Here's a video of just a few birds digiscoped during the trip (above).

 

Titicaca flightless Grebe, video by Pauline Hogg on our first trip there.

 

 

 

All photos here were taken during my  recee in 2015. Of course, there was so much more that is not depicted here. We have to find hotels close to birding sites, the best birding route, and the best local guide. I was accompanied by Hector Slongo, an artist working on the forthcoming Bolivian Field Guide. Hector showed me many of his paintings as he was delivering them to the publisher during our trip.

Together, we visited Lake Titicaca, where there are floating reed-island villages. An old man here had helped Thor Heyedhal to build the Kon-Tiki, as well as several other boats that he would use on his expeditions.

Titicaca is home to a flightless grebe, which we saw extremely well. Our tour will visit the Tiwanku ruins. This is where the Inca empire began, its people spreading north into Peru, finally building Machu Picchu.

Few people realise that much of Bolivia is lowland forest that encompasses part of the Pantanal. So there are Umbrellabirds, macaws and even a cave filled with Oilbirds to visit.

Los Volcanes National Park, has one of the most spectacular back-drops to a birders hotel that I have ever visited. I found Spectacled Bear prints and there are Jaguars here, but both rarely seen. Andean Condors soared over the peaks and Military Macaws roosted on the cliffs. From here, I drove through dry valleys and elfin forest to Cochabamba, home of several endemics that included the Cochabamba Mountain Finch.

La Paz and Coroico have high passes were Andean Gulls and White-capped Dippers haunt the clear streams, below the snowy mountains.

So far few people have visited this country, which retains the charm of its bowler-hatted ladies. Tourism means that new roads and lodges are being built. So as usual, it is good to visit before everything changes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Titicaca

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flightless Titicaca Grebes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Los Volcanes

 

 

 

 

the tiny flat green patch just left of centre, is where our hotel is!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Paz

 

 

 

 

 

the high pass at Coroico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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