Birding Northern Peru: Endemics and Spectacular Hummingbirds
A few highlights of our Northwest Peru trip include seeing 430 to 480 bird species in two weeks.
The trip will cover a number of habitats and altitudinal
zones from lowland rainforest and wetlands, to dry and deciduous forest, to montane forest, cloud forest and paramo. This mix of habitat and altitude and a well-planned itinerary will assure seeing a number of species at an enjoyable and productive pace of birding.
The trip includes the Marañon Biodiversity Region,
recognized as one of the key preservation sites for birds and wildlife in the world. Marañon is the head waters of the Amazon river.
Besides great hummingbirds and tanagers, the trip will also be filled with a number of fantastic Inca-Finches.
A number of Peruvian endemics and birds endemic
to Ecuador and Peru can be seen, including Marvelous Spatuletail. The trip should pick up at least 20 to 25 endemics.
Other key special and fantastic bird species
include Coppery Metaltail, Maranon Crescentchest,
Peruvian Plantcutter, White-winged Guan and
The trip will stay at a number of eco-lodges, including
Abra Patricia Lodge and Chaparri Reserve and Lodge.
Complete lodging list including all lodges and hotels is
Day 1: Arrival and fly to Lima.
Day 2: Flight to coastal city of Chiclayo, and biirding
Pomac Protected Forest.
Day 3: Birding Chaparri Reserve.
Day 4: More birding in Chaparri Reserve, then birding
across the Abra Porculla Pass to Jaen.
Day 5: Gotas de Agua Reserve and other mountain
forests around Jaen.
Day 6: Look for several key species Jaen to Abra Patricia Reserve, and visit Huembo Hummingbird Gardens.
Day 7: Birding all day at Abra Patricia for a number of
key species, such as Long-whiskered Owlet.
Day 8: Birding the montane forest and the foothills of
Alto Mayo Protected Forest.
Day 9: Look for key species (and enjoy great views) to
Day 10: Forest birding (several key and endemic species) along the Marañon River to Balsas.
Day 11: MBalsas to Celendin: Nice stop at Hacienda
Day 12: Birding the high high Andes as we make our
way to the ancient city of Cajamarca.
Day 13: Birding around Cajamarca and the archeological site of Otusco.
Day 14: Transition Day or Departure Home
Day 14: Early morning drive to San Marcos (Great
Spinetail) and then Huamachuco.
Day 15: Final day of birding to “El Molino” for Purple-
Day 16: Return to Lima for afternoon flights home.
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