Peru is one of the leading South American destinations in which to enjoy tropical Amazon rainforest. Our time in Iquitos will be divided between Allpahuayo Mishana, Explornapo and Muyuna Lodge. With an area species list of over 600 species, we shall certainly have our hands full with an amazing volume of new species. While quite impossible to mention all the possible highlights, some of the major target species include the range-restricted Ancient Antwren, endemic Allpahuayo Antbird, endemic Iquitos Gnatcatcher, critically endangered Wattled Curassow, bizarre Nocturnal Curassow, enigmatic Rufous and White-winged Potoos, showy Pompadour Cotinga, mind-numbing Black-necked Red Cotinga, and a slew of other fabulous amazonian icons such as Amazonian Umbrellabird, Pavonine Quetzal and Crested Eagle.
Ancient Antwren, Allpahuayo Antbird, Iquitos Gnatcatcher, Wattled Curassow, Nocturnal Curassow, Rufous & White-winged Potoos, Pompadour Cotinga, Northern Chestnut-tailed Antbird, Zimmer's Tody-Tyrant, Castelnau's Antshrike, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Zimmer's Woodcreeper, Black-necked Red Cotinga, Dugand’s Antwren, Pavonine Quetzal and Crested Eagle.
Pygmy Marmoset, Tayra, Northern Tamandua, Paca, Green Acouchy
white sand forest, Amazon River, Varzea forest, Terra firme forest, river islands
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader
moderate to difficult
Amazon River, canopy walkway
average to good
Forrest Rowland is a terrific guide. He was incredibly knowledgeable of the birds we encountered on our trip. Further, he is very friendly, engaging and enthusiastic. I’d be quite pleased to join him again on any birding tour in the Neotropics.
This is my first birdwatching tour organized by a company such as Rockjumper, but I have been on tours organized by my local Naturalist Society. Both Rob and Miguel were excellent. They worked extremally hard to keep everyone happy, find as many species as possible and get everyone onto each sighting.
Rob Williams is right up there among the very best tour leaders. His vast experience from lots of research and conservation projects and intimate knowledge of the country add lots of value compared to a tour leader who is "just" a good organiser, birder and guide. He is also great company, with a sublime sense of humour.
It is terrific to have a bilingual guide in any country and one who knows the history and culture of the country is even better, thanks Rob! As always, terrific eyes, ears and birding skills.
This was an excellent tour! We saw so many great birds, and had many delicious meals from pizza to ceviche. The time spent birding and touring Kuelap was a highlight. To top everything off, Forrest Rowland is an awesome leader. In addition to hearing, seeing and getting everyone on the birds, he told wonderful stories and kept everyone laughing. All in all, we had a terrific time.
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