giant hummingbird vs sparkling violetear scaled
giant hummingbird vs sparkling violetear scaled

Peru has become a great destination for bird watching. We are the second country with the largest number of bird species in the world after Colombia. This is due to its diverse geography, where we can cross the Andes mountain range, going from dry grasslands to humid forests full of vegetation in just one hour of travel.

Unfortunately, deforestation, fires, illegal logging and mining or even urban planning are jeopardizing many animal species.

In recent years, several local entrepreneurs have created open spaces to protect and conserve bird species in the area. We can name the Sanctuary of Hummingbirds garden, located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where César Cusihuamán, the owner, has created a space full of flowers, where the birds go to feed and feel protected. In addition, in the lower part of the Manu National Park, we can find two extensive gardens with the same mission: to protect and conserve not only different species of birds, but also animals such as monkeys or even reptiles.

On the other hand, many hostels in the Manu National Park, as well as in other destinations such as Amazonas, have been using these practices in their gardens since their beginnings and, in many cases, they are part of the places’ attraction.

All these people´s efforts are well rewarded with the visit of all those who are in these destinations, this way, they can also contribute to the conservation of many animal species.

We, as part of this wonderful country, have created Colourful Birding, a company focused on bird photography tourism in Peru. With our trips, we support many of these entrepreneurs and hostels to continue with this great conservation work in our country.

Photo: Alfredo Cornejo