The next day was spent birding at between 2,500m and 3,600m. It was cold in the morning, even in our thermals and many layers but soon warmed up too hot sun and t-shirt weather. At 3,600m we were watching a Rock Earthcreeper, when Birdgirl suddenly felt sick and faint. After some TLC and removal of some layers she soon perked up and felt much better after some Sprite and Minstrels (as they travel well - another top tip from Digby!). Fortunately, we have bought some altitude sickness tablets in case we need them.
Birds of the day were the endemic Black-Hooded Sunbeam and Grey-Bellied Flowerpiecer and also Huayo Tinamou (which was missed by Birdgirl), White-Faced Ibis, Black-Winged Parrot and Rufous-Capped Antshrike.
The next morning was spent birding in
catching up with a very confiding endemic Rufous-Faced Antpitta. We were very lucky as they can often be shy
and skulky. We then headed off back to , via a lunch stop back in lovely Samaipata in a
hippy hangout. Here we had an array of
veggie dishes to choose from and Birdgirl tucked into pancakes with honey and
popcorn. We got back to Santa Cruz to catch our evening flight to Santa Cruz , further west in the Cochabamba Central Highlands, at 2,500m. Luxury
again, but no time to enjoy any of the facilities.