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Satipo Road and Colibri Cloud Forest - Short 5 Day Tour


Eye-ringed Thistletail, Schizoeaca palpebralis. Satipo, Per? Photo:Juan Chalco

Promoting the recent community project at Satipo road we introduce this short trip that contains both excellent cloud forest birding and the endemic specialities that can not be seen on a short Carpish/Unchog trip.

For example we shall visit sites for exciting special birds such as Creamy-bellied Antwren, Cloud Forest Screech-Owl, Pasco Antpitta (undescribed species), Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Black-winged Parrot, Eye-ringed Thistletail, weskei form of Marcapata Spinetail, Junin Tapaculo, "Millpo Tapaculo" (undescribed species), Obscure Rufous Antpitta Grallaria (rufula) obscura, Fire-throated Metaltail, Black-spectacled Brush-Finch, "Mantaro Wren"  (undescribed species), "Mantaro Thornbird" (undescribed species) and "Apurimac Screech-Owl" (recently described subspecies of Koepcke's Screech-Owl - a rare tick).

There are also excellent gaudy birds such as Umbrellabird, two quetzals, Masked Trogon, Cock-of-the-Rock, Torrent Duck, Lyre-tailed and Swallow-tailed Nightjar. Satipo road has many similarities with the more famous Manu road.

The community project involves the building of a community lodge at Apaya and training of some of the residents to become local bird guides. The lodging is very basic before the lodge is built. There are 6 beds divided in two rooms in a community building. There are wash-up and toilet facilities but often only cold water. Linen, blankets and pillows are provided. The birding is outstanding!

  March 12 - 2020
April 11 - 2020

If the departure dates don't fit you, please suggest another date.

Outline of Satipo road program:

Bus to San Ramon

We shall take a comfortable night bus crossing the Andes,

Day 1:  Alto Pichita Reserve above San Ramon for Creamy-bellied Antwren, Maybe Chestnut-crested Cotinga. Oxapampa, Antenna road in late PM. Cloud forest Screech-Owl

At Alto Pichita above San Ramon we should find Tanager flocks, Cremy-bellied Antwren, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Lanceolated Monklet, Inca Flycatcher, Peruvian Tyrannulet, Cinnamon-faced Tyrannulet, Blackish Pewee and Scarlet-breasted Fruiteater. In the afternoon we reach Ulcumare Lodge in Oxapampa where we shall do some additional birding and look for Cloud-Forest Screech-Owl.

Scarlet-breasted Fruiteater, Pipreola frontalis. Satipo, Per? Photo:Juan Chalco

Day 2: Antenna AM. PM. Oxapampa-Satipo road. Night in Satipo.

If accessible we shall do the Antenna road, often it isn't. If not we shall bird around the lodge to start. Targets include Olive-tufted Flycatcher, Andean Guan, Scaly-naped Parrot, Black-winged Parrot, Barred Parakeet, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Amethyst-throated Sunangel, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Collared Inca, Pasco (Oxapampa) Rufous Antpitta, Bay Antpitta, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, Grass-green Tanager, Lachrymose Tanager, Peruvian Wren, Strong-billed Woodcreeper, and more.

Midmorning we shall drive on the new Oxapampa-Villa Rica road.There is remarkably good birding along this road. Birds seen here include: White-capped Tanager, Golden-headed Quetzal, Long-tailed Sylph, Olivaceous Greenlet, Bay Antpitta, Red-throated Caracara, White-winged Becard, Blue and Black Tanager. Around midday we will reach Villa Rica that has a splendid view over Laguna Oconal, which will be explored for Least Grebe, Blackish Rail and Wattled Jacana. We continue in the afternoon to Satipo passing through coffee plantations that provide additional possibilities. Night  in Satipo. Hotel San Luis. 

Day 3: Satipo road to Apaya.

Targets: Blue-browed Tanager, Russet Antshrike, Lanceolated Monklet, Rufous-sided Crake, Lemon-browed Flycatcher, Umbrellabird, Fasciated Tiger-Heron. Chestnut-crowned Gnateater, Hairy-crested Antbird (foothill form), Peruvian Piedtail. Afternoon birding the mid section of the road to Apaya village with Peruvian Tyrannulet, Cinnamon-faced Tyrannulet, Versicolored Barbet, Solitary Eagle, Black-and-Chestnut Eagle, Crested Quetazal, Torrent Duck, Deep-blue Flowerpiercer. Night  in Apaya at the communal basic guest house.

Day 4: Andamarca valley. Return to Apaya.

Early morning start for Andamarca valley. The climate is warmer and drier here. Many new species to science have been found here in recent years such as Black-spectacled Brush-Finch, a new Thryothorus wren and a new Thornbird. There may be more surprises. Since habitat is so different many species will be added to the list. Possibilities include Andean Ibis, White-winged Black.Tyrant, Black-backed Grosbeak, Golden-billed Saltator and others. Night in Apaya at the communal basic guest house.

Day 5: High altitude birding for Eye-ringed Thistletail, Millpo Tapaculo and Fire-throated Metaltail.

Birding Carrizales in the morning for Fiery-throated Metaltail, Eye-ringed Thistletail, obscura form of Rufous Antpitta, Pardusco, Tchudis and Millpo Tapaculo, Golden-plumed Parakeet and more.

Return to Lima via Ticlio pass. Lots on highland birds en route.  Don't schedule international flights from Lima airport before 11 PM. Plan your international flights accordingly. Best perhaps to add a night in Lima. If you continue with our Santa Eulalia and Marcapomacocha extension we will spend the night in Chosica. Cost: $45 for hotel and dinner.


DAY 1 Alto Pichita Reserve, San Ramon and Ulcumare Lodge, Oxapampa
DAY 2 Antenna road. Villa Rica road, Lago Oconal and drive to Satipo.
DAY 3 Satipo road to Apaya.
DAY 4 Andamarca valley. Return to Apaya.
DAY 5 Apaya-Lima

Price: US$ 1245 (Minimum 5 people).
Less than 5 people: (see pricing)
Single supplement: 70 US$

Land trip from Lima. All included except bottled drinks.


thank you for a great trip. It went beyond my expectations. Hit list was almost wiped clean.
Juan Jose was fine for my purpose. He knows the specialeties and where to find them.....his enthusiasm is hard to rival. He found me some great birds and I have no complaints whatsoever and would gladly use him again.
I will be calling you again when I decide to do the South. Maybe in november and rain is ok i'm English.. Thanks again Dave.
PS: Your driver also did a great job.

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