Hummingbirds of Peru
These trips have a very slow pace. We concentrate on Hummingbirds. We will watch other birds as well, but the Hummingbirds have preference. Peru has 127 species of Hummingbirds and on this trip you will see a great number of these. Naturally on all Kolibri Expedtions trips you will see Hummingbirds, but these two programs, which you can combine will give you more time with the hummers. You will also see a great part of the cultural heritage of Peru.
The first trip gives some of the most sought after Hummingbird species such as Marvelous Spatuletail. The second trip is a more classical itinerary giving you some of the most species diverse areas in the world as you descend the From the Andes into the Amazon basin and Manu National Park. Apart from the Hummingbirds and the scenery, you will also enjoy the encounter of numerous species of monkeys and other mammals such as Giant Otter and Tapir.
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Marvelous Spatuletail, Royal Sunangel and Grey-bellied Comet. Hummingbirds of the North.
Day 1. Flight to Chiclayo. In the morning we bird around Batán Grande where we can see the Purple-collared and Short-tailed Woodstar, Peruvian Sheertail, Amazilia Hummingbird and Oasis Hummingbird. Other note-worthy birds include Peruvian Plantcutter, Rufous Flycatcher, Tumbes Swallow and many others. The area is protected due to some 20 truncated pyramids from the Lambayeque culture (1200-1400 AD) located within the largest Algarrobo (Prosopis sp.) forest of Peru. In the afternoon we will visit the Sican Museum in Tucumé or valley of the Pyramids of the Sicán culture that succeeded the Mochica. Here some 20 adobe pyramids can be viewed and a top of one of the one can get a good overview. The nicely displayed site museum was made by Thor Heyerdahl who excavated the site. Night in Chiclayo, Grán Hotel Chiclayo. B.L.D.
Night in Olmos. B. L. D.
Day 2. In the morning we will make an archaeological visit to Sipán of the Mochica culture (1st-7th century AD) and the famous Brüning Museum in the afternoon we will look for Tumbes Hummingbird near Olmos and by the end of the day search for the very rare White-winged Guan (not a Hummingbird). In this area we also often find Long-billed Starthroat and Short-tailed Woodstar. Night in Olmos at charmingly basic, but adequate El Remanso B.L.D.
Day 3. Long drive to Pomacochas, via the Porculla pass. Near the pass we will look out for the Porculla race, sometimes considered a good species, of Grey-chinned Hermit. Once reaching the Marañon valley we will additionally look for Spot-throated Hummingbird. Other here birds include Buff-bridled Inca-Finch. Before arriving to Pomacochas we have found a site for the very rare Little Woodstar. Other hummers visiting the same flowers are Gray-chinned Hermit, Sparkling violetear and sometimes Spot-throated Hummingbird. Night in Hotel Pomacochas. B.L.D.
Day 4. Today will be the big price, maybe the most spectacular Hummingbird of them all - the rare Marvellous Spatuletail, which has long curved streamers to which large spatulas are attached. In flight the males look unreal. Like a hummingbird with two black bugs chasing it. We have also had luck with Black-tailed Trianbearer, Sparkling Violetear, Long-tailed Sylph and Buff-thighed Puffleg (split from Greenish Puffleg) here. Good Hotel Pomacochas. B.L.D.
Day 5. Wednesday. At Abra Patrica area where there is some excellent cloud. We will particularly be looking for rare and smashing Royal Sunangel. Other endemic birds include Bar-winged Wood-Wren and Lulu´s Tody-Flycatcher. Further down the cloud forest is more developed and we will cover an altitudinal section of more than 1000 meters. The possibilities are mind-blowing. We will prepare this section with Hummingbird feeders to attract rarities such as Green-fronted Lancebill, Speckled Hummingbird, Napo Sabrewing; White-tailed Hillstar, Amethyst-throated Sunangel, Green Violetear, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Many-spotted Hummingbird, Andean and Glittering-throated Emeralds, Collared and Bronzy Inca, Ecuadorian Piedtail, White-bellied Woodstar and Wire-crested Thorntail, Night in more basic hotel (but with private showers) in Rioja to have easier access to the lower parts of the Abra Patricia area the following day. B.L.D. Hotel in Rioja.
Day 6. Thursday. Full day to continue searching for the Hummingbirds mentioned above. B.L.D. Hotel in Rioja.
Day 7. Friday. AM additional hummingbird watching in the lower parts of the Abra Patricia area. PM flight from Rioja to Trujillo. Bus: Trujillo-Cajamarca (2.50h). Night at excellent Laguna Seca Hotel. B.L.D.
Day 8. Saturday. We make a tour to Sangal valley to see Gray-bellied Comet, which only had few records the last 50 years, until it recently was re-discovered here. Other hummers include Sparkling Violetear and Giant Hummingbird. In the afternoon we will fly to Lima. Those that break the trip here will have time to catch evening flights. B.L.