Once in the Maranon drainage proper, we will seek out the whole suite of Maranon Endemics including all the inca-finches, Maranon Crescentchest, Chinchipe Spinetail, Koepcke’s Screech Owl, Great Spinetail, the whole lot. This interesting habitat is being depleted rapidly by small subsistence agriculture, and we will make sure to focus on finding the rare birds that cannot be found anywhere else, and may sadly not be around for long. From the depths of this famous valley we will then continue to the highlands of Abra Patricia. Just a few of the amazing species to be found on this Peru birding tour are listed above. Pale-billed Antpitta, Russet-mantled Softtail, White-capped Tanager, Cinnamon Screech-Owl, Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Royal Sunangel, and Bar-winged Wood Wren are but a few of the birds we will enjoy during the day, while at night we will make efforts to locate not only the owlet, but both White-throated and Cinnamon Screech Owls, Rufous-banded Owl, and the stunning Swallow-tailed Nightjar!
We descend the Eastern Andes, traversing endemic-rich strata of habitats as we go. That this Peru bird tour offers the opportunity for some 700+ species is a testament to how incredibly diverse and rich the east slope of the Andes actually is. But one of the clear highlights of our Northern Peru bird tour may well be in the foothill forest near Tarapoto where we make an attempt (with high probability of success) to see the recently described Scarlet-banded Barbet!
We finally end the tour passing back across the Maranon drainage to Cajamarca, where the critically endangered and localized Grey-bellied Comet may be, perhaps, the last bird of this unforgettable trip. This action-packed adventure offers the most exciting and rewarding specialized birding in the nation, if not the entire Andes!
Please note: these prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.
Tour Dates: 04 Sep 2016 - 25 Sep 2016 (22 days)
Tour Price (Per Person): €5,290 * £3,730 * USD5,550 * ZAR80,300
Single Supplement: €340 * £240 * USD350 * ZAR5,070
Top Birds: Long-whiskered Owlet, White-winged Guan, Scarlet-banded Barbet, Swallow-tailed Nightjar, Great Inca Finch, Piura Chat-Tyrant, Maranon, Great & Chinchipe Spinetail, Yellow-scarfed & White-capped Tanager, Coppery Metaltail, Marvelous Spatulatetail, Grey-bellied Comet, Russet-mantled Softtail, Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Royal Sunangel, Pale-billed Antpitta, Oilbird, Ash-throated Antwren, Chapman’s Antshrike, Koepcke’s, White-throated & Cinnamon Screech Owl, Rufous-banded Owl, Bar-winged Wood Wren, Maranon & Elegant Crescentchest, Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner, Cinnamon-breasted Tody-Tyrant, White-chinned Thistletail, Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan, Lulu’s Tody-Tyrant, Rufous Flycatcher, Peruvian Plantcutter, Sulphur-throated & Cinereous Finch
Top Mammals: chance for Spectacled Bear
Habitats Covered: cloud forest, dry deciduous forest, coastal desert, unique Marañon
Expected Climate: warm to hot in the lower lying areas; cool with colder nights at the higher elevations
Max Group Size: 8 with 1 leader
Tour Pace and Walking: moderate
Accommodation: basic to comfortable
Ease of Birding: moderate with some tough species
Other Attractions: exceptional scenery, amazing pristine forests, unique, seldom-explored habitats
Photographic Opportunities: good
Day 1: Early morning flight from Lima to Chiclayo and transfer to Chaparri
Day 2: Chaparri area
Day 3: Casupe Area
Day 4: Bosque Pomac and Cruz de Motupe
Day 5: Abra Porculla en route to Jaen
Day 6: Jaen area
Day 7: Bagua Chica to La Florida
Day 8: La Florida to Abra Patricia Lodge
Days 9 -10: Abra Patricia Area
Day 11: Birding Rioja and foothills sites to Moyobamba
Day 12: Quebrada Mishquiyacu to Tarapoto
Day 13 - 14: Scarlet-banded Barbet area
Day 15: Birding en route to Waqanki
Day 16: Waqanki to La Florida
Day 17: La Florida to Leimebamba area via Kuelap
Day 18: Full day Leimebamba
Day 19: Leimebamba to Celendin
Day 20: Celendin to Cajamarca
Day 21: San Marcos area
Day 22: Cajamarca to Lima and depart
The single supplement cost for this tour will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation. If RBT cannot provide you with a rooming partner for these nights although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share.
a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we quote our tours in 4 currencies. The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (US$), and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 4 months before the tour.) The same applies to approximate flight and single supplement rates, which are also quoted in the respective fixed currency.
b) Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration a small party supplement will have to be charged.
c) Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.
d) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary and / or the designated leader/s at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware that we will attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.
As noted above, gratuities (drivers, hotel staff, restaurants etc.) are included on this tour. However, this does NOT include your leader/s. If, therefore, you feel that he/they have given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip them.
- It is important for the comfort of your fellow travellers that you do not over-pack. Kindly stick to 20kg (44lb) for check-in luggage and 8kg (+-18kg) for hand luggage.
- Fitness: We will be birding the mountainous areas of Northern Peru on foot along forest trails that are steep and, depending on weather conditions, sometimes slippery. A generally good level of fitness is required for this section of the tour.
- Crime is not commonplace for tourists in Peru; however, it is prudent to exercise caution as you would for any travel destination. Do not unnecessarily flaunt cash and valuables and do not leave valuables exposed in the vehicle.
- We will be birding in some remote areas well away from modern medical facilities.
- The hotels are generally of a comfortable yet sometimes basic standard throughout. At the Scarlet-banded Barbet site we will be staying the night in a local community house, which is rather basic.
- The Scarlet-banded Barbet site is very difficult to access and requires using 4x4 vehicles on muddy roads for 50km to reach the area. This takes around 6 hours depending on the road condition, which is usually poor. Anyone who wishes to not visit this site can be dropped off at a lodge en route for the two nights we spend here.
- Wellington/Rubber Boots are essential on this tour, as is good rain gear.
Arrival and Departure Details:
The tour will begin at Chiclayo Airport (IATA: CIX) on day 1 no later than 09:00am and will end at Lima International Airport (IATA: LIM) at around lunch time on day 22. Further meeting details in this regard will be forwarded to you in due course. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance in this regard, kindly contact the office.
Jorge Chávez International Airport, Lima (IATA: LIM) is the main port of entry for international flights into Peru. We have the capacity to advise you on the best route according to your preferences, but your local travel agent will best be able to book these flights for you. However, please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the office for confirmation on the status of the tour.
Please note: these prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.
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