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Tumbes-Chiclayo: Birds, Pelagic, Beach and Culture

 
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 THE TOUR:

This trip has been commissioned by a birder and a non birding spouse. It is set to include both birding and not birding activities. It is a great little trip and very comfortable.

Day 0. We board the flight to Tumbes at 5 PM. Night and dinner in Tumbes.
 
Day 1. Very early morning we shall transfer to Tumbes forest to do some birdwatching. There are loads of Tumbesian endemics available here. Among the keybirds that we will try to see are Grey-backed Hawk, Pacific Royal Flycatcher, Ochre-bellied Dove, Ochraceous Attila, Henna-hooded Foliage-Gleaner, Grey-breasted Flycatcher, Blackish-headed Spinetail, Rufous-headed Chachalaca, Crested Guan, Slaty Becard, Scrub Antpitta, Ecuadorian Trogon, Grey-necked Parakeet, Guayaquil Woodpecker, Saffron Siskin and many more. In the after noon we transfer to Punta Sal resort. A comfortable hotel on the beach. .

Day 2. This morning we shall employ in the second Pelagic that Kolibri Expeditions arranges from Punta Sal. On the last one we had both Galapagis Petrel, Cook's Petrel, Waved Albatros, White-faced Storm-Petrel and Markham's Storm-Petrel. There will surely be surprises on this pelagic as well. In the afternoon we shall transfer to Piura, and make a visit to the mangroves of San Pedro de Vice, where Peruvian Tern has a stronghold. Other birds here include Chilean Flamingo and Black-bellied Whistling-Duck. NIght in Piura.

Day 3. In the morning we shall be birding the road to Lambayeque and when the heat sets in, we shall make our way to the aclaimed archaeological museum Sipán of the Mochica culture (1st-7th century AD). The findings at Sipan have been featured in National Geographic and been compared to the treasures of Tutanchamon, due to plenty gold objects found and the fact that the Lord of Sipan burial site had not been altered by treasure hunters. In the afternoon we shall visit Tinajones reservoir where one sometimes see Black-faced Ibis and then spend the rest of the afternoon at lovely Chaparri Lodge, where there are loads of birds in the fantastic setting. Here is the introduces White-winged Guan, White-tailed Jay, Collared Antshrike, Elegant Crescentchest and many more.

Day  4. The morning at Chaparri Lodge. In midmorning we trasfer to Bosque Pomac is a Prosopis (mesquite) woodland in the protected valley of the pyramids of Batan Grande from the Sican culture peaking around 1100 AD. The first hours at Bosque Pomac should produce Peruvian Plantcutter, Rufous Flycatcher, Tumbes Swallow and many other Tumbesian endemics. We carry on through the archeological reserve to Tucume where Thor Heyerdal made excavations in the 90s. The museum at the site is well worht a visit. Flight to Lima PM. Dep 18.50 Arr. 20.05

 


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Just returned from a great trip to Peru. Didn't do the east slope (with megadiversity) but did do Amazonas at Los Amigos biological station, Abra Malaga, Tumbes, Chaparri Lodge, Santa Eulalia, Cusco to Machu Picchu and Agua Calientes.

540+ species including 34 +/- antbirds. Had Point-tailed Palmcreeper at Los Amigos, fleeting look at Royal Cinclodes (will not count in my book but glad they are still at Abra Malaga (also had an adult Andean Condor there too).

Despite rumors of their demise we had 20+ Humboldt Penguins at Pucusana just an hour south of Lima as well as Seaside Cinclodes, Peruvian Thick-knee, and Slender-billed Finch at Canaette.

Kolibri was an excellent company with great guides in each location that really knew their birds and the best places to find them.

Brian Allen

 


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