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ANDEAN ENDEMICS TOUR, THE PERU ENDEMIC BIRDS

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Our 20-day Andean Endemics Tour centers on travelling along central and northern Peru, looking for some of Peru’s endemic species.

First, the Andean Endemics Tour starts around Lima, exploring special habitats like the Lomas and marshlands. At these habitats, the special birds are Surf Cinclodes, Coastal Miner, Rufous-breasted Warbling-finch, among others. After that, the tour goes into the central Andes of Lima, along the Santa Eulalia valley. Some of the specialties here are White-bellied Cinclodes, White-bellied Cinclodes, Andean Condor, just to mention a few.

Furthermore, we go to southern Cajamarca, in the northern Andes of the country, for a few days birding the Rio Marañon valley and its tributaries. First, we will be birding near of the city of Cajamarca, searching for Peruvian especial birds like Buff-bridled Inca-finch, Black-necked Woodpecker, Grey-bellied Comet, and Great Spinetail. Once in the Marañon valley, we will be looking for peculiarities like Grey-winged Inca-finch, Peruvian Pigeon, Chestnut-backed Thornbird, Yellow-faced Parrotlet, and others.

Afterwards, the Andean Endemics Tour enters the eastern slope of the Andes, going across the Abra Patricia mountain forests, and into the forests of the Mayo and Huallaga valleys. We hope to spot up to 56 Peruvian endemics and additional 57 range restricted species. Main attractions in the area are the Koepcke’s Hermit, Black-bellied Tanager, Marvelous Spatuletail, Johnson’s Tody-flycatcher ,Long-whisketed Owlet.

During this tour we explore different types of habitats: dry Pacific desert, dry high elevation grasslands, humid mountain forests, and the dry forests of the Marañon and Huallaga valleys.

The Andean Endemics Tour is perfect for those intense birders that are eager to see the country’s special birds.

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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Andean endemics tour, The Peru endemic birds
20 Days Tour Program
DAY 1: Lima

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

Meals: None.

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DAY 2: Lima

This morning explore the Pacific coast at the Pucusana fishing port. We will take a boat trip around the rocky shore looking for Guanay Cormorant, Red-legged Cormorant, Humboldt Penguin, Surf Cinclodes, and Inca Tern.
Then, we move to a "Lomas de Asia", a community reserve some 90 Km south of Lima. Our goal is to search for Oasis Hummingbird, Collared Warbling-Finch, Thick-billed Miner and Coastal Miner. Other possible species are Raimondi’s Yellow-Finch and Peruvian Sheartail.
We will have a picnic lunch before leaving Lomas de Asia. On the way back to Lima we will stop at the Villa Marshes, a protected wetland good to look for White-tufted Grebe, Grassland Yellow-Finch, Peruvian Thick-knee, Many-colored Rush-Tyrant, and lots of shorebirds.
Overnight at Hotel Casa Andina Standard***.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic-lunch, dinner.

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DAY 3: Lima: the Santa Eulalia valley

Today we enter the western Andean slopes of the Andes, driving westwards along the Santa Eulalia valley.
We stop for breakfast just after the town of Santa Eulalia, and some birding could result on good sights of Purple-collared Woodstar, Peruvian Pygmy-Owl, or Black-necked Woodpecker. A little further on the road we will make a second stop, this time fot Rusty-crowned Tit-spinetail, Great Inca-Finch, Raimondi’s Yellow-Finch, and Streaked Tit-spinetail.
At higher altitudes (up to 3,100 meters) we will be looking for Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant, Rusty-bellied Brush-Finch, and Rufous-breasted Warbling-Finch (a very rare species !).
As it gets late, we start to drive back to get to the lodge before it gets dark.
Overnight in Santa Eulalia.

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

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DAY 4: Lima: the Santa Eulalia valley

Today we start very early to get on proper time to the White-cheeked Cotinga site, which is located at about 3,850 meters of altitude. This same area is good for Rusty-crowned Tit-spinetail, Andean Condor, Black Metaltail, Golden-spotted Ground-dove.
Up the mountains we get to the Millpo lake, where Giant Coots are easy to find. Also, around the lake we could find Andean Goose, and Andean Gulls.
I little further we make another stop to look for Dark-winged Miner, Buff-breasted Earthcreeper, Yellow-bellied Siskin, Junin Canastero, Black Siskin, and more.
After a picnic lunch, we drive over the mountain pass at an elevation of 4,800 meters. As we start to drive down, we will make several stops searching for Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe, White-bellied Cinclodes, Puna Tinamou, Diademed Sandpiper-plover, Olivaceous Thornbill, and Black-breasted Hillstar.
Tonight we stay at a small hotel in the town of San Mateo, located at an elevation of 3100 meters.

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

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DAY 5: San Mateo - Lima - Cajamarca

After breakfast we drive back to Lima. We will take an afternoon flight to the city of Cajamarca.
Overnight at Hotel La Ensenada***.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 6: Cajamarca

Morning drive to the town of Jesus, one of the few known places for the Great Spinetail. Other special birds here are Buff-briddle Inca-finch, Amazilia Hummingbird, Spot-throated Hummingbird, and Marañon Gnatcatcher.
By mid-morning we move to the Chonta valley, searching for the Grey-bellied Comet hummingbird. Other birds interesting brids here are Black Metaltail, Rufous-naped Ground-Tyrant, Tyrian Metaltail, Andean Parakeet, Andean Flicker, and more.
Afternoon visit to lake San Nicolas for more chances to see Great Spinetail, along with more nice birds like Andean Duck and Andean Gull.
Overnight at Hotel La Ensenada****.

Meals: Picnic-breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 7: Cajamarca

Early morning birding at El Gavilán mountain, the main targets here are Rufous-backed Inca-Finch and Unicolored Tapaculo. Along the road we will be looking for Paramo Seedeater, Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant, Black-crested Tit-Tyrant, Purple-throated Sunangel, and Piura Hemispingus.
Afterwards, we move to lower elevations on the Pacific slope to look for Bay-crowned Brush-finch. In the same area we also expect to find Elegant Crescentchest, Pacific Parrotlet, Three-banded Warbler, Rufous-winged Tyrannulet, Black-and-white Becard, and more species of the Tumbesian region.
Overnight at Hotel La Ensenada****.

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

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DAY 8: Cajamarca - Celendín

Full day driving towards the city of Celendín, with several stops along the road searching for Mountain Cacique, Cajamarca Antpitta, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Many-striped Canastero, Jelski’s Chat-Tyrant, White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant, and a lot more.
After having lunch in Celendín, we will drive to the small town of El Utco, to look for the endemic Chestnut-backed Thornbird.
Overnight in Celendín.

Meals: Picnic breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 9: Celendín - Leymebamba

Today we go deeper into the Río Marañon valley. First, we stop at El Limón, in the search of Grey-winged Inca-Finch, Ecuadorian Ground-Dove, Andean Emerald, Marañon Thrush, Marañon Gnatcatcher, Tumbes Tyrannulet, and Streaked Saltator.
As we loose altitude we should find different birds: Buff-bridle Inca-Finch, Peruvian Pigeon, Yellow-tailed Oriole, Yellow-faced Parrotlet.
After overpassing the Marañon river we drive up the mountains again. When reaching more humid habitats, we can start looking for birds like Yungas Pygmy-Owl, Coppery-naped Puffleg, White-banded Tyrannulet, White-chinned Thistletail, Blackish Tapaculo, and more.
After crossing the mountain pass, the habitat becomes more humid, and we will have more chances for Neblina Tapaculo, Large-footed Tapaculo, Coppery Metaltail, Moustached Flowerpiercer, Mountain Velvetbreast, Russet-mantled Softtail, Purple-throated Sunangel, Rainbow Starfrontlet, and many more.
Overnight at hotel Casona de Leymebamba.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic-lunch, dinner.

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DAY 10: Leymebamba - Huembo

This morning we explore the Río Atuén valley. Main targets here is Tawny Antpitta, and if we get lucky, we might spot a pair of Andean Condors. Additional great birds here are Russet-mantled Softtail, Leymebamba Antpitta, Golden-headed Quetzal, Unstreaked Tit-Tyrant, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Slaty-backed Chat-Tyrant, Grey-breasted Mountain-toucan, and others.
Afternoon drive across the Utcubamba river towards Huembo.
Overnight at Huembo lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 11: Huembo - Abra Patricia

Huembo is a wildlife conservation site aimed to protect the habitat of the endemic Marvelous Spatuletail hummingbird. The Spatuletail is easy to see at the hummingbird feeders, along with other species like Andean Emerald, Brown Violetear, White-bellied Hummingbird. Besides the feeders, around the lodge it is not difficult to find Andean Guan, Rufous-capped Antshrike, White-sided Flowerpiercer, Southern Emerald Toucanet, Silver-backed Tanager, and more.
After lunch we leave the reserve and drive to the Rio Chido road. As the vegetation is more humid in this area, we should be able to find birds like Pale-eyed Thrush, Citrine Warbler, Lacrimose Mountain-tanager, Slaty-backed Chat-tyrant, just to mention a few. After birding some time here we take the road again, this time towards the famous Abra Patricia mountains.
Once at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge, you will have some time to enjoy the hummingbirds coming to the feeders: Long-tailed Sylph, Emerald-bellied Puffleg, White-bellied Woodstar, Speckled Hummingbird, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Collared Inca, and a lot more more.
Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 12: Abra Patricia

Morning walk along the “Grallaria trail”, the hike starts on the upper part of the lodge, goes down the hill and back to the lower part of the lodge. It takes about two and a half hours to hike the entire trail. Possible birds here are Bicolored Antvireo, Sharpe’s Wren, Golden-headed Quetzal, Chestnut-crested Cotinga. For the lucky ones, a Chestnut Antpitta might show up.
In the afternoon we can walk around the parking lot, looking for Johnson’s Tody-Flycatcher, Yellow-Scarfed Tanager, Grass-green Tanager, Black-throated Tody-tyrant, Rufous Spinetail, Drab Hemispingus, and many more.
Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 13: Abra Patricia: Fundo Alto Nieva

We will spend almost all day visiting the Fundo Alto Nieva reserve. They have hummingbord feeders with Booted Racket-tail, Rufous-vented Whitetip, Royal Sunangel, Amethyst-throated Sunangel. the close-by forest is good for Bar-winged Wood-wren, Rufous-vented Tapaculo, Cinnamon-breasted Tody-tyrant. Yellow-throated Tanager.
We will drive back to the Owlet Lodge for lunch.
In the afternoon we will drive down the road looking for mixed species flocks with Blue-browed Tanager, Metallic-green Tanager, Flame-faced Tanager, and others. White-capped Tanagers might also be in the area.
Then we will enter Fundo Alto Nieva again, this time for a visit to the Ochre-fronted Antpitta feeding station. Before hiking back to the car, we will spend a couple of hours looking for the legendary Long-whiskered Owlet.
Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 14: Alto Mayo reserve

Morning exploring the Alto Mayo nature reserve. The protected area is at a lower altitude and we certainly will find different bird species.
First, we stop at the Mirador, looking for Bar-winged Wood-wren, Subtropical Cacique, Andean Solitare, Yellow-throated Tanager, and much more.
We will drive back to the lodge at around noon.
Inside the lodge's property, we will try the “Tino trail” this afternoon. We will be looking for Variable Antshrike, Masked Trogon, White-backed Fire-eye, and flocks of multicoloured tanagers. Also, some people have seen here mammals like Yellow-tailed Woolly-Monkey, and Andean Night-Monkey.
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 Rio Mayo Valley.
First we will be birding near the town of El Afluente, looking for birds like Slaty Antwren, Versicolored Barbet, Marble-faced Bristle-tyrant, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Olive-chested Flycatcher, Golden Tanager, Equatorial Greytail, and more.
Then, we visit the “Arena Blanca" reserve. Hummingbird feeders here are usually visited by Wire-crested Thorntail, Reddish Hermit, Rufous-crested Coquette, Blue-fronted Lancebill, and another 17 species. They also have Tinamou feeders visited by Cinereous and Little Tinamous; here we could also see Orange-billed Sparrow and Rufous-breasted Wood-quail. Another common birds in the area are Huallaga Tanager, Northern Chestnut-tailed Antbird, Barred Antshrike, among others.
Not far from our today's destination we will make a few more stops to look for Masked, and maybe Ocellated Crake.
Overnight at Waqanki Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic-lunch, dinner.

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DAY 16: Moyobamba

Early morning visit to Punta de Tahuishco, some 5 minutes from the hotel. The place is good for Blue-headed Parrot, Lettered Aracari, Yellow-browed Tody-flycatcher, Pale-breasted Thrush, Blue-necked Tanager, and more.
We spend the rest of the morning at the Waqanki's hummingbird feeders, with good sights of Rufous-crested Coquette, Black-throated Hermit, Golden-tailed Sapphire, and other 20 more species. The forest around the feeders can also produce mixed flocks of colourful tanagers. Among the special flycatchers, we can expect to find here Mishana Tyrannulet and Short-tailed Pygmy-Tyrant.
In the afternoon, we will make a short hike to visit a lek of Band-tailed Manakin. Several species of tanagers are also possible in this area.
Overnight at Waqanki Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 17: Moyobamba - Tarapoto

We will look for special birds at Morro de Calzada, a nature reserve not far from the lodge. Here we could find White-shouldered Tanager, , Fiery-capped Manakin, Lafresnaye’s Piculet, Swallow Tanager, Chestnut-eared Aracari, and a lot more.
After a couple of hours in Calzada we explore the rice fields of the Mayo valley, our main targets being Chestnut-bellied Seedfinch, Spotted Rail, Paint-billed Crake, and Pale-eyed Blackbird.
In the afternoon we will move to the city of Tarapoto, including a stop at Quiscarrumi bridge for Oilbirds.
Overnight at hotel La Patarashca***.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 18: Tarapoto

We will spend the morning birding the mountains of the Cordillera Escalera reserve. The area is quite diverse in birds, but we will be specially looking for Dotted Tanager, Striolated Puffbird, Blackish Pewee, Plumbeous Euphonia. Other possible species are Wattled Guan, Chestnut-tipped Toucanet, Lanceolated Monklet, just to mention a few.
We reserve the full afternoon for the Koepcke’s Hermit Conservation Center, a wildlife reserve dedicated to the protection of the endemic Koepcke’s Hermit. The best strategy is to wait for the Hermit at the hummingbird feeders. Other hummingbirds comming to the feeders are Black-throated Brilliant, Gould’s Brilliant, Black-throated Mango, and more. The trails going into the surrounding forest are good for Golden-headed Manakin, White-plumed Antbird, and a lot more.
Overnight at hotel La Patarashca***.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic-lunch, dinner.

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DAY 19: Tarapoto

Morning birding along the Upaquihua valley. The valley is a mixture of dry forest and agricultural, the dry forest patches are the only places in the country where the Planalto Hermit can be found. Other possible interesting birds in the area are Ashy-headed Greenlet, Plain-crowned Spinetail, Northern Slaty Antshrike, White-flanked Antwren,Rufous Casiornis, and others.
After that, we will drive towards the Pumarinri lodge. Around here, the vegetation is a little more humid and it is possible to find more characteristic birds from amazonia: Ferruginous Pygmy-owl, Yellow-tufted Woodpecker, Swallow-winged Puffbird, Spangled Cotinga, Purple-throated Cotinga, Riparian Antbird, and much more.
Overnight at hotel La Patarashca***.

Meals: Picnic breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 20: Tarapoto

Morning birding near the Ricuricocha lake looking for Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Comb Duck, and maybe we could spot a Least Grebe.
Then, we will take you to the airport for your flight to Lima.

Meals: Breakfast.

PRICES INCLUDE:
  • Lodging as described (some lodges, hotels, might changed depending on room's availabilty)
  • Ground transportation and driver throughout the tour
  • English speaking bird guide
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All entrance fees for nature reserves
  • Drink water supply and snacks available in the car during the whole trip
  • Applicable taxes, fees, and licenses
PRICES DOES NOT INCLUDE:
  • International or domestic flights, reconfirmation of flights, visa fees, airport taxes, excess luggage charges, additional nights during the trip due reasons beyond our control, bottled water, alcoholic beverages, snacks, laundry, phone calls or messages, any kind insurance, 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
PRICES
Per pax based
on double occupancy:
$ 4,505.oo
Single Suppl.:
$ 542.oo
ABOUT THE TRIP
Duration: 20 Days
Fixed Departure:
August 9th 2022
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Bookings close 90 days prior to departure
Group Size: 4 pax

Private departures under request, ask for a quotation. We have a special discount if you travel between January and June 2021

Do you have any question?
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.