics and specialties, many of which are easier to see in Bolivia, such as Short-winged (Titicaca) Grebe, Red-tailed Comet and Hooded Mountain Toucan among many others.

 

To be even more flexible, the itinerary is broken into two parts, which can be taken together or separately:

Week #1, October 1 – 8, 2019  Itinerary>    
Birding from Santa Cruz and west onward to Cochabamba along the foothills of the Andes.

Week #2, October 8 – 15, 2019  Itinerary>
Birding the Altiplano and across the high Andes towards the Yungas valleys from La Paz.

Note:  A pre-trip extension is possible for Blue-throated Macaw.  Please inquire.


Join us to see Bolivia's spectacular birds in spectacular scenery in the birdiest landlocked country on Earth!

Above photo: Cream-backed Woodpeckers by Gina Nichol.

Blue-crowned Trogon by Gina Nichol.ITINERARY - WEEK 1
Birding from Santa Cruz and west onward to Cochabamba along the foothills of the Andes.

 

Day 1 - October 1, 2019:  Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
The tour will begin this morning in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, a lowland city surrounded by native woodlands of Acacia-like trees and other xerophytic vegetation (the Chiquitania region) and vast grassland plains and savannas reminiscent of the Brazilian cerrado. This diverse area offers several bird species endemic to and typical of this ecosystem, such as
Toco Toucan, White-wedged Piculet, Chotoy Spinetail, Chopi Blackbird, White Woodpecker, White-bellied Nothura, Red-winged Tinamou, Red-legged Seriema, Green-cheeked Parakeet, the near-endemic Bolivian Slaty Antshrike, and others. Overnight: Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Species possible around Santa Cruz de la Sierra:

Red-winged & Small-billed Tinamous, Long-winged Harrier, Yellow-chevroned Parakeet, Blue-winged Parrotlet, Guira Cuckoo, Thrush-like Wren, Masked Yellowthroat and Chopi Blackbird. Bolivian Slaty-Antshrike, Stripe-backed Antbird, Straneck’s (grey-crowned or monte) Tyrannulet, and many others including Blue-crowned Trogon (Photo: Gina Nichol), Amazonian Motmot, Buff-bellied Hermit, White-wedged Piculet, Red-billed Scythebill, Narrow-billed Woodcreeper, Stripe-backed and Mato Grosso Antbirds, Plush-crested Jay and many other species.
 
Open woodland & sand dunes around Santa Cruz:
White-bellied Nothura, Ringed Teal, and Whistling Heron.

 


Day 2 - Amboro National Park
Lodge at AmboroFrom Santa Cruz, we start our drive towards the inter-Andean valleys, on the way passing through the lush tropical forest of the Bermejo canyon. Today we will seek out the species of the forest and canyon such as Bolivian White-crowned Tapaculo, Grey-throated Leaftosser, Military Macaw, Rufescent Screech Owl, Two-banded Warbler, Dusky-green Oropendola, and more.


Our accommodation is located on the border of the Amboro National Park and is  a two hour drive from the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra. Tucked away in a deep valley, we will have spectacular views of sandstone rock cliffs, as well as the tropical forests which surround the hotel.  Overnight: Bermejo.


HIGHLIGHTS:
Species possible at the southern edge of Amboro National Park [Los Volcanes]:

Andean Condor (Photo: Steve Bird)King Vulture, Andean Condor (Photo: Steve Bird), Solitary Eagle (rare) and Military Macaw (increasingly rare), Bolivian Recurvebill (rare), Grey-throated Leaftosser, Slaty Gnateater, Bolivian Tapaculo, Yungas Manakin. More common and widespread species include Blue-headed and Red-billed Parrots, Grey-rumped, Chestnut-collared Swifts, Sparkling Violetear, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, White-eared Puffbird, Chestnut-tipped Toucanet, Chestnut-eared Aracari, Lineated and Red-necked Woodpeckers, Black-banded and Tschudi’s Woodcreepers, Plain Antvireo, White-backed Fire-eye, Sepia-capped and Slaty-capped Flycatchers, White-necked Thrush. Mixed flocks may well produce Tropical Parula, Slate-throated Whitestart, Guira, Black-goggled, White-winged, and Saffron-crowned Tanagers, Blue-naped Chlorophonia, and Thick-billed and Golden-rumped Euphonias. Higher elevation forests may produce the Short-tailed Antthrush. A beautiful crater lake, surrounded by dense reed beds, usually holds one or two family parties of Masked Duck, as well as Least and Pied-billed Grebes. Night birding in search of Rufescent Screech-Owl, Band-bellied Owl, Pauraque, Rufous Nightjar and Ocellated Poorwill, Subtropical Pygmy-Owl (rare).

 

Plush-crested Jay (Photo: Gina Nichol)Day 3 - Amboro National Park
This morning we will spend some hours birding around the lodge and Amboro National Park, looking for species like Two-banded Warbler, Black-goggled Tanager, Dusky-green Oropendola, Plush-crested Jay (Photo: Gina Nichol), Purplish Jay, Masked Duck, Green-cheeked Parakeet, Blue-throated Piping-Guan, and many others. With more than 270 species logged in the surrounding area, we will have plenty to look for in and around the park.

Located at the juncture of three major South American biogeographic regions, Amboro hosts species from all three including southern Amazonia, the central Andes as well as the Chaco.  The area is diverse, a result of the variability of the forest, which ranges from completely deciduous on the driest slopes to nearly evergreen in the humid canyon.  The varied habitats should offer some exciting birding! Overnight: Bermejo.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

Some species possible at the southern edge of Amboro National Park [Samaipata]: Giant Antshrike, Bolivian Earthcreeper, Glittering-bellied Emerald, Blue-and-white Swallow and Blue-and-yellow Tanager as well as Blue-crowned Parakeet, White-fronted & Striped Woodpeckers, Stripe-crowned Spinetail, White-bellied Tyrannulet, Greater Wagtail-tyrant, Pearly-vented Tody-tyrant, White-tipped Plantcutter, Ringed & Black-capped Warbling-finches, Grey-crested Finch, Red Pileated Finch and Golden-billed Saltator.


Red-tailed Comet (Photo: Gina Nichol)Day 4 - Amboro Dry Valleys to Comarapa
Today we will explore all the dry valleys between Samaipata and Saipina in search of some very special birds. Several Bolivian endemics can be found here and we hope to find Bolivian Earthcreeper, Bolivian Blackbird, Cliff Parakeet, and the endangered Red-fronted Macaw. Other species include Dusky-legged Guan, Giant Antshrike, Grey-crested Finch, and Chaco and White-eared Puffbirds, among others. Overnight: Comarapa.


HIGHLIGHTS:   Some species possible in the dry slopes of Comarapa and Siberia cloud forests on the southern edge of Amboro National Park [Comarapa]:
Star species include a number of endemics such as Bolivian Warbling Finch, Light-crowned Spinetail, Grey-bellied Flowerpiercer, Bolivian Warbling-Finch, Trilling Tapaculo, hummingbirds such as Red-tailed Comet (Photo: Gina Nichol), Violet-throated Starfrontlet, Scaled & Tyrian Metaltails, Bar-bellied & Montane Woodcreepers, Light-crowned Spinetail, Pearled Treerunner, Spot-breasted Thornbird, Grey-bellied Flowerpiercer, Montane Woodcreeper, Olive-crowned Crescent-chest, White-throated Tyrannulet, Andean Tyrant, Rufous-breasted Chat-tyrant, Scarlet-bellied & Chestnut-bellied Mountain-tanagers, Blue-backed Conebill, Rufous-naped Brush-finch, Buff-banded Tyrannulet, Light-crowned Spinetail, Bolivian Brush-Finch, Bar-bellied Woodpecker, and Band-tailed Fruiteater. Night birding may yield Scissor-tailed Nightjar, Tropical Screech owl among others.


Amboro National Park.Day 5 - Amboro Yungas Forest at Siberia
Leaving the dry valleys behind, we will drive through the cloud forest of the Siberia area, where we will look for the endemic Black-hooded Sunbeam and Black-throated Thistletail, but also for other species such as Grey-hooded Parakeet, Olive-crowned Crescentchest, Trilling Tapaculo, Light-crowned Spinetail, Pearled Treerunner, and Fulvous-headed Brush Finch. Overnight: Monte Blanco Lodge, Comarapa.


Day 6 - Comarapa to Siberia to Cochabamba

Today we will focus on birds of higher elevations like Black-throated Thistletail, Darwin Nothura, Thick-billed Siskin, Bolivian Brush Finch, the endemic Grey-bellied Flowerpiercer, and the endemic Wedge-tailed Hillstar.

Later in the day we will drive to Cochabamba. The city of Cochabamba, in the center of the country at 2550 meters (8366 feet) above sea level, will be our base for the next few days to explore the slopes of the snow-capped Cerro Tunari, where several endemics occur, such as Cochabamba Mountain Finch and Bolivian Warbling Finch. We will have a chance to see the gorgeous Red-tailed Comet, Andean Condor and several Polylepis specialists including Tawny Tit-Spinetail, Brown-capped Tit-Spinetail, and Giant Conebill. The beautiful mountain scenery is a picture in itself with images of Andean Gull, Andean Goose, and Andean Lapwing. Overnight: Cochabamba.

 
Tawny-throated Dotterel (Photo: Steve Bird)HIGHLIGHTS:
Higher altitude habitats between Siberia and Cochabamba: 

We’ll look for Black-throated Thistletail and Black-hooded Sunbeam at elfin forest patches as well as a variety of warbling-finches on the high Andean plateau. Other species include Wedge-tailed Hillstar, Rufous-bellied Saltator, Citron-headed Yellow-Finch, White-tipped Plantcutter and Great Pampa-Finch, Cinereous Harrier, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Tawny-throated Dotterel (Photo: Steve Bird), Bare-faced Ground-Dove, Giant Hummingbird, Slender-billed Miner, Cream-winged Cinclodes, Brown-capped Tit-Spinetail, Creamy-breasted Canastero, Tufted Tit-Tyrant, Rufous-webbed Bush-Tyrant, Brown-bellied Swallow, Rusty-browed Warbling-Finch and Greenish Yellow-Finch.

 


Masked Trogon (Photo: Gina Nichol)Day 7 - Cochabamba area (Chapare Road)
The cloud forest and upper tropical foothills hold several range-restricted species that are otherwise found only in the extreme southeast of Peru and are hard to get there, such as Hooded Mountain Toucan, Orange-browed Hemispingus, and Yungas Tody-Tyrant. We will also look for the endemic Yellow-rumped Antwren, White-eared Solitaire, Straw-backed Tanager, Blue-banded Toucanet, Crested Quetzal, and more.

The Chapare area is home of several exciting birds, including Rusty-faced Antpitta, Black-throated Thistletail, Trilling Tapaculo, White-eared Solitaire, the localized Hooded Mountain Toucan, Masked Trogon (Photo: Gina Nichol), Superciliaried and Orange-browed Hemispingus, Band-tailed Pigeon, Barred Antthrush, and Streaked Xenops among many others. Overnight: Cochabamba.

 

Crimson-mantled Woodpecker (Photo: Steve Bird)HIGHLIGHTS:
Species possible around Chapare Road and the Yungas of Carrasco National Park [Cochabamba]:
The areas explored here are reminiscent of La Siberia on the other side of the Reserve. We’ll be looking for Black-winged Parrot, Golden-headed Quetzal, Blue-banded Toucanet, Hooded Mountain-toucan, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker (Photo: Steve Bird) and Hooded Mountain-tanager at higher elevation. If time enables, we may explore lower elevation for Crested Quetzal, Speckled Hummingbird, Long-tailed Sylph, Booted Racket-tail, Versicolored Barbet, Saffron-crowned, Straw-backed and Beryl-spangled Tanagers, White-eared Solitaire, Andean Cock-of-the-Rock and Green Jay.   Other specialties we may see here include Black-throated Thistletail, Bolivian Tyrannulet, Black-winged Parrot, Blue-banded Toucanet, Band-tailed Fruiteater (near-endemic), Chestnut-crested Cotinga, White-eared Solitaire, the uncommon Straw-backed Tanager and Pale-footed Swallow as well as White-throated Antpitta. If we are lucky we will find the remarkable Torrent Duck and the extraordinary Sword-billed Hummingbird.


Day 8 - Cochabamba area (Polylepis Forest)
PM Flight back to Santa Cruz for end of tour or if continuing on second week, we will fly to La Paz, and on to Lake Titicaca (3,800 m).

 

HIGHLIGHTS:
Species possible in the Polylepis woodland near Cochabamba [Cochabamba]:

Star species here include Black-hooded Sunbeam, Wedge-tailed Hillstar, Maquis (or Iquico) Canastero, Rufous-bellied Saltator, Cochabamba Mountain-Finch, Citron-headed Yellow-Finch, Bolivian Blackbird.  Other species we may find include Rufous-sided Warbling-Finch (relatively common), Rufous-bellied Saltator, Maquis Canastero and Rock Earthcreeper, Black-hooded Sierra-Finch. Puna grasslands at the highest elevations may yield Short-tailed Finch on rockiest slopes, Puna Canastero and a variety of Ground-Tyrant species in grassier areas.


 
If time enables, we’ll spend time at Laguna Alalay for waterfowl such as White-tufted Grebe, Cinnamon, Yellow-billed & Puna Teals, White-cheeked Pintail, Puna Ibis, Andean Lapwing, Andean Gull, Plumbeous Rail, Black-necked Stilt, Andean Avocet, Baird’s Sandpiper, Cream-winged Cinclodes, Wren-like Rushbird, Andean Negrito, Many-colored Rush-Tyrant and Yellow-winged Blackbird.

 


Many-colored Rush Tyrant (Photo: Steve Bird) ITINERARY - WEEK 2
Birding the Altiplano and across the high Andes towards the Yungas valleys from La Paz.


Day 8 - Flight to La Paz, and on to Lake Titicaca (3,800 m)

In the afternoon, we will fly to the city of La Paz. From La Paz we will explore two more sights: Lake Titicaca to the north and the Yungas valleys to the east across the Andes. First we will visit Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, located at 3800 meters (12 468 feet) with a depth of 281 meters (9 222 feet), which is the home of the near-endemic, flightless Titicaca Grebe. We will also have a chance to see Andean Avocet, Chilean Flamingo, Puna Teal, Crested Duck, Yellow-billed Teal, and Many-colored Rush Tyrant (Photo: Steve Bird) here. Overnight: Local lodge on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:
Species possible around Lake Titicaca (3,800m) and Sorata area (2,700m) [Lake Titicaca]:

Titicaca Grebe, Black-hooded Sunbeam, Berlepsch’s Canastero plus a range of waterbirds at Lake Titicaca such as Silvery Grebe, Yellow-billed & Puna Teals,
Puna Ibis, Andean Lapwing, Andean Gull, Andean Avocet, White-tufted Grebe, Andean Ruddy Duck, Andean Negrito, Black Siskin and Yellow-winged Blackbird.
 

Andean Goose. Photo Gina Nichol.Day 9 - Lake Titicaca, Altiplano and Sorata area

Today’s excursion will take us to Sorata to look for the endemic and localized Berlepsch’s Canastero and other high-Andes species. Here we will look for the flightless Titicaca Grebe, should we have missed it earlier, and also for Silvery Grebe, Puna Teal, Crested Duck, Yellow-billed Teal, Yellow-billed Pintail, Andean Goose (Photo: Gina Nichol), Andean Lapwing, Andean Gull, Andean Negrito, Andean Flicker, Peruvian Sierra Finch, Chilean Flamingo, Spot-winged Pigeon, and more. We then will drive back to our hotel for overnight. Overnight: Lake Titicaca.


HIGHLIGHTS:
Specialties in Sorata area:
Huayco & Ornate Tinamous, Black-winged & Golden-spotted Ground Doves, Scribble-tailed Canastero, White-winged Black Tyrant, Golden-billed Saltator, Yellow-bellied Siskin.

 

 

Puna Ibis. Photo by Gina Nichol.Day 10 - La Cumbre (4,700 m) and Cotapata area
From La Paz, we will explore the lush cloud forest and foothills above Coroico town. We will drive through a spectacular Andean mountain road, once called the death road due to the high rate of truck accidents, but since truck traffic is not allowed anymore these days, the road to Coroico has become a paradise for birders and mountain bikers. We will be busy for the next two  days looking for species such as Rufous-bellied and Grey-breasted Seedsnipes, Scribble-tailed Canastero, and Giant Coot, which are mostly restricted to the high passes of the mountains, and also descend to the forest, where many species are possible, including mega mixed flocks of various more wide-spread tanagers, Barred and Band-tailed Fruiteaters, Versicolored Barbet, Upland Antshrike, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Bar-bellied Woodpecker, Hooded Mountain Toucan, Citrine Warbler, Glossy-black Thrush, Scarlet-bellied, Chestnut-bellied, and Hooded Mountain Tanagers, and many more. Overnight: Local Lodge in Coroico. Photo: Puna Ibis by Gina Nichol.

 
HIGHLIGHTS:
Species possible in the Andean bogs and stony slopes near La Cumbre pass (4,700m) to elfin forest and paramo bordering Cotapata National Park and then down to 1,600m elevation near Coroico [Nor Yungas]: 
Scimitar-winged Piha, Diademed Tapaculo, Orange-browed Hemispingus along with an excellent variety of tanagers and flycatchers. Other birds in the mid and higher elevation side valleys include Scribble-tailed Canastero, Puna Tapaculo, Black-billed Shrike Tyrant, Puna, Ochre-naped and White-fronted Ground Tyrants, Short-tailed Finch (rare) and Black Siskin, Moustached Flowerpiercer, White-browed Conebill, Mountain Cacique and numerous hummingbirds.  Rufous Antpitta, Diademed Tapaculo, Golden-collared Tanager and Black-throated Thistletail, Pale-footed Swallow, Plum-crowned Parrot, Versicolored Barbet, Golden-olive Woodpecker, Smoky-brown Woodpecker and Upland Antshrike, Torrent Duck, White-capped Dipper, Stripe-chested Antwren, tanagers and flycatchers.

 

Grey-breasted Seedsnipes (Photo: Steve Bird)Day 11 - La Paz Yungas Forest at Coroico Road
We spend another day exploring the Coroico Road in search of Rufous-bellied and Grey-breasted Seedsnipes (Photo: Steve Bird), should we have missed them earlier, White-winged Diuca Finch, Scribble-tailed and Puna Canasteros, Scarlet-bellied Mountain Tanager, Grass-green Tanager, Hooded Mountain Tanager, Chestnut-bellied Mountain Tanager, Diademed Tapaculo, Masked and Moustached Flowerpiercers, Barred and Band-tailed Fruiteaters, Hooded Mountain Toucan, White-collared Jay, Cabanis’s Spinetail, Versicolored Barbet, Yungas Tody-Tyrant, Upland Antshrike, and many more. Overnight: Local Lodge in Coroico.

 

Day 12 - La Paz Yungas Forest at Apa-Apa
An early departure will see us heading towards Apa Apa in the area known as Sud Yungas, in the heart of the Bolivian cloud forest The list of birds we will search for along the higher elevations of today’s route is impressive, with the likes of Andean Goose, Crested Duck, Giant Coot, Rufous-bellied and the rare Grey-breasted Seedsnipe, White-winged Diuca Finch, White-winged Cinclodes, Buff-breasted Earthcreeper, Puna Tapaculo and several species of ground tyrants at the highest elevations. Working our way down these staggeringly attractive high Andean slopes, we will bird some forest tracts for Black-winged Parrot, Yungas Dove, Diademed Tapaculo, the endemic Black-throated Thistletail, Hooded Mountain Toucan and Yungas Pygmy Owl. Mixed flocks are often encountered, and some of the commoner participants such as Ochre-faced Tody-Flycatcher, Light-crowned Spinetail, Moustached and Black-throated Flowerpiercers, Golden-collared Tanager, Orange-browed and Drab Hemispingus, Scaled Metaltail, Violet-throated Starfrontlet and other fine hummers are abundant. In order to keep close to these fantastic birding areas, we will stay at a fairly basic hotel in Chulumani, very near to Apa Apa. Overnight: Local Lodge in Chulumani.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:
Plushcap(Photo: Steve Bird)Species possible in the medium-high slope hanging cloud forest at ApaApa (1,500-2,000m elevation) [Sud Yungas]:
Rufous-capped Thornbill, Light-crowned Spinetail, Streaked Tuftedcheek, Rufous Antpitta, Streak-necked Flycatcher, Three-striped & Drab Hemispinguses, Citrine Warbler, Blue-backed Conebill, Plushcap (Photo: Steve Bird), Hooded Tinamou, Black-and-chestnut Eagle, Plum-crowned & Black-winged Parrots, Golden-olive, Crimson-mantled & Smoky-brown Woodpeckers, Upland Antshrike, Ochre-breasted Antpitta, Cock of the Rock, Scimitar-winged Piha, Scarlet-breasted Fruiteater, Yungas Pygmy-Owl (endemic), Yungas Tody-tyrant & Yungas Manakin plus Swallow-Tanager, Green-throated Tanager, Slaty Finch, Sickle-winged Guan, Olive-backed Woodcreeper, Black-streaked Puffbird, Montane Foliage-Gleaner, Bolivian Tyrannulet, White-eared Solitaire, Beryl-spangled Tanager, Stripe-faced Wood-Quail, Violet-throated Starfrontlet, Crested Quetzal, Masked Trogon, Hooded Mountain-Toucan, Montane Woodcreeper, Pearled Treerunner, Rufous-bellied & Red-rumped Bush-tyrants, White-collared Jay and Mountain Cacique.
 


Chestnut-crested CotingaDay 13 - La Paz Yungas Forest at Apa-Apa
The subtropical elevation of Apa Apa Reserve makes it one of the finest birding sites in Bolivia, containing many highly sought after species including Scimitar-winged Piha, Hooded Tinamou, Scarlet-breasted and Band-tailed Fruiteaters, Chestnut-crested Cotinga (Photo: Steve Bird), Yungas Manakin, Slaty Gnateater, Blue-browed Tanager, White-browed Brushfinch, Barred Antthrush, Dusky-green Oropendola, Green-cheeked Parakeet, Green-capped Tanager, Blue-banded Toucanet and an impressive array of flock species are all possible at this beautiful site.


Mixed flocks can contain high concentrations of species, some of which may be welcome repeats from earlier on, or even new birds for the tour such as Black-winged Parrot, Versicolored Barbet, Straw-backed Tanager, Blue-tailed Emerald, White-bellied Woodstar, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Red-billed Parrot, Strong-billed Woodcreeper, near-endemic Upland Antshrike, Rough-legged Tyrannulet, Unadorned Flycatcher, Inca Jay, Andean Solitaire, Grey-eared Brushfinch and Slaty Tanager. Overnight: Local Lodge in Chulumani.


Scarlet-bellied Mountain Tanager (Photo: Steve Bird)Day 14 - La Paz Yungas Forest and back to La Paz

We will depart early this morning to reach the best upper Yungas and high-elevation birding areas en route back to La Paz. The scenery is again of the spectacular kind. The Yungas, near Unduavi, gives us our best chance at seeing Yungas (large-tailed) Doves, while Andean Guan, Yungas Pygmy Owl, Citrine Warbler, White-banded Tyrannulet and Blue-backed Conebill, Hooded Mountain and Scarlet-bellied Mountain Tanager (Photo: Steve Bird) should all turn up. Further gems may consist of White-collared Jay, flocks of Southern Mountain Cacique, Scaled and Tyrian Metaltails, White-crested and Sierran Elaenias, the rare Three-striped Hemispingus, Barred Fruiteater or even Stripe-faced Wood Quail. There is also the chance to see Hooded Mountain Toucan. This mythical creature, which has led plenty a fine birder on a merry chase through the Andes is certainly not guaranteed, but this is one of the best places to find it. We expect to arrive in La Paz in the mid-afternoon, where a comfortable hotel and a good meal will help us a rest a little better. Overnight: La Paz.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:
High-altitude shrubland on the way back to La Paz:
Stripe-headed Antpitta, Puna Tapaculo, Scribble-tailed and Line-fronted Canasteros, Tufted Tit-tyrant, Brown-backed Chat-tyrant and Peruvian Sierra-finch.

 

Day 15 - Transfer to airport for international flight

Today we will say our goodbyes and transfer to El Alto (the La Paz international airport) to connect with our international flights home.

 

LODGING
All properties are simple but comfortable and well located. Very simple lodging is provided in the backcountry (i.e. rustic lodges at Amboro-Carrasco NP, Comarapa, Lake Titicaca, La Paz Yungas).

BOLIVIA!
October 1 - 15, 2019

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Contact gina@sunrisebirding.com to reserve your space!

FULL TOUR PRICE:  $5495.00 per person based on double occupancy from Santa Cruz del la Sierra, Bolivia. Note the tour begins in Santa Cruz and ends in La Paz.

Single occupancy (full tour):
$795.00 per person subject to availability.  Price based on exchange rates at the time the tour was posted (**see note below).

Pricing per week:

  • WEEK 1, Oct 1 - 8, 2019 (separately): $3095.00 per person based on double occupancy from Santa Cruz del la Sierra, Bolivia. Single occupancy (Week 1): $450.00 per person

  • WEEK 2, Oct 8 - 15, 2019 (separately): $3095.00 per person based on double occupancy from La Paz, Bolivia.  Single occupancy (Week 2): $450.00 per person

Deposit: $500.00 per person per tour. Note: Tour deposits can be paid by credit card via PayPal. 
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Included in cost:  Group transfer on arrival; All meals from breakfast on day 1 to breakfast on day 15; Bottled drinking water at all times during the tour; All lodgings based on double occupancy during the tour; All ground transportation and domestic flight Cochabamba to La Paz on day 8; All national park and other reserve entrance fees; Detailed pre-trip materials and checklist; Services of local guide and tour leaders throughout the trip.

 

Not included: International airfare; Flight back to Santa Cruz on Day 8 if leaving after week 1; Drinks other than bottled water; Items of a personal nature such as visa fees and personal travel insurance, special gratuities, telephone calls, laundry, etc.

 

RESERVATIONS: Contact gina@sunrisebirding.com to reserve your space!  Then follow up with your completed registration form and deposit of $500 per person per tour within two weeks to secure your place. Credit card deposits are possible with no added fees.   Please inquire.   Reservations are held with a deposit on a first-come, first-served basis.   
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Once the tour is confirmed to go ahead, we will send you information about booking your flights. Please do not book flights until you receive this information from us and are notified that the trip has sufficient numbers to run. Final payment is due June 1, 2019.

 

**Please note: Tour prices are based on quoted costs from ground operators (in their local currency), estimated fuel costs, and the rate of exchange the time of itinerary publication. The erratic nature to global financial markets makes it difficult to predict changes in costs and foreign currency exchange rates over the long term. Since tours are priced well in advance of the actual operation of the tour, tour costs, fuel costs and exchange rates can change, sometimes drastically. Depending on the extent of such changes, it may be necessary to implement a surcharge on this tour. If a surcharge is necessary, every effort will be made to minimize the amount.

Cancellations and Refunds: All cancellations must be made in writing. In the event that you must cancel your booking at any stage, all payments you have made to Sunrise Birding, LLC will be retained by us, except at our discretion. You may have the opportunity to transfer your booking to another tour or another person, provided you are unavoidably prevented from coming on the tour. In this case, you will bear any extra costs that such changes may incur. There are no refunds once the trip is confirmed to go ahead and no refunds will be made for unused meals, accommodations, or other trip features. Sunrise Birding, LLC cannot accept liability for airline cancellations or delays or penalties incurred by the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets or other expenses incurred by tour participants in preparing for this tour.

 

Insurance: Sunrise Birding, LLC recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click on the link below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 07-0025.

The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company. 11.17 E7N

Questions? Contact Gina Nichol at gina@sunrisebirding.com 
Phone: 203.453.6724