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Lima days: Daytrip to Santa Eulalia Canyon


Birding Lima. Birdwatching in Santa Eulalia Canyon

Rufous-breasted Warbling-Finch Poospiza rubecola/ Photo: Alejandro Tello.

Black-necked Woodpecker, Colaptes atricollis. Santa Eulalia Canyon, Lima, Per?. Photo:Gunnar Engblom

Santa Eualia Canyon is truly spectacular. It is one of Lima's hidden secrets. The birding starts about 1.5-2 hours from Lima along a dirt road that snakes along the steep hillside. Birdwise we shall concentrate on the endemics of the west slope such as Rufous-breasted Warbling-Finch and Great Inca-Finch. This trip can be run at any time.

Introduction to Lima days:

Given below are a couple of very easy Lima one day trips. After a long and dusty trip in interior Peru it may be a good idea to have a few days to spare in Lima. If you don´t want to do biridng all day, you can check out our half day trips, which can be combined with some of the great archeological museums in Lima, which should not be missed. During the Lima days, hotel and dinner in Lima are not included. We have several hotel possibilities which we can book for you in a wide range of prices and comfort. 

Half day trips.

Perfect tours if you are short of time, want to do other activities in Lima as well, or perhaps have a plane to catch and some time to kill. 


Full day tours.

Two day trips: 

  • Condor watching trips to Santa Eulalia Canyon - only 3 hours from Lima
    Daily condor watching trips. This is a shorter, inexpensive and time efficient alternative for those that had considered to go to Colca Canyon to see condors.
  • Junin Grebe twitch
    Main target: Junin Grebe, Junin Rail (distinct ssp of Black Rail listed as species in HBW) and birds often missed in the Santa Eulalia Canyon.
    Santa Eulalia valley and Marcopomacocha road
    It is preferred to do Santa Eulalia and the Marcapomacocha road as a two or three day trip with overnight in the Andes to save driving time. One may also add on the Junin Grebe twitch and make it a 3-4 day trip in total. 

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Day trip to Santa Eulalia Canyon

Peruvian Sheartail,Thaumastura cora.Santa Eulalia Canyon, Lima, Peru. Photo:Alejandro Tello

We will make a 4 AM or 4.30 start straight for Santa Eulalia Canyon in order to be in position when the rare Rufous-breasted Warbling-Finch is more active. There are many west slope specialties here, such as Black-necked Flicker, Oasis Hummingbird, Purple-collared Woodstar, Peruvian Sheartail, Bronze-tailed Comet, Great Inca-Finch, Peruvian Pygmy-Owl, Canyon Canastero, Rusty-bellied Brush-Finch, White-winged Cinclodes, Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant, Rusty-crowned Tit-Spinetail, Streaked Tit-Spinetail, Peruvian and Mourning Sierra-Finch and many others.
Andean Condors are often spotted.



Option: Daytrip to Sta Eulalia Days: 1
Price: US$ 260 (Minimum 5 people).
Less than 5 people: (see pricing)

Price per person Includes transport, guiding, checklist, food and snacks. Drinks and personal expenses such as tips are not included.


Dear Gunnar,
I wanted to thank you again for all of you help and extra effort on our behalf in getting the trip to Santa Eulalia together at the end of last month.  We had a fantastic time and really enjoyed the area.
Mark Lockwood
Secretary, Texas Bird Records Committee
Dear Gunnar,
I got back to my house late on the 23rd. I was exhausted! It was a long day of travel and a long trip in Peru with over 24 days of birding. One of the highlites of my time in Peru was the 3 day trip that I took with you and Simon. I saw over 50 life birds in those days; some of them were endemics or otherwise rare(the Shrike-Tyrants; White-cheeked Cotinga; etc.) but all of them were interesting. I particularly remember watching 2 Giant Coot building a nest and the graceful flight of Condors. The scenary was also beautiful.....
......Finally, I want to thank you for arranging this trip for me. It worked out great in many ways. Fortunately I did adapt to the altitude while I was in the Cusco area and was able to sleep quite well on the nights prior to meeting you in Lima. As a result I had the energy to really enjoy your 3 day tour.

Good birding,
Peter Coburn

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