Day 0: 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.
At Alto Pichita above San Ramon we should find targets such as Black-winged Parrot, Cremy-bellied Antwren, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Lanceolated Monklet, Inca Flycatcher, Peruvian Tyrannulet, Cinnamon-faced Tyrannulet, Blackish Pewee and Scarlet-breasted and Fiery-throated Fruiteaters.
Other birds 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, Bay Antpitta, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, Grass-green Tanager, Lachrymose Tanager, Peruvian Wren, Strong-billed Woodcreeper and more.
We continue in the afternoon to Satipo passing through coffee plantations that provide additional possibilities. Night in Satipo. Hotel San Luis.
Day 2: Satipo road to Apaya.
We shall bird the loweer part of Satipo road. The possibilities are enormous 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 3: 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 4: High altitude birding for Eye-ringed Thistletail, Jalca Tapaculo and Fire-throated Metaltail.
Birding Carrizales in the morning for Fiery-throated Metaltail, Eye-ringed Thistletail, obscura form of Rufous Antpitta, Chestnut Antpitta (Pasco form) Pardusco, Tchudis and Jalca Tapaculo (recently described), Golden-plumed Parakeet and more. There is also a Polylepis woodland that holds Royal Cinclodes and Ash-breasted Tit-Tyrant which we may visit if time permits.
We return to La Merced for an overnight stay at Hacienda Armorique
Day 5: Cloud Forest Screech-Owl and Cerulean-capped Manakin
Above Hacienda Armorique is an excellent area for the rare Cloud Forest Screech-Owl. We shall make a visit pre-dawn. Afterwards we continue birding the area for Cerulean-capped Manakin, Creamy-bellied Antwren and many more. At midmorning we break to drive back to Lima. At Ticlio we shall stop to look for White-bellied Cinclodes.
We can get to the airport for flights leaving at 8pm or later, but flights earlier than this would be risky. If you have more time, you can consider staying overnight in San Mateo and the next day drive via Diademed Sandpiper-Plover and White-cheeked Cotinga down through Santa Eulalia Canyon with many endemics to reach a flight 7 pm or later. Let us know!