North Peru 3: Chiclayo – Tarapoto

This is a fantastic trip for birding, is one of the main routes, we go past by many habitats, this route has at least 700 species of birds,  is a highly endemic route. It is important to note that this route is the one that crosses Peru that’s why it is merely endemic. We will pass from the Peruvian desert coast to the clouded forest in Abra Patricia and the Wetlands of the high jungle.

Day 0.    Reception at Lima Airport.

Transfer to the hotel of your preference. Briefing.

Day 1     Lima – Chiclayo – Chaparry

At the time previously arranged we head for the Airport to take the domestic flight to Chiclayo.

To arrive to this famous conservation area, we take the asphalted highway to the Chongoyape surroundings, then take a road to the private conservation area of Chaparry. The Private Conservation Area of Chaparry belongs to the community of Chongoyape, it is framed by the Equatorial Dry Forest, here we will be able to observe many species of birds, among them the previously considered extinguished and now rediscovered White- Winged Guan together with 190 more species that live in this Reserve. On our walk through the path it is possible to observe the White Tail Deer and   Sechura Fox. We will spend all day in Chaparry. Depending on the season and weather conditions we can observe Peruvian Sheartail, Little Woodstar, Long-billed Starthroat, Cinereous Finch, Tumbes Tyrant(E), Purple-collared Woodstar, Tumbes Hummingbird(E), Sulphur-throated Finch, Amazilia Hummingbirds, Oasis Hummingbird y Short-tailed Woodstar, besides the Pacific Parrotlet, Peruvian Pygmi Owl, Streak-Headed Woodcreeper, White-Tailed Jay, Tropical Parula, White-Edged Oriole among others. Overnight at Chaparry Lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 2.   Batan Grande – Bosque de Pomac

We get up early to have breakfast at the lodge.  In the morning we will have the last look at the Chaparry surroundings we will have the opportunity to see a beautiful show in the fountain near the Lodge, where many hummimbirds arrive every day to take a refreshing shower. Then we head for Batan Grande on our way we will make a stop at the reservoir of the Tinajones to find some grebes  and  ducks. In Batan Grande zone we will look for species like Gray-breasted Flycatcher, Pacific Parrotlet, Gray and gold Warbler, Sooty-crowned Flycatcher, in the bushes. The Bosque de Pomac is a Historic Sanctuary belongs to the Peruvian Government  with forest of Prosopis sp., we register at the reception and go into to look for the famous Peruvian Plantcutter(E) also the Superciliated Wren, Rufous Flycatcher, Tropical Gnatcacher, Fasciated Wren, Necklaced Spinetail, Baird’s Flycatcher and others. We depart to Olmos. Overnight in Basic hotel in Olmos.  (B,BL,D)

Day 3.    Olmos – Quebrada Frejolillo

Early in the morning we head for the Frejolillo stream we make a stop on the way to take breakfast in the dry forest, before the sun burns. This is a famous stream since the White-winged Guan that was extinct was rediscovered. We look for species like Golden-olive Woodpecker, Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner, White-headed Brush-finch, Baird’s Flycatcher, Tumbes Hummingbird (E), Guayaquil Woodpecker, Elegant Crescentchest, Red-masked Parakeet, Grey and Gold Warbler, Plumbeous-backed Thrush, Gray-breasted Flycatcher, Streak-headed Woodcreeper, Long-billed Starthroat and others. Overnight in basic hotel in Olmos. (B, BL, D)

Day 4.    Abra Porculla – Jaén

We will leave behind the arid coast and skirt the Andes along their lowest section, this pass  is called Abra Porculla, we  will make several stops and pay special attention in these previously set trails at the lowest part of the canyon also on the rocky walls near the highway to find the Ecuadorian Piculet, Black-and-white Seedeater, Yellow-bellied Seedeater, Elegant Crescentchest, Three-banded Warbler, Andean Tinamou, Black-cowled Saltator, Piura Chat-tyrant, Chapman’s Antshrike, Rufous-necked Foliage-gleaner, Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner and more. In the afternoon, we arrive to Jaén and stay overnight. (B, BL, D)

Day 5     Jaén – Pedro Ruiz –  Pomacochas

Early in the morning we depart to Pedro Ruiz and the Pomacochas Lake.We will make several stops between Jaén and Pedro Ruiz on the Marañón  basin to observe Marañón Crescentchest, Buff-bellied Tanager, Marañón Thrush, Chinchipe Spinetail, Northern(Marañon )Slaty-Antshrike, , Marañón Spinetail, Sooty-crowned Flycatcher. Along the highway Fernando Belaunde we will be able to find the Miltary Macaw, Speckle-breasted Wren, Black-capped Sparrow and listen to the Tataupa Tinamou and more others.As soon as we arrive to Pomacochas we will have lunch and leave to explore the Pomacochas surroundings, here will find Spotted Rail ,White-cheeked Pintail, Andean Lapwing, Pied-Billed Grebe, Puna Snipe. Overnight at a comfortable hotel in Pomacochas. (B, BL, D)

Day 6    Pomacochas – Chido  – Abra Patricia

After having breakfast at the hotel we will seek for the Marvelous Spatuletail, we can find this species in the field of a local citizen, he protects this bird. The meet will be astonishing since is the most wonderful and beautiful hummingbird. Then we will go down the hill, take the transport to Chido, this is a trail near Pomacochas Lake. In Chido trail we will walk by the riverside watching the shore across the river to find some mixed flocks and  the Speckled Hummingbird, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Collared Inca, Strong-billed Woodcreeper, Golden-headed Quetzal, Versicolored Barbet ,Torrent Duck, Chestnut-crested Cotinga , White-collared Jay, White-tailed Tyrannulet, White-banded Tyrannulet, Inca Flycatcher (E), Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan ,Andean Solitaire, White-capped Tanager, Silver-backed Tanagers  Mountain Velvetbreast and others. In the afternoon we will go to abra Patricia this a wooded land, we will stay at Long-whiskered Owlet Lodge. Overnight at the Lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 7, 8 Abra Patricia

We start early in the morning, this will be our operations center for these days, this will allow us move easily to the whole Abra Patricia  in the three sections and on the available trails in the site. The Abra Patricia is famous because LSU (Loiusiana State University) Expedition set up at this point  several years ago, being pioneers on Bird investigation in Perú . If we are lucky enough we can see and listen to the endemics Rusty-tinged Antpitta (E), Ochre-fronted Antpitta (E) and look for the Long-whiskered Owlet, the latest practically rediscovered. Also in the three sections of Abra Patricia  we will see species like Blue-browed Tanage, Johnson’s Tody-Tyrant, White-Capped Tanager, Metallic-green Tanager, Red-Hooded Tanager, Yellow-Scarfed Tanager, Montane Woodcreeper, Scaly-naped Parrot, Cinnamon-breasted Tody-Tyrant, Bar-winged Wood-Wren(E), Equatorial Graytail, Wedge-billed Hummingbird, Tyrranine Woodcreeper, Rusty-winged Barbtail, Spotted Barbtail, Royal Sunangel(E), Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Ochre-Fronted Antpitta, Bar-Winged Wood-Wren. We will take advantage of the moonlight for birding and near the lodge we will look for the  White-throated Screech-Owl, Rufous-banded Owl. A little far from the lodge we will try to find the Lyre-tailed Nightjar, Cinnamon Screech-Owl, Rufous-banded Owl, Rufous-bellied Nighthawk. Leaving in the morning  we will observe Lanceolated Monklet, Fiery-throated Fruiteater, Sharpe’s Wren, Sulphur-bellied Tyrannulet, Long-tailed Antbird, Large-footed Tapaculo, Fine-barred Piculet(E), Ecuadorian Tyrannulet, Black-crested Warbler, Scaled Fruiteater, Barred Becard, Golden-faced Tyranulet, Bicolored Antvireo. Overnight at the Long-whiskered Owlet Lodge.  (B,L,D)

Day 9   Afluente – Aguas Verdes – Rioja

We leave the Long-whiskered Owlet Lodge, short stops in two or three points at Abra Patricia to start going down to Aguas Verdes bridge, previously we will make a stop at Afluente town, here we will advance in the trail along the highway where we will observe in the lush vegetation the Scarlet-breasted Fruiteater, Ash-Throated Antwren, Vermilon Tanager among others. We make a stop at Aguas Verdes bridge go through a metal fence and advance by a small trail in order to observe the  Andean Cock-of-the-rock our National Bird, besides the Red-Ruffed Fruitcrow, Ecuadorian Piedtail, Napo Sabrewing, Black-mandibled Toucan and others. Overnight  at Fruiteater lodge in Moyobamba. (B,BL,D)

Day 10    Rioja – Yacumama – Morro Calzada

Feeling the increase of the temperature as we get close to Tarapoto, early in the morning we will visit  the Recreational Complex Yacumama, the owner of this place is protecting some hectareas of forest, we will be able to find some good species like Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Cobalt-Wingd Parakeet,Little Cuckoo, Violaceous Trogon, Ringed Kingfisher, Lafresnaye’s Piculet. The Speckled Chachalaca will give us a sonorous welcome, then we can listen to the Cinereous Tinamou song and  others, we will spend almost all the morning here in Yacumama. Lunch in  Rioja. In the afternoon we get on board to Morro Calzada. This is an amazing  stone formation in the Amazonic prairie,  it is possible to walk up to the top, from this point we will be able to see a beautiful landscape, however  we can bird species like Mishana Tyrannulet, Lafresnaye’s Piculet, Chestnut-Eared Aracari, White-Bellied Pygmy-Tyrant, Cinereous-Breasted Spinetail, among others in the surroundings. Overnight at Fruiteater lodge in Moyobamba. (B,BL,D)

Day 11    Tarapoto – Quebrada Upaquihua

We depart early in the morning to Quebrada Upaquihua on the way to Juanjui, have breakfast on the route, we will find a  Tropical  Deciduous Forest. This zone adjacent to Huallaga River is very important, here we can find the Ashy-Headed Greenlet, Mishana Tyrannulet, Planalto Hermit, Chestnut-Throated Spinetail. Going back to Tarapoto we get closer to the river to observe shorebirds associated to this ecosystem. Overnight at hotel in Tarapoto. (B, BL, D)

Day 12    Tarapoto – Zona del Tunel (Yurimaguas road)

We will have breakfast on the route. This day will be excellent, we road by an asphalted highway to Yurimaguas. Our birding trip is focused to the zone before the tunnel belonging to the high jungle, in the surroundings of the tunnel and after the tunnel which is a defined transition low jungle zone, here live many species for birding like Rufous-winged Antwren, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Ruddy Foliage-gleaner, Slaty-capped Flycatcher, Koepcke’s Hermit, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Golden-headed Manakin. We will spend all day in this area. In the afternoon we will go back to Tarapoto. Overnight at hotel in Tarapoto (B, BL, D)

Day 13   Tarapoto Surroundings

We will have breakfast at the hotel, then we head for the city surroundings for birding until it be the time to go to the Airport to take the flight to Lima. As per your flight itinerary, we will make the transfer to the International Airport, flight back to your country. (B)

Duration: 13 days

Included: All meals (unless contrary be indicated), guide, double accommodation with private bathroom, Air Tickets Lima – Chiclayo and Tarapoto – Lima.

Not included: Bottled alcoholic and soft drinks.

Price US$ 4898.00   (Min. 6 people).

Less than 6 people:

1 pax: 8214.00 US$

2 pax: 6803.00 US$

3 pax: 5723.00 US$

4 pax: 5378.00 US$

5 pax: 5138.00 US$

Single suplement:  390 US$