Please ask the price for this service, the price per person depends on the group size.
Every second thrusday of the month, if these dates do not fit your travel arragments please suggest another one.
This birding tour focuses on the least-known and most endemic-rich areas of South America; targets geographic specialties on the rich and diverse habitats of northern Peru, including tropical lowlands, foothills on the western cordillera through arid intermontane valleys and up over the eastern Andes. Enjoy the fanciest of all hummers, Marvelous Spatuletail, the Long-whiskered Owlet: the most enigmatic, and least known, of South America’s birds, dozens of hummingbirds and more. This tour focuses on the Alto Mayo Protected Forest and the newly created private Reserve at Abra Patricia and Alto Nieva. This fantastic tour starts and ends in Tarapoto. Up to 250 species of birds are possible during this trip!!!
On arrival to this amazonian city transfer to your hotel in downtown Tarapoto, lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon birding in the vicinity of Tarapoto, in specific Xerotophic dry forest, we will be in search of Northern Slaty Antshrike, Pacific Parrotlet, Rusty-backed Antwren, Pearly-vented Conebill , Ashy-headed Greenlet and others. Night in Tarapoto at Tucano Suites Hotel or similar. (L,D)
Early breakfast, we will take a short drive, to the Cerro Escalera Protected Area, about 30 minutes from Tarapoto. The area is excellent for birds like Golden-headed Manakin, Dooted Tanager, the unusual Slaty Euphonia and more. We will make a special stop at Oilbird gorge, where we birds are easily seen on their roosting ledges. Lunch at local restaurant. Mid-afternoon arrival to Wakanqui Lodge, on time to enjoy the hummingbird garden with almost 18 species! We will hopefully spot Green Violetear, Mountain Velvet-breast, Black-throated Mango, Amathist Woodstar, Rufus-crested Coquete, Blue-tailed Emerald and many more. Night at Wakanki Lodge. (B, L, D)
We will dedicate the early morning hours for birding around lodge clearing, the species we may finds include Purple-throated Euphonia, Short-crested Flycatcher, Lafresnays Piculet, Fairy-capped Manakin and several others more. Before we depart to our next destination we will take a look of lodge´s orchid garden as well as hummingbird garden. Moyobamba is known as the orchid capital of Peru, this display features up to 60 species of orchids in their natural habitat. Early afternoon drive along the Alto Mayo Protected Area with very diverse tropical cloud forest to Abra Patricia, several stops will be make on the way searching for Sickle-winged Guan, several species of tangara tanagers, Versicolored Barbet, Oriole Blackbird, Blue-winged Mountain Tanager and the list goes on. Arrival and overnight at Long-whiskered Owlet Lodge. (B, L, D)
Morning breakfast at lodge, we will dedicate the first morning hours to bird lodge clearing, hopefully bump into a mixed flock of mountain tanagers, the possible species in this colorful flocks include Lacrimose Mountain Tanager, the endemic Yellow-scarfed Mountain Tanager, the gorgeous Grass-green Tanager and certainly much more, we will also spend enough time at hummingbird feeders close to lodge dinning room, the usual visitors to feeders are Collared Inca, Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Fawn-breasted Brilliant, Bronzy Inca, Long-tailed Sylph, Speckled Hummingbird and others. Lunch at lodge. Afternoon exploration of lodge trails. If the night is clear and after finding out the whereabouts of the most enigmatic bird we may encounter during this trip, we will take an hour walk in the company of a park ranger of the Abra Patricia/Alto Nieva private reserve to hopefully find this Peruvian endemic with a extremely restricted geographical distribution the Long-whiskered Owlet , this enigmatic little owl is on its own monotypic genus Xenoglaux meaning “strange owl” with a total lengh of 5.5 inches it is among the smallest owls in the world. This elusive bird was found first back in 1976, and since them not only seen again until 2007!!!! this unique opportunity to see such a rare bird makes you a lucky birder!!! since it may have been seen by less than 200 people since the establishment of this reserve that protect important tracks of forest where various individuals have been found. The long-whiskered owlet is also one of the most eccentric in appearance, with large, bright reddish-orange eyes, prominent yellowish-white eyebrows and long facial ‘whiskers’ sprouting from the base of the bill and the sides of the face. (B,L,D)
After a very good night sleep and a delicious breakfast, we will set off to Huembo Protected Area, where the local community of Huembo in coordination with ECOAN a Peruvian non for profit organization have been able to established a corridor of protection for both flora and fauna, since 2007 they have been reforesting the area with native species in the hope to recover the fragile habitat of several species of birds and mammals, this day we will enjoy probably the most beautiful of all hummers the exquisite Marvelous Spatuletail, this magnificent little creature comes to the feeders as well as to flowers that have been carefully planted in a small hummingbird lookout! Other species that also join the action are Little Woodstar, Andean Emerald, Violet-fronted Brilliant, Chesnut-breasted Coronet and several others. Drive back to lodge for lunch. We will dedicate the afternoon to bird the lower forest below lodge in the hope to find the endemic Royal Sunangel . Night at Abra Patricia Lodge. (B,L,D)
Morning breakfast. Today we will spend part of the day birding along the road in the hope to bump into colorful tangara tanager flocks, which may have Metallic Green, Silvery, Saffron-crowned, Beryl-spangled, Flame-faced Tanagers, other morning mixed flocks may also have Green and Black Fruiteater, Montane Woodcreeper, the very attractive White-capped Tanager, Masked Flowerpiercer and hopefully the endemic Jhonsons Tody Tyrant and many many more. Night at Abra Patricia Lodge. (B,L,D)
Morning departure back to Tarapoto, we will certainly make selected stops on the way to pick up species we may have missed days before, if luck is with us we may spot the gorgeous Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, the endemic Black-bellied Tanager, Emerald Toucanets, Gilded Barbet, Purple Honeycreeper, Bluish-fronted Jacamar, White-throated Toucan and more. Lunch at local restaurant. Mid-afternoon arrival back to Tarapoto on time to be on your flight back to Lima and then home. (B,L)