Day 0. Night bus from Lima to Satipo.
The bus to Satipo leaves at 9.30 pm and is surprisingly comfortable. The trip lasts about 10 hours. Seats are foldable so you'll be resting in near horizontal position.
Day 1. Satipo to Rio Shima
Arriving in Satipo at 7 AM and met by our Van to drive to Puerto Ocopa and on to the small community of Shima. From here it is a 2 hour easy walk, although there are some streams that need to be forded, before we reach our camp where we shall stay for four nights.
Day 2-4. RIo Shima
Butterflies are everywhere as the site has been prepared by collectors with urine and dung and decaying fruit for years. There are many Morpho including the stunning Morpho rhetenor cacica as well as M. achilles, deidamia and didius, several Carias species, Marpesia Daggerwings, Callicore (88s), Agrias amydon and claudina, Prepona, Doxocopa Emperors, numerous Panacea prola, Phocides and Jemadia Paradise-skipper, Adelpha sisters, Riodinids, Pierids, Urania moths and numerous Swallowtails such as Papilio thoas. On the shaded trails there are Glasswing Ithomiines, Brassolines and Satyrines. Specifically rewarding may be a fresh Batesia hypochlora or a Calligo Owl.
Day 5. Rio Shima to Satipo.
After an additional morning butterflying at Rio Shima we shall return to Satipo for an overnight stay. Hotel San Luis, Satipo.
Day 6. Catarata Bayoz
We'll make a day visit to the impressive Bayoz waterfall. Butterflies mentioned from this area include Eurytides, Smyrna, Callicore, Siproeta, Colobura, Rhetus, Anthanassa, Rekoa, Pseudolycaena, Doxycopa and many more. Night in Satipo, Hotel San Luis.
Day 7-9 Satipo road - Colibri Cloud Forest
We shall start early from Satipo so we are in place near Mariposa (sic!) at 1200m when the butterfly activity starts. Catasticta, Pereute, Memphis and Parides are some of the genus that are found here. Morphos include cacica, didius and the yellow under-winged aurorae. Papilios include thoas, paeon and zagreus. We shall also pay a visit to the newly opened butterfly house here, which is an intent to provide specimens to collectors.
Higher up there are many endemic species. The area is poorly documented by butterfly watchers, so there will be some interesting exploration to do. We shall be based at the basic hostel that the people at Apaya/Calabazas have put up together with Rainforest Partnership.
On Day 9 we shall drive through Satipo and on to Tarma for an overnight stay.
Day 10. Drive back Lima.
After a hearty breakfast at the hacienda outside Tarma and looking for additional species of Nymphalidae, Lycaenidae and Pieridae in the beautiful garden, we'll drive back to Lima via Ticlio pass. At the high plains there are various species of Colias.
We shall be back in Lima in time for evening flights out or if you prefer to stay at a hotel in Lima.