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Subject: Peru
From: Kim Sterelny <>
Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2018 11:00:05 +0000
Hi Folks

Just back from a couple of weeks in Peru. The first week was Lima and work, but 
the second was at a couple of lodges on the Amazonian watershed: Wayqecha (at 
2700 meters, in cloud forest) and Villa Carmen, at 500 meters; not quite 
lowland, but noticeably much warmer and lusher than Wayqecha. I saw a couple of 
hundred species or so (have not counted from the checklist yet), most of which 
will be lifers, and almost entirely thanks to my superb guide, Ramiro Yabar. 
Having only one functional eye, I find birding in visually cluttered 
environments very demanding, and Ramiro was not just a superb birder and 
natural historian, he was endlessly patient and good humoured in helping me get 
onto the birds (even the little bastards in bamboo thickets; bloody bamboo 
specialists). If anyone has ambitions to see birds in the Peruvian rainforest, 
I would most strongly recommend him. He can be contacted at:

He was also very good and cheeful company in the evenings. I would also 
recommend the two lodges: the rooms were very comfortable; the food was good 
(very good, at Villa Carmen); they had internet; they had bars; the staff were 
friendly and helpful (though not many had English; the guide, Ramiro, spoke 
excellent english), and Villa Carmen was alive with birds. The same 
organisation that runs these two lodges runs a third in the true lowlands, and 
I am seriously thinking of a return in a couple of years.

There are extraordinary and spectacular birds to be seen there; do not miss it 
if you have a chance.


Kim Sterelny
Philosophy Program


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