CENTRAL ROUTE
AND BOSQUE UNCHOG
10 DAYS

IQUITOS AND ALLPAHUAYO - MISHANA
11 DAYS

MANU CLOUD
FOREST
7 DAYS
MANÚ
NATIONAL PARK
15 DAYS
MANÚ NATIONAL PARK
AND MACHUPICCHU
10 DAYS
NORTH-EAST
ROUTE
12 DAYS
NORTH-EAST ROUTE AND
MARAÑON VALLEY
18 DAYS
TAMBOPATA
RESERVE
8 DAYS
Abra Málaga
Huacarpay Lagoon
Lomas de Lachay
Machupicchu Area
Paracas and Ballestas Island
Villa Marshes




NORTH-EAST ROUTE AND MARAÑON VALLES 18 DAYS

 

This Northeast route is among the most fascinating to observe birds since it runs through one of the most diverse areas in the world and includes the range of over 900 species with a high number of endemic species. Crossing extraordinary landscapes, we will travel across the north of Peru - from east to west - visiting multiple ecosystems;from the dry forests in the Tumbes region, passing from the famous cloud forest to Amazonian climate and vegetation lowlands.

Day 1.- Arrival to Lima and flight to Chiclayo.
Reception at the Lima airport and transfer to accommodation in the city. At night, we will return to the airport for our flight to Chiclayo where we will sleep in a hotel.

Day 2.- Chiclayo. Chaparri Reserve.
After breakfast (in the hotel) we will go to an excellent spot for birding, the Pomac Forest Sanctuary. This place protects a small community of carob forest where you can see the endemic Peruvian Plantcutter, Tumbes Swallow, Necklaced Spinetail, Rufous Flycatcher, Superciliared Wren, Coastal Miner, the endemic Tumbes Tyrant and Tumbes Sparrow, among others. In the afternoon we will depart towards Chaparri, a reserve rich in equatorial dry forest, home to over 190 species of birds like the Scarlet-backed Woodpecker, thr endemic Gray-breasted Flycatcher, Gray-and-Gold Warbler, Gray-and-White Tyrannulet, etc... Chaparri is located at about 60 km from Chiclayo.
We will stay overnight at the Lodge Chaparri.


Day 3.- Chaparri Olmos Reserve.
Very early, around the lodge, we will observe several species of hummingbirds like the Purple-collared Woodstar, Tumbes Hummingbird (endemic), Amazilia Hummingbird, Long-billed Starthroat, Short-tailed Woodstar, Oasis Hummingbird, Peruvian Sheartail, and the tiny Little Woodstar.
We will then walk along the trails of the lodge, to observe the endemic Tumbes Tyrant, Tumbes Sparrow, Sulphur-throated Finch, Scarlet-backed Woodpecker, White-tailed Jay, Pale-legged Hornero, Baird's Flycatcher, Gray-breasted Flycatcher, etc... In the afternoon we will head for Olmos and will make some ornithological stops along the way. We will stay overnight at a guesthouse in Olmos.


Day 4.- Olmos.
Early departure to spend the whole day birding around the Quebrada Limón, where the main objective will certainly be the White-winged Guan, bird which was considered extinct until it was rediscovered recently. We can also find White-winged Brush-finch, White-headed Brush-finch, Elegant Crescentchest (endemic), Tumbes Hummingbird (endemic) Red-masked Parakeet, Golden-olive Woodpecker, Guayaquil Woodpecker, Streak-headed Woodcreeper, Baird's Flycatcher, One–coloured Becard, Plumbeous-backed Thrush, Cinereous Finch, (endemic) and Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner, among others. In the afternoon we will return to the hostal in Olmos for the night.



Day 5.- Olmos- Jaen.
After breakfast, we will head for Jaen. In shrub areas outside of town - for example, on the road to San Ignacio - we will find local specialties such as the Tataupa Tinamou, Rufous-necked Foliage-gleaner, Three-banded Warbler, Bay-crowned Brush-finch, etc. We will spend the morning around the wet area of Abra Porculla, where you can see interesting birds like the Black-cowled Saltator, White-winged Brush-finch, Gray-chinned Hermit, Chapman’s Antshrik, Sharpe’s Wren, Rufous-browed Pepershrike among other species. In the afternoon we continue the trip to Jaen, making some stops in the rice fields to try to see "rails" like the Spotted Rail grated and Paint-billed Crake.
Overnight in a guesthouse in Jaen.
Day 6.- Jaen- Pomacochas.
In the morning we exit going to Pomacochas but will first spend the early hours of the morning looking for some specialists in this area like the Maranon Crescentchest, Marañon Thrush, Red-crested Finch, Pale-browed Tinamou, Ecuadorian Ground-dove, the endemic Spot-throated Hummingbird, among others. En route to Pomacochas we will have opportunities to observe the Gray-Breasted Crake, Speckle-breasted Wren and Crimson Finch among others. Above, and in areas with more moisture, we will look for birds such as the Green Jay, Fasciated Tiger-heron and Torrent Duck as well as several species of "Tanagers" and the first "caciques". Before reaching Pomacochas we may begin searching for the endemic and spectacular Marvelous Spatuletail.
Overnight stay at a hotel in Florida..


Day 7.- Pomacochas.
We will dedicate the whole day to search for theMarvelous Spatuletail. While doing this we can keep observing birds like the Golden-headed Quetzal, Strong-billed Woodcreeper, Gray-breasted Mountain-toucan, the endemic Inca Flycatcher, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, White-capped Dipper, White-capped Tanagerand Andean Solitaire. We may also visit the Pomacochas lagoon which, being located at only 2200 meters altitude, has some unusual birds, typical of the high Andean lagoons, such as the Andean Gull, Andean Lapwing, White-cheeked Pintail, Pied-billed Grebe, Puna Snipe and Spotted Rail.
Overnight stay at a hotel in Florida.


Days 8 and 9.- Pomacochas- Abra Patricia.
Depart for the Abra Patricia. This is a multi-altitudinal floors area with plenty of clouds, frequent rain and cool temperatures. Discoveries were made here of several new species of birds. Abra Patricia has many trails where we can delve quietly for birding. These two days during which we will cross the region we will start the day early as there is much to see. In the pass (upper floor) we should look for bamboo groups where we will find the recently described Johnson’s Tody-Tyrant, Royal Sunangel, Ochre-fronted Antpitta, Bar-winged Wood-wren, White-Capped Tanager, Red-hooded Tanager, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, Emerald Tucanet, Metallic-green Tanager and many more.
Food and accommodation at the Lechucita Bigotona Ecolodge.


Day 10. - Abra Patricia- Moyobamba.
On the descent from Abra Patricia to Moyabamba we will make some stops to watch birds from different altitudes, like the endemic Black-bellied Tanager, Zimmer’s Antbird, Equatorial Graytail, Plain-backed Antpitta and Dusky Spinetail. The Moyobamba village environment presents a unique landscape without primary forests but the patches of secondary forest that are in country restaurants and hotels contain some interesting and rare species such as Pale-breasted Thrush, Burnished-buff Tanager, and the Point-tailed Palmcreeper.
Overnight stay at a hotel in Moyobamba.


Day 11.- Moyobamba - Tingana.
We will leave early for Tingana, flooded forest which constitutes a complex ecosystem dominated by waterhole palms (Mauritia flexuosa) and Renacos (Picus sp.),wetlands and floodplains that we will cross aboard a canoe. This complexity fosters the presence of a high diversity of birds including five species of kingfishers, eight of herons, Horned Screamer, Limpkin, Grey-necked Wood-rail, Hook-billed Kite and Silvered Antbird. We will explore on foot the non-flooded areas to see species such as Cream-coloured Woodpecker, el Common Potoo, etc...
Overnight stay at the hotel in Moyobamba.



Day 12.- Moyobamba - Gocta Lodge.
In the morning we will head for El Morro de la Calzada, where we will have the chance to see some endemic birds such as the Mishana Tyrannulet, Lesser Elaenia, Stripe-necked Tody-tyrant, Hauxwell’s Thrush, Rufous-fronted Thornbird and Cinereous-breasted Spinetail.
We will then continue our journey to Pedro Ruiz, making some stops along the way to observe birds we have not seen before in this same route, such as the White Hawk, Streaked Xenops and Black-throated Tody-tyrant. Later on we will travel about 30 km to the Gocta Lodge where we will sleep after a long day of travel.

Day 13. - Gocta Lodge - Leymebamba.
From very early on we will explore the surroundings of the Gocta Lodge in search of species such as the Streaked Xenops, White-bellied Hummingbird, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Black-throated Brilliant, Slaty-backed Nightingale-thrush, Black-throated Tody-tyrant, Bar-bellied Woodpecker, Hightland Hepatic-tanager and Crimsom-mantled Woodpecker.
By mid-morning or noon we will begin our journey to Leymebamba. Making the usual stops on the route, you can see species such as White-bellied Woodstar, Rainbow Starfrontlet, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Purple-throated Sunangel and other species of hummingbirds. It is also a good area for the Montane Woodcreeper, Buff-throated Treehunter and the Red-hooded Tanager, among many others.
Overnight stay in Leymebamba.
Day 14.- Abra Barro Negro - Leymebamba.
We leave very early for the Abra Barro Negro to visit the upper area of cloud forest. This is a good place to look for, among other species, the endemic Coppery Metaltail, Russset-mantled Softail, White-chinned Thistletail, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, on the other hand, it is habitat for other important birds like the Gray-breasted Mountain-toucan, Collared Inca, Large-footed Tapaculo, Shining Sunbean, Northern Mountain Cacique, Rainbow Starfrontlet, Purple-backed Thornbill and the White-collared Jay.
We may also visit the Museum of Leymebamba where there are fedears that attract more than ten species of hummingbirds, including the fabulous Sword-billed Hummingbird.
Overnight stay in Leymebamba.


Day 15.- Leymebamba - Celendin.
Very early on we will head for Celendin, again crossing the Abra Barro Negro, stopping whenever we find opportunities to see new species for our list. After a few hours we will enter the Marañon Valley, another key site for endemics such as the Buff-bridled Inca-finch (Incaspiza bigotudo), Maranon Thrush, Peruvian Pigeon, Grey-winged Inca-finch, Great Spinetail and Chestnut-backed Thornbird among other specialties of the area. The trail continues up to Celendin, where we stay overnight.


Day 16.- Celendin - Cajamarca.
Starting early the day we will have the opportunity to see birds from the Andean moorland such as the Bar-winged Cinclodes, Streak-throated Canastero, Many-striped Canastero, Rufous-naped Ground-tyrant, White-browed Ground-tyrant, Plumbeous Sierra-finch and Black-crested Warbler. On this route we will visit some patches of Polylepis looking for birds which are specialists in this environment and some endemic species such as the Black Metaltail, Rusty-crowned Tit-spinetail, Jelski’s Chat-tyrant and Baron’s Spinetail, among others.
In the evening we will arrive to Cajamarca, where we will stay overnight.

Día 17.- Cajamarca
Very early we will begin the search for some endemic species we may have missed, such as the Buff-bridled Inca-finch and Great Spinetail, but also to observe birds such as the White-winged Black-tyrant, Rufous-chested Tanager, Streak-throated Bush-tyrant, Plain-tailed Warbling-finch, Rufous-eared Brush-finch and Black-crested Tit-tyrant. We will also make a foray in search of the rare and endemic Gray-bellied Comet.
Overnight stay in Cajamarca.

Day 18.-Cajamarca - Lima.
Today we still seize the early morning hours to observe birds and then go to the airport for our flight to Lima.

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