Bird tour in the Central Peru
Birding in the Central Peru circuit can be also called the “Route of Contrasts”. Starting in the coastal desert of Lima, which includes wetlands, mist oases and one of the richest oceans in the world, the transect, of which the spinal chord is the central Highway, rises dramatically climbing the Western Andes, with mostly dry habitats, over the highest train pass in the world at Ticlio (15 807 feet elevation) onto the puna plateau of Junin with beautiful lakes and wetlands, and down on the east slope of the Andes where the habitats are much more humid than on the western side, to the wet evergreen forests of the Amazon birds. There are many options, particularly when it comes to birding the lowlands, and choosing between them can be difficult; time may be the deciding factor. The Cordillera Blanca, located in central Peru north of the main route is one of the most scenic regions of Peru birding, and provides good birding in some of the best Polylepis woodlands.