Day 1 Tarapoto-Yurimaguas. Birding tunel area and ACONABIKH reserve at km 34.
We head off for the Yurimaguas road and the tunnel area, which is a classic site for difficult and local Dotted Tanager, Purplish Euphonia and Blackish Pewee. The area is also good for Wattled Guan, Cock of the Rock, Cliff Flycatcher and tanager flocks.
At km 24.5 we shall leave the roadside to bird at ACONABIKH reserve and enjoy one of Kolibri Expeditions famous field lunches and bird the feeders for uncommon endemic Koepcke’s Hermit and the sparsely occurring Gould’s Jewelfront, among many other hummingbirds. Nearby, there has recently been a day perch for Long-tailed Potoo. On the trail to the lek of Golden-headed Manakin, we may have luck to find an army antswarm with Hairy-crested Antbird and White-plumed Antbird attending. Recently there has been a staked out Long-tailed Potoo here. In the afternoon we continue to Yurimaguas for an overnight stay.
Day 2. Flight desde Yurimaguas a San Lorenzo
We shall be early at the airport even though the flight will not leave until 7 AM the earliest. This is one of the most unreliable services of all of Peru, and even though we will have a reservation, we may often get bumped by locals who have preference. All too often have we been told to charter the aircraft. All passengers should carry at least $200 extra in case this happens. We shall make frequent requests from our office to prevent this, but best to be prepared in any case.
In any case we hope to arrive in San Lorenzo well before lunch, to do birding most of the remaining day. Apart from the White-masked Antbird, we shall look for Black-necked Red-Cotinga, etc. Basic lodging in San Lorenzo.
Day 3 Nov 26. San Lorenzo
All day at San Lorenzo. We may need to find an antswarm to spot our target even if it often has been lured out with careful playback. Other possibilities include.
Green-tailed Goldenthroat, White-eared Jacamar, Black Bushbird, Lunulated Antbird, Short-billed Leaftosser, Three-striped Flycatcher, Black-necked Red-Cotinga and Western Striped and White-crowned Manakins.
If time permit, one may even try to do a boat trip looking for river island specialities. Basic lodging at San Lorenzo.
Day 4. Flight to Yurimaguas and travel to Bellavista.
Midmorning we return to Yurimaguas where are van is waiting and drive via the tunnel area again to Tarapoto. Some people will contntinue this day to do our 5 day Marvelous Spatuletail and Owlet twitch or contnue to the little town of Bellavista 2 hours south of Tarapoto for the Scarlet-banded Barbet.