Northwest, Abra Patricia Mountains, Marañon and Tumbesian Endemics 15 days
Northern Peru has a great enigmatic birds and we prepare great birding trip for those who cannot travel for three weeks where our clients can see amazing set of endemic and classic Neotropical birds and many more great species like Tumbesian and Marañon endemic species.
It is an excellent opportunity if you want to see the Marvelus Spatuletail, Long-whiskered Owlet, Pale-billed Antpitta and Ochre-fronted Antpitta and some other endemic species as your Target, in this trip will take you from the Pacific coast of northwestern Peru, where we’ll explore Carob woodland and deciduous dry habitats, humid montane forest of Abra Patricia and Alto nieva protected forest, pass by the Marañon Cannyon and lowland in the tropical Rainforest of Peru .
Our targets is find all the birds in the tour with great views and also with the opportunity to photograph this amazing birds.
Northwest, Abra Patricia Mountains, Marañon and Tumbesian Endemics Itinerary
Day 1: CAROB WOODLAND & DECIDUOUS DRY FOREST
early in the morning flight to Chiclayo we’ll drive toward Bosque Pomac. Look for Peruvian Plantcutter and a lot of Tumbesian birds including Rufous Flycatcher, Baird’s Flycatcher, Scarlet-backed Woodpecker, White-tailed Jay, Cinereous Finch, Coastal Miner, Short-tailed Field Tyrant, Peruvian Pygmy Owl and Tumbes Swallow. Along the route will stop for some shore birds and if we lucky we can get Comb and Mask Duck
Spend most of the time birding in the area.
Drive to Olmos we’ll spend the night around Salas Small village where we spend the night in very peacefull and comfortable but rustic lodge, we will try for the West Peruvian Screech Owl.
Night in Los Faiques Lodge. B:L:D.
Day 2: FREJOLILLO FOREST / QUEBRADA LIMON
Today we’ll visit bosque Frejolillo where we spend whole morning birding Q/Frejollio with main target White-winged Guan but also looking for many Tumbesian birds including White-headed Brush Finch, Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner, Pacific Elaenia, Grey and White Tyrannulet, Ecuadorian Piculet, Elegant Crescentchest and Black-capped Sparrow. Spend most of the morning above the village and then bird slowly back out along the entrance look for Short-tailed Field-tyrant, Tumbes Sparrow, Peruvian Thick-knee, Tumbes Hummingbird, Tumbes Tyrant and Short-tailed Woodstar and with the possibility stop for the Spotted Rail along the main road.
Night: Hotel in Olmos B:L:D
Day 3: ABRA PORCULLA.
We leave the coastal strip behind we'll set off early heading for one of the lowest passes in the Andes – Abra Porculla. we will pay particular attention to a side trail looking for Piura Chat Tyrant, Peruvian Sheartail, Chapman’s Antshrike, Bay-crowned Brush Finch, Line-cheeked Spinetail, Black-Cowled Saltator, Three-banded Warbler, Andean Tinamou, Ecuadorian Piculet, Rufous-necked and Henna-hooded Foliage-Gleaners and Grey-chinned Hermit (possible split - porcullae race of Grey-chinned Hermit)
In the late morning drive to Jaen stopping to look for Little Inca Finch on the way.
In the afternoon birding around/near Jaen looking for Maranon Crescentchest, “Chinchipe” Spinetail, Marañon Slaty Antshrike, Rufous-fronted Thornbird, Red-crested Finch and Purple-throated Euphonia.
Night: Hotel in Jaen B:L:D.
Day 4: DRY MARAÑON FOREST.
Leave early drive to Tamborapa / Bosque Yanahuanca. Looking for Marañon Spinetail, Buff-bellied Tanager, Maranon Crescentchest. Chinchipe Spinetail, Marañon Slaty Antshrike, Marañon Thrush and Yellow-cheeked Becard. The distinct Marañon races of Speckle-breasted Wren and Black-capped Sparrows – Marañon Sparrow are here too as well as Tataupa Tinamou and, surprising Military Macaw along the road we stop for Little Inca Finch then on to an area of rice fields to look for Spotted Rail and Paint-billed Crake. We continue up the Utcubamba river, keeping an eye out for Blue Ground Dove, Ecuadorian Ground Dove, Fasciated Tiger Heron, Pied Lapwing, Yellow-browed Sparrow, Striated Heron, Savanna Hawk, Mitred Parakeet and Torrent Duck and continue driving to Huembo where we have our first change for Marvellous Spatuletail and Little Woodstar on the feeders and many more hummingbirds.
Night: Hotel in Pomacochas. B:L:D.
Day 5: SAN LORENZO - CHIDO TRAIL
Morning birding San Lorenzo trail for enigmatic endemic Pale-billed Antpitta, Rusty-tinged Antpitta, Russet-mantled Softail, Mountain Avocetbill, White-Capped Tanager and some elfin forest birds after midday we’ll go back to Huembo lodge We will spend the afternoon at the Huembo Reserve, where we will look for the endemic Marvelous Spatuletail, Little Woodstar, White-bellied Woodstar, Bronzy Inca, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Andean Emerald, Sparkling Violetear, Green Violetear, Violet-fronted Brilliant, White-bellied Hummingbird, and Green-tailed Trainbearer. Here we may also have good chances for Sickle-Winged Guan, Emerald Toucanet, Speckle-breasted Wren, Chestnut-capped Brush Finch, Northern White-crowned Tapaculo, Sierran Elaenia, Buff-browed Foliage-gleaner, and Azara’s Spinetail.
Night: Hotel in Pomacochas. B:L:D.
Day 6 - 8: ABRA PATRICIA - OWLET LODGE.
Very early in the morning we’ll drive to Abra Patricia we’ll spend the whole morning on trails and afternoon
We will spend three nights at the Owlet lodge on the famous, remote Abra Patricia mountain pass. This is a paradise for ornithologist, which has Long-whiskered Owlet White-throated Screech Owl and Rufous-banded Owl, Cinnamon Screech Owl . We may bump into mixed flocks with Blue-browed Tanager, Metallic-green tanager Grass-green Tanager, Hooded Mountain Tanager, Lacrimose Mountain Tanager, Blue-winged Mountain Tanager, White-capped Tanager, Red-hooded Tanager, Flame-faced Tanager, Saffron-crowned Tanager, Blue-and-black Tanager, Yellow-throated Tanager, Beryl-spangled Tanager and other Tanagers along the the trails there is White-Faced Nunbird, Ochre-fronted Antpitta, Variable Antshrike, Uniform Antshrike, Barred Becard, White-throated Tyrannulet, Sulphur-bellied Tyrannulet, Streak-necked Flycatcher, Bar-winged Wood Wren, Rufous Spinetail, Sepia-brown Wren, Green-and-black Fruiteater, White-collared Jay, Royal Sunangel, and the endemic Lulu’s Tody-Flycatcher.
Around the lodge there are many hummingbirds like Collared Inca, Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Long-tailed Sylph, White-bellied Woodstar, Speckled Hummingbird.
Night: Owlet Lodge. B:L:D.
Day 9: AFLUENTES / LLANTERIA.
Today birding along the road at lower elevations below Abra Patricia at Afluentes for Versicolored Barbet, Speckle-chested Piculet, Equatorial Greytail, Long-tailed Woodcreeper, Vermilion Tanager, Golden Tanager, Paradise Tanager, Bay-headed Tanager, Spotted Tanager, Golden-eared Tanager, White-lined Tanager, Ash-throated Antwren. Andean Cock-of-the-Rock shooting across the road or indulging its taste for fruit, and of seeing the Ecuadorian Piedtail, The endemic Huallaga (Tanager is fairly common here and the rather modestly-adorned Yellow-throated and Ashy-throated Bush-Tanagers make their rounds in noisy family parties, Grey-mantled Wren and the easily overlooked Other birds we may find in this ‘purple patch’ include Ruddy and Plumbeous Pigeons, Red-billed Parrot, White-eyed Parakeet, Black-mandibled Toucan, Golden-olive, Smoky-brown Woodpecker, Olivaceous and Olive-backed Woodcreepers, Ash-browed Spinetail, Montane Foliage-Gleaner and Buff-fronted Foliage-gleaner, Streaked Xenops, Lined Antshrike, Plain Antvireo, Rufous-Rumped Antwren, Blackish Antbird, ‘Northern’ White-crowned Tapaculo (possible split) Golden-winged Manakin, Slaty –capped flycatcher, Ornate flycatcher Olive-chested Flycatchers, Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant, Plumbeous-crowned Tyrannulet and Ecuadorian Tyrannulet. Later we shall continue onto lowland and a few stops along the way in Mauritia Palm forest and savanna areas where is good habitats like Point-tailed Palmcreeper.
Night: Wakanki Lodge. B:L:D.
Day 10: MISHQUIYACU MOUNTAINS.
Today we’ll hike up the Mishquiyacu mountains, this is one of Northern Peru's premier foothill birding sites, and we'll spend the day there. The best birds - the endemic Mishana Tyrannulet, Ash‐Throated Antwren, Buff‐throated Tody‐Tyrant, Short‐tailed Antthrush, Fiery-capped Manakin, Striped Manakin, Blue-rumped Manakin, and others - are possible after a tough hike. In lower area, we'll hope for White‐bellied Pygmy‐Tyrant, Mishana Tyrannulet, Lanceolated Monklet, Fiery-throated Fruiteater, Scarlet-breasted Fruiteater, Black-and-white Tody-Flycatcher, Tawny-throated Leaftosser, and even some lowland antbirds. Possibilities abound here like Spot-winged Antbird, Northern Chestnut-tailed Antbird, Plain-winged Antshrike, Peruvian Warbling Antbird, Golden-collared Toucanet, Channel-billed Toucan, we're sure to have an interesting day, also we’ll visit hummingbird feeder with many species possible like Rufous-crested Coquette, Brown Violetear, White-chinned Sapphire, White-necked Jacobin, Black-throated Hermit, Grey-breasted Sabrewing, Golden-tailed Sapphire, , and much much more.
At night we will have good chances for Stygian, Band-bellied, Black-banded and Striped Owl, Vermiculated Screech Owl, Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, and Tropical Screech Owl.
Night: Wakanki Lodge. B:L:D.
Day 11: MORRO DE CALZADA.
We will reach Morro de Calzada where we can look for Misahana Tyrannulet, Lesser Elaenia, Stripe-necked Tody-tyrant, Pale-breasted and the recently described Varzea Thrush, Cinereous-breasted Spinetail and mix Tanagers flock.
Also we visit some marshes in the lowlands, where we will look for Point-tailed Palmcreeper, Pale‐eyed Blackbird, Black‐billed Seed‐Finch, Point‐tailed Palmcreeper, local and nomadic Mask Duck and perhaps some crakes and rails. Spot-breasted Woodpecker, Gilded Barbet, Yellow-tufted Woodpecker, Hauxwell’s Thrush, Cobalt-winged Parakeet, Chestnut-bellied Seedeater,after a morning birding we keep driving toward east slope, at the base of the mountains we visit a new private reserve, Arena Blanca where local guy is feeding Rufous-breasted Wood-quail, BrownTinamou, and hummingbird feeders around: Blue-fronted Lancebill, Black-throated Brilliant, Wire-crested thorntail and seasonally visiting Napo sabrewing. In the evening, we have our last chance for the mythical Long-whiskered Owlet in a different Location.
Night: Fundo Alto Nieva. B:L:D.
Day 12: To LEYMEBAMBA - UTCUBAMBA VALLEY
We have final morning at Abra Patricia, we'll be focused on the hard rare local birds Rusty-tinged Antpitta, Ochre-fronted Antpitta, hooded Tinamou, Royal Sunangel, Bar-winged Wood-wren, , and hummingbird feeders can add Rufous-vented Whitetip, White-tailed Hillstar and some other missing species, late in the morning we drive to Leymebamba - Utcubamba Valley where we look Speckle-chested Piculet, over to Hacienda Chillo to look for Koecepeke’s Screech-Owl on daytime roost, Marañon Thrush, Black-necked Woodpecker, Marañon Crecentchest, Rufuos-Capped Antshrike, Golden-Rumped Euphonia and many more species then we continue on to Leimembamba and if we have time look at hummingbird feeders here.
Night: Hotel in Leymebamba. B:L:D.
Day 13: ABRA BARRO NEGRO - MARAÑON VALLEY
Birding around Leymebamba looking for some mixed flock: Red-hooded Tanager,and the Majestic Andean Condor the next stop is at Abra Barro Negro about an hour above town and look for Coppery Metaltail, Neblina Tapaculo, Gray-breasted Mountain Toucan, Violet-throated Starfrontlet, Russet-mantled Softtail and Moustached Flowerpiercer.White-Chinned Thishtletail, Many Stripe Canastero,
Mid to late morning start to drop down into the Marañon Canyon looking for Chesnut-backed Thornbird,and endangered Yellow-faced Parrotlet. And one more change for Peruvian Pigeon and Marañon Thrush. night birding is interesting, Peruvian Screech-owl is present.
Night: hotel in Balzas B:L:D.
Day 14: MARAÑON VALLEY - CAJAMARCA ROAD.
We'll be concentrate in the endemic species located in heart of marañon Valley, Yellow-faced Parrotlet, Buff-bridled Inca-finch, Gray-winged Inca-finch, Chesnut-backed Thornbird, then we Climb up the other side of the canyon we leave the valley, we keep birding along the road stopping en route at Cruz Conga, roadside for White-tailed Shrike Tyrant, “Cajamarcae” race of Rufous Antpitta, Rufous-webbed Bush Tyrant, Rufous-Eared Brush-Finch, Black-crested Warbler, Jelski’s Chat-tyrant, Baron’s Spinetail, Golden-billed Saltator, Black-crested Tit-tyrant, White-browed Chat-Tyrant and many andean species.
Night: hotel in Cajamarca around the main Plaza. B:L:D.
Day 15: SAN MARCOS.
Make the hour or so drive to San Marcos to look for Great Spinetail critically endangered and White-winged Black Tyrant. Leave this site late and in the afternoon bird Rio Chonta for Gray-bellied Comet, Rusty- Crowned Tit-Spinetail, Striated Earthcreeper, Black Metaltail, Andean Swift, Torrent Tyrannulet and White-winged Cinclodes, And late in afternoon flight to Lima, end of the tour.
Fligh to Lima. B:L.
- Birding Guide
- Private Ground Transportation
- Accommodations in all the Tour
- 3 Meals, B:L:D
- Snacks, Drinking Water
- Annotated Bird Checklist
- Fee entrance to birding spots
- Extra Drinks (eg Soft Drinks, Beer, Wine)
- Domestic Flights, but we can assist you.
- Day pack
- Rain gear
- Sweater, fleece or light jacket
- Long pants, long socks and long-sleeved shirts
- Hiking Boots, Sandals, Rubber Boots
- Sun hat, sunglasses, sun block
- Insect repellent (with at least 35% 'deet') and afterbite
- Toilet paper
- Water bottle
- Copy of yellow fever (required) and tetanus (optional) vaccinations
- Malaria medication
- Money for soft drinks or beers and handicrafts