Great North of Peru

16Days 4,

Program Overview

Great North of Peru route has been highly recommended by expert ornithologists in recent times. The uniqueness and diversity of the different ecosystems spread along the route host an incredible amount of rare species, some of them only seen in this area.

Such is the case of Abra Patricia, a private conservation area (PCA) located at medium altitude. It is located in the foothills of the Andes, in the Peruvian Yungas. In this place the diversity of birds is one of the highest in the world.

The list of birds includes 317 species of which 23 are considered globally threatened; therefore, this route is a must for true birdwatchers.




Day 01: LIMA / …

Arrival in Lima and transfer to the hotel.


In the morning, transfer to the airport for your one hour flight to Chiclayo.

Arrival and visit to the famous Royal Tombs of Sipan museum («TUMBAS REALES») dedicated to the Lord of SIPAN.

In the afternoon, transfer to the ecological private reserve of Chaparri where we will stay overnight.

Day 03: CHAPARRI – BOSQUE DE POMAC (ex reserve of Batan Grande)

We will spend all the morning in Chaparri, a wonderful reserve where equatorial dry forest prevails, a habitat for more than 190 bird species. Here we can watch the White-winged Guan,a species that was thought extinct and rediscovered recently. We can also watch the Pacific Parrotlet, Peruvian Pygmi Owl, Streak-Headed Woodcreeper, Tumbes Hummingbird, Tropical Parula, White-Tailed Jay, White-Edged Oriole, among others. Later on, at midday, we will go to Pomac dry Forest, which is the habitat of the Peruvian Plantcutter and many other typical species.

After lunch we will drive to the lodge near Pomac Forest. On the way, we’ll look for Tumbes Swallow, rufous Flycatcher, necklaced spinetail, Peruvian plantcutter and some other species in the protected Algarrobo woodland. Night at the hotel.


Early we will meet our local guides for birding in Pomac Forest Sanctuary which is an excellent place for birdwatching in the morning. Here, we can see the endemic Peruvian Plantcutter, Fasciated Wren, Superciliated Wren, Tropical Gnatcacher, among others. In the afternoon we will head to Olmos and spend the night in the hotel.


Early birding in the deciduous forests of Quebrada El Limon, search for the extremely rare and local White-winged Guan, a species wich was considered extinct until 1977 when it was rediscovered. Apart from this spectacular species, we will look for Elegant Crescent-chest, White-headed Brush-Finch, Black-capped Sparrow, Tumbes Hummingbird, Short-tailed Woodstar and others, including our first sighting of some of the most common Tumbesian endemics: White-tailed Jay, White-edged Oriole and Grey-and-white Tyrannulet.

At mid morning we will set off for a four hour drive to Jaen and cross along one of the lowest passes in the Andes, the Porculla pass. We will make some stops along the way to see a very rare and local endemic, Piura Chat-Tyrant. Other birds we may see include : Chapman’s Antshrike, Bay-crowned Brush-Finch Black-cowled Saltator.

Afterwards we’ll drive to our hotel. Arrival in Jaen. Night in a comfortable hotel.


An hour’s drive north of Jaen there is an impressive-looking patch of dry forest that provides excellent birding opportunities before the day gets too hot: the very distinctive chinchipensis race of Necklaced Spinetail and the leucogaster race of Northern Slaty-Antshrike are two almost certain splits that can be found there.

Other birds include Marañon Spinetail, Green-backed Becard, Lined Antshrike, Guira Tanager and, with luck, Military Macaw. After lunch we shall drive to Bagua Chica, looking for a litle Inca-Finch en route. Night in local hotel.


Birding along this route can be very exciting. Some of the birds that have been seen recently include Greater Yellow-headed Vulture, Napo Sabrewing, Yellow-tufted Woodpecker, Wedge-billed Woodcreeper, Yellow-bellied and Green & Gold Tanagers, Olive-sided, Yellow-breasted (Olive-faced race) and Dusky-chested Flycatcher!!, White-winged Becard, Golden-headed and White-bearded Manakin, Buff-throated Tody-Tyrant, Magpie Tanager, Turquoise Tanagers, Blue and Yellow-bellied, Dacnis, Black-billed Thrush and Russet-back Oropendola. Night in basic hotel in Imazita.

We use the Camungo Lake 45 meters observation tower to observe Caribe Crackle, Hoatzins, great egret, watled jacana, the camungo, the common potoo, the red capped cardinal. We board our boat up stream the Madre de Dios river util Boca’s Lodge where we spend the last night in the jungle.


Drive to Bagua birding along the dirty road. If we have not seen Little Inca Finch yet we’ll make sure to see it here, then, in an area of rice fields we will look for Spotted Rail and Paint-billed Crake.

Late afternoon birding. We will be looking for the rare and spectacular Marvelous Spatulatail that is considered the top representative of all the hummingbirds. Night at Pomacochas hotel.

Day 09, 10 y 11: ABRA PATRICIA

Some of the most interesting birding sites in Peru are located in this zone due to the diverse altitudes that make up the area. This zone has several paths that can be walked without any risk to watch the birds in a quiet atmosphere.

So many new bird species have been discovered in this place that it really takes time to see them all.

At higher elevations, we’ll search for unique species such as Johnson’s Tody-Flycatcher, Rusty-tinged and Chestnut Antpittas, Cinnamon-breasted Tody-Tyrant, Royal Sunangel, Bar-winged Wood-Wren and also Yellow-scarfed , White-capped Tanagers, Drab Hemispingus and many others. We will need a lot of persistence and luck to encounter the two most difficult to see birds of this area: Long-whiskered Owlet and Ochre-fronted Antpitta. At slightly lower elevations, we’ll continue to track down rarities, such as Equatorial Greytail, Ecuadorian and Red-billed Tyrannulets, Ecuadorian Piedtail, Lanceolated Monklet and Black-and-white Tody-Tyrant as some of our targets. The Aguas Verdes area is virtually in the lowlands, but this unique habitat is home to Red-shouldered Tanager, Zimmer’s Antbird and Napo Sabrewing, among others. All in all, these will be three days of spectacular birding. Night at Pomacochas hotel.


The lake Pomacochas is in the Florida zone. On the brooks of the lake there is gramadal and reeds vegetation where we can find birds such as White-cheeked Pintail, Pied-Billed Grebe, Andean Lapwing, Puna Snipe, Spotted Rail, among others. In shrubs and trees in Florida surroundings, we can see some species such as the Rufous-Capped Antshrike, Black-Crested Warbler, Peruvian Meadowlark and Grassland Yellow-Finch. We will visit a local inhabitant’s plot located in forests that has remained well preserved since long time ago making the existence of the Marvellous Spatuletail possible.

We will never forget this day, since we will see the most beautiful hummingbird flight of the world: the Marvellous Spatuletail. This endemic bird considered as an endangered bird by IUCN-International Union Conservancy Nature is from this zone. In the middle of the morning we will go to Chido Trail which is some miles away from Florida. We will take a detour from the road and enter a semi-paved road that leads to San Lorenzo town. Then we will drive along a dirt road which is on the left of the main way and spend most of the day there. We will climb a hill and walk along a path where we can see White-Capped Parrot, Gray-Breasted Mountain-Toucan, Bar-Bellied Woodpecker, Rusty-tinged Antpitta, Rufous-capped Antshrike, and Barred Becard. Night at Pomacochas hotel.


This isolated peak with semi-dry forest and savannah provides some different birding. Among the specialties we’ll search for are Mishana Tyrannulet, Lafresnaye’s Piculet and a distinctive race of Striped Manakin. In the afternoon we’ll drive to Tarapoto, making some roadside stops on the way hoping to see especially the Blackish Pewee.

Hotel in Tarapoto.


This increasingly popular site near Tarapoto is an easily accessible patch of foothill forest. Some of the interesting species recorded here so far are Black-and-chestnut Eagle, Maroon-tailed Parakeet, Koepcke’s Hermit, Carmiol’s Tanager, Rufous-winged Antwren, Short-billed Honeycreeper and Dotted Tanager; the possibilities are nearly endless at this diverse site. Hotel in Tarapoto.


We’ll spend this day in some drier forest south of Tarapoto, where we will see an entirely different set of birds, including the huallagae race of Northern Slaty-Antshrike, Chestnut-throated Spinetail, Rusty-backed Antwren, Ashy-headed Greenlet and Planalto Hermit. Comb Ducks are also likely to see along the larger rivers in the area. In the afternoon we will return to the hotel.

Transfer to the airport for the flight back to Lima.

Arrival and transfer to the hotel.

Day 16: LIMA /…

Transfer to the airport for the flight back home.

The price includes

  • Booking for Hotel based on double occupancy.
  • All scheduled land, lake and air transportations.
  • All transfers.
  • All scheduled excursions with local guides and interpreters.
  • All entrance fees.
  • Meals and domestic flight airfares as specified in the itinerary.

The price doesn´t include

International airfares, airport departure taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls, radio calls or messages and items of personal nature.



Vaccinations: It is highly recommended to be vaccinated against yellow fever.

What to bring?

  • Binoculars, Camera and film ASA 200 and 400 for the inner forest.
  • Warm clothing (in case of a cold front), long sleeve shirts and long pants (cotton).
  • 100% waterproof rain gear (long poncho or rain wear).
  • Insect repellant (at least 50% Deet), sunscreen lotion.
  • Hiking shoes and sandals.
  • Flashlight, enough batteries (alkaline) and bulbs.
  • Wide brim hat (for sunny days), sun glasses.
  • Towel, swimming suit, personal medicines and/or supplies (liquid forcontact lenses, for example).
  • Day pack, and one back pack or duffel bag of luggage per person.
  • One bottle of water for the first day, plastic bags.

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