Highlights of a stay at Villa Carmen

  • Over 460 birds listed
  • Brand-new cabins
  • Hot showers/private baths
  • Internet (limited)
  • Friendly staff
  • Fresh Peruvian cooking sourced from the onsite farm
  • Visit to indigenous communities

Sounds of Villa Carmen

Manu Antbird

Bamboo Antshrike

Flammulated (or Bamboo) Pygmy-Tyrant

What Travelers Say

This was quite probably one of the most enthralling days birding I have experienced in my life…
Villa Carmen was fabulous surpassing every expectation. It was everyone’s favorite place of the tour…We look forward to returning here for years to come.
Rich Hoyer, WINGS, Inc.
The birds are amazing. The river crossing was incredible. You are great and made us very comfortable.
Eileen Mershart (Madison, WI), Birdathon participant

Amazing location at the base of the Andes. Spectacular bird life and excellent natural history. Villa Carmen is an outstanding station ― staff were exceptionally helpful, rooms were great and food was wonderful. We are excited about planning our next visit.

Dan and Alison Rabosky, PhDs, U of Michigan

What an extraordinary experience! Outstanding birding, on par with our best experiences in Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil.

Rita Fenwick, U.S.

Great birds with marvelous dawn chorus of chacalacas, jays and many other birds. Wonderful macaws in late p.m. Difficult to find a lodge anywhere with such nice rooms, super friendly and helpful staff and incredibly good food. Highly recommend.

Steve Hilty, VENT Tours, University of Kansas Biodiversity Institu

Have to say, the trail system here is amazing, the best I’ve ever seen. All-in-all, a fantastic place and a fantastic time.

Dr. Robert Ridgely , U.S.

The birding here was EXCELLENT! Very birdy around the ponds, good access to bamboo lards, a few of the highlights included both White-Checked and BlackBacked Tody Flycatchers, Orange-Fronted Plushcrown, a Roufous Cassiomis, several large Elianias, Bamboo Antshrike, Rofous-Capped Nunlet, Brazillian Teal, and many more. Very good for antbirds.

Gary Rosenberg, Avian Journeys

We visited Villa Carmen as a part of a butterfly expedition. We were able to photograph a good variety of species while hiking the trails. Thank you to the staff, all of whom were very accommodating. We enjoyed the food, electricity and access to internet. Thanks for a wonderful stay.

Doug and Kathryn Brenne, Canada