Please join Audubon South Carolina June 20th-29th on a journey to the Andes and the lowland rain forest of Perú! We will not only be birding in a variety of habitats, we will also have a chance to learn about Peruvian culture, history, and cuisine. Our first stop will be Cusco. We will explore the magnificent ruins of Machu Picchu and bird along the way. Our arrival in Cusco is just in time for the Inti Raymi festival, which is a traditional Incan ceremony that celebrates the Sun God, Inti, and the coming of the winter solstice. Members of the indigenous community wear traditional dress for the large ceremony. There is also a variety of local cuisine and activities. After we explore Cusco, we will head to the lowland rain forest outside of Puerto Maldonado. We will stay at Amazon Planet Ecolodge, which flanks Taricaya Lodge, an animal rescue and rehabilitation center. The two nonprofit organizations are located on 1,181 acres of protected old-growth rain forest that flanks the Tambopata National Reserve. Taricaya is partnered with Projects Abroad and is assisted by student volunteers from around the world. The volunteers feed and care for rescued animals and participate in maintaining enclosures and nature trails. Both Amazon Planet and Taricaya Lodge contribute to the local native community by including them in their educational programming. Trip participants can learn more about the native culture and Ese Ejja language by visiting a local native community. While in the rain forest, we will also bird along the nature trails and canopy walk as well as observe a bird banding station. Please join us this June!
For more information please contact Barbara Thomas or download the Peru Birding Trip 2017 PDF attached to this page, which lists the events and the itinerary.