Central Peru 4: Santa Eulalia – Marcopomacocha – Junin Lake – Carpish – Unchong – Satipo

If we talk about limited range species, this is the most important route along the total 18 days trip.We will start at Santa Eulalia Valley in the highlands of Lima, also we will explore high Andes bogs, the famous Lago Junín and Central Highway that will lead us to Central Jungle in Peru, we will travel to the famous Carpish and Unchong forests, then we will travel to La Merced, San Ramón, Oxapampa and Villa Rica, the latter base its economical activities in Coffee Plantations .Also we will explore the cloud forest near Oxapampa and visit the famous Satipo Road with its Elfin Cloud forest, at the end we will visit the Puna Grassland near to Comas. This is really a fascinating trip.

Day 0.  Arrival to Lima

Reception at Lima ariport and transfer to the hotel, Briefing. Stay in a comfortable hotel.

Day 1.  Lima – Santa Eulalia Valley

Starting the first section of the trip from Santa Eulalia Valley to San Pedro de Casta, in this site we will be able to watch Eared Dove, Rufous-breasted Warbling-Finch, Mourning Sierra-Finch, Rusty-bellied Brush-Finch and others. We continue going up to Huachupampa, a town in Santa Eulalia highlands; we will wait the Andean Condor while  we have breakfast by the Cannyon, we expect to have the luck to observe this marvelous bird. Then we will continue down to Utisha bridge, closet to this site we will find  Giant Hummingbird, Andean Tina­mou, Sparkling Violetear, Purple-collared Woodstar, it is important to check the sky for birds of prey. Stay in a basic hotel in Huachupampa. (B, L, D)

Day 2. Santa Eulalia Valley – Marcopomacocha

Close to the bridge we will turn off on the right to arrive to Marcopomacocha site, before this we will make a stop in a small Polylepis forest  beside the highway there we will look for the White-cheeked Cotinga (E). We will continue our tripo and arrive to High Puna near Marcopomacocha, there we will seek bogs for species like Puna Snipe, Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe, Gray-breasted Seedsnipe y el White-bellied Cinclodes (E).

Some of the species we will see on this route are  Black-necked Woodpecker(E), Black-winged Ground-Dove, Greenish Yellow-Finch, Bronze-tailed Comet, Oasis Hummingbird, Purple-collared Woodstar, Peruvian Sheartail, Mourning Sierra-Finch, Peruvian Sierra-Finch,  Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant, Rusty-bellied Brush-Finch(E), White-winged Cinclodes, Canyon Canastero, Rusty-crowned Tit-Spinetail(E), Streaked Tit-Spinetail, Great Inca-Finch(E), Peruvian Pygmy-Owl, among other species. In the afternoon, we will arrive to La Oroya in a basic hotel.  (B, BL, D)

Day 3. Lago Junín

Departure early in the morning to La Oroya, we will spend the whole day to find the famous Junín Grebe (E) categorized as critically endangered,  also we will look for the Chilean Flamingo. Lago Junín or Chinchaycocha is placed in the Pampas Junín (Meseta del Bombón) , this is a typical High Andes Lake 4000m elevation, it is the second largest  after the Titicaca Lake, this lake is home of many bird species.Being a high Andean Lake,  every effort we can do will be compensated by all the species we will see in this lake and its surroundings, we will have a fantastic day of birding in these amazing landscapes, in the green areas, rocky slopes and grassland we will find the, Cinereous Ground-Tyrant, Taczanowski’s Ground-Tyrant, Bright-rumped Yellow-Finch, Plumbeos Sierra-Finch, White-winged Diuca-Finch, Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe, Dark-winged Miner, Black-breasted Hillstar, Correndera Pipit, Slender-billed Miner, Plain-breasted Earthcreeper, Bar-winged Cinclodes, Streak-throated Canastero, Andean Lapwing, Ochre-naped Ground-Tyrant, White-fronted Ground-Tyrant, Andean Swallow, Andean Flicker, Junin Canastero(E), Gray-breasted Seedsnipe, Mountain Caracara, Andean Goose and other. In the afternoon, arrival to Huanuco and stay in a comfortable hotel. (B, BL, D)

Day 4,5  Huánuco – Carpish

Early in the morning we will leave Huanuco, we will have breakfast at the hotel or on the route depending on weather conditions. We will go to the  Carpish site ,many endemic birds were discover in this zone in Perú also the LSU (Lousiana State University) had a camping where they developed field investigation, is one of the best cloud forests. Many observations took place in that zone before and after the Tunnel, we will also travel the Patty trail.

These habitats are totally different from that we saw some days before, this cloud forest is amazing because of  the amount of species it offers, we will see  Powerful Woodpecker , White-rumped Hawk, Tschudi’s Tapaculo, Large-footed Tapaculo, Rufous-vented, Tapaculo, Rusty-breasted Antpitta, Unstreaked Tit-Tyrant, Drab Hemispingus, Black-capped Hemispingus, Stripe-headed Brush-Finch, Peruvian Wren, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, Oleaginous Hemispingus, Black-eared Hemispingus, Rufous Spinetail, Golden-plumed Pararakeet, Scaly-naped Parrot, Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager, Gray-hooded Bush-Tanager, Lacrimose Mountain-Tanager, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Hooded Tanager, Beryl-spangled Tanager, Band-tailed Fruiteater, Green-and-black Fruiteater, Striped Treehunter, Masked Fruiteater(E), Golden-headed Quetzal, Masked Trogon, Crested Quetzal, also we can see species like Smoky Bush-Tyrant, Streak-throated Bush-Tyrant, Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, White-eared Solitaire, Uniform Antshrike, Variable Antshrike, Long-tailed Antbird, Undulated Antpitta, White-tailed Tyrannulet, Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet, Citrine Warbler, Russet-crowned Warbler. First day (4) afternoon we will return to Huánuco and stay in a comfortable hotel. Second day(5) we will spend all day birding  on the road to Patty Trail and stay overnight in Tingo Maria. (B,BL,D)

Day 6,7  Tingo Maria – Bosque Unchong

First day in the morning we will visit Cueva de las Lechuzas where we will look for the Oilbird and other species. In the city surroundings we will find species as the endemic Black-bellied(Huallaga) Tanager(E) and other not less important species as the Military Macaw, Blue-headed Macaw , White-eyed Parakeet, Black-mandibled Toucan, Violaceous Trogon, White-tailed Trogon, Buff-rumped Warbler, Coraya Wren, Peruvian Warbling Antbird, Yellow-breasted Warbling Antbird, Rufous-crested Coquette, Dot-winged Antwren, Rusty-backed Antwren, Lafresnaye’s Piculet, Spot-breasted Woodpecker. In the mid-morning we head for the Bosque Unchong. In this famous Elfin forest several bird species were discovered in the 70’s, we will travel only one section of the loop then we will walk. The second day(7) entirely dedicated to Bosque Unchong. Stay overnight in a hotel in Huanuco. (B, BL, D).

Day  8. Bosque  Unchong – La Merced

We will spend all day in the highlands of this forest there we will observe beautiful species like Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager(E), Rufous-browed Hemispingus(E), Pardusco(E) discovered in the 70’s.

In this rainforest we will look for the Bay-vented Cotinga(E) uncommon but we expect to be lucky enough to observe this bird.  In these forests we also can find  Coppery Metaltail(E), Sword-billed Hummingbird, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Rufous Antpitta, Brown-flanked Tanager, Ochraceous-breasted Flycatcher, Golden-collared Tanager, Buff-breasted Mountain-Tanager, Chestnut-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Brown-flanked Tanager, Mountain Velvetbreast, White-chinned Thistletail, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Chestnut Antpitta, Swallow-tailed Nightjar, Bay Antpitta(E), among other species. We leave the Bosque Unchong and stay at a comfortable hotel in La Merced. (B, BL, D)

Day 9. La Merced – San Ramón – Oxapampa

Early in the morning we are ready to start our trip, today we will be birding excellent birds in the River surroundings and in the mountain trails near the city, there are fruit and agricultural fields.We will be able to watch species like Plain Antvireo, Social Flycatcher, Fasciated Tiger-Heron, Bronze-green Euphonia, Orange-breasted Falcon, Round-tailed Manakin, Yellow-rumped Cacique, Orange-bellied Euphonia, Paradise Tanager, Golden Tanager. Returning mid-morning, we have breakfast at the hotel, then we will depart to Oxapampa. This is a Gernman immigrant town they keep many of their habits. On the way to Oxapampa we will observe species like Inca Flycatcher (E), Cinnamon-faced Tyrannulet, Lanceolated Monklet, Blackish Pewee, Peruvian Tyrannulet. Stay overnight in a family lodge in Oxampampa. (B, BL, D).

Day 10. Oxapampa – Road to Antena and surroundings

The Elfin forest near the road to Antena is the hábitat to the Cloud-forest Screech-Owl, we will look for this bird at dawn. Other associated species for this kind of forest that we will be able to find are: Bay Antpitta, Black-winged Parrot, Barred Parakeet, Scaly-naped Parrot, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, Strong-billed Woodcreeper, Andean Guan, Andean Guan, Collared Inca, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Peruvian Wren(E), Grass-green Tanager,  Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Amethyst-throated Sunangel, Long-tailed Antbird, White-crowned Tapaculo. In the afternoon, we will travel to Pozuzo, to arrive this town we will take the highway and will cross the National Park Yanachaga Chemillen on the way to Pozuzo, we will observe species such as Blue-headed Macaw, Blue-headed Parrot, Gilded Barbet, we will seek the Andean Cock-of-the-rock. Stay overnight in a lodge in Pozuzo. (B, BL, D).

Day 11. Pozuzo – Oxapampa

We will spend almost the whole day birding in the National Park Yanachaga Chemillén, first we go to the lek of the Andean Cock-of-the-rock, then we will be birding at the trails in the National Park, these forests are very good. This park protects various ecosystems in a range of 300 to 4000m elevation, including rainforest jungle lowland, montane scrub and puna grassland fragment, we will move in a range of 1000 to 1500 m elevation in trails near the main highway, at this point we will watch species like Mottle-backed Elaenia, Blue-headed Macaw, Cinammon-faced Tyrannulet, Black-faced Dacnis, Purple Honeycreeper, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Ashy-headed Tyrannulet, Paradise Tanager,  Black-and-Chestnut Eagle, Peruvian Tyrannulet, Lemon-browed Flycatcher, Speckled Chachalaca, Gilded Barbet, also Hummingbirds such as   Booted Racket-tail, Green Hermit, Speckled Hummingbird, Black-throated Brilliant, Rufous-webbed Brilliant.Stay overnight in a family lodge in Oxapampa.(B, BL, D).

Day 12.  Oxapampa – Road to Villa Rica

Very good birds wait for us at this point, we will do several stops and we  will get off the car to birdwatch. We visit the the Coffee Plantations and Laguna Oconal. On the way to Villa Rica we will be able to observe Swallow-tailed Kite, Beryl-spangled Tanager, Bay Antpitta, Golden-headed Quetzal, Olivaceous Greenlet, Red-throated Caracara, Mountain Wren, Red-throated Caracara, Long-tailed Sylph,Black-eared Hemispingus, Beryl-spangled Tanager, White-backed Fire-eye, Blue-and-black Tanager, Red-throated Caracara, White-winged Becard. In the coffee plantations we will find species like Plain-crowned Spinetail, Black-faced Tanager, Moustached Wren, Cabanis’ Spinetail, Lanceolated Monklet, Creamy-bellied Antwren, Sooty-headed Tyrannulet, Plumbeous-crowned Tyrannulet, Cerulean-capped Manakin, Red-billed Tyrannulet and others. In the Laguna Oconal we will be see the Least Grebe, Purple Gallinule, Blackish Rail, Striated Heron, and other wetland species. We will stay in a touristic lodge in Villa Rica. (B, BL, D).

Day 13.  Villa Rica and surroundings

We will spend the whole day in Villa Rica and surroundings, we will move to La Cumbre sites, the Canal de Piedras and Hacienda El Carmen. In the vecinity of Cerro El Carmen we will go deep into the paths and look for beautiful species associated to coffee plantations like Plain-crowned Spinetail, Black-faced Tanager, Moustached Wren, Cabanis’ Spinetail, Lanceolated Monklet, Creamy-bellied Antwren, Sooty-headed Tyrannulet, Plumbeous-crowned Tyrannulet, Cerulean-capped Manakin, Red-billed Tyrannulet, Band-bellied Owl, Scissor-tailed Nightjar and others. Also we can observe Tanagers and Hummingbirds in the course of the day. Stay in a touristic lodge in Villa Rica. (B, BL, D).

Day 14.  Villa Rica – Satipo

Early in the morning we will travel to Satipo, on the way we will make several stops, this site is excellent for birding mainly due to the several elevation ranges there exist. We can see species like Epaulet Oriole, Great Antshrike, Little Ground-Tyrant, Gray-breasted Sabrewing, Rusty-fronted Tody-Flycather, Spot-breasted Woodpecker, White-banded Swallow, Black-faced Antbird, Peruvian Warbling-Antbird, Black Caracara, Plain-crowned Spinetail, Black-fronted Nunbird, Plain-crowned Spinetail, Plumbeous Kite, Little Woodpecker, Speckled Chachalaca and others. We will stay at a comfortable hotel in Satipo. (B, BL, D).

Day 15, 16   Satipo Road – Concepción

This is an important route due to the multiple habitats, not only along the way to Satipo but also in the outskirts of Comas.The first day (15) we will spend the whole day to the lowest part of this zone, and we possibly camp near Apalla. On the second day (16) we will go to the highlands of Comas, there exist two different ecosystems in which we can observe birds like Black-capped Donacobius, Rusty Flower-piercer, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager,  Creamy-crested Spinetail, Eye-ringed Thistletail, Blackish Rail, Rufous-sided Crake, Blue-and-yellow Tanager, Versicoloured Barbet, Torrent Tyrannulet, Red-crested Cotinga and Hummingbirds like the Shining Sunbeam, Giant Hummingbird, Tyrian Metaltai, Fire-throated Metaltail. Also we can find Crested Quetzal, Grey-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Barred Fruiteater, Yellow-throated Tanager, Barred Fruiteater, among others. On day 16 we will stay at a comfortable hotel in Concepción. (B, BL, D).

Day 17   Concepción – Lima

In the morning we depart from Concepción to Lima. We will make several stops to birdwatch on the road for example in Ticlio and surroundings, we will take the road to Marcopomacocha and get the left side of the paved road to Santa Eulalia Valley, during all this birdwatching route we will look for the endemic White-bellied Cinclodes (E), Eared Dove, Rufous-breasted Warbling-Finch, Mourning Sierra-Finch, Rusty-bellied Brush-Finch como también a Black-necked Woodpecker(E), Black-winged Ground-Dove, Greenish Yellow-Finch, Bronze-tailed Comet, Oasis Hummingbird, Purple-collared Woodstar, Peruvian Sheartail, Mourning Sierra-Finch, Peruvian Sierra-Finch,  Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant, Rusty-bellied Brush-Finch(E), White-winged Cinclodes, Canyon Canastero, Rusty-crowned Tit-Spinetail(E), Streaked Tit-Spinetail, Great Inca-Finch(E), Peruvian Pygmy-Owl, Puna Snipe, Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe, Gray-breasted Seedsnipe and if we are lucky enough watch the Andean Condor. Stay in a hotel in Lima. (B, BL, D).

Day 18   Lima – Villa Marshes

We will spend all day visiting the Villa Marshes, Villa Marshes is an important RAMSAR site that was born due to the rising of sea water, and is the habitat of many species associated to the marine ecosystems such as  Pied-billed Grebe, Great Grebe, Slate-colored (Andean) Coot, Puna Ibis, White-tufted Grebe, Cinnamon Teal, White-cheeked Pintail, Franklin’s Gull, Gray-hooded Gull, Neotropic Cormorant, Black-necked Stilt, Wren-like Rushbird, House Wren, Peruvian Meadowlark, Yellow-hooded Blackbird and many migratory species.

In the afternoon, we will go back to the hotel, at a suitable time we will depart to the Jorge Chavez Airport to take our flight home. Assistance at the Lima Airport. (B, L).

 

Days: 18 days

Departure: April to November

Including: Meals (if not otherwise indicated), guiding, double accommodation with private bathroom, basic hotel at some points in the route.

Not included: Air tickets, Alcoholic and bottled drinks.

 

Price  US$ 3420.00  (Min. 4 people)

Single Sup: US$ 230.00