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Birdlife in Bolivia
Birdlife in Bolivia | © Rodrigo Soldon 2 / Flickr
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The Best Bird Watching Spots in Bolivia

Picture of Harry Stewart
Updated: 25 April 2018
Boasting large swathes of pristine Amazon rainforest and a series of stunning high altitude lagoons, Bolivia is a brilliant bird watching destination that is all too often overlooked. Minimal government marketing and poor infrastructure drive many birders away, yet those intrepid enough to make the journey will discover a fascinating country awash with exotic birdlife.

Here are the best places to spot birds in Bolivia, all of which and more can be booked through Nick’s Adventures.

Chalalan Lodge

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Chalalan Eco-lodge 
Chalalan Eco-lodge  | © Rodrigo Mariaca / Wikipedia
A tropical birders paradise, Madidi National Park is home to a whopping 1,110 bird species which represents some 14% of the entire global population. Most opt to stay in Chalalan Lodge, a well-managed community-run project which donates a large portion of their profit to the local community. Interested in other animals too? Then combine a trip to Madidi with the nearby wildlife-rich grasslands known as the Pampas.
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Sadiri Lodge

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Military Macaw
Military Macaw | © Dcoetzee / Wikipedia
Another excellent Madidi option, Sadiri Lodge is located within the remote Community San José de Uchupiamonas, a seldom explored section of the park where indigenous Amazonian culture is still alive and well. But it’s the birds that we’ve all come to see, which include Military Macaws, Tanganers, and the native Yunga Tyrannulet, just to name a few. A series of lush hiking trails provide ample opportunity to spot all these exotic species and more.
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Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve of Andean Fauna

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Pink flamingos
Pink flamingos | © Pedro Szekely / Flickr
Typically visited as part of a three-day Salar de Uyuni tour, the Eduardo Avaroa Reserve is a birder’s dream for its huge flamboyance of colorful pink flamingos which come to feast on the algae-rich waters of these technicolored lagoons. Birdlife aside, the region is rife with snow-capped volcanoes, gushing geysers, and hallucinogenic deserts.
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Chuchani Nature Reserve

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Situated near the jungle capital of Trinidad, Chuchani Nature Reserve is an excellent option for travelers who wish to spot wildlife away from overdeveloped locales such as the Rurrenabeque Pampas. Best of all, birdlife is rife throughout the region and especially easy to spot due to its low-density wetlands terrain.
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Noel Kempff Mercado National Park

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Parque Nacional Noel Kempff Mercado
Parque Nacional Noel Kempff Mercado | © Pattrön / Flickr
To the far north of the country lies the remote Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, one of the last truly untouched wilderness regions on Earth. Facilities are basic and the required charter flight expensive, though birders who do make the journey will be treated to a dazzling array of avian life in utter isolation. Stunning jungle views greet travelers at every turn while a respectable array of wildlife can be spotted in the region as well.
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Samaipata Condor Nest

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A male Andean condor in flight
A male Andean condor in flight | ©Colegota / Wikipedia
With an impressive wingspan of up to 3 meters (10 feet), the Condor is central to Andean mythology and a must-see for any birder in the region. Most tourists spot this giant vulture in Peru’s Colca Canyon, but the more remote Conder Nest near Bolivia’s Samaipata is a better option to escape the crowds. Granted, this requires a tough uphill hike of some 5 kilometers (3 miles) so it’s not suitable for everyone. Nevertheless, those who make it will be able to marvel at some 30 odd condors as they soar through the air.
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Barba Azul Nature Reserve

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Blue-throated Macaw
Blue-throated Macaw | © Michael Seeley / Flickr
Well off the beaten track, the Barba Azul Nature Reserve is a great place to go for birders who wish to spot the critically endangered Blue-throated Macaw. The largest congregations in the world of this exotic bird can be found in these remote lands, meaning tourists are virtually guaranteed to spot a species which has less than 350 left on Earth. Other incredible birds include the Cock-tailed Tyrant, the Black-masked Finch, and the migrant Bobolink.
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Red-fronted Macaw Lodge

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Red-fronted Macaw
Red-fronted Macaw | © Peter Tan / Flickr
Situated half-way between Santa Cruz and Cochabamba, the Red-fronted Macaw Lodge offers birders easy access to observe and help preserve this endangered endemic species. True to its name, the lodge is surrounded by the largest surviving population of the Red-fronted Macaw in the world, not to mention the lush Mizaque River which attracts a constant stream of other avian life. It’s not exactly luxurious, but know that a percentage of the proceeds go towards conserving the Red-fronted Macaw.
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