PERU CENTRAL ROUTE
|Duration:||19 days, 18 nights|
|* This tour is available for any dates of your choosing provided guide services and accommodations are available.|
DAY 1 - LIMA
Arrive at international airport in Lima and transfer to your hotel near the airport. Night at Manhattan Inn Airport Hotel.
DAY 2 - LOMAS DE LACHAY & PARAISO LAGOON
After breakfast, transfer to Lomas de Lachay, an arid hilly area near the coast north of Lima. The habitat is very dry in dry season but surprisingly green during rainy season. Target species there are Coastal Miner and Surf Cinclodes.
Other specialties include Oasis Hummingbird, Coastal Miner, Thick-billed Miner, Grayish Miner, and Cactus Canastero.
More widely distributed possibilities include Amazilia Hummingbird, Least Seedsnipe, Peruvian Thick-knee, Tawny-throated Dotterel, Baird's Flycatcher, Peruvian Meadowlark, Parrot-billed Seedeater, and Chestnut-throated Seedeater. Also possible but more difficult is the nomadic Raimondi's Yellow-Finch. Afternoon at Bahia Paraiso where coastal species like Chilean Flamingo, Belcher's Gull, and Peruvian Tern can be seen. Late afternoon transfer to Caral Barranca. Night at a hotel in Caral Barranca.
DAY 3 - TRANSFER & LAKE CONOCOCHA
Depart early for Lake Conococha, a 3-hour drive into the highlands. After a birding stop there, continue for another 3 hours to Caraz near Yungay and Huascaran National Park. Interesting endemic birds possible this day include Russet-bellied Spinetail, Piura Chat-Tyrant, Great Inca-Finch, and Rufous-breasted Warbling-Finch. Other possibilities include Silvery Grebe, Giant Coot, Yellow-chevroned Parakeet, Scarlet-fronted Parakeet, Cordilleran Canastero, Andean Negrito, and Bay-crowned Brushfinch. Night at a hotel in Caraz.
DAY 4 - QUEBRADA LLANGANUCO
All day birding the higher elevation Quebrada Llanganuco in Huascaran National Park near Yungay. This is a day of hiking a trail at an elevation up to 8200 ft. Target species are Stripe-headed Antpitta, Ancash Tapaculo, Striated Earthcreeper, Buff-breasted Earthcreeper, White-cheeked Cotinga, Ash-breasted Tit-Tyrant, Rufous-webbed Bush-Tyrant, Rufous-eared Brushfinch, Rufous-backed Inca-Finch, and Plain-tailed Warbling Finch. Many other endemics and higher elevation species are also present. Night at a hotel in Caraz.
DAY 5 - TRANSFER
Long drive from Caraz to Huanuco going through the Cordillera Blanca. Some birding en route will produce typical highland species such as Silvery Grebe, Slate-colored Coot, Andean Gull, and Andean Ibis. More interesting possibilities are the near endemic Spot-throated Hummingbird and Pale-tailed Canastero along with Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe and Gray-breasted Seedsnipe. The scenery during this drive is spectacular. Night at a hotel in Huanuco.
DAY 6 - CARPISH PATY TRAIL
Early departure for Carpish Tunnel area, about 40min. from the hotel. All day birding the Carpish-Paty Trail through humid cloud forest. Target endemics with limited distribution along the trail include Bay Antpitta, Chestnut Antpitta, Large-footed Tapaculo, Tschudi's Tapaculo, Rufous-backed Treehunter, Unstreaked Tit-Tyrant, Golden-browed Chat-Tyrant, Maroon-chested Chat-Tyrant, Brown-flanked Tanager, and Rufous-browed Hemispingus. Many other species are possible including White-rumped Hawk, Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Bar-bellied Woodpecker, Streak-headed Antbird, Trilling Tapaculo, Rufous-vented Tapaculo, Masked Fruiteater, Inca Flycatcher, Rufous-headed Pygmy-Tyrant, Peruvian Tyrannulet, Peruvian Chat-Tyrant, Peruvian Wren, Pardusco, Grass-green Tanager, Chestnut-bellied Mountain Tanager, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, and Masked Saltator. Night at a hotel in Huanuco.
DAY 7-8 - BOSQUE UNCHOQ
Early drive to the village of Cochabamba village north of Huanaco, entrance to Bosque Unchoq. The habitat is a mixture of cloud forest and chusquea bamboo. The main target species is the extremely rare endemic Golden-backed Mountain Tanager, which is found near the tree line. Bosque Unchoq is by far the best place to find this species. Other endemics of special interest include Coppery Metaltail, Bay Antpitta, Chestnut Antpitta, Chachapoyas Antpitta, Leymebamba Antpitta, White-winged Tapaculo, Neblina Tapaculo, Large-footed Tapaculo, Tschudi's Tapaculo, Line-fronted Canastero, Bay-vented Cotinga, Unstreaked Tit-Tyrant, Red-rumped Bush-Tyrant, Peruvian Chat-Tyrant, Brown-flanked Tanager, Pardusco, Golden-collared Tanager, Rufous-browed Hemispingus. Night at a hotel in Huanuco.
DAY 9 - HUANUCO AREA & TRANSFER
Morning birding near Huanuco. The Golden-backed Mountain Tanager is best seen in early morning, so if missed the day before, an early hike back up to the tree line gives a second chance at this species. Mid-day transfer to Junin, a 4 hour drive. After arrival, birding near Junin as time permits. Night at a hotel in Junin.
DAY 10 - JUNIN AREA
Morning birding around the lake and marsh around Junin. Two hours will be spent on a boat trip on the lake. Key target species are Junin Grebe, Black-breasted Hillstar, Puna Plover, and Junin Tapaculo. One can hope to see the Junin Rail, which is extremely difficult. Other interesting species include Ornate Tinamou, White-tufted Grebe, Plumbeous Rail, Andean Avocet, Wren-like Rushbird, Cordilleran Canastero, Many-colored Rush Tyrant, Andean Negrito, and Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant. Afternoon transfer to Villa Rica. Night at a hotel in Villa Rica.
DAY 11 - BOSQUE SHOLLET
All day birding the cloud forest at Bosque Shollet. Target species include Black-winged Parrot, Creamy-bellied Antwren, Bay Antpitta, Junin Antpitta, Large-footed Tapaculo, and Olive Flycatcher. Many of these are difficult to see. Other possibilities include Rufous-bellied Nighthawk, Bluish-fronted Jacamar, Ocellated Piculet, Military Macaw, Chestnut-backed Antshrike, Peruvian Tyrannulet, and Long-tailed Tyrant. After dark look for owls. The main target is the rarely seen and difficult Cloud-forest Screech-Owl. Night at a hotel in Villa Rica.
DAY 12 - BOSQUE SHOLLET & OXAPAMPA
Morning birding in Bosque Shollet followed by a transfer to Oxapampa. The key target species there is the scarce Chestnut-crested Cotinga, which is most possible there. Other interesting species include Maroon-chested Ground Dove, Swallow-tailed Nightjar, Black-and-chestnut Eagle, Golden-headed Quetzal, Crimson-bellied Woodpecker, Black-winged Parrot, Rufous-backed Treehunter, Masked Fruiteater, and Golden-collared Tanager. After dark another try at Cloud-forest Screech-Owl if not already seen as well as Rufous-banded Owl. Night at Ulcumano Lodge.
DAY 13 - OXAPAMPA AREA & TRANSFER
After some early birding on lodge grounds, transfer to the Satipo area, about a 3 hour drive. After arrival some birding around Satipo. Possibilities include Short-tailed Swift, Swallow-tailed Kite, Yellow-tufted Woodpecker, Great Antshrike, Violaceous Jay, Yellow-browed Sparrow, Orange-backed Troupial, and Chestnut-bellied Seedeater. Night at Fundo Verde Lodge.
DAY 14 - UPPER SATIPO ROAD
Depart early for birding cloud forest of upper Satipo Road to Apalla. Then transfer downslope toward Concepcion north of Huancayo. Many species are possible. Among them are Andean Guan, Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Golden-headed Quetzal, Masked Trogon, Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Bar-bellied Woodpecker, Powerful Woodpecker, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Streak-headed Antbird, Rusty-breasted Antpitta, Rusty-winged Barbtail, Buff-browed Foliage-gleaner, Striped Treehunter, Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Rufous-crested Tanager, Black-capped Hemispingus, Oleaginous Hemispingus, Black-eared Hemispingus, Superciliaried Hemispingus, Grass-green Tanager, Blue-winged Mountain Tanager, Blue-and-black Tanager, Beryl-spangled Tanager, Saffron-crowned Tanager, Flame-faced Tanager, Drab Hemispingus, and Gray-hooded Bush Tanager. Night at Colibri Cloud Forest Lodge.
DAY 15 - MANTARO VALLEY
All day birding the Mantaro Valley toward Andamarca. Target species of special interest are Fire-throated Metaltail, Jalca Tapaculo, Tschudi's Tapaculo, Eye-ringed Thistletail, and Black-spectacled Brushfinchalong with the yet to be described Mantaro Thornbird, Mantaro Spinetail, and Mantaro Wren. Other possibilities include Purple-backed Thornbill, Stripe-headed Antpitta, Striated Earthcreeper, Marcapata Spinetail, Creamy-crested Spinetail, Red-crested Cotinga, White-winged Black-Tyrant, White-winged Black-Tit, Inca Wren, and Golden-billed Saltator. Night at Colibri Cloud Forest Lodge.
DAY 16 - TRANSFER & TICLIO BOGS
After breakfast depart for Ticlio, birding en route. After arrival birding at the Milloq Bog near Marcapomachoa (see below). Night at a hotel in San Mateo.
DAY 17 - MARCAPOMACOCHA, MILLOQ BOG, & SANTA EULALIA
Most of day birding up to high altitude at Marcapomacocha, reaching as high as 4700m (over 15,000 ft). The habitat at higher altitude is paramo, lakeside, and bogs including Milloq Bog. Target species include Puna Tinamou, Black-breasted Hillstar, Olivaceous Thornbill, Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, Gray-breasted Seedsnipe, Stripe-headed Antpitta, Dark-winged Miner, Striated Earthcreeper, Buff-breasted Earthcreeper, White-bellied Cinclodes, White-cheeked Cotinga, Ochre-naped Ground-Tyrant, Black-fronted Ground-Tyrant, and Great Inca-Finch. Late afternoon transfer to Santa Eulalia. Night at a hotel in Santa Eulalia.
DAY 18 - SANTA EULALIA VALLEY & LIMA
Depart early for birding Santa Eulalia Valley, driving up a dusty road through spectacular scenery. Beyond the bridge over a deep chasm is a shrubby hillside and small ravine, home to the rare endemic Rufous-breasted Warbling Finch. Other endemic target species are Black-necked Woodpecker, Rusty-crowned Tit-Spinetail, Canyon Canastero, and Rusty-bellied Brushfinch. Numerous other more widely distributed species are present and even Andean Condor is a good possibility. Late afternoon transfer to Lima, arriving at the airport early evening for overnight flight home or stay in hotel if flight is the next day.
DAY 19 - ARRIVAL
Arrive home from overnight flight.