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Southern Peruvian Amazonian Lowlands, Los Amigos And Tambopata Rivers - 15 Days

Southern Peruvian Amazonian Lowlands, Los Amigos And Tambopata Rivers
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15-day birdwatching tour to Southeastern Peru which is probably one of the best birding places in the neo-tropics, there are more than 1000 bird species between the Manu and the Tambopata areas. After flying from Lima to Puerto Maldonado take a boat up the Río Madre de Dios to Los Amigos Biological Station, the fabulous trail system at Los Amigos allows visiting a different kind of habitats like terra firme and varzea forests, palm swamps, and bamboo patches. The diversity of wildlife in this area is just astonishing (birds, monkeys, frogs, snakes). Los Amigos is probably the best area in Peru for raptors and monkeys. Then go back to Puerto Maldonado to take another boat to the Tambopata National Reserve. Inside the reserved stay at three different lodges: Posada Amazonas, Tambopata Research Center, and Refugio Amazonas. In Tambopata, stay most of your time at Tambopata Research Center, where the bird diversity is just amazing. Visit the canopy tower, the macaw clay lick (the largest macaw clay lick known in Peru), oxbow lakes with Giant River Otters and Caimans: also, great chances to see anacondas, jaguars and tapirs. The tour ends in the city of Puerto Maldonado, where you will take a flight back to Lima. As a bonus, at the beginning of the trip, a day for birding around Lima included, to see Humboldt Penguins, Peruvian Thick-knee, or Inca Terns!

Day 1
Day 1 - Lima

Arrival in Lima and transfer to the hotel.

Overnight at Hotel Casa Andina Standard Miraflores***, or similar category.

Meals: None.

Day 2
Day 2 - Lima

This morning we will take our way south of Lima for about one hour to the Pucusana fishing port where we will take a boat to search for Humboldt Penguin, Inca Tern, Peruvian Booby, Guanay and Red-legged Cormorants, and Surf Cinclodes. After lunch we will drive back to Lima, with a stop at the Villa Marshes, a protected area near the Pacific Ocean that is good for Great Grebe, White-tufted Grebe, Peruvian Thick-knee, Many-colored Rush-Tyrant, Wren-like Rushbird, Grassland Yellow-finch, and lots of shorebirds. Then we will be transferred back to the hotel.

Overnight at Hotel Casa Andina Standard Miralfores***, or similar category.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 3
Day 3 - Lima - Puerto Maldonado

Morning flight to Puerto Maldonado. Upon arrival we will transferred to the hotel where we will have lunch.Afternoon birding outside the city of Puerto Maldonado.

Overnight at Hotel Cabaña Quinta, or similar category.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 4
Day 4 - Puerto Maldonado - Los Amigos Lodge

Morning transfer by public boat (with individual seats and a roof) will drive to Los Amigos Lodge, the forest surrounding this lodge is possibly one of the best birding places in southeastern Peru. Along the river we will probably see some shore birds, Great Black Hawk, Black Skimmer, and macaws or raptors flying above our heads.

After checking-in and a good lunch, we will go to the floodplain forest, birding along this trail we could have Spot-winged Antshrike, White-eyed Antwren, White-throated Antbird, Cinereous Mourner, Chestnut-winged Hookbill, Bar-bellied Woodcreeper. Before reaching the Lobo owbox lake it is possible to find Buff-breasted Wren, Amazonian-Streaked Antwren, and by the lake we could find the enigmatic Hoatzin, Black-collared Hawk, or Green-and-Rufous Kingfishers.

Overnight at Los Amigos Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 5
Day 5 - Los Amigos Lodge

Morning birding between terra firme and floodplain forest could provide some understory and canopy mix species flocks with White-winged Shrike-Tanager, Pink-throated Becard, Opal-crowned and Opal-rumped Tanagers, Grey, Long-winged and White-flanked Antwrens and many more.

Overnight at Los Amigos Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 6
Day 6 - Los Amigos Lodge

This morning we have chances to look for bamboo specialists like Long-crested Pygmy-tyrant, Bamboo Antshrike, Striated Antbird, Rufous-headed Woodpecker, Yellow-breasted Antwarbler, Yellow-billed Nunbird, Red-billed Scythebill, Rufous-capped Nunlet, Chestnut-capped Puffbird, White-lined Antbird, Brown-rumped Foliage-gleaner, Dot-winged Antwren, Western Ornate Antwren, beside the rest of the surrounding birds.

In the afternoon we may walk along the terra firme with a great view of the river, this is an open area with good opportunities to spot some raptors soaring the sky like Black-and-White Hawk-eagle, Zone-tailed Hawk, Short-tailed Hawk, and then we have options to get in the swampy forest with some specialists like Point-tailed Palmcreeper.

Overnight at Los Amigos Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 7
Day 7 - Los Amigos

The high diversity of the bamboo and the terra firme forests deserve another full day of birding.

Overnight at Los Amigos Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 8
Day 8 - Los Amigos - Posada Amazonas Lodge

We will take the boat back to Laberinto and then a car to Tambopata River Port. During one hour’s drive we will stop along the road's secondary forest to scan for Purus Jacamar, Pearl Kite, or Scaled Pigeon. A private boat with individual seats and a roof will drive us upriver to Posada Amazonas. While in the river we can expect some good views of Pied Lapwing, Collared Plover, King Vulture, Bat Falcon, Olive and Russet-backed Oropendolas, Ringed Kingfisher, Amazon Kingfisher and many others.

Overnight at Posada Amazonas Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 9
Day 9 - Posada Amazonas Lodge

Before breakfast we will visit to the canopy tower. Many of the trees in the Peruvian Amazon grow to heights of 30 plus meters (100 feet or more). It’s a challenge to see birds that frequent the tall canopy of the rainforest but only if you look for them from the ground. Watch for them from a canopy tower and you can get close, eye-level looks at colorful toucans, parrots, macaw, tanagers, jacamars, trogons, woodpeckers, monkeys, and other rainforest wildlife.

After breakfast we will take a boat to the Tres Chimbadas oxbow lake. The lake is thirty minutes by boat from Posada Amazonas. Once there we will paddle around the lake in a catamaran, searching for the resident family of Giant River Otters and other lakeside wildlife such as caiman, Hoatzin, Horned Screamers, Scarlet and red-and-Green Macaws, and more.

Then we depart on short hike to the bamboo patches around Tres Chimbadas Lake. We will look for bamboo specialists like White-cheeked Tody-tyrant, Peruvian Recurvebill, Red-billed Scythebill, Rufous-headed Woodpecker, Rufous-breasted Piculet, Brown-rumped Foliage-gleaner, Large-headed Flatbill, Dusky- tailed Flatbill, Dusky-cheeked Foliage-gleaner, Flammulated Bamboo-tyrant, Dot-winged and Ornate Antwrens, White-lined Antbird, Rufous capped Nunlet, Pheasant Cuckoo, and many others.

Overnight at Posada Amazonas Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 10
Day 10 - Posada Amazonas Lodge - Tambopata Research Center (TRC)

Today we will go by boat to Tambopata Research Center. During the boat trip we could find Capped Heron, Cocoi Heron, Large and Yellow-billed Tern, Black Skimmer, the classic Horned Screamer, Razor-billed Curassow, Blue-throated Piping-guan and Orinoco Goose. Every now and then macaws, toucans and raptors will be spotted flying above us. Also, Tapirs, Jaguars and Ocelots could be seen on the river banks. We will take a box-lunch on the boat. We will be arriving to the lodge by late afternoon.

Overnight at TRC Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, boxed-lunch, dinner

Day 11
Day 11 - Tambopata Research Center

Macaw Clay Lick. At dawn, before breakfast, we will cross the river and enjoy the largest macaw clay lick where hundreds of parrots and macaws of up to 15 species congregate daily. We can expect to see ten to twelve of the following members of the parrot family: Red-and-green, Blue-and-gold, Scarlet, Red-bellied, Chestnut-fronted and Blue-headed Macaws; Mealy and Yellow-crowned Amazons; Blue-headed, Orange-cheeked and White-bellied Parrots; Dusky-headed, White-eyed, Cobalt-winged and Tui Parakeets and Dusky-billed Parrotlets.

Floodplain and Terra Firme Forest. After breakfast We will explore the quintessential rainforest on the five mile Ocelot Trail and the 5 mile Toucan Trail systems. The Ocelot Trail is in the floodplain with ponds and streams forming during the rainy season. The Toucan Trail on the other hand is tall rainforest that rarely or never floods. Both of these trails represent the most speciose habitats for birds. Too many possibilities to list, this is habitat for Starred Wood-quail, Pale-winged Trumpeter, several Trogons, Foliage-gleaners, Black-tailed Leaftosser, many Woodcreepers, Antbirds, Flycatchers, Manakins, and much more. Mixed species flocks are especially diverse with understory flocks led by Dusky-throated Antshrike and Red-crowned Ant-tanager. They often contain 30-40 species, including Plain-winged Antshrike, Bluish-slate Antshrike, White-eyed Antwren, Plain-breasted Antwren, Thrush-like Antpitta, White-winged Shrike-tanager, Amazonian barred Woodcreeper, and Spix's Woodcreeper. The Ocelot trail also crosses some permanently flooded old ponds inhabited by Agami Heron, Rufescent Tiger-heron, Pygmy and Green-and-rufous Kingfishers, and Sunbittern.

In the afternoon we will enjoy the TRC gardens, possible species are Squirrel Cuckoo, Masked Crimson Tanager, Cinammon-throated Woodcreeper, Speckled Chachalaca, Yellow-tufted Woodpecker, and eventual mixed species flocks.

Overnight at TRC.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 12
Days 12 & 13 - Tambopata Research Center

Two full days to visit different types of habitats. Riparian Habitat. We will explore older river created habitats at the pond five minutes upstream from TRC – forests of Cecropia and Balsa Wood with a bamboo understory. This is the habitat of the legendary Rufous-fronted Anthrush, we could also find Lemon-throated Barbet, Spot-breasted Woodpecker, Cabanis's Spinetail, Amazonian Antpitta, Blackish Antbird, Fuscous Flycatcher, Guira Tanager and Orange-backed Troupial. As we exit the pond's forests, we will bird on grassy areas with Tessaria and young Cecropia trees. These are not very diverse for birds but are the main habitat for Plain-crowned and Dark-breasted Spinetails, Mottle-backed Elaenia, Spotted Tody-flycatcher, Floodplain Thrush, Orange-headed Tanager, and several Seedeater species among others.

Transitional forests above the clay lick. These were bamboo forests until they flowered and died out a few years ago. Now they are akin to riparian forests but will eventually grow into terra firme as they are not affected by yearly floods. Here we will spot White-throated Jacamar, Buff-throated Saltator, Amazonian Grey Saltator, Scarlet-hooded Barbet, Crested and Russet-backed Oropendolas, Piratic Flycatcher, Yellow-billed Nunbird and others. While birding these spots we will have extraordinary views of the Tambopata winding its way from the highlands.

Night Birding. After dinner, we will venture out near the lodge to spot-light Pauraque, Tawny-bellied Screech-owl, Great Potoo, Long-tailed Potoo, Ocellated Poorwill and, if we are lucky, a Mottled Owl or Crested Owl.

Overnight at TRC.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 14
Day 14 - Tambopata Research Center - Refugio Amazonas

Early morning transfer by boat to Refugio Amazonas Lodge, where we will be arriving at around noon. In the afternoon we will be birding at a relaxed pace around the lodge. Since Refugio Amazonas is built on land which was once part of a timber concession and cattle ranch the forest on parts of our trail system are in secondary forests. This means the birds we will be looking for are: Barred Antshrike, Short-tailed Pygmy-tyrant, Streaked Flycatcher, Boat-billed Flycatcher, Solitary Cacique, Grey-fronted Dove, Ruddy Ground-dove and others.

Overnight at Refugio Amazonas Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, boxed-lunch, dinner.

Day 15
Day 15 - Refugio Amazonas - Puerto Maldonado - Lima

Morning transfer to Puerto Maldonado, before heading to the airport we will have a typical farewell lunch in the native community of Infierno. Afternoon flight to Lima for your international connections.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch.

Some of the wildlife we expect to see in this trip:

Humboldt Penguin, Inca Tern, Guanay Cormorant, Red-legged Cormorant, Surf Cinclodes, Peruvian Thick-knee, Many-colored Rush-tyrant, White-throated Antbird, Chestnut-winged Hookbill, Hoatzin, Pink-throated Becard, Opal-crowned Tanager, Opal-rumped Tanager, Long-crested Pygmy-tyrant, Rufous-headed Woodpecker, Yellow-billed Nunbird, Red-billed Scythebill, Rufous-capped Nunlet, Chestnut-capped Puffbird, Palmcreeper, Purus Jacamar, King Vulture, Giant River Otter, Hoatzin, Horned Screamer, White-cheeked Tody-tyrant, Rufous-breasted Piculet, Pheasant Cuckoo, Razor-billed Curassow, Blue-throated Piping-guan, Orinoco Goose, Red-and-green Macaw, Blue-and-yellow Macaw, Scarlet Macaw, Red-bellied Macaw, Chestnut-fronted Macaw, Blue-headed Macaw, Starred Wood-quail, Pale-winged Trumpeter, Agami Heron, Rufous-fronted Anthrush, Lemon-throated Barbet, Scarlet-hooded Barbet, Guira Tanager, White-throated Jacamar, Great Potoo

What is included?

  • Lodging as described in the itinerary
  • Private car and boat for all tours and transfers (except for the Tambopata area, where you will have a shared bus to get in and out of the river port, and a shared boat to get in and out of each lodge)
  • English speaking bird guide
  • All entrance fees for nature reserves
  • Applicable taxes, fees, and licenses

What is not included?

  • International or domestic airfares
  • Airport departure taxes or visa fees
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled drinks
  • Snacks
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Laundry
  • Phone calls or messages
  • Reconfirmation of flights and items of personal nature

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  • Southern Peruvian Amazonia
  • Set Departure
  • Set Departure Tour
  • Birds
  • 4 to 8 pax
  • 15 days
  • Moderate
  • Lima airport
  • Lima airport