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Dream of hummingbirds: Marvelous Spatuletail, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Royal Sunangel, and Long-tailed Sylph are just a few of the more than 50 hummingbird species that could be seen in 11 days in the forests of north-eastern Peru. The tour starts around the Huallaga valley, at the relaxing Sumaj Lodge, on the shores of El Sauce Lake. From your room’s verandas or from the dining room (while having a drink or a snack !) you will enjoy a myriad of birds like flycatchers, tanagers, trogons, and much more; then we move to the hummingbird feeders of the ACONABIKH Conservation Centre, a place created for the conservation of the endemic Koepcke’s Hermit. Northwards, the tour continues along the Mayo valley and the Alto Mayo mountains, 7 hummingbird feeding stations along the road offer great opportunities to see about 35 hummingbird species, including rare species like the Royal Sunangel, or incredibly good looking hummers like Long-tailed Sylph, Booted Racket-tail, Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Rufous-crested Coquette or Wire-crested Thorntail. And last but not least, the Huembo Conservation Area is the only place in the world with great chances to see the spectacular Marvelous Spatuletail hummingbird.



As a bonus, the last two days of the trip are more relaxed and cultural oriented, devoted to visit the archaeological site of Kuelap, an impressive fortress from the pre-Inca Chachapoyan people. The site has been elected “the best far and away overseas attraction” in 2017 by the National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards in the UK.


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50+ hummingbirds
12 Days Tour Program
DAY 1: Lima

Arrive in Lima.
Overnight at Wyndham Lima Airport Hotel****.

Meals: None.

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DAY 2: Lima - Tarapoto - Sumaj Lodge

You will take a morning flight to the city of Tarapoto, upon arrival you will be transferred to the Sumaj Lodge.
Sumaj Lodge is a high standard lodge offering a relaxed birding around the gardens. They have hummingbird and tanager feeders just in front the room’s verandas. The most common hummingbirds around the lodge are Reddish and Rufous-breasted Hermits, Long-billed Starthroat, White-chinned Sapphire, Black-throated Mango, and some others; also, other common birds in the gardens are Blue-headed Parrot, Humboldt’s (Lettered) Aracari, Yellow-tufted Woodpecker, Boat-billed Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Elaenia, Purple-throated Euphonia, and more.
We will also take a boat trip to look for Sungrebe, and Hoatzins.
Overnight at Sumaj Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 3: Sumaj Lodge - Tarapoto - Moyobamba

Early in the morning you will drive to the ACONABIKH reserve, a private conservation area created to preserve the Koepcke’s Hermit, an endemic hummingbird of the Cordillera Escalera mountains. Other hummingbirds attending the feeders in the reserve are Gould’s Brilliant, Black-throated Brilliant, Pale-tailed Barbthroat, and others.
We will take lunch in the city of Tarapoto before heading to our next lodge near the city of Moyobamba.On route we will make a short stop at Puente Quiscarrumi to look for a colony of Oilbirds that live under a bridge.
Overnight at Waqanki lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 4: Moyobamba

Waqanki is a family owned reserve in the montane forests near the city of Moyobamba. We will spend the full day at the hummingbird feeders and trails in the lodge’s property. At the hummingbird feeders the targets are Black-throated and Great-Billed Hermits, Black-throated Mango, Violet-headed Hummingbird, White-chinned Sapphire, Many-spotted Hummingbird, among others. From the canopy tower, there are good chances to see Mishana Tyrannulet, Chestnut-eared Aracari, Crested Oropendola, and many others.
In the gardens of the lodge there are some feeders with fruit attracting different species of tanagers.
In the evening we can spend a couple of hours driving the 2 Km road near the lodge trying to find owls like Tropical Screech-owl, Striped Owl, Black-banded Owl, or Band-bellied Owl.
Overnight at Waqanki Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 5: Moyobamba - Arena Blanca reserve - Abra Patricia

Today we leave Waqanki driving for about 2 hours to the town of Aguas Verdes for a visit to the Arena Blanca Reserve. This is a private reserve located in a patch of white-sand forest.
We plan to spend most of the day at the hummingbird and tinamou feeders. Regular visitors at the hummingbird feeders are Blue-fronted Lancebill, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, Wire-crested Thorntail, Rufous-crested Coquette, Black-throated Brilliant, just to mention a few. The Tinamou feeders are good for Grey-necked Wood-rail, Rufous-breasted Wood-quail, Little and Cinereous Tinamous, and others. Northern Chestnut-tailed (Zimmer’s) Antbird, Huallaga (Black-bellied) Tanager, Dark-breasted Spinetail, are quite common and easy to see in the reserve trails.
We will take our lunch at the reserve.
By mid-afternoon we will depart towards Abra Patricia lodge. The lodge is strategically located inside the Abra Patricia Protected Area, surrounded by pristine montane cloud forest.
Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 6: Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge

Full day at the hummingbird feeders. Will have ample time to enjoy the myriad of hummingbirds coming to the feeders, only some of which may include: Green Violetear, Long-tailed Sylph, Speckled Hummingbird, White-bellied Woodstar, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Fawn-breasted Brilliant, Emerald-bellied Puffleg, and Collared Inca.
Also, regular visitors to the lodge gardens are White-sided Flowerpiercer, Yellow-bellied Brush-finch, Sierran Elaenia, Flame-faced Tanager, and many other colourful birds. A family of Tayras also walks around the gardens regularly.
Optionally, by mid-afternoon we could hike the Long-whiskered Owlet trail, looking for this mythical owl.
Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 7: Abra Patricia: Fundo Alto Nieva hummingbird feeders

Today we spend the morning photographing at the hummingbird feeders at Fundo Alto Nieva. Possible visitors to the feeders are Amethyst-throated Sunangel, Royal Sunangel, Booted Racket-tail, Buff-thighed (Greenish) Puffleg, Rufous-vented Whitetip, and White-tailed Hillstar.
We will drive back to the Owlet Lodge for lunch.
Afternoon birding around the parking lot of the lodge looking for the endemic Lulu’s (Johnson’s) Tody-flycatcher and Yellow-Scarfed Tanager.
Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 8: Alto Mayo Protected Forest: La Llanteria Hummingbird feeders

The first hours of the morning we will have another chance to photograph Lulu’s (Johnson’s) Tody-flycatcher and Yellow-Scarfed Tanager.
Then we drive down the mountains for a visit to the La Llanteria feeders, our targets are Grey-chinned Hermit, White-tipped Sicklebill, and Ecuadorian Piedtail hummingbirds.
We will take a boxed-lunch at La Llantería.
In the afternoon we will do a short walk around La Llanteria looking for special birds like Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Blue-cowled (Versicolored) Barbet, Collared Trogon, and maybe some woodpeckers, woodcreepers, and tanagers.
Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, boxed-lunch, dinner.

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DAY 9: Abra Patricia - Huembo Lodge

We plan to spend the morning at the hummingbird feeders.
After lunch we will drive for about one hour towards Huembo Lodge. Huembo is a nature reserve created to protect the endemic Marvelous Spatuletail hummingbird; other hummingbirds attending the feeders might be Andean Emerald, Brown Violetear, White-bellied Hummingbird, Purple-throated Woodstar, or White-bellied Woodstar. The forest inside the reserve is also an excellent place for Sickle-winged and Andean Guans, Black-billed (Southern Emerald) Toucanet, Speckle-chested Piculet, Rufous-capped Antshrike, White-sided Flowerpiercer, Silver-backed Tanager, and many others.
Overnight at Huembo Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 10: Huembo Lodge - Chachapoyas

We spend the morning at the hummingbird feeders and birding the trails around the lodge.
After lunch we will drive for about two hours to hotel Hacienda Achamaqui, near the city of Chachapoyas. From here we will explore the archaeological site of Kuelap.
The gardens at the hotel could provide an extra hummingbird for the trip: the Spot-throated Hummingbird, a Marañon valley endemic. Despite there are not hummingbird feeders at the hotel, the bird is quite common in the gardens.
Overnight at Hotel Hacienda Achamaqui.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 11: Kuelap

This morning we will drive to the town of El Tingo Nuevo for the visit to Kuelap archaeological site. There we will take a cable car to take us to the top of the Kuelap mountain. Here, we will find an imposing building on the edge of a deep cliff. Recent archaeological research points out that this could have been an important religious centre dedicated to the Chachapoyans gods, probably the god of thunder and rain. An impressive 2,000 feet long wall surrounds the citadel, the gates or main entrances are constructed as narrow walled passageways that continue to narrow as they reach upwards and into the fortress, so the income would remain restricted to the complex. The site has been elected “the best far and away overseas attraction” in 2017 by the National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards in the UK.
Possible hummingbirds around Kuelap are Green and Black-tailed Trainbearers, Shining Sunbeam, Tyrian Metaltail, Purple-throated Woodstar, and some more
We will take our lunch at a local restaurant at El Tingo Nuevo. Then we will drive back to the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel Hacienda Achamaqui.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 12: Chachapoyas - Lima

At proper time you will be transferred to the Jaen airport for the flight to Lima for your international connections.

Meals: Breakfast.

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  • Lodging as described above
  • Ground transportation and driver throughout the tour
  • English speaking bird guide
  • All entrance fees for nature reserves
  • Meals as mentioned in the program
  • Applicable taxes, fees, and licenses
  • International or domestic airfares, airport departure taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls or messages, reconfirmation of flights and items of personal nature.
If you want us to include the internal flights within Peru just let us know.
All itineraries are given as a guide only. Actual holiday content may vary according to the judgement of your guide, and elements beyond our control (eg weather).
Some hotels and lodges might change depending on their room’s availability.

See our Bookings Terms and Conditions
Per pax based
on double occupancy:
$ 2,796.oo (regular price US$ 3,290)
Single Suppl.:
$ 370.oo
Duration: 12 Days
Fixed Departure:
April 27th, 2020
Bookings close 60 days prior to departure
Group Size: 4 to 8 pax

Private departures under request, ask for a quotation

Do you have any question?
Weather: In the Abra Patricia area conditions are humid and warm during the day, and slightly cold at night. The Tarapoto and Moyobamba areas are warm and humid. The Chachapoyas and Kuelap areas can be slightly cold and dry. Some rain should be expected.
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.
Physical effort: People should be in good physical condition to do short hikes in the mountains of Kuelap, at elevations up to 3,000 meters (about 10,000 feet). Also, people should be able to walk on moderate rough, steep terrain for about 3 hours.