The Palomar Audubon Board of Directors has approved the planning and execution of a bird watching trip to Peru for September of 2012. Brian Coleman, our British member and England resident, has done much of the “leg work” to put together a great birding experience including a side trip to Machu Picchu. The trip would begin in Lima, Peru on the 2nd of September. We would most likely leave San Diego to arrive the night before our tour starts.
The trip would include almost a full day of birding around Lima followed the next day with an early flight to Cuzco. We will bird around Cuzco for nearly a full day then head out to some of the most famous birding areas in Peru. We will be staying and birding at the Wayqecha Scientific Station (1 night), the Cock of the Rock Lodge (2 nights), the Amazonia Lodge (3 nights), and the Manu Wildlife Center (6 nights).
Near the end of this great birding adventure we will head from Manu back to Cuzco where, depending on river conditions, we will have an afternoon off in Cuzco to look around. We will stay in Cuzco for the night and then head to Machu Picchu in the morning on a train to Aguas Calientes, then a bus to Machu Picchu. We will stay at the four star hotel in Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu that night and then return to Cuzco the next evening to spend the night. On the last day we will fly back to Lima and catch our evening flights back to the US.
The trip will start on September 2nd and end on September 18th in Lima.
The costs are dependent on the number of folks going. The maximum number for the trip will be eight participants and the minimum is three. The trip costs slide from $4,235 with eight participants up to $5,435 for a minimum of three people.
The trip costs are all inclusive from Lima back to Lima with the exceptions of personal items, hotel and meals on the day before the trip, laundry and alcoholic beverages.
If this sounds interesting to you, we’d love to have you join us. Brian Coleman and I will be co-leadin g the trip with Neblina Forest as our local tour group and local bird guides. Neblina Forest is a very well respected organization and is the tour group used by many of the premier international birding companies.
Please contact Doug Nail at 760-451-9370 or e-mail me as soon as you decide or if you have any questions about the trip.