2020 Departure Dates

Scarlet-banded barbet at Plataforma (Pre-Tour)  4D/3N

August 22nd. 2020 - See program content >>

The Amazon & the Andes of North Peru

Tarapoto to Chiclayo Tour 21D/20N

August 25th. 2020 - See program content >>


 

Scarlet-banded barbet Pre-tour or Post-tour options - 4D/3NScarlet-banded barbet at Plataforma (Pre-Tour) - 4D/3N
This is an optional pre-tour for people wishing to look for the recently discovered and very range-restricted Scarlet-banded Barbet at a site c.150 kms south of Tarapoto. Since this site was found, another new species has been discovered here, an antbird now given the name Cerro Azul Antbird. Both these species were seen on our 2016 tour. This involves staying 2 nights at a simple guesthouse and the rough journey can take up to 8 hours. However, the birding should be very rewarding.

Possibilities include: Scarlet-banded Barbet, Lined Antshrike, Yellow-breasted Antwren, Buff-fronted & Rufous-rumped Foliage-Gleaners, Ocellated & Strong-billed Woodcreepers, Yungas & Blue-rumped Manakins, Versicoloured Barbet, Pale-eyed Thrush, Golden & Orange-eared Tanagers, Bronze-Green Euphonia, Plain Antvireo, Grey-mantled Wren, Slaty Antwren, Rufous-breasted Ant-Thrush, Wire-crested Thorntail, Booted Racket-tail, Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant & Cerro Azul Antbird.

Detailed Itinerary

Pre-Tour - Plataforma - 4D/3N

Leader: Detlef Davies

SAT 22 AUGUST - TARAPOTO
Arrive Tarapoto Airport. Transfer by minibus (20 minutes) to Tucan Suites, a quality hotel in Tarapoto.
Transfers from the airport at any pre-arranged time. Local birding or sightseeing for anyone arriving in daylight. Baggage not required at Plataforma can be left for transfer to Pumarinri.
o/n Tucan Suites, Tarapoto

SUN 23 AUGUST - TARAPOTO to PLATAFORMA
Transfer by minibus to bellavista and then by 4WD vehicle up to the remote village of Plataforma. This is a rough journey and is likely to take most of the day, but expect some productive stops on route.
o/n guesthouse in Plataforma

MON 24 AUGUST - PLATAFORMA to TARAPOTO
All day birding along the forest trails around Plataforma.
o/n guesthouse in Plataforma

TUES 25 AUGUST - TARAPOTO TO PUMARINRI
Return from Plataforma down to Bellavista and then to Pumarinri to join those arriving for the main tour.


Tarapoto to Cajamarca - 21D/20NThe Amazon & the Andes of North Peru

Tarapoto to Chiclayo - 21D/20N

Detailed Itinerary

>Tarapoto to Chiclayo - 21D/20N

Leader: Detlef Davies

TUES 25 AUGUST (= Day 4 on pre-tour) - PUMARINRI
Arrive Tarapoto. Transfer by minibus to Pumarinri Amazon Lodge, about a 40 minute journey. Transfers from the airport at any pre-arranged time. Local birding or sightseeing for anyone arriving in daylight.
o/n Pumarinri

WED 26 AUGUST – PUMARINRI – TRAILS, BOAT TRIP
Birding on the slopes of the Huallaga River at c.230 metres altitude. Local trails. Boat trip upriver in afternoon, spotlighting by the Lodge in evening for up to 6 species of owls. We should see a multitude of common Peruvian lowland birds,

Possible species: Yellow-rumped Cacique, Cinnamon-throated Woodcreeper, Black-fronted Nunbird, Yellow-browed Tody-Flycatcher, Blue-grey, Palm, Turquoise & Paradise Tanagers, honeycreepers, various parrots, White-winged & White-banded Swallows, Drab Water-Tyrant, Black Phoebe, Chestnut-eared Aracari, Green-backed Trogon, Hoatzin, Ladder-tailed Nightjar, Fasciated Tiger-Heron, Pied Lapwing. Evening: Tropical Screech Owl, Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, Black-banded, Band-bellied & Crested Owls.

o/n Pumarinri

THURS 27 AUGUST - PUMARINRI – PUCAYAQUILLO WATERFALL
All day at Pumarinri. Walk trail to Pucayaquillo Waterfall, good rainforest birding and opportunity to swim in the waterfall pool. Often productive roadside birding too. Afternoon siesta (as most days). Spotlighting around lodge in eve.

Possible birds: Peruvian Warbling, Black-faced, Spot-winged and Chestnut-tailed Antbirds, Buff-throated Foliage-gleaner,
Fiery-capped Manakin, White Hawk, Swallow-tailed Kite, Red-necked & Crimson-crested Woodpeckers, White-browed
Purpletuft, White-winged Becard, White-collared Swift, woodcreepers, Fulvous Shrike-tanager, Yellow-crested, Paradise,
Turquoise & Opal-crowned Tanagers, Chestnut-eared & Lettered Aracaris. Evening: owls, Pauraque.

o/n Pumarinri

FRI 28 AUGUST - QUEBRADA UPAQUIHUA & HUALLAGA RIVER
Leave Pumarinri for the day & drive south to village of Buenos Aires. Head north-west from there to some good areas of dry white-sand forest at Quebrada Upaquihua. We will look for drier country birds in this specialised habitat.

Possible birds: Cobalt-winged & Canary-winged Parakeets, Blue-winged Parrotlet, Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant, Bluish-fronted Jacamar, Great & Barred Antshrikes, Violaceous Jay, White-browed Antbird, Northern Slaty Antshrike, Chestnut Woodpecker, Blue-crowned Trogon, Short-tailed Pygmy Tyrant, Band-tailed Manakin, Mishana Tyrannulet, Lafresnaye’s Piculet, Ashy-headed Greenlet, Plain-crowned Spinetail, Planalto Hermit., Brown-crested Flycatcher, Stripe-chested Antwren. Return from Puerto Sangama to Pumarinri by boat, landing on sand islands for Large-billed & Yellow-billed Terns, perhaps skimmers, Comb Duck, Pied Lapwing, roosting Sand-coloured Nighthawk & Ladder-tailed Nightjar.

o/n Pumarinri

SAT 29 AUGUST - JUAN GUERRA, TARAPOTO
Leave Pumarinri & drive back in direction of Tarapoto, spend morning at the dry forest at Juan Guerra where the habitat is similar to yesterday. Late lunch at Tucan Suites at edge of town, local birding in afternoon or relax, tour the town, etc.

Possible birds: Troupial, Short-crested Flycatcher, Yellow-tufted Woodpecker, Southern Beardless Tyrannulet, Blue-crowned Motmot, Stripe-necked Tody-Tyrant, Hook-billed Kite, Rufous Casiornis, Chestnut-capped Puffbird, White-browed Antbird, Green Jay, Lettered Aracari, Speckled Chachalaca, Black-throated Mango, Great Antshrike.

o/n Tucan Suites

SUN 30 AUGUST - THE TUNNEL at CERRO ESCALERA
Day trip north-eastwards from the town to the high forested ridge at Cerro Escalera (c.900 m) and the 100 metre ‘Tunnel’. Higher altitude birds are here such as:

White-tipped Swift, Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Yellow-crested, Yellow-bellied, White-winged & Dotted Tanagers, Short-billed & Purple Honeycreepers, Blue-naped Chlorophonia, Black-faced Dacnis, Lineated & Red-stained Woodpeckers, Slaty-capped Shrike-Vireo, White Hawk, Blackish Pewee, Dusky-chested and Cliff Flycatchers, Mishana Tyrannulet, Black Antbird, Channel-billed Toucan, Golden-collared Toucanet, Curl-crested Aracari, Golden-headed & Blue-crowned Manakins, common hummers, Koepcke’s Hermit, Gould’s Jewelfront.

Hummingbird feeders & trail at Aconabikh will produce our first chance of a variety of hummers in one spot. We will continue north to the start of the lowlands in the afternoon where we may find Lemon-throated & Scarlet-crowned Barbets before retracing our route back to Tarapoto.

o/n Tucan Suites

MON 31 AUGUST - TARAPOTO to MOYOBAMBA
Morning birding at Ricuricocha wetlands near Tarapoto. Commanding view over extensive marsh vegetation surrounded by slightly higher ground with dry scrub. Variety of wetland birds are possible including Wattled Jacana, Green Kingfisher, Black-capped Donacobius, Black-bellied whistling Ducks, Comb Ducks, Rufescent Tiger Heron, Rufous-sided Crake, Limpkin, American Purple Gallinule, Wattled Jacana , also a variety of tyrant flycatchers, Pearl Kite, Tataupa Tinamou in the surrounding dry bush, Late morning head west, stopping on route at Oilbird roost site under Quiscarrumi Bridge, then to Moyobamba for lunch. Savanna birding along roadsides & open country in afternoon.

Possible birds: Oilbird, White-eyed Parakeet, Russet-backed Oropendola, Chestnut-bellied Seedfinch, Point-tailed Palmcreeper, Black-billed Seedfinch, Masked Duck, Cinereous-breasted Spinetail, Rusty-backed Antwren, Pale-eyed Blackbird, Huallaga Tanager, Paint-billed Crake, Russet-crowned Crake, Blackish Rail, tanagers including Burnished Buff, Little & Spot-breasted Woodpeckers. Evening spotlighting for Stygian Owl.

o/n Waqanki or Puerto Mirador

TUES 1 SEPTEMBER - MOYOBAMBA & WAQANKI
Morning walk up forest trail at Mishquiyacu, then back around midday to view from an elevated wood & bamboo structure & see up to 15 species of hummingbirds at close range. Lunch on site, savanna birding in afternoon. Evening spotlighting for nightjars & Band-bellied Owl.

Possible birds: Sooty-headed & Black-capped Tyrannulets, Chestnut-throated Spinetail, Fiery-throated Fruiteater, Fiery-capped Manakin, Orange-billed Sparrow, Ornate & Foothill Antwrens, Wing-barred Piprites, Ivory-billed Aracari, Varzea Thrush, Short-tailed Pygmy-Tyrant, Spot-backed & White-plumed Antbirds, Broad-billed Motmot, Lanceolated Monklet, White-necked Jacobin, Rufous-crested Coquette, Sapphire-spangled Emerald, Green & Brown Violetears, Long-billed Starthroat, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Fork-tailed Emerald, Great-billed, Black-throated, Rufous-breasted Hermits, Mishana Tyrannulet, Paradise & Yellow-bellied Tanager, Short-tailed Hawk, Band-bellied Owl.

o/n Waqanki or Puerto Mirador

WED 2 SEPTEMBER - MOYOBAMBA / AGUAS VERDES to ABRA PATRICIA
Leave & drive west to Reserva Arena Blanca for tinamous at feeding station & a different selection of hummingbirds at feeders. Then on to Afluente along the uphill rise through extensive & mainly intact forest,
and to Owlet Lodge, Abra Patricia for lunch. Evening walk to look for Long-whiskered Owlet.

Possible birds: Cinereous & Little Tinamou, Rufous-breasted Wood-Quail, Orange-billed Sparrow, Zimmer’s Antbird, Wire-crested Thorntail, Reddish & Green Hermits, Blue-fronted Lancebill, Tawny-bellied Hermit, Greenish Puffleg, Cinnamon Flycatcher, Great Thrush, various high altitude tanagers & flowerpiercers, some cloud forest hummingbirds, Long-whiskered Owlet, Common Potoo.

o/n Owlet Lodge

THURS 3 SEPTEMBER - ABRA PATRICIA
The Owlet Lodge at Abra Patricia is the most well-known birding site along this east-west route. We will spend all day here (2,300 metres), birding the trails and roadside on foot from the lodge in morning and late afternoon to evening. Hummingbird feeders will produce a different set of species from the previous feeding stations. Spotlighting at night for Cinnamon Screech Owl & other possible night birds. Dawn is best for Swallow-tailed Nightjar.

Possible birds: Swallow-tailed Nightjar, Barred Becard, Lulu’s Tody-Tyrant, Yellow-breasted Brush-finch, Pearled Tree-runner, Chestnut, Ochre-fronted, Rusty-tinged & Rusty-breasted Antpittas, Long-tailed Antbird, Chestnut-breasted Wren, Grass-Green, Yellow-scarfed, Flame-faced & Silver-backed Tanagers, Green & Black Fruiteater, Sickle-winged Guan, Striped Treehunter, hummingbirds, tanagers etc as yesterday, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Cinnamon Screech Owl.

o/n Owlet Lodge

FRI 4 SEPTEMBER - ABRA PATRICIA
Another full day at Abra Patricia birding more trails, targeting any species not seen yesterday (perhaps Chestnut, Rusty-tinged and Ochre-fronted Antpittas, tapaculos, Chestnut-breasted Wren, White-faced Nunbird, etc., spotlighting for more night birds & mammals.

Possible birds: As yesterday, perhaps White-faced Nunbird, Red-hooded Tanager, other birds missed earlier.

o/n Owlet Lodge

FRI 4 SEPTEMBER - ABRA PATRICIA & afternoon drive to GOCTA
Abra Patricia morning birding, drive to nearby sites for Royal Sunangel, Bar-winged Wood Wren & Yellow-throated Tanager. Depart mid-afternoon & continue west to Pedro Ruiz. Turn south onto minor road to Cocachimba and to Gocta Lodge. Already we are heading for drier forest as we approach the Andes & we may make some stops on route for specialities like Maranon Crescentchest.

Possible birds: Royal Sunangel, Bar-winged Wood-Wren, Equatorial Greytail, White-capped, Yellow-throated & Vermilion Tanagers.

o/n Gocta Lodge

SUN 6 SEPTEMBER - RIO CHIDO TRAIL & HUEMBO
Early drive back east to climb Rio Chido Trail above San Lorenzo for some special rarities including Rusty-tinged and Pale-billed Antpittas, It’s quite a steep rocky walk but should be rewarding. Lunch at a Trout Farm, then on to Huembo Reserve for a new variety of hummingbirds including Marvellous Spatuletail.

Possible birds: Pale-billed, Rusty-tinged & Rusty-breasted Antpittas, Slaty-backed & Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrants, Variable Hawk, Rufous-capped Antshrike Smoky Bush-Tyrant, Mountain Velvetbreast, White-capped Tanager, Plain-tailed & Peruvian Wrens, Russet-mantled Soft-tail, Unstreaked Tit-Tyrant, Torrent Duck; Marvellous Spatuletail, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Green & Sparkling Violetears, Bronzy Inca, Green-tailed Trainbearer, White-bellied & Little Woodstars.

o/n Gocta Lodge

MON 7 SEPTEMBER - GOCTA FALLS (the low road)
Walk directly from Lodge to foot of Gocta Falls. All day from c.7 am to 4 pm. Cock-of-the-Rock leks, good for furnarids and tanagers, chance of tapaculos & Black-streaked Puffbird. Evening walk in nearby scrub if time.

Possible birds: Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Maranon Thrush, Andean Solitaire, Smoky Brown Woodpecker, White-bellied Hummingbird, Golden-bellied Grosbeak, Hooded Siskin, Golden-rumped Euphonia, Russet-backed & Crested Oropendolas, Olive-backed & Montane Woodcreepers, Emerald Toucanet, Blackish Tapaculo, Speckle-chested Piculet, Black-streaked Puffbird, Rufous-winged Tyrannulet, Mitred Parakeet, Buff-bellied, Blue-necked, Beryl-spangled & Flame-faced Tanagers, Sparkling & Green Violetears.

o/n Gocta Lodge

TUES 8 SEPTEMBER – ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE AT KUELAP & LEYMEBAMBA
Day at Kuelap ruins using access by cable car, an ancient Chachapoyas settlement high above the road, with a local expert historical guide, some birding, good for Sword-billed Hummingbird & Streaked Tuftedcheek. Then drive on south, looking out for Fasciated Tiger Heron, White-capped Dipper, etc., road rises slowly along Utcubamba River, roadside stops for Torrent Duck & other specialities. Spotlighting in Museum gardens in evening, possible Koepcke’s Screech Owl & Band-winged Nightjar.

Possible birds: Band-tailed Pigeon, Mountain Caracara, Streaked Tuftedcheek, Rufous-breasted & White-browed Chat-Tyrant, White-banded Tyrannulet, Black-throated Flowerpiercer, Rufous-naped Brush-Finch, Buff-browed Foliage-Gleaner, Red-crested Cotinga, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Shining Sunbeam, other hummingbirds. Along river & at Leymebamba: Fasciated Tiger-Heron, Torrent Duck, Spot-throated Hummingbird, Torrent Tyrannulet, White-capped Dipper, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Spectacled Redstart, Amazon Kingfisher, Scarlet-fronted & Mitred Parakeets, Hepatic Tanager, Black-necked Woodpecker, Rainbow Starfrontlet, Band-winged Nightjar, Koepcke’s Screech Owl.

o/n Casa Mallqui, Leymebamba

WED 9 SEPTEMBER – ABRA BARRO NEGRO & UPPER MARANON VALLEY
Day trip to Abra Barro Negro, the high pass rising to 3600 metres, roadside stops for high altitude specialities. Low elfin forest habitat is good for Moustached Flowerpiercer, Rusty-mantled Tit-Spinetail, White-chinned Thistletail & Great Sapphirewing, also Many-striped Canastero & Bar-winged Cinclodes in the high grasslands. Then we descend the Maranon River at Balsas in the hot, dry Maranon valley. Entirely different birds down here, Red-crested Cardinal, Yellow-faced Parrotlet, Buff-bridled Inca Finch, Black-necked Woodpecker. Back
to Leymebamba at dusk.

Possible birds: Yellow-scarfed Tanager, Moustached Flowerpiercer, White-chinned Thistletail, Rusty-crowned Tit-Spinetail, Tufted Tit-Tyrant, Rufous Antpitta, Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant, Shining Sunbeam, Tyrian & Coppery Metaltails, Great Sapphirewing, Plumbeous Sierra-Finch, Plain-coloured Seedeater, Black-necked Woodpecker, Buff-bridled Inca Finch, Scarlet-fronted Parakeet, Peruvian Pygmy Owl, Bare-faced Ground-Dove, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Aplomado Falcon, Fasciated Wren, Yellow-faced Parrotlet.

o/n Casa Mallqui, Leymebamba

THURS 10 SEPTEMBER – RIO ATUEN VALLEY, MUSEUM, back to GOCTA
Morning along the Rio Atuen valley, close to Leymebamba for Andean Condor, Golden-headed Quetzal, Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan, Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush, etc. Visit Mummies Museum after lunch. Back to Gocta late afternoon.

Possible birds: Andean Condor, Rainbow Starfrontlet, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Booted Racket-tail, Purple-throated Sunangel, Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan, Golden-headed Quetzal, Masked Trogon, Blue-capped & Blue & Yellow Tanagers, Russet-mantled Soft-tail, Fasciated Tiger-Heron, Torrent Duck.

o/n Gocta Lodge

FRI 11 SEPTEMBER – GOCTA FALLS (the high road)
Another visit to the Falls today along a much higher route, starting with a drive up to San Pablo with box lunch, walk through varied habitat to viewpoint and on to centre point of Falls.

Possible birds: Yellow-bellied and Black & White Seedeaters, Maranon Thrush, Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch, Azara’s Spinetail, Rufous-capped Antshrike, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, Montane Woodcreeper, White-tipped Swift, Golden-winged & Lulu’s Tody-Tyrants, Flavescent Flycatcher, tanagers, Lineated Foliage-gleaner, Rusty-winged Barbtail, White-eared Solitaire.

o/n Gocta Lodge

SAT 12 SEPTEMBER – GOCTA to JAEN via BAGUA GRANDE & CORRAL QUEMADO
Leave Gocta, head back to Pedro Ruiz & go west along the highway beside the Utcubamba River to Jaen. Stops on route for some dry scrub specialities including. Check in to hotel El Bosque, a quality town hotel & have lunch there. Afternoon in riverside and marsh habitat along Bellavista road north of Jaen.

Possible birds: Fasciated Tiger-Heron, Savanna Hawk, Long-tailed Mockingbird, Spot-throated Hummingbird, Vermilion Flycatcher, Short-tailed Field-Tyrant, Little Inca Finch, Collared Antshrike, Scarlet-fronted Parakeet, Red-crested Finch, Peruvian Pigeon, Yellow-tailed Oriole, Rufous-fronted Thornbird, Greater Ani, Paint-billed Crake, Spotted Rail, Lesser Nighthawk.

o/n Hotel El Bosque, Jaen

SUN 13 SEPTEMBER – TAMBORAPA, JAEN to TUCUME via ABRA PORCUYA
Morning trip north to Tamborapa, dry bush & scrub habitat. Roadside marsh for crakes & rails. Lunch in Jaen, then depart for Tucume via the pass at Porcuya. Evening birding / spotlighting.

Possible birds: Collared Antshrike, Red-crested Finch, Tataupa Tinamou, Maranon Crescentchest, Little Inca Finch, Scarlet-backed Woodpecker, Peruvian Pygmy Owl, Yellow-tailed Oriole, Rufous-fronted Thornbird, Maranon and Chinchipe Spinetails; Fasciated Wren, Purple-collared Woodstar, Three-banded and Grey & Gold Warblers, Chapman’s Antshrike, Piura Chat-Tyrant, White-headed Brush-Finch, Line-cheeked Spinetail, Lesser Goldfinch, Plumbeous-backed Thrush, Amazilia Hummingbird, Peruvian Pygmy Owl, Short-eared Owl, Scrub Nightjar.

o/n Los Horcones de Tucume

MON 14 SEPTEMBER – BOSQUE DE POMAC
All day in the Bosque de Pomac area & visit the Pyramids. We are now west of the Andes and within range of many new species, restricted to this dry area. Examples are Optional afternoon visit to the Museo Tumbes Reales in Lambayeque.

Possible birds: Pacific Parrotlet, Grey & White Tyrannulet, Baird’s Flycatcher, Streak-headed Woodcreeper, Peruvian Plantcutter, Tumbes Sparrow, Cinereous Finch, Superciliated Wren, Scarlet-backed and Lineated Woodpeckers, Necklaced Spinetail, Cinereous Conebill, Tawny-crowned Pygmy-Tyrant.

o/n Los Horcones de Tucume

TUES 15 SEPTEMBER – PUERTO ETEN & CHICLAYO
MAIN TOUR ENDS

Leave Tucume and head for the coast via the town of Chiclayo. Explore the coastal lagoons, sand dunes and marshes between Pimentel & Puerto Eten. Sea-watching from top of Morro de Eten and seabird colonies on cliffs. Return to Chiclayo in the afternoon for flight back to Lima or to hotel for flight the following morning.

Possible birds: Cinnamon Teal, herons & egrets, Kelp, Grey & Grey-hooded Gulls, Wren-like Rushbird, Many-coloured Rush-Tyrant, Yellowish Pipit, Burrowing Owl, Peruvian Thick-knee, Tawny-throated Dotterel, shorebirds, Coastal Miner, Peruvian & Blue-footed Boobies, Neotropic, Guanay & Red-legged Cormorants, Waved Albatross, skuas & shearwaters, Inca, Peruvian & Elegant Terns, Harris’s & Savanna Hawks.

EXTENSION STARTS
Evening transfer to Chaparri Lodge, a rustic but comfortable lodge in the hillside scrub.
o/n Chaparri Lodge

WED 16 SEPTEMBER – CHAPARRI RESERVE
All day birding trails around the Lodge – area is extensive and hilly dry forest & scrub. Site of captive breeding program for the endangered White-winged Guan. Local guide.

Possible birds: White-winged Guan, White-tailed Jay, Tumbes Tyrant, Elegant Crescentchest, Pacific Elaenia, Grey & White Tyrannulet, Baird’s Flycatcher, White-edged Oriole, Collared Warbling-Finch, Andean Tinamou, Short-tailed Woodstar, Tumbes Sparrow, Tumbes Hummingbird, Red-masked Parakeet, Pacific Parrotlet, Parrot-billed Seedeater, Cinereous Finch, Short-tailed Field-Tyrant.

o/n Chaparri Lodge

THURS 17 SEPTEMBER – CHAPARRI AREA & CASUPE
Morning drive to Casupe at higher altitude; other trails around Chaparri, Possibility of mammals including Collared Peccary, Sechuran Fox and even Spectacled Bear.

Possible birds: as yesterday, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Andean Condor, Rufous-necked & Henna-hooded Foliage-Gleaners, Ecuadorian Trogon, Chapman’s Antshrike, Grey & Gold and Three-banded Warblers, Pacific Elaenia, Grey-breasted Flycatcher, Black-cowled Saltator, Snowy-throated Kingbird, Peruvian Sheartail & others.

o/n Chaparri Lodge

FRI 18 SEPTEMBER – CHAPARRI – CHICLAYO
EXTENSION ENDS

Leave Chaparri for Chiclayo via Tinajones Reservoir. End of Extension – transfer to Chiclayo airport in afternoon for 5.15 pm flight or to hotel for flight next morning.

Possible birds: Short-tailed Field-Tyrant, Cinnamon Teal, Yellow-billed & White-cheeked Pintail, herons & egrets, Wood Stork, Black-faced Ibis, Comb Duck, Andean Coot, Great & Pied-billed Grebes, Andean Gull, shorebirds like Baird’s Sandpiper, Collared & Wilson’s Plover; Chestnut-collared Swallow.

APPROX ALTITUDES in metres

  • Tarapoto - 250
  • Pumarinri - 230
  • Moyobamba - 1000
  • Abra Patricia - 2300
  • Gocta Lodge - 1800
  • Leymebamba - 2300
  • Abra Barro Negro - 3500
  • Chiclayo - 30
  • Chaparri - 200
  • Casupe - 1000


Tarapoto to Cajamarca - 21D/20NThe Amazon & the Andes of North Peru

Tarapoto to Cajamarca - 21D/20N

Detailed Itinerary

Tarapoto to Cajamarca - 21D/20N

Leaders: Detlef & Carol Davies

DAY 1 (= Day 4 on pre-tour) - PUMARINRI
Arrive Tarapoto. Transfer by minibus to Pumarinri Amazon Lodge, about a 40 minute journey. Transfers from the airport at any pre-arranged time. Local birding or sightseeing for anyone arriving in daylight.
o/n Pumarinri

DAY 2 - PUMARINRI – TRAILS, BOAT TRIP
Birding on the slopes of the Huallaga River at c.230 metres altitude. Local trails. Boat trip upriver in afternoon, chance of Hoatzin & Fasciated Tiger Heron. Spotlighting by the Lodge in the evening for variety of owls.
o/n Pumarinri

DAY 3 - PUMARINRI – PUCAYAQUILLO WATERFALL
All day at Pumarinri. Walk trail to Pucayaquillo Waterfall, good forest birding with chance of antbirds & many tanagers, opportunity to swim in the waterfall pool. Spotlighting around lodge in eve. o/n Pumarinri

DAY 4 - QUEBRADA UPAQUIHUA & HUALLAGA RIVER
Leave Pumarinri for the day & drive south down main road past roadside wetland to Buenos Aires. Head north-west from there to some good areas of dry forest at Quebrada Upaquihua. Good for antbirds, parrots & tyrant flycatchers, Band-tailed Manakin. Return from Puerto Sangama to Pumarinri by boat – terns, perhaps skimmers, roosting nighthawks & nightjars. o/n Pumarinri

DAY 5 - JUAN GUERRA, TARAPOTO
Leave Pumarinri & drive back in direction of Tarapoto, spend morning at the dry forest at Juan Guerra. Late lunch at Tucan Suites at edge of town, local birding in afternoon or relax, tour the town, etc.
o/n Tucan Suites

DAY 6 - THE TUNNEL at CERRO ESCALERA
Day trip north-eastwards from the town to the high forested ridge at Cerro Escalera and the 100 metre ‘Tunnel’. Hummingbird feeders & trail at Aconabikh on north side of ridge and down to lowlands. o/n Tucan Suites

DAY 7 - TARAPOTO to MOYOBAMBA
Morning birding at Ricuricocha wetlands near Tarapoto. Late morning head west, stopping on route at Oilbird roost site under Quiscarrumi Bridge, then to Moyobamba for lunch. Savanna birding in afternoon – Masked Duck, Cinereous-breasted Spinetail, Point-tailed Palmcreeper, etc. Evening spotlighting for Stygian Owl.
o/n Waqanki or Puerto Mirador

DAY 8 - MOYOBAMBA & WAQANKI
Morning walk up forest trail at Mishquiyacu (perhaps Fiery-throated Fruit-eater, White-plumed Antbird); then up the tower to view up to 15 species of hummingbirds. Lunch on site, savanna birding in afternoon. Evening spotlighting for nightjars & Band-bellied Owl.
o/n Waqanki or Puerto Mirador

DAY 9 - RIO ROMERO
Early morning at Santa Elena. Take canoe ride for 4 or 6 hours along backwaters of Rio Romero in riverine forest. Good for rarer kingfishers, lowland woodpeckers, waterside antbirds, Sungrebe; also monkeys & otters.
o/n Waqanki or Puerto Mirador

DAY 10 - MOYOBAMBA / AGUAS VERDES to ABRA PATRICIA
Leave & drive west to Reserva Arena Blanca for tinamous at feeding station & more hummers at feeders. Then on to Afluente, hummers at Venceremos and then to Owlet Lodge, Abra Patricia for lunch. Trails in afternoon. Evening walk to look for Long-whiskered Owlet. o/n Owlet Lodge

DAY 11 - ABRA PATRICIA
All day at Abra Patricia (2,300 metres), birding the trails and roadside on foot from the lodge in morning and late afternoon to evening, spotlighting for Cinnamon Screech Owl. o/n Owlet Lodge

DAY 12 - ABRA PATRICIA & afternoon drive to GOCTA
Abra Patricia morning birding, drive to nearby sites for Royal Sunangel, Bar-winged Wood Wren & Yellow-throated Tanager. Depart mid-afternoon & continue west to Pedro Ruiz. Turn south onto minor road to Cocochimba and to Gocta Lodge.
o/n Gocta

DAY 13 - RIO CHIDO TRAIL & HUEMBO
Early drive back east to climb Rio Chido Trail above San Lorenzo for some special rarities including several antpittas. Lunch at Trout Farm, then on to Huembo in the afternoon for a variety of hummingbirds including Marvellous Spatuletail.
o/n Gocta

DAY 14 - GOCTA FALLS (the low road)
Walk directly from Lodge to foot of Gocta Falls. All day from c.7 am to 4 pm. Cock-of-the-Rock leks, good for furnarids, chance of tapaculos & Black-streaked Puffbird. Evening walk in nearby scrub if time.
o/n Gocta

DAY 15 - HUAYLLA BELEN VALLEY
Very early start for trip to remote high altitude valley, cloud forest with antpittas, maybe Greater Scythebill and Rufous-browed Hemispingus; alpine valley for Puna Snipe.
o/n Gocta

DAY 16 - ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE AT KUELAP
Day at Kuelap ruins, an ancient Chachapoyas settlement high above the road, with a local expert historical guide, some birding, good for Sword-billed Hummingbird & Streaked Tuftedcheek. o/n Casa Mallqui, Leymebamba

DAY 17 - RIO ATUEN VALLEY and LEYMEBAMBA
Morning up the Rio Atuen valley above Leymebamba to private forest with hummer feeders. Possible Sword-billed Hummingbird, Golden-headed Quetzal, Andean Condor & Grey-breasted Mountain-Toucan. Lunch at café near the Museum of the Mummies, visit to the Museum and evening birding & spotlighting around the Lodge (Koepcke’s Screech Owl, Band-winged Nightjar).
o/n Casa Mallqui, Leymebamba

DAY 18 - ABRA BARRO NEGRO & UPPER MARANON VALLEY
Leave Leymebamba for Abra Barro Negro, the high pass rising to 3600 metres, roadside stops for high altitude specialities, then down to Balsas in the hot, dry Maranon valley (Buff-bridled Inca Finch), lunch there. Across the river and up to Celendín in the Central Andes, roadside stops including El Limon.
o/n Hostal Turistico, Celendín

DAY 19 - CELENDÍN, CRUZ CONGA AND ENCANADA TO CAJAMARCA
Leave Celendin, continue west over Andes to Cruz Conga and La Encanada for high altitude specialities (Rufous Antpitta, Rufous-webbed Tyrant, Black-crested Tit-Tyrant), the Rio Chonta area (for Grey-bellied Comet), then continue to the town of Cajamarca.
o/n Hotel Casona del Incas, Cajamarca

DAY 20 - CAJAMARCA
Explore road to Chugur & San Marcos (for Great Spinetail) and other sites near Cajamarca.
o/n Hotel Casona del Incas, Cajamarca

DAY 21 - CAJAMARCA (or on to CHAPARRI)
Early morning birding at Rio Chonta. End of Tour 1, leave from Cajamarca Airport. Those on extension drive from Cajamarca to Chaparri Lodge via Saucepampa.


Extension at Chaparri & Pacific Coast - 5D/4NChaparri & the Pacific Dry Forests 5D/4N
This extension can be taken at the end of Tour 1 or before Tour 2. Chaparrí Reserve has some very rich ecosystems where iconic species can be found: White-winged Guan, Tumbes Tyrant, Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner and Sulphur-throated Finch. It is also one of the best places to see land mammals in the North Peru Route, like Sechuran fox, White-collared Peccari or Spectacled bear.

Detailed Itinerary

Extension at Chaparri & Pacific Coast - 5D/4N

Leaders: Detlef & Carol Davies

DAY 1 (= Day 21 of main tour) – CHAPARRI
Arrive Chiclayo Airport on morning flight, or join from previous tour. Transfer to Chaparri Lodge.
o/n Chaparri Lodge

DAY 2 - CHAPARRI - trails
All day birding trails around the Lodge, possible option to look for Spectacled Bear – area is extensive and hilly dry forest & scrub. Site of captive breeding program for the endangered White-winged Guan. Local guide from the Lodge.
o/n Chaparri Lodge

DAY 3 - CHAPARRI and CASUPE trails
Most of day at higher altitude birding area at Casupe. Various roadside stops for speciality birds.
o/n Chaparri Lodge

DAY 4 - CHAPARRI – CHICLAYO
Leave Chaparri for Chiclayo via Laguna Tinajones, then drive to coastal town of Pimentel for coastal birding, lagoons, marshes, beaches.
o/n Casa de la Muelle, Pimentel

DAY 5 - COAST – PIMENTEL to PUERTO ETEN
Coastal birding in morning. Change-over day. To airport for morning flight from Lima for arrivals. Afternoon flight to Lima for departures. Those staying for tour 2 leave for Tucume in late afternoon.


Chiclayo to Tarapoto (15D/14N)From the Pacific Coast to the Amazon of North Peru

Chiclayo to Tarapoto - 15D/14N

Detailed Itinerary

Chiclayo to Tarapoto - 15D/14N

Leaders: Detlef & Carol Davies

DAY 1 (= Day 5 of extension) - CHICLAYO – PUERTO ETEN - TUCUME
Arrive Chiclayo on morning flight. Join tour. Explore the coastal lagoons, sand dunes and marshes between Pimentel & Puerto Eten. Sea-watching & seabird colonies at Morro de Eten. Travel to Tucume in afternoon.
o/n Los Horcones de Tucume

DAY 2 - BOSQUE DE POMAC
All day in the Bosque de Pomac area & visit the Pyramids. Look for dry forest specialities including Peruvian Plantcutter & Rufous Flycatcher. Lunch at Los Horcones. Optional afternoon visit to the Museo Tumbes Reales in Lambayeque. Spotlighting in evening for Scrub Nightjar, Sechuran Fox & more.
o/n Los Horcones de Tucume

DAY 3 - TUCUME TO HUANCABAMBA via ABRA PORCULLA
Leave Tucume early & head north & east. High altitude birding in morning at Abra Porculla. Stop along road (kms 56 – 59) for Andean Condor. Leave highway to north. Arrive Huancabamba late afternoon.
o/n Hotel Panorámico, Huancabamba

DAY 4 - SAPALACHE & CERRO CHINGUELA
All day trip north through Sapalache to high cloud forest & elfin forest at Cerro Chinguela.
o/n Hotel Panorámico, Huancabamba

DAY 5 - HUANCABAMBA to JAEN
Return from Huancabamba to main highway, then to Jaen. Some roadside birding, especially late afternoon around Tamborapa, good chance of crakes and rails.
o/n Hotel El Bosque, Jaen

DAY 6 - JAEN TO GOCTA
Morning birding in scrub around Jaen. Lunch in Jaen. Afternoon drive to Gocta with roadside stops – Maranon river bridge, Maranon Spinetail site, Cattle Egret colony, Crescentchest site on road up to Cocochimba.
o/n Gocta Lodge

DAY 7 - GOCTA FALLS VIA SAN PABLO
Drive down valley & up to San Pablo. Walk trail to centre part of Gocta Falls, via viewpoint. Back mid-afternoon, then to Huembo for Marvellous Spatuletail.
o/n Gocta Lodge

DAY 8 - GOCTA TO ABRA PATRICIA via GRANADA HIGHLANDS
Depart Gocta Lodge and drive east across Granada highlands via Chachapoyas, Molinopampa, Granada, Jumbilla & Puente Vilcaniza to Abra Patricia. Arrive mid-afternoon. Evening walk for Long-whiskered Owlet.
o/n Owlet Lodge

DAY 9 - ABRA PATRICIA
All day birding at Abra Patricia, spotlighting for Cinnamon Screech Owl.
o/n Owlet Lodge

DAY 10 - ABRA PATRICIA TO MOYOBAMBA – CALZADA & WAKANKI
Leave Abra Patricia & head east to Moyobamba via Royal Sunangel site, Afluente, Yacumama & Morro de Calzada. Spotlighting for nightjars. o/n Waqanki or Puerto Mirador

DAY 11 - RIO ROMERO; MOYOBAMBA TO TARAPOTO
Early morning at Santa Elena. Take canoe ride for 4 or 6 hours along backwaters of Rio Romero in riverine forest. Back to Waqanki & observe hummingbirds from the tower. Lunch at Waqanki. Afternoon drive to Tarapoto via Quiscarrumi Bridge for Oilbirds. Evening birding along Shilcayo River.
o/n Tucan Suites, Tarapoto

DAY 12 - THE TUNNEL – CERRO ESCALERA
Day trip to the ‘Tunnel’ at Cerro Escalera, montane forest north of the town on the road to Yurimaguas, birding both sides of the 100m Tunnel; hummingbird feeders & trail at Aconabikh on north side of ridge and down to lowlands.
o/n Tucan Suites, Tarapoto

DAY 13 - JUAN GUERRA & HUALLAGA RIVER
Leave Tarapoto & travel south to village of Juan Guerra. Trail eastwards into the forest from here during morning. On to Pumarinri for lunch. Afternoon boat ride upriver to Shapaja.
o/n Pumarinri Lodge

DAY 14 - HUALLAGA RIVER from CHASUTA
Drive to Chasuta, boat tour across the Huallaga River to lowland forest on south side.
o/n Pumarinri Lodge

DAY 15 - PUMARINRI – END OF TOUR
Early morning birding if time. Second tour ends, transfers as required from Pumarinri to Tarapoto Airport for flight to Lima and home.


Extension at San Lorenzo del Marañon - 4D/3NLow Amazon Basin at San Lorenzo del Marañon 4D/3N

Detailed Itinerary

Extension at San Lorenzo del Marañon - 4D/3N

Leaders: Detlef & Carol Davies

DAY 1 (= Day 15 of Tour 2) - TARAPOTO to SAN LORENZO
Flight from Tarapoto to San Lorenzo, time for some birding in afternoon along the Marañon River.
o/n Posada del Apu, San Lorenzo

DAY 2 - SAN LORENZO
All day birding in Puente Machete area.
o/n Posada del Apu, San Lorenzo

DAY 3 - SAN LORENZO
All day birding in Quebrada Sabalo area.
o/n Posada del Apu, San Lorenzo

DAY 4 - SAN LORENZO to TARAPOTO
Some birding in morning. Return flight to Tarapoto and onward flight to Lima.


 

Asociated to APTAE and CONAVE