Bolivia Birding Tours
Bolivia is perhaps one of the less-frequently-visited birding destinations in South America. Perhaps the reason is that Bolivia is still relatively unknown in birding circles. But the country holds magnificent birds, and with a list of 1452 species it is the sixth country with the largest number of birds after Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Indonesia, and Ecuador. There are 18 endemic species, but Bolivia also holds several range-restricted species and 50 globally threatened species that are very difficult to find elsewhere. The reason for this avian biodiversity is probably the large number of different ecosystems found in the country, from the Amazon rainforest through the cloudforest (Yungas) mountains, tropical savannas, flooded savannas that border the Pantanal in adjacent Brazil, and xerophytic habitats like the Cerrado and the Gran Chaco to the high Andean mountains including habitats like high plains covered by bunch grasses, Polylepis forests at the base of the snow-capped mountains, and Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. This is an amazing number of different habitats for a landlocked country. But even though Bolivia is blessed with this large diversity of ecosystems the countryside is still undeveloped, and some of the largest national parks such as Madidi and Noel Kempff Mercado are quite remote without major infrastructure, which makes visits very challenging.