Birding in Central Peru is extraordinary, most of the targets birds are very localized and some of the them are critically endangered, this tour is very special, we visit some remote area where there are well know but undescribed species, so this makes even more exiting our birding tour in Satipo road.
There is some remote area close by Satipo that we consider part of an expedition, where Sira Tanager and Sira Barbet are present, if you passion is add some especial and unique species on your personal bird list this area is not to be missed!!
Day 1: PELAGIC TOUR – SANTA EULALIA.
Transfer service from your hotel to take a boat for our birding pelagic trip, priority is to see sea bird we spend most of day birding in the Pacific ocean.
Attracting seabirds we use Chumming: We make a gue of rotten fish entrails and old fish left-overs, oil mixed with pop-corn. this smells horrible, all the seabirds have acute sense of smell. When chumming the boat suddenly gets surrounded by Storm Petrels some albatross and several different species of sea birds: Peruvian Diving-Petrel, Sooty Shearwater, Cape Petrel, Markham´s, White-vented, Wilson´s and Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrels. Chilean and South Polar Skuas, Waved, Gray-headed, and Salvin’s Albatross and more birds depending of the season, we see some whales; in the mid afternoon we drive up to the mountains, here we have a nice and relaxing birding around the lodge.
Night:Santa Eulalia Valley. L:D.
Day 2: DRY WEST PACIFIC SLOPE.
We a long day birding with lots of nice and enigmatic birds, our primary targets are the extremely localized Rufous-breasted Warbling-Finch and Great Inca-Finch; Bronze-tailed Comet, Black Metaltail, and Rusty-crowned Tit-Spinetail, Black-necked Woodpecker, Rusty-bellied Brush-Finch – all Peruvian endemics. we keep going higher up to Polylepis forest, here White-cheeked Cotinga next to Striated Earthcreeper, Giant conebill and Stripe-headed Antpitta, in top of the high andes we look for White-bellied Cinclodes and Diademed Sandpiper-plover, after a full exiting birding we go back to the paved road on the way to La Oroya.
Night: La Oroya. B:L:D.
Day 3: MANTARO’S VALLEY HEART.
Today will leave very early for the road to Comas. This village is located close to Mantaro Valley around this village we look for Eye-ringed Thistletail, and Fire-throated Metaltail, Creamy-crested Spinetail, Tschudi’s Tapaculo, Millpo Tapaculo, in the afternoon we’ll have our first change for Mantaro Thornbird, and Mantaro Spinetail (different race of Azara’s Spinetail).
In the evening we have change for night birding, we look for the undescribed specie of Screech Owl, “Accobamba Screech-owl”.
Night: Accobamba: B:L:D.
Day 4: To APALLA CALABAZA. – MANTARO VALLEY
We spend all morning in the middle of Mantaro Valley, birding around Accobamba looking for the recently discovered and described Black-goggled Brush-Finch – Black-spectacled Brush-finch. The shrubby slopes also provide a home for the endemic, recently discovered Thryothorus wren [Mantaro Wren] either an undescribed race of the endemic Inca Wren or perhaps a new species to science. In the same area we have a chance for Mantaro Thornbird, and Mantaro Spinetail (different race of Azara’s Spinetail).
After a morning birding around Acobamba we drive toward Satipo Road where are Junín Tapaculo, (new sp), (Large-footed Tapaculo) and weskei ssp of Marcapata Spinetail which looks as a good split. Late in the day we can look for Lyre-tailed Nightjar.
Night: Apalla Calabaza. B:L:D.
Day 5: SATIPO ROAD.
This area is similar in appearance to the famous Manu road, but less pristine and some other selection of species: Birding morning above Apalla Calabaza for Bay Antpitta. some missing specie or second view of Eyering Thistletail, Marcapata Spinetail, Junín Tapaculo and nice humid montane mix flocks: Inca Flycatcher, Lacrimose Mountain-tanager, Gray-breasted Mountain-toucan, Grass-green Tanager, down below forest have another set of mix flock, Paradise, Golden, Blue-necked, Bay-headed tanagers and more birds are mixed flocks members, Ocellated Piculet and rare Lanceolated Monklet are in lower elevation, them we drive to Satipo where we spend a night.
Night: Satipo. B:L:D.
Day 6: VILLA RICA – COFFEE PLANTATION.
Early in the morning we drive to Villa Rica, we’ll be birding in Coffee plantation our main target is Creamy-bellied Antwren, if we are lucky maybe Foothill Elaenia, Peruvian Tyrannulet, Chestnut-back Antshrike and lots of tanagers, around midday we visit a lake where can see erratic Mask Duck, Plumbeous Rail, Blackish Rail and some other shore birds. late in day we drive to Oxapampa on the way we pass by bosque shollet – Gran Pajonal, where chestnut-crested Cotinga, Peruvian Wren another chance for Bay Antpitta are ´possible, then drive to Oxapampa, night birding can show us Cloud forest Screech-owl,
Night: Oxapampa. B:L:D.
Day 7: BIRDING IN OXAPAMPA.
Forest in Oxapampa is home of several endemic species, there is a nive protected area, we look for some our targets species number of Peruvian endemics found in this fabulous area, including Masked Fruiteater, Unstreaked Tit-Tyrant, Peruvian Wren, Yellow-scarf Tanager, Chestnut Antpitta ‘Huanuco Fruiteater’ (a small, distinctive race of Green-and-Black Fruiteater which probably merits being elevated to species level).
If we are very fortunate we will even see such highly sought-after specialities as the rarely seen Andean Tyrant, or the mega-elusive Masked Saltator (both species just couple records in the area).
In the evening second chance for Cloud Forest Screech-Owl
Night: Oxapampa. B:L:D.
Day 8: GO BACK TO THE HIGH ANDES.
We have a final morning in the area looking for some missing species depending what we are missing we visit some of the previous places that we visited, after mid morning we drive back to the high andes, we’ll be birding around the the Junín Lake, Dark-winged Canastero, Junín Canastero, Black-breasted Hillstar (Endemics), White-tufted Grebe, Puna Ibis, Andean Goose, Andean Avocet, seasonally present and lots wetland andean species, late in the day we try for the recently described Junín Rail.
Night: La Oroya. B:L:D.
Day 9: JUNIN LAKE.
We’ll do whatever present conditions require to find the Critically Endangered Junin Grebe this morning. Currently we plan to take a small motor boat out into the deeper parts of Lake Junin to ensure good views of this hard-to-identify bird. Our second main target is Junin Rail ( Laterallus tuerosi), this species is recently described, known from a very small area of marshland around Junin lake, where habitat quality is declining There are many other interesting birds at Lake Junin, including Puna Plover and Andean avocet (seasonal), and a variety of waterfowl, Plumbeous Rail, Silvery Grebe, White-tufted Grebe, Cinnamon, Puna, Yellow-Billed Teals , Andean Negrito, Slate-colored and Giant Coot, Chilean Flamingos are sometimes present. We’ll drive back to Lima in the afternoon. if times allow we have a final scan around the pass for Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe and ln lower elevation for Black Metaltail and rusty-crowned Spinetail. we can drop you in the airport to take your international flight or hotel in Lima
Night in Lima. B:L.