With over 1850 bird species and counting, Peru vies with Colombia as having the biggest bird list in the world. The highlight of any trip to Southern Peru is Manu National Park, a vast wilderness area that is easy to visit thanks to numerous great lodges in and around the park. Nowhere else in South America can you visit such a huge, pristine area in such comfort. A visit to Manu is easily combined with a trip to Machu Picchu, possibly the most aw-inspiring ruin on the planet (and good birding too!).
Farther north in Peru, it seems like every nook and cranny of the Andes has it’s own endemic bird species, some of them utterly spectacular, like the Marvelous Spatuletail. While the area of Peru is much poorer, several new lodges have been built, making this a more pleasant trip than in the past.