Bird photography tour to northern Peru

12-day tour

This is an intense 12-day bird photography tour to north Peru.

The eastern slopes of the Andes are among the most biodiverse places in the neo-tropics. Also, in recent years, several private reserves had been established, providing several bird feeders and hides. As a result, north Peru has the perfect conditions for a bird photography tour

Our tour begins visiting the Cordillera Escalera reserve, near the city of Tarapoto. Here, we expect to photograph birds like Ivory- billed Aracari, Paradise Tanager, and lots of other colorfoul tanagers.

After that, the Bird photography tour moves to the Alto Mayo valley, where we will spend some time in the city of Moyobamba. First, we will visit the Waqanki hummingbird feeders, that offer opportunities to photograph special birds like Rufous-crested Coquette, Violet-headed Hummingbird, and another 17 species of hummingbirds. Also, the Tahuishco tower is good for bird photography, with colorfoul birds like Blue-headed Parrot, Lettered Aracari, Blue-necked Tanager, and more.

Then, the tour goes to the famous Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge, where a myriad of hummingbirds offers great opportunities for bird photography. The gardens and trails are also good to look for flycatchers, tanagers, woodpeckers, and more. Here, we will also try to photograph some owls like Long-whiskered Owlet, Cinnamon Screech-Owl, and White-throated Screech-Owl. In the same area, we also visit the Fundo Alto Nieva Private Reserve, for chances to get pictures of the famous Royal Sunangel hummingbird. Here, the Bird photography tour, also includes some easy hiking, trying to photograph birds like Johnson’s Tody-Flycatcher, or Yellow-Scarfed Tanager.

Finally, the jewel in the crown of the bird photography tour: the visit to the Huembo reserve, to photograph the fantastic Marvelous Spatuletail hummingbird.

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.

  • Rufous-crested Coquette
  • Long-whiskered Owlet
  • Royal Sunangel
  • Johnson’s Tody-Flycatcher
  • Marvelous Spatuletail

Details and itinerary


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

U$ 3,200.oo

Single supplement: US$ 410.oo


Private departures only.

All itineraries are fully customizable to fit your requirements.


Duration: 12 days

Best time to travel: September through April

Group size: 1 to 8 people


Arrival in Lima. Overnight at Wyndham Airport Hotel.

Meals: None.

Lima – Tarapoto

First, we take a morning flight to the city of Tarapoto.

Then, after having lunch at the hotel, we visit the Cordillera Escalera Reserve. Here, the goal is to photograph colourful birds, for example, Paradise Tanager, and Golden Tanager.

Overnight at a 3 stars hotel in Tarapoto.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Bird Photography tour northern Peru - Paradise Tanager


First thing this morning is to make a visit to the Koepcke’s Hermit Conservation Center. This is a private nature reserve, nearby the city of Tarapoto, established for the protection the endemic Koepcke’s Hermit. Here, we will visit the hummingbird feeders, and do a short hike for Golden-headed Mankin.

Later, we´ll go back on the road, looking for special birds, for example, Scarlet-crowned Barbet and Lemon-throated Barbet.

Overnight at a 3 stars hotel in Tarapoto.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic-lunch, dinner.

Bird Photography tour northern Peru - Koepcke's Hermit

Tarapoto – Moyobamba

Today, we move northwards to the city of Moyobamba.

The “Bird photography tour” stays at Waqanki lodge. Here, the hummingbird feeders are usually visited by White-chinned Sapphire, Rufous-crested Coquette, and some other 20 species of hummingbirds.

Also, in the afternoon, we go hiking in the search of Band-tailed Manakins.

Overnight at Waqanki Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.


After an early breakfast, we go to Punta de Tahuishco. For exemple, common birds to photograph here are Lettered Aracari, Pale-breasted Thrush, Yellow-browed Tody-flycatcher, Blue-necked Tanager.

Then, the “Bird photography tour” moves to the Morro de Calzada reserve. Of course, this is a good place to look for Chestnut-eared Aracari, Lafresnaye’s Piculet, or Fiery-capped Manakin.

During the afternoon we will explore the agricultural lands of the Mayo valley. Hence, we will be looking for birds like Point-tailed Palmcreeper, Pale-eyed Blackbird, Chestnut-bellied Seedfinch, and more.

Overnight at Waqanki lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Moyobamba – Arena Blanca – Abra Patricia

Again, we start early today.

First, we make a stop at the “Arena Blanca Reserve”. Here, the hummingbird feeders are good to photograph Blue-fronted Lancebill, Rufous-crested Coquette, and Wire-crested Thorntail. Also, the Tinamou feeders are generally visited by Little Tinamou, Cinereous Tinamou, and Rufous-breasted Woodquail.

Afterwards, the “Bird photography tour” visits La Llanteria hummingbird feeding station. Here, we have chances to photograph Ecuadorian Piedtail and Booted Racket-tail.

Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Bird Photography tour northern Peru - Rufous-breasted Wood-quail

Abra Patricia

First, we will spend the full morning photographing some of the hummingbirds showing at the feeders. For example, common hummingbirds here are Long-tailed Sylph, Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Sword-billed Hummingbird.

After that, we will walk a bit, searching for Yellow-Scarfed Tanager, Johnson’s Tody-Flycatcher, Grass-green Tanager, and more.

Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Bird Photography tour northern Peru - Sword-billed Hummingbird

Abra Patricia

Since we will be in humid mountain forset, we should have great chances to photograph Golden-headed Quetzal, Green-and-black Fruiteater, and maybe the endemic Chestnut Antpitta.

Then, we go back on the road to look for Andean Cock-of-the-Rock.

Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Abra Patricia: Fundo Alto Nieva

Today, the “Bird photography tour” visits the Fundo Alto Nieva private reserve. Here, they have hummingbird feeders visited by Royal Sunangel, Booted Racket-tail, and others. After that, the Bird photography tour visits one of the trails near the visitors’ center. This is humid mountain forest, hence, we will be looking for birds like Yellow-throated Tanager, Cinnamon-breasted Tody-tyrant, among others.

Later, the tour visits the Ochre-fronted Antpitta feeders. After that, when it gets dark, we will look for the mythical Long-whiskered Owlet.

Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Bird Photography tour northern Peru - Ochre-fronted Antpitta

Abra Patricia

This morning, we will take a leisurable hike on an almost flat trail, therefore, easy to walk. Here, we will be looking for Variable Antshrike, Masked Trogon, and flocks of tanagers.

Afternoon at leisure.

Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Abra Patricia – Huembo

Finally, we leave Abra Patricia and move to the Huembo reserve, the last site we visit during the Bird photography tour. Huembo is famous for its Marvelous Spatuletail feeders. Therefore, we have great chances to get good photographs of this beautiful hummingbird.

Also, we spend the afternoon at the Rio Chido road. Here, we will be looking for Sickled-winged Guan, Pale-eyed Thrush, Lacrimose Mountain-tanager, and many more.

Overnight at Huembo lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Bird Photography tour northern Peru - Marvelous Spatuletail

Huembo – Jaén

Today is the last day of the Bird photography tour. The first hours of the morning will be spent at the hummingbird feeders, this time looking for more opportunities to get the perfect picture of the Marvelous Spatuletail.

Then, by mid-morning, you will be transferred to the city of Jaén for your flight to Lima. We will have a farewell lunch in Jaén.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch.



In the Abra Patricia area, conditions are humid and warm during the day, and slightly cold at night. Also, 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.


You need to have 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.


220 volts in all cities. All lodges do have electricity.

Physical effort

People should be in good physical condition, so they can do short hikes on moderate rough, steep terrain in the mountains, at elevations up to 2,200 meters (about 7,200 feet).


  • Lodging as described above (some lodges, hotels, might change depending on room's availability).
  • Ground transportation and driver throughout the tour.
  • English speaking guide, with local guides at some private reserves.
  • 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.


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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