Peruvian Plancutter & Marvelous Spatuletail

Peruvian Plancutter & Marvelous Spatuletail

  • 13 Nights & 12 Days - 20% Discount for Early Booking!

Although it is difficult to be flexible with a tour, we will try where possible to make changes depending on our birding success, to allow more time where it can be best spent. Thus, we might end up emphasizing one area more than another. Whatever we do, it will be close to the following to get the best birding trip for everybody.

DAY 1: Arrive in Lima/Callao - International Airport Jorge Chavez

Usually, international flights arrive in Peru from 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm. We will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel selected. We mainly stay in the Miraflores area. Overnight in Lima Hotel

 DAY 2: Lomas de Lachay - Flight to Chiclayo

Morning drive for 1 hour and 40 minutes north of Lima to reach Lomas de Lachay Reserve (105 km) a Coastal hill forest in the middle of the coastal desert where we can find Coastal Miner (E), Thick-billed Miner, Cactus Canastero, Raimondis Yellow-Finch (E), Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Variable Hawk, American Kestrel, Vermilion Flycatcher, Collared Warbling-finch, House Wren, Oasis Hummingbirds, Amazilia Hummingbirds, Andean Tinamou, Least Seedsnipe, Peruvian Meadowlark, Band-tailed Sierra-Finch, and some others species according to the season. After some hours of birding, we will drive to our next birding place “Albufera Paraiso” coastal species, a coastal wetland that is a nice place for some migrants and resident species, such as Puna Plover, Peruvian Tern, Peruvian Pipit, Chilean Flamingo, Kelp, Belchers, Gray, Gray-hooded Gulls, Inca Tern, Many-colored Rush-tyrant, Wren-like Rushbird, Yellow-hooded Blackbird, Great Grebe, White-checked Pintail, Yellow-crowned, Black-crowned Night-herons and several other ones. After a great day, we will drive back to Lima airport for our afternoon flight to Chiclayo City. If time permits we will drive for 30 minutes south of Chiclayo 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 explore a small wetland along the coast for some shorebirds. Night in Chiclayo

DAY 3: Birding for Peruvian Plantcutter - Bosque Pomac

Morning drive for 30 minutes south of Chiclayo 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 explore a small wetland along the coast for some shorebirds. then we will visit Pomac Reserve where we will have a chance to find White-Edge, White-tailed Jay, Elegant Crescenchest, Short-tailed Woodstart, Collared Antshrike, Supercialed Wren, and some others. Then we will start to leave the place and start our birding drive to Olmos for more Tumbesian species. Dinner and Night in Olmos Town.

DAY 4: 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 5: Birding Limon de Porculla

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 delicious Lunch. Then we will head to Jaen.

  • DAY 6: Birding to Amazonas Region

Morning birding for Northern-Slaty Antshrike (NE), Red-crested Finch, Little Inca-Finch (E), Peruvian Pygmy-Owl, Striped Cuckoo, Tataupa Tinamou, Golden Grosbeak, Spot- throated Hummingbird, Marañon Crescentchest (E) Red-necked, Blue and gray, Palm Tanagers, White-bellied, Drab Seedeater and some other species then we will head to Pedro Ruiz area for Peruvian Pigeon (E), 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 7: Birding Atuen Valley Cloud Forest

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. In the afternoon we will bird Abra Negro for Coppery Metaltail, Sapphire-vented Puffleg, White-chinned Thistletail, Undulated Antpitta, Russet-mantled Softtail, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, Chachapoyas Antpitta, Shining Sunbeam, Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, and Rusty-breasted Antpitta. In the afternoon those interested can visit a fabulous little museum specializing in the Chachapoyan culture. After a short tour of the museum, we will visit Kenticafee hummingbird feeders with a great cap of coffee watching the hummingbird feeder for Purple-throated Sunangel and Rainbow Starfrontlet to Sword-billed Hummingbird and possibly even Marvelous Spatuletails. Night in Leymebamba 

DAY 8: Birding Abra Negro or Atuen Valley

Early birding up Abra Negro or Atuen for some missing species. Then we will head to Pomacochas and if time permits we will look for Marvelous Spatuletail and several other species at Huembo Center. Dinner & Night in Pomacochas

DAY 9: San Lorenzo Trail for Pale-billed Antpitta

Early drive to San Lorenzo Village for 20 minutes which is located at the only available spot for the restricted, endangered & Endemic Pale-billed Antpitta with good luck we can even take a photo. The trail is a bit challenging for the long distance about 3 km uphill to get to the spot. There is also along the trail a chance to find some other species such as Lacrimose, Blue-winged, Chestnut-bellied, Hooded Mountain-Tanagers, Peruvian Wren (E), Rusty-tinged Antpitta, Rusty-breasted Antpitta, Undulated Antpitta, Russet-mantled Softtail (E), Black-throated Tody-tyrant, Spectacled Redstart, Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonia, Blue-and-black Tanager, Cinnamon Flycatcher, Mountain Velvetbreast, Amethyst Woodstar, Variable Antshrike, Red-crested Cotinga, Trilling Tapaculo, Blackish Tapaculo, Plain-tailed Wren, Oleaginous Hemispingus, Rufous Spinetail, Golden-plumed Parakeet in a good day. Then we will head to Abra Patricia and if time permits we will try to find Long-whiskered Owlet. Night in Owlet Lodge

  •  DAY 10: Birding Abra Patricia and Surroundings

We will have a full-day birding along the trails, canopy tower, hummingbird feeder and along the road Afluente area and Fundo Alto Nieva searching for more species found along the valley such as Ochre-fronted Antpitta, Chestnut Antpitta, White-throated Screech-Owl, Rufous-banded Owl, Rufescent Screech-Owl, Rusty-tinged Antpitta, Rusty-breasted Antpitta, Black-throated Tody-Tyrant, Blue-and-black Tanager, White-faced Nunbird, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Long-tailed Sylph, White-bellied Woodstar, Bronzy Inca, Fawn-breasted Brilliant, Speckled Hummingbird, Lesser Violetear, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Grass-green Mountain-Tanager, Chestnut-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Hooded Mountain-Tanager, Barred Becard, Red-crested and Chestnut-crested Cotingas, Slaty-backed Chat-tyrant, Andean, white-cheeked Solitaries. Night in Owlet Lodge

  • DAY 11: Birding - Drive to Moyobamba

Morning birding for some missing species and then we will head to Moyobamba. We will do an obligate stop for the Oilbird roosting spot where we can see over 20 of them under a bridge. Then we will keep driving to get our place to stay. Lodge provides hummingbird feeders and forest surroundings for Tanagers, flycatchers, trogons, and several other species. According to our arrival, we will amaze the hummingbird place with Rufous-crested coquette, Black-throated Hermit, Brown Violetear, Grey-breasted Sabrewing, White-chinned Sapphire, White-necked Jacobin, Great-billed Hermit, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Fork-tailed Woodnymph and many other species according to the season. Late afternoon we will try to find Band-bellied, Black-banded, Stripe Owls, and Tropical Screech-Owl. Dinner and night in Waqanki Lodge

  • DAY 12: Birding Morro de Calzada

Early birding at Morro de Calzada Reserve where hold several species such us Blue-crowned, Violaceus, White-tailed Trogons, Bluish-fronted Jacamar, Gilded Barbet, Chestnut-eared Aracari, Short-crested Flycatcher, Mishana Tyrannulet (E), Painted Manakin (E), Cinereous-breasted Spinetail, Western Striolated Puffbird, Pearly-vented, and Stripe-necked Tody-tyrants, Short-tailed Pygmy-Tyrant, Red-shouldered Tanager, Paradise, Blued-necked Tanagers, Black-bellied Tanager (E), Lafresnayes Piculet and many more. Then we will explore a small pond for Masked Duck as the unique spot available to find in Northern Peru. In the afternoon we will head to Tarapoto with a stop for Oilbird along the road. Night in Tarapoto

  • DAY 13: Birding Cordillera Escalera - Tunnel - Aconabikh

Early drive for about 30 minutes up to 800 mt to reach the first birding spot which is the area for White-throated, Yellow-tufted Woodpeckers, Dotted Tanager, Rose-fronted, Garlepps Parakeets, Dotted, Yellow-bellied, Paradise, Bay-headed, Swallow, Yellow-crested, Magpie, Olive, Blue-grey, Silvery Tanagers, Blackish Pewee, Rough-legged Tyrannulet, Slaty-capped Shrike-Vireo, Cliff Flycatcher, Flavescent Flycatcher, Streaked Flycatcher, Curl-crested, Chestnut-eared, Ivory-billed Aracaris, Pink-throated Brilliant, Plumbeous Euphonia, Purple-throated Euphonia, Gilded Barbet, Black-faced, Blue Dacnis, Green, Purple Honeycreepers just to mention some of them. Then we will head to our next birding spot Koepecks Hermit (Aconabikh) which is a great place for Golden-headed, Blue-crowned, Blue-backed, Fiery-capped Manakins, Thrush-like Antpitta, Peruvian Antwarbler, Black-faced Antthrush, Red-billed Toucanet, Black-faced Antbird, White-flanked Antwren, Pygmy Antwren, Golden-collared Woodpecker, Spixs Guan, Golden-collared Toucanet and with luck Hairy-crested Antbird, and White-plumed Antbird. By the feeders Koepckes Hermit, Goulds Jewelfront, Black-throated Mango, White-necked Jacobin, and other species. Then we will back to Tarapoto for a late afternoon flight to Lima and connections.

Have a wonderful birding time in Northern Peru!




From 2 to 6 People + Birding Guide


Tour Calendar and Custom Dates at ANY TIME


USD 3,500 per person


USD 500.00


350 - 400


Comfortable places with private services


Easy to moderate with some challenging species




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