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Andean Endemics Birding Tour, Peru - 20 Days

Andean Endemics Birding Tour, Peru

Central and North Eastern Andes Birding Tour focusing on Endemics

This 20-day Andean birding tour focuses on finding some of Peru's key endemic species.

According to the updated list of HBW/BirdLife International, Peru has 136 endemic birds. This tour focusses on finding some of these magnificent Peruvian birds by travelling in the mountains of Peru.

This Andean birding tour begins on the western central Andes in Lima, around the Santa Eulalia valley and the coastal “Lomas” and marshes. Some of the species here are Surf Cinclodes, Coastal Miner, Rufous-breasted Warbling-finch, Black Metaltail and White-bellied Cinclodes to mention a few.

Then, we fly northwards to southern Cajamarca, to explore the Rio Marañon valley. First, we will explore the surroundings of the city of Cajamarca, looking for Grey-bellied Comet, Great Spinetail, Black-necked Woodpecker and Buff-bridled Inca-finch. In the Marañon valley itself, we will be looking for specialities like Peruvian Pigeon, Yellow-faced Parrotlet, Grey-winged Inca-finch, Chestnut-backed Thornbird and others.

After this, we will enter the eastern Andes, travelling around the cloud forests of Abra Patricia, into the forests of the valleys of the Mayo and Huallaga rivers. We expect to find up to 56 Peruvian endemics and another 57 range-restricted species*. The main attractions in the area are the Marvelous Spatuletail, Long-whiskered Owlet, Johnson’s (Lulu’s) Tody-flycatcher, Black-bellied (Huallaga) Tanager and Koepcke’s Hermit.

In this Andean bird watching tour, we will visit different kinds of habitats, ranging from the dry Pacific desert on the central west coast, the dry high elevation grasslands of central Peru, to the humid mountain forests of Abra Patricia, along with the dry forests of the Marañon and Huallaga valleys.

* We consider “range-restricted species” those species that can be found in small areas with unique habitats, shared with at least one contiguous country. Also, we count the species that have a relatively large distribution range but are rare in their very specific habitats.

The Andean birding tour is suited for intense birders, looking for the country’s endemic birds.

Top 5 reasons to take this tour:

  • Fantastic scenery of the high elevation mountains of the Andes.
  • A high number of endemic birds.
  • The high bird diversity of the cloud forests of the eastern slope of the Andes.
  • Great sights of the Marvelous Spatuletail hummingbird.
  • The Marañon valley and its impressive scenery and endemic birds diversity.

If you'd like to try an alternative tour, look at what this one has to offer Birdwatching Peru Cusco & Manu Lowlands Tour

Alternative Tour Name: The Endemics Paradise: Central and Northeastern Andes of Peru
Day 1
Day 1 - Lima

Arrival in Lima and transfer to the hotel in the Miraflores district.

Overnight at Hotel Casa Andina Select****.

Meals: None.

Day 2
Day 2 - Lima

This morning we will take our way south of Lima for about one hour to the Pucusana fishing port where we will take a boat to search for Humboldt Penguin, Inca Tern, Peruvian and Blue-footed Boobies, Guanay and Red-legged Cormorants, and Surf Cinclodes. Then we drive southwards for another hour to the "Lomas de Asia Reserve", to look for Thick-billed Miner, Coastal Miner, Cactus Canastero, Oasis Hummingbird, Collared Warbling-Finch; and, depending on the time of the year we could find Peruvian Sheartail and Raimondi’s Yellow-Finch. A common mammal in the area is the Vizcacha (Lagidium viscacia), a close relative to the Chinchilla.

After a picnic-lunch we will drive back to Lima, with a stop at the Villa Marshes, a protected area near the Pacific Ocean that is good for Great Grebe, White-tufted Grebe, Peruvian Thick-knee, Many-colored Rush-Tyrant, Wren-like Rushbird, Grassland Yellow-Finch, and lots of shorebirds.

Overnight at Hotel Casa Andina Select****.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic-lunch, dinner.

Day 3
Day 3 - Lima: the Santa Eulalia valley

Early morning drive for about two hours eastwards to the Santa Eulalia valley, on the western Andean foothills. The first stop is to pass the town of Santa Eulalia where we will take a picnic breakfast. Possible birds in the area are Black-necked Woodpecker, Peruvian Pygmy-Owl, Oasis Hummingbird or Purple-collared Woodstar. Then we will drive up the mountains to look for Great Inca-Finch, Streaked Tit-spinetail, Rusty-crowned Tit-spinetail, Raimondi’s Yellow-Finch, and Peruvian Sheartail.

At higher elevations (between 2,300 and 3,100 meters) we will look for Rusty-bellied Brush-Finch, Black Metaltail, Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant, Black-necked Woodpecker, and Rufous-breasted Warbling-Finch (although this bird is very rare, but this is the most reliable place to look for it).

Then we will drive back to San Eulalia for the overnight.

Overnight at Cabañas de Peter lodge.

Meals: Picnic-breakfast, picnic-lunch, dinner.

Day 4
Day 4 - Lima: the Santa Eulalia valley

Early morning drive for about three hours up the Santa Eulalia valley to an elevation of 3,870 meters to look for White-cheeked Cotinga. Other possibilities in this area are Andean Condor, Rusty-crowned Tit-spinetail, Giant Hummingbird, Black Metaltail, Golden-spotted Ground-Dove, among others.

Then we drive to lake Millpo to look for Giant Coot, Andean Goose, and Andean Gulls. We will take our picnic-lunch around this area. Not far from here we will star to look for Puna Snipe, Buff-breasted Earthcreeper, Striated Earthcreeper, Junin Canastero, Streak-throated Canastero, Dark-winged Miner, Yellow-bellied Siskin, Black Siskin, and more.

Then we will cross the mountain pass at an elevation of 4,800 meters, as we descent the other slope of the mountain range we will be looking for White-bellied Cinclodes, White-winged Diuca-Finch (sub-species magnirostre), Grey-breasted and Rufous-bellied Seedsnipes, Puna Tinamou, Taczanowski’s Ground-Tyrant, Diademed Plover, Black-breasted Hillstar, and Olivaceous Thornbill.

Overnight at a small hostel in the town of San Mateo.

Meals: Picnic-breakfast, picnic-lunch, dinner.

Day 5
Day 5 - San Mateo - Lima - Cajamarca

Morning drive back to Lima, we will drive straight to the airport for the flight to the city of Cajamarca. Once in Cajamarca you will be transferred to the hotel.

Overnight at Hotel La Ensenada****.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 6
Day 6 - Cajamarca

This morning we will drive to the Chonta valley to look for Grey-bellied Comet, Black Metaltail and Rusty-crowned Tit-spinetail. Other interesting possibilities there are Chestnut-naped Ground-Tyrant, Cajamarca Metaltail (the septentrionalis sub-species of Tyrian Metaltail), Andean Parakeet, Northern Andean Flicker, and more. The very rare Rufous-breasted Warbling-Finch is also possible (but rare !)

Then we will drive southeast near the town of San Marcos, this is one of the more reliable places to look for Great Spinetail. Other possibilities in the area are Buff-bridle Inca-Finch, Amazilia Hummingbird, Purple-collared Woodstar, Spot-throated Hummingbird, Black-necked Woodpecker, Chestnut-backed Thornbird, and Marañon Gnatcatcher.

Picnic-lunch in the field.

On our way back to Cajamarca we will stop at San Nicolas lake for another chance for Great Spinetail, along with other interesting birds like Andean Gull and Andean Duck.

Overnight at Hotel La Ensenada****.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic-lunch, dinner.

Day 7
Day 7 - Cajamarca

Early start birding the Abra Gavilán area, looking for Rufous-backed Inca-Finch and Unicolored Tapaculo. Other interesting birds here are Paramo Seedeater, Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant, Black-crested Tit-Tyrant, Purple-throated Sunangel, and Piura Hemispingus.

Then we drive for about two hours to the San Pablo area to look for Bay-crowned Brush-finch. Other interesting birds in the area are Pacific Parrotlet, Elegant Crescentchest, Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, Rufous-winged Tyrannulet, Streak-throated Bush-Tyrant, Three-banded Warbler, Collared Antshrike, Black-and-white Becard, and many more.

Overnight at Hotel La Ensenada****.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic-lunch, dinner.

Day 8
Day 8 - Cajamarca - Celendín

Today we will drive northeast towards the city of Celendín, with a few stops looking for Andean birds like Rufous Antpitta (cajamarcae subspecies), Jelski’s Chat-Tyrant, Northern Mountain Cacique, Many-striped Canastero, Blue-and-Black Tanager, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Black-crested Tit-Tyrant, White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant, Rufous-webbed Bush-Tyrant, Paramo Pipit, Shining Sunbeam, and many others.

Overnight in Celendín.

Meals: Breakfast, boxed-lunch, dinner.

Day 9
Day 9 - Celendín - Leymebamba

This morning we will enter the Río Marañon valley. The first stop is at El Limón to look for Grey-winged Inca-Finch, Chestnut-backed Thornbird, Marañon Thrush, Andean Emerald, Tumbes Tyrannulet, Ecuadorian Ground-Dove, Marañon Gnatcatcher, Lesser Goldfinch, Fasciated Wren, and Streaked Saltator. At lower elevations we could find Peruvian Pigeon, Yellow-faced Parrotlet, Buff-bridle Inca-Finch, Yellow-tailed Oriole, and Black-necked Woodpecker.

After crossing the Marañon river we will gain altitude again, as we get into more humid areas we will start to look for Coppery-naped Puffleg, Slate-throated Whitestart, Yungas Pygmy-Owl, Blackish Tapaculo, White-chinned Thistletail, White-throated and White-banded Tyrannulets, and more.

After the mountain pass of Calla Calla (also known as Barro Negro) we will be looking for Coppery Metaltail, Neblina Tapaculo, Large-footed Tapaculo, Superciliared Hemispingus, Moustached Flowerpiercer, Russet-mantled Softtail, Rainbow Starfrontlet, Mountain Velvetbreast, Purple-throated Sunangel, Purple-backed Thornbill, Speckle-faced Parrot, White-browed Spinetail, and many more.

Overnight in Leymebamba.

Meals: Breakfast, box-lunch, dinner

Day 10
Day 10 - Leymebamba - Huembo

In the morning we will drive along the Río Atuén valley for about 20 minutes to look for Southern Tawny Antpitta and Andean Condors, a couple of these birds is roosting in the cliffs by the valley. Other possibilities in this valley are Rufous-breasted Antpitta, Russet-mantled Softtail, Unstreaked Tit-Tyrant, Peruvian Citrine Warbler, Golden-headed Quetzal, Andean Guan, Masked Trogon, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Slaty-backed Chat-Tyrant, Slaty-backed Nightingale-thrush, Andean Slaty Thrush, Golden-browed Chat-Tyrant, Grey-breasted Mountain-toucan, and many more.

After lunch we will drive along the Utcubamba river towards our next lodge in Huembo.

Overnight at Huembo lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 11
Day 11 - Huembo - Abra Patricia

Huembo Conservation Center is a nature reserve created to protect the endemic Marvelous Spatuletail hummingbird, others hummingbirds attending the feeders here are Andean Emerald, Brown Violetear, White-bellied Hummingbird, Purple-throated Woodstar, Purple-throated Sunangel, White-bellied Woodstar. The forest inside the reserve is good for Black-billed Toucanet, Speckled-faced Parrot, White-sided Flowerpiercer, Northern Rufous-capped Antshrike, Silver-backed Tanager, and many others.

After lunch we will drive up a side road for about 15 minutes and then walk down the road looking for Peruvian Citrine Warbler, Sickled-winged Guan, Lacrimose Mountain-tanager, Pale-eyed Thrush, and many more. Then we will go straight to our next lodge at the famous Abra Patricia.

We will arrive to the Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge at by the end of the afternoon, In the gardens of the lodge you will have the time to seat comfortably and enjoy the myriad of hummingbirds coming to the feeders: Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Green Violetear, Long-tailed Sylph, Speckled Hummingbird, White-bellied Woodstar, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Collared Inca, and many more.

Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 12
Day 12 - Abra Patricia

This morning we will walk the “Grallaria trail” that starts in the upper part of the lodge and goes down the hill for about two and a half hours. The trail goes through humid mountain forest where birds like Ochre-fronted Antpitta, Chestnut Antpitta, Sharpe’s Wren, Chestnut-crested Cotinga and Golden-headed Quetzal have been seen regularly.

This afternoon we will have our first attempt to spot the enigmatic Long-whiskered Owlet, a tiny owl endemic to this mountain range. We will walk down a trail for about one hour to the first spot and wait until it gets dark, then our local guide will call the owlet. There are chances to find Ochre-fronted Antpitta, Bicolored Antvireo and White-fronted Nunbird along the trail. We will be back in the lodge at around 08:00 pm.

Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 13
Day 13 - Abra Patricia: Fundo Alto Nieva

Today we will explore the southeastern slope of the Abra Patricia mountains. Before departure we can do some birding around the parking lot that can bring superb birds like Lulu’s (Johnson’s) Tody-Flycatcher, Deep-blue Flowerpiercer, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, Grass-green Tanager, Rufous Spinetail and many others.

The first stop is at Fundo Alto Nieva, where the hummingbird feeders attract Royal Sunangel, Botted Rackettail, Tawny-bellied Hermit, Rufous-vented Whitetip, White-tailed Hillstrar, and a few other hummers. The forest around the house can produce White-capped Tanager, Crested Quetzal, Ornate Flycatcher, Green-and-black Fruiteater, and many more.

In the afternoon we will stay at the Owlet lodge to walk the “Tino trail” looking for birds like Masked Trogon, Yungas Pygmy-Owl, Variable Antshrike, White-backed Fire-eye, Rusty-tinged Antpitta, Northern Chestnut-breasted Wren, and flocks of tanagers with Golden-naped, Beryl-spangled, Saffron-crowned and Flame-faced Tanagers. More difficult to find, but yet possible, are mammals like Yellow-tailed Woolly-Monkey, Andean Night-Monkey, and Spectacled Bear.

Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 14
Day 14 - Alto Mayo Protected Forest

This morning we will explore the Alto Mayo Protected forest. This is located at a lower elevation than Abra Patricia and holds a different set of birds.

At the Mirador area we will look for birds like Subtropical Cacique, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Sickled-winged Guan, Bar-winged Wood-wren, Andean Solitare, Metallic-green Tanager, Blue-browed Tanager, and Yellow-throated Tanager.

After lunch at the lodge, we will drive back to lower elevations looking for birds like Slaty Antwren, Rufous-crested Tanager, Chestnut-crowned Gnateater, Bronze-green Euphonia, Marble-faced Bristle-tyrant, Olive-chested Flycatcher, and many more.

Near the town of Venceremos we will look for a lek of Andean Cock-of-the-Rock. This place is also good to look for Yellow-throated, Cuvier’s, and Yellow-ridged Toucans, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Golden Tanager, Blue-cowled (Versicolored) Barbet, Equatorial Greytail, and much more. The hummingbird feeders at La Llanteria attract Green Hermit, Grey-chinned Hermit, Violet-headed Hummingbird, and Ecuadorian Piedtail.

Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 15
Day 15 - Abra Patricia - Moyobamba

Today we will drive to the Mayo Valley. The first stop is at the “Arena Blanca Reserve” where the hummingbird feeders can produce Reddish Hermit, Blue-fronted Lancebill, Black-throated Brilliant, Rufous-crested Coquette, Blue-tailed Emerald, Wire-crested Thorntail, Many-spotted Hummingbird, and another 15 more species of hummingbirds. The Tinamou feeders are usually visited by Cinereous and Little Tinamous, along with Rufous-breasted Wood-quail and Orange-billed Sparrow. Other interesting birds in the area are Huallaga (Black-bellied) Tanager, Northern Chestnut-tailed Antbird, Peruvian Antwarbler, and flocks of Tanagers. Near the town of Aguas Claras we will stop for up to two hours’ hike along the Aguas Claras river looking for Cinereous-breasted Spinetail.

Then we will drive to the Yacumama Center, a kind of resort that has good areas with Mauritia palm trees that are good to look for Point-tailed Palmcreeper, Blue Ground-Dove, Green-and-Rufous Kingfisher, and Varzea Thrush. On our way to Moyobamba we will make a couple of stops for Pale-eyed Blackbird, Chestnut-bellied Seed-Finch, Ocellated Crake, and Masked Duck. We will be arriving to our next lodge by the end of the day.

Overnight at Waqanki Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, boxed-lunch, dinner.

Day 16
Day 16 - Moyobamba

Early in the morning, we will drive towards the city of Moyobamba for a visit to the Tahuishco tower. This is a viewpoint above a nice patch of forest inside the city, this forest is good to look for great birds like Humboldt's (Lettered) Araçari, Red-stained Woodpecker, Great Antshrike, Barred Antshrike, Pale-breasted Thrush, and more. The endemic San Martin Titi-Monkey is common in the area.

We will spend the rest of the day at the Waqanki's hummingbird feeders and gardens, where the usual visitors are Black-throated Hermit, White-necked Jacobin, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, White-chinned Sapphire, the fantastic Rufous-crested Coquette, and another 20 species. The forest around the lodge can also produce Tataupa Tinamou, Green-backed Trogon; mixed flocks of tanagers with Paradise, Black-bellied, Blue-necked, Guira, Golden, and many other tanagers; Short-tailed Pygmy-Tyrant and Mishana Tyrannulet are also possible.

After dinner, we can explore the road outside the lodge looking for owls like Tropical Screech-Owl, Black-banded Owl, Band-bellied Owl, or Striped Owl.

Overnight at Waqanki Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 17
Day 17 - Moyobamba - Tarapoto

The first hours of light today are devoted to hike up the Quebrada Mishquiyacu creek where Bluish-fronted Jacamar, Montane Woodcreeper, Fiery-throated Fruiteater, Varzea Thrush, Peruvian Antwarbler, Plain-winged Antshrike and many others can be found. By mid-morning we leave towards the city of Tarapoto, with a short stop at Quiscarrumi bridge to look for a colony of Oilbirds that live under the bridge.

We will arrive at our hotel in Tarapoto for lunch. We will spend the afternoon birding around the Ricuricocha lake looking for Southern Lapwing, Comb Duck, and Black-bellied Whistling-Duck.

Overnight in Tarapoto.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 18
Day 18 - Tarapoto

This morning we will drive for about 30 minutes to the mountains of Cordillera Escalera Reserve. The area is a good area to look for Wattled Guan, Chestnut-tipped Toucanet, Maroon-tailed Parakeet, Dotted Tanager, Plumbeous Euphonia, Striolated Puffbird, Lanceolated Monklet, Blackish Pewee, and many more.

In the afternoon we will visit the Koepcke’s Hermit Conservation Center, another private reserve created to protect the endemic hummingbird Koepcke’s Hermit. The bird is easy to see at the feeders inside the reserve along with other hummingbirds like Gould’s Brilliant, Black-throated Brilliant, Black-throated Mango, and more. A walk on the trails near the hummingbird feeders can produce Pale-tailed Barbthroat, Golden-headed Manakin, White-plumed Antbird, and probably a Long-tailed Potoo that has been seen roosting in the area several times per year.

Then we will drive to our next lodge by the Huallaga river.

Overnight at Pumarinri lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 19
Day 19 - Tarapoto

Early start to drive south of Tarapoto to the Upaquihua valley. This is the only place in Peru where Planalto Hermit and Ashy-headed Greenlet can be found. Other possible interesting birds in the area are Northern Slaty Antshrike, Rufous-fronted Thornbird, Plain-crowned Spinetail, Sulphur-bellied Tyrant-manakin, White-flanked Antwren, Rufous Casiornis, and more.

We will have lunch at Pumarinri lodge. We will spend the afternoon birding around the lodge, possible birds around the lodge are Black-fronted Nunbird, Cinnamon-throated Woodcreeper, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, Blue-crowned Trogon, Swallow-winged Puffbird, Yellow-tufted Woodpecker, Riparian Antbird, Spangled Cotinga, and much more.

Overnight at Pumarinri lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 20
Day 20 - Tarapoto

Morning birding the Pucayaquillo trail, where it is possible to find Amazonian Motmot, Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Chestnut-crowned Foliage-gleaner, Ochre-bellied Flycatcher, Long-billed Gnatwren, Buff-rumped Warbler, and flocks of tanagers.

After lunch at the lodge we will be transferred to the Tarapoto airport for the flight to Lima for your international connections.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch.

Some species we expect to see in this tour:

Humboldt Penguin, Inca Tern, Guanay Cormorant, Red-legged Cormorant, Surf Cinclodes, Peruvian Thick-knee, Many-colored Rush-tyrant,Black-necked Woodpecker, Oasis Hummingbird, Great Inca-Finch, Peruvian Sheartail, Rusty-bellied Brush-Finch, Black Metaltail, Rufous-breasted Warbling-Finch, White-cheeked Cotinga, Andean Condor, Giant Coot, Andean Goose, Andean Gull. Puna Snipe, Buff-breasted Earthcreeper, Junin Canastero, Dark-winged Miner, Yellow-bellied Siskin, Black Siskin, White-bellied Cinclodes, Grey-breasted Seedsnipe, Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe, Puna Tinamou, Diademed Plover, Black-breasted Hillstar, Grey-bellied Comet, Great Spinetail, Buff-bridle Inca-Finch, Spot-throated Hummingbird, Chestnut-backed Thornbird, Rufous-backed Inca-Finch, Unicolored Tapaculo, Purple-throated Sunangel, Piura Hemispingus, Bay-crowned Brush-finch, Pacific Parrotlet, Elegant Crescentchest, Black-and-white Becard, Rufous Antpitta (cajamarcae subspecies), Jelski’s Chat-Tyrant, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-tanager. White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant, Grey-winged Inca-Finch, Marañon Thrush, Tumbes Tyrannulet, Ecuadorian Ground-Dove, Peruvian Pigeon, Yellow-faced Parrotlet, White-chinned Thistletail, Coppery Metaltail, Neblina Tapaculo, Large-footed Tapaculo, Moustached Flowerpiercer, Russet-mantled Softtail, Purple-backed Thornbill, Unstreaked Tit-Tyrant, Golden-headed Quetzal, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Masked Trogon, Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush, Golden-browed Chat-Tyrant, Grey-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Marvelous Spatuletail, White-bellied Hummingbird, Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Ochre-fronted Antpitta, Chestnut Antpitta, Long-whiskered Owlet, Lulu’s Tody-Flycatcher, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, Grass-green Tanager, Royal Sunangel, Botted Racket-tail, White-capped Tanager, Crested Quetzal, Beryl-spangled Tanager, Saffron-crowned Tanager, Flame-faced Tanager, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Andean Solitare, Metallic-green Tanager Blue-browed Tanager, Yellow-throated Tanager, Olive-chested Flycatcher, Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Golden Tanager, Blue-cowled Barbet, Blue-fronted Lancebill, Black-throated Brilliant, Rufous-crested Coquette, Wire-crested Thorntail, Cinereous Tinamou, Little Tinamou, Rufous-breasted Wood-quail, Huallaga Tanager, Northern Chestnut-tailed Antbird, Peruvian Antwarbler, Cinereous-breasted Spinetail, Varzea Thrush, Masked Duck, Red-stained Woodpecker, Pale-breasted Thrush, White-chinned Sapphire, Paradise Tanager, Short-tailed Pygmy-Tyrant, Mishana Tyrannulet, Fiery-throated Fruiteater, Oilbird, Comb Duck, Black-bellied Whistling-duck, Maroon-tailed Parakeet, Dotted Tanager, Plumbeous Euphonia, Lanceolated Monklet, Blackish Pewee, Koepcke’s Hermit, Pale-tailed Barbthroat, Golden-headed Manakin, White-plumed Antbird, Planalto Hermit, Ashy-headed Greenlet, Northern Slaty AntshrikeSulphur-bellied Tyrant-manakin, Rufous Casiornis, Yellow-tufted Woodpecker, Amazonian Motmot, Ochre-bellied Flycatcher, Long-billed Gnatwren

What is included?

  • Lodging as described above (some lodges, hotels, might change depending on room's availability).
  • Ground transportation and driver throughout the tour
  • English speaking bird guide
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All entrance fees for nature reserves
  • Drink water supply and snacks available in the car during the whole trip
  • 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 drinks
  • Snacks
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Laundry
  • Phone calls or messages
  • Reconfirmation of flights and items of personal nature
  • Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”
Wildlife Reviews
5 stars
- based on 2  reviews
  1. First trip to Peru
    Peter Cosgrove01 Nov 2017







    I'm just back from a brilliant birding trip to Peru. Wilson was my guide and he was without hesitation friendly, professional and reliable. Nothing was too much trouble and we saw lots of great birds and habitats. Wilson's fluency in English and Spanish was crucial to the success of the trip, especially when I got altitude sickness at 15,800 ft in the high Andes. Wilson sorted everything out quickly and I recovered rapidly once lower down the mountain. Peru is such a brilliant place to go birding and with Wilson you won't go wrong. I whole heartedly recommend Wilson and Green Tours and look forward to my next Peru birding trip with him. Pete
  2. Birding around Lima
    Jeffrey Scott02 Apr 2019







    Wilson Diaz set up special tours for my wife and I for three days around Lima. The first day was an afternoon visit to the Saint Rose of Lima Cathedral which we found very interesting. The second day was a birding trip to locations south of Lima (Pucusana, Lomas de Asia Reserve and Villa Marshes). The third day was a birding trip north of Lima to the Lomas de Lachay Reserve. In addition to visiting these locations, Wilson also arranged for hotel accommodations and meals. Our guide, Alejandro Tello, was prompt, courteous, very knowledgeable of the birds and a good navigator in Lima's challenging traffic!!. The box-lunch meals that he provided (as part of our agreement) were very good. Everything that we requested was set up exactly as we would have wanted. I highly recommend Wilson Diaz and his organization for the superb job that was done to accommodate our needs. Alejandro found the birds we wanted to see, and even more. We were pleasantly surprised to discover that he is the author of several birding/nature books, two of which we purchased. We had planned for this trip for a long time. The other legs of the trip include a river boat tour on the Peruvian Amazon and a visit to two birding lodges in Ecuador. Wilson's ability to "get it right" on the first leg of the trip was a great start and we are most appreciative of his efforts.

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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.

What forms of travel are involved in this tour?

9 seats van, boat for day 2, flights are involved but not included in the base price. We can book the flights for you if requested.

Do you arrange airport pick up/drop off?

yes, airport pick up and drop off are inc,uded in the price.

When is the best time to travel and why?

Schedule your travel between May and November. During this period pf time it does not rain too much in the Andes and the roads are easy to drive on. Between December and April the heavy rains can be a problem on the unpaved roads.

Do I need a Yellow Fever vaccine ?

Yes, it is not mandatory by the government, but we strongly recommend to have the vaccine.

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10/08/2021 - 28/08/2021 available USD 4,290
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09/08/2022 - 27/08/2022 available USD 4,390
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20 Days

Price & Availability

USD4,290 / per person
Based on twin/double room
Single Supplement USD 515
This tour is operated by: Green Tours
4.93 based on 7 reviews

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Tour Facts

  • Lima, Cajamarca, Marañon Valley, Abra Patricia, Moyobamba, Tarapoto
  • Set Departure Tour
  • Birds
  • 20 days
  • 4 to 6 pax
  • Challenging
  • English, Spanish
  • Lima airport
  • Lima airport