Birding Peru in the North of Peru 15 days and 14 nights
The north of Peru offers a unique bird experience, with a wide range of habitats and many spectacular birds, including many endemic and threatened species. Birdwatching is also accompanied by spectacular scenery and can be easily combined with some interesting pre-Columbian archaeological sites, including Sipán, Sicán, Kuélap and Leymebamba, and museums such as the Royal Tombs of Sipán in Lambayeque, where they can be seen the impressive crafts of gold moche extracted from the tomb of the Lord of Sipán. RN Pacaya Samiria / Heinz Plenge / PromPeru. The area is easily reached with daily flights from Lima to Chiclayo, Piura, Tumbes, Cajamarca, Tarapoto and Iquitos. A good and continuous road infrastructure makes access easier and more comfortable, and a list of new hotels and lodges makes this previously isolated area an accessible place for birders who manage various budgets for their birding trips. for the north of Peru.
On a two-week trip and concentrating on the main areas between Chiclayo and Tarapoto one can expect to spot more than 500 species; this total number could rise to almost 700 in three weeks and could be even higher if we include the Amazon lowlands near Iquitos. Among these you can expect between 40 and 50 species of hummingbirds and more than 80 Tanagers and similar birds. Northern Peru has long been overlooked by conventional bird enthusiasts and ecological tourists, but the ongoing development of bird tourism infrastructure in the region seems to be affirmed to make this area one of the main currents and highly cataloged destinations. A visit will not only provide the observer with many new species and spectacular, but it can also help communities and local people to preserve the birds of this impressive area.
Tour Day 1: Chiclayo- Bosque Pomac – Olmos
Today we will travel from Chiclayo to Bosque Pomac, at Bosque Puma’s dry forest we will look for: Peruvian Plant Cutter, Rufous Flycatcher, Tumbes Swalow, Scarlet Backed Woodpecker, Necklaced Spinetail, and Cinereous Finch. after birding Bosque Pomac we will continue to Olmos pass and Quebrada limon in order to see the endemic White winged Guan, Tumbes Tyrant, Elegant Crescentchest, Guayaquil woodpecker, Red masked Parakeet among other birds; we will spend the night at Olmos in a local Hotel.
Tour Day 2: Olmos – Limon de Purcoya – Jaen
This day we will travel to Limon the Purcoya very, the area is a very good site for birding where we can see. Piura Chat Tyrant, Chapman´s Antshire, Black Cowlet Saltator, Ecuadorian piculet, Rufous Necked Foliage gleaner, Henna Hooded Foliage Gleaner, Purcoya Hermit and Bay Crowned Brush Finch. After explore the area we will continue towards Jaen before Jaen we will make a stop in order to find the following species: Little Inca Finch, Marañon Crescent chest, Chichipe Spinetail and Marañon Slaty Antshire.
Tour Day 3: Jaen – Pomacochas or Florida.
Today in our way to Pomacochas we will look for the following species: Little Inca Finch, Spotted Rail, Marañon Spinetail, Yellow Tailed Oriole, Marañon Thrush, and Buff Bellied Tanager, besides the birds mentioned above we can also several species of hummingbirds, seedeaters. In this day we will have the chance to see the Endemic and very Famous Marvelous Spatuletail; humming like Little Woodstar, purple Collared Woodstar, Purple Throated Sunangel, Andean Emerald can also be found in the area. We will spend the Night at Puma cochas.
Tour Day 4: Pomacochas- Abra Patricia
This day we will look for the very elusive Rusty tinged Antpitta, as well as for Russet mantled Softailm, Blackish Tapaculo, Red Hooded Tanager, and White capped Diper. At our Lodge in Abra Patricia we will spend two nights; in the area we will look for the famous long whiskered Owlet.
Tour Day 5: Abra Patricia lodge area all day
Along the road on the cloud forest this day we will look for very nice to tanagers, flycatchers, and Endemic Species like: Speckle Chested Piculet, Ocre Fronted Antpitta, Bar Winged Wood wren, Royal Sunangel, cinnamon Breasted tody Tyrant, Inca Flycatcher, Vermilion Tanager, Ecuadorian Pietail, Andean Cock of the Rock, Red Ruffd Fruitcrow, White Capped tanager, Yellow Scarf Tanager, Chestnut Crestescotinga Lulu´s Tody Flycatcher, Chestnut Antpitta and a lot more bird species.
Tour Day 6: Abra Patricia – Rioja
In our way to Rioja, we will have the chance to see species like: Golden Collared Honeycreeper, Virsicolored Barbet, Black Bellied Tanager, Lanceolated Monklet, Masket Trogon, Crested Quetzal, Speckle Chested Piculet, Blue Browed Tanager, White Collared Jay, Crimson Mantled Woodpecker,White Capped Diper, Point Tailed Palmcreeper, Russet Crowned Crake, Yellow Tyrannulet, Stripe Necked Tody Tyrant and Blakish Rail. We will spend the night at Rioja in a local Hotel.
Tour Day 7: Rioja – Moyobamba
45min. away there is an area where we can find some endemic birds; in the area we can observe birds like: Mishana tyrannulet, Red Billed Tyrannulet, Buff Throated Tody Tyrant, TataupaTinamou, Pale Breasted Trush, Cinereous Breasted Spinetail, Russet crowned Crake, Pearly Vented Tody Tyrant, Firy Capped, Manakin, Little Tinamou, Buckles’s Forest Falcon, Black Billed Seed Finch, Blackish Nightjar, Rufous Nightjar, Spot Billed Nightjar, Yellow Bellied Elaenia, Stripe Manakin, Masked Tanager, White Plumed Antbird, and other bird species. Later we will return to Moyobamba where we will spend the night.
Tour Day 8: Moyobamba – Miskiyaquillo Hostel
Today we will travel to Miskiyaquillo which is found 20 minutes away from our hotel. There in one of the trails we will look for the following species: Firy Throated Fruiteater, Black and White Tody Tyrant, White Plumed Antbird, Golden Headed Manakin, White vireo, and Cerulean Warbler. In the afternoon we will have the chance to see 18 species of hummingbirds that came to feed on the feeders we have at the lodge, there we will observe species like: Rufouscrested Coquette, Wirecrested Thorntail, Golden Tailed Sapphire, Sapphire Spangled Emerald, Violetear Brown, Gray Breasted Sabrewing, Long Tailed Hermit, Black Throated Hermit, Bue Tailed Hemerald, Fork Tailed Woodnymph. There is also a botanical garden of orchids where we can see more than 600 species of orchids. At night after dinner we’ll go to look for the owls, the Owl species se can find are: Band Bellied Owl, Crested Owl, Rufous Nightjar, Blackish Nightjar, and Spectacled Owl.
Tour Day 9: Miskiyaquillo – Tarapoto
This morning we will maing focus on observing the Humming birds; later we will travel to Tarapoto, along the way we will make a stop in order to find Oilbirs. Juan Guerra is an area that is found after Tarapoto, there we will look for: Northern Slaty Antshrike, Sulphur Bellied Tyrant Manakin, Rusty Backed Antwren, Coraya Wren, Chestnut Capped Puffbird, Hoatzin, Lettered Aracari, Violaceous Jay, Great Antshrike, and Rusty fronted Tody Flycatcher. After overnight will return to Tarapoto to spend the night.
Tour Day 10: Tarapoto – Abra Patricia
Before travel to Abra Patricia we will observe the following bird species: Dotted Nanager, Plumbeous Euphonia, Masked Tanager, Scaled pigeon, Wattled Guan, Blue Banded Toucanet, Golden Collared Toucanet, White Throated Toucan, Blakish Pewee, Andean Kock of the Rock, Golden Tailed Sapphire, Fork Tailed Woodnymph, long Tailed Hermit, Koepcke’s Hermit, Striolated Puffbird, White Throated Woodpecker, and Slaty Capped Shrikevireo, later we will return to Tarapoto for lunch and then head towards Abra Patricia where we will spend the night.
Tour Day 11: Abra Patricia – Leimebamba
In our way to Leimebamba we will look birds like: Buff Breasted Tanager, Black Necked Woodpeker, Marañon Thrush, Baron’s Spinetail, Chestnut Crowned Antpitta, Amazonian Kingfisher, Ring Kingfisher, Fasciated Tiger Heron, Little Woodstar, Torrent Duck, Torrent Tyrannulet, Blakc Chested Buzzard Eagle, Mitred Parakeet, Peruvian pigeon, Koepcke’s Screeh Owl; once we reach Leimebamba we will visit some hummingbird feeders and and have the chance to see species like: Sword Billed Hummingbird, Rainbow Starfrontlet, Marvelous Spatuletail, White bellied Hummingbird, Little Woodstar, Rusty Flowerpiercer, Golden bellied Grosbeak, Peruvian Meadowlark. We will spend the night at Leimebamba.
Tour Day 12: Leimebamba all day
This day we will visit Canyon of the Condors which is found 45 minutes away from Leimebamba, there we can see birds like: Andean Condor, White Capped Tanager, Hooded Tanager Red, White Collared Jay, Gray Breasted Mountain Toucan, Quetzal Golded Headed, Blackish Tapaculo, White Rumped Hawk, Slaty Backed Chat Tyrant, Northean Adean Cacique, Andean Guan, Chesnut Crested Cotinga, Andean Strong Billed Woodcreeper, White Tailed Tyrannulet, Drab Hemispingus, Highland Motmot, among other bird species. At Leimebamba we can also see species like: Brown Viotear, Little Woodstar, Black Tailed Trainbearer, Purple Throated Sunangel, Line Cheeked Spinetail, and Yellow Breasted Brush Finch.
Tour Day 13: Leimebamba – Celendin
This day we will travel towards the Marañon Valley in our private bus, along the way we will make some stops in order to look for some endemic species like: Russet Mantled Softtail, Yellow Faced Parrotlet, Buff Bridled Inca Finch, Gray Winged Inca Finch, Chestnut Backed Thornbird, Peruvian pigeon, and Black Necked Woodpecker; we can also observe species like: Striped Cuckoo, Purple Collared Woodstar, Lesser Goldfinch, Purple Throated Euphonia, Peruvian pygmy Owl, Spot Throated Hummingbird, Marañon Gnagcatcher, Tawny Crowned Pygmy Tyrant, and Hooded Siskin.we will spend the night in a local hotel.
Tour Day 14: Celendin – Cajamarca
In Our way to Cajamarca we will stop at at Cruz Conga where we will look for: Rufous Antpitta, Baron’s Spinetail, White Tailed Shrike Tyrant, Brown-backed Chat Tyrant, Rufous Webbed tyrant, Black Crested Tit Tyrant, and Plumbeous Rail. Later along the way we can also find bird species like: Rufous Eared Brush Finch, Black Metatail, Jelski’s Chat Tyrant, Buff Bellied Tanager, Shining Subeam, Streak Throated Bush Tyrant, White Browed Chat Tyrant, Green Tailed Trainbearer, Gray Bellied Comet, Rusty Crowned Tit Spinetail , Black Metaltail, Giant Hummingbird, White Winged Cinclodes, Mourning Sierra Finch, Yellow Billed Tit Tyrant, Andea Swift, Green tailed Traibearer, and Black Eagle Chested Buzzard.
Tour Day 15: Cajamarca – Lima
Today as part of our last activity we will visit San Marcos in order to find the following bird species: Great Spinetail, Black Necked Woodpecker, Buff Bridled Inca Finch, White winged Black Tyrant, Masked Yellow throat, Purple Collared Woodstar, Lesser Goldfinch, Spot Throated Hummingbird; later we will travel towards Cajamarca airport where our services will end.
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