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, to finish the trip, 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, Shumba Antshrike, and more.

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.

Details and itinerary


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

US$ 2,490.oo

Single supplement: US$ 195.oo


Private departures only.

All itineraries are fully customizable to fit your requirements.


Duration: 10 days

Best time to travel: April through December.

Group size: 1 to 4 people


Arrival in Lima and transfer to the hotel.

Overnight at Wyndham Airport Hotel.

Meals: None.

Endemic birds of Cajamarca and Marañon valley

Lima – Cajamarca

Firs, we will take a morning flight to the city of Cajamarca.

Once in Cajamarca, we will drive to the small town of Jesus, in order to look for the very rare Great Spinetail. Additionally, in the same are we could find Buff-bridled Inca-Finch, Amazilia Hummingbird, Spot-throated Hummingbird, Black-necked Woodpecker, or Marañon Gnatcatcher.

Then, by mid-morning, we drive to San Nicolas lake for another chance for the Great Spinetail. At the same time, we could have other interesting birds like Andean Gull, Andean Duck, Andean Lapwing.

Later, in the afternoon, we will take a side-road to La Masma, looking for the endemic Plain-tailed Warbling-finch.

Overnight at a 3 stars hotel in Cajamarca.

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

Endemic birds of Cajamarca and Marañon valley - Buff-bridled Inca-finch


This morning we will drive to the Chonta valley, not only to look for endemic birds like Grey-bellied Comet, but also other specialties like Rusty-crowned Tit-spinetail. Black Metaltail, Andean Flicker, and more.

Then, in the afternoon, we will do some highland birding by visiting the Cumbemayo area (at an elevation of 11,400 feet). There, interesting birds are Stripe-headed Antpitta, Yellow-rumped Yellow-Finch, Slender-billed Miner, and more.

Overnight at a 3 stars hotel in Cajamarca.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Endemic birds of Cajamarca and Marañon valley - Rusty-crowned Tit-spinetail


First, we start birding the Abra Gavilán area. Here, we will be looking for Rufous-backed Inca-Finch and Unicolored Tapaculo. Besides, other interesting birds here are Paramo Seedeater, Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant, Black-crested Tit-Tyrant, or Purple-throated Sunangel.

Then, we drive for about two hours to the San Pablo area, so that, we can look for Bay-crowned Brush-finch, Elegant Crescentchest, Rufous-winged Tyrannulet, Three-banded Warbler, Collared Antshrike, and many more.

Overnight at a 3 stars hotel in Cajamarca.

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

Endemic birds of Cajamarca and Marañon valley - Rufous-backed Inca-finch

Cajamarca – Celendín

Today, the Endemic Birds tour goes northeast, towards the city of Celendín. Whenever necessary, we will make several stops along the road, looking for Andean birds like Cajamarca Antpitta, Jelski’s Chat-Tyrant, Northern Mountain Cacique, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant,  Paramo Pipit, and many others.

Overnight at a 2 stars hotel in Celendín.

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

Celendín – Leymebamba

This morning we will enter the Río Marañon valley. First, we stop at El Limón, to look for Grey-winged Inca-Finch, Chestnut-backed Thornbird, Marañon Thrush, and many more. Then, at lower elevations, we could find special birds like Peruvian Pigeon, Yellow-faced Parrotlet, Yellow-tailed Oriole, or Black-necked Woodpecker.

After crossing the Marañon river, we will gain altitude again. As we get into more humid areas, we will start to look for Coppery-naped Puffleg, Yungas Pygmy-Owl, Leymebamba Tapaculo, White-chinned Thistletail, and more.

After the mountain pass of Calla Calla (also known as Barro Negro), we will be looking for Coppery Metaltail, Neblina Tapaculo, Moustached Flowerpiercer, Russet-mantled Softtail, Rainbow Starfrontlet, Purple-throated Sunangel, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, and many more.

Overnight in Leymebamba.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic-lunch, dinner.

Endemic birds of Cajamarca and Marañon valley - Chestnut-backed Thornbird

Leymebamba – Huembo

In the morning, we will drive alongside the Río Atuén for about 20 minutes. There, we will be looking for Tawny Antpitta and Andean Condors. Of course, there are a lot of other birds in this valley, for example: Citrine Warbler, Golden-headed Quetzal, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Grey-breasted Mountain-Toucan, and many more.

After lunch, we will drive along the Utcubamba river, towards our next lodge in Huembo. While driving, we can make a few stops to look for Torrent Duck, Fasciated Tiger-Heron, Mitred Parakeet, or Marañon Crescentchest.

Overnight at Huembo lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.


The Huembo Conservation Center is a nature reserve, created to protect the endemic Marvelous Spatuletail hummingbird. Besides the Spatuletail, other hummingbirds attending the feeders are Andean Emerald, White-bellied Hummingbird, White-bellied Woodstar, and more. Also, the forest inside the reserve is good to look for Southern Emerald Toucanet, Speckled-faced Parrot, Rufous-capped Antshrike, and many others.

Then, in the afternoon, we will explore the road to San Lorenzo. Alongside the Chido river, we will be looking for Mountain Velvetbreast, Lacrimose Mountain Tanager, Chestnut-belted Chat-Tyrant, Black-and-white Becard, and many more.

Overnight at Huembo Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Endemic birds of Cajamarca and Marañon valley - Marvelous Spatuletail

San Lorenzo – Jaén

After an early breakfast, we will drive for a few minutes to the town of San Lorenzo. There, we hike up a hill for about one and a half hours to the Pale-billed Antpitta site. During the hike, we could also find Unstreaked Tit-Tyrant, Amethyst-throated Sunangel, Violet-throated Starfrontlet, Plain-tailed Wren, just to mention a few.

Then, we will be back to the lodge for lunch. Later, in the afternoon, we will drive to the city of Jaén, of course, including a stop for Little Inca-finch, Marañon Antshrike, Red-crested Finch, Chinchipe Spinetail.

Overnight at a 3 stars hotel in Jaén.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.


Last day of the endemic birds tour. First, we visit the Fundo Yanahuanga, expecting to find endemics like Chinchipe Spinetail, Streaked Saltator, Marañon Crescentchest, or Marañon Spinteail.

Just after some time birding, we will take you to the airport in due time for your flight back to Lima.

Meals: Picnic-breakfast.

Endemic birds of Cajamarca and Marañon valley - Marañon Crescentchest



Since we will be in the Andes, most days will be dry and slightly cold, with a mixture of sunshine and overcast conditions. Also, in the Leymebamba area, conditions are humid and cold and night, but warm during the day. The Huembo area is, in constrast, drier and not as cold as Leymebamba.

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.


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.


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 (3,500 meters, or about 11,400 feet); also, to do a 4 to 6 hours hike on steep/uneven terrain in the San Lorenzo area (day 9).


  • 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.


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).

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