Birding North Peru

Peru, a land of stark contrast and amazing beauty, is one of the leading world destinations in which to enjoy a wonderful diversity of birds. Our tours cover a multitude of habitats from lowland rainforest, tropical dry forest, higher cloud forest, on to the high Andes through elfin forest and eventually to the Pacific coastal deserts and shores.

Birding North Peru

We run scheduled tours that range from one to three weeks, always on small size groups. We can run private trips customized to your personal needs. We also offer bird module tours, four to five days on average each, that will allow you to set your own itinerary, according to your main birding interests or time availability.

Birding North Peru

We stay at cosy lodges and hotels, some run by local communities, eat the fascinating local food, taste many exotic fruits and juices, and experience the real Peru. Our vehicle fleet ranges from 4WD trucks to reach the most inaccessible places and birds, to comfortable minibuses with plenty of space for scopes, binoculars, handbooks and, of course, your legs!

North Peru Birdwatching Hotspots

North Peru Birdwatching Hotspots

North Peru Birdwatching Hotspots

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1 - Cerro Chinguela
2 - Quebrada Frejolillo (360m)
3 - Limón de Porcuya (1,650m)
4 - Pómac Historical Sanctuary (70m)
5 - Refugio de Vida Silvestre Laquipampa
6 - Casupe and Tocmoche (1,200m)
7 - Chaparrí Ecological Reserve (450m)
8 - Tinajones reservoir (190m)
9 - Eten marshes (10m)
10 - Media Luna beach (0m)
11 - ACP Cañoncillo (120m)
12 - Paijan (40m)

13 - El Tubo wetland (25m)
14 - Cerro Campana (450m)
15 - Sinsicap (2,300m)
16 - Tamborapa
17 - ACP Gotas de Agua (650m)
18 - Chonta river (Sangal) (2,850m)
19 - Cumbemayo (3,600m)
20 - Abra Gavilán (3,180m)
21 - Chugur (San Marcos) (2,640m)
22 - Cruz Conga (3,325m)
23 - Limón (2,100m)
24 - Balsas (960m)

25 - Abra Barro Negro (3,600m)
26 - Río Atuen (2,440m)
27 - Leimebamba (2,420m)
28 - Kuélap (3,000m)
29 - Cocachimba and Gocta falls (1,800m)
30 - Huembo reserve (2,110m)
31 - Pomacochas lake (2,300m)
32 - San Lorenzo and Río Chido (2,400m)
33 - ACP Abra Patricia (2,200m)
34 - Afluente (1,375m)
35 - Aguas Verdes (1,180m)
36 - Yacumama center (825m)

37 - Posic (825m)
38 - Tingana reserve (800m)
39 - Morro de Calzada (1,450m)
40 - Waqanki reserve (990m)
41 - Quiscarrumi bridge (830m)
42 - San Lorenzo del Marañón (150m)
43 - The Tunnel (1,020m)
44 - Juan Guerra (250m)
45 - Quebrada Upaquihua (300m)
46 - Ahuashiyacu falls (680m)
47 - Pumarinri reserve (250 - 800m)
48 - Plataforma (1,800m)

See the hotspots list:
1 - Cerro Chinguela
2 - Quebrada Frejolillo (360m)
3 - Limón de Porcuya (1,650m)
4 - Pómac Historical Sanctuary (70m)
5 - Refugio de Vida Silvestre Laquipampa
6 - Casupe and Tocmoche (1,200m)
7 - Chaparrí Ecological Reserve (450m)
8 - Tinajones reservoir (190m)
9 - Eten marshes (10m)
10 - Media Luna beach (0m)
11 - ACP Cañoncillo (120m)
12 - Paijan (40m)
13 - El Tubo wetland (25m)
14 - Cerro Campana (450m)
15 - Sinsicap (2,300m)
16 - Tamborapa
17 - ACP Gotas de Agua (650m)
18 - Chonta river (Sangal) (2,850m)
19 - Cumbemayo (3,600m)
20 - Abra Gavilán (3,180m)
21 - Chugur (San Marcos) (2,640m)
22 - Cruz Conga (3,325m)
23 - Limón (2,100m)
24 - Balsas (960m)
25 - Abra Barro Negro (3,600m)
26 - Río Atuen (2,440m)
27 - Leimebamba (2,420m)
28 - Kuélap (3,000m)
29 - Cocachimba and Gocta falls (1,800m)
30 - Huembo reserve (2,110m)
31 - Pomacochas lake (2,300m)
32 - San Lorenzo and Río Chido (2,400m)
33 - ACP Abra Patricia (2,200m)
34 - Afluente (1,375m)
35 - Aguas Verdes (1,180m)
36 - Yacumama center (825m)
37 - Posic (825m)
38 - Tingana reserve (800m)
39 - Morro de Calzada (1,450m)
40 - Waqanki reserve (990m)
41 - Quiscarrumi bridge (830m)
42 - San Lorenzo del Marañón (150m)
43 - The Tunnel (1,020m)
44 - Juan Guerra (250m)
45 - Quebrada Upaquihua (300m)
46 - Ahuashiyacu falls (680m)
47 - Pumarinri reserve (250 - 800m)
48 - Plataforma (1,800m)

BIRDING NORTH PERU TOURS AND PROGRAMS

Open Date Modular Tours

ICONIC AND ENDEMIC BIRD GALLERY


 

and birdwatchers say …

We arrived in Jaen on our flight from Lima to find Henry, our guide, and Elvis, our driver, waiting for us. They were immediately recognizable because they were dressed as birders; cargo pants, vests, and caps. The vest and caps were labeled with the name of the company, Peru Tres Nortes, and their names embroidered on the vests – very professional.

After boarding our Sprinter van, we were birding within a few minutes. This was the start of an incredible adventure. The diversity of the bird life in Northern Peru is mind boggling and totally fascinating. Fortunately for us, Henry has an encyclopedic knowledge of the birds of Peru. He knows where to find them and what they are at a glance. (more…)

Marina and Jay Zucca
Marina and Jay Zucca

“We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 weeks of birding in Peru in the company of birder extraordinaire Henry and driver par excellence Elvis. They really looked after us over the 2 weeks – Henry ensured that we sighted some really great birds, while Elvis ensured that we travelled safely, and our accommodation bills were paid. And they introduced us to some of the food and culture of Peru.

There were probably quite a few highlights during the 2 weeks, but I guess one of them was hearing the Andean cock of the rock making their lekking calls – it was hard to believe birds could make such a noise! And such spectacular looking birds! (more…)

Vicki and Murray Fletcher
Vicki Glover and Murray Fletcher

My husband and I did the North Peru Bird Tour in June 2012 led by Detlef and Carl Davies. We had a fantastic time and since our return to New Zealand have recommended this tour to others with an interest in wildlife.

Detlef and Carol were great hosts and made sure that everyone was very well looked after. Our group was quite diverse with a mixture of intense birders (twitchers), general birders, wildlife enthusiasts and photographers so it was quite an achievement to meet everyone’s expectations. This was achieved by having a flexible itinerary which allowed time for photography, nice walks and relaxation for those that required it in addition to the hard core birding. (more…)

Morag Fordham
Morag Fordham

“I discovered North Peru as a top-notch birding destination two years ago. My experience was so outstanding that I returned the following year, and am looking forward to returning again. No doubt the trip was stellar because of the quality of service provided by Peru Tres Nortes. The attention to detail afforded our group some of the best lodges in northern Peru, food to match, and guides who were passionate about showing us the birds. Many bird trips provide the basics; it is quite another thing to have a company get it “all” right. Peru Tres Nortes does just that.”

Barbara Churchley
Barbara Churchley

“We did a North Peru birding tour in June 2012. It was fantastic. I obtained photos of over 400 species of birds, most of which new to me (lifers) and including some very rare species. I liked being close to hummingbirds at the feeders.  In addition to the birds we got to see some great scenery in the Andes, boat trips on a tributary of the Amazon river, and the impressive Gocta falls. I felt completely safe at all times on the tour. Highly recommended for both serious and casual birders alike.”

Duncan Watson
Duncan Watson
Birding North Peru
Birding North Peru
Birding North Peru