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Hike to a harpy eagle nest
Seek out the rare harpy eagle at a nesting site and visit a Cock-of-the-Rock lek to see the vibrantly coloured male’s mating display.
The settlement of Surama is set in grassland surrounded by forest-clad hills. The people are mainly from the Macushi tribe and still observe many of the traditional practices of their ancestors.
This area is a habitat for the elusive harpy eagle, a highly prized sighting for any bird watcher. An hour-long hike leads to a nest where, from a distance that will not disturb the birds, you can observe fluffy chicks and adults with their impressive crown of feathers.
We’ll also visit a Cock-of-the-Rock lek – the name for the chosen place where a male performs his mating display to attract the duller brown female. With bold reddish-orange plumage and a wonderful fan-shaped crest rising up like a headdress, the male Cock-of-the-Rock is a spectacular sight.
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Ben Line - Travel Expert
Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.
Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert
A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.
Lina Fuller - Travel Expert
Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.
Sophie Barber - Travel Expert
Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.
Evie Oswald - Travel Expert
It's hard to believe that Evie has had time to cram so much in to her life so far. Having lived as a child in the Americas and Europe she found herself immediately attracted to Latin America.
Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert
Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.