22-Day Northern Peru

Birding Ecotours

22-day Northern Peru Premium


(Also: 17-day Northern Peru option available on request)

Price on Request

During this 22 day birding trip, we will take you to visit one of the most spectacular regions of Peru: the North – a place that provides a unique birding experience. Though an area not visited much by conventional tourists, it is a stunning birding destination due to the quality of birds including the famous and beautiful Marvelous Spatuletail Hummingbird.

This trip will take you to explore some of the earth’s special habitats, such as the Pacific dry forest and the Tumbesian area where we will see many regional birds as well as an important set of birds endemic to Peru,  like Peruvian Plantcutter, Rufous Flycatcher, White-winged Guan, Tumbes Tyrant and Piura Chat-Tyrant.

We will explore the mountain forest of the Abra Patricia pass a famous bird site due the high rate of new species discovered to science during the last 30 years.

We will look for the Lulu’s Tody-Tyrant, Royal Sunangel, Bar-winged Wood-Wren, Cinammon-breasted Tody-Tyrant and Ochre-faced Antpitta.

We will stay three days in the area enjoying the classic set of cloudforest species like Grass-green Tanager, White-capped Tanager, Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Andean Cock-of-the Rock, Booted Racket-tail, Flame-faced Tanager, Pearled Treerunner, White-collared and Green Jay.

We will drive along the Utcubamba valley region an important Amazon River tributary, which is famous for being the old Kingdom of the Chachapoyas people, a culture that flourished before the Incas time more than 1 000 years ago and that built amazing stone buildings at a cliff in the mountains, which still stand even now.

Here, we will look for the endemic Koepckeae Screech-Owl, Buff-bellied Tanager and Black-necked Woodpecker.

We will descend to the Marañon valley, an incredible place due to the number of bird species that are endemic and are little-known of this area such as the Yellow-faced Parrotlet, Chestnut-backed Thornbird, Buff-bridle and Gray-winged Inca-Finch, Great Spinetail, Marañon Thrush and Marañon Gnatcatcher.

This 22 day birding trip will focus on seeing as many birds as possible including a high rate of semi-endemics and regional specialists that includes 45 country endemics.


Day 1: Arrival

Arrival in Lima. Transfer to the Hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Faraona***

Day 2: Lomas de Lachay National Reserve

We will have an early start today, driving over 100km north of Lima to visit the Lomas de Lachay national reserve. With 5000 hectares, this reserve protects one of the few Lomas habitats along the Peruvian coast.

The Lomas is a special ecosystem of mist oasis, a special type of vegetation that grows on the surface of the desert like a green carpet that depends exclusively on water supplied by mist clouds rolling in from the ocean.

The foothills of the Andes does not allow the clouds to pass to the east slope, creating in the winter a place full of life and birds like the endemic Thick-billed and Coastal Minerbut also Lomas and Grayish Miner, Band-tailed Sierra-Finch, Chiguanco Thrush, Mountain Parakeet, Masked Yellowthroat, Collared Warbling-Finch, Amazilia and Oasis Hummingbird, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Aplomado Falcon, Andean Tinamou, Burrowing Owl, Least Seedsnipeand the endemics Cactus Canastero and Raimondi Yellow-Finch.

Later, we will return to Lima for our evening flight to the northern city of Chiclayo.

Overnight: Hotel Casa de la Luna***

Day 3: Pomac Natural Sanctuary

This morning, we willl drive 32km northeast of the city to explore the mesquite Prosopis woodlands of Pomac natural Sanctuary. A full birding morning provide our first set of specialists like Scarlet-backed Woodpecker, Necklaced Spinetail, Streak-headed Woodcreeper, Fasciated Wren, Superciliaried Wren, Common Tody-Tyrant, Baird’s Flycatcher and the endemics Peruvian Plantcutter and Rufuos Flycatcher.

We will drive deep into the forest to the upperparts of the sanctuary where we will have a good view of the valley and of the archeological remains of the prehispanic Lambayeque culture who built several mud pyramids and platforms that still stand today. Here, we will look for the seldom seen Tumbes Swallow.

After lunch, we will head north of the city, making stops along the road looking for the Savanna Hawk, Crested Caracara, Parrot-billed Seedeater, Chestnut-throated Seedeater, Burrowing Owl White-tailed Jay and Short-tailed Field-Tyrant.

Overnight: We will spend the night camping in the upperparts of the Olmos area.

Day 4: Olmos

We will have a predawn start, walking about 30 minutes uphill to look for the endangered White-winged Guan, this bird was discovered in the 19 th century and then presumably extinct untill 1977.

This species is rare in the area where only few pairs still exist in the wild. We will also look for the Guayaquil Woodpecker and our first set of Tumbesian species like the Tumbes Sparrow, Tumbes Swift, Tumbes Hummingbird, Plumbeous-backed Thrush, Pale-browed Tinamou, White-headed Brush-Finch, Henna-hooded Foliage-Gleaner, and the endemic Tumbes Tyrant.

On the return to Olmos, we should see Ecuadorian Trogon, Blue-crowned Motmot, King Vulture, Cinereous Finch, Red-masked Parakeet, Pacific Parrotlet and with luck Peruvian Screech-Owl.

We will do some birding around the lands of the White-winged Guan breeding center where we shall look for the Striped Owl and Peruvian Pygmy-Owl.

We, if we are lucky, may see Green Iguanas and the Sechura Fox in their wild habitats.

Overnight: Olmos

Day 5:  Porculla Pass

After two hours driving from Chiclayo, we will reach the Porculla pass, which actually is the lowest mountain pass in Peru(2134m) and home of a good set of birds like the endemic: Piura Chat-Tyrant but also Black-cowled Saltator, White-winged Brush-Finch, Bay-crowned Brush-Finch, Three-banded Warbler, Gray-and-gold Warbler, Rufuos-necked Foliage-Gleaner, Chapman’s Antshrike, Gray-chinned Hermit, Elegant Crescentchest and Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle.

Later, we will head to the town of Jaén where we will look for the endemic Little Inca-Finch, Drab Seedeater, Line-cheeked Spinetail, Scarlet-fronted Parakeet, Marañon Crescentchest, and Marañon Antshrike, Tataupa Tinamou and others. Overnight in comfortable but basic hotel El Bosque in Jaén.

Day 6: Jaén – Pomacochas

The surroundings of Jaén are the best place to look for the endemics and hard-to-seeMarañon Spinetail and Chinchipe Spinetail, but also Yellow-cheeked Becard, Ecuadorian Ground-Dove, Red-crested Finch, White-edge Oriole, Black-and-white Seedeater, and if we are lucky we may see a pair of Military Macaws. Later, we will head to Pomacochas.

Overnight: Puerto Pumas

Day 7: Puerto Pumas

We will make our first effort to find a male of the gorgeous Marvelous Spatuletail hummingbird and also we will visit the hummingbird feeder station where we may have our first chance to encounter this amazing bird. Others birds in the area include, Blue-capped Tanager, Silver-backed Tanager, Green-tailed Trainbearer, Bronzy Inca, Andean Emerald, White-bellied Hummingbird, Sickle-winged Guan, Black-throated Toucanet, White-sided Flowerpiercer, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Flame-faced Tanager, Rufous-naped Brush-Finch, and more.

There is an optional two hours hike or horse ride uphill to look for endemic and localized Pale-billed Antpitta. Later, we will move towards the Long-whiskered Owlet lodge where we will stay three nights. Here, the night birding include birds like Rufous-banded Owl, White-throated Screech-Owl, Cinammon Screech-Owl, Andean Pygmy-Owl, and we will give our best effort for the Long-whiskered Owlet. Nightbirds like Rufous-bellied Nighthawk and Andean Potoo are possible around the lodge.

Overnight: Puerto Pumas

Day 8-9: Abra Patricia

Another early start to explore Abra Patricia trails, a place that includes birds like the endemic Ochre-fronted Antpitta, Rusty-tinged Antpitta, Chestnut Antpitta, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Cliff Flycatcher, Rufuos-tailed Tyrant, Andean Solitaire, Pearled Treerunner, Streaked Tuftedcheeked, White-capped Tanager, White-collared Jay, Rufous and Azara’s Spinetail, Striped Treehunter, Barred Annthrush, Olive-backed Woodcreeper, Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Chestnut-breasted Wren, Chestnut-crested Cotinga and the endemics Royal Sunangel, Lulu’s Today-Tyrant, Speckle-chested Piculet, Yellow-scarfed Tanager but alsoBar-winged Wood-Wren and the Cinnamon-breasted Tody-Tyrant.

Overnight: Abra Patricia Lodge

Day 10: El Afluente

After one hour driving from Abra Patricia, we reach the uppertropical forest of El Afluente where a good diversity of birds occurs like Ecuadorian Tyrannulet, Ecuadorian Piedtail, Red-billed Parrot, Andean Cock-of-the Rock, Black-mandibled Toucanet, Versicolored Barbet, Dark-breasted Spinetail, Golden Tanager, Golden-eared Tanager, Bay-headed Tanager, Paradise Tanager, Spotted Tanager, Plumbeous Pigeon, Squirrel Cuckoo, Speckle Chachalaca and, if we are lucky, the endemic Ash-throated Antwren.

Later, we will head to town of Moyobamba where we will stay at our comfortable hotel. The gardens around the hotel provide the endemic Huallaga Tanager, Buff-burnished Tanager, Common Softail, Blue-grey Tanager, Palm Tanager, Chestnut-bellied Seedeater and night birding may provide Tropical Screech-Owl.

Overnight: Moyobamba

Day 11: Moyobamba

Today, we will explore the upper varzea forest near Moyobamba. We will sail along the Mayo River where we will seeOriole Blackbird, Drab Water-Tyrant, Black-fronted Nunbird and Amazon Kingfisher.

After breakfast in the local community, we will take our canoes to explore the narrow channels of the Tingana reserve.

We will look for the Sungrebe, Silvered Antbird, Pale-legged Hornero, Buff-throated Woodcreeper, Cocoi Heron, Long-billed Starthroat, and Collared Trogon. If we are lucky, we may see the Agami Heron.

Later, we will do night birding for Black-banded Owl, Spectacled Owl, and Common Potto.

The set of mammals here includes rare animals like Crab-eating Raccoon, Water Opossum, South American Coatis, Neotropical Otters, Two-toed Sloth and monkeys like Squirrel and Brown Capuchins Monkeys.

Overnight: Camping

Day 12: Juan Guerra

After breakfast, we will return to town and continue driving north to Tarapoto to explore Juan Guerra town looking for Huallaga Antshrike, Barred Antshrike, Chestnut-throated Spinetail, Rusty-backed Antwren, Rufous Casiornis, Stripe-chested Antwren and, if we are lucky, we may see thePheasant Cuckoo.

We will stay at a nice lodge along the Huallaga River where we will look for Blue-winged Parrotlet, Pale-vented Pigeon, Yellow-headed Caracara, Blue-crowned and White-tailed Trogon, Chestnut-eared Aracari, Purple-throated Fruitcrow, White-browed Purpletuft, Uniform Antshrike, Fiery-capped Manakin, Silver-beaked Tanager, Slate-colored Grosbeak, Black-capped Donacobius, Thrush-like Wren, Spot-breasted Woodpecker and Bluish-fronted Jacamar. Night birding may produce views of Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, Band-bellied Owl and Tropical Screech-Owl.

Overnight: Huallaga River, Pumarinri Lodge

Day 13: Pumarinri Lodge

After a last birding around the Pumarinri lodge, we will return to Tarapoto for an overnight

Overnight: Tarapoto

Day 14: La Escalera National Reserve

The recent paved Tarapoto-Yurimaguas highway passes through a good sector of La Escalera national reserve, which protects the last hectares of amazon evergreen forest near the city.

Today, we will visit the tunnel of Tarapoto for the endemicKoepcke Hermit, but also the rare Dotted Tanager and Plumbeous Euphonia. Other birds include sights of Blackish Antbird, Dusky-cheeked Foliage-Gleaner, Double-toothed Kite, White-tipped Swift, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Painted Parakeet and Red-necked Woodpecker.

Later, we will return to our hotel in Moyobamba where participants have the option of a bathe in the swimming pool and a relaxing massage session, before continuing with our adventurous trip.

Overnight: Moyobamba

Day 15: Afluente – Abra Patricia – Pomacochas

The Morro de la Calzada, famous picnic area of the people of the town provides a good set of birds and includes sights of Lineated Woodpecker, Cream-colored Woodpecker, Swallow Tanager, Swallow-wing, Wedge-tailed Grass-Finch, Pale-eyed Blackbird, Cinereous-breasted Spinetail, Yellow Tyrannulet, Buff-throated Tody-Tyrant, White-browed Purpletuft, Black-eared Fairy and Mishana Tyrannulet.

Later, we will return to Pomacochas, making stops along Afluente and Abra Patricia for birds that we may have missed on the days before. Another two hours driving along the Utcubamba River, before reaching our lodge by night. This will be our first chance to see the endemic Koepcke Screech-Owl.

Overnight: Pomacochas

Day 16: Leimebamba

We will have a predawn start towards Leimebamba along the river, focusing on Torrent Ducks, White-capped Dipper, Torrent Tyrannulet and Fasciated Tiger-Heron.

Once at Leimebamba, we will walk and explore the Atúen road looking for Peruvian Treehunter, Red-hooded Tanager, Montane Woodcreeper and, if we are lucky, Andean Condor. We will visit a feeder garden where Marvelous Spatuletail is seen quite often but also Purple-throated Sunangel, Sword-billed Hummingbird, White-bellied Woodstar, Rainbow Starfronlet and others.

Overnight: Leymebamba

Day 17: Black Mud Pass – Marañon Valley

The black mud pass is famous to see the endemic Russet-mantled Softail and other birds like Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Andean Guan, Undulated Antpitta, Blackish Tapaculo, Russet-capped Antshrike, Plain-colored Seedeater, Coopery Metaltail, Sapphire-vented Puffleg, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Grass-green Tanager, Drab Hemispingus, and Yellow-scarfed Tanager, Red-crested Cotinga, Swallow-tailed Nightjar, Rufous-headed Pygmy-Tyrant and others.

Later, we will descend to the Marañon valley where we will look for the Marañon specialists like Yellow-faced Parrotlet, Marañon Pigeon, and Buff-bellied Inca-Finch.

Overnight: in a family house.

Day 18: Marañon

Early in the morning after breakfast, we will continue the trip this time looking for the endemics Gray-winged Inca-Finch and Chestnut-backed Thornbird as well as a second chance to see the Yellow-faced Parrotlet. There is chance to also see the Andean Parakeet and Baron’s Brush-Finch and the elusive Rufous-breasted Warbling-Finch.

Overnight: Celendin

Day 19: Cruz Conga – Chonta Valley

We shall stop at Cruz Conga where we will look for theRufous Antpitta, Shinning Sunbeam, Black-crested Warbler, Striated Earthcreeper, White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant, Rufous-webbed Tyrant, Correndera Pipit, Andean Gull, Andean Lapwing, Andean Flicker, Black-tailed and Green-tailed Trainbearer, White-browed Chat-Tyrant and Rufous-eared Brush-Finch. Later, we will explore the Chonta valley looking for the rare Gray-bellied Comet.

We also may see Black Metaltail, Black-crested Tit-Tyrant, Giant Hummingbird, which is the largest hummingbird of the world, Andean Lapwing, Aplomado Falcon, American Kestrel, Black-throated Flowerpiercer and more.

Overnight: in Cajamarca

Day 20:  Marañon River

We will have a long trip only in the search of another endemic and localized bird of the Marañon River: the Great Spinetail. We may also see the endemic Unicolored Tapaculo.

Overnight: in Cajamarca

Day 21: Lima

Flight to Lima.

Transfer to the hotel

Day 22:  Lomas de Lachay National Reserve

An early excursion before the international flight will allow us to explore the Lomas de Lachay national reserve where we will look for the endemics Cactus Canastero and Raimondi Yellow-Finch. We will also look for the Tawny-throated Dotterel and others.

Later, transfer to the airport and flight out.

Extension “Looking for the Rufous-bellied Spinetail”

The day 21, we will drive all the way from Cajamarca to the coastal city of Trujillo. This drive takes about 7 hours and there is not much birding along the route.

Overnight: in El Brujo hotel

The day 22, we will have an early start to explore the Andes of Trujillo where we will look for the Rufous-bellied Spinetail with another opportunity for the Koepcke’s Screech-Owl.

We will take an evening flight to Lima.

The 23 Day, will be flight out.

Tour Facts


The tour includes the best accomodation in three-star hotels or similar where available.

Accommodation at lodges like Leimebamba and Abra Patricia have adequate rooms with private bathroom and hot water. Most are located in strategic birding areas and are run by local families, providing a charming touch to your stay.


If travelling with one or two people on this trip we will make use of a 4×4 vehicle. If travelling with more than two people, we will make use of a Toyota or Sprinter air- conditioned van.

Meals are taken at first class restaurants in large cities, with several picnic lunches in the field and some meals will be taken informally at the lodges.


Eduardo Ormaeche

Fernando Angulo

Prices on Request

Price includes: daily full breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, cool-drinks, bottled water, accommodation, entrance fees, guiding fees, and all transport while on tour in South Africa.

Not included: International air tickets, personal insurance, alcoholic beverages, tips, laundry and personal expenses such as gifts.

NB All Anytime Tour itineraries are essentially drafts – the final itinerary will be arrived at during discussions with the clients and tailored to the client’s individual needs and is, of course, subject to the availability of accommodation etc. and any changes in local conditions. Our aim is to arrive at an itinerary which gives you the maximum chance to see the birds [& etc.] you want to see.

October 2013

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