Mayo and Huallaga Valleys Birding Tour in Northeast Peru
This 12-day birding North Peru tour covers the eastern slopes of the Andes and requires a reasonable level of fitness. This area is known to be one of the most diverse places in the neotropics for bird species. And the most important locations are the Huallaga and Mayo Valleys, in the San Martín region, which the tour will visit.
Our North Peru birdwatching tour begins with a visit to the mountain forest of the Cordillera Escalera Reserve. This is the ideal spot for birds such as Plumbeous Euphonia, Dotted Tanager, Koepcke’s Hermit and Blackish Pewee. After that, we go to the dry forest of the Upaquihua Valley, the only place in Peru to find the Planalto Hermit.
The Alto Mayo cloud forest, near the city of Moyobamba, is well known for its high bird diversity and endemisms. Certainly, this forest is the only place in the world to find special birds such as the Long-whiskered Owlet, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, Ochre-fronted Antpitta and Johnson’s Tody-Flycatcher. As a special extra for this birding North Peru tour, we will spend a full day birding the Rio Marañon area, searching for the renowned Marvelous Spatuletail hummingbird.
However, this tour is not just about endemic birds. The woodlands are full of mixed-species flocks and the area is also home to more than 40 other species of hummingbirds that are easy to see at feeding stations. In fact, our North Peru birding tour could be the trip of a lifetime for hummingbird lovers.
As a special addition, we start the tour with a full day's birding around the capital, Lima, looking for good sightings of Peruvian Thick-knee, Humboldt Penguins and Inca Terns.
If you are planning your next birding escapade, our Birding North Peru Tour may be your ideal choice.
Birding North Peru Tour highlights include:
- A high diversity of bird species.
- Well-set feeding stations for hummingbirds, tanagers and tinamous.
- The Alto Mayo mountains and the Marañon Valley, which are rich in endemic bird species.
- Mixed species flocks of birds almost every day.
- Humbolt Penguins and Inca Terns
Please note: this tour is also available as a private tour on request. Please complete the enquiry form and let us know your preferred dates to travel.
If you have a little more time to spend on your holiday, maybe you'd consider a longer a trip like this one: Andean Endemic Birding Tour in Peru
Alternative Tour Name: North Peru, the Mayo and Huallaga Valleys