Birding Peru for 1,000 species
DAY 1: Arrive in Lima-Peru
We will welcome you to Peru-Lima Airport and transfer you to the hotel selected for this tour.
DAY 2: Birding Pantanos de Villa - Flight to Huanuco
Birding Villa Marshes wetland for Great Grebe, Many-colored Rush-Tyrant, Wren-like Rushbird, Yellow-hooded Blackbird, White-cheeked Pintail, and several other species resident and migrants. After a few hours of birding along the wetland, we will head to Pucusana Bay fishing port for our short semi-pelagic boat trip searching for Humboldt Penguin, Surf Cinclodes, Guanay, Red-legged Cormorant, Blackish Oystercatchers. After a great birding day, we will go to Lima airport for our afternoon flight to Huanuco town. If time permits we will do some birding for the rest of the afternoon at Tunnel Carpish Forest. Night in Huanuco
DAY 3: Birding Bosque Unchoq
Early star drives up to Cochabamba village which is the entrance to Bosque Unchoq at 3,400 m where we will start our search for Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager (E), Coopery Metaltail (E), White-chinned Thisletail (E), Rufous-browed Hemispingus (E), Bay-vented Cotinga (E), Pardusco (E) and several other species found along the Polylepis. After a wonderful birding at the interesting birding spot, we will head back to Huanuco. Night in Huanuco
DAY 4: Birding Carpish forest - Junin
Early birding at Carpish Forest for Peruvian Wren (E), Yellow-scarfed Tanager (E), Grass-Green Tanager, Lacrimose Mountain-Tanager, and several others. And an amazing few hours of birding, we will head to Junin town where we will be prepared for the next birding morning at Lake Junin surrounding. Night in Junin
DAY 5: Junin Lake - Oroya Town
Early morning search for Junin Rail (E) and then for Junin Grebe (E) by boat and after a great boat trip we will explore the area surrounding for some other species found according to the season as Black-winged Miner (E), Black-breasted Hillstar (E), Junin Canastero (E), and a few other species. Then we will head to the next town to be closer to our next birding adventure. Night in la Oroya.
DAY 6: Ticlio Pass - Milloq Bog - Santa Eulalia - Lima
Early drive to Ticlio Pass, Milloq Bogs searching for White-bellied Cinclodes (E), Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, Black Metaltail (E), Bronzy-tailed Comet (E), Rusty-bellied Brush-finch (E), Rusty-crowned Tit-Spinetail (E), Rufous-breasted Warbling Finch (E), Andean Condor, Giant Coot and several other ones. We usually arrive in Lima late afternoon. Night in Lima
DAY 7: Lomas de Lachay - Flight to Tarapoto
An Early drive to Paraiso Lagoon for shore birds, Gulls, Chilean Flamingos, and several others. Then we will go to Lomas de Lachay Reserve for Least Seedsnipe, Coastal, Grayish, Thick-billed Miner, Band-tailed Sierra-Finch, Cactus Canastero, Raimondis Yellow-Finch, Peruvian Thick-Knee. After nice morning birding, we will go directly to Lima Aiport for our afternoon flight o Tarapoto in Northern Peru. From there we will be transferred to Bellavista town. Night in Hotel
DAY 8: Birding up to Plataforma - Scarlet Banded barbet!
An early drive up to Plataforma place, the road condition is really good after their maintenance a few years ago, the road was very difficult and take almost one day to reach the place. But in the last years taken only 2 or 3 hours to get to the place. We will do selected stops for certain species or any sightings along the road. After lunch, we will try to find some of the endemics Scarlet-banded Barbet (E) or Cordillera Azul Antbird (E) and several other species and if the climate is good we will search for nocturnal birds. Night in Capito Family Home.
DAY 9: Searching for target species
Today we will search for the Scarlet-banded Barbet or Cordillera Azul Antbird and several other species such as Gray-tailed Piha, Jet Manakin, Blue-rumped Manakin, Scaled and Scarlet-breasted Fruiteater, White-fronted Nunbird, Strong-billed Woodcreeper and several mixed flocks found along this unique birding site and after happily sights the main target birds. After Lunch, we will see if we need to scan for one of the missing species or we will just drive back to Bellavista and Tarapoto Town. Night in Tarapoto
DAY 10: Birding Cordillera Escalera - Moyobamba
Early drive to Cordillera Escalera preserve which holds several species of Tanagers, Flycatchers, hummingbirds, toucans, and several other species. On the other side of the mountain forest, there is a place known as Aconabith where we can enjoin with hummingbird feeders and a popular Golden-headed Manakin Lek. After a full morning birding along the área, we will back to Tarapoto and take a different road to Moyobamba Town. We will do an oblígate stop for Oilbird roosting area. As soon as we arrive at our next birding place we will enjoin the garden, feeders for hummingbirds, and the lodge surrounding and before or after dinner we will search for some Owls. Night in Waqanki Lodge
DAY 11: Birding to Abra Patricia
Morning birding for Fiery-throated Fruiteater, Painted Manakin (E), Lanceolated Monklet, Ash-breasted Antwren (E), and Mishana Tyrannulet (E) at Mysquillaco trail and Morro de Calzada Reserve and After Lunch then we will start our amazing birding drive up to Afluente, Alto Mayo reserve, and along Abra Patricia. If the weather is good, we will try to see Long-whiskered Owlet. Night in Owlet Lodge
DAY 12: Birding to Pomacochas
Today we will have a full morning of birding along the trail, main road, and feeders at the lodge. After Lunch, we will start our birding drive to Pomacochas town, and if time permits we will visit the Huembo Center for Marvelous Spatuletail (E), Purple-throated Sunangel, and several other species of hummingbirds. Night in Pomacochas
DAY 13: Search for Pale-billed Antpitta - Jaen
Today we will have a chance to explore San Lorenzo Trail for Pale-billed Antpitta, although this trail is a bit difficult to walk on the steps and a variety of climates in the mountain ridge forest for certain species found along the trail. Or we can just go birding to Huembo Center for the hummingbird feeders and after we will start our birding drive to Jaen with some selected stops for target species such as the Endemic Little Inca-Finch (E), Red-crested Finch, and several others. Night in Jaen
DAY 14: Birding - Drive to Leymebamba
Morning birding for some missing species. Then we will head to our next birding spot. Then We will drive to Pedro Ruiz for Peruvian Pigeon, Marañon Thrush. After this birding spot, we will drive to Leymebamba and enjoin the Hummingbird feeders where usually we find Purple-throated Sunangel, Chesnut-breasted Coronet, and many others. Dinner and Night in Leymebamba
DAY 15: Full-day birding Atuen Valley
Early birding the road along the Atuen River which starts at just 10 minutes from Leymebamba. The road is very productive for several cloud forest species. If we have nice weather we will have a chance to find several mixed flocks including Saffron-crowned, Beryl-spangled, blue-necked, Blue and black, Rust and Yellow, White-capped Tanagers, Scarlet-bellied, Blue-winged, Hooded Mountain-Tanagers, Golden-headed and Crested Quetzal, Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Tyran Metaltail, Rainbow Startfronlet, Collared Inca, Shining Sunbeam, Speckled Hummingbird, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Barred Becard, Andean Solitaire, Mountain, Strong-billed Woodpecreepers, Brown-backed, Slaty-Backed and Jelskis chat-tyrants, Montane foliage-gleaner and several other species found along the valley: Then after Lunch, we will start our birding drive to Celendin searching for Yellow-faced Parrotlet (E), Spot-throated Hummingbird (E), Buff-bellied Tanager (E), Black-necked Woodpecker (E), Rufous-backed Inca-Finch E), Grey-winged Inca-Finch (E), Buff-bridled Inca-Finch (E), Chestnut-backed Thornbird (E). Dinner and night in Celendin.
DAY 16: Birding - Drive to Cajamarca
Early birding for some missing species then we will drive to Cajamarca with some stops along the road and if time permits we will go for the Restricted & Endemic Gray-bellied Comet with the chance to find several other species along the road by the Chonta River on the way to Molino (Otuzca). Dinner and night in Cajamarca.
DAY 17: Birding - Drive to Chiclayo
Early birding to Abra Gavilan forest for Rufous-backed Inca-Finch (E), Black Metaltail (E), Rusty-crowned Tit-spinetail, Pale-naped Brush-Finch with the chance to find several other species along the road. We will try to reach the coastal area near the north of Peru by the Pacific Ocean with a small patch of carob trees for the restricted, endangered, and endemic Peruvian Plantcutter (E), which we usually have seen in prior birding times. But we will see other species such as Peruvian Sheartail, Amazilia Hummingbird, Purple-collared Woodstart, Tumbes Hummingbird, Collared Antshrike, Necklaced Spinetail, Superciliated Wren, Tumbesian Tyrannulet, Grey-and-White Tyrannulet, and several other ones. Then we will head to Olmos
DAY 18: Birding Quebrada Limon
Today we will start our birding day with a drive for 30 minutes to reach the entrance of Quebrada Limon Village northeast of Olmos on the way to Tumbes. There we will make some stops along the dirt road for several species such as Pacific Elaenia, Tumbes tyrant, Tumbes Sparrow, Tumbes Hummingbird, Bairds Flycatcher, Parrot-billed Seedeater, Chestnut-throated Seedeater, Pacific Parrotlet, Collared Warbling-Finch, Tumbes Tyrannulet, Rufous Flycatcher, and several other species found along the roadside. Then we will try to walk along the trail by the village searching for White-winged Guan (E), Ecuadorian Piculet, Ecuadorian Trogon, Guayaquil Woodpecker, Ecuadorian Tyrannulet, Pacific Elaenia, Ecuadorian Tyrannulet, and several other species. Then we will back to our hotel to rest. Dinner and night in Olmos Town.
DAY 19: Birding Limon de Porculla - Lima/Cusco
Morning drive for about 40 minutes for our first birding stop along the road. Then we drive to Abra de Porculla for Piura Chat-Tyrant (E), Ecuadorian Piculet, Grey-browed Brush-finch, Bay-crowned Brush-finch, Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner, Line-cheeked Spinetail, Gray and Gold Tanager, Porculla Hermit, Black-cowled Saltator, Chapmans Antshrike, Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, Three-banded Warbler, Long-tailed Sylph, Green-tailed Trainbearer and several other species. After a nice morning birding along this valley, we will back to Chiclayo for our flight to Lima and connection to Cusco.
DAY 20: Birding the Apurimac Valley
Early drive to Limatambo and Soraypampa road searching for White-eared Puffbird, Apurimac Brush-Finch, Vilcabamba Tapaculo, Apurimac Spinetail, White-tufted Sunbean, Creamy-crested Spinetail, Rusty-fronted Canastero, Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch, and many others species found along the road. Before dinner, we will search for Koepkes Screech-Owl. Night in Mollepata
DAY 21: Birding to Abra Malaga - Carrizales
Early drive to Abra Malaga Pass where we will search along Polylepis forest for White-browed Tit-Spinetail, Tawny Tit-Spinetail, Ash-breasted Tit-Tyrant, Puna Tapaculo, and Royal Cinclodes. After, we will continue our trip to Carrizales for Cuzco Brush-Finch, Paradodi’s Hemminpingus, Maracapata Spinetail, Inca Wren, Violet-fronted Startfronlet, and several other species. Night in Ipal Ecolodge
DAY 22: Search for Masked Fruiteater - Carrizales - Ollantaytambo
Early birding for Masked fruiteater, Creamy-bellied Antwren, Ocellated Piculet, Golden-headed Quetzal, Versicolored barbet, Swallow-tailed Hummingbird, and many more. Then we will spend birding on our way back to Ollantaytambo where we will spend time at Emisfera camp for hummingbird feeders. Night in Ollantaytambo
DAY 23: Machu Picchu Time! - Cusco
Early train ride to Aguas Caliente and then a bus transfer up to the entrance of the Inca Ruin. There we will check in and start to enjoin one of the wonders of the world Machu Picchu. After a full morning around the amazing Inca site, we will start our way back to Cusco as we came. Night in Cusco.
DAY 24: Birding drive to Manu Road
Today we will start our birding time on the most popular road in the world “Manu Road”. We will start first at Huacarpay Lake for a few hours of birding. Then we will start our birding drive to Paucartambo and Acjanaco Pass where starts Manu National Park. The road starts at 3,300 m and descends to 500 m at the end. The birding activity along Manu Road is searching for mixed flocks of birds or any sighting along the drive to get our first lodge. Night in Cock of the Rock Lodge
DAY 25: Birding to the Foothill forest on Manu Road
Early birding along the Manu Road & lodge surroundings. We will visit the only place on Manu Road for Cock of the Rock lek. After lunch, we will continue our birding day to lower elevations with a visit to new places with feeders for hummingbirds, Tanagers, and other species. Night in Villa Carmen Station
DAY 26: Full-day birding - Mirador Pico de Oz/ Inka Amazonia
We will spend two full days birding along the bamboo forest for specialist species such as Manu, striated, Antbirds, Ornate, Dot-winged Antwrens, Peruvian Recurvebill, and other species that we can find along the trails. We will have also time to visit the new local protection of nature conservation outside Pilcopata town where they have feeders for hummingbirds, Tanagers, and Antpittas. In the night, we will try to find some Owls before or after dinner. Night in Villa Carmen Station
DAY 27: Manu Birding drive Up to 3,000 mt
Early birding and then we will start our birding drive back to the mountains searching for some missing species. Night in Wayquecha Station
DAY 28: Birding/Flight to Puerto Maldonado - Tambopata Reserve
Early birding for some extra species. Then we will head back to Cusco Airport for our flight to Puerto Maldonado. There we will have a short boat trip to get to our Lodge. After our accommodations, we will spend birding for the rest of the afternoon. Night in Sandoval Lake Lodge
DAY 29: Full day of Birding
Today we will have a full day of birding along the Oxbow Lake and trails. Night in Sandoval Lake Lodge
DAY 30: Birding back to Puerto Maldonado - Tambopata
Morning birding on our way to town and then we will go to the lodge office to start our next birding trip to the Upper Tambopata River. After all accommodations, we will do some afternoon birding along the trails or the Canopy Tower. Night in Refugio Amazonas Lodge
DAY 31: The Biggest Macaw Clay Lick
Today we will start early morning. We will navigate on the Tambopata River upstream to arrive at the area of the Macaws, Parrots, parakeets, and several other species. The place is known as Chuncho Macaw Lick where every morning hundreds of them meet to Gathering and try to eat the click from the river bank where is a unique place to see them in huge numbers and enjoin their colors and vocalizations. After this Amazing place, we will head back to our lodge. Some afternoon birding. Night in Refugio Amazonas
DAY 32: Birding back to Puerto Maldonado - Lima
Morning birding and then we will start our trip back to town with the chance to spend some hours birding before our late afternoon flight to Lima.
|TOUR TIME||32 DAYS & 31 NIGHTS|
|GROUP SIZE||From 2 to 4 People + Birding Guide|
|TOUR DATES||Tour Calendar and Custom, Private Dates at ANY TIME|
|PRICE||USD 9,000 per person|
|SINGLE ROOM||USD 1,000|
|ESTIMATE # SPECIES||900 - 1000|
|ACCOMMODATION||Comfortable Hotels & Lodges with private services|
|EASY OF BIRDING||Easy to moderate with some challenging species|
|INCLUDE||Domestic flights, hotel, lodges, meals, entrance fee, transport, Birding Guide|
|NOT INCLUDE||International flights, any alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls, extra activities, tips|