19th September - Arrive Santa Cruz
Most flights arrive early morning, so we will have time to freshen up at our hotel before going in search of parrots in the Botanical Gardens and around the city.
Some of the parrots we are likely to see are Monk, Yellow-chevroned, Cobalt-winged Parakeets, Scaly-headed and Blue-headed Parrots as well as Blue-fronted Amazon and Blue-winged Parrotlets but we will concentrate on the parrots and their sub-species that we may not see throughout the whole parrot tour of Bolivia.
20th September – Santa Cruz to Quirusillas
Early start today as we travel by road to Quirusillas. We have two 4x4 vehicles to cope with the unpaved roads outside of the city. The main parrots in this area are Tucuman and Blue-fronted Amazons and Green-cheeked and Blue-crowned Conures. Here the Tucuman Amazon is the priority as we will not see it anywhere else on the tour.
Overnight Santa Cruz.
21st September – Quirusillas to Red-fronted Macaw Reserve
A full morning to search for the Tucuman Amazons again. Around lunch time we will set off for the Red-fronted Macaw Reserve and with a name like that there is no need to say what we will be looking for here and with our lodge directly opposite the nest and roosting cliff sites we should not be disappointed.
Overnight Red-fronted Macaw Reserve.
22nd September – Red-fronted Macaw Reserve
All day to check out the Red-fronted Macaws and try to photograph them from every angle as they are on the cliffs, in flight, going down to the river for drinking and bathing as well as feeding in the trees along the river bank. Here we can climb a hill next to the lodge to get good vantage points to photograph the Red-fronted Macaws in flight or cross the river to get close to the cliffs where they nest and roost.
Let’s not forget all the other Parrot species that inhabit these dry valleys.
Grey-hooded, Yellow-chevroned and Cliff Parakeets, Green-cheeked, Blue-crowned, Mitred and White-eyed Conures and Blue-fronted Amazons will be on our list for finding at this lodge.
Overnight Red-fronted Macaw Reserve.
23rd September – Red-fronted Macaw Reserve
More time to spend with the Red-fronted Macaws although once again we will be checking out the other Parrots here.
Both the Green-cheeked and Blue-crowned Conures are endemic sub-species and only in this area of Bolivia whilst the Mitred Conure here is possibly an un-described sub-species which would also make it an endemic. The Cliff Parakeet, once a sub-species of the Monk Parakeet, has now been recognised as a separate species which is endemic to Bolivia and, in particular, to this region.
Overnight Red-fronted Macaw Reserve
24th September – Red-fronted Macaw Reserve to Comarapa
We continue to watch the Red-fronted Macaws here until late morning when we leave for a short journey to Comarapa for lunch. If we have time this afternoon we will visit the 20 metre, long hide directly opposite and close to a cliff for the Red-fronted Macaws. If we don’t have time, then we will look around the area for other parrot species.
25th September – Anamal
An early start to reach the hide opposite the Red-fronted Macaw cliff for some close-up photography shots. We may still encounter some of the dry valley parrots like the Cliff Parakeet and Green-cheeked Conures.
When the activity has died down at the cliff we will look around the area for all the parrots that are here.
26th September – La Siberia
Another early start, as there are no other closer hotels or lodges to where we need to be.
Today we go to La Siberia into the cloud forest for some more special parrots.
Grey-hooded, Mountain, Barred and Andean Parakeets, Black-winged, Red-billed and Speckle-faced Parrots as well as the Scaly-naped Amazons are very rarely photographed in the wild so these create our challenge for 2 days.
27th September – La Siberia
Once again we go into the cloud forest to look for the challenging species. Grey-hooded, Mountain, Barred and Andean Parakeets, Black-winged, Red-billed and Speckle-faced Parrots as well as the Scaly-naped Amazons will be the main species we are looking for here because of their rarity but there are other species here including Scaly-headed Parrot, Blue-fronted Amazon and Green-cheeked, Blue-crowned, Mitred and White-eyed Conures.
28th September – Comarapa to Los Volcanes
We will be on the move again and this time we stopover at Los Volcanes to break our journey up as we travel back towards Santa Cruz. However, this is not just a stopover there are still chances to see parrots on the way here as well as at this lodge in the forest.
The Bolivian sub-species of the Military Macaw can be found here and will be the main parrot that we want to look for here. This Macaw is almost an endemic sub-species with its range slightly extending beyond Bolivia into the very north of Argentina.
Other parrots that can be found here are Yellow-chevroned Parakeet, Blue-headed, Red-billed and Scaly-headed Parrots, Mealy and Blue-fronted Amazons and Green-cheeked and Mitred Conures.
Overnight Los Volcanes
29th September – Los Volcanes to Santa Cruz
Another morning looking for the Military Macaw before we take the short journey back to Santa Cruz where we will take an afternoon flight to Trinidad.
While we take our flight to Trinidad our drivers will take our 4x4 vehicles on the 10 hour drive to meet us in Trinidad.
30th September – Trinidad to La Cantina
We now travel to La Cantina into the savanna which floods for 8 months of the year, fortunately we are arriving in the dry season although it is possible there will be wet areas. The bonus for this unusual landscape is that the Blue-throated Macaw loves this habitat and although there are only between 200 and 250 individuals left in the wild they are being protected by a number of conservation projects. We are going to visit and stay at one of these projects so Blue-throated Macaws will be the main parrot to see in this region. The Blue-throated Macaw is endemic to Bolivia and only found in a very small area.
There are several Macaws in this area including Yellow-collared, Chestnut-fronted, Green-winged and Blue and yellow. The Blue and yellow Macaws are very close to the Blue-throated Macaws so we need to make sure we identify them correctly. Usually the Blue-throated will be in the palm trees whilst the Blue and yellow Macaws can be in any of the trees around.
Overnight La Cantina
1st October – La Cantina
A full day to enjoy the Blue-throated Macaws but as well as these and the other Macaws listed there are Yellow-chevroned and Cobalt-winged Parakeets, Scaly-headed and Blue-headed Parrots, Blue-fronted and Orange-winged Amazons, Blue-winged Parrotlets and Peach-fronted and Dusky-headed Conures.
All Parrots are great to watch but the 2 Parakeets here are endemic sub-species and only found in this region. It will be interesting to see if they can be distinguished from the nominate species.
Overnight La Cantina
2nd October – La Cantina to Trinidad
Early morning with the Blue-throated Macaws again before taking our vehicles back to Trinidad for our flights to Santa Cruz and International flights home.
2nd October – La Cantina to Trinidad to San Ramon
Early morning with the Blue-throated Macaws again before taking our vehicles back to Trinidad. In Trinidad those going home will be taken to the airport and then the remainder of the group will go onto San Ramon parrot watching as we travel.
San Ramon itself is known for the incredible amount of Green-winged and Blue and yellow Macaws inside the village eating the nuts of the Acrocomia.
Overnight San Ramon
3rd October – San Ramon
We visit a private ranch where the Red-shouldered Macaws and Yellow-faced Parrots roost. There will be hundreds of these Macaws and Parrots. There are lots of other parrots in the area but the sight of these in such large numbers will be the target parrot species.
Other parrots include Yellow-chevroned and Cobalt-winged Parakeets, Scaly-headed and Blue headed Parrots, Blue-fronted, Yellow-crowned and Orange-winged Amazons, Blue-winged Parrotlets, Peach-fronted,Dusky-headed and White-eyed Conures, Yellow-collared and Chestnut-fronted Macaws
Overnight San Ramon
4th October – San Ramon to Trinidad to Santa Cruz
We will be checking out the parrots in the early morning before driving back to Trinidad with a flight back to Santa Cruz followed by flights home.
Sorry our ADVENTURE has come to an end.
I am sure we will have many photos and lots of memories. Until the next time Thank you.
Or does it come to an end….!!!!
You have the chance now of some general tourism with a tour of the salt flats of Uyuni.
Spend the remainder of the day around the hotel in Santa Cruz to regain some energy after the amazing Parrot watching part of the trip
Overnight Santa Cruz
Morning flight to Sucre and transfer to our hotel Mi Pueblo Samary.
“Sucre is the constitutional capital of the Republic of Bolivia. It is located towards the south of the country, at about 2750 meters above sea level. It has a very moderate climate, which is typical of the Andes. Sucre is known as the “White City”, mostly because of its unique architectural beauty and white houses. The town has been declared on of Mankind’s Cutural Heritage by UNESCO.”
We will then start our city tour of Sucre visiting many of the cities historic sites.
We will also visit Cal Orcko Farallon to see one of the most important paleontological features in the world the Dinosaur Footprints on the vertical stone wall a phenomenon that happened over 65 million years ago.
Now we go onto the train graveyard filled with hollowed out bodies that have completely rusted over and other remains, the “Great Train Graveyard” can be found on the otherwise deserted outskirts of Uyuni, a small trading region high in the Andean plain.
Overnight Hotel Mi Pueblo Sumary.
Early drive to Potosi
“founded in 1546 after the discovery of the rich silver deposits in the Cerro Rico. It soon became one of the wealthiest and largest cities in the Americas. The mines of Cerro Rico are the richest mines in all the world history and may have produced 60,000 tons of silver.”
Here we will have another city tour of the historic sites including the coin house “Casa de la Moneda” with lunch in the city.
“The Casa de la Moneda is currently one of the most important repositories used to illustrate the history of the exploitation of minerals during colonial times. Inside there are several stages, which have bedrooms, living rooms, and other typical rooms, depicting classical scenes of the time of the colony. There are other additional spaces which serve as art galleries, with interesting collections of colonial and republican style paintings. There are also native-style textiles, typical costumes from neighbouring communities and historical pieces from the Chaco War with Paraguay.
The wealthy history of Potosi is still reflected in the narrow streets, colonial mansions and the many churches, which makes the city a UNESCO World Heritage Site.”
We will then travel onto Uyuni
Overnight Hotel Magia de Uyuni
“Salar de Uyuni comprises over 10,000 sq.km in the Potosi region. The salt is over 10 metres thick in the centre. In the dry season, the salt plains are a completely flat expanse of dry salt, but in the wet season, it is covered with a thin sheet of water that is still drivable.
The Salar de Uyuni was formed by the disappearance of an inland ocean that covered most of the Altiplano and extended all the way to Titicaca Lake. This body of water disappeared about 13,000 years ago.”
Today we visit Colchani, where they process the salt with a continuation onto Incahuasi Island in the heart of the Salar. The island is characterised by its giant cactus and its particular ecosystem. Lunch on the island.
Departure through Isla Campana, Galaxia Cave, where you can see lava formations that were created when they came into contact with water.
Continuation onto San Pedro de Quemes.
Overnight Hotel Tayka de Piedra.
We visit the Piedra tree today followed by a chain of lagoons and deserts, desert sands and stone surfaces until Laguna Colorada, named for the red colour of its waters, populated by 3 species of flamingos, visiting the geothermal plant “Solde Manana” smoking sulphurous gas waves and wells.
Laguna Verde is next, at the foot of the Llicancabur volcano, so called for the emerald colour of its water.
Return to Villa Mar and overnight at Hotel Tayka del Desierto.
Return to Uyuni, passing through the towns oof Alota, Culpina and visiting authentic villages that have been restored. Visit the town of San Cristobel whose church was declared Cultural Heritage of Bolivia being the oldest in the Bolivian highlands.
Afternoon transfer to airport for flight back to Santa Cruz and then our international flights home.
BOOKING EARLY IS RECOMMENDED AS A MAXIMUM OF 6 PEOPLE ON THIS TRIP DUE TO THE LOGISTICS.
PRICE of main Parrot Watching trip.
£4250 per person sharing a double/twin room £425 single supplement
Balance to be paid 60 days before the start of the trip.
Includes all road transfers within Bolivia, accommodation, meals (from lunch on 18th September to breakfast on 2nd October), water, transport including driver, guide, and all entry fees to National Parks and private ranches.
NOT included International and internal flights, insurance, drinks, souvenirs, tips, any additional activities not mentioned in the itinerary.
Extension Trip to San Ramon 2nd to 4th October.
£325 per person with £75 single supplement.
Includes as per main trip plus all meals to breakfast on the 4th October.
Excludes as per main trip.
Extra Extension Trip to Uyuni Salt Flats 4th to 9th October
£1695 per person with £200 single supplement
Includes as per main trip plus all meals to lunch on 9th October.
Excludes as per main trip.
Itinerary may change due to weather or local, information about Parrots and other wildlife sightings to make the most of the trip.