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50+ Hummingbirds Tour – Special offer - 12 Days

50+ Hummingbirds Tour – Special offer

This 12-day birding tour will show you more than 50 hummingbird species including Marvelous Spatuletail, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Royal Sunangel, and Long-tailed Sylph in the forests of North-Eastern Peru.

The tour starts around the Huallaga valley, at the relaxing Sumaj Lodge, on the shores of El Sauce Lake. From your room’s verandas or from the dining room (while having a drink or a snack !) you will enjoy a myriad of birds like flycatchers, tanagers, trogons, and much more; then we move to the hummingbird feeders of the ACONABIKH Conservation Centre, a place created for the conservation of the endemic Koepcke’s Hermit. Northwards, the tour continues along the Mayo valley and the Alto Mayo mountains, 7 hummingbird feeding stations along the road offer great opportunities to see about 35 hummingbird species, including rare species like the Royal Sunangel, or incredibly good looking hummers like Long-tailed Sylph, Booted Racket-tail, Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Rufous-crested Coquette or Wire-crested Thorntail. And last but not least, the Huembo Conservation Area is the only place in the world with great chances to see the spectacular Marvelous Spatuletail hummingbird.

Day 1
Day 1 - Lima

Arrive in Lima.

Overnight at Wyndham Lima Airport Hotel****.

Meals: None.

Day 2
Day 2 - Lima - Tarapoto - Sumaj Lodge

You will take a morning flight to the city of Tarapoto, upon arrival you will be transferred to the Sumaj Lodge. Sumaj Lodge is a high standard lodge offering a relaxed birding around the gardens. They have hummingbird and tanager feeders just in front the room’s verandas. The most common hummingbirds around the lodge are Reddish and Rufous-breasted Hermits, Long-billed Starthroat, White-chinned Sapphire, Black-throated Mango, and some others; also, other common birds in the gardens are Blue-headed Parrot, Humboldt’s (Lettered) Aracari, Yellow-tufted Woodpecker, Boat-billed Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Elaenia, Purple-throated Euphonia, and more.

We will also take a boat trip to look for Sungrebe, and Hoatzins.

Overnight at Sumaj Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 3
Day 3 - Sumaj Lodge - Tarapoto - Moyobamba

Early in the morning you will drive to the ACONABIKH reserve, a private conservation area created to preserve the Koepcke’s Hermit, an endemic hummingbird of the Cordillera Escalera mountains. Other hummingbirds attending the feeders in the reserve are Gould’s Brilliant, Black-throated Brilliant, Pale-tailed Barbthroat, and others.

In the afternoon we will drive to our next lodge near the city of Moyobamba. On route we will make a short stop at Puente Quiscarrumi to look for a colony of Oilbirds that live under a bridge.

Overnight at Waqanki lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 4
Day 4 - Moyobamba

Waqanki is a family owned reserve in the montane forests near the city of Moyobamba. We will spend the full day at the hummingbird feeders and trails in the lodge’s property. At the hummingbird feeders the targets are Black-throated and Great-Billed Hermits, Black-throated Mango, Violet-headed Hummingbird, White-chinned Sapphire, Many-spotted Hummingbird, among others. From the canopy tower there are good chances to see Mishana Tyrannulet, Chestnut-eared Aracari, Crested Oropendola, and many others.

In the gardens of the lodge there are some feeders with fruit attracting different species of tanagers.

In the evening we can spend a couple of hours driving the 2 Km road near the lodge trying to find owls like Tropical Screech-owl, Striped Owl, Black-banded Owl, or Band-bellied Owl.

Overnight at Waqanki Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 5
Day 5 - Moyobamba - Arena Blanca Reserve - Abra Patricia

Today, we leave Waqanki and will dirve for about 2 hours to the town of Aguas Verdes for a visit to the Arena Blanca Reserve. This is a private reserve located in a patch of white-sand forest. We plan to spend most of the day at the hummingbird and tinamou feeders. Regular visitors at the hummingbird feeders are Blue-fronted Lancebill, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, Wire-crested Thorntail, Rufous-crested Coquette, Black-throated Brilliant, just to mention a few. The Tinamou feeders are good for Grey-necked Wood-rail, Rufous-breasted Wood-quail, Little and Cinereous Tinamous, and others. Northern Chestnut-tailed (Zimmer’s) Antbird, Huallaga (Black-bellied) Tanager, Dark-breasted Spinetail, are quite common and easy to see in the reserve trails.

We will take our picnic lunch at the reserve. By mid-afternoon we will depart towards Abra Patricia lodge. The lodge is strategically located inside the Abra Patricia Protected Area, surrounded by pristine montane cloud forest.

Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, boxed-lunch, dinner.

Day 6
Day 6 - Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge

Full day at the hummingbird feeders. Will have ample time to enjoy the myriad of hummingbirds coming to the feeders, only some of which may include: Green Violetear, Long-tailed Sylph, Speckled Hummingbird, White-bellied Woodstar, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Fawn-breasted Brilliant, Emerald-bellied Puffleg, and Collared Inca.

Also, regular visitors to the lodge gardens are White-sided Flowerpiercer, Yellow-bellied Brush-finch, Sierran Elaenia, Flame-faced Tanager, and many other colourful birds. A family of Tayras also walks around the gardens regularly.

Optionally, by mid-afternoon we could hike the Long-whiskered Owlet trail, looking for this mythical owl.

Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 7
Day 7 - Abra Patricia: Fundo Alto Nieva Hummingbird Feeders

Today we spend the morning photographing at the hummingbird feeders at Fundo Alto Nieva. Possible visitors to the feeders are Amethyst-throated Sunangel, Royal Sunangel, Booted Racket-tail, Buff-thighed Puffleg, Rufous-vented Whitetip, and White-tailed Hillstar.

We will drive back to the Owlet Lodge for lunch.

Afternoon birding around the parking lot of the lodge looking for the endemic Lulu’s (Johnson’s) Tody-Flycatcher and Yellow-Scarfed Tanager.

Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 8
Day 8 - Alto Mayo Protected Forest: La Llanteria Hummingbird Feeders

The first hours of the morning we will have another chance to photograph Lulu’s (Johnson’s) Tody-Flycatcher and Yellow-Scarfed Tanager. Then we drive down the mountains for a visit to the La Llanteria feeders, our targets are Grey-chinned Hermit, White-tipped Sicklebill, and Ecuadorian Piedtail. We will take a boxed-lunch at La Llantería.

In the afternoon we will do a short walk around La Llanteria looking for special birds like Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Blue-cowled (Versicolored) Barbet, Collared Trogon, and maybe some woodpeckers, woodcreepers, and tanagers.

Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, boxed-lunch, dinner.

Day 9
Day 9 - Abra Patricia - Huembo Lodge

We plan to spend the morning at the hummingbird feeders. After lunch we will drive for about one hour towards Huembo Lodge. Huembo is a nature reserve created to protect the endemic Marvelous Spatuletail hummingbird; other hummingbirds attending the feeders might be Andean Emerald, Brown Violetear, White-bellied Hummingbird, Purple-throated Woodstar, or White-bellied Woodstar. The forest inside the reserve is also an excellent place for Sickle-winged and Andean Guans, Black-billed (Southern Emerald) Toucanet, Speckle-chested Piculet, Rufous-capped Antshrike, White-sided Flowerpiercer, Silvery Tanager, and many others.

Overnight at Huembo Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 10
Day 10 - Huembo Lodge - Chachapoyas

We spend the morning at the hummingbird feeders and birding the trails around the lodge. After lunch we will drive for about two hours to hotel Hacienda Achamaqui, near the city of Chachapoyas. From here we will explore the archaeological site of Kuelap. The gardens at the hotel could provide an extra hummingbird for the trip: the Spot-throated Hummingbird, a Marañon valley endemic. Despite there are not hummingbird feeders at the hotel, the bird is quite common in the gardens.

Overnight at Hotel Hacienda Achamaqui.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 11
Day 11 - Kuelap

This morning we will drive to the town of El Tingo Nuevo for the visit to Kuelap archaeological site. There we will take a cable car to take us to the top of the Kuelap mountain. Here, we will find an imposing building on the edge of a deep cliff. Recent archaeological research points out that this could have been an important religious centre dedicated to the Chachapoyans gods, probably the god of thunder and rain. An impressive 2,000 feet long wall surrounds the citadel, the gates or main entrances are constructed as narrow walled passageways that continue to narrow as they reach upwards and into the fortress, so the income would remain restricted to the complex. The site has been elected “the best far and away overseas attraction” in 2017 by the National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards in the UK. Possible hummingbirds around Kuelap are Green and Black-tailed Trainbearers, Shining Sunbeam, Tyrian Metaltail, Purple-throated Woodstar, and some more.

Overnight at Hotel Hacienda Achamaqui.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 12
Day 12 - Chachapoyas - Lima

At proper time you will be transferred to the Jaen airport for the flight to Lima for your international connections.

Meals: Breakfast.

Some of the hummingbirds expected to see in this trip are:

Koepcke’s Hermit, Gould’s Brilliant, Black-throated Brilliant, Pale-tailed Barbthroat, Black-throated Hermit, Black-throated Mango, Violet-headed Hummingbird, White-chinned Sapphire, Many-spotted Hummingbird, Blue-fronted Lancebill, Wire-crested Thorntail, Rufous-crested Coquette, Long-tailed Sylph, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Fawn-breasted Brilliant, Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Collared Inca, Amethyst-throated Sunangel, Royal Sunangel, Booted Racket-tail, Buff-thighed Puffleg, Rufous-vented Whitetip, White-tailed Hillstar, Ecuadorian Piedtail, Marvelous Spatuletail, Andean Emerald, White-bellied Hummingbird, Purple-throated Woodstar, White-bellied Woodstar, Spot-throated Hummingbird, Black-tailed Trainbearer, Shining Sunbeam, Tyrian Metaltail

What is included?

  • Lodging as described in the itinerary
  • Ground transportation and driver throughout the tour
  • English speaking bird guide
  • All entrance fees for nature reserves
  • Meals as mentioned in the program
  • Applicable taxes, fees, and licenses

What is not included?

  • International or domestic airfares
  • Airport departure taxes or visa fees
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled water
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Laundry
  • Pone calls or messages
  • Reconfirmation of flights and items of personal nature.
Wildlife Reviews
5 stars
- based on 2  reviews
  1. Fantastic birding, expert guide
    Dominic Mitchell12 Nov 2018







    I've visited Peru twice in recent years, and both times I had the pleasure of having Wilson Diaz of Green Tours as my guide. On the most recent occasion he prepared an excellent itinerary and handled all the logistics, while also liaising on my travel arrangements with the tourist board and other organisations. Wilson always replied quickly and helpfully to my emails, and while in Peru went to great lengths to ensure the trips were a success, accommodating last-minute changes I made to the itinerary without any fuss. In the field, his knowledge of Peruvian birds was excellent and made all the difference to key species not being missed. I would liked to have spent longer at some of the sites we visited, but it was my time constraints that prevented this, not the itinerary Wilson devised. The highlight of our time together was seeing a pair of Diademed Sandpiper Plovers and three Andean Condors among a host of other exciting species at high-altitude in the Andes, all preceded by a feast of an outdoor breakfast served at a table with chairs in the middle of an Andean plateau - an amazing experience! Cumulatively on those two shortish trips we logged almost 500 species, a total which speaks for itself. In summary, the birding was spectacular and I have no hesitation in recommending Wilson Diaz and Green Tours for anyone wanting to maximise the potential of their birding trip to Peru. I'm already looking forward to my next trip!
  2. Three weeks in Peru
    Tim Birkhead04 Sep 2017







    We recommend Wilson Diaz whole heartedly: excellent organisation, charming personality, very good English, prompt responses to emails. especially notable was when two of our internal flights were disrupted he swung into action and seamlessly re-schedule our arrangements. 10/10. Lodges: Cock of Rock Lodge: perhaps our favourite; one could birdwatch from the veranda and see a succession of birds such as tanagers and hummingbirds. Food excellent, accommodation good; candles for lighting, no wifi or phone signal (but didnt expect that). Manu Research Centre: A 7h boat trip to here. Highlights here included a hand-reared adult tapir, excellent canopy tower and macaw clay lick (a 30 min boat ride away). Ox-box lake birding by boat was cool and relaxing. The lodge boasted wifi, but there wasn't any. This lodge had a sense of care-less management. Tambotpota Research Centre (TRC): coming here it was obvious one had moved into a protected zone, there was much more wildlife, including a jaguar, which made our trip. However, our room here was in an area of the lodge under construction, and was unfinished. The place was a building site with noisy machinery. TRC should have warned us and/or offered a price reduction. Food was excellent, staff charming, parrot clay lick good. Refugio Amazonas; one night here on our way to Maldonado to fly home: Harpy Eagle and chick at nest and an anaconda were fantastic. Guides: Juan Chalco: excellent in every respect: company, birding,breadth of interest, good sense of humour. Oscar Mishaja: also excellent with detailed local knowledge of TRC - a very determined and effective birder. In three weeks: 350 bird species, 15 mammals, hundred (probably 1000s) of insect species including fabulous moths and butterflies.

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Why book with Green Tours?

Green Tours, the trade name of Cheqa Peru SRL, is a Peruvian tour operator company stablished in 2006 with the objective to offer high quality ground services for tourism operations in Peru with innovation, comfort, safety, and commitment with our social and environmental responsibilities. The last few years Green Tours has established itself as an important Peruvian tour operator, providing ground logistics for American, Canadian and British birding companies like Wings, Paradise Birding, Sunrise Birding, Worldwide Birding Tours, Sierra Club, Avocet Tours, and Heatherlea. Green Tours is part of a Carbon Neutral partnership to offset the carbon footprint for its operations, with this partnership we are helping to improve the conservation efforts in the Tambopata National Reserve. Also, since 2016 we are supporting small conservation efforts in north western Peru for the conservation of the habitat of the tropical dry forest, specially the habitat of the Peruvian Plantcutter. Currently, our General Manager is the executive director of APTAE (the Peruvian Association for Eco and Adventure Tourism). Our Sales and Marketing Manager, Wilson Díaz, is an active birder and has been travelling with birding groups since 2001 providing logistic support for several companies. Also, we have created “Asociación Green Tours”, a non-profit organization aimed to support conservation initiatives for endangered species like Grey-bellied Comet and Peruvian Plantcutter.

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Tour Facts

  • Northeast Peru
  • Set Departure
  • Set Departure Tour
  • Birds
  • 4 to 8 pax
  • 12 days
  • Leisurely
  • English
  • Lima airport
  • Lima airport