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Birding Northern Peru (EA 108)

An exciting 10-day birding program that travels from the Peruvian Pacific coast and northern dry forest to the cloud forest and tropical forest from Northeast Peru. Some of the highlights will be the spectacular Marvellous Spatuletail, the elegant White-winged Guan, Sword-billed hummingbird, many tanagers and iconic Long-whiskered Owlet. This program has become a favorite for bird photography.

Available throughout the year

Recommendation: To fit the itinerary perfectly, take the following flights:

Lima – Chiclayo: Leaves 05:40am / Arrival: 07:12am

Tarapoto – Lima: Leaves 16:00hrs / Arrival: 17:07hrs


Day 1: Lima – Chiclayo - Olmos
Birding Norther Peru tour, starts with a morning flight from Lima to the coastal city of Chiclayo, and upon arrival we will drive to Bosque Pomac to bird watch this protected Algarrobo woodland for Tumbes Swallow: Rufous Flycatcher, Necklaced Spinetail, Peruvian Plantcutter, Baird's Flycatcher, Superciliated Wren, Purple-collared Woodstar, Tumbes Hummingbird, Amazilia Hummingbird, Long-billed Starthroat, Short-tailed Woodstar, Oasis Hummingbird, Peruvian Sheartail, and Little Woodstar. Other specialties include: Sulphur-throated and Cinnereus Finch, Tumbes Tyrant and many more. Night in Olmos. (L or Box L, D)
Day 2: Olmos
Today we'll bird Quebrada Frejolillo Reserve to see the northern endemic White-Winged Guan, and many other like Tumbes Sparrow, Scarlet-backed Woodpecker, Gray-breasted Flycatcher, Gray and Gold Warbler, Sooty-capped Flycatcher, Gray and White Tyrannulet, White-winged and White-headed Brush-finches, Elegant Crescent chest, Peruvian Screech Owl, Red-masked Parakeet, Golden-olive Woodpecker, Guayaquil Woodpecker, Streak-headed Woodcreeper, Ecuadorian Piculet , Plumbeus-backed Thrush, Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner and several species more. Night at Olmos. (B, L or Box L, D)
Day 3: Olmos - Huembo Lodge
Today we'll drive seven hours from Olmos to Huembo Lodge. Making selected stops along the way for Piura Chat-tyrant, Black Cowlet Saltator, Andean Tinamou, Three-banded Warbler, Bay-crowned Brush-finch, Chapman's Antshrike, Rufous-necked Foliage-gleaner, Yellow-bellied and Black and White Seedeaters up the Uctubamba River, keeping an eye out for Fasciated Tiger-heron and Torrent Duck. Night at Huembo Lodge. (B, L or Box L, D)
Day 4.- Huembo Lodge
Here we may see the famous Marvelous Spatuletail on the lek (A communal breading display performed by males to attract females), some hummingbirds come to the feeders in the garden like Little Woodstar, White-bellied Woodstar, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Collared Inca, Mountain Velvetbreast and more. We may also explore some trails at San Lorenzo Village with good patches of cloud forest remain and some of the possibilities here that we have seen in the past include the Torrent Duck, Speckled Hummingbird, Golden-headed Quetzal, Versicolored Barbet, Gray-breasted Mountain Toucan, Strong-billed Woodcreeper, White-tailed and White-banded Tyrannulets, Inca Flycatcher, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, White-capped Tanager, White-collared Jay, Andean Solitaire, Silver-backed and Green-throated Tanagers plus lots more. Night at Huembo Lodge. (B, L or Box L, D)
Day 5, 6, and 7: Owlet Lodge
The drive from Huembo to the Owlet Lodge takes two hours. The lodge will give us access to an extensive trails system enabling us to better look for Tanagers, Hummingbirds, etc. In the garden with feeders with many species of hummingbirds including the Sword-billed hummingbird. For owling we will search for the White-throated Screech Owl and Rufous-banded Owl and there us is a trail that gives good access to several territories of the Long-Whiskered Owlet. We may bump into mixed flocks with Blue-browed, Metallic-green and other Tanagers, and exploring side trails we may see the new Johnson's Tody-Flycatcher, Tyrannine woodcreeper, spotted and Rusty-winged Barbtails, more target birds are the Ash-throated Antwren, Cinnamon-breasted Tody-Tyrant, Bar-winged Wood-Wren, Royal Sunangel, Equatorian Graytail, White capped and Scaly-napped Parrots, White Capped Tanager, Wedge-billed Hummingbird, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Montane Woodcreeper. We may hear or see if are lucky Ochre-fronted and Rusty-tinged Antpittas. Long-tailed Antbird, Large-footed Tapaculo, Golden-faced Tyrannulet, Sulphur-bellied Tyrannulet, Ecuadorian Tyrannulet, Fiery-throated and Scaled Fruiteaters, Andean Cock of the Rock, Lanceolated Monklet, Fine-barred Piculet, Barred Becard, Sharpe's Wren, Black-created Warbler, Bicolored Antvireo and more. Night birding should be good here with Lyre-tailed Nightjar, Rufous-bellied Nighthawk and Cinnamon Screech Owl. Nights at Owlet Lodge. (B, L or Box L, D)
Days 8 and 9: Waqanki Lodge
A drive from the Owlet lodge to Waqanki Lodge takes three hours. This lodge is a great place to photograph the Rufous-crested Coquette, White-necked Jacobin, Black-throated Mango, Long-billed Starthroat, Blue-tailed Emerald, Gray-breasted Sabrewing, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, Many-spotted Hummingbird, Sapphire-spangled Emerald, Golden-tailed Sapphire, White-bellied Woodstar and other species more. The next day morning we do a bird photography on the feeders for Cinereous Tinamou, Little Tinamou, Gray-necked Wood-Rail, Orange-billed Sparrow and new hummingbirds that may visit feeders. Two nights at Waqanki Lodge. (B, L or Box L, D)
Day 10: Waqanki – Tarapoto – Lima
After the final birding we will drive for two hours to Tarapoto City. Through beautiful upper to lower tropical mountain forests always ready to stop if there are more chances to see birds if the route. One of our stops will be to search for the famous Oilbird (Steatornis caripensis) under a bridge. Late in the afternoon we will take the flight to Lima. (B)


  • Private transportation from Chiclayo to Tarapoto
  • Birdwatching guide with equipment
  • Accommodation (09 nights)
  • Meals described in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch or Box L= Box Lunch and D=dinner)
  • Entrance fees

Not Included

  • Flight tickets Lima –Chiclayo and Tarapoto – Lima (aprox. US$350.00)
  • Soda
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Tips
  • Others not mentioned in the program

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