Northern Peru birding tour: Mayo and Huallaga valleys

12-day tour

An intense 12-day Northern Peru Birding Tour throughout the Northeastern part of the country.

First, the Northern Peru Birding Tour visits the humid forest of the Cordillera Escalera Reserve, nearby the city of Tarapoto. This is the perfect place to look for birds like Dotted Tanager, Plumbeous Euphonia, or Koepcke’s Hermit. Then, we go to the dry forest of the Huallaga valley, looking for specialties like Planalto Hermit, Rufous Casiornis, Chestnut-vented Conebill, Northern Slaty-Antshrike, White-bellied Pygmy-tyrant, Ashy-headed Greenlet.

Then, the Northern Peru Birding tour moves to the city of Moyobamba and the Alto Mayo valley. There are several nature reserves in the area with feeding stations. The tour visits Waqanki, Morro de Calzada, and Arena Blanca reserves. Special birds around Moyobamba are Tataupa Tinamou, Rufous-crested Coquette, Wire-crested Thorntail, Point-tailed Palmcreeper, Varzea Thrush, Mishana Tyrannulet, Black-bellied Tanager, Cinereous-breasted Spinetail, Burnish-buff Tanager, just to mention a few.

Afterwards, we get into the mountains of the Alto Mayo Protection Forest and Abra Patricia. These nature reserves are the only place in the world to find “bird delicatessen” like Rusty-tinged Antpitta, Ochre-fronted Antpitta, Long-whiskered Owlet, Johnson’s Tody-Flycatcher. Also, every day it is possible to find mixed species flocks of Tanagers, Barbets, Flycatchers, Woodcreepers, and much more. As a bonus, the Northern Peru Birding tour devotes a full day to go close to the Rio Marañon area, to look for the famous Marvelous Spatuletail hummingbird.

Nevertheless, the Northern Peru Birding tour is not only about endemic birds. The forests of the Alto Mayo are also home for more than 40 species of hummingbirds, which can be seen at well set feeding stations. Birding in north Peru can be a lifetime trip for hummingbird lovers, since the feeders are very attractive for Long-tailed Sylph, Royal Sunangel, Wire-crested Thorntail, just to mention a few hummers. Besides hummingbirds, the forest is full of mixed species flocks, especially composed of Tanagers, Barbets, Flycatchers, Woodcreepers, and more.

It is worth to mention that, at the beginning of the Northern Peru Birding Tour, we include a day for birding around Lima, we don’t want you to miss sights of Humboldt Penguins, Peruvian Thick-knee, or Inca Terns!

In essence, if you are thinking on your next birding adventure, the northern Peru birding tour might be your best option.

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$ 3,500.oo

Single supplement: US$ 600.oo

Private departures only.

All itineraries are fully customizable to fit your requirements.


Minimum duration: 12 days

Maximum duration: 15 days

Best time to travel: April, May, early June, then September through December

Group size: 1 to 8 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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