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North Peru: Budget Birding Chiclayo to Tarapoto 8 days


A short trip that concentrates on seeing the Long-whiskered Owlet, Marvelous Spatuletail and many of the other special birds of the Abra Malaga area.

On this trip we provide the same birding experience as on our more expensive North Peru trip, but here we chose lodging to provide a better value and to provide more sightings. We currently use a newly built basic cabins at Alta NIeva rather than the Owlet Lodge. Nearby there are no less than two territoires of the mythical Long-whiskered Owlet. We sometimes also bird the excellent LSU trail within the Altto Mayo Reserved Zone

The trip also gives many other good species. High on everyone's list is Marvelous Spatuletail. Also Peruvian Plantcutter and White-winged Guan will be searched for on this trip.

No Departures for this Tour

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

Day 1. Bosque Pomac and Quebrada El Limon. Peruvian Plantcutter and Tumbes Tyrant

Early arrival to Chiclayo with comfortable nightbus. Visit Bosque Pomac for the special birds Peruvian Plantcutter,Tumbes Swallow and Rufous Flycatcher and common birds such as Necklaced Spinetail, Scarlet-backed Woodpecker, Streak-headed Woodcreeper, Superciliaried Wren.  En route to Olmos we search for Tumbes Tyrant. Afternoon at Quebrada El Limon for White-winged Guan, Guayaquil Woodpecker, Pacific Elaenia and many more. Night in Olmos.

Day 2. Porculla pass and Jaen. Marañon Crescentchest and Black-cowled Saltator

In the morning we shall be birding near Abra Porculla for Black-cowled Saltator, Elegant Crescentchest, Chapman's Antshrike, Henna-hooded and Rufous-necked Foliagegleaner, etc. In the afternoon we shall be birding near for Chinchipe Spinetail, Marañon Crescentchest, Marañon (Northern) Slaty Antshrike etc. Night  in Jaen.

Day 3. Jaen to Pomacochas. Little Inca-Finch and Marvelous Spatuletail.

Early search for Little Inca-Finch and departure to Pomacochas. Afternoon birding at Centro de Interpretacion Huembo where there are feeders to which Marvelous Spatuletail comes into. Other hummingbirds include Little Woodstar and Emerald-bellied Puffleg. (Charge for feeders: $10 is paid at the site). NIght in Pomacochas.

Day 4. San Lorenzo trail. Pale-billed Antpitta and Russet-mantled Softtail

Taking the newly built road at the RIo Chido brigde we continue to the small community of San Lorenzo. The community have built an "Inca Trail" like trail to reach the Chusquea bamboo patches above the village. Although it is quite steep, it is not far. The distance is about 1 km, and we go very slowly. It is possible to arrange horses if notice is given far ahead of time. There has been very high percentage of sightings of the rare and endemic Pale-billed Antpitta here. Other birds frequently seen in this area are Russet-mantled Softtail, schulenbergi race of Plain-tailed Wren (possibly a split), Rusty-tinged Antpitta, Chestnut-crested Cotinga and many more. (There is a small charge of 10 soles per person to pay to the community for the use of the trail).

If you don't feel like trailing, it is possible to spend another miorning at the feeders at Huembo to additionally try to capture a photo of the Marvelous Spatuletail.
In the afternoon we continue to Abra Patricia and bird our way to the Alta Nieva cabins. We hope to encounter Lulu's Tody-Tyrant, Subtropical Cacique, Yelllow-scarfed Tanager, Metalllic-Green Tanager, White-capped Tanager,an undescribed form of Bicolored Antvireo (possibly a good species) and many more

In the late afternoon we will be in position to search for Long-whiskered Owlet. 

Day 5. Alta Nieva Platform.  Long-whiskered Owlet and Royal Sunangel. 

If we miss the Owlet we shall be up pre-dawn looking for it again. Other brids regularly encountered at Alta Nieva include Royal Sunangel (which come to the feeders) Rusty-tinged, Chestnut and Ochre-fronted Antpittas, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Cinnamon-breasted Tody-Tyrant are other possibilities this day.

At night we shall be searching for Cinnamon Screech-Owl and Rufous-bellied Night-Hawk.

Additional night at the Alta NIeva cabins 

Day 6 LSU Trail. Royal Sunangel and Bar-winged Wood-Wren.

We shall bird the LSU trail which has excellent forest. It is still possible to see the endemic and threatened Yellow-tailed Woolly Monkey here.  Among the birds, the possibilities include Umbrellabird, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, . Black-mandibled Toucan, Equatorial Graytail, Gray-mantled Wren, Ecuadorian Tyrannulet, Foothill Antwren, the endemic Speckle-chested Piculet, Versicolored Barbet, Golden-winged and Jet Manakin, and a wide variety of tanagers including the scarce Vermilion Tanager.

Day 7 Afluentes - Moyobamba. 

We bird Afluentes in the morning for Speckle-chested Piculet, Cock of the Rock, Ecuadorian Piedtail and Napo Sabrewing among the hummers,. Additional birding near Abra Patricia n the morning. In the afternoon we shall drive to Rioja. Near Rioja we shall look for birds in the vecinity of Yacumama, which is good for Buckley’s Forest-Falcon, Point-tailed Palmcreeper, Blackish Nightjar, Fiery-capped Manakin, Yellow Tyrannulet, Rufous Casiornis and Great-billed Seed-Finch. In the late afternoon near Rioja we will be looking for Russet-crowned Crake. Night in Moyobamba

Day 8 Moyobamba-Tarapoto. Buckley's Forest Falcon and Oilbird

Birding the hummingbirds feeders at Wakanqui with Rufous-crested Coquette, Black-throated Hermit and many more. 18 species of Hummingbirds have been seen in a mere 2 hours here. Also nearby both Varzea Thrush and Mishana Tyrannulet.

 Drive to Tarapoto with a stop at the oilbirds at Quiscarumi gorge. Fly to Lima or continue on a 5 day extension to Cajamarca or Scarlet-banded Barbet extension.



Option: Long whiskered Owlet North Peru special Days: 8
Price: US$ 2080 (Minimum 5 people).
Less than 5 people: (see pricing)
Single supplement: 100 US$
Includes: hotels, Food, transport, guiding, Does not include bottled drinks in restraurants. Young birders up to 25 years old can join this trip for 950$. Surcharges: Owlet Lodge: $160. Fight to Chiclayo and back to Lima from Tarapoto cost around $200 - if you book well in advance sometime less. Flight to Chiclayo leaves at 15.45 on the day prior to the start.. Overnight in Chiclayo, including transfer from airport and dinner $45. Entrance to Hummingbird feeders at Huembo is $10.

We wanted to thank you for your support in getting prepared for our trip, finding a hotel and getting flights arranged on our trip.  It was a life changing experience for Maia and I...Peru and it's people are just wonderful...
I also wanted to praise your staff:
  • Alex was incredible...he was patient, indefatigable and an incredible birder
  • Henri was frankly the best driver we could have hoped for...especially on some of the very difficult roads we had to navigate...at no time did we ever feel unsafe.  He was very professional and we counted on him a great deal.
Chris Paddock, Pennsylvania

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