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NORTHERN PERU BIRDING TOUR: MAYO AND HUALLAGA VALLEYS

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An intense 12-day Northern Peru Birding Tour throughout the Northeastern part of the country.

The eastern slopes of the Andes of Peru are one of the most diverse places in the neo-tropics for birding. The most important places in a north Peru birding trip are the Huallaga and the Mayo, valleys.

Our Northern Peru Birding Tour starts visiting the humid forest of the Cordillera Escalera Reserve. This is the perfect place to look for birds like Dotted Tanager, Plumbeous Euphonia, Koepcke’s Hermit, or the rare Blackish Pewee. Then, we go to the dry forest of the Upaquihua valley, the most reliable place in Peru for Planalto Hermit and Ashy-headed Greenlet.

The cloud forests of the Alto Mayo are rich in bird diversity and endemic species. Indeed, this forests are the only places in the world to find “bird delicatessen” like Rusty-tinged Antpitta, Ochre-fronted Antpitta, Long-whiskered Owlet, Lulu’s (Johnson’s) Tody-Flycatcher, or Yellow-scarfed Tanager. As a bonus, we devote one day to go to the Rio Marañon area, looking after the famous Marvelous Spatuletail hummingbird.

But there is not only about endemic birds in the north Peru birding tour. The forests of the Alto Mayo are also home of more than 40 species of hummingbirds that can be seen at well set feeding stations. The forest is full of mixed species flocks with of Tanagers, Barbets, Flycatchers, Woodcreepers, and much more. Birding in north Peru can be a lifetime trip for hummingbird lovers.

As a bonus, at the beginning of the Northern Peru Birding Tour 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!

If you are thinking on your next birding adventure, a north Peru birding tour might be your best option.

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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Northern Peru Birding Tour: Mayo and Huallaga Valleys
12 days tour Tour Program
DAY 1: Lima

Arrival in Lima and transfer to the hotel, which is located inside the airport.
Overnight at Wyndham Airport Hotel****.

Meals: None.

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DAY 2: Lima - Tarapoto

We start the tour whith few special birds arund Lima. Firts, we drive south to the Pucusana fishing port to look for Red-legged Cormorant, Inca Tern, Humboldt Penguin, Surf Cinclodes.
After having lunch, we will visit the Villa Marshes, where we will be looking for Peruvian Thick-knee, Great Grebe, Grassland Yellow-Finch, Many-colored Rush-Tyrant, and lots of waterbirds.
Then we will be transferred to the airport to catch a flight to the city of Tarapoto.
Overnight at hotel La Patarashca***.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 3: Tarapoto

The first hours of the morning we will be birding at the Cordillera Escalera Reserve. The humid mountain forests here are home of species like, Lanceolated Monklet, Blackish Pewee, Maroon-tailed Parakeet, and much more. Then we go to the private reserve "ACONABIKH", site created for the protection of the Koepcke’s Hermit, a hummingbird endemic to these mountains. The hermit is not difficult to see at the feeders inside the reserve. Other hummingbirds attending the feeders are Black-throated Brilliant, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Gould’s Brilliant, and more. The trail system inside the reserve offers good chances for Golden-headed Manakin, White-plumed Antbird, Hairy-crested antbird, and much more.
After leaving ACONABIKH, we certainly can stop at different places for special birds like Scarlet-crowned Barbet, Lemon-throated Barbet, or Plumbeous Euphonia.
Overnight at hotel La Patarashca***.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner.

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DAY 4: Tarapoto

Today we will be birding the Huallaga valley and its tributaries. The morning is devoted to explore the Upaquihua valley, a dry valley south of the city of Tarapoto. Our main targets here are Planalto Hermit and Ashy-headed Greenlet. Other imoortant birds in this valley are Sulphur-bellied Tyrant-manakin, Plain-crowned Spinetail, Northern Slaty Antshrike, White-flanked Antwren, Rufous Casiornis.
After that, we move to Pumarinri Lodge, which is located on the margins of the Huallaga river, on a more humid habitat and at a much lower elevation. In this kind of habitat we sould possibly find Swallow-winged Puffbird, Purple-throated Cotinga, Yellow-tufted Woodpecker, Riparian Antbird, Spangled Cotinga, and much more.
Overnight at hotel La Patarashca***.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 5: Tarapoto - Moyobamba

Today we drive northwards to the city of Moyobamba, in the Alto Mayo valley. During the transfer, we will have chances to see Oilbirds.
We spend the rest of the morning at the Waqanki hummingbird feeders, that offers great chances to see White-chinned Sapphire, Black-throated Hermit, Rufous-crested Coquette, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, and another 20 species. The vegetation around the feeders could surprise us with mixed flocks of tanagers with Golden, Paradise, Blue-necked, Black-bellied, and many other brightly coloured tanagers.
This afternoon we will make a hike to visit a lek of Band-tailed Manakin. Sights of Mishana Tyranuulet are also possible during this walk.
Overnight at Waqanki Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 6: Moyobamba

First we go to Punta de Tahuishco, a park inside the city just above a nice patch of forest. The place is good for Yellow-browed Tody-flycatcher, Lettered Aracari, Blue-headed Parrot, Pale-breasted Thrush, and more.
Next stop is at Morro de Calzada, a lone mountain in the middle of the vlley. Our targets here are birds like Fiery-capped Manakin, Pianted Mankin, White-shouldered Tanager, Lafresnaye’s Piculet, and many more.
During the afternoon we will explore the rice fields of the Mayo valley, looking for birds like Pale-eyed Blackbird, Point-tailed Palmcreeper, Chestnut-bellied Seedfinch, Paint-billed Crake, and others.
Overnight at Waqanki Lodge.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 7: Moyobamba - Aguas Verdes - Abra Patricia

Today we will enter the famous Alto Mayo and Abra Patricia mountains.
First important stop along the road is the “Arena Blanca Reserve”, its fantastic Rufous-breasted Wood-quail feeder. This feeder is also visited by Little Tinamou and Orange billed Sparrow. They also have hummingbird feeders attracting Rufous-crested Coquette, Wire-crested Thorntail, Reddish Hermit, Blue-fronted Lancebill, Blue-tailed Emerald, and at least another 15 species of hummingbirds. Special birds in the surrounding forest are Huallaga Tanager, Cinereous-breasted Spinetail, Northern Chestnut-tailed Antbird.
Further more up the mountains we can make a few stops to look for Andean Cock-of-the Rock, White-lined Tanager, and a myriad of tanagers, woodcreepers, antbirds, woodpeckers, flycatchers and more.
Another hummingbird feeding station, called La Llanteria, is great for Ecuadorian Piedtail and Green Hermit.
We will get to the Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge in the late afternoon.
Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Meals: Picnic breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner.

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DAY 8: Abra Patricia

After breakfast, we spend some time at the gardens and hummingbird feeders: You'll be overwhkmed by the huge amount of birs comming to the feeders: Amethyst-throated Sunangel, Emeral-bellied Puffleg, Fawn-breasted Brilliant, Long-tailed Sylph, White-bellied Woodstar, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Collared Inca, just to mention a few.
Then, we make a two to three hours walk along the “Grallaria trail”. This hike starts in the upper part of the lodge, and goes down making a loop back to the lodge. On this walk we might encounter birds like Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Golden-headed Quetzal, Sharpe’s Wren, Bicolored Antvireo, and maybe Chestnut or Rusty-tinged Antittas.
After lunch, and a well deserved rest up, we will walk leisurely around the parking lot. Special birds that we could find in the surrounding vegetation are Grass-green Tanager, Johnson’s Tody-Flycatcher, Black-throated Tody-tyrant, Yellow-Scarfed Tanager, Rufous Spinetail, and more.
Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 9: Abra Patricia: Fundo Alto Nieva

Today we visit the private reserve "Fundo Alto Nieva", nor far from the Owlet Lodge. They have hummingbird feeders with Royal Sunangel, Booted Racket-tail, Bronzy Inca, Buff-thighed Puffleg, visiting regularly the feeders. Walking along the trails in the reserve we could find Yellow-throated Tanager, Rufous-vented Tapaculo, Cinnamon-breasted Tody-tyrant, or Grey-breasted Wood-wren.
In the afternoon we will be birding along the main road again, in the search of mixed species flocks. We might find flocks with Beryl-spangled Tanager, Metallic-green Tanager, Flame-faced Tanager, Blue-browed Tanager, and more. Away from the flocks we migth encounter groups of White-capped Tanagers.
By mid-afternoon we go back to Fundo Alto Nieva, now for Ochre-fronted Antpitta, which is being fed by one of the rangers.
When it gets dark, we will spend some time looking for the probably most interesting bird of these mountains: the Long-whiskered Owlet.
Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 10: Abra Patricia

This morning is reserved to explore the "Alto Mayo Protected Forest". First, at the "Mirador" we will try to find birds like Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Bar-winged Wood-wren, Subtropical Cacique, Andean Solitare, and maybe flocks of tanagers.
The afternoon will be spend at Abra Patricia. An easy walk on the “Tino trail” can give us chances for White-backed Fire-eye, Masked Trogon, Yungas Pygmy-Owl, Golden-naped Tanager, and other species. Not easy to find, but always possible are Yellow-tailed Wooly-Monkeys.
Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 11: Abra Patricia - Huembo

Today we leave Abra Patricia and go the Huembo reserve. Huembo is one of the few places where the Marvelous Spatuletail hummingbird can be see at hummingbird feeders. In the close-by forest we could look for Chestnut-capped Antshrike, Southern Emerald Toucanet, Andean Guan, and many others.
In the afternnon we explore the Rio Chido road. The more humid vegetation here is good for Black-crested Warbler, Sickled-winged Guan, Speckled-faced Parrot, Grey-breasted Mountain-toucan, and many more.
Overnight at Huembo Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch., dinner.

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DAY 12: Huembo - Jaén

Morning at leisure. You can spend time around the gardens or at the hummingbird feeders for more sights of the Marvelous Spatuletail.
At proper time, we will drive for about four hours to the town of Jaén. After lunch in the city, we will take you to the airport for the flight to Lima.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch.

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PRICES INCLUDE:
  • Lodging as described above (some lodges, hotels, might changed depending on room's availabilty)
  • 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
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).

See our Bookings Terms and Conditions
PRICES
Per pax based
on double occupancy:
$ 3,801.oo
Single Suppl.:
$ 368.oo
ABOUT THE TRIP
Duration: 12 days tour
Fixed Departure:
September 20th, 2022
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Bookings close 90 days prior to departure
Group Size: 4 to 8 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: 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.
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 hikes in the mountains at elevations up to 2,200 meters (about 7,200 feet). Also, people should be able to walk on moderate rough, steep terrain for about 4 hours.