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Satipo Road and Colibri Cloud Forest - Short 5 Day Tour

 
 INTRODUCTION:

Birding Satipo road - Introduction.

Eye-ringed Thistletail, Schizoeaca palpebralis. Satipo, Per? Photo:Juan Chalco

Promoting the recent community project at Satipo road we introduce this short trip that contains both excellent cloud forest birding and the endemic specialities that can not be seen on a short Carpish/Unchog trip.

For example we shall visit sites for exciting special birds such as Creamy-bellied Antwren, Cloud Forest Screech-Owl, Pasco Antpitta (undescribed species), Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Black-winged Parrot, Eye-ringed Thistletail, weskei form of Marcapata Spinetail, Junin Tapaculo (recently described species), Jalca Tapaculo (recently described species), Obscure Rufous Antpitta Grallaria (rufula) obscura, Fire-throated Metaltail, Black-spectacled Brush-Finch, "Mantaro Wren"  (undescribed species), "Mantaro Thornbird" (undescribed species) and "Apurimac Screech-Owl" (recently described subspecies of Koepcke's Screech-Owl - a rare tick).

There are also excellent gaudy birds such as Umbrellabird, two quetzals, Masked Trogon, Cock-of-the-Rock, Torrent Duck, Lyre-tailed and Swallow-tailed Nightjar. Satipo road has many similarities with the more famous Manu road.

The community project involves the building of a community lodge at Apaya and training of some of the residents to become local bird guides. The lodging is very basic before the lodge is built. There are 8 beds divided in two rooms in a community building. There are wash-up and toilet facilities but often only cold water. Linen, blankets and pillows are provided. During 2020 we plan to make many improvements with feeders to attract birds for photography. See the Satipo Road Birding Lodge project and support by donating or pay deposit for a trip. The birding is outstanding!



 DEPARTURES:
 


If the departure dates don't fit you, please suggest another date.
 
 MAP:
 THE TOUR:

Day 0: Bus to San Ramon

We shall take a comfortable night bus crossing the Andes,

Day 1:  Alto Pichita Reserve above San Ramon for Creamy-bellied Antwren, Maybe Chestnut-crested Cotinga. 

At Alto Pichita above San Ramon we should find targets such as Black-winged Parrot, Cremy-bellied Antwren, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Lanceolated Monklet, Inca Flycatcher, Peruvian Tyrannulet, Cinnamon-faced Tyrannulet, Blackish Pewee and Scarlet-breasted and Fiery-throated Fruiteaters

Other birds  include Olive-tufted Flycatcher, Andean Guan, Scaly-naped Parrot, Black-winged Parrot, Barred Parakeet, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Amethyst-throated Sunangel, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Collared Inca,  Bay Antpitta,  Yellow-scarfed Tanager, Grass-green Tanager, Lachrymose Tanager, Peruvian Wren, Strong-billed Woodcreeper and more. 
We continue in the afternoon to Satipo passing through coffee plantations that provide additional possibilities. Night in Satipo. Hotel San Luis. 

Scarlet-breasted Fruiteater, Pipreola frontalis. Satipo, Per? Photo:Juan Chalco

Day 2: Satipo road to Apaya.

We shall bird the loweer part of Satipo road. The possibilities are enormous Blue-browed Tanager, Russet Antshrike, Lanceolated Monklet, Rufous-sided Crake, Lemon-browed Flycatcher, Umbrellabird, Fasciated Tiger-Heron. Chestnut-crowned Gnateater, Hairy-crested Antbird (foothill form), Peruvian Piedtail. Afternoon birding the mid section of the road to Apaya village with Peruvian Tyrannulet, Cinnamon-faced Tyrannulet, Versicolored Barbet, Solitary Eagle, Black-and-Chestnut Eagle, Crested Quetazal, Torrent Duck, Deep-blue Flowerpiercer. Night  in Apaya at the communal basic guest house.

Day 3: Andamarca valley. Return to Apaya.

Early morning start for Andamarca valley. The climate is warmer and drier here. Many new species to science have been found here in recent years such as Black-spectacled Brush-Finch, a new Thryothorus wren and a new Thornbird. There may be more surprises. Since habitat is so different many species will be added to the list. Possibilities include Andean Ibis, White-winged Black.Tyrant, Black-backed Grosbeak, Golden-billed Saltator and others. Night in Apaya at the communal basic guest house.

Day 4: High altitude birding for Eye-ringed Thistletail, Jalca Tapaculo and Fire-throated Metaltail.

Birding Carrizales in the morning for Fiery-throated Metaltail, Eye-ringed Thistletail, obscura form of Rufous Antpitta, Chestnut Antpitta (Pasco form) Pardusco, Tchudis and Jalca Tapaculo (recently described), Golden-plumed Parakeet and more. There is also a Polylepis woodland that holds Royal Cinclodes and Ash-breasted Tit-Tyrant which we may visit if time permits. 

We return to La Merced for an overnight stay at Hacienda Armorique

Day 5: Cloud Forest Screech-Owl and Cerulean-capped Manakin

Above Hacienda Armorique is an excellent area for the rare Cloud Forest Screech-Owl. We shall make a visit pre-dawn. Afterwards we continue birding the area for Cerulean-capped Manakin, Creamy-bellied Antwren and many more. At midmorning we break to drive back to Lima. At Ticlio we shall stop to look for White-bellied Cinclodes

We can get to the airport for flights leaving at 8pm or later, but flights earlier than this would be risky.  If you have more time, you can consider staying overnight in San Mateo and the next day drive via Diademed Sandpiper-Plover and White-cheeked Cotinga down through Santa Eulalia Canyon with many endemics to reach a flight 7 pm or later. Let us know!

 


 TRIP SUMMARY:
DAY 1 Alto Pichita Reserve drive to Satipo
DAY 2 Satipo road to Apaya.
DAY 3 Andamarca valley. Return to Apaya.
DAY 4 Satipo road and drive to La Merced. Cloud-Forest Screech-Owl.
DAY 5 La Merced-Lima
 
 PRICE :


Option: SATIPO ROAD - SHORT 5 DAY TOUR Days: 5
Price: US$ 1285 (Minimum 5 people).
 
Less than 5 people: (see pricing)
 
Single supplement: 70 US$
 

Land trip from Lima. All included except bottled drinks.

 


 CLIENT'S COMMENTS:
Gunnar,
 
thank you for a great trip. It went beyond my expectations. Hit list was almost wiped clean.
 
Juan Jose was fine for my purpose. He knows the specialeties and where to find them.....his enthusiasm is hard to rival. He found me some great birds and I have no complaints whatsoever and would gladly use him again.
 
I will be calling you again when I decide to do the South. Maybe in november and rain is ok i'm English.. Thanks again Dave.
 
PS: Your driver also did a great job.
 
 


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