Endemic birds of Cajamarca and the Marañon valley

10-day tour

The 10-day “Endemic birds of Cajamarca and the Marañon valley” tour has been designed for people looking for north’s Peru special birds, in particular, those restricted to the Marañon valley. Because of the more than 30 bird specialties, this trip is a “must” for those looking to significantly increase their “life list” in a relatively short period of time.

The tour starts nearby of the city of Cajamarca. There, we will be looking for rare birds like Grey-bellied Comet, Great Spinetail, and Rufous-backed Inca-Finch. After a few days in Cajamarca, the tour goes to the famous Río Marañon valley. Here, the main targets are Marañon Thrush, Marañon Gnatcatcher, Grey-winged Inca-Finch, Buff-bridled Inca-Finch, Chestnut-backed Thornbird, Peruvian Pigeon, Yellow-faced Parrotlet, just to mention a few.

Then, the tour enters the eastern slope of the Andes, with its humid mountain forests, but still with a strong influence of the dry Marañon valley. The humid mountains forests here are home of some interesting species like Leymebamba Tapaculo, Russet-mantled Softtail, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, and many more. Additionally, the tour also offers chances to see Andean Condors nearby Leymebamba.

The “Endemic birds of Cajamarca and the Marañon valley” also includes some days at the Huembo and San Lorenzo areas. Huembo is famous for its hummingbird feeders, frequently visited by Marvelous Spatuletail, among other hummingbird species. The hike to San Lorenzo takes several hours, looking for Pale-billed Antpitta. Other equally important birds in this area are Speckled-faced Parrot, Rufous-capped Antshrike, Lacrimose Mountain-tanager, Pale-eyed Thrush, Black-and-white Becard, and many more.

Finally, the Endemic Birds tour moves to the city of Jaén, located in northern extreme of the Marañon valley. Here, the specialties we will be looking for are Little Inca-finch, Peruvian Pigeon, Marañon Spinetail, Collared Antshrike, and more.

To finish the tour, we move to the coastal city of Chiclayo, where we will explore the Tumbesian region, looking for specialties like Peruvian Plantcutter, Rufous Flycatcher, Scarlet-backed Woodpecker.

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



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

US$ 2,900.oo

Single supplement: US$ 370.oo

Private departures only.

All itineraries are fully customizable to fit your requirements.


Minimum duration: 10 days

Maximum duration: 15 days

Best time to travel: April through December.

Group size: 1 to 4 people


  • Lodging.
  • 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.


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 Booking Terms and Conditions.

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