North Peru
Amazonian lowlands, Curassow quest


Lima - Iquitos
15 Days
Fixed departure:
Nov 20th 2017
Group size:
4 to 8 people

  Green Tours | Price

Pax based on double occupancy
US$ 3,890.oo

Single suppl.
US$ 410

Detailed Itinerary

North Peru Amazonian lowlands, Curassow quest

15 days tour

Day 1 Lima
Arrival in Lima and transfer to the hotel in the center of the Miraflores distric.
Overnight in Lima.
Day 2 Lima - Iquitos
This morning we will take our way south of Lima for about one and a half hour to Puerto Viejo's marshes. The main attractions are Great Grebe, Peruvian Thick-knee, Many-colored Rush-Tyrant and Grassland Yellow-Finch. On the beach it is easy to find Surf Cinclodes flying around the rocky areas. On our way back to Lima we will stop at Pucusana. We will take a boat to explore the cliffs near the ocean in Pucusana which are a good place to search for Inca Terns and Humboldt Penguins.
We will return to Lima in the afternoon and then catch a flight to the city of Iquitos.
Overnight in Iquitos.
Meals: B, Boxed-L, D
Day 3 Iquitos - Explornapo Lodge
This morning we will take a boat to go down the Amazon river to Explornapo Lodge. During the boat trip we shall look for common river birds like Yellow-billed and Large-billed Terns, Black Skimmer, Lesser-headed Vulture, or White-winged Swallow. Grey Dolphins are also easy to see from the boat; Pink Dolphins are also possible but rare.
On our way to our lodge we will explore a river island looking for specialties like Red-and-white Spinetail, Blue-winged Parrotlet, Pale-billed Hornero, Brownish Elaenia, Hooded Tanager, Bicolored and Pearly-breasted Conebills.
After lunch at Explorama Lodge we'll continue our boat trip to Explornapo Lodge.
Overnight at Explornapo lodge.
Meals: B, L, D.
Days 4 & 5 Explornapo Lodge
We'll expend two days exploring terra firme and varzea forests around the lodge. Interesting possibilities on terra firme are Screaming Piha, Purple-throated Cotinga, Double-banded Pygmy-Tyrant, Orange-eyed Flycactcher, Pink-throated Becard, Fulvous Shrike-Tanager, Flame-crested Tanager, Cinereous Antshrike, Bicolored Antbird, Wing-barred Piprites, Red-necked Woodpecker, Stripe Manakin, Golden-headed Manakin, and many others.
Varzea and transitional forests offers Lunulated Antbird, Black-spotted Bare-eye, Silvered Antbird, Purplish Jacamar, White-chinned Jacamar, Cream-colored Woodpecker, Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Striped Woodcreeper, Long-billed Woodcreeper, and many others.
Overnight at Explornapo lodge.
Meals: B, L, D.
Day 6 Explornapo lodge - ACTS research station
This morning we will walk to the Amazon Conservatory for Tropical Studies research station (ACTS), this place offers the same facilities than Explornapo and it will take us about two hours to get there, of course with a lot of birds on the way like Yellow-billed Jacamar, Black-tailed Trogon, Lanceolated Monklet, Rusty-breasted Monklet, and, if we get lucky enough, we could find an army-ant swarm with lots of antbirds and antwrens following it.
The main attraction of the ACTS is the canopy walkway, a suspendent bridge 500 meters long and 35 meters above the ground. This bridge gives the opportunity to see birds from an exceptional location.
At night we'll be making our first attempt for the Nocturnal Curassow. This night excursion will also provide opportunities to see Short-tailed Nighthawk, Tawny-bellied Screech-Owl, Long-tailed Potoo, or Crested Owl.
Overnight at ACTS.
Meals: B, L, D.
Day 7 ACTS research station
At dawn we'll be already at the canopy walkway, the first hours of the morning are the best time to be here, just before the sun heats the canopy. The myriad of canopy avifauna can include White-vented Euphonia, Paradise Tanager, Green-and-gold Tanager, Yellow-bellied Tanager, Short-billed Honeycreeper, Red-and-green Macaw, Maroon-tailed Parakeet, Sapphire-rumped Parrotlet, Many-banded Aracari, Golden-collared Toucanet, Bare-necked Fruitcrow, White-fronted Nunbird, Moustached Antwren, Paradise Jacamar, Yellow-throated Woodpecker, or Yellow-browed Tody-Flycatcher.
The terra firme forests around ACTS are exceptionally good for birds like Stripe Woodhaunter, Olive-back Foliage-gleaner, Ocelated Woodcreeper, White-chinned Woodcreeper, Plain-winged Antshrike, Black-throated Trogon, Great Jacamar, Large-headed Flatbill, Brightrumped Attila, Citron-bellied Attila, Musician Wren, and many others.
At night we can try again to look for Nocturnal Curassow if we failed to find it the previous night. This excursion also offers the chance to find other birds like Spectacled Owl, Great Potoo, Ladder-tailed Nightjar, or even Rufous Potoo.
Overnight at ACTS.
Meals: B, L, D.
Day 8 ACTS research station - Explornapo lodge
Last morning birding the forests around ACTS and the canopy walkway. After lunch we will walk back to Explornapo lodge for the overnight.
Overnight at ACTS.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 9 Explornapo - Iquitos
This morning we will discover the successional forests of river islands, these exceptional habitats offer shelter to a set of special birds like Lesser Hornero, White-bellied Spintetail, Parker`s Spinetail, Black-and-white Antbird, Orange-headed Tanager, Lesser Wagtail-Tyrant, Riverside Tyrant, Castelnau's Antshrike, Ash-breasted Antbird, Leaden Antwren, Solitary Black Cacique, and many others.
After lunch we will be transferred to Iquitos.
Today we're leaving the north bank of the Amazon river behind, and tomorrow we'll be heading up-stream the Amazon to explore the south bank of the river at Muyuna lodge, this is also the most accessible place to look for the rare Wattled Curassow and Boat-billed Heron.
Overnight in Iquitos.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 10 Iquitos - Muyuna Lodge
In the morning we'll be transferred by boat to Muyuna lodge. We'll be arriving to the lodge just in time to enjoy lunch.
Then we will walk the terra firme forest just behind the lodge looking for interesting bids like Rufous-necked Puffbird, Dotted-backed Antibird, Grey-headed Tanager, or White-bearded Manakin.
At the end of the afternoon, just before heading back to the lodge, we'll do some night birding looking for Tropical Screech-Owl, Black-banded Owl, or Crested Owl.
Overnight at Muyuna Lodge.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 11 Muyuna Lodge
This morning we'll be taking a boat very early to look for our second Curassow: the very rare Wattled Curassow. The vegetation along the river margins has some interesting birds like Anhinga, Agami Heron, Black-tailed Tityra, Masked Tityra, Scarlet-crowned Barbet, Hooded Tanager, Blue-and-yellow Macaw, Red-bellied Macaw, Dusky-headed Parakeet, Purple-throated Fruitcrow, Bare-necked Fruitcrow, Plum-throated Cotinga, Cinnamon Attila, Masked-crimson Tanager, and many more.
We could find the Wattled Curassow in the varzea forest, usually perched high in canopy. These forests can also hold Orange-winged Parakeet, Black-tailed Antbird, Plumbeous Antbird, Band-tailed Antbird, Dark-breasted Spinetail, Long-billed Woodcreeper. Rufescent Tiger-Herons and Muscovy Duks can be seen near small oxbow lakes.
After lunch we'll be taking the boat again to explore the river margins where we could find Oriole Blackbird, Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Orange-headed Plushcrow, Plain-breasted Piculet, Greater Ani, Yellow-crowned Parrot, Green-and-Rufous Kingfisher.
At night we'll be birding from the boat to look for the elusive American Pygmy-Kingfisher, the rare Boat-billed Heron, Common and Great Potoos are also possible.
Overnight at Muyuna Lodge.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 12 Muyuna Lodge - Iquitos
The terra firme forest behind the lodge is so diverse that deserves another visit, and in our last morning in Muyuna we will walk again inside this forest to look for more interesting birds like Bluish-slate Antwren, Plain-breasted Antshrike, Fuscous Flycatcher, Royal Flycatcher, Zimmer's Woodcreeper Cinnamon-throated Woodcreeper, Dwarf Tyrant-Manakin, Collared Puffbird, Blue-cheeked Jacamar, and much more.
After a farewell lunch we will be transferred to the hotel in Iquitos. You will have the late afternoon at leisure to visit the city.
Overnight in Iquitos.
Meals: B, L, D
Days 13 & 14 Iquitos
We will spend two days visiting the Alpahuayo-Mishana Reserve, a protected area well known for the quite important ornithological discoveries made here. Possible birds here are Ancient Antwren, Zimmer's Tody-Tyrant, Pompadour Cotinga, Brown-banded Puffbird, Pied Puffbird, Brown Nunlet, Pearly Antshrike, Alpahuayo Antbird, Mishana Tyrannulet, Cinnamon-crested Spadebill, Black Bushbird, Orange-crowned Manakin, Iquitos Gnatcatcher, and many others.
Overnight in Iquitos.
Meals: B, Boxed-L, D
Day 15 Iquitos - Lima
Early transfer to the airport for the flight to Lima. In Lima we will leave you at the airport for your international connections.
Meals: B

Travel tips and recommendations

  • Weather: Most days in Amazonia will be warm and humid, with a mixture of sunshine and overcast conditions. Some rain should be expected, from brief showers to sometimes extended periods of heavy rain.
  • Time Zone: Peru is 5 hours behind GMT. Also, it is in the same time zone as US Eastern Standard Time Zone and does not observe daylight-savings time.
  • Immunizations: Having a Yellow Fever vaccine at least 10 days before your trip is recommended but not mandatory.
  • Electricity: 220 volts in Lima and Iquitos. The lodges lack electricity but a generator is turned on once a day to recharge batteries for guests or lodge facilities. At night it is very dark, so we recommend good flashlights. Light is provided by numerous kerosene lamps and candles.

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