Inkaterra Associación (ITA), is proud to announce that the world’s first Birding Rally Challenge is off to a flying start. Organised alongside the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (MINCETUR) & PROMPERU as co-organisers, the rally has drawn together 24 experts for six days and five nights of non-stop Amazon and Andes birding.
The Birding Rally Challenge began at the Pantanos de Villa – a wetlands and nature refuge located near Lima and is home to many migratory birds. This environment is renowned for ornithological diversity and the teams logged some excellent sightings on the first day of the rally. Species seen included the Many-Coloured Rush-Tyrant (Tachuris rubrigastra), the Peruvian Tern (Sternula lorata), the Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) and the White-Cheeked Pintail (Anas bahamensis), the Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera), the Pied-Billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps), the White-Tufted Grebe (Rollandia rolland), the Peruvian Pelican (Pelecanus thagus), the Peruvian Diving-Petrel (Pelecanoides garnotii) and the Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja)to name just a few.
The Inauguration Ceremony for the Birding Rally Challenge took place at the Universidad Cientifica del Sur-Chorrillos. The ceremony was attended by José Carlos Dextra Chacón, Chairman of the Board, José Luis Silva Martinot, Minister of Foreign Trade & Tourism, and PROMPERU’s President of the Board of Directors, Maria del Carmen de Reparaz, PROMPERU’s Director of Tourism (MINCETUR), José Koechlin-ITA, his Excellence the Ambassador of Great Britain in Peru, James Dauris and Jorge Caillaux Zazzali, President of SPDA (Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental).
There will be more exciting updates to come as the Rally progresses and teams including the Forest Falcon Team, eBirders, The Zululanders, the Tramuntana Birding Team and the Ararajuba Team get spotting at Madre de Dios and then at Machu Picchu.
The teams are staying at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel and El MaPi, byInkaterra, in Machu Picchu & at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica and Hacienda Concepción in the rainforest and are following Inkaterra’s specialist birding routes.