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North Peru
the endemics paradise

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Location:
Lima - Tarapoto
Duration:
16 Days
Fixed departure:
Oct 18th 2017
Group size:
4 to 10 people

  Green Tours | Price

Pax based on double occupancy
US$ 3,860.oo

Single suppl.
US$ 650

Detailed Itinerary

North Peru, the endemics paradise

16 days tour

Day 1 Lima
Arrival in Lima and transfer to the hotel in the center of the Miraflores district.
Overnight in Lima.
Day 2 Lima
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.
Return to the hotel in Lima. On our way we will make a short stop by Villa Marshes for more waterbirds.
Overnight at Wyndham Lima Airport Hotel.
Meals: B, Boxed-L, D.
Day 3 Lima - Chiclayo - Chaparri
Morning flight to the city of Chiclayo. Then transfer to Chaparri nature reserve. Chaparri is a private, community-owned reserve of 34,000 hectares, well known for its White-winged Guan population, which has been re-established from captive-bred birds. Other Tumbesian species are found in the arid woodlands or are attracted to the permanent water in the stream: Peruvian Screech-Owl, White-tailed Jay, Tumbes Tyrant, Pacific Elaenia, White-headed Brush-Finch, Sulphur-throated Finch, as well as many other Tumbesian specialties.
Overnight at Chaparri Lodge.
Meals: B, L, D.
Day 4 Chaparri
Early departure for Casupe forest to look for wild White-winged Guans, this forest is exceptionally good for Gray-chinned (Porculla race) Hermit, Ecuadorian Trogon, Red-masked Parakeet, Ecuadorian Piculet, Guayaquil Woodpecker, Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner, Rufous-necked Foliage-Gleaner and others.
By mid-morning we will Drive back to lower altitudes to bird around the Tinajones reservoir; the wetland here could produce Southern Pochard, Black-faced Ibis, and maybe a good selection of sandpipers and swallows. Chilean Flamingos have also been seen here.
Overnight at Chaparri Lodge.
Meals: B, Boxed-L, D
Day 5 Chaparri - Tucume
The morning will include casual birding around the lodge and its feeding station, where White-tailed Jay, Tumbes Sparrow, Croaking Ground-Dove, Golden Grosbeak and other birds are quite easy to see.
After lunch we will drive for about 2 and a half hours to Los Horcones de Tucume Lodge, north of the city of Chiclayo.
Overnight at Los Horcones de Tucume Lodge.
Meals: B, L, D.
Day 6 Tucume
Full day birding at Bosque de Pomac Reserve, where we come to grips with several common Tumbesian endemics along with the threatened Peruvian Plantcutter and Rufous Flycatcher. Species that occur here include Necklaced Spinetail, Superciliated Wren, Fasciated Wren, Cinereous Finch, Scarlet-backed Woodpecker, Gray-and-White Tyrannulet, Short-tailed Field-Tyrant, Tumbes Tyrannulet (split from Mouse-colored Tyrannulet), Tumbes Swallow.
Overnight at Waqanki Lodge.
Overnight at Los Horcones de Tucume Lodge.
Meals: B, L, D.
Day 7 Túcume - Jaén
This morning we will drive into the Andes to the town of Jaén. First stop is at the Porculla mountain pass where we will take a side road to look for some Andean specialties like Piura Chat-Tyrant, Rufous-necked Foliage-Gleaner, Black-cowled Saltator, and Chestnut-crowned Antpitta.
At the Porculla pass we leave the Pacific slope of the Andes and enter into the Río Marañón valley. In this part of the Andes the Marañon river has eroded the mountains creating a deep and wide dry valley that is home of many endemic bird species.
Once we arrive to the city of Jaén we will drive about 15 minutes north of the city to explore the rice fields looking for Spotted Rail, Paint-billed Crake, and other water birds. Lesser Nighthawks are regularly seen flying at dusk.
Overnight in Jaén.
Meals: B, Boxed-L, D.
Day 8 Jaén - Abra Patricia
We will spend the morning exploring the dry forests north of Jaén between the towns of Tamborapa and La Coipa looking for special Marañón birds like Marañon Spinetail, Necklaced Spinetail (Chinchipe race), Black-and-white Becard, Speckled-breasted Wren, Buff-bellied Tanager, and more.
By mid-morning we will drive towards the town of Bagua, with some stops to look for Little Inca-Finch and Black-capped Sparrow.
After lunch we will drive straight to our next lodge in the famous Abra Patricia mountains. Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.
Meals: B, L, D.
Day 9 Abra Patricia
This morning we will walk the “Grallaria trail” that starts in the upper part of the lodge and goes down the hill for about two and a half hours. The trail goes through humid mountain forest that hosts birds such as Ochre-fronted Antpitta, Sharpe’s Wren, Cinnamon Flycatcher, Chestnut-crested Cotinga and Golden-headed Quetzal.
Back in the lodge you will have ample time casually enjoy myriad hummingbirds coming to the feeders, only some of which may include: Green Violetear, Long-tailed Sylph, Speckled Hummingbird, White-bellied Woodstar, Sword-billed Hummingbird, and Collared Inca.
This afternoon we will have our first attempt to spot the enigmatic Long-whiskered Owlet, a tiny owl endemic to his mountain range. We will walk down a trail for about one hour to the first spot and wait until it gets dark, then our local guide will call the owlet. We may also find Ochre-fronted Antpitta, Bicolored Antvireo and White-fronted Nunbird along the trail. We will be back in the lodge at around 08:00 pm.
Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.
Meals: B, L, D.
Day 10 Abra Patricia: Fundo Alto Nieva and Venceremos
Today we will explore the southeastern slope of the Abra Patricia mountains. Before departure we can do some birding around the parking lot that can bring superb birds like Johnson’s Tody-Flycatcher, Deep-blue Flowerpiercer, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, Grass-green Tanager, Rufous Spinetail and many others.
The first stop is at Fundo Alto Nieva, where the hummingbird feeders attract botted Rackettail, Royal Sunangel, Violet-fronted Brilliant, Tawny-bellied Hermit, and a few other hummers. The forest around the house can produce White-capped Tanager, Crested Quetzal, Ornate Flycatcher, Green-and-black Fruiteater, and many more.
In the afternoon we will drive down the road to near the Venceremos town to look for Black-mandibled, White-throated, and Channel-billed Toucans, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, and we will try to spot an Andean Cock-of-the-Rock crossing above the road.
Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 11 Pomacochas and Huembo
Today we will explore the northwestern slope of the Abra Patricia mountains, our first stop is at Huembo Conservation Center, this is a nature reserve created to protect the endemic Marvelous Spatuletail hummingbird, others hummingbirds attending the feeders here are Andean Emerald, Brown Violetear, White-bellied Hummingbird, Purple-throated Woodstar, Purple-throated Sunangel, White-bellied Woodstar.
The forest inside the reserve is good for Emerald Toucanet, Speckled-faced Parrot, White-sided Flowerpiercer, Silvery Tanager, and many others.
After visiting Huembo we will drive up a side road for about 15 minutes and then walk down the road looking for Black-crested Warbler, Citrine Warbler, Sickled-winged Guan, Lacrimose-mountain Tanager, Pale-eyed Thrush, and many more.
In the afternoon we will drive back to the lodge.
Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 12 Abra Patricia - Moyobamba
Early morning departure to reach the lowest part of the Alto Mayo mountains. We will make a first stop near El Afluente to take our chances with a Cock-of-the Rock lek that should be active at this time in the morning. By mid-morning we should be reaching the village of Aguas Verdes, where the hummingbird feeders can produce Reddish Hermit, Green Hermit, Blue-fronted and Green-fronted Lancebills, and Violet-fronted Brilliant; the Tinamou feeders are usually visited by Cinereous and Little Tinamous, along with Rufous-breasted Woodquail and Orange billed Sparrow.
After lunch we will drive to our next lodge near the city of Moyobamba, with a couple of stops looking for Pale-eyed Blackbird, Chestnut-bellied Seed-Finch, and Masked Duck.
Overnight at Waqanki Lodge.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 13 Moyobamba
The first hours of light today are devoted to hike up the Quebrada Mishquiyacu creek where Bluish-fronted Jacamar, Montane Woodcreeper, Fiery-throated Fruiteater, Varzea Thrush, Peruvian Warbling-Antbird, Plain-winged Antshrike and many others can be found.
The rest of the morning can be spend at the hummingbird feeders. The forest around the feeders can also produce Tataupa Tinamou, Green-backed Trogon; mixed flocks of tanagers with Paradise, Black-bellied, Blue-necked, Guira, Golden, and many other tanagers; Mishana Tyrannulet is also possible.
The afternoon we will be at the hummingbird feeders, visiting the orchids garden or birding around the lodge.
Overnight at Waqanki Lodge.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 14 Moyobamba - Tarapoto
In the morning we will visit Morro de Calzada, located 15 minutes from Waqanki. This is a mountain that rises lone over the valley and a set of great birds can be found at its base like Rufous Motmot, Mishana Tyrannulet, White-browed Purpletuft, Pale-breasted Thrush, among others.
Then we will drive straight to the city of Tarapoto, with a stop at the Quiscarrumi bridge for Oilbirds.
Overnight in Tarapoto.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 15 Tarapoto
This morning we will drive for about 30 minutes to the mountains of Cordillera Escalera Reserve. The area is a good area for Wattled Guan, Chestnut-tipped Toucanet, Maroon-tailed Parakeet or Golden-headed Manakin.
In the afternoon we will visit the Koepcke’s Hermit Conservation Center, another private reserve created to protect the endemic hummingbird Koepcke’s Hermit. The bird is easy to see at the feeders inside the reserve along with other hummingbirds like Napo Sabrewing, Gould’s Jewelfront, Black-fronted Brilliant, and many more.
Overnight in Tarapoto.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 16 Tarapoto - Lima
Morning at leisure, you will be transferred to the airport at proper time 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: In the pacific coast weather is generally dry and warm. Most days in the Andes will be dry and slightly cold, with a mixture of sunshine and overcast conditions. In the Abra Patricia area conditions are humid and warm during the day, and slightly cold at night. The Tarapoto area is warm and humid, and the Marañon valley is dry and warm..
  • 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 all cities. All lodges do have electricity.

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