The eastern slopes of the Andes of Peru are one of the most diverse places in the neo-tropics for birdwatching. The tour starts in the Huallaga valley, near the city of Tarapoto, visiting the humid forest of the Cordillera Escalera Reserve, the perfect place to look for Dotted Tanager, Plumbeous Euphonia, Koepcke’s Hermit, Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, 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, between the city of Moyobamba and the forests of Abra Patricia, 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, 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, and the forests are full of mixed species flocks full of Tanagers, Barbets, Flycatchers, Woodcreepers, and much more.
As a bonus, at the beginning of the trip we include a day for birding around Lima, we don’t want you to miss sights of Humboldt Penguins, Peruvian Thick-knees, or Inca Terns!
Check out the detailed itinerary here.
We still need 3 more bookings to confirm any of our April 2019 departures: