Second annual Birding Rally Challenge 9-20 June 2013

With a longer and more complex route than 2012, the second ever Birding Rally Challenge 2013, will transect northern Perú from the coast, over the Andes and into the Amazonian forests in the east. Its starting point will be the Forest Historical Sanctuary Pomac and Laquipampa Wildlife Refuge, areas with a highly unique avifauna.

The event, will be held from 9 to 21 June and starts in the protected areas located in the province of Ferreñafe. The next day the participants will move to the wetlands of Eten (City Eten), then to San Jose Moro, in the La Libertad region, continuing in the regions of Cajamarca, Amazonas and San Martin. The route will highlight the Amazon and the northern Peruvian Andes as one of the best destinations for bird watching in Peru with the goal of promoting tourism and local development.

For this reason that the Servicio Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas por el Estado-SERNANP, an agency under the Ministry of Environment, through the Head of Pómac Forest Historical Sanctuary, has been conducting various activities prior to this competition and training local people to provide the best tourist services (guiding, food, lodging and even souvenirs) helping establish the birding routes.

The birding competition will run for teams of renowned birders, where participants must travel as many of habitats within a geographic area and in a limited time, which will in turn appreciate the biodiversity of Peru.

The event is organized by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism, the Committee for the Promotion of Peru Export and Tourism-PROMPERU, and Inka Terra Association NGO.