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North Peru getaway (10 days) featuring White-winged Guan and Marvelous Spatuletail

 
 INTRODUCTION:

Birding North Peru with Chaparri.

The perfect trip for those with little time. You only have to take a week off from work. The trip can be fitted Saturday-Saturday. Good lodging throughout the trip and very comfortable. It is also a trip to which it is possible to add  a two days to explore archeological sites such as Chan Chan, Moche in Trujillio and the Sipan Museum in Lambayeque. For those who wish, one may make a detour to the Chachapoyas fortress at Kuelap.

 



 DEPARTURES:
  May 21 - 2019
December 21 - 2019


If the departure dates don't fit you, please suggest another date.
 
 MAP:
 GALLERY OF BIRDS ON THE THOUR:


 THE TOUR:

Day 1. Chiclayo-Chaparri. White-winged Guan and Tumbes Tyrant.

Either you have stayed in Chiclayo the previous night or just flown in in the early morning. We drive straight to Rafan which has shown to be a reliable site for Peruvian Plantcutter and Rufous Flycatcher. Other birds here include Cinereous FInch, Gray-and-White Tyrannulet, White-faced (Tropical) Gnatcatcher, Necklaced Spinetail, Superciliaried Wren and Ammazilia Hummingbird. We shall also make a short stop on the coast to look for Peruvian Tern. A number of Humboldt current birds will be seen here as well such as Peruvian Booby, Peruvian Pelican and Inca Tern. On the fields nearby Least Seed-snipe is often seen and sometimes Tawny-throated Dottorel.

Before  reaching Chaparri we make a stop at the Tinajones reservoir. This is often a good spot for Great Grebe, Comb Duck and the isolated population of Black-faced Ibis.
Chaparri which has an excellent setting and prime birding with re-introduced White-winged Guan. Also Tumbes Tyrant, Tumbes Hummingbirds, Scarlet-backed Woodpecker, Black-crested Antshrike, Sulphur-throated Finch, White-headed Brush-Finch and others. At night search for Scrub Nightjar and Peruvian Screech-Owl.  More rare are Buff-fronted Owl and Striped Owl. Night at Chaparri Lodge.

Day 2. Chaparri all day. White-tailed Jay and perhaps Spectacled Bear. 

We spend a full day on the grounds of Chaparri and the hills above. Especially in November-December this is worthwhile  as it is the best time to find wild Spectacled Bear. If there have been recent sightings we may opt for an up to 4 hour hike in the morning to search for the bear.  Sometimes in the mango season which extends to March, the bears can come much closer to the lodge. The rest of the day is spend photographing birds at the feeders such as the tame White-winged GuanWhite-tailed Jay and White-edged Oriole

Day 3. Chaparri-Bosque Pomac-Quebrada Frejolillo-Olmos. Peruvian Plantcutter and Tumbes Swallow.

After watching hummingbirds bathing at Chaparri we shall continuen checking out Casupe road. It is often good for species such as Henna Hooded Foliage-gleaner and Rufous-necked Foliage-gleaner. We continue to Bosque Pomac getting a second opportunity for Peruvian Plantcutter and Rufous Flycatcher.  Nearby is a good spot for Tumbes Swallow. The afternoon will be spent at Quebrada Frejolillo looking out for somewhat shyer and wilder White-winged Guans, as well as Guayaquil Woodpecker and Pacific Elaenia. Night in Olmos at Hospedaje Valle Grande.

Day 4. Olmos-Abra Porculla-Jaen. Black-cowled Saltator and Marañon Crescentchest.

We continue to Abra Porculla. Targets here include Chapman's Antshrike, Bay-crowned Brush-Finch. Elegant Crescentchest, Rufous-necked and Henna-hooded Foliagegleaner, Black-cowled Saltator, Porculla Hermit and the rare Piura Chat-Tyrant. In the late afternoon we shall arrive in Jaen in the afternoon and immediately look for Marañon Crescentchest, Marañon Slaty Antshrike, Necklaced Spinetail and more. Hotel El Bosque, Jaen.

Day 5. Jaen-Pomacochas. Little Inca-Finch and Marvelous Spatuletail

Birding on the way to Pomacochas for Little Inca-Finch, Marañon Spinetail and Little Woodstar. It is possible to do a detour to the Chachapyas fortress at Kuelap. Later in the afternoon near Pomacochas we will get to Huembo for our first encounters of Marvelous Spatueltail. Also here at the feeders are Andean Emerald, Bronzy Inca, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, White-tailed Hummingbird, Sparkling Violet-ear, Little Woodstar and many more. The area is also good for Speckle-chested Piculet and Buff-belled Tanager. Night at Huembo Lodge.

Day 6. San Lorenzo trail and Abra Patricia. Pale-billed Antpitta and Long-whiskered Owlet.

In the morning we shall bird the trail above San Lorenzo for Pale-billed Antpitta, Russet-backed Softtail, Rusty-tinged Antpitta and the schulenbergi race of Plain-tailed Wren, which possibly could be split. Rest of the day at Abra Patricia/Afluentes. A great number of good birds. Below the Abra Patricia pass at 2400m, possibilities include Rusty-tinged and Rusty-breasted Antpittas, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, Peruvian Rufous-vented Tapaculo, White-collared Jay and the recently described Lulu's Tody-Tyrant. The road then passes next to a series of low ridges cloaked in stunted forest. This is the type locality for the enigmatic Long-whiskered Owlet, one of the great ornithological mysteries of the continent, and one of the few localities where Ochre-fronted Antpitta has been seen. Already this first night, we shall make a try for Long-whiskered Owlet. Night at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Day 7.  Afluentes and Abra Patricia. Royal Sunangel and White-capped Tanager.

In the morning we shall bird the trails near the lodge looking for Wattled Guan and White-faced Nunbird, before getting in place for the feeding of a Chestnut Antpitta. We continue to watch the feeders for Emerald-bellied Puffleg and Sword-billed Hummingbird. Near the lodge entrance we shall look for Lulu's Tody-Tyrant. Later we descend to the Afluentes area which is good for flocks with Equatorial Graytail, Gray-mantled Wren, Ecuadorian Tyrannulet, Ash-browed Spinetail, the endemic Speckle-chested Piculet, Versicolored Barbet and a wide variety of tanagers including the scarce Vermilion Tanager are other possibilities. There is also a feeding station for Ecuadorian Piedtail, White-tailed Sicklebill and Napo Sabrewing. In the afternoon, we shall bird feeders at Fundo Alto Nieva for Royal Sunangel, Greenish Puffleg and Rufous-vented Whitetip. On the trail we look Bar-winged Wood-Wren and Cinnamon-breasted Tody-Tyrant, while noisy flocks of White-capped Tanagers may be sighted overhead. Finally, there is also a feeding station here for Ochre-fronted Antpitta.  If necessary we'll make a second attempt for the Owlet at  Fundo Alto Nieva. Night at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Day 8. Abra Patricia-Rioja-Waqanki. Mishana Tyrannulet-Point-tailed Palmcreeper.

After additional birding near Abra Patricia Lodge looking for Rusty-tinged Antpitta in the morning, we shall head to Aguas Verdes. Here is another great feeding station that often rewards us with Little and Cinerous Tinamous, Rufous-breasted Wood-quail and Orange-billed Sparrow. The hummingbird feeders have Blue-fronted and Green-fronted Lancebill, Wire-crested Thorntail, Rufous-crested Coquette, and many more.  Near Rioja we shall look for birds such as Buckley’s Forest-Falcon, Point-tailed Palmcreeper, Russet-crowned Crake, Blackish Nightjar, Fiery-capped Manakin, Yellow Tyrannulet, Black-billed Seed-Finch, Pale-eyed Blackbird, Masked Duck and many more. . We may also make a stop at Morro de Calzada near Moyobamba where the birds may include Tataupa Tinamou, Black-faced Tanager, Painted Manakin, Mishana Tyrannulet, Cream-colored Woodpecker, Cinererous-breasted Spinetail, Pale-breasted Thrush, Varzea Thrush, Blue-crowned Trogon, Red-legged Honeycreeper and many more. Night at Waqanki Fruiteater Lodge, Moyobamba.

Day 9. Waqanki-Tarapoto. Rufous-crested Cockette and Oilbird.

The hummingbird-feeders at Waqanki are fantastic. It is often possible to get over 15 species of hummingbirds in only a couple of hours. The star species is Rufous-crested Coquette and Black-throated Hermit. We may also explore the ridge trail for Scarlet-breasted and Fiery-throated Fruiteaters, Ash-throated Antwren, Chestnut-throated Spinetail and many other. In the afternoon we'll drive to Tarapoto via a gorge where Oilbird can be seen without entering a cave.

Day 10. Tarapoto and Ackonabikh

Morning at tunnel area for Dotted Tanager, Purplish Euphonia, Cock-of-the-Rock and Blackish Pewee and hummingbird feeders at ACONABIKH with Kopecke's Hermit and Gould's Jewelfront and many more. There is also a lek of Golden-heded Manakin

In the afternoon we usually have time for some birding in dry scub which may produce Huallaga Slaty-Antshrike, Sulphur-bellied Tyrant-Manakin and Planalto Hermit
 
You may add an extension to search for Scarlet-banded Barbet or White-masked Antbird from Tarapoto.


Ask us
about our day trips in Lima if you need to kill time in Lima. 

 


 TRIP SUMMARY:
DAY 0 Arrival in Chiclayo
DAY 1 Chiclayo-Chaparri Lodge
DAY 2 Chaparri
DAY 3 Chaparri Lodge-Bosque Pomac-Quebrada Frejolillo-Olmos
DAY 4 Olmos-Abra Porculla-Jaen.
DAY 5 Jaen-Pomacochas
DAY 6 San Lorenzo trail and Abra Patricia.
DAY 7 Afluentes and Abra Patricia
DAY 8 Abra Patricia-Rioja-Waqanki.
DAY 9 Waqanki-Tarapoto
DAY 10 Tarapoto. ACONABIKH
 
 PRICES :


Option: SHORT NORTH PERU GETAWAY Days: 10
Price: US$ 3270 (Minimun 5 people).
 
Less than 5 people: (see pricing)
1 pax: 5220 US$ - Find a friend. We will help.
2 pax: 4220 US$
3 pax: 3670 US$
4 pax: 3450 US$
 
Single supplement: 300 US$
 

Include: good hotels and lodges when available, all meals, guiding, transport, drinks including two alcoholic drinks per day and contrary to most our trips, all entrance fees

 


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