ANDEAN ENDEMICS TOUR, THE PERU ENDEMIC BIRDS

Andean endemics tour

20-day tour

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 the city of Lima, here, we’ll be exploring special habitats like the Lomas and marshlands. These are very special habitats, and so, the birds that an be found here are Surf Cinclodes, Coastal Miner, Peruvian Thick-knee. After that, the tour goes into the central Andes of Lima, nearby the Santa Eulalia valley. Some of the specialties here are Rufous-breasted Warbling-finch, White-bellied Cinclodes, Andean Condor, just to mention a few.

Furthermore, we go to Cajamarca, in the northern Andes of the country. First, we will be birding near of the city of Cajamarca, to have the first taste of the Marañon endemics. For example, the most intersting endemics there are Cajamarca Antpitta, Grey-bellied Comet, and Great Spinetail. Afterwards, the Andean Endemics Tour enters the Marañon valley itself. This dry valley is particulalry known for its endemic birds, for example Grey-winged Inca-finch, Chestnut-backed Thornbird, Yellow-faced Parrotlet, and others.

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

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

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

 

 

Your holidays and nature conservancy: Cheqa Peru SRL, owner of Green Tours, will donate 50 US$ of its benefits per participant to “Asociación Green Tours” to support local nature conservancy initiatives.
TOP 5 HIGHLIGHTS:

  • White-bellied Cinclodes
  • Andean Condor
  • Grey-bellied Comet
  • Long-whiskered Owlet
  • Marvelous Spatuletail

Details and itinerary

PRICES:

Reference price per person, base on a group of 4 people and on double occupancy:

US$ 4,750.oo

Single supplement: US$ 570.oo

 

Private departures only.

All itineraries are fully customizable to fit your requirements.

ABOUT THE TRIP:

Duration: 20 days

Best time to travel: April, May, September through November.

Group size: 1 to 4 people.

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Lima

Arrival in Lima and transfer to the hotel.

Overnight at a 3 stars hotel in Lima.

Meals: None.

Lima

First, the Andean Endemics tour will explore the Pacific coast nearby the Pucusana fishing port. Here, we will take a boat trip around the rocky shore, looking for Red-legged Cormorant, Humboldt Penguin, and Inca Tern.

Then, we move to “Lomas de Asia”, a community reserve some 90 Km south of Lima. Here, our goal is to search for Collared Warbling-Finch, Thick-billed Miner and Coastal Miner.

Next, on the way back to Lima, we will stop at the Villa Marshes, to look for Peruvian Thick-knee, Many-colored Rush-Tyrant, and lots of shorebirds.

Return to the hotel in Lima.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic-lunch, dinner.

Andean endemics tour, the Peru endemic birds - Inca Tern

Lima: the Santa Eulalia valley

Today we drive westwards, along the Santa Eulalia valley. Therefore, we enter the western slopes of the Andes.

The first birding stops 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 more stops, this time for Rusty-crowned Tit-spinetail, Streaked Tit-spinetail, Great Inca-Finch, and others.

Later, at higher altitudes (up to 3,100 meters), we will be looking for Rusty-bellied Brush-Finch, Rufous-breasted Warbling-Finch, and more

Overnight in Santa Eulalia.

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

Lima: the Santa Eulalia valley

Firstly, 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. Also, this same area is good for Rusty-crowned Tit-spinetail, Andean Condor, and Black Metaltail.

Secondly, higher in 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 Gull.

Next, after a picnic lunch, we drive over the mountain pass at an elevation of 4,800 meters. Here, we will make several stops on our way down, searching for Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe, White-bellied Cinclodes, Puna Tinamou, Diademed Plover, Olivaceous Thornbill, and Black-breasted Hillstar.

Finally, we spend the night a small hotel in the town of San Mateo, located at an elevation of 3100 meters.

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

Andean endemics tour, the Peru endemic birds - Diademed Plover

San Mateo – Lima – Cajamarca

Today, the Andean Endemics tour drives back to Lima, this time to take a flight the city of Cajamarca, in northern Peru.

Overnight at a 3 stars hotel in Cajamarca.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Cajamarca

First thing this morning is to drive to the town of Jesus, one of the few known places for the Great Spinetail.

Then, by mid-morning, we move to the Chonta valley, searching for the Grey-bellied Comet hummingbird. Additionally, other interesting birds here are Black Metaltail, Andean Parakeet, and more.

Later, in the afternoon, we will visit La Masma, for Plain-tailed Warbing-finch.

Overnight at a 3 stars hotel in Cajamarca.

Meals: Picnic-breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Andean endemics tour, the Peru endemic birds - Grey-bellied Comet

Cajamarca

We plan to spend the first hours of the morning birding at El Gavilán muntain pass, at 3200 meters of elevation. Therefore, we will be looking for high elevation birds like Rufous-backed Inca-Finch, Striated Earthcreeper, and Unicolored Tapaculo. Along the nearby area we will be looking for specialties like Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant and Purple-throated Sunangel.

Afterwards, we move to lower elevations on the Pacific slope to look for Bay-crowned Brush-finch. Besides, in the same area we also expect to find Elegant Crescentchest, Pacific Parrotlet, Scarlet-backed Woodpecker, and more species of the Tumbesian region.

Overnight at a 3 stars hotel in Cajamarca.

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

Andean endemics tour, the Peru endemic birds - Rufous-backed Inca-finch

Cajamarca – Celendín

Again, we will have a full day birding along the road. This time  along the road to Celendín. Our first stop at Fundo El Rejo, in the humid mountain forst. Here, we expect to find Northern Mountain Cacique, Cajamarca Antpitta, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Jelski’s Chat-Tyrant, and a lot more.

Then, we will spend the afternoon looking for high elevation birds, for example White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant, Paramo Pipit, and more.

Overnight in Celendín.

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

Andean endemics tour, the Peru endemic birds -Chestnut-back Thornbird

Celendín – Leymebamba

Now, we go deeper into the Río Marañon valley. First, we stop at El Limón, in the search of Grey-winged Inca-Finch, Marañon Thrush, and Chestnut-backed Thornbird.

Then, as we lose altitude, we should find different birds, for example Buff-bridled Inca-Finch, Peruvian Pigeon, or Yellow-faced Parrotlet.

Then, we will reach more humid habitats, therefore we will be looking for birds like Yungas Pygmy-Owl, Coppery-naped Puffleg, White-chinned Thistletail, Leymebamba Tapaculo, and more.

Later, after crossing the mountain pass, the habitat becomes even more humid, that is, we will have more chances for Neblina Tapaculo, Utcubamba Tapaculo, Coppery Metaltail, Russet-mantled Softtail, and many more.

Overnight in Leymebamba.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic-lunch, dinner.

Leymebamba – Huembo

First thing in the morning is to explore the Río Atuén valley. Of course, the main target here is Tawny Antpitta, and, if we get lucky, we might spot some Andean Condors. Additionally, great birds here are Russet-mantled Softtail, Leymebamba Antpitta, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Grey-breasted Mountain-toucan, and others.

Later, in the afternoon, we will drive across the Utcubamba river towards the Huembo reserve.

Overnight at Huembo lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Andean endemics tour, the Peru endemic birds - Grey-breasted Mountain-toucan

Huembo – Abra Patricia

Huembo is a wildlife conservation site, primarily to protect the habitat of the endemic Marvelous Spatuletail hummingbird. The Spatuletail is easy to see at the hummingbird feeders, likewise other species like Andean Emerald, or White-bellied Hummingbird.

Afterwards, we will drive to the Rio Chido area. Since the vegetation is more humid in this area, we should be able to find birds like Pale-eyed Thrush, Citrine Warbler, Lacrimose Mountain-tanager, just to mention a few.

Then, after lunch, 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, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Collared Inca, and a lot more.

Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Andean endemics tour, the Peru endemic birds - Marvelous Spatuletail

Abra Patricia

First, after an early breakfast, we will be walking along the “Grallaria trail”, crossing the humid forest. Possible birds here are Bicolored Antvireo, Sharpe’s Wren, Golden-headed Quetzal. Also, for the lucky ones, a Chestnut Antpitta might show up.

Then. in the afternoon, we can walk around the parking lot, looking for Johnson’s Tody-Flycatcher, Yellow-Scarfed Tanager, Rufous Spinetail, and many more.

Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Patricia: Fundo Alto Nieva

Now, we plan to spend almost all day visiting the Fundo Alto Nieva reserve. There, they have hummingbird feeders with Booted Racket-tail, Royal Sunangel, Amethyst-throated Sunangel, and some other species. The nearby forest is good for Rufous-vented Tapaculo, Cinnamon-breasted Tody-tyrant, Yellow-throated Tanager.

Then, we will drive back to the Owlet Lodge for lunch.

Later, 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. Alos, before getting 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.

Andean endemics tour, the Peru endemic birds - Royal Sunangel

Alto Mayo reserve

Morning exploring the Alto Mayo nature reserve. Here, the forest is at a lower elevation, and we certainly will find different bird species.

First, we stop at the Mirador, looking for Bar-winged Wood-wren, Subtropical Cacique, Andean Solitare, and much more.

Afterwards, we will drive back to the lodge for lunch.

Later, we can hike along the “Tino trail”, looking for Masked Trogon, White-backed Fire-eye, and flocks of multicoloured tanagers.

Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Abra Patricia – Moyobamba

Today, the Andean Endemics tour, moves towards the Rio Mayo valley. First, we will be birding near the town of El Afluente, looking for birds like Blue-cowled (Versicolored) Barbet, Olive-chested Flycatcher, Golden Tanager, and more.

Then, we visit the “Arena Blanca” reserve. Hummingbird feeders here are usually visited by Wire-crested Thorntail, Rufous-crested Coquette, Blue-fronted Lancebill, and another 17 species. Also, they have Tinamou feeders, visited by Cinereous and Little Tinamous; here we could also see Orange-billed Sparrow and Rufous-breasted Wood-quail.

Overnight at Waqanki Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Andean endemics tour, the Peru endemic birds - Huallaga Tanager

Moyobamba

First, today we visit the Punta de Tahuishco tower, some 10 minutes from the hotel. Since we will be above the canopy, we expect good views of Blue-headed Parrot, Lettered Aracari, Yellow-browed Tody-flycatcher, Pale-breasted Thrush, and more.

Then, we spend the rest of the morning at the Waqanki’s hummingbird feeders, with good chances for Rufous-crested Coquette, Black-throated Hermit, and other 20 more species. 

Later, 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.

Moyobamba – Tarapoto

Today, we make a visit to Morro de Calzada, a nature reserve not far from the lodge. Here, we could find White-shouldered Tanager, Fiery-capped Manakin, Lafresnaye’s Piculet, and a lot more.

After that, we will explore the rice fields of the Mayo valley. There, our main targets are Chestnut-bellied Seedfinch, Spotted Rail, Paint-billed Crake, and Pale-eyed Blackbird.

Finally, in the afternoon, we will move to the city of Tarapoto, including a stop at Quiscarrumi bridge for Oilbirds.

Overnight at a 3 stars hotel in Tarapoto.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Andean endemics tour, the Peru endemic birds - Chestnut-bellied Seed-finch

Tarapoto

First, we will spend some time birding the mountains of the Cordillera Escalera reserve. The area is quite diverse, but nere we will be specially looking for Dotted Tanager, Striolated Puffbird, or Plumbeous Euphonia. Also, other possible species are Wattled Guan, Chestnut-tipped Toucanet, and Lanceolated Monklet, just to mention a few.

Then, we plan to spend the full afternoon at the Koepcke’s Hermit Conservation Center. This a wildlife reserve, dedicated to the protection of the endemic Koepcke’s Hermit. Additionally, other hummingbirds coming to the feeders are Black-throated Brilliant, Gould’s Brilliant, and more.

There is also a trail going into the surrounding forest. Common birds here are Golden-headed Manakin, White-plumed Antbird, and a lot more.

Overnight at a 3 stars hotel in Tarapoto.

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

Tarapoto

This morning birding we will be birding along the Upaquihua valley. Since the valley is a mixture of dry forest and agricultural fields, we could find special birds like Planalto Hermit, Ashy-headed Greenlet, Plain-crowned Spinetail, Northern Slaty Antshrike, 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:  Yellow-tufted Woodpecker, Swallow-winged Puffbird, Spangled Cotinga, Purple-throated Cotinga, and much more.

Overnight at a 3 stars hotel in Tarapoto.

Meals: Picnic-breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Andean endemics tour, the Peru endemic birds - Northern Slaty Antshrike

Tarapoto

Finally, The Andean Endemics tour concludes birding near Ricuricocha lake. Here, we will be looking for Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Flammulated Pygmy-tyrant, and maybe we could spot a Least Grebe.

Then, we will take you to the airport for your flight to Lima.

Meals: Breakfast.

TRAVEL TIPS & RECOMENDATIONS:

Weather

Since we will be in the Andes, most days will be dry and not very cold, with a mixture of sunshine and overcast conditions. Also, the highest parts of Santa Eulalia are very cold and dry, even below 0 °C early in the morning. Besides, in the Abra Patricia area conditions are humid and warm during the day, and slightly cold at night. Finally, 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. Additionally, it does not observe daylight-savings time.

Immunizations

You need a Covid-19 vaccine to enter the country. Additionally, 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 surely have electricity.

Physical effort

People should be in good physical condition in order that they can 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.

PRICES INCLUDE:

  • Lodging as described above (some lodges, hotels, might change depending on room's availability).
  • Ground transportation and driver throughout the tour.
  • English speaking bird guide
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinking water supply available in the car during the whole trip.
  • All entrance fees for nature reserves.
  • 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 of travel 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 (e.g. weather).

See our Bookings Terms and Conditions.

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