Birding Peru for 1,000 species

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  • Day 1: Arrive in Lima - Peru

We will pick you up from Lima airport and transfer to our hotel. Usually, international flights arrive in Peru from 10:30 pm to 11:30 pm. But remind us about your arrival time. Night in Lima Hotel.

  • Day 2: Birding Villa Marshes-Pucusana

We will have a morning drive to Villa Marshes (Pantanos de Villa) for several species found here. Then we will drive again to get Pucusana fishing town for our semi-pelagic trip for Inca Terns and Penguins. Then we will explore Puerto Viejo, San Andres area for some extra species. And finally, we will drive back our hotel in Lima. Nigh in Lima Hotel

Target Species: Many-Colored Rush-Tyrant, Wren-like HoteRushbird, Great Grebe, Yellow-Hooded Blackbird, Inca Tern, Peruvian Booby, Blue-footed Booby, Peruvian Pelican, Humboldt Penguin, Guanay and Red-legged Cormorants, Blackish Oystercatcher, Surf Cinclodes (E), Coastal Miner (E), Amazilia Hummingbird, Peruvian Thick-knee, Purple-collared Woodstar,  Pacific Parrotlet and many others.

  • Day 3: Santa Eulalia Birding

We will start early around 4:00 am our drive up to Santa Eulalia area where will stop for a picknick breakfast and start our birding time. We will keep birding along the way driving up the canyon for more species and we hope to see Andean condor and several other endemic species before we get the Andean lake where there are great species to watch. There we spend a bit time birding searching for Giant Coot, Puna snipe and others. We are planning to get the bogs area for lunch and keep enjoying the central Andes species. We usually back late afternoon to Lima. Dinner and night in the Hotel.

Target Species: Rufous-breasted Warbling-Finch, Bronze-tailed Comet, Black-necked Woodpecker, Striated Earthcreeper, Rusty-crowned Tit-Spinetail, Canyon Canastero and Rusty-bellied Brush-Finch, Peruvian Pygmy-Owl, Andean Condor, Great Inca-Finch, Bare-faced Ground-Dove, Andean Swift,  Peruvian Sheartail, Purple-collared Woodstar, Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant, Yellow-billed Tit-tyrant, White-browed Chat-Tyrant, White-capped Dipper, Chiguanco Thrush, Cinereous Conebill, Blue-capped Tanager, Mourning Sierra-Finch, Band-tailed Seedeater, Golden-bellied Saltator, Striated Earthcreeper, White-winged Diuca-Finch, Peruvian Sierra Finch, Diademed Plover, White-bellied Cinclodes (E), Andean Goose, Andean Condor, Puna Snipe, Giant Coot, Andean Hillstar, Mountain Caracara, Andean Flicker, Dorbignys Chat-Tyrant and many more..

  • Day 4: Lomas de Lachay, Paraiso - flight to Tarapoto

early drive up to Lomas de lachay for some extra birding. After our amazing time birding time at this natural reserve, we will explore Paraiso Lagoon for more species. Then we will drive back straight to Lima airport for afternoon flight to Tarapoto. If there is still time we will do some birding, dinner and night in the hotel.

Target Species: Least seedsnipe, Coastal Miner, Peruvian Meadowlark, Band-tailed Sierra-Finch, Oasis Hummingbird, Amazilia Hummingbird, Peruvian Sheartail, Cinereous Conebill, Collared  Warbling-finch, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Variable Hawk, Chilean Flamingo among others.

  • Day 5: Cordillera Escalera ( Tunnel)

Early drive up to the popular birding spot the tunnel. There we will find several mixed flocks and some restricted habitat range species. Then we will visit the hermit station for hummingbird species and some extra species in this private reserve. we will back to Tarapoto for dinner and night in the hotel. 

Target Species: Mishana Tyrannulet, Golden-collared Toucanet, Carmiols Tanager, Yellow-throated Woodpecker, Blackish Pewee, Dotted Tanager, Plumbeous Euphonia, Masked, Orange-backed, Paradise, Swallow, Blue-necked Tanagers, Striolted Puffbird, Andean Cock of the Rock, Golden-headed, Blue-backed, Blue-crowned Manakins, Brown, Lesser, Sparkling Violetear, Long-tailed Hermit, Koepckes Hermit and many others.Rufous-crested Coquette, Rufous-capped Thornbird, Chestnut-bellied Seedeater, Yellow-tufted Woodpecker, Blue-tailed Emerald, Reddish Hermit, Black-throated Mango, Tropical Screech-Owl and many others.

  • Day 6: Morro de Calzada - Waqanki Lodge

Early drive to get Moyobamba Town and do some birding at Morro de Calzada Reserve. After Lunch on resting time, we will watch the hummingbirds feeders. Then we will search for some missing species. If there is a time we will do some owling before or after dinner. Nigh in Waqanki Lodge.

Target Species: Black-bellied Tanager, Lafresnayes Piculet, Black-faced Tanager, Common Tody-Flycatcher, Pearly-Vented Tody-flycatcher, Painted manakin, Wedge-tailed Grass-Finch, Ash-throated Antwren, Rusty-backed Antwren, Russet-crowned Crake, Black-banded Owl, Yellow-bellied Tanager, White-lined Tanager, White-chinned Sapphire, Turquoise Tanager, Sapphire-spangled Emerald, Rufous-breasted Hermit, Peruvian Tyrannulet, Pale-breasted Thrush, Long-billed Starthroat, Varzea Thrush, Gray-breasted Sabrewing, Great-billed Hermit, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Golden-bellied Euphonia, Green-backed Trogon, Gilded Barbet, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, Chestnut-bellied Seed-Finch, Blue Ground-Dove, Black-throated Hermit, Short-tailed Pygmy-Tyrant, Spot-winged Antbird, Guira Tanager, Fiery-throated Fruiteater and many others.

  • Day 7: Arena Blanca Reserve - Owlet Lodge

Early Breakfast and drive to Aguas Verde village where we will check the feeders for Tinamous, Wood-quails, and hummingbirds. Then we will start our birding drive up to afluente area for mixed flocks and more hummer feeders. We usually arrive in our lodge late afternoon and we can try for some owls before dinner. Night in Owlet Lodge. 

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  •  Day 8: Full day Birding

We will have two full days birding among the trails, canopy tower, hummingbirds feeders, and lodge surrounding. And we will also search along the road for mixed flocks and there are other some places such as Fundo Alto Nieva Station, Venceremos point and llanteria places for target species. We will do some owling before dinner. Night in Owlet Lodge.

Target Species: Lulus Tody-Tyrant, Subtropical Cacique, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, Metallic-Green Tanager, White-capped Tanager, Long-whiskered Owlet, Royal Sunangel, Rusty-tinged, Chestnut, Ochre-fronted Antpittas, Cinnamon-breasted Tody-Tyrant, Cinnamon Screech-Owl, Rufous-bellied Night-Hawk, Umbrellabird, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Black-mandible Toucan, Equatorial Graytail, Gray-mantled Wren, Ecuadorian Tyrannulet, Foothill Antwren, Speckle-chested Piculet, Versicolored Barbet, Golden-winged and Jet Manakin, Vermilion Tanager, Cock of the Rock, Ecuadorian Piedtail and many others.

  • Day 9: San Lorenzo - Huembo

Early breakfast and we will search with some missing species before we leave abra Patricia mountains and surroundings. We will visit huembo center for Marvelous Spatuletail and others hummingbirds species. Then After lunch, we will search for some others target species near Pomacochas Lagoon. Dinner and Night in Pomacochas Hotel.

Target Species: Marvelous Spatuletail, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Brown Violetear, Brownzy Inca, Black-tailed Trainbear, Little WoodstarYellow-bellied Seedeater, Rufous-capped Antshrike, Black-capped Warbler, Line-cheeked Spinetail, Russet-Crowned Warbler, Rusty Flowerpiercer, Rufous-bellied Tanager, Peruvian Meadowlark, Plumbeous Rail and many others.

  • Day 10: Pomacochas - Jaen

Early Breakfast and we will search for Pale-billed Antpitta a very rare and restricted to this area. But we will find several other species for sure along the trail. After our amazing time birding up the mountain ridge, we will back to Pomacochas village for our Lunch. Then we will head up to Jaen town making some birding stops. Dinner and night in Jaen Hotel.

Target Species: Pale-billed Antpitta, Russet-mantled Softtail, Plain-tailed Wren (possibly a split), Rusty-tinged Antpitta, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Rufous-capped Thornbill, Rusty-tinged Antpitta, Rusty-breasted Antpitta, Undulated Antpitta, Russet-mantled Softtail, Northern Rufous-capped Antshrike, Peruvian Wren, Powerful Woodpecker, Emerald Toucanet, Band-tailed Fruiteater, Barred Fruiteater, Black-throated Tody-tyrant, Spectacled Whitestart, Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonia, Blue-and-black Tanager, Cinnamon Flycatcher, Marvelous Spatuletail, Mountain Velvetbreast, Amethyst Woodstar, Variable Antshrike, Red-crested Cotinga, Trilling Tapaculo, Blackish Tapaculo, Plain-tailed Wren, Oleaginous Hemispingus, Rufous Spinetail, Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Golden-plumed Parakeet  among others.

  • Day 11: Morning Birding - Leymebamba

Today we will have a full morning birding several hot spots for our target species. After lunch, we will start our drive to Kuelap entrance town. Dinner and NIght in Chachapoyas Hotel.

Target Species: Marañon Spinetail, Marañon Slaty-Antshrike, Black-capped Sparrow, Northern Slaty-Antshrike, Little Inca-Finch, Marañon Crescentchest, Spot-throated Hummingbird, Oasis Hummingbird, Pearl Kite, Comb Duck, Red Pileated Finch, Andean Emerald, Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Northern Mountain Cacique, Red-hooded Tanager and Peruvian, Buff-throated and Rufous-backed Treehunter, Purple-throated Sunangel, Rainbow Starfrontlet, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Buff-bellied Tanager, Chinchipe Spinetail and many others.

  •  Day 12: Leymebamba - Celendin

We will early start in order to make a short pass at any of the Abra Barra Negro birds we might have missed before, we will go deep into the driest portion of the Marañon Valley, riverine, agricultural vegetation and bombax woodlands. Dinner and Night in Hotel.

Target Species: Coppery Metaltail, Russet-mantled Softtail, White-chinned Thistletail, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, Rufous Antpitta, Large-footed Tapaculo, Shining Sunbeam, Collared Inca, Grey-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Northern Mountain Cacique, Purple-backed Thornbill, Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, Rusty-breasted Antpitta, Buff-bridled Inca Finch, Maranon Pigeon, Yellow-faced Parrotlet, Chestnut-backed Thornbird, Grey-winged Inca Finch, Jelski’s Chat-Tyrant and many others.

  •  Day 13: Celendin - Cajamarca

Early morning birding through the remnant humid forest and Polylepis scrub and We will be searching for Andean species we may not have seen so far. We will also bird Rio Chonta Valley. Dinner and Night in Cajamarca hotel. 

Target Species: Peruvian Sierra Finch, Shining Sunbeam, Black-crested Warbler, the Maranon sub-species of Black-crested Tit-Tyrant, Many-striped Canastero, Barons Spinetail, Striated Earthcreeper and Rusty-crowned Tit-Spinetail, White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant, Grey-bellied Comet, Black Metaltail, and many others.

  • Day 14: Cajamarca - Chaparri Center

Today our main plan is to get Chaparri. we will explore Santa Rosa area which offers a good opportunity to search out a few species that are more difficult to encounter away from the coastal littoral and Puerto Eten wetlands provide a lot of diversity. Then after Lunch will drive up to Chaparri Reserve. We will do some owling before dinner. Night in Chaparri.

Targets: Least Seedsnipe, Tawny-throated Dotterel, Peruvian Thick-knee, Short-tailed Field Tyrant, White-cheeked Pintail, and White-tufted Grebe. Both Wren-like Rushbird, Many-coloured Rush Tyrant, Chilean Flamingos, and many others.

  •  Day 15: Full Day Birding 

Today we will arise early to explore Casupe mountains in the higher elevation forest which host several endemic species in this bromeliad-laden misty forest. The in the afternoon we will search the Chaparri trails and microhabitats for all the low-elevation Tumbesian endemics. We will do some owling before dinner: Night in Chaparri.

Targets: Ochre-bellied Dove, Ecuadorian Piculet, Ecuadorian Trogon, Rufous-necked and Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaners, Grey-breasted Flycatcher, Chapman’s Antshrike, Three-banded Warbler, Tumbes Pewee, Grey-chinned Hermit and Black-cowled Saltator, Tumbes Hummingbird, Tumbesian Tyrannulet, Grey-and-gold Warbler, Short-tailed Woodstar, Grey- and-white Tyrannulet, Tumbes Tyrant, Rufous Flycatcher, Baird’s Flycatcher, Necklaced Spinetail, Collared Antshrike, Elegant Crescentchest, White-tailed Jay, Superciliated Wren, White-headed Brushfinch, White-edged Oriole, and both Cinereous and Sulphur-throated Finches, Peruvian Pygmy-Owl, West Peruvian Screech-Owl, Striped Owl, Scrub Nightjar, Ochre-bellied Dove, Ecuadorian Piculet, Ecuadorian Trogon, Rufous-necked and Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaners, Grey-breasted Flycatcher, Chapman’s Antshrike, Three-banded Warbler, Tumbes Pewee, Grey-chinned Hermit and Black-cowled Saltator and many others.

  •  Day 16: Bosque Pomac - Lima - Cusco

We will early check Bosque de Pomac for several endemic species and also this place is recognized as an important archaeological site that indirectly protects a vast, intact stretch of contiguous, primary mesquite forests native only to the region. Then we will drive to Chiclayo airport for our afternoon flight to Lima and connection to Cusco. Dinner and Night in Limatambo Hotel.

Targets: Peruvian Plantcutter, Tumbes Swallow, Pacific Parrotlet, Grey-and-white Tyrannulet, Plumbeous-backed Thrush, Streak-headed Woodcreeper, Peruvian Plantcutter, Short-tailed Woodstar, Oasis Hummingbird, Coastal Miner, Necklaced Spinetail, Tumbes Sparrow, Cinereous Finch, Guayaquil Woodpecker, White-edged Oriole, Cinereous Conebill and Tawny-crowned Pygmy-Tyrant.

  • DAY 17: Andean Condor and Apurimac species!

We will need to start early morning drive up to Limatambo and then Mollepata road where we can enjoin our new birding spot for several species very restricted to the area. We will have a picnic lunch to enhance our birding time along the mountains. After this amazing area, we will drive to Ollantaytambo. Dinner and Night in Hotel

Target Species: Andean Condor, White-eared Puffbird, Plain-tailed Canastero, White-tufted Sunbean (E), Vilcabamba Thisleatail (E), Apurimac Brush-finch (E), Stripe-headed Antpitta, Vilcabamba Tapaculo (E), Chestnut-breasted Mountain-finch (E), Creamy-crested Spinetail (E), Giant Conebill and Many others.

  • DAY 18: Carrizales, Abra Malaga

Early breakfast and we will drive up to Carrizales area (chusquea Bamboo) and Abra Malaga Pass (polylepis forest) at 4200 m which there is a chance to explore the small polylepis forest. After our amazing day, we will drive to Ollantaytambo town. Dinner and night in Ollantaytambo Hotel.

  • DAY 19: Huacarpay Lake, Manu Road time!

Early breakfast and then we will drive up to San Salvador Lake (4,100m) on the way to Paucartambo village. Then we will arrive to Acjanaco pass where Manu National Park starts. After the pass, we will probably start to see more species. Night in Wayqecha Station.

Target Species: Bearded Mountanier (E), Giant Hummingbird, Chestnut-Breasted Mountain-Finch (E), Giant Coot, Crested Duck, Andean Goose, Plumbeous Sierra-Finch, Ash-breasted Sierra-Finch, Andean Flicker, Puna Ibis, Hooded Siskin, Black Siskin, Band-tailed Seedeater, Peruvian Sierra-Finch, Slender-billed Miner, Creamy-crested Spinetail (E), Brow-Backed Chat-tyrant, Black-throated, Moustached, Masked Floweriercers, Tit-like Dacnis, 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, Golden-headed Quetzal, Golden-collared Tanager, Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Blue-banded Toucanet, Red and White Antpitta (E), Marcapata Spinetail (E) and many others.and many others.

  • DAY 20: Birding to Cock of the Rock Lodge

 Early birding along the road on our way to the next birding lodge. Dinner and night in Cock of the Rock Lodge.

Target Species: Gray-mantled Wren, Mountain Foliage-Gleaner, Olive-Backed Woodcreeper, Stripe Threehunter, Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant, Inca Flycatcher(E), Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant, Stripe-Chested Antwren, White-backed Fire-Eye, Black-eared Hemispingus, Yellow-breasted Antwren, Yungas Manakin, Yellow-throated, common Clorospingus, Dusky-Green Oropendola, Brown Tinamou, Rufous-tailed Tyrant, Chestnut-backed Antshrike, Unicolored Antshrike, Andean Motmot, Rufescent Screech-Owl, Blue-naped Chlorophonia, Yellow-breasted Antbird, Black-streaked Puffbird and many others.

  • DAY 21: Full Day Birding

We will have full morning birding along Manu road and lodge surroundings and we will have some time to enjoin the hummingbirds feeders. After lunch, we will keep birding for some missing species and we will try to see Lyre-tailed Nightjar display before dusk. Night in Cock of the Rock Lodge.

Target Species: Andean Cock of the Rock, Versicolored Barbet, Beryl-spangled, Safron-Crown, Golden Tanagers and Orange-eared, Yellow-throated, Slaty, Golden-naped, Paradise, Blue-necked, Bay-headed, Spotted Tanagers, Deep-blue Flowerpiercer, Three-stripe Warbler, Russet-crowned Warbler, Black-faced Brush-finch, Golden-headed Quetzal, Crested Quetzal, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Wire-crested Thorntail, Speckled Hummingbird, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Peruvian Piedtail (E), Many-spotted Humminbird, Botted Raquetail, Gray-mantled Wren, Mountain Foliage-Gleaner, Olive-Backed Woodcreeper, Stripe Threehunter, Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant, Inca Flycatcher(E), Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant, Stripe-Chested Antwren, White-backed Fire-Eye, Black-eared Hemispingus, Yellow-breasted Antwren, Yungas Manakin, Yellow-throated, common Clorospingus, Dusky-Green Oropendola, Brown Tinamou, Rufous-tailed Tyrant, Chestnut-backed Antshrike, Unicolored Antshrike, Andean Motmot, Rufescent Screech-Owl, Blue-naped Chlorophonia, Yellow-breasted Antbird, Black-streaked Puffbird and many others.

  • Day 22: Birding drive to Villa Carmen

Early birding drive along Manu Road for some missing species. Then we will start our drive down to villa Carmen station for Bamboo species. We will do some Owling, dinner and Night in the station.

Targets: Manu Antbird, Bamboo Antshrike, White-cheeked Foliage-Gleaner, Cabanis Spinetail, White-cheeked tody-tyrant, White-lined Antbird, White-browed Antbird, Hoatzin, Black-capped Donacobius, Band-tailed Manakin, and many others. 

  • Day 23: Birding to Manu Wildlife Center

After breakfast, we will get ready for our next destination. It will be 4 hours boat ride down Madre de Dios River with the chance to find several species to spot along the riversides such as Parrots, kingfishers, terns, herons, egrets, collared plover, pied lapwing, and even some monkeys, capybara. We will arrive at the oxbow lake in the afternoon where we will take a catamaran to explore along lakesides. After some hours birding, we will go to our lodge for Dinner and Overnight in Manu Wildlife Center

  • Day 24-25: Full days birding along the trails

We will have a full day birding along the trails for several other species with some owling time. Dinner and Overnight in Manu Wildlife Center.

  • Day 26: Transfer to Chuncho Lodge

We will early visit an Oxbow lake for Giant otters and after we will have our boat trip for about 3 hours with some birding along the river for Capped Heron, Orinoco Goose, Sand-colored Nighthawk and perhaps Jaguar on the way!!! As soon we arrive at the Colorado village, we will continue our trip to Puerto Maldonado by private taxi for 1 hour and then we will cross the Inambari River with a local boat and finally we will take a private taxi the entrance to Chuncho lodge. Overnight in our lodge.

  • Day 27: Birding and flight to Lima

Early visit the largest Macaw clay lick in the world, then we will do some birding for target species outside Puerto Maldonado town. Transfer to airport and flight to Lima.

Have an amazing 1,000 species.

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GROUP SIZE From 2 to 6 People
TOUR DATES From April to November 
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT US$ 800.00 (we do not charge this; hotels and lodges do)
ACCOMODATION Confortable places with private toilet, hot water, WI-FI 
EASY OF BIRDING Easy to moderate with some challenging species
INCLUDE Domestic tickets, hotel, lodges, full meals, soft drinks, train, entrance fee, private land, and boat transport, driver and birding guide
NOT INCLUDE International / Domestic flights, any alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls, extra activities




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  • Omar, we all arrived home safely with no problems. Again, we all want to say that we had a GREAT trip with you and all enjoyed our time in Peru.   We are now bragging to our friends about our trip and how wonderful it was.  They are all surprised to hear how many birds we saw.  Thank you so much for all of your patience and efforts to make our trip fantastic.  You are a very good guide.  Take care and if you decide to come to the United States, please feel free to contact me at any time.  Your friend, Al

    ! Buenos Dias, Omar ¡
  • I wanted to express my sincere thanks for the great trip you provided Karl and me.  It was the best biding trip Ive ever had in my life. Im now in the middle or sorting out and editing all my photos. 

    I miss Peru already! and I miss seeing all of Perus colorful birds.

    Muchas GraciasDoug Harr
  • Dear Omar:

    "An excellent and honest birder running a high quality birding tour,if you plan to birding in Peru,that is"


    國際台灣觀鳥協會理事長Simon - Chairman of ITBA
  • Hi Omar,

    Im a pretty good birder, but Omar Diaz spotted at least 200 species that I probably would have overlooked! He knows his birds by sight and sound and is very passionate about his chosen profession.

    My Dad is not a birder but was extremely impressed by how well organized and professional the trip was. Thanks Omar and Americo!

    I hope you and your family are doing well.

    Regards Ken Simonite
  • Thank you Omar for a wonderful time in Peru. You made it all happen for us & took such good care of us throughout the whole trip!

    California USASusan Gerling Gonzales
  • Many thanks to César, Amerigo, Omar and the entire Peru Birding Tours team for an unforgettable trip to u and Manu Road!

    USALance Lack
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