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Birding Central Peru on Satipo Road - 5 Days

Birding Central Peru on Satipo Road

Satipo Road Bird Watching Tour in Central Peru

This 5-day birdwatching tour in Central Peru on the Satipo road awards you with a large number of endemic birds and opportunities for bird photography.

The birding on Satipo road is considered equal to the more famous Manu Road. The road cuts through pristine habitat from 3600m to around 1000m. We record many endemic birds in Peru, some of which are recently discovered and some which are not still not named!

This tour provides chances to view Chestnut Antpitta, Bay Antpitta, Tchudi’s Tapaculo, Junin Tapaculo, Jalca Tapaculos, Black-spectacled Brush-Finch, Marcapata Spinetail, Unstreaked Tit-Spinetail, Cerulean-capped Manakin, Masked Fruiteater, Creamy-bellied Antwren, Eye-ringed Thistletail, Mantaro Wren, Mantaro Thornbird, Fire-throated Metaltail and Yellow-scarfed Tanager and around 30 species of hummingbirds.

Hummingbird feeders are being set up in the area, as well as fruit feeders for tanagers and habituating antpittas. For this reason, it is very likely that Satipo Road will become a bird photography hotspot in Central Peru.

Our Central Peru birdwatching tours offer fantastic opportunities to see the abundant selection of birds on offer. Whilst providing extremely good value. You do not need to fly, accommodation is good value and less expensive.

As a change from your birdwatching itinerary, why not have a look at Peru Birding and Culture Tour: Nazca, Titicaca and Machu Picchu which combines birdwatching with culture, offering a wonderful and varied tour.

Day 1
Day 1 - Alto Pichita Reserve above San Ramon for Creamy-bellied Antwren, Maybe Chestnut-crested Cotinga. Oxapampa, Antenna road in late PM. Cloud forest Screech-Owl

At Alto Pichita above San Ramon we should find Tanager flocks, Cremy-bellied Antwren, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Lanceolated Monklet, Inca Flycatcher, Peruvian Tyrannulet, Cinnamon-faced Tyrannulet, Blackish Pewee and Scarlet-breasted Fruiteater. In the afternoon we reach Ulcumare Lodge in Oxapampa where we shall do some additional birding and look for Cloud-Forest Screech-Owl.

Day 2
Day 2 - Antenna AM. PM. Oxapampa-Satipo road. Night in Satipo

If accessible we shall do the Antenna road, often it isn't. If not we shall bird around the lodge to start. Targets 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, Pasco (Oxapampa) Rufous Antpitta, Bay Antpitta, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, Grass-green Tanager, Lachrymose Tanager, Peruvian Wren, Strong-billed Woodcreeper, and more.

Midmorning we shall drive on the new Oxapampa-Villa Rica road.There is remarkably good birding along this road. Birds seen here include: White-capped Tanager, Golden-headed Quetzal, Long-tailed Sylph, Olivaceous Greenlet, Bay Antpitta, Red-throated Caracara, White-winged Becard, Blue and Black Tanager. Around midday we will reach Villa Rica that has a splendid view over Laguna Oconal, which will be explored for Least Grebe, Blackish Rail and Wattled Jacana. We continue in the afternoon to Satipo passing through coffee plantations that provide additional possibilities. Night in Satipo. Hotel San Luis.

Day 3
Day 3 - Satipo road to Apaya

Targets: 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 4
Day 4 - 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 5
Day 5 - High altitude birding for Eye-ringed Thistletail, Millpo Tapaculo and Fire-throated Metaltail

Birding Carrizales in the morning for Fiery-throated Metaltail, Eye-ringed Thistletail, obscura form of Rufous Antpitta, Pardusco, Tchudis and Millpo Tapaculo, Golden-plumed Parakeet and more.

Return to Lima via Ticlio pass. Lots on highland birds en route. Don't schedule international flights from Lima airport before 11 PM. Plan your international flights accordingly. Best perhaps to add a night in Lima. If you continue with our Santa Eulalia and Marcapomacocha extension we will spend the night in Chosica. Cost: $45 for hotel and dinner.

Top 5 birds to see on the short 5 day Birding Satipo road – Central Peru tour.

  • Eye-ringed Thistletail
  • Cloud-Forest Screech-Owl
  • Black-spectacled Brush-Finch
  • Creamy-bellied Antwren
  • Cerulean-capped Manakin

What is included?

  • Comfortable sleeper night bus from Lima
  • Professional guiding
  • Professional driver who is also a great field cook preparing delicious meals.
  • Daily ebird checklist
  • Checklist pdf that you can print out
  • Vegetarian and vegan options
  • Safe drinking water (bring a water container)
  • Some snacks

What is not included?

  • Bottled drinks
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
Wildlife Reviews
5 stars
- based on 1  reviews
  1. Peru March 2018
    Glyn Taylor12 Mar 2020







    Wonderful trip with the help of Kolibri managing to overcome all the obstacles set before us making a highly enjoyable experience!

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Why book with Kolibri Expeditions?

Kolibri Expeditions has been instrumental for the conservation of Satipo road with our explorary work there since 1995, and the start of the community project in 2008. We continue working with the community to improve the lodging and setting up feeders at Calabaza during 2020. We only employ the best drivers and guides, together with our conservation pathos and care for the environment and the local communities. And our field meals are legendary both in terms of abundance, healthy quality and environmental care avoiding single use plastics. Our field meals prepared by our drivers are very healthy. We provide breakfasts that are lacto-ovo vegetarian and our field lunches are vegan most of the time for everyone as a conscious way to more environmentally friendly. Meat eaters don'tneed to be afraid - at night you chose what you want. We try not to waste your birding time avoiding sitdown lunches at restaurants and instead aim to have our driver prepare field meals at spots where we can also spy some birds while having a bite. No time to lose when More Birds is our motto.

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USD1,285 / per person
Based on twin/double room
Single Suppliment USD 70
This tour is operated by: Kolibri Expeditions
4.76 based on 13 reviews

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Tour Facts

  • Calabaza on Satipo road near Mariposa, and La Merced.
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • 2 to 8 people
  • 5 days
  • April-November
  • No limit.
  • Moderate
  • No
  • English, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, French, Portuguese, Italian + (Japanese and Mandarin with translator).
  • Lima
  • Lima
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