Ite Wetlands

  • Destination:
  • Duration: 2 days

Ite is one of the largest wetlands in the Peruvian coast located in the department of Tacna nearly 300 km from the city of Arequipa.

Ite has an area of ​​2000 hectares including shallow lagoons, grasslands, reeds, rushes, sand, coastline and a sea portion located parallel to it. There is a big concentration of waterbirds and some migratory species of southern winter and summer. It is a new destination for bird watching, a non-tourist route which route begins in Arequipa through Lagunas de Mejia via the coastal road to the south.

Day 1
  • Departure from Arequipa 06:00 hrs, route to the South Panamericana.
  • Stop at the Pampa de San José, ideal for watching “Least Seedsnipe”, an important specie on the route.
  • Then go to the National Sanctuary Lagunas de Mejia doing some specific stops looking for other species.
  • After visiting the Lagunas de Mejia, we continue through the valley of Tambo enjoying the fields in the area.
  • Then arrive at the Costanera road in the village of Punta, a new paved road to the city of Ilo.
  • We walk one more, following the Costanera until getting to the wetlands of Ite, where we camp.
Day 2
  • We leave the camp early at 07: 00hrs to the wetlands of Ite, making a trip to identify some common and other migratory species.
  • After visiting the wetlands we return to the city of Ilo for lunch.
  • Then we return to the city of Arequipa in a journey of about 03 hours.
  • Common

    Yellow-billed Pintail, Elagant Tern, Surf Cinclodes, Vermilion Flycatcher, etc.

    Not so common

    Black Rail, Peruvian Thick-knee, Willet, Grayish Miner, Chestnut-throated Seedeater.


    Black-faced Ibis, Short-billed Dowitcher, Chilean woodstar, Chilean Swallow.


    • Transportation for two days.
    • Specialized bird-guide.
    • Box lunch-first day, dinner at camp, breakfast second day in camp, lunch in the city of Ilo second day.
    • Tents, sleeping bag.
    • Tickets.


    • Extras.


    • Wear a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen.
    • Light clothes and not very bright colored-clothing, a jacket for the evening.
    • Binoculars, camera, flashlight (overnight at camp).
    • Mosquito-repellent


    • Ite Wetlands is not a typical tourist area. It is primarily a place for bird watching and lovers of adventure.