Birds of prey—the eagles, hawks, and falcons of the world, also known as raptors—have fascinated mankind since the dawn of civilization. From the Egyptian deity Horus, to the eagle that carried Ganymede to the heavens, or the monstrous Harpies in Greek mythology, to venerated Andean Condors in South American cultures, raptors have been symbols of power, prowess, and strength throughout human history.
There are over 330 species of raptors in the world and they occur virtually everywhere except Antarctica. Birdwatchers with a special interest in raptor observation—or hawkwatchers, often find that general birding trips fall short of their expectations. Our kind like to stay longer with individual birds and tend to share an interest in raptor behavior, ecological context, and field identification, including sex and age, when possible.
Raptors concentrate on migration bottlenecks, or in highly productive wintering areas. Other locations are intrinsically rich in raptor life and provide superb observation and photographic opportunities. Raptours destinations are often selected because they offer a good coverage of a particular raptor fauna. We always keep in mind comfort, and like to travel in style when conditions permit.
Raptours ecotours focus nearly exclusively on raptors, but we sometimes target other top predators, such as big cats. Some of our tours are offered every year, while others are run every other year, or every third year. We also research, plan, and conduct Raptor Expeditions to search for rare, elusive or local species.
At Raptours we appreciate our exclusive customers and always look for new ways to exceed their expectations. Some of our customers have traveled with us the world over, and through our joint ventures have witnessed breathtaking nature spectacles ranging from impressive Steppe Eagle migration in the Nepali Himalayas, to overwhelming raptor flights in Veracruz, Mexico, to nesting Harpy Eagles and wild Jaguars in central Brazil.
If you have a strong interest in raptor-watching, raptor identification, or raptor photography, and an inclination to travel in well-organized, friendly-run ecotours, look no further and join other fellow hawkwatchers: we are Raptours and are here to help you achieve your global raptor-watching goals!