Endemic Birdwatching Tour of the Marañón Valley, Peru
This 10-day Marañón Valley endemic birding trip is available on request and suitable for intense birders looking to increase their “life list” significantly in just a short trip. Expect to see over 200 species of birds with the majority endemics to the Marañon valley. The aim is to search for northern Peru's exceptional birds that are to be found in and around the Marañon Valley. The area is home to a unique set of birds such as the Great Spinetail, Grey-bellied Comet, Rufous-backed Inca-Finch and Unicolored Tapaculo.
Departures for this endemics tour are from the Peruvian capital, Lima, on a flight to the city of Cajamarca in the northern Andes. After spending a few days birding around Cajamarca, we go to the heart of the Río Marañon Valley, famous for its incredibly high number of endemic species. Time will be spent in the area looking for specialties such as the Marañon Gnatcatcher, Grey-winged Inca-Finch, Marañon Thrush, Chestnut-backed Thornbird, Yellow-faced Parrotlet, Buff-bridled Inca-Finch, Peruvian Pigeon.
After crossing the Marañon Valley, the endemic birding tour will enter the cloud forests on the eastern slopes of the Andes. These humid forest habitats are strongly influenced by the Marañon Valley and are home to some interesting bird species such as the Russet-mantled Softtail, Leymebamba Tapaculo, Leymebamba Antpitta, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, along with many others. There's also a chance of spotting Andean Condors in the Leymebamba area.
The Marañón Valley Endemic Birding Tour will also visit Huembo and San Lorenzo. Huembo is a private reserve created for the protection of the Marvelous Spatuletail hummingbird. The Spatuletail usually visits the feeders there, and there is a recently discovered lek not far from the reserve. San Lorenzo is famous for being the only accessible place for Pale-billed Antpitta, although guests should note that the visit to San Lorenzo involves a two-hour hike to the top of a mountain.
Other interesting birds in San Lorenzo are Speckled-faced Parrot, Rufous-capped Antshrike, Lacrimose Mountain-tanager, Pale-eyed Thrush, Chestnut-belted Chat-Tyrant and Black-and-white Becard among others.
The Marañón Valley tour ends in the northern extreme of the valley, near the city of Jaén. There we will have one and a half days to spend looking for Marañon Spinetail, Marañon Antshrike, Little Inca-finch and Peruvian Pigeon.
Marañón Valley Endemic Birding Tour highlights include:
- Birding around Cajamarca for Great Spinetail and Rufous-backed Inca-Finch
- The many endemics of the Marañón Valley
- The eastern Andes cloud forest species
- Views of Marvelous Spatuletail in a private reserve
- The heights of San Lorenzo for Pale-billed Antpitta
- Birding for specialities around Jaén
If you’d like to try an alternative endemics tour, look at what this Andean Endemics Birding Tour, Peru has to offer.
Alternative tour name: The Special Endemic Birds of Northern Peru