Endemic birds of northern Peru
It is a route that offers the possibility to observe and experience a great diversity of landscapes and birds of Peru, especially the endemic ones, such as: Koepcke's Hermit (Phaethornis koepckeae), Marvelous Spatuletail (Loddigesia mirabilis), Long-whiskered Owlet (Xenoglaux loweryi), Ochre-fronted Antpitta (Grallaricula ochraceifrons) and Little Inca-Finch (Incaspiza watkinsi).
We can observe up to 600 species, 24 of which are endemic.
The expedition begins in the Tarapoto city, from where we depart to the surroundings of Cordillera Escalera Regional Conservation Area on the banks of Huallaga River, where we arrive at the end of the day to observe owls and other nocturnal wildlife species. Highlights: Black Banded Owl, Crested Owl and Band- bellied Owl. We will spend the night in a local lodge with all the comforts.
On day 02 we continue very early in the morning to observe the Plum-throated Cotinga, Spangled Cotinga, Northern Slaty-Antshrike, the Amazonian Motmot and the Hoatzin on the banks of the Huallaga River and the surrounding areas.
In the afternoon we leave towards Tarapoto, and we stop at a nearby lake to look for the Ashy-headed Greenlet, the Southern Lapwing, Comb-Duck, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck and the Planalto Hermit.
On the third day we leave for another sector of the Cordillera Escalera Regional Conservation Area in search of the endemic Kopcke’s Hermit and other species of interest such as Ivory-billed Araçari, Curl-crested Araçari, Plumbeous Euphonia and Dotted Tanager. We return at night to spend the night in a local lodge with all the comforts.
On the fourth day we leave very early to the Huallaga Dry Forests, in this ecosystem we will look for species such as the Rusty-backed Antwren, Amazonian Motmot, Rufous Casiornis, Sulphur-bellied Tyrant-Manakin and Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant. In the afternoon we leave to Alto Mayo, to the Moyobamba city; on the way we make a couple of stops to observe the Oilbird and the White-eyed Parakeet. After settling in at the local lodge, we will go on a nocturnal wildlife observation trip to the outskirts of Moyobamba city.
On day 05 we will carry out all our activities in areas surrounding Moyobamba and Rioja city, mainly in forest and wetland ecosystems. The target bird species for this day are: Rufous-crested Coquette, Lettered Araçari, Rufous-fronted Thornbird, Black-bellied Tanager, Point-tailed Palmcreeper, Pale-eyed Blackbird and Black-billed Seed-Finch. It is also possible to see the San Martin Titi Monkey, a species endemic to the San Martin region. We will spend the night in Moyobamba city, in a local lodge with all the comforts.
The sixth day is marked by the search Manakins in the morning hours, where we will see the Painted Manakin, the Band-tailed Manakin and the White-bellied Pygmy-Tyrant. In the afternoon, we will leave for the Morro de Calzada ZOCRE where we will search for two endemic species, the Mishana Tyrannulet and the Black-bellied Tanager; we will also be able to observe the Stripe-necked Tody-Tyrant, the Golden-headed Manakin and the Painted Manakin
We will take the opportunity to see the San Martin Titi Monkey, an endangered primate species endemic to the San Martin region. We will spend the night in Moyobamba city, in a local lodge with all the comforts.
On day 07 we leave for the Alto Mayo Protected Forest and its surroundings in search of several very charismatic diurnal and nocturnal birds, including the Wire-crested Thorntail, Cinereous Tinamou, Rufous-breasted Wood-Quail, Orange-billed Sparrow, Zimmer’s Antbird, Rufous-crested Coquette, Ecuadorian Piedtail, White-tipped Sicklebill, Buff-tailed Sicklebill, Ochre-fronted Antpitta y Rusty-tinged Antpitta. On this day, nocturnal birdwatching will be carried out, where the Long-whiskered Owlet stands out.
It is important to note that there are several specialized sites, which facilitate the observation of species by implemented facilities and conservation work. We will spend the night in a local lodge with basic amenities.
On day 08 we continue in the area to observe the Booted Racket-tail, Royal Sunangel, Amethyst-throated Sunangel, White-bellied Woodstar y Greenish Puffleg.
That day we will leave to the Abra Patricia ACP and surroundings, to continue with wildlife observation activities, making use of its comfortable facilities (hummingbird drinking troughs, trail system and observation tower), highlighting the observation of Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Collared Inca, Little Woodstar y Sword-billed Hummingbird. We will spend the night in a local lodge with all the comforts.
On day 09 we continue in the Abra Patricia ACP enjoying the magnificent species in the area; this day we will observe;Chestnut Antpitta, Johnson’s Tody-Flycatcher, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, White-faced Nunbird, Chestnut-crested Cotinga and Rufous-vented Tapaculo. In the afternoon, we depart to Pomacochas Lake where we will observe aquatic birds such as: Subtropical Doradito, Plumbeous Rail, Andean Lapwing y White-cheeked Pintail. We will spend the night in local lodging with basic services.
Day 10 is marked by an expedition in search of more endemics of the area; species such as the Unstreaked Tit-Tyrant, Peruvian Wren, Pale-billed Antpitta, and Russet-mantled Softtail, are the highlights of the day. Finally, we will spend the night in a local lodge with basic services.
The 11th day we focus mainly in Marvelous Spatuletail, that is an endemic species of Peru and recognized as the most beautiful hummingbird in the world.
By the afternoon we go to Bagua where we sleep in a local lodging.
The last day will be dedicated to search for new endemic birds in the dry forest ecosystem in Bagua; the highlights are the Little Inca-Finch, Yellow-tailed Oriole, Tawny-crowned Pygmy-Tyrant y Red-crested Finch. Then go to the airport in Jaen.
The tour guide and/or tourist orientation service, entrance fees to tourist sites, lodging, food, land and river transfers, activities, use of telescopes or binoculars and informative material are included.
- Private transportation (including driver).
- Lodging and 3 meals per day.
- Entrance fees to natural reserves.
- Water, coffee and snacks.
- Nature guide.
- Specialized equipment and material.
- Air transportation (international and national)
- Extra drinks and meals on the route and lodging.
- Other extra service requested.
- International airfares, airport departure or visa fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, insurance of any kind, laundry, telephone calls or messages, flight reconfirmation and items of a personal nature.