Birding in the Peruvian Amazon Tour
This 6-day Birds of Peruvian Amazon tour available request, on which you can expect to see around 250 species of bird, including a handful endemic specie, is perfect for seeing a wide variety of rainforest species. It starts from the town of Iquitos in northeastern Peru and includes birding the canopy walkway near ExplorNapo Lodge, the islands of the mighty Amazon River and the white sand forests of Allpahuayo-Mishana. There are great chances to see Nocturnal Curassow at the Explorama Lodge. The canopy walkway nearby gives a bird's eye view of the treetops.
Flocks of parrots, tanagers, raptors, toucans and cotingas can be seen passing through these areas, often at close range. The river islands have a number of Amazon specialities that cannot be seen on birding trips in southern Peru. For example, we explore a lagoon in search of Agami Heron and Sungrebe.
The white sand forest birding at the Allpahuayo-Mishana Reserve rewards guests with a number of endemic birds of the Peruvian Amazon, including some that have been described as new to science within the last 25 years such as the Mishana Tyrannulet, Allpahuayo Antbird, Ancient Antwren and, if you are lucky, the Iquitos Gnatcatcher. This forest is also good for Rufous and White-winged Potoo.
Six days is probably the minimum you need in order to see a good numbers of the birds of the Peruvian Amazon, certainly in the Iquitos area. And you could happily add 3-5 days to do more exploring in the Allpahuayo-Mishana Reserve as the endemics there are difficult to find. There are many opportunities for good general birding there also. The Yanayacu River, south of Iquitos, is very good for the rare Wattled Curassow. However, an allocation of three days is usually necessary for this elusive species, something that Kolibri would be happy to arrange.
Additional expeditions can also be made to other lodges along the Amazon River for species like the undescribed Herpsilochmus, Spotted Antpitta, White-lored Antpitta, Southern Caracara, Cinereous Becard, South American Snipe and Helmeted Pygmy-Tyrant.
Mammals and general wildlife within 100km of Iquitos are generally sparse. South-eastern Peru is the more abundant area for this kind of wildlife because hunting around Iquitos has put pressure on mammal species and larger monkeys, for instance, are rare. However, Pink River Dolphin and Three-toed Sloth are still quite common.
An added and very comfortable tour extension can be arranged on a riverboat cruise with air-conditioned rooms, private showers and bathrooms. Cruise upriver to the Pacaya-Samiria National Park where land-based wildlife is more common and protected. Please ask for details if you want to visit this area.
Birds of Peruvian Amazon Tour highlights include:
- The islands of the mighty Amazon River
- The endemic birds of the white sand forests of the Allpahuayo-Mishana Reserve
- Chance to see endemics only recently described for science
- The rare Wattled Curassow on the Yanayacu River
- The ExplorNapo Lodge canopy walkway
For a fantastic and longer birding experience have a look at the Complete Manu Road Peru Birding Tour.
Alternative tour name: Birding in Northern Peru around Iquitos