NORTHERN PERU BIRDING TOUR
|Duration:||16 days, 15 nights|
|* This tour is available for any dates of your choosing provided guide services and accommodations are available.|
Northern Peru is an increasingly popular birding destination and for good reason. This region is full of endemics not present farther south or in Ecuador. Certainly some prime target birds are the poorly known and only recently observable Long-whiskered Owlet, found only around Abra Patricia and nearby Fundo Alto Nieva, the extraordinary Marvelous Spatuletail, perhaps the world's most astonishing hummingbird, and the only accessible site to see the endemic Scarlet-banded Barbet along with the newly described Plataforma Antbird.
Our tour to the north begins with a flight to Chiclayo and transfer to Chaparri in the semi-arid Tumbes region of northwest Peru, followed by a visit to Bosque de Po0mac Historic Sanctuary near Olmos. From there we transfer to Jaen with a birding stop at Abra Porculla near Limon en route. At Jaen we visit several key birding sites to the north looking for Mara&ntild;on endemics before continuing to Huembo Center at Pomacochas, where the incredible Marvelous Spatuletail comes to hummingbird feeders. After a day in the highlands, we continue to Abra Patricia for a 3 night stay. The tour continues eastward with a birding stop at Aguas Verdes private forest reserve near Afluente followed by a visit to Waqanki Reserve near Moyobamba. After a full day at Waqanki, the tour continues downslope to Tarapoto and then south to the village of Bellavista. Next morning is devoted to a possibly time-consuming transfer up a rough road to Plataforma Reserve, site of the Scarlet-banded Barbet. We'll devote an afternoon and the following morning birding there before returning to Tarapoto. The last morning will be spent birding north of Tarapoto the Cordillera Escalera area, also known as "The Tunnel". The tour ends at the Lima airport following a late afternoon domestic flight from Tarapoto. Participants should be willing to accept some basic accommodations at Chaparri, which has shared bathroom facilities, and also at Waqanki Lodge and the guesthouse near Plataforma.