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Bolivia - Highlands

Tour Code: BOL01

A 12-day birdwatching tour visiting the temperate forests of Cochabamba and the spectacular mountains and altiplano of La Paz and Lake Titicaca in the Bolivian highlands. This tour can be combined with Bolivia - Lowlands.

12 days from £2695(inc flights) Land Only Price: £1995 SRS: £195


All but two of the Neotropical bird families are represented in Bolivia’s national bird list of over 1,350 species which includes 18 endemics! Around Cochabamba we’ll look for rarities including Red-fronted Macaw, Cochabamba Mountain-finch and Bolivian Earthcreeper, while in cloudforest we’ll be hoping to see such species as Solitary Eagle and Rufous-capped Thornbill. We’ll visit the windswept altiplano, the most extensive area of high plateau on earth outside Tibet, before heading to our final stop – Lake Titicaca, Bolivia’s best-known geographical feature. Lake Titicaca provides a variety of habitats for birds such as saltflats and rolling hills, and its rich avifauna includes one of South America’s rarest birds, Berlepsch’s Canastero, plus Mountain Caracara, Bright-rumped Yellow-finch and Titicaca Grebe.

  • Explore a wide range of highland habitats along the Andean Cordillera
  • Look for waterfowl such as Cinnamon, Puna & Speckled Teals at Cochabamba
  • Sickle-winged Guan & Straw-backed Tanager among other cloudforest species
  • Crested Duck, Andean Flamingo & Andean Avocet on the altiplano
  • Visit Lake Titicaca, reputed as the birthplace of the Inca civilisation
  • In remote areas we may hear the ancient language of Aymara spoken
  • Led by expert local naturalist guides
  • Save money & combine with Naturetrek’s 'Bolivia – Lowlands' holiday

Food

All food included in the price.

Accommodation

All accommodation included in the price.

Andean Gull (Paul Marshall)

Andean Gull (Paul Marshall)

Outline Itinerary Download

Day 1 Fly La Paz

Day 2 Laguna Alalay

Day 3 Cerro Tunari, Cochabamba

Day 4 Cochabamba

Day 5 Miguelito

Day 6 Oruro

Day 7 La Paz

Day 8/9 La Cumbre & the Yungas of La Paz

Day 10 Lake Titicaca & Sorata

Day 11/12 Fly London

About the region

High mountains are the most dominant feature of Bolivia. The area around Cochabamba (Bolivia’s third largest city) presents a variety of highland habitats along the Andean Cordillera, from arid savannah to high montane forest. It has a pleasant climate, described as ‘eternal spring’.

Bolivia’s altiplano (literally, ‘high plain’) is a windswept plateau between two ranges of mountains and consists of valleys, rolling hills, salt flats, volcanoes, rivers, and lakes. The country’s capital, La Paz, is situated at an altitude of 3,600 metres and is the highest capital city in the world.

Lake Titicaca is considered by many to be one of the greatest and most mystical places in all of South America. Sitting high up on the altiplano on the Bolivia/Peru border, Titicaca derives much of its mystique from the ancient belief that its deep waters were the birthplace of the Incan civilisation.

The tour ‘in a nutshell’

This 12-day bird watching tour visits the temperate forests of Cochabamba and the spectacular mountains and altiplano of La Paz and Lake Titicaca in the Bolivian highlands.

What birds might I see?

All but two of the Neotropical bird families are represented in the national bird list of over 1,350 species which includes 18 endemics.

More endemic species are found in Cochabamba Department than anywhere else in Bolivia. Around Cochabamba we’ll look for waterfowl such as Cinnamon, Puna and Speckled Teal, and rarities including Red-fronted Macaw, Bolivian Earthcreeper and Rufous-faced Antpitta among many other species.

Cloudforest birds we’ll search for include Sickle-winged Guan, Stripe-faced Wood-quail, Solitary Eagle, Rufous-capped Thornbill, White-eared Solitaire and Straw-backed Tanager. The altiplano provides habitat for birds such as Crested Duck, Andean Flamingo, Cinereous Harrier, Andean Avocet, Taczanowski's Ground-tyrant and a host of other species.

Titicaca’s rich avifauna includes one of South America’s rarest birds, Berlepsch’s Canastero.

Anything else?

We’ll see villagers dressed in traditional costume descending from mountain settlements to exchange goods at one of the rural markets, and possibly even hear the ancient language of Aymara spoken in remote areas.

Track to Refugio Los Volcanes (Mike & Maryilyn BurgeCloud forest, Cochabamba (Mike & Maryilyn Burge)Naturetrek group birding (Mike & Maryilyn Burge)Lake TiticacaSpeckled TealAndean AvocetAndean FlamingoCinnamon TealCinereous Harrier (male)Cinereous Harrier (female)
V.B.
Devon
I chose this holiday for the chance to see the natural history of the Bolivian Highlands, and wasnt disappointed. Visits to various habitats gave the opportunity for this, especially to look at the flora, of which I am particularly interested. In addition the ornithological & cultural aspects were excellent. The organisation & daily content were very good...The leader was extremely knowledgeable & competent, and high praise must go to our driver, who was always obliging and caring...Thank you for another most enjoyable Naturetrek holiday.
W.P.
Norfolk
An interesting trip with hard-working driver and guide
P.B.
Devon
The trip was very well organised, the staff excellent, and the itinerary well chosen and planned...Many thanks for a lovely trip & please pass on our good wishes to the leader and driver.
D.R.
Worcestershire
Overall the holiday was excellent with plenty of birds seen (approx 270 species). The guide was excellent, particularly due to his recognition of bird calls which pinpointed where to look and for what.
R.P.
Berkshire
I very much enjoyed the tour and saw about 270 species of bird. The leader was excellent...his knowledge of the birds and their songs probably gave us more species than anticipated.
S.H. & M.B.
73
Nick and Leo worked very hard...they deserve high praise.
C.N.
Cambridgeshire
Nick was the best leader Ive ever experienced and Ive been on many birding trips...his birding knowledge and skills are without parallel. His leadership skills particularly were second to none.
J.B.
Dorset
Just to let you know how much I enjoyed the Highlands tour. The birds found by Willie were brilliant and his driver Leo was a skilled driver who made me feel safe. The standard of accommodation and food were also excellent.
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Sun 29th October 2017 - Thu 9th November 2017

5

£2695

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Sun 4th November 2018 - Thu 15th November 2018

7

£2695

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Land only cost: £1995 More info

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I chose this holiday for the chance to see the natural history of the Bolivian Highlands, and wasnt disappointed. Visits to various habitats gave the opportunity for this, especially to look at the flora, of which I am particularly interested. In addition the ornithological & cultural aspects were excellent. The organisation & daily content were very good...The leader was extremely knowledgeable & competent, and high praise must go to our driver, who was always obliging and caring...Thank you for another most enjoyable Naturetrek holiday.
V.B., Devon