Day 0. Best if you could be in Lima in the afternoon to fetch a flight the same evening to Chiclayo. This year LAN leaves at 20.05 and Avianca/Taca 21.10. Alternatively, add a day at the beginning for a Pelagic in Lima. Always a lot of fun and great species. It would give you some contingency if bags are lost on the way. Other Lima excursions are also available as pretrips.
Day 1. Bosque Pomac- Chaparri. Night at Chaparri. Tumbes Swallow, Peruvian Plantcutter, Rufous Flycatcher in Bosque Pomc and White-winged Guan, White-tailed Jay, Tumbes Tyrant, Collared Antshrike, West Peruvian Screech-Owl in Chaparri
Day 2. Casupe (replaces more famous Abra Porculla site and give pretty much the same birds. Habitat is better and thus better birding. Guayaquil Woodpecker, Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner, Rufous-necked Foliage-gleaner, Piura Chat-Tyrant, Chapman's Antshrike, Black-cowled Saltator, etc. In the mid-morning we bird Tinajones dam for Great Grebe and Comb Duck. Puerto Eten in afternoon for Peruvian Tern, Least Seedsnipe and Tawny-throated Dotterel. Night in Chiclayo.
Day 3. Second chance if necessary at Rafan for Peruvian Plantcutter, otherwise very early start for Cajamarca. Unicolored Tapaculo en route Afternoon will be spent looking for Gray-bellied Comet. NIght in Cajamarca.
Day 4. Morning searching for Great Spinetail at San Marcos. The species has become difficult there in recent years, why the above extension also makes sense for having a better chance for this species. Afternoon drive and birding to Celendin. White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant Plain-tailed Warbling-Finch, Rufous-eared Brush-Finch and Black-crested Tit-Tyrant and the Cajamarca ssp of Rufous Antpitta (certainly a good species) are possible. If time permits we shall look for Jelski's Chat-Tyrant in the afternoon near Celendin. Night in Celendin.
Day 5. We start at El Limon on the way to Balsas, where we have the chance to clear up on the endemics of the region, such as Buff-bellied Tanager, Grey-winged Inca-Finch, Greater Spinetail, Chestnut-backed Thornbird and Marañon Thrush. Lower down we shall look out for flocks of Yellow-faced Parrotlet and Peruvian Pigeon. On the other side of the Marañon valley close to the high pass of Abra Barro Negro we shall look for Russet-mantled Softtail, Peruvian Thistletail (likely split from White-chinned Thistletail), Coppery Metaltail, intermedius form of Blackish Tapaculo (probably also a good species) are possible. Night in Leymebamba.
Day 6. We shall explore the temperate forests of Atuen valley for Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Northern Mountain Cacique, Red-hooded Tanager and Peruvian (Buff-throated or Rufous-backed) Treehunter. There are good tanager flocks that are easy to see. Andean Condor is often seen in the area. The afternoon will be spent in the lovely gardens of Kenticafe looking for hummingbirds such as Purple-throated Sunangel, Rainbow Starfrontlet and Sword-billed Hummingbird. Nigh in Leimebamba.
Day 7. Predawn start to Chillo for Koepcke's Screech-Owl and selected stops along the Utcubamba river for Speckle-chested Piculet, Buff-bellied Tanager, Marañon Spinetail, Marañon form of Black-capped Sparrow, Marañon form of Speckle-chested Wren until we get to Jaen. Birding near Jaen in the afternoon for Marañon Crescentchest, Marañon Slaty-Antshrike and Chinchipe Spinetail, Also perhaps the Marañon subspecies of the Peruvian Screech-Owl. (all these ssp are potential and even likely future splits). Night in Jaen.
Day 8. Additional birding in the morning in Jaen looking for Little Inca-Finch and Shumba Antshrike -distinct subspecies of Collared Antshrike. The drive back to Pedro Ruiz with additional stops for Marañon Spinetail which can be tricky and then turn north to Pomacochas. We'll stop at Huembo to have a session with Marvelous Spatuletail and Little Woodstar, and a host of other hummingbird species. Night in Pomacochas
Day 9. In the morning we shall hike above San Lorenzo for Pale-billed Antpitta, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Russet-mantled Softtail and schulenbergi ssp of Plain-tailed Wren. Then we continue to Abra Patricia and Fundo Alta Nieva. NIghtsearch for Long-whiskered Owlet.
Day 10-12. Three full days in the are will be used to work the trails at Fundo Alto Nieva, The Owlet Lodge, The LSU trail and the flocks around Afluentes. The last night we transfer to Nueva Cajamarca. En route there we'll bird the amazing feeders at Aguas Verdes in the late afternoon. Cinereous and Little Tinamou, Rufous-breasted Wood-Quail and Orange-billed Sparrow, as well as the feeders with hummingbirds such as Green-fronted and Blue-fronted Lancebill and Black-breasted Brilliant.
Day 13. We may do an additional stop at Aguas Verdes in the morning both for the Wood-Quail which is often tricky, and to bird the trails. This is a good place for Zimmer's Antbird. The we continue via birding the savanna for Point-tailed Palmcreeper and Russet-crowned Crake. Often we have seen and heard Buckley's Forest-Falcon here. We spend the night Wakanqi Fruiteater Lodge outside of Moyobamba.
Day 14. Wakanqi lodge all day. Basically working the ridge trail for Mishana Tyrannulet, Roraiman Flycatcher, Short-tailed Antthrush, Black-and-White Tody-Flycatcher, Chestnut-throated Spinetail, Red-shouldered Tanager, Cinereous-breasted spinetail, Milky-rumped Manakin, possibly Black Manakin, Fiery-throated and Scarlet-breasted Fruiteaters. The area is good for Owls and Nightjars. Vermiculated Screech-Owl, Stygian Owl, Band-bellied Owl, Spectacled Owl, Subtropical Pygmy-Owl, Blackish Nightjar, Spot-tailed Nightjar, Rufous NIghtjar and Little Nightjar. Wakanqui
Day 15. Additional birding in the area and then travel to Tarapoto.
Oilbird en route. Visiting in Juan Guerra for Marañon Slaty-Antbird, Chestnut-throated Spinetail, Rufous Casiornis, Ashy-headed Greenlet in the afternoon.
Day 16. Morning at tunnel area for Dotted Tanager, Purplish Euphonia, Cock-of-the-Rock and Blackish Pewee and hummingbird feeders at Aconabikh with Kopecke's Hermit and Gould's Jewelfront and many more. You may add a program to search for Scarlet-bande Barbet or White-masked Antbird from Tarapoto.