The third 24-hour birdwatching contest was held on June 25, 2014 in Huánuco. The event, known worldwide as a 'Big Day', took place in the Tingo María National Park, where participants tried to recognize and record as many bird species as possible within the Park.
This type of activity is a promotional tool used to give more value to the biodiversity that Peru has and at the same time decentralize tourist activities in our country so that more Peruvians can benefit from tourism. It is also held so that foreign visitors can enjoy and participate in this spectacular experience.
In 2013, PROMPERÚ organized the first 'Big Day,' held in Manu National Park. During the competition, the three winners observed 186 bird species in less than 24 hours. The second 'Big Day' was held in April 2014 in Arequipa, and 140 species were observed.
Peru is a country which enjoys enormous wealth provided by nature. Part of that wealth, due to evolutionary, geographic and climatic factors, is the 1 830 bird species found in the country.
Avitourism, also known as birdwatching or birding, is an activity that is taking off due to the high level of interest generated by sustainable ecotourism. Tingo María National Park has become one of the most popular locations for birdwatching because of its huge variety of wildlife.
Characteristics of the park
The Tingo María National Park, in the highland tropical rainforest, has a very high level of biodiversity. It is also known for the beauty of its dreamlike landscape. There are tourist attractions such as La Bella Durmiente (Sleeping Beauty); a mountain range that has the appearance of a woman lying down. Protected areas have become the important centers of ecotourism in Peru and are recognized worldwide.
Due to the Big Day events, the Tingo María National Park has strategically placed areas for observing species such as the Cueva de las Pavas and the Cueva de las Lechuzas (Owl Cave). The latter is a huge cave that is home to a fascinating variety of birds and bats, and where 6,000 oilbirds, a nocturnal bird that resembles an owl, have been observed.
400 types of birds
In this area, approximately 400 types of birds can be seen, a significantly high number for this activity. The area has become a favorite for domestic and foreign visitors, and has turned Peru into a leading birdwatching destination, which in turn has promoted nature tourism in general.
The Big Days are supported by the National Service of Protected Natural Areas (SERNANP), which also manages the park. All entities are working together to promote and put more value on Peru’s biodiversity. Using nature tourism, the aim is to decentralize tourism and increase the amount of Peruvians who benefit from it.
Tingo María gladly opens its doors to domestic and foreign visitors throughout the year, so they can enjoy this beautiful birdwatching activity and form the habit of planning outings and using tourist services.