Discover the Beautiful Birds of Bolivia on Bird Watching Holidays
Dedicated bird watching holidays are becoming more popular. For some great sightings and a huge range of species, Bolivia is an excellent destination.
Bolivia is rapidly becoming a haven for avid birdwatchers; dedicated bird watching holidays offer some fantastic opportunities for exploring the birdlife in the country’s best destinations. This fascinating location in South America is ideal for bird watching holidays, primarily because of its huge diversity of species, which number over 3,000.
Bolivia is becoming popular as a travel destination for many reasons. It is one of the safest places in South America, boasting a very low crime rate, and prices are reasonable. It doesn’t appear to have begun taking advantage of the burgeoning tourist trade as much as some of its neighbors have done.
The primary reason, however, for choosing Bolivia is the incredible range of habitats to be explored. From Amazonian rainforests to Andean puna grasslands, the only thing it doesn't have is a coastal area, which, given the range of other habitats, is no detraction. Officially there are almost 1,400 bird species in the country, and with constant research into more species, it is likely this number will continue to rise. Bolivia is also home to many endemic species, such as the Bolivian Earthcreeper and Rufous-faced Antpitta.
Where to Go
Amboro National Park is home to 830 different species of birds and is a wonderful place to spend a couple of days. Flycatchers, hummingbirds and Tanagers abound amongst the stunning tropical flora, offering plenty of photographic opportunities. Los Volcanes is another popular area for the itinerary of bird watching holidays, and here you may sight species such as the Gray-cheeked Parakeet, the Bolivian Tapaculo and the Yungas Manakin - all species that are rare to see elsewhere in the country. If you're very lucky you might even have the pleasure of seeing the King Vulture, the Sunbittern and Band-bellied Owl.
For a complete change, many organised bird watching holidays will take you to the foothills of the Andes, a region covered in semi-deciduous woodlands and shrub desert. The Red-tailed Comet and Yellow-billed Tit-tyrant are among the many residents here. In these incredible foothills, near Tambo, you may see the beautiful Red-fronted Macaw, one of the country’s endemic species.
If you book your holiday with a dedicated wildlife travel company you will be led by expert naturalist guides with local knowledge to help you enjoy the best sightings.
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Marissa Ellis-Snow is a freelance nature writer. If you’re looking for bird watching holidays, Naturetrek specialises in expert-led natural history and wildlife tours worldwide. Naturetrek brings over 25 years of experience to polar expeditions and tours to other spectacular regions on Earth.