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Birdwatching in Perú

In Puno and Lake Titicaca

In the department of Puno, most of the bird species that live in the Lake Titicaca National Reserve can be spotted in any of the bodies of water (lakes, pools or streams) that abound in the country's upper Andean reaches. However, birdwatchers will find it hard to come across a finer spot than this vast lake, which stretches across 8,380 square km. The common Titicaca grebe, a species which lives around the lake, is easily spotted along the shores.

An interesting archaeological site which is also a haven for birdwatchers is that of the Sillustani burial towers. This site, built on top of a hill that looks out over Lake Umayo, gives visitors the chance to glimpse most of the bird species that thrive on the highland plain, as well as unique mammal species such as the wild guinea pig (Cavia tschudii), a rodent that lives amongst the boulders that litter archaeological sites in the area.

Climate: Temperatures range widely during the day and at night. The best time to visit the area is from May to October, when days are sunny, it seldom rains and daytime temperatures reach 25°C. Noches meanwhile, are always cold (although almost never below freezing).

Access: There are regular commercial flights to the city of Juliaca, an hour by road from Puno. Dozens of boats run from the port of Puno around the lake, touching at the various islands. Sillustani is 20 km from Puno on the road to Juliaca.


Peruvian Nature and Ecological Activities :

National Parks
Cutervo
Tingo Maria
Manu
Huascarán
Cerros de Amotape
Rio Abiseo
Yanachaga Chemillen
Bahuaja Sonene

National Reserves
Pampa Galeras Barbara D'Achille
Junin
Paracas
Lachay
Lake Titicaca
Salinas y Aguda Blanca
Calipuy
Pacaya Samiria

National Sanctuaries
Huayllay
Calipuy
Lagunas de Mejia
Ampay
Manglares de Tumbes
Tabacones Namballe

Historical Sancturies
Chacamarca
Pampa de Ayacucho
Machu Picchu

Protected Rainforests
Bocatoma Canal Nuevo Imperial
Puquio Santa Rosa
Pui Pui
San Matias San Carlos
Pagaibamba
Alto Mayo

Hunting Areas
El Angolo
Sunchubamba



Reserved Areas
Laquipampa
Apurimac
Pantanos de Villa
Tambopata Candamo
Batan Grande
Tumbes
Algarrobal El Moro
Chancay Baños
Aymara Lupaca
Gueppi
Rio Rimac
Alto Cañete y Cochas Pachacayo
Santiago Comaina
Allpahuayo Mishana

Community Reserves
Yanesha

Nature Watching
Recommendations
Primates
Sea Mammals
Buterflies
Wildflowers
Orchids

Peruvian Waters
Peruvian Coast and Beaches
Lakes and Lagoons
Rivers
Waterfalls

Andean Camelids
Alpacas
Guanacos
Llamas
Vicuñas

Birdwatching
In Cusco and Machu Picchu
in Manu and Tambopata
in Arequipa and the Colca Valley
in Puno and Lake Titicaca
  National Parks
  National Reserves
  National Sanctuaries
  Historical Sanctuaries
  Reserved Areas
  Protected Rainforests
  Hunting Areas
  Community Reserves
  Nature Watching
  Peruvian Waters
  Andean Camelids
  Birdwatching
  Traditional Medicine

  Cusco
  Machu Picchu
  Lima
  Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  Titicaca Lake - Puno
  Nazca Lines - Paracas
  Ica
  Manu
  Arequipa
  Huaraz
  Puerto Maldonado
  Ayacucho
  Tarapoto
  Chachapoyas
  Kuelap
  Iquitos
  Trujillo
  Junin
  Tacna
  Lambayeque - Chiclayo
  Abancay
  Cajamarca
  Huancavelica
  Huanuco
  Moquegua
  Cerro de Pasco
  Piura
  Tumbes
  Pucallpa