Marvelous Spatuletail Focused Hummingbird Photography Tour
This short tour of 5 days promises to give spectacular chances for hummingbird photography, including Marvelous Spatuletail. Marvelous Spatuletail has been nominated as the most wanted hummingbird by hummingbird lovers. If you are short of time, this tour promises you Marvelous Spatuletail without having to spend two weeks in the field.
There will be many opportunities for hummingbird photography as we visit Huembo Lodge and the Marvelous Spatuletail display site nearby. We will see several hummingbird feeding stations along the way, providing spectacular hummingbird photography with over 40 species of hummingbirds.
Hummingbirds & Many More Birds
In addition to hummingbirds, there will be many bird photography opportunities along the Northern Peru birding route between Tarapoto and Jaen. The Golden-headed Manakin lek at AKONABIKH reserve and Tinamous and Woodquails hide in Arena Blanca provide great photography opportunities. Fruit feeders, encourage colourful Tanagers to come out in the open to provide other fabulous photography experiences.
This hummingbird photography tour is also a very good possibility to see the enigmatic Long-whiskered Owlet as well as other nightbirds. Please note, that in spite the Spatuletail leks being active between October and May, perfect males can usually be seen throughout the year, except for late July to August. This is generally the moulting season for the males, making observations of males with full spatulas more problematic.
Check Out This Video
Here is a video from MINCETUR about the hummingbird route. English subtitles can be activated.
Although photography is highlighted for this tour, it is by no means unsuitable for more traditional birders who want to get the most important endemics within the region in a very short time. We will seek out all the endemics mentioned in the itinerary.
The tour usually runs weekly Monday to Friday with a minimum of 2 people. A few confirmed dates have been uploaded, but you may request the tour at any time. Sometimes we run the tour in reverse, starting in Jaen with an early morning flight and ending in Tarapoto.
Price is based on 5 people.
If there is only one person surcharge is $1000 + plus single supplement
If only two people there is a $500 surcharge/person
If three people there is a $250 surcharge/person
If four people there is a $90 surcharge per person.
There are some community and reserve fees that you pay directly to the reserves.
Km 24 near Tarapoto - Koepcke's Hermit reserva $15,
Aguas Verdes Arena Blanca $15
Llanteria - Afluentes. $13
Royal Sunangel feeders $10
San Lorenzo fee $7
Yanahuanca, Jaen $7
Fundo Alto Nieva $30 (+$30 if you want to look for Owlet there).
Please note that Kolibri Expeditions also has longer tours: North Peru birding of 10 days and a complete Northern Peru trip of 16 days. It is possible to adapt this program into a longer tour and extend for a number of days as you prefer.
If you want to add extensions for some iconic birds in Northern Peru we recommend the Scarlet-banded Barbet and White-masked Antbird expeditions as pre-or post-tours. One may also continue birding from Jaen via Porculla pass - and next day look for endemics such as Peruvian Plantcutter and White-winged Guan and fly back to Lima in the evening from Chiclayo.
If you don't want to confine yourself to just one wildlife trip this holiday, have a look here at this outstanding and thorough birding tour Complete Manu Road Peru Birding Tour.