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THE ENDEMICS PARADISE: CENTRAL AND NORTHEASTERN ANDES OF PERU

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According to the updated list of HBW/BirdLife International, Peru has 136 endemic species of birds. This tours focus on finding some of this endemic birds by intensely travelling the mountains of western central Andes in Lima, around the Santa Eulalia valley and the coastal “Lomas” and marshes; then, we flight northwards to southern Cajamarca to explore the Rio Marañon valley; after this, we enter the eastern Andes, travelling around the cloud forests of Abra Patricia, and the forests of the valleys of the Mayo and Huallaga rivers, near the cities of Rioja, Moyobamba, and Tarapoto. We expect to find up to 56 Peruvian endemics and another 57 range restricted species*. We will visit different kind of habitats, ranging from the dry Pacific desert on the central west coast, the dry high elevation grasslands of central Peru, to the humid mountain forests of Abra Patricia, along with the dry forests of the Marañon and Huallaga valleys.

* We consider “range restricted species” those species that can be found in small areas with unique habitats, shared with at least one contiguous country. Also, we count the species that have a relatively large distribution range but are rare in their very specific habitats.

 

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The endemics paradise: Central and northeastern Andes of Peru
20 Days Tour Program
DAY 1: Lima

Arrival in Lima and transfer to the hotel in the Miraflores district.
Overnight at Hotel Casa Andina Select****.

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.
Then we drive southwards for another hour to the "Lomas de Asia Reserve", to look for Thick-billed Miner, Coastal Miner, Cactus Canastero, Oasis Hummingbird, Collared Warbling-Finch; and, depending on the time of the year we could find Peruvian Sheartail and Raimondi’s Yellow-Finch. A common mammal in the area is the Vizcacha (Lagidium viscacia), a close relative to the Chinchilla.
After a picnic-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.
Overnight at Hotel Casa Andina Select****.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic-lunch, dinner.

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DAY 3: Lima: the Santa Eulalia valley

Early morning drive for about two hours eastwards to the Santa Eulalia valley, on the western Andean foothills.
The first stop is pass the town of Santa Eulalia where we will take a picnic breakfast. Possible birds in the area are Black-necked Woodpecker, Peruvian Pygmy-Owl, Oasis Hummingbird or Purple-collared Woodstar. Then we will drive up the mountains to look for Great Inca-Finch, Streaked Tit-spinetail, Rusty-crowned Tit-spinetail, Raimondi’s Yellow-Finch, and Peruvian Sheartail.
At higher elevations (between 2,300 and 3,100 meters) we will look for Rusty-bellied Brush-Finch, Black Metaltail, Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant, Black-necked Woodpecker, and Rufous-breasted Warbling-Finch (although this bird is very rare, but this is the most reliable place to look for it).
Then we will drive back to San Eulalia for the overnight.
Overnight at Cabañas de Peter lodge.

Meals: Picnic-breakfast, picnic-lunch, dinner.

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DAY 4: Lima: the Santa Eulalia valley

Early morning drive for about two hours up the Santa Eulalia valley to the Andean Condors view point, at an elevation of 3,100 meters. Here we will take our picnic-breakfast while watching the Condors taking off from their roosting cliffs.
Next stop is at an elevation of 3,870 meters to look for White-cheeked Cotinga. Other possibilities in this area are Rusty-crowned Tit-spinetail, Giant Hummingbird, Black Metaltail, Golden-spotted Ground-Dove, among others.
Then we drive to lake Millpo to look for Giant Coot, Andean Goose, and Andean Gulls. We will take our picnic-lunch around this area.
Not far from here we will star to look for Puna Snipe, Buff-breasted Earthcreeper, Striated Earthcreeper, Junin Canastero, Streak-throated Canastero, Dark-winged Miner, Yellow-bellied Siskin, Black Siskin, and more.
Then we will cross the mountain pass at an elevation of 4,800 meters, as we descent the other slope of the mountain range we will be looking for White-bellied Cinclodes, White-winged Diuca-Finch (sub-species magnirostre), Grey-breasted and Rufous-bellied Seedsnipes, Puna Tinamou, Taczanowski’s Ground-Tyrant, Diademed Plover, Black-breasted Hillstar, and Olivaceous Thornbill.
Overnight at a small hostel in the town of San Mateo.

Meals: Picnic-breakfast, picnic-lunch, dinner.

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DAY 5: San Mateo - Lima - Cajamarca

Morning drive back to Lima, we will drive straight to the airport for the flight to the city of Cajamarca. Once in Cajamarca you will be transferred to the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel Laguna Seca****.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 6: Cajamarca

This morning we will drive to the Chonta valley to look for Grey-bellied Comet, Black Metaltail and Rusty-crowned Tit-spinetail. Other interesting possibilities there are Chestnut-naped Ground-Tyrant, Cajamarca Metaltail (the septentrionalis sub-species of Tyrian Metaltail), Andean Parakeet, Northern Andean Flicker, and more. The very rare Rufous-breasted Warbling-Finch is also possible (but rare !)
Then we will drive southeast near the town of San Marcos, this is one of the more reliable places to look for Great Spinetail. Other possibilities in the area are Buff-bridle Inca-Finch, Amazilia Hummingbird, Purple-collared Woodstar, Spot-throated Hummingbird, Black-necked Woodpecker, Chestnut-backed Thornbird, and Marañon Gnatcatcher.
Picnic-lunch in the field.
On our way back to Cajamarca we will stop at San Nicolas lake for another chance for Great Spinetail, along with other interesting birds like Andean Gull and Andean Duck.
Overnight at Hotel Laguna Seca****.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic-lunch, dinner.

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DAY 7: Cajamarca

Early start birding the Abra Gavilán area, looking for Rufous-backed Inca-Finch and Unicolored Tapaculo. Other interesting birds here are Paramo Seedeater, Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant, Black-crested Tit-Tyrant, Purple-throated Sunangel, and Black-eared Hemispingus.
Then we drive for about two hours to the San Pablo area to look for Bay-crowned Brush-finch. Other interesting birds in the area are Pacific Parrotlet, Elegant Crescentchest, Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, Rufous-winged Tyrannulet, Streak-throated Bush-Tyrant, Three-banded Warbler, Collared Antshrike, Black-and-white Becard, and many more.
Overnight at Hotel Laguna Seca****.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic-lunch, dinner.

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DAY 8: Cajamarca - Celendín

Today we will drive northeast towards the city of Celendín, with a few stops looking for Andean birds like Rufous Antpitta (cajamarcae subspecies), Jelski’s Chat-Tyrant, Northern Mountain Cacique, Many-striped Canastero, Blue-and-Black Tanager, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Black-crested Tit-Tyrant, White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant, Rufous-webbed Bush-Tyrant, Paramo Pipit, Shining Sunbeam, and many others.
Overnight in Celendín.

Meals: Picnic-breakfast, picnic-lunch, dinner.

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DAY 9: Celendín - Leymebamba

This morning we will enter the Río Marañon valley. The first stop is at El Limón to look for Grey-winged Inca-Finch, Chestnut-backed Thornbird, Marañon Thrush, Andean Emerald, Tumbes Tyrannulet, Ecuadorian Ground-Dove, Marañon Gnatcatcher, Lesser Goldfinch, Fasciated Wren, and Streaked Saltator. At lower elevations we could find Peruvian Pigeon, Yellow-faced Parrotlet, Buff-bridle Inca-Finch, Yellow-tailed Oriole, and Black-necked Woodpecker.
After crossing the Marañon river we will gain altitude again, as we get into more humid areas we will start to look for Coppery-naped Puffleg, Slate-throated Whitestart, Yungas Pygmy-Owl, Blackish Tapaculo, White-chinned Thistletail, White-throated and White-banded Tyrannulets, and more.
After the mountain pass of Calla Calla (also known as Barro Negro) we will be looking for Coppery Metaltail, Neblina Tapaculo, Large-footed Tapaculo, Superciliared Hemispingus, Moustached Flowerpiercer, Russet-mantled Softtail, Rainbow Starfrontlet, Mountain Velvetbreast, Purple-throated Sunangel, Purple-backed Thornbill, Speckle-faced Parrot, White-browed Spinetail, and many more.
Overnight in Leymebamba.

Meals: Picnic-breakfast, picnic-lunch, dinner

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DAY 10: Leymebamba - Huembo

In the morning we will drive along the Río Atuén valley for about 20 minutes to look for Southern Tawny Antpitta and Andean Condors, a couple of these birds is roosting in the cliffs by the valley. Other possibilities in this valley are Rufous-breasted Antpitta, Russet-mantled Softtail, Unstreaked Tit-Tyrant, Peruvian Citrine Warbler, Golden-headed Quetzal, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Andean Guan, Masked Trogon, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Slaty-backed Chat-Tyrant, Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush, Slaty Thrush, Golden-browed Chat-Tyrant, Grey-breasted Mountain-Toucan, and many more.
After lunch we will drive along the Utcubamba river towards our next lodge in Huembo.
Overnight at Huembo lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 11: Huembo - Abra Patricia

Huembo Conservation Center 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 Black-billed Toucanet, Speckled-faced Parrot, White-sided Flowerpiercer, Northern Rufous-capped Antshrike, Silver-backed Tanager, and many others.
After lunch we will drive up a side road for about 15 minutes and then walk down the road looking for Peruvian Citrine Warbler, Sickled-winged Guan, Lacrimose-mountain Tanager, Pale-eyed Thrush, and many more. Then we will go straight to our next lodge at the famous Abra Patricia.
We will arrive to the Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge at by the end of the afternoon, In the gardens of the lodge you will have the time to seat comfortably and enjoy the myriad of hummingbirds coming to the feeders: Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Green Violetear, Long-tailed Sylph, Speckled Hummingbird, White-bellied Woodstar, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Collared Inca, and many more.
Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 12: 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 where birds like Ochre-fronted Antpitta, Chestnut Antpitta, Sharpe’s Wren, Chestnut-crested Cotinga and Golden-headed Quetzal have been seen regularly.
This afternoon we will have our first attempt to spot the enigmatic Long-whiskered Owlet, a tiny owl endemic to this 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. There are chances to 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: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 13: Abra Patricia: Fundo Alto Nieva

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 Lulu’s (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 Royal Sunangel, Botted Rackettail, Tawny-bellied Hermit, Rufous-vented Whitetip, White-tailed Hillstrar, 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 stay at the Owlet lodge to walk the “Tino trail” looking for birds like Masked Trogon, Yungas Pygmy-Owl, Variable Antshrike, White-backed Fire-eye, Rusty-tinged Antpitta, Northern Chestnut-breasted Wren, and flocks of tanagers with Golden-naped, Beryl-spangled, Saffron-crowned and Flame-faced Tanagers. More difficult to find, but yet possible, are mammals like Yellow-tailed Woolly-Monkey, Andean Night-Monkey, and Spectacled Bear.
Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 14: Alto Mayo Protected Forest

This morning we will explore the Alto Mayo Protected forest. This is located at a lower elevation than Abra Patricia and holds a different set of birds.
At the Mirador area we will look for birds like Subtropical Cacique, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Sickled-winged Guan, Bar-winged Wood-wren, Andean Solitare, Metallic-green Tanager, Blue-browed Tanager, and Yellow-throated Tanager.
After lunch at the lodge, we will drive back to lower elevations looking for birds like Slaty Antwren, Rufous-crested Tanager, Chestnut-crowned Gnateater, Bronze-green Euphonia, Marble-faced Bristle-tyrant, Olive-chested Flycatcher, and many more.
Near the town of Venceremos we will look for a lek of Andean Cock-of-the-Rock. This place is also good to look for Yellow-throated, Cuvier’s, and Yellow-ridged Toucans, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Golden Tanager, Blue-Cowled (Versicolored) Barbet, Equatorial Greytail, and much more. The hummingbird feeders at La Llanteria attract Green Hermit, Grey-chinned Hermit, Violet-headed Hummingbird, and Ecuadorian Piedtail.
Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 15: Abra Patricia - Moyobamba

Today we will drive to the Mayo Valley.
The first stop is at the “Arena Blanca Reserve” where the hummingbird feeders can produce Reddish Hermit, Blue-fronted Lancebill, Black-throated Brilliant, Rufous-crested Coquette, Blue-tailed Emerald, Wire-crested Thorntail, Many-spotted Hummingbird, and another 15 more species of hummingbirds. The Tinamou feeders are usually visited by Cinereous and Little Tinamous, along with Rufous-breasted Wood-quail and Orange-billed Sparrow. Other interesting birds in the area are Huallaga (Black-bellied) Tanager, Northern Chestnut-tailed Antbird, Peruvian Antwarbler, and flocks of Tanagers.
Near the town of Aguas Claras we will stop for up to two hours’ hike along the Aguas Verdes River looking for Cinereous-breasted Spinetail.
Then we will drive to the Yacumama Center, a kind of resort that has good areas with Mauritia palm trees that are good to look for Point-tailed Palmcreeper, Blue Ground-Dove, Green-and-Rufous Kingfisher, and Varzea Thrush.
On our way to Moyobamba we will make a couple of stops for Pale-eyed Blackbird, Chestnut-bellied Seed-Finch, Ocellated Crake, and Masked Duck.
We will be arriving to our next lodge by the end of the day.
Overnight at Waqanki Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, boxed-lunch, dinner.

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DAY 16: Moyobamba

Early in the morning we will drive towards the city of Moyobamba for a visit to the Tahuishco tower. This is a view point above a nice patch of forest inside the city, this forest is good to look for great birds like Humboldt's (Lettered) Araçari, Red-stained Woodpecker, Great Antshrike, Barred Antshrike, Pale-breasted Thrush, and more. The endemic San Martin Titi-Monkey is common in the area.
We will spend the rest of the day at the hummingbird feeders where the usual visitors are Black-throated Hermit, White-necked Jacobin, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, White-chinned Sapphire, the fantastic Rufous-crested Coquette, and another 20 species. The forest around the lodge can also produce Tataupa Tinamou, Green-backed Trogon; mixed flocks of tanagers with Paradise, Black-bellied, Blue-necked, Guira, Golden, and many other tanagers; Short-tailed Pygmy-Tyrant and Mishana Tyrannulet are also possible.
After dinner we can explore the road outside the lodge looking for owls like Tropical Screech-Owl, Black-banded Owl, Band-bellied Owl, or Striped Owl.
Overnight at Waqanki Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 17: Moyobamba - Tarapoto

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 Antwarbler, Plain-winged Antshrike and many others can be found.
By mid-morning we leave towards the city of Tarapoto, with a short stop at Quiscarrumi bridge to look for a colony of Oilbirds that live under the bridge.
We will arrive to our hotel in Tarapoto for lunch.
We will spend the afternoon biding around the Ricuricocha lake looking for Southern Lapwing, Comb Duck, and Black-bellied Whistling-Duck.
Overnight in Tarapoto.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 18: Tarapoto

This morning we will drive for about 30 minutes to the mountains of Cordillera Escalera Reserve. The area is a good area to look for Wattled Guan, Chestnut-tipped Toucanet, Maroon-tailed Parakeet, Dotted Tanager, Plumbeous Euphonia, Striolated Puffbird, Lanceolated Monklet, Blackish Pewee, and many more.
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 Gould’s Brilliant, Black-throated Brilliant, Black-throated Mango, and more. A walk on the trails near the hummingbird feeders can produce Pale-tailed Barbthroat, Golden-headed Manakin, White-plumed Antbird, and probably a Long-tailed Potoo that has been seen roosting in the area several times per year.
Then we will drive to our next lodge by the Huallaga river.
Overnight at Pumarinri lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, boxed-lunch, dinner.

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DAY 19: Tarapoto

Early start to drive south of Tarapoto to the Upaquihua valley. This is the only place in Peru where Planalto Hermit and Ashy-headed Greenlet can be found. Other possible interesting birds in the area are Northern Slaty Antshrike, Rufous-fronted Thornbird, Plain-crowned Spinetail, Sulphur-bellied Tyrant-manakin, White-flanked Antwren, Rufous Casiornis, and more.
We will have lunch at Pumarinri lodge. We will spend the afternoon birding around the lodge, possible birds around the lodge are Black-fronted Nunbird, Cinnamon-throated Woodcreeper, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, Blue-crowned Trogon, Swallow-winged Puffbird, Yellow-tufted Woodpecker, Riparian Antbird, Spangled Cotinga, and much more.
Overnight at Pumarinri lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 20: Tarapoto

Morning birding the Pucayaquillo trail, where it is possible to find Amazonian Motmot, Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Chestnut-crowned Foliage-gleaner, Ochre-bellied Flycatcher, Long-billed Gnatwren, Buff-rumped Warbler, and flocks of tanagers.
After lunch at the lodge we will be transferred to the Tarapoto airport for the flight to Lima for your international connections.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch.

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PRICES INCLUDE:
  • Lodging as described above
  • Ground transportation and driver throughout the tour
  • 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:
$ 4,280.oo
Single Suppl.:
$ 515.oo
ABOUT THE TRIP
Duration: 20 Days
Fixed Departure:
Apr 22nd 2019
May 20th 2019
Jun 17th 2019
Jul 15th 2019
Aug 19th 2019
Sep 16th 2019
Oct 18th 2019
Nov 16th 2019
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Bookings close 90 days prior to departure
Group Size: 4 to 6 pax

Private departures under request, ask for a quotation

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TRAVEL TIPS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Weather: Most days in the Andes will be dry and not very 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.
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 at high elevations (4,800 meters, or about 15,800 feet). Also, people should be able to walk on rough, steep terrain for up to 4 hours.