Birding Tour: Lagunas de Mejia National Birds Sanctuary Full Day

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  • Tour Itinerary
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Lagunas de Mejia National Sanctuary is located on the southwest of Arequipa, 150 km away and two hours driving on paved road, until the coastal town of Mollendo nearby of the sanctuary. The lagoon is located next to the Pacific Ocean, this place is a protected area and refuge for migratory birds from all over America continent.

The Mejia National Sanctuary was established on 1984 as a “National Sanctuary of Birds”, and is situated in the department of Arequipa, province of Islay with an area of 690.6 hectares surrounded by Tambo River. The main reason why the birds landed here is because the terrain provides lot of food from the river, lagoon and the Pacific Ocean.

A unique refuge in the coastal region of the country for migratory birds from all over America on its north-south route; as well as an habitat for the endemic species in danger of extinction, and shelter of important units of wild flora own of aquatic ecosystems of the littoral. The lagoons of Mejia is a refuge of diverse ecosystems like marshes, saline swamps, lagoons, sprawling totora clumps, riverbank bush, grassland, and sandy beaches for which it is considered one of the most important in South America”, that makes attractive for a  large flocks of birds appreciated by birdwatchers.


  • Nature
  • Lagoon birds
  • Endemic birds
  • Coastal birds
  • Alive culture

We pick you up at the hotel 4:30 am, then we drive along Panamericana highway, after 2:30 hours we will arrive to the National Sanctuary Lagunas de Mejia which is located in the Pacific Coast about 3.40 m.a.s.l,. This area manages to cover different types of habitats. The area of the sanctuary is a flat land mixed with some land falls close to the sea, where we can observe about 195 different bird species of which 75 species are from the area, exist 6 species that are resident in the sea and front of the Sanctuary, 80 species of migratory birds, 48 come from North – America and the Artic, 18 from the South of South America, 3 of the north coast of Peru, and 10 of the Andes and jungle of Peru. Finally there is a group of about 30 species considered as bird with occasional presence and 4 species in danger of extinction.

Once we get there, we start to see as many as possible birds of this place, like:

  • Striated Heron
  • Great Grebe
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Tricolored Heron
  • Red-fronted Coot
  • Harris’s Hawk
  • osprey
  • Yellowish Pipit
  • Chestnut-throated Seedeater
  • Roseate Spoonbill
  • Kelp Gull
  • Belcher’s Gull
  • Peruvian Sheartail
  • Oasis Hummingbird
  • Purple-collared Woodstar
  • Inca Tern
  • Surf Cinclodes
  • Vermilion Flycatcher

After lunch and finishing our birding tour. We will return to Arequipa by the road of Cocachacra, which is a very beautiful countryside full of agricultural areas.

Tour Program Includes:

  • Picnic box lunch
  • Ozonated water (must carry your own canteen)
  • Entrance tickets
  • Professional guide specialized in birds
  • Private transportation
  • Snacks on the route
  • First aid kit

Not Included:

  • Other requirements.
  • Birdwatching equipment
  • Gratuities recommended for staff

List of Trip:

  • Binoculars
    Sun block SPF 15 – 50
    Canteen is obligatory
    Photograph camera
    Extra clothes
    Extra battery.
    Additional Snacks
    Hat or cap
    Repellent obligatory
    Slippers or tennis shoes
    Rubber boots

If you don’t have some of the required equipment, we can rent one

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