We create a hummingbirds photography bird tour, thinking in the fabulous smallest and fast birds in the world, Peru has lots of different species of hummingbird, 127 from the total, these birds will visit an average of 1,000 flowers per day for nectar, the bright radiant color on hummingbirds comes from iridescent coloring like on a soap bubble or prism, these birds are only found naturally in the Americas.
Its behavior sometimes doesn’t help to get a good views neither take a photo, mostly we have a flash view, but hummingbird feeder will help us to get a better views, so in this Hummingbird tours we specifically focused in these fascinating birds, excellent views and best chance to photograph are our priority, even with the most difficult and rare hummingbirds, with short walks and comfortable birding will be our Hummingbird Expedition, If you have in mind some other specialties like Purple-backed Sunbeam please feel free to contact us we’ll provide you an itinerary including this endemic bird, please see our bird tour extension.
Day 1: BOSQUE POMAC – SALAS.
We take a first flight from Lima to Chiclayo, where our ground transport will be waiting for you, we drive to Bosque Pomac – Batan Grande, we’ll explore Carob woodland and deciduous dry habitats, we look Coastal
Hummingbirds Amazilia Hummingbird, Purple-collared Woodstar, Peruvian Sheartail, Oasis Hummingbird, at the same time Tumbes specialties are present Peruvian Plantcutter, Rufous flycatcher, Tumbes Tyrant and many more, late in the day we drive to Olmos more hummingbird are present Short-tailed Woodstar and Tumbes Hummingbird with luck.
Night in Olmos. L:D.
Day 2: ABRA PORCULLA – JAEN.
Before to get Abra Porculla, we’ ll spend some time in semi deciduous dry habitat in the pacific slope scanning for Tumbes Hummingbird and Short-tailed Woodstar, similar specialties are present like Chapman’s Antshrike, Ecuadorian Piculet, Black-cowled Saltator, Elegant Crecentchest, then we drive to Abra Porculla Gray-chinned Hermit “porcullae race”, Spot- throated Hummingbird with good luck Green-tailed Trainbearer, after midday we drive to Jaen.
Night in Jaen. B:L:D.
Day 3 – 4: To HUEMBO ECOLODGE.
This is really exciting day, we visit a wonderful place, where the most spectacular hummingbird lives “Marvelous Spatuletail”, before to get this place we can have a quickly stop for the endemic Little Inca-finch. Hummingbird feeders has an excellent selection of species, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, White-bellied Hummingbird, Andean Emerald, Bronzy Inca Green and Sparkling Violetears, Little Woodstar, Purple-collared Woodstar, Collared Inca Speckled Hummingbird and rare visitor Purple-throated Sunangel and Violet-fronted Brilliant. Depending of the season Marvelous Spatuletail displays and the show us this absolutely incredible dance.
Night in Huembo Ecolodge. B:L:D.
Day 5: HUEMBO -ABRA PATRICIA.
we spend a full morning around Huembo, then we move to Abra Patricia, another selection of humminbirds are possible: White-bellied Woodstar, Fawn-breasted Brilliant, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Collared Inca, Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Amethyst-throated Sunangel, Long-tailed Sylph, Tyrian Metaltail, Shining Sunbeam, Sparkling Violetear and many more.
In the evening we can look for the enigmatic Long Whiskered Owlet.
Night in Owlet Lodge. B:L:D.
Day 6 – 8: ABRA PATRICIA – FUNDO ALTO NIEVA.
Abra Patricia – east slope of the andes is richfull in endemic species and Paradise for hummingbirds at lower elevation we’ll be focused in Royal Sunangel, Greenish Puffleg, Violet-fronted Brilliant, Tawny-bellied Hermit, White-tailed Hillstar, Speckled Hummingbird, Wedge-billed Hummingbird, Violet-fronted Brilliant, Booted Racket-tail, Rufous-vented Whitetip, in the evening we have another chance for the enigmatic Long-whiskered Owlet.
Night in Owlet Lodge. B:L:D.
Day 9: ARENA BLANCA RESERVE.
We start moving down slope, we stop in great location for the near endemic Ecuadorian Piedtail, aside this specie we can enjoy Green Hermit, Gray-chinned Hermit, Violet-frontedBrilliant, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, just below at foothill mountain a private reverse have lot more new species, Green-fronted and Blue-fronted Lancebills, Long- billed Starthroat, White-necked Jacobin, Amethyst Woodstar, Many-spotted Hummingbird, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Sapphire-spangled Emerald, Wire-crested Thorntail, Brown Violetear, Blue-tailed Emerald, Gray-breasted Sabrewing, Reddish Hermit and seasonaly present at
this reserve’s hummingbird feeder: Napo Sabrewing and Black-throated Brilliant; late in the day we drive to Moyobamba.
Night in Wakanki Lodge. B:L:D.
Day 10 -11: WAKANKI Lodge.
Hummingbird paradise is around so we spend the couple days takes photos in the area, more species are waiting a photo, of course a great views as well, Rufous-crested Coquette is the highlight, Gould’s Jewelfront, Black-Throated Mango, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Black-throated Hermit, White-bearded Hermit, White-chinne Sapphire and more birds are possible, Black-bellied Tanager – Peruvian Endemic usually is around same like Mishana Tyrannulet; in the evening we can look for Owl.
Night in Wakanki Lodge B:L:D.
Day 12- 13. CORDILLERA ESCALERA.
Before getting this place we have a long driving we get an isolated mountain Cordillera Escalera, where some foothills hummingbird species are located, Koepcke’s Hermit – Endemic, Blackt-hroated
Brilliant, Rufous-breasted Hermit, Pale-tailed Barbthroat, rare and seasonal present Pink-throated Brilliant, second chance for Rufous-crested Coquette and several lowland species, if we have time we visit Golden-headed manakin lek and lots of great birds flying by in this forest; on the next day we’ll be getting great photo a full day on this fabolous place enjoying these amazing rare hummingbirds.
Night in Tarapoto. B:L:D.
Day 14: BACK To The MOUNTAINS.
Early in the morning we leave the tropical rainforest, after a couple hours driving we stop in Oilbird colony cave, at this time of the day we have a good chance to photograph, then we keep moving back to the mountains, spend the afternoon at Arena Blanca Reserve, some new records could be around and ofcourse missing species will be our main targets and good change to improve some photos.
Night: Owlet Lodge. B:L:D.
Day 15 -16: UTCUBAMBA VALLEY – LEYMEBAMBA.
Its time to say good by the east slope of the mountains, we drive along the Utcubamba Valley until to get Leymebamba along the way we have a couple photography stops for some nice a local birds Koepcke’s
Screech-Owl and Marañon Crecentchest, we are in higher elevation, still some hummingbird overlap, Purple-throated Sunangel, Little Woodstar, Rainbow Starfrontlet, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Shining Sunbean will be part of the party on these 2 days.
Night: Hotel in Leymebamba. B:L:D.
Day 17: To CAJAMARCA.
Today we cross Marañon valley, before that, we spend a couple hours in last humid montane forest for the tour, just a couple hummingbirds target but endemic and range restricted to this zone: CopperyMetaltail, then we drove down the botton and up again to the other site of the mountain if we have time we can look for some endemic species Yellow-faced Parrotlet, Buff-bridled & Gray-winged Inca-finches, and Chesnut-back thornbird our long driving still cross the andes in the high andes we look for Giant Hummingbird the biggest hummingbird in the world Black Metaltail & Andean Hillstar.
Night in Cajamarca. B:L:D.
Day 18: GRAY-BELLIED COMET.
Around Cajamarca there is just few, but critically endangered species, Gray-bellied Comet, there isn’t Hummingbird feeder around but we know a couple birding stakeouts, where still possible to see this specie and get a good photo, close by of Black Metaltail and Giant Hummingbird, Chonta Stream has another set of endemic birds Rusty-crowned Tit-spinetail, Striated Earthcreeper, Baron’s Spinetail, after to get our final
target species we go back to the town, we take a flight to Lima and we conclude our Hummingbird photo safari tour.