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NORTHERN ROUTE BIRDING TOUR

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PERU
BIRDING TOUR
ANY TIME*

Duration:14 days, 13 nights
Group Size:2-6
Anytime Price:$4375
Group Price:$4050
Single Suppl:$525
Est #Species:250-275
Pace:Easy
Difficulty:Easy
* 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 where you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. Night at Hostal Torreblanca.

DAY 2 - VILLA MARSHES, PUCUSANA, CHICLAYO

Morning birding at Villa Marshes located 25 min south of Lima. It's the only preserved natural area around Lima, and the bulrushes and tall grasses are home to some interesting species including Wren-like Rushbird, Many-colored Rush Tyrant, and Yellow-hooded Blackbird. A number of open water species such as White-cheeked Pintail, White-tufted Grebe, and Great Grebe are normally present. Several coastal gulls are also there, notably Brown-hooded Gull, Belcher's Gull (Band-tailed Gull), and Kelp Gull. Also sometimes present is the endemic Peruvian Thick-knee. The nearby coastal beaches attract various terns and shorebirds. From there continue south another half hour to the coastal fishing village at Pucusana, with a stop at San Pedro where Peruvian Thick-knee is more reliably found. The harbor entrance area is good for Belcher's Gull, the striking Inca Tern, and Surf Cinclodes. A boat trip in the harbor area of Pucusana is good for Peruvian Booby, Red-legged Cormorant, Guanay Cormorant, and Peruvian Pelican. Beyond the harbor around the rocky headland are Humboldt Penguins. Outside town are various arid scrub species such as Peruvian Sheartail, Long-tailed Mockingbird, Collared Warbling-Finch, Grassland Yellow-Finch, and Parrot-billed Seedeater. Afternoon flight to Chiclayo. Night Hotel Central.

DAY 3 - CHAPARRI RESERVE

Morning transfer from Chiclayo to Chaparri with some birding en route, arriving mid-morning. Chaparri is a private reserve in the Tumbes Endemic Area of northeastern Peru. Habitat is dry scrub and semi-deciduous forest. Some 39 Tumbesian endemics are found in the reserve. A few are rare or only seasonally present, but most are resident and many are common or fairly common. The reserve was established to protect the endangered White-winged Guan, easily seen there, and Spectacled Bear, also usually seen. Mid-day view hummingbirds and other birds coming in to feeders. Possibilities include Oasis Hummingbird, Short-tailed Woodstar, and Tumbes Hummingbird. Afternoon birding around the grounds looking for specialties such as White-winged Guan, Collared Antshrike, Necklaced Spinetail, Gray-and-white Tyrannulet, White-tailed Jay, White-headed Brushfinch, and White-edged Oriole. Optional birding after dark looking for Peruvian Screech-Owl, Peruvian Pygmy-Owl, and Striped Owl. Night at Chaparri Ecolodge.

DAY 4 - CHAPARRI RESERVE & BOSQUE DE POMAC

Morning birding higher elevation cloud forest along the Casupe-Tocmoche Road, about an hour's drive from Chaparri. This is a relatively unexplored birding site offering chances to see birds such as Ecuadorian Trogon, Ecuadorian Piculet, Guayaquil Woodpecker, Rufous-necked Foliage-gleaner, Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner, Piura Chat-Tyrant, Plumbeous-backed Thrush, Gray-and-gold Warbler, Black-cowled Saltator, and Black-capped Sparrow. Mid-day transfer to Pomac and bird Pomac Forest Reserve. Aside from the interesting ruins, the dry forest and scrub habitat is excellent for a number of good birds. The primary target bird is the endemic Peruvian Plantcutter, which can usually be found in dry scrub along the road. Other birds of special interest include Tumbes Tyrant, Rufous Flycatcher, Baird's Flycatcher, Tumbes Swallow, and Tumbes Sparrow. Night at Hotel Rodrigo in Olmos.

DAY 5 - LIMON DE PORCULLA & JAEN

Morning transfer to Jaen with birding stop at Limon de Porculla, gateway to the northern Peru Andes. Several interesting birds are present there includingEcuadorian Piculet, Chapman's Antshrike, Piura Chat-Tyrant, Black-cowled Saltator, and White-headed Brushfinch. Afternoon birding outside Jaen looking for Marañon endemics such as Marañon Slaty-Antshrike, Marañon Crescentchest, Marañon Spinetail, Buff-bellied Tanager, and Black-capped Sparrow. Night at Hotel Amanecer del Sol in Jaen.

DAY 6 - JAEN & POMACOCHAS

Morning birding paddy fields outside Jaen looking for Spotted Rail and other open country birds. A site just outside town is the best place to find Little Inca-Finch. Transfer to Pomacochas with birding en route along the Utcubamba River. After arrival birding at Huembo Center if time permits (see below). Night at Puerto Pumas Pomacochas Inn.

DAY 7 - HUEMBO CENTER & ABRA PATRICIA

Early birding near Pomacochas Lake to look for Plumbeous Rail and other wetland birds. After breakfast visit Huembo Center near Pomacochas if not visited previous day. The main attraction is Marvelous Spatuletail, perhaps the world's most spectacular hummingbird. Typically one or two males and females visit the feeders there. Other interesting hummingbirds often there are Purple-throated Sunangel, Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Little Woodstar, and White-bellied Hummingbird. Other Other birds may include Peruvian Pigeon, Speckle-breasted Wren, Bar-winged Wood-Wren, Green-throated Tanager, and Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonia. Transfer to Abra Patricia for birding that afternoon (see below for possibilities). Night at Owlet Lodge.

DAYS 8-9 - ABRA PATRICIA & FUNDO ALTO NIEVA

Full days birding trails around Abra Patricia and nearby areas including Garcia Bridge. An extensive trail network through cloud forest and roadside birding offer numerous specialties. There's an excellent chance of seeing endemics such as Pale-billed Antpitta, Rusty-tinged Antpitta, Chestnut Antpitta, Rusty-breasted Antpitta, Rufous-vented Tapaculo, Johnson's Tody-Flycatcher, Golden-browed Chat-Tyrant, Bar-winged Wood-Wren, and White-eared Solitaire. Interesting hummingbirds attracted to lodge feeders include Green-fronted Lancebill, Amethyst-throated Sunangel, Greenish Pufflet, Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Mountain Velvetbreast, Sword-billed Hummingbird, and Chstnut-breasted Coronet.

Visit nearby Fundo Alto Nieva. This reserve is the most reliable site for seeing the mysterious Long-whiskered Owlet, a tiny highly localized owlet almost never seen until 2007. Thanks to research by local rangers, a few territories are now identified where this prized species is regularly seen. Trails through the white-sand forest in the reserve offer possibilities such as Speckle-chested Piculet, Rusty-tinged Antpitta, Ochre-fronted Antpitta, Cinnamon-breasted Tody-Tyrant, Johnson's Tody-Flycatcher, White-capped Tanager, and the rare Yellow-scarfed Tanager. Hummingbird feeders offer the best place in Peru to see the prized Royal Sunangel and the rare Rufous-vented Whitetip. Night at Owlet Lodge.

DAY 10 - TRANSFER & WAQANKI RESERVE

Early morning birding around lodge. Mid-morning transfer to Moyobamba with birding stops en route. Birding along a dirt road outside the small village of Afluente offers species such as Equatorial Graytail, Ecuadorian Tyrannulet, Black-bellied Tanager, and Vermilion Tanager. Just 7km farther downslope at Aguas Verdes the composition of mixed species flocks change substantially. Possibilities there include Napo Sabrewing, Zimmer's Antbird, Dusky Spinetail, Inca Flycatcher, White-browed Purpletuft, and the endemic Black-bellied Tanager. Afternoon birding in the orchid garden around Waqanki Lodge. Hummingbird feeders attract Black-throated Hermit, Wire-crested Thorntail, Rufous-crested Coquette, Long-billed Starfrontlet, and more. Other interesting species include Mishana Tyrannulet, Black-bellied (Huallaga) Tanager, and Golden-rumped Euphonia. Night at Waqanki Lodge.

DAY 11 - WAQANKI RESERVE & MORRO DE CALZADA

Morning birding trails around Waqanki Reserve. Uphill is a shade coffee plantation and forest along the ridge where species such as Stripe-chested Antwren, Ash-throated Antwren, White-bellied Pygmy-Tyrant, Black-and-white Tody-Flycatcher, and Fiery-capped Manakin. Also present is a differently plumaged Striped Manakin that may be an as yet undescribed species. In the savanna and dry forest downhill are Stripe-necked Tody-Tyrant and the recently described Varzea Thrush. Afternoon birding Morro de Calzada reserve located 15-min from Moyobamba. A mix of secondary and primary forest along a dirt road off the main highway is typically good for species such as Cinereous-breasted Spinetail, the recently described endemic Mishana Tyrannulet, and the localized Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant and Red-shouldered Tanager. Night at Waqanki Lodge.

DAY 12 - WAQANKI RESERVE & TRANSFER

Morning birding at Waqanki Lodge and nearby areas looking for any species missed previously. Transfer to Tarapoto. NIght at Hotel Rio Shilcayo in Tarapoto.

DAY 13 - CORDILLERA ESCALERA & LIMA

The Cordillera Escalera north of Tarapoto, also known as the Tarapoto Tunnel area, is an important lowland birding site north of Tarapoto featuring a mix of lowland and foothill species. Birding on either side of the 100m long tunnel is mainly along the road in remnant forest patches. The most desired target species is the seldom seen Dotted Tanager. Other interesting species include Koepcke's Hermit at feeders at Aconabikh Centre, the near endemic Rose-fronted Parakeet, and others such as Ocellated Woodcreeper, Fiery-throated Fruiteater, and Oriole Blackbird. Late afternoon flight to Lima for connection with international flights home. End of tour at Lima Airport.

DAY 14 - ARRIVAL

Arrive home from overnight flight.

 

TOUR NOTES

Hotel upgrades available in Lima for additional charge. Night at Fundo Alto Nieva can be replaced with night at Owlet Lodge instead for additional charge (about $125-150/person). Air fare within Peru not included (about $500 RT).

 

ADDITIONAL INFO
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BIRDING LOCALES

 

Inca Tern - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding Tours White-winged Guan - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding Tours Baird's Flycatcher - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding Tours Purple-throated Sunangel - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding Tours White-eared Solitaire - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding Tours Rufous-crested Coquette - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding Tours