Birding in The Peruvian North-East 13D / 12N
This route from the north-east of the country is always a challenge for every photographer and bird lover. Perfect place where there are many endemic species such as Peruvian Plantcutter, Tumbes Swallow and one of the most beautiful hummingbirds, the Marvelous Spatuletail, among others. Our expedition will take us from low forest to the cloud forest. We will explore places of private conservation, unique paths for observation and / or photography.
Day 1. Lima – Chiclayo
Tonight we will fly from Lima to Chiclayo. Depending on the time of your arrival in Lima, we can arrange a short expedition to Pantanos de Villa wetland, where we can see Pied-billed and Giant Grebes, Long-tailed Mockingbird, Peruvian Meadowlark and many more.
Day 2 and 3. Bosque de Pómac – Chaparri reserve
After breakfast, we will explore an excellent spot for birding, the Pomac Forest Sanctuary. This reserve protects a small community of carob forest where you can see the endemic Peruvian Plantcutter, Tumbes Swallow, Necklaced Spinetail, Rufous Flycatcher, Superciliared Wren, Coastal Miner, Tumbes Tyrant, Tumbes Sparrow, among others. In the afternoon, we go to Chaparri, where we spend the following day as well. A reserve rich in equatorial dry forest, home to over 190 species of birds like the Scarlet-backed Woodpecker, the endemic Gray-breasted Flycatcher, Gray-and-Gold Warbler, Gray-and-White Tyrannulet, etc. Chaparri is located at about 60 km from Chiclayo.
Overnights and meals in the Chaparri reserve.
Day 4. Chaparri Reserve – Olmos
We Enjoy the last morning in the Chaparri Reserve to do some birding and photography. In the afternoon, we will head to Olmos and make some ornithological stops along the way, having perhaps better views of the White-tailed Jay, Gray-breasted Flycatcher, among others.
Overnight and meals in a guesthouse in Olmos.
Day 5. Olmos – Jaen
After an early breakfast, we will drive to the east area of Olmos city, where we will look for the Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner, Ochre-bellied Dove, Three-banded Warbler and Black-capped Sparrow. We move on to the town of Jaen, stopping in the way to look for the Piura-Chat Tyrant, Masked Saltator, White-headed brush Finch, Spot-throated Hummingbird, Peruvian Meadowlark and the Little Inca Finch.
We then take some views at the top of Abra Porculla, the east-west pass through the Western Cordillera of the Peruvian Andes. We end our day in Jaén, part of the high jungle region of Peru.
Overnight in a Hotel at Jaen.
Day 6. Jaen – Pomacochas Lake
In the morning, we will go to the Pomacochas’s lake, making a few stops on the way and try to observe the Gray-Breasted Crake, Marañon Crescentchest, Red-Crested Finch, Speckle-breasted Wren, Spot-throated Hummingbird, Crimson-breasted Finch, among others. About 30 km further, is the village of Pomacochas and about 7 km before arriving – at Km 319 – we can start looking for the awesome Marvelous Spatuletail.
Overnight in a hotel at Pomacochas.
Day 7. Pomacochas – Abra Patricia Lodge
We rise early to resume our birding expedition along the Utcubamba River. We will be on the lookout for rare species as we drive towards the town of Pomacochas. On the way we stop at the Huembo Interpretative Center which has botanical gardens and numerous feeders that attract hummingbirds such as, the fantastic Marvelous Spatuletail, Andean Emerald, Purple-collared Woodstar, Green-tailed Trainbearer, and the Green Violetear. Other species that we may see, are the Plain-breasted Hawk, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Andean Guan, Subtropical Doradito, Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet and many others.
Overnight at the Abra Patricia Lodge.
Day 8. Abra Patricia Lodge
Today we will have a full day birding at the famous Patricia Pass, the only known location to see endemic and rare species such as the Long-whiskered Owlet, Royal Sunangel, Coppery-naped Puffleg, Ochre-fronted, Rusty-tinged and Chestnut Antpittas, and the recently described Lulu’s Tody-Tyrant. Other species that we will be looking for, are the Hooded Tinamou, Scaly-naped Amazon, Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Peruvian Rufous-vented Tapaculo, Black-throated Tody-Tyrant, Cinnamon-breasted Tody-Tyrant, Bronze-olive Pygmy-Tyrant, Rufous-headed Pygmy-Tyrant, Andean Tyrant, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Pale-footed Swallow, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, Red-hooded Tanager, Rufous-crested Tanager and many other beautiful species.
Day 9. Abra Patricia Lodge– Alto Mayo Protected reserve
We’ll move beyond Abra Patricia to visit the lower mountain forest of the Alto Mayo Protected Forest. The Alto Mayo Protected Forest is one of the most beautiful locations that we are going to visit in our expedition. Its 450,000 acres of habitat is home of the Yellow-tailed Woolly Monkey, many types of orchids and numerous species of birds. We will see the Wire-crested Thorntail, Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Versicolored Barbet, Speckle-chested Piculet, Leimebamba Antpitta, Short-billed (Gray) Tapaculo, Loja Tyrannulet, Plumbeous-crowned Tyrannulet, Inca Flycatcher, Buff-throated Tody-Tyrant, Chestnut-belted Chat-Tyrant, Scaled Fruiteater, Fiery-throated Fruiteater, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, among many other species.
Overnight at Abra Patricia Lodge
Day 10. Abra Patricia Lodge – Moyobamba – Fruiteater Lodge
We head down to the eastern flank of the Andes near the village of Aguas Verdes looking for mixed-species flocks, that include Oil Birds and Ash-throated Antwrens.
We’ll spend the night in Moyobamba at the Fruiteater Lodge, with its great gardens and hummingbird feeders.
Day 11. Fruiteater Lodge
We’ll have plenty of time to explore the trails and garden nearby the lodge and look for the Rufous-crested Coquette, Goulds Jewelfront, White-necked Jacobin, Fiery- throated Fruiteater, Black and White Tody-Flycatcher, Vermiculated Screech Owl, among others.
Day 12. Fruiteater Lodge – Tarapoto Town
After an early morning bird walk on the trails near the lodge, we start heading towards Tarapoto – “city of the palms” – stopping along the way to do some birding obviously. By the afternoon, we will have some time to explore Tarapoto, a small city with good shops and restaurants.
Overnight in a hotel at Tarapoto.
Day 13. Tarapoto – Lima
We will have a few hours of early morning birding before we catch our flight back to Lima and the international flight or any other destination.
- All the transportation
- Flight from/to Lima
- Experienced Bilingual Birding Guide
- Accommodation (in lodges)
- Duffle bag
- All food included (except the first breakfast and last dinner)
- Extra drinks (beer, pisco sour, etc.)
- Travel Insurance
- Tips for the staff (optional)
- Take extra money with you
- Good Binoculars
- Eco-friendly clothes