Airport, Lomas de Arena, Jardin Botanico.

After everyone arrives early at the Santa Cruz airport, we
will begin by birding at the Viru-Viru (Santa Cruz) airport.

At some point in time, we will check into the hotel and take
a short nap and then continue with afternoon birding at
Lomas de Arena Regional Park.

Some of the many interesting birds we may see include
Whistling Heron, Rufous-rumped Seedeater, White-bellied
Nothura, Golden-collared Macaw, Guira Cuckoo, White-
eared Puffbird, White-rumped Monjita, Toco Toucan,
White Woodpecker, Campo Flicker, Chotoy Spinetail,
Fawn-breasted Wren, and Red-legged Seriema. We may
have time for birding at the Jardin Botanica; however, we
will likely retire early so that we can have a good early
start in the morning.

Day 2: Jardin Botanico  

In the morning, we will bird Jardin Botanico. Jardin
Botanica hosts a number of interesting hummingbirds,
including Cinnamon-throated Hermit, Glittering-bellied
Emerald, and Gilded Hummingbird.  Other birds in the
area include Scaly-headed Parrot, Black-banded
Woodcreeper, and Stripe-backed Antbird.

We will continue birding in several different habitats
(including semi-humid forest, a riparian area on the lower
mountain slopes, then perhaps a dryer forest) in transit to
Los Volcanes and Ambroro National Park.  Given the
habitat mix and Lelis’ sound judgement, we will likely add
a number of other species to our trip list.
We may arrive in time to hike down the entrance road
looking for birds and other wildlife.

Days 3 & 4: Refugio Los Volcanes and Ambororo
National Park

The lodge at the Refugio Los Volcanes is conveniently
located in the subtropical and temperate forests of
Amboró National Park, and will provide us with a base
from which we will explore the nearby forests and other
nearby areas with a great diversity of habitat and bird life.

The valley where the lodge is located is excellent for
parrots, including Mitred Parakeets, Blue-crowned
Parakeets, Green-cheeked Parakeets, and Yellow-
chevroned Parakeets.  Some birds found by Lelis in the
past at this location include Military Macaws, Two-banded
Warblers, Huayco Tinamou, King Vulture, Sunbittern,
Spectacled Owl, Channel-billed Toucan, Crimson-crested
Woodpecker, Black-banded Woodcreeper, Black-capped
Antwren, White-backed Fire-Eye, Slaty Gnateater, White-
crowned Tapaculo, Marbled-faced Bristle-Tyrant, Yungas
Manakin, Rufous-bellied Thrush, and Plush-crested Jay.
The area also features some very good mixed species
flocks that feature a diverse group of tanagers including
the Black-goggled Tanager, Blue-naped Euphonia,
Saffron-crowned Tanager, Common Bush-Tanager, Guira
Tanager, Fawn-breasted Tanager, White-winged
Tanager, and Blue-necked Tanagers.

Amboró National Park is a large wilderness area of 1.5
million acres that straddles the eastern foothills of the
Andean Mountains.  With two full days of birding, we will
be able to explore four very different habitats from this
single location, including the southern rim of the Amazon
Basin (humid tropical rainforests), the western edge of the
Brazilian shield (subtropical deciduous forests), the
northern limit of the Chaco (temperate woodlands), and
the very diverse subtropical and temperate forests of the
Andes mountains. This mosaic of ecosystems shelters a
correspondingly rich diversity of plants and animals,
including no less than 830 bird species!

Over these two days, we will be waking up very early to
have breakfast before dawn, then will bird until late in the
morning when the sun becomes too hot and the bird
activity dies down. This is a perfect time to enjoy the
crystal clear waters of the streams found near the lodge
and we will even have the opportunity to swim in a natural
pool that has formed at the base of a small waterfall. We
will continue birding in the afternoon and into the early
evening when we try for some nocturnal birds, such as
the Spectacled Owl.

Days 5 to 7:  Samaipata, Tambo and Comarapa Area
and La Siberia

We will start early on the start of the fifth day of the trip.  
Based upon whatever will maximize better birding, we will
either bird at the lodge or we will drive on to another
location to enjoy early morning birding in a new location
with a different habitat.

On our way to Tambo, we will stop at Samaipata.  Though
difficult to find elsewhere in Bolivia, several key species
which we are more likely to find here include Huayco
Tinamous, Tataupa Tinamous, Bare-faced Ground-Dove,
Green-cheeked Parakeet, Ocellated Piculet, Ochre-
cheeked Spinetail, Streaked Xenops Giant Antshrike,
Slaty Gnateater, Gray-crested Finch, Ringed Warbling-
Finch, Black-capped Warbling Finch, and Dull-colored
Seedeater.  With Lelis as our guide we may see the
elusive and very local Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper and
the White-tipped Plantcutter.  Also, some of the terrific
hummingbirds we may see include Planalto Hermit, Buff-
bellied Hermit, and Slender-tailed Woodstar.

Following lunch, we will continue towards Tambo with
several birding stops along the way.  We will pass through
dry deciduous forests before eventually entering into a
zone of arid interandean valleys lying within a rain shadow
formed by the surrounding mountains.

On the sixth day, we will start early for a full day of birding
the Tambo and Comarapa area. This remote area has a
much warmer and dryer habitat than we have birded so
far on the trip.  Early morning birding will be rewarded with
a cooler start and the potential to see some terrific bird
species, including Ocellated Piculet, White-fronted
Woodpecker, Striped Woodpecker, Golden-breasted
Woodpecker, Cream-backed Woodpecker, and Ochre-
cheeked Spinetail.  We will hope to see the endemic
Bolivian Earthcreeper, Greater Wagtail-Tyrant, Cliff
Flycatcher, Saffron-billed Sparrow, and the striking
Ultramarine Grosbeak.  Other interesting birds include
King Vulture and Large-tailed Dove.

In the Andean foothills and the semi-deciduous
woodlands and shrub-desert near Tambo, we may be
rewarded with a view of Andean Condor.  Sometimes a
number of Condors are seen at one time. As if this was
not enough of a reason to bird in this remote area of
Bolivia, we will also seek out the endemic Red-fronted
Macaw. This species is not only one of the most
spectacular of all macaws, it also ranks as one of the
rarest birds in South America.

We will take lunch, and a break and perhaps a nap,
before continuing birding in the later afternoon after the
whether cools off and the birding picks back up.

On the seventh day, we will bird the La Siberia area. With
such a comforting name, we know the birding will be good.
This cloud forest habitat represents the southernmost
limit of humid-temperate cloud forest in South America. It
also marks the southern end of the range for numerous
species of high-elevation forest birds, including the
endemic Rufous-faced Antpitta and the Grey-bellied
Flowerpiercer.  With Lelis as the bird guide, we may have
the opportunity to see these species.

A few incredible hummingbirds in the area include the
Violet-throated Starfrontlet, the Blue-capped Puffleg,
along with the endemic Black-hooded Sunbeam.
Other local specialties include several difficult to find
birds, including the  Black-winged Parrot, the Chestnut-
crested Cotinga, and the Band-tailed Fruiteater.  

We will also look for White-throated Hawk, Mountain
Caracara, Light-crowned Spinetail, Rusty-vented
Canastero, Spot-breasted Thornbird, Andean Tyrant,
Brown-capped Redstart, Pale-legged Warbler, Spotted
Nightingale-Thrush, White-browed Conebill, Chestnut-
bellied Mountain-Tanager, Rufous-sided Warbling-Finch,
Rusty-browed Warbling-Finch, and Fulvous-headed

We will bird along level roads and on trails (with some
climbing near Siberia) in both the arid zone and in the
cloud forest.

Day 8:  Cochabamba

On the eighth day, we will leave the hotel early so we can
have another early morning bird watching trek at the
nearby La Siberia.  Hopefully, we will find a few of the
cloud forest species which we may have missed the day

After leaving La Siberia, we will then bird in transit at a few
spots on the way to Cochabamba.  Some of the species
we may find include Wedge-tailed Hillstar hummingbird,
Rock Earthcreeper, Brown-capped Tit-Spinetail, Stripe-
crowned Spinetail and the nearly endemic Citron-headed

We will then have an opportunity for some late afternoon
birding in Cochabamba.

Day 9 to 11: Cochabamba, including the
Cochabamba-Upper Chapare Road, Tablas Monte,
Cerro Tunari, and Subestacia Miguelito

On the ninth 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 hummingbird, Black-
throated Thistletail, Rufous-faced Antpitta, and Grey-
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 tenth day, we will enjoy a bird watching trek at
Cerro Tunari, enjoying 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 Red-backed 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
Grey-hooded Parakeet, Olive-crowned Crescent-Chest,
White-capped Dipper, Grey-bellied Flowerpiercer, Plain-
breasted Earthcreeper, Rock Earthcreeper, and the
endemic Bolivian Blackbird.

By mid-day, mountain-top birding in puna grassland will
likely be reward with some views of Maquis Canastero,
Grey-breasted Seedsnipe, White-winged Diuca Finch,
Short-tailed Finch, several Ground Tyrants species, and

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 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 eleventh 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, Leimebamba Antpitta,
Yungas Pygmy Tyrant, Unadorned Flycatcher, Yellow and
Slaty Tanager, Blue-banded Toucanet, Upland Antshrike,
White-throated Antpitta, Chestnut-crested Cotinga,
Bolivian Tyrannulet, and the rare Straw-backed Tanager.

Days 12 and 13:  High Altitude Birding:  Includes
Laguna Alalay, Oruro, Lake Uru, and More Birding as
We Ascend to La Paz (including Inquisivi)

On the twelvth 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,
Grey-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 thiteenth day, we will begin early and bird the
lakes near Oruru.  If the water levels are suitable, we’ll
spend the morning birding Lake Uru-Uru in search of
Flamingos (3 different species), 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.

Day 14:  Transition Day:  Fly Home (or better, extend
trip for another 4 or 5 days)

Proposed Extension Itinerary:  Chulamani and Lake
Titicaca, including Upper Coroico Road, Apaapa
Reserve, and Sorata (
Please contact us to discuss the
logistics, pricing and interest level in the extension)  

Day 14:  Coroico Road and Chulamani

After dropping those finishing with 14 days of birding in
Bolivia, the fortunate few will continue birding.  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 Trerunner,
Plain-breasted Earthcreeper, Tawny Tit-Spinetail, Light-
crowned Spinetail, Streak-throated Canastero, Line-
fronted Canastero, Scribble-tailed Canastero, Stripe-
headed Antpitta, Barred Fruiteater, Bolivian 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.

Day 15 (and likely 16):  Apaapa Reserve

We will then spend a few days (or a day and a morning)
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 (Black-eared), 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

Day 17:  Back to La Paz but Good Birding Whole Way

After a morning birding at Apaapa Reserve, we will try for
a number of species we may have missed on both the
upper part and lower parts of the Coroico Road.  The
altitude change and habitat choice and key bird stops will
be the basis for a productive day of birding.

Day 18:  Lake Titicaca and Sorata

Then next day we will enjoy birding Lake Titicaca and
Sorata.  With a few key endemic species like the flightless
Short-winged Grebe and Berlepch’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.

Day 18:  Flights Home
Detailed Itinerary
Photo by Collin Campbell
Photo by John Drummond
Photo by John Drummond
Photo by Collin Cambell
Photo by John Drummond
Photo by John Drummond
Photo by Collin Campbell
Photo by Collin Campbell
Photo by John Drummond
Photo by John Drummond
Photo by John Drummond
Photo by John Drummond
Photo by John Drummond
Photo by John Drummond
Photo by Collin Campbell
Photo by John Drummond
Photo by John Drummond
Photo by Collin Campbell
Photo by John Drummond
Photo by Collin Campbell
Photo by Collin Campbelll
Bolivia Lowlands to Highlands
Jardin Botanico, Refugio Los Volcanes, Ambororo National Park, Samaipata, Tambo,
Comarapa, La Siberia, Cochabamba, Tablas Monte, Cerro Tunari, Subestacia Miguelito,
Oruro, La Paz and  Inquisivi
Extension: Chulamani, Lake Titicaca, Upper Coroico Road, Apaapa Reserve and Sorata
Lowlands to Highlands
Itinerary for Extension Trip
Bolivia Lowlands to Highlands
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