Day 1:  Arrival and Birding in La Paz/Mecha Pacca
and then Cochabamba

After morning transfers from the La Paz airport (between 5
AM and 6 AM), we will bird in the La Paz area at Mecha
Pacca. At about noon, we will head back to the airport to
take our flight to Cochabamba (2 PM to 2:35 PM). Night in
Cochabamba.

Days 2 to 4:  Birding from Cochabamba, including the
Cochabamba-Upper Chapare Road, Tablas Monte,
Cerro Tunari, and Subestacia Miguelito

On the second day, we will get up and drive a short
distance to begin birding several spots along the
Cochabamba-Upper Chapare Road as we drive towards
Tablas Monte. The road goes through superb elfin,
temperate, and subtropical yungas forests on the
northeastern Andean slopes. This stretch of road is
considered by many to be one of the best birding sites in
South America. Four endemics, Black-hooded Sunbeam,
Black-throated Thistletail, Rufous-faced Antpitta and Gray-
bellied Flowerpiercer can be found here. Several other
near endemics, which we would be fortunate to find,
include Stripe-faced Wood-Quail, Black-winged Parrot,
Hazel-fronted Pygmy-Tyrant and Slaty Tanager. This is
also one of the best sites in Bolivia to find Hooded
Tinamou, Hooded Mountain-Toucan, White-throated
Antpitta, Chestnut-crested Cotinga and Band-tailed
Fruiteater. With one of our great South American guides,
you are bound to see several real gems.

Other birds we will hope to see include Brown Tinamou,
Sickle-winged Guan, Violet-throated Starfrontlet,
Versicolored Barbet, Golden-headed Quetzal, Masked
Trogon, Red-necked Woodpecker, Buff-browed Foliage-
gleaner, Light-crowned Spinetail, Barred Fruiteater,
Yungas Manakin, Bolivian Tyrannulet, Buff-banded
Tyrannulet, Ochraceous-breasted Flycatcher, Rufous-
bellied Bush-Tyrant, White-eared Solitaire, Andean
Solitaire, Three-striped Hemispingus, Rust-and-yellow
Tanager, Saffron-crowned Tanager, Chestnut-bellied
Mountain-Tanager, Moustached Flower-piercer, Deep-
blue Florwerpiercer and Dusky-green Oropendola.

On the third day, we will enjoy a bird watching trek at Cerro
Tunari, seeing different avifauna as we explore some very
different habitats. The first part of the morning will be
spent traveling up the lower slopes of Cerro Tunari where
we hope to get good looks at Andean Tinamou, Torrent
Duck and Variable Hawk. We will also have a chance at
some great hummingbirds, including Red-tailed Coronet,
Andean Hillstar, Great Sapphirewing and Giant
Hummingbird. Other birds in this mountain area include
Gray-hooded Parakeet, Olive-crowned Crescentchest,
White-capped Dipper, Gray-bellied Flowerpiercer, Plain-
breasted Earthcreeper, Rock Earthcreeper and the
endemic Bolivian Blackbird.

By mid-day, mountain-top birding in puna grassland will
likely be rewarded with some views of Maquis Canastero,
Gray-breasted Seedsnipe, White-winged Diuca-Finch,
Short-tailed Finch, several ground-tyrant species, and
yellow-finches.

As we become weary of the high altitude, we will move
back down the slope to bird an excellent patch of
Polylepis
woodland. At our last stop we will make a great effort to
see the rare Rufous-webbed Bush-Tyrant, the endemic
Cochabamba Mountain-Finch, and the endemic Bolivian
Warbling-Finch. We may also see Rufous-bellied Saltator
and Giant Conebill.

On the fourth day, we will bird the lower elevations of the
Cochabamba-Upper Chapare Road along the Subestacion
Miguelito. The forest along this route is a better location to
find Black-and-chestnut Eagle, Stripe-faced Wood-Quail,
White-throated Quail-Dove, Crested Quetzal,  Black-
winged Parrot, Buff-browed Foliage-gleaner, Yellow-
rumped Antwren, Rusty-breasted Antpitta, Yungas Tody-
Tyrant, Unadorned Flycatcher, Slaty Tanager, Blue-
banded Toucanet, Upland Antshrike, White-throated
Antpitta, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Bolivian Tyrannulet,
and the rare Straw-backed (Green-throated) Tanager.

Days 5 and 6:  High Altitude Birding:  Includes
Laguna Alalay, Oruro, Lake Uru, and More Birding as
We Ascend to La Paz (including Inquisivi)

On the fifth day, we will start with a short drive to Laguna
Alalay. We will hope to see White-tufted Grebe, Silvery
Grebe, Yellow-billed Pintail, Rosy-billed Pochard, Puna
Teal, Red Shoveler, Plumbeous Rail, Andean Gull, and
Puna Ibis. Nearby we will also look for Cinereous Harrier,
Wren-like Rushbird, Many-colored Rush-Tyrant, Gray-
bellied Shrike-Tyrant, Cinereous Ground-Tyrant, White-
winged Black-Tyrant, Short-billed Pipit, Blue-and-yellow
Tanager and Greenish Yellow-Finch.

As we begin our travels to Oruro, we will make several
birding stops along the way. Road conditions will require a
slow but study ascent of the mountain, as we enjoy the
Bolivian altiplano. Throughout the day we will be looking
for a number of species of tinamous, raptors, ground-
tyrants, miners, canasteros, and earthcreepers. We
should arrive at our hotel in Oruro around sundown.

On the sixth day, we will begin early and bird the lakes
near Oruru. Here we will look for Andean Avocet, White-
tufted Grebe, Andean Goose, Andean Lapwing, Andean
Gull, Andean Negrito, Bare-faced Dove, Andean Flicker,
Slender-billed Miner and Wren-like Rushbird.

Once activity dies down around Uru-Uru, we will stop to
bird in puna scrub and at a few small lakes as we continue
our ascent to La Paz at 12,500 feet. Having slowly worked
our way up in elevation, we should be ready for the high
altitude of La Paz.

Days 7 and 8:  Lake Titicaca and Sorata and Lower
Coroico Road

Our seventh day of birding will start early, as we beat La
Paz traffic and get to the shores of Lake Titicaca. We will
bird the shorelines and various habitats along the lake.
With a few key endemic species like the flightless Short-
winged Grebe and Berlepsch’s Canastero, this will be a
very good day. We will also hope to find Ornate Tinamou,
Short-billed Pipit, Many-colored Rush-Tyrant, Yellow-
winged Blackbird and Giant Coot.

On the eight day, we will wrap up the trip enjoying the very
birdy Lower Coroico Road. We will be looking for a number
of new trip species, including Sickle-winged Guan,
Fasciated Tiger-Heron, White-throated Quail-Dove, Great-
billed Hermit, Black-streaked Puffbird, Versicolored Barbet,
Upland Antshrike, Short-tailed Antthrush, Andean Cock-of-
the-rock, Southern White-crowned (Bolivian) Tapaculo,
Yungas Manakin, Bolivian Tyrannulet, Golden-browed
Chat-Tyrant, Yungas Tody-Tyrant, Pale-edged Flycatcher,
Carmiol’s Tanager, Spotted Tanager, Slaty Tanager and
Deep-blue Flowerpiercer.

Day 9:  Flights Home or Start the Extension

Flights out this final morning are early from La Paz and
eventually back to Miami.

Additional high altitude birding will start just after early
airport drop offs for those staying for the trip extension.
Photo by Colin Campell
Photo by Colin Campell
Photo by Colin Campell
Photo by Colin Campell
Photo by Colin Campell
Photo by Colin Campell
Photo by Colin Campell
Photo by John Drummond
Photo by Colin Campell
Photo by Lelis Navarrete
Photo by Colin Campell
Photo by Colin Campell
Photo by Colin Campell
Cochabamba, Tablas Monte, Cerro Tunari, Subestacia Miguelito, Laguna Alalay, Oruro, Lake
Uru,  La Paz, Inquisivi, Lake Titicaca, Sorata, Lower Coroico Road
Extension Chulamani, Upper Coroico Road and Apaapa Reserve
Bolivia Highlands
Detailed Itinerary
Bolivian Highlands from La Paz
Photo by Colin Campell
Photo by Colin Campell
Chulamani, including Upper Coroico Road and
Please contact us to discuss the logistics, pricing and interest
level in the extension.  

Day 9 or Extension Day 1:  Upper Coroico Road

After early airport drop offs, the lucky extension
participants will head to higher elevations towards
Chulamai.

We will spend a day going up to Chulamani via the very
birdy Upper Coroico Road. Likely species include Black-
throated Thistletail, Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe, Violet-
throated Starfrontlet, Scaled Metaltail, Pearled
Treerunner, Plain-breasted Earthcreeper, Tawny Tit-
Spinetail, Light-crowned Spinetail, Streak-throated
Canastero, Line-fronted Canastero, Scribble-tailed
Canastero, Stripe-headed Antpitta, Barred Fruiteater,
Diademed Tapaculo, White-crowned Tapaculo, Black-
billed Shrike-Tyrant, Bolivian Tyrannulet, White-collared
Jay, White-eared Solitaire, Three-striped Hemispingus,
Golden-collared Tanager, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-
Tanager, Chestnut-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Short-tailed
Finch, Moustached Flowerpiercer and Rusty Flowerpiercer.

Days 10 and 11 or Extension Days 2 and 3:  Apaapa
Reserve

We will next spend two full days at the Apaapa Reserve.  
Likely species include Hooded Tinamou, Brown Tinamou,
Sickle-winged Guan, Stripe-faced Wood-Quail, White-
rumped Hawk, Barred Parakeet, Black-winged Parrot,
Plum-crowned Parrot, Montane Foliage-gleaner, Trilling
Tapaculo, Sclater’s Tyrannulet, Ochre-faced Tody-
Flycatcher, Rufous-bellied Bush-Tyrant, Band-tailed
Fruiteater, the extremely rare and local Scimitar-winged
Piha, Pale-footed Swallow, White-eared Solitaire and Slaty
Tanager among many others.

Day 12 or Extension Day 4:  Road Home and Birding

The choice of more early birding at Apaapa Reserve or
getting back to Coroico road for early birding there may be
difficult. The guide and group will decide on the best
course here for excellent birding.

Either way, after a nice morning birding, additional birding
on the return trip will also be productive.

We will spend the night back in La Paz.

Day 13 or Extension Day 5:  Flight Home

Early morning flights from La Paz to Miami will get most
participants home that evening.
Bolivia Highlands
Itinerary for Extension Trip
Photo by Colin Campell
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