For serious birders, the Red-fronted Macaw Reserve is a must visit. All of the rarities known from the area are reliably seen with ease and accommodations are quite comfortable given the remoteness of the site.
One of your targets here is the Reserve’s namesake: flocks of charismatic Red-fronted Macaws nest in spectacular sheer cliffs right just beyond the lodge’s door, giving you excellent views of this endangered species and ample time for photographs. The best time to visit the reserve is during the breeding season (November to early May), as the macaws are constantly present and seen flying in pairs, families, and groups. Outside of the breeding season the Red-fronted Macaw is less common, but groups are seen daily as the birds forage near the river and group for a communal roost at dusk.
The Reserve is home to the unique dry scrub forests of Cochabamba, located in central Bolivia. It is habitat for 121 bird species, including Mitred Parakeets, Yellow-chevroned Parakeets, Blue-fronted Parrots, and Cliff Parakeets, as well as frequent visits by Andean Condors and Peregrine Falcons. This desert habitat holds a regional specific bird community, with such distinctive species as the White-eared Puffbird, Greater Wagtail Tyrant, White-tailed Plantcutter, Grey-crested Finch, Spot-fronted Woodpecker, Apolomado Falcon, Ultramarine Grosbeak, and Cliff Flycatcher.
For an insight into the fascinating history of Bolivia, you can explore the reserve’s archaeological site and the region’s many cave paintings. You will also discover the culture and traditions of the Quechua indigenous communities, who run the reserve and directly benefit from your visit. Over the years, we have witnessed how these poor communities – who have been marginalized by society – have grown in confidence and gained greater pride in their cultural heritage thanks to the interest and respect shown by tourists.