2018 Departure Dates

Scarlet-banded barbet at Plataforma (Pre-Tour) 4D/3N - from USD 1,050

August 22nd / 25th - See program content >>

 

The Amazon & the Andes of North Peru

Tarapoto to Cajamarca Tour 21D/20N - from USD 5,300

August 25th / September 14th - See program content >>

 

Chaparri & the Pacific Dry Forests 5D/4N - from USD 1,050

September 14th / 18th - See program content >>

 

From the Pacific Coast to the Amazon of North Peru

Chiclayo to Tarapoto Tour 15D/14N - from USD 4,300

September 18th / October 02nd - See program content >>

 

Low Amazon Basin at San Lorenzo del Marañon 4D/3N - from USD 1,200

October 02nd / 05th - See program content >>

2019 Departure Dates

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

August 22nd / 25th - See program content >>

 

The Amazon & the Andes of North Peru

Tarapoto to Cajamarca Tour 21D/20N

August 25th / September 14th - See program content >>

 

Chaparri & the Pacific Dry Forests 5D/4N

September 14th / 18th - See program content >>

 

From the Pacific Coast to the Amazon of North Peru

Chiclayo to Tarapoto Tour 15D/14N

September 18th / October 02nd - See program content >>

 

Low Amazon Basin at San Lorenzo del Marañon 4D/3N

October 02nd / 05th - 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. Hot off the press comes the news that another new species has been discovered here, an antbird apparently related to the Wing-banded Antbird. Both these species were seen on our 2016 tour. This tour involves 2 nights at a basic and remote hostel and the rough journey can take up to 8 hours. However, the birding should be very rewarding.

Detailed Itinerary

Pre-Tour - Plataforma - 4D/3N

Leaders: Detlef & Carol Davies

DAY 1 - TARAPOTO
Arrive Tarapoto. 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

DAY 2 - 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.
o/n in a hostel in Plataforma

DAY 3 - PLATAFORMA to TARAPOTO
All day birding along the muddy forest trails around Plataforma.
o/n in a hostel in Plataforma

DAY 4 - 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 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.


 

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