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Lima days: Lomas de Lachay and Paraiso Lagoon.


Birdwatching at Lomas de Lachay

Cactus Canastero Asthenes cactorum, Photo: Alejandro Tello

Cactus Canastero. Photo: Alejandro Tello

Lomas de Lachay is one of our more popular daytrips as it gives you a great impression what the Peruvian desert looks like and then to find the fog vegetation oasis at Lomas de Lachay some 105km north of Lima.  During this trip we also visit either Paraiso or Ventanilla Lagoons. The latter alternative is mostly recommended except in shorebird migration when there are large number of shore birds at Ventanilla (but also at Ventanilla of course)

Chilean Flamingo,             Phoenicopterus chilensis. Albuferas de Paraíso, Lima, Perú.             Photo:©Alejandro Tello

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 short, 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 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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Cactus Canastero, Asthenes cactorum. Lomas de Lachay, Lima, Perú. Photo:Robert Scanlon

Lomas de Lachay with Paraiso or Ventanilla lagoons. 

Some are set departures, but also on demand.

After an early start from Lima you will be entering Lomas de Lachay reserve 105 km north of Lima. These coastal hills are an oasis in the desert, seasonally covered in a fog-bank that provides water for annuals and xerophytic plants like cactus and agaves. Many very special birds can be seen such as Cactus Canastero, Thick-billed, Coastal and Grayish Miner, Ramondi's´s Yellow-Finch, Least Seedsnipe, Collared Warbling-Finch, Tawny-throated Dotterel, Masked Yellowthroat and many more species are possible at Lomas de Lachay.

Birding in Paradise - Birdwatching at Paraiso

Continuing North for another 30 km and then drive on a poor road towards the sea, one gets to Paraiso beach. Paraiso lagoon is a place where the rare Peruvian Tern sometimes breeds. In recent years the tern has been scarce here, and a far better site for it is either Paracas or very reliable near Puerto Etén south of Chiclayo. The same species is also frequently seen on pelagics, but not as reliable.  Paraiso is also a haven for wintering shorebirds and there is quite large colony of wintering Chilean Flamingos.

Ventanilla Lagoons

The trip to Paraiso does involve a fairly long detour and takes you a long way from returning to Lima. If you don't want to arrive to Lima very late, or perhaps have a flight to catch in the early evening it is far better and safer to instead bird Ventanilla lagoon closer to the airport with both marsh and beach for racking up an impressive list for the day in less time. The lagoon has a tower and one can see White-checked Pintail, Andean Duck, Cinnamon Teal, Pied-billed Grebe, White-tufted Grebe, Black-necked Stilts, Many-colored Rush-Tyrant, Wren-like Rushbird, Gray-headed Gull and Black Skimmer. Between September-April it is excellent for shorebirds including Stilt Sandpiper and Hudsonian Godwit, and there are often a few over-summering Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs and other shorebirds other times of year. 

Closer to the beach there are flats good for Peruvian Thickknee (very reliable here), Peruvian Meadowlark, Grassland Yellow-Finch, Yellowish Pipit and sometimes Black Rail (murivagans ssp). 



Option: Lomas de Lachay and Paraiso Lagoon. 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.



Hi Gunnar,
what a spectacular trip it was! Thank you. Especially after being back in Manhattan it seems unreal. - ...the last day with Goyo (to Lomas de Lachay) was worth it, the least seedsnipe and the dotterel. ...........What sticks most to me though is B.Unchog.

Fritz Müller
New York City.


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