Tarapoto – Cajamarca 11 days/10 nights
This fascinating route is one of the most beautiful in Perú, due to the landscapes along the trip. We begin at Tarapoto in the High Jungle of Peru, going through the Abra Patricia, a very important endemic zone due its clouded forest and many species. Then we will go up to the Utcubamba river close to the Chachapoyas city. This was a bastion of the Chachapoyas culture one of the last places conquered by the Incas, we will observe many birds on the way. Leymebamba village with its momies will fascinate us , we continue going up to Barro Negro Mountain Pass, this place in the Marañón Canyon surroundings next to the river of the same name will be the perfect stage to birdwatch and observe uniques and beautiful landscapes. At the end we will be arriving to the famous Cajamarca city.
Day 1. Lima – Tarapoto
Evening arrival to Tarapoto. Overnight at a comfortable hotel in Tarapoto.(D).
Day 2. Tarapoto – Zona del Tunel
We will have breakfast on the route. This day will be excellent, we road by an asphalted highway to Yurimaguas. Our birding trip is focused to the zone before the tunnel belonging to the high jungle, in the surroundings of the tunnel and after the tunnel which is a defined transition low jungle zone, here live many species for birding like Rufous-winged Antwren, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Ruddy Foliage-gleaner, Slaty-capped Flycatcher, Koepcke's Hermit, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Golden-headed Manakin. We will spend all day in this area. In the afternoon we will go back to Tarapoto. Overnight at hotel in Moyobamba. (B, BL, D)
Day 3. Rioja -Yacumama - Morro Calzada
Early in the morning we will be visiting the Recreational Complex Yacumama, the owner of this place is protecting some hectares of forest, we will be able to find some good species like Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Cobalt-Wingd Parakeet, Little Cuckoo, Violaceous Trogon, Ringed Kingfisher, Lafresnaye's Piculet. We will be welcome by The Speckled Chachalaca, then we can listen to the Cinereous Tinamou song and others, we will spend almost all the morning here in Yacumama. Lunch in Rioja. In the afternoon we get on board to Morro Calzada. This is an amazing stone formation in the Amazonic prairie, it is possible to climb to the top, from this point we will be able to see a beautiful landscape, however we can bird species like Mishana Tyrannulet, Lafresnaye's Piculet, Chestnut-Eared Aracari, White-Bellied Pygmy-Tyrant, Cinereous-Breasted Spinetail, among others in the surroundings. Overnight at hotel in Tarapoto. (B, L, D)
Day 4. Rioja- Aguas Verdes -Afluente
We leave Rioja and on the road we make a stop at Aguas Verdes bridge, go beyond an iron jail and we go deep into a small path to be able to observe the Andean Cock-of-the-rock the national bird of Peru, furthermore, the Red-Ruffed Fruitcrow, Ecuadorian Piedtail, Napo Sabrewing, Black-mandibled Toucan and others. We road from Aguas Verdes to the Afluente town, this is a town next to the highway , we look for the path to the lowest part , there we will find species like Scarlet-breasted Fruiteater, Ash-Throated Antwren, Vermilon Tanager among other species. In the afternoon, we will be arriving to the Patricia mountain pass surroundings. Overnight at Long-whiskered Owlet Lodge. (B, BL, D)
Day 5. Abra Patricia (Patricia Pass)
Our day will begin early in the morning, during these days this lodge will be our headquarters which will allow us to move around the Abra Patricia comfortably in the three sections and in many paths available in the area. The Abra Patricia is very famous because is the place where the Lousiana State University (LSU) expedition had its headquarters some years ago, being the pioneers in the bird investigation in Peru. If we are lucky enough we can see and listen to the endemics Rusty-tinged Antpitta (E), Ochre-fronted Antpitta (E) and look for the Long-whiskered Owlet (E), the latter practically re-discovered. Also we will be able to see species like Blue-browed Tanage, Johnson's Tody-Tyrant, White-Capped Tanager, Metallic-green Tanager, Red-Hooded Tanager, Yellow-Scarfed Tanager, Montane Woodcreeper, Scaly-naped Parrot, Cinnamon-breasted Tody-Tyrant, Bar-winged Wood-Wren(E), Equatorial Graytail, Wedge-billed Hummingbird, Tyrranine Woodcreeper, Rusty-winged Barbtail, Spotted Barbtail, Royal Sunangel(E), Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Ochre-Fronted Antpitta, Bar-Winged Wood-Wren in the three sections of the Abra. One of these nights we will go out to bird near the lodge the White-throated Screech-Owl, Rufous-banded Owl. Far form the lodge we will find the Lyre-tailed Nightjar, Cinnamon Screech-Owl, Rufous-banded Owl, Rufous-bellied Nighthawk. Leaving early in the morning we will observe the Lanceolated Monklet, Fiery-throated Fruiteater, Sharpe's Wren, Sulphur-bellied Tyrannulet, Long-tailed Antbird, Large-footed Tapaculo, Fine-barred Piculet(E), Ecuadorian Tyrannulet, Black-crested Warbler, Scaled Fruiteater, Barred Becard, Golden-faced Tyranulet, Bicolored Antvireo. Overnight Long-whiskered Owlet Lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 7. Abra Patricia (Patricia Pass) - Pomacochas - Chido
After having breakfast at the Lodge, we will begin our ascent to Pomacochas to look for the Marvelous Spatuletail. We will look for this species at the lake surroundings, specifically at the plot of a local citizen, who is protecting them. The meeting will be amazing, since it is the most beautiful hummingbird. Then we go down the hill, we take our transport to Chido, this is a path near the Pomacochas lake, here in Chido trail we walk next to the river seeing on the opposite shore some mixed floks, besides the Speckled Hummingbird, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Collared Inca, Strong-billed Woodcreeper, Golden-headed Quetzal, Versicolored Barbet ,Torrent Duck, Chestnut-crested Cotinga , White-collared Jay, White-tailed Tyrannulet, White-banded Tyrannulet, Inca Flycatcher (E), Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan ,Andean Solitaire, White-capped Tanager, Silver-backed Tanagers Mountain Velvetbreast and others. Overnight at the comfortable lodge in Pomacochas. (B, L, D)
Day 8. Pomacochas – Leymebamba
The famous Utcubamba natural habitat of the Marvelous Spatuletail river will join us, we can look for the trails where we can find species like Marañón Thrush (E), Lafresnaye's Piculet, Torrent Tyrannulet y en el rio podemos buscar también Torrent Duck, White-capped Dipper, Fasciated Tiger-Heron in the surroundings. On the way to Atuen , in the main trail we can find the White-bellied Woodstar, Rainbow Starfrontlet, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Purple-throated Sunangel, among other hummingbirds, also we can look for the Montane Woodcreeper, Buff-throated(Peruvian) Treehunter, Red-hooded Tanager among others. Overnight at La Casona in Leymebamba. (B, BL, D)
Day 9. Leymebamba – Abra Barro Negro – Celendín
Early in the morning we leave Leymebamba to Abra Barro Negro, this zone is very famous for the great amount of endemics, here we can find hummingbirds like the Sapphire-vented Puffleg, Coppery Metaltail, Violet-throated Startfrontlet, Great Sapphirewing, other species like Buff-bridled Inca-finch(E), Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Red-crested Cotinga, Yellow-scarfed Tanager(E), Swallow-tailed Nightjar, Peruvian Pigeon, Plain-colored Seedeater, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Yellow-tailed Oriole, Drab Hemispingus, Puna Hawk, Andean Guan, Andean Flicker, Andean Lapwing, Grass-green Tanager, Undulated Antpitta, Blackish Tapaculo, Russet-mantled Softtail, Rufous-headed Pygmy-Tyrant. In the route, we will explore the fields of Bombax, besides we can see also the Rufous-capped Antshrike, Yellow-tailed Oriole, Baron's Spinetail among other species. Stay at basic hotel in Celendín. (B, BL, D)
Day 10. Celendín – Cajamarca
Going down the Marañón canyon we will arrive to Cajamarca city, we will make several required stops, the first one in the High Puna Grassland to bird species like Many-striped Canastero, Black-crested Warbler and Rainbow Startfronlet, another obliged stop at the point of Cruz Conga here we will be able to find Rufous Antpitta, Shining Sunbeam, Black-crested Warbler, White-browed Chat-Tyrant, Striated Earthcreeper(E), White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant, Rufous-webbed Bush-Tyrant, Andean Gull, Correndera Pipit , Rufous-eared Brush-Finch, Andean Lapwng, Andean Flicker, Green-tailed Trainbearer y Black-tailed Trainbearer. Overnight at a comfortable hotel in Cajamarca. (B, BL, D)
Day 11. Cajamarca - Lima
We could find many touristic attractions in this beautiful city, but we will concentrate in two endemic species. Early in the morning we leave the hotel to Valle de Chonta where we will look for the rare Gray-bellied Comet,. In the midmorning we will look for the Great Spinetail in San Marcos a town 50 Km. from the Cajamarca city. Today we will be able to observe Buff-bridled Inca-Finch(E), White-winged Black-Tyrant, Rufous-chested Tanager ,Plain-tailed Warbling-Finch(E), Lesser Goldfinch, Streak-throated Bush-Tyrant, Rufous-chested Tanager y Fasciated Wren. In the afternoon flight to Lima. (B, BL, D)
Duration: 11 days Departure: March - December
- Private Specialized Birding Guide.
- Private Transportation.
- All meals (unless contrary be indicated).
- Double accommodation with private bathroom.
- Air Tickets Lima – Tarapoto and Cajamarca – Lima.
- Bottled alcoholic and soft drinks (Drinks are not included in restaurants).
- Travel Insures