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SOUTHERN PERUVIAN AMAZONIAN LOWLANDS, LOS AMIGOS AND TAMBOPATA RIVERS

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Southeastern Peru is probably one of the best birding places in the neo-tropics, there are more than 1000 bird species between the Manu and the Tambopata areas. After flying from Lima to Puerto Maldonado we will take a boat up the Río Madre de Dios to Los Amigos Biological Station, the fabulous trail system at Los Amigos allows to visit different kind of habitats like terra firme and varzea forests, palm swamps, and bamboo patches. The diversity of wildlife in this area is just astonishing (birds, monkeys, frogs, snakes). Los Amigos is probably the best area in Peru for raptors and monkeys. Then we will go back to Puerto Maldonado to take another boat to the Tambopata National Reserve. Inside the reserve we stay at three different lodges: Posada Amazonas, Tambopata Research Center, and Refugio Amazonas. In Tambopata, we plan to stay most of our time at Tambopata Research Center, where the bird diversity is just amazing. We will visit the canopy tower, the macaw clay lick (the largest macaw clay lick known in Peru), oxbow lakes with Giant River Otters and Caimans: also, we have great chances to see anacondas, jaguars and tapirs. The tour ends in the city of Puerto Maldonado, where we will take a flight back to Lima.

As a bonus, at the beginning of the trip we include a day for birding around Lima, we don’t want you to miss sights of Humboldt Penguins, Peruvian Thick-knee, or Inca Terns!

Birding and conservation: Cheqa Peru SRL, owner of Green Tours, will donate 50 US$ of its benefits per participant to “Asociación Green Tours” to support local conservation initiatives. If additionally, you wish to give a more generous donation, please send an email to wilson.diaz@greentours.com.pe.

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DAY 15
Southern Peruvian Amazonian lowlands, los Amigos and Tambopata rivers
15 Days Tour Program
DAY 1: Lima

Arrival in Lima and transfer to the hotel at the airport.
Overnight at Wyndham Lima Airport Hotel****.

Meals: None.

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DAY 2: Lima

This morning we will take our way south of Lima for about one hour to the Pucusana fishing port where we will take a boat to search for Humboldt Penguin, Inca Tern, Peruvian and Blue-footed Boobies, Guanay and Red-legged Cormorants, and Surf Cinclodes. After lunch we will drive back to Lima, with a stop at the Villa Marshes, a protected area near the Pacific Ocean that is good for Great Grebe, White-tufted Grebe, Peruvian Thick-knee, Many-colored Rush-Tyrant, Wren-like Rushbird, Grassland Yellow-Finch, and lots of shorebirds. Then we will be transferred to the airport hotel.
Overnight at Wyndham Lima Airport Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 3: Lima - Puerto Maldonado

Upon arrival from Lima we will have lunch in the city center. Then we will drive you for about one hour to the town of Laberinto to take a boat up the Río Madre de Dios to Los Amigos Lodge, the forest surrounding this lodge is possibly one of the best birding places in southeastern Peru.
Along the river we will probably see some shore birds, Great Black Hawk, Black Skimmer, and macaws or raptors flying above our heads.
Overnight at Los Amigos Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 4: Los Amigos Lodge

After breakfast we will go to the floodplain forest, birding along this trail we could have Spot-winged Antshrike, White-eyed Antwren, White-throated Antbird, Cinereous Mourner, Chestnut-winged Hookbill, Bar-bellied Woodcreeper. Before reach the Lobo owbox lake it is possible to find Buff-breasted Wren, Amazonian-Streaked Antwren, and by the lake we could find the enigmatic Hoatzin, Black-collared Hawk, or Pygmy and Green-and-Rufous Kingfishers.
After lunch birding between terra firme and floodplain forest could provide some understory and canopy mix species flocks with White-winged Shrike-Tanager, Pink-throated Becard, Opal-crowned and Opal-rumped Tanagers, Grey, Long-winged and White-flanked Antwrens and many more.
Overnight at Los Amigos Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 5: Los Amigos Lodge

This morning we have chances to look for bamboo specialists like Long-crested Pygmy-Tyrant, Bamboo Antshrike, Striated Antbird, Rufous-headed Woodpecker, Yellow-breasted Warbling Antbird, Bamboo Pygmy-Tyrant, Yellow-billed Nunbird, Red-billed Scythebill, Rufous-capped Nunlet, Chestnut-capped Puffbird, White-lined Antbird, Brown-rumped Foliage-Gleaner, White-cheeked Foliage-Gleaner, Dot-winged Antwren, Ornate Antwren, beside the rest of the surrounding birds.
In the afternoon we may walk along the terra firme with a great view of the river, this is an open area with good opportunities to spot some raptors soaring the sky like Black-and-White Hawk Eagle, Zone-tailed Hawk, Short-tailed Hawk, Grey Hawk and then we have options to get in the swampy forest with some specialists like Point-tailed Palmcreeper.
Overnight at Los Amigos Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 6: Los Amigos Lodge

The high diversity of the bamboo and the terra firme forests deserve another full day of birding.
Overnight at Los Amigos Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 7: Los Amigos - Posada Amazonas Lodge

We will take the boat back to Laberinto and then a car to Tambopata River Port. During this two to three hour’s drive we will stop along the road's secondary forest to scan for Purus Jacamar, White browed Blackbird, Pearl Kite, or Scaled Pigeon.
A private boat with individual seats and a roof will drive us upriver to Posada Amazonas. We will stop the hour long drive as many times as necessary to search for Pied Lapwing, Collared Plover, King Vulture, Bat Falcon, Olive and Russet-backed Oropendolas, Ringed Kingfisher, Amazon Kingfisher and many others.
Overnight at Posada Amazonas Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, boxed-lunch, dinner.

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DAY 8: Posada Amazonas Lodge

This morning we will visit to the canopy tower. Many of the trees in the Peruvian Amazon grow to heights of 30 plus meters (100 feet or more). It’s a challenge to see birds that frequent the tall canopy of the rainforest but only if you look for them from the ground. Watch for them from a canopy tower and you can get close, eye-level looks at colorful toucans, parrots, macaw, tanagers, jacamars, trogons, woodpeckers, monkeys, and other rainforest wildlife.
Afternoon birding around the lodge.
Overnight at Posada Amazonas Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 9: Posada Amazonas Lodge

Tres Chimbadas oxbow lake. Tres Chimbadas is thirty minutes by boat and forty-five minutes hiking from Posada Amazonas. Once there you will paddle around the lake in a catamaran, searching for the resident family of Giant River Otters and other lakeside wildlife such as Caiman, Hoatzin and Horned screamers.
Bamboo forest. Then we depart on a fifteen minutes’ walk to the bamboo patches around Tres Chimbadas Lake. We will leave lake birding aside and focus on the bamboo specialists. We will look for the endemic White-cheeked Tody Tyrant, Peruvian Recurvebill, Red-billed Scythebill, Rufous-headed Woodpecker, Rufous-breasted Piculet, Brown-rumped Foliage Gleaner, Large- headed Flatbill, Dusky- tailed Flatbill, Dusky-cheeked Foliage-gleaner, Flammulated Bamboo-tyrant, Dot-winged and Ornate Antwrens, White-lined Antbird, Rufous capped Nunlet, Pheasant Cuckoo and Striped Cuckoo.
Return to the lodge for lunch.
We can spend the afternoon birding along one of the trails near the lodge.
Overnight at Posada Amazonas Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 10: Posada Amazonas Lodge - Tambopata Research Center (TRC)

Transfer by boat to Tambopata Research Center. During the first three hours of the boat ride, as we enter the Tambopata National Reserve, we will focus on recapping and listing. Then the fun begins and it lasts for three more hours! Numerous egrets, Capped Heron, Cocoi Heron, Large and Yellow-billed Tern, Black Skimmer, the classic Horned Screamer, Razor-billed Curassow, Blue-throated Piping Guan and Orinoco Goose and during the dry season months, migrant shorebirds are possibilities for this portion of the trip. Every now and then macaws, toucans and raptors will be spotted flying above us.
Overnight at TRC.

Meals: Breakfast, boxed-lunch, dinner.

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DAY 11: Tambopata Research Center

Macaw Clay Lick. At dawn, before breakfast, we will cross the river and enjoy the largest macaw clay lick where hundreds of parrots and macaws of up to 15 species congregate daily. We can expect to see ten to twelve of the following members of the parrot family: Red-and-green, Blue-and-gold, Scarlet, Red-bellied, Chestnut-fronted and Blue-headed Macaws; Mealy and Yellow-crowned Amazons; Blue-headed, Orange-cheeked and White-bellied Parrots; Dusky-headed, White-eyed, Cobalt-winged and Tui Parakeets and Dusky-billed Parrotlets.
Floodplain and Terra Firme Forest. After breakfast We will explore the quintessential rainforest on the five mile Ocelot Trail and the 5 mile Toucan Trail systems. The Ocelot Trail is in the floodplain with ponds and streams forming during the rainy season. The Toucan Trail on the other hand is tall rainforest that rarely or never floods. Both of these trails represent the most speciose habitats for birds. Too many possibilities to list, this is habitat for Starred Wood-Quail, Pale-winged Trumpeter, several Trogons, Foliage-gleaners, Black-tailed Leaftosser, many Woodcreepers, Antbirds, Flycatchers, Manakins, and much more. Mixed species flocks are especially diverse with understory flocks led by Dusky-throated Antshrike and Red-crowned Ant-Tanagers. They often contain 30-40 species (or more!) including Plain-winged Antshrike, Bluish-slate Antshrike, White-eyed Antwren, Plain-breasted Antwren, Thrush-like Antpitta, White-winged Shrike Tanager, Amazonian barred Woodcreeper, and Spix's Woodcreeper. The Ocelot trail also crosses some permanently flooded old ponds inhabited by Agami Heron, Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Pygmy and Green-and-rufous Kingfishers, and Sunbittern.
In the afternoon we will enjoy the TRC gardens, possible species are Squirrel Cuckoo, Masked Crimson Tanager, Cinammon-throated Woodcreeper, Speckled Chachalaca, Yellow-tufted Woodpecker, and eventual mixed species flocks.
Overnight at TRC.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 12, 13: Tambopata Research Center

Two full days to visit different types of habitats.
Riparian Habitat. We will explore older river created habitats at the pond five minutes upstream from TRC – forests of Cecropia and Balsa Wood with a bamboo understory. This is the habitat of the legendary Rufous-fronted Anthrush, we could also find Lemon-throated Barbet, Spot-breasted Woodpecker, Cabanis Spinetail, Amazonian Antpitta, Blackish Antbird, Fuscous Flycatcher, Guira Tanager and Troupial. As we exit the pond's forests, we will bird on grassy areas with Tessaria and young Cecropia trees. These are not very diverse for birds but are the main habitat for Plain-crowned and Dark-breasted Spinetails, Mottle-backed Elaenia, Spotted Tody-Flycatcher, Black-billed Thrush, Orange-headed Tanager, and several Seedeater species among others.
Transitional forests above the clay lick. These were bamboo forests until they flowered and died out a few years ago. Now they are akin to riparian forests but will eventually grow into terra firme as they are not affected by yearly floods. Here we will spot White-throated Jacamar, Buff-throated Saltator, Grayish Saltator, Scarlet-hooded Barbet, Crested and Russet-backed Oropendolas, Piratic Flycatcher, Yellow-billed Nunbird and others. While birding these spots we will have extraordinary views of the Tambopata winding its way from the highlands.
Night Birding. After dinner, we will venture out near the lodge to spot-light Pauraque, Tawny-bellied Screech-Owl, Great Potoo, Long tailed Potoo, Ocellated Poorwill and if we are lucky a Mottled Owl or Crested Owl. There is also the possibility of taking macro shoots of American Bullfrogs, Horned Frog, tree frogs and other creatures of the night.
Overnight at TRC.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 14: Tambopata Research Center - Refugio Amazonas

Transfer by private boat to Refugio Amazonas Lodge.
Secondary Forest. Since Refugio Amazonas is built on land which was once part of a timber concession and cattle ranch the forest on parts of our trail system are in secondary forests. This means the birds we will looking for are: Barred Antshrike, Short-tailed Pygmy Tyrant, Streaked Flycatcher, Boat-billed Flycatcher, Solitary Black Cacique, Grey-fronted Dove, Ruddy Ground Dove and others.
Overnight at Refugio Amazonas Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, boxed-lunch, dinner.

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DAY 15: Refugio Amazonas - Puerto Maldonado - Lima

Early morning transfer to the city of Puerto Maldonado. We will take an early boxed-lunch before heading to the airport, then we will take a flight to Lima for your international connections.

Meals: Breakfast, boxed-lunch.

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PRICES INCLUDE:
  • Lodging as described above
  • Private car and boat for all tours and transfers (except for the Tambopata area, where you will have a shared bus to get in and out of the river port, and a shared boat to get in and out of each lodge)
  • English speaking bird guide
  • All entrance fees for nature reserves
  • Applicable taxes, fees, and licenses
PRICES DOES NOT INCLUDE:
  • 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.
PRICES
Per pax based
on double occupancy:
$ 4,580.oo
Single Suppl.:
$ 750.oo
ABOUT THE TRIP
Duration: 15 Days
Fixed Departure:
Mar 14th 2019 - 2 spaces left to confirm departure
Apr 18th 2019
Jun 13th 2019
Jul 11th 2019
Sep 13th 2019
Oct 10th 2019
Nov 14th 2019
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Bookings close 120 days prior to departure
Group Size: 4 to 8 pax

Private departures under request, ask for a quotation

Do you have any question?
TRAVEL TIPS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Weather: Most days in the Tambopata region 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. 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.
Physical effort: People should be in good physical condition to do hikes in the humid Amazonian forest for up to 4 hours. Also, people should be able to step in and out of boats and canoes with any problem.