Overview

Marvelous Spatuletail, Long-whiskered Owlet, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, 4 Endemic Antpittas, Lulu’s Tody-Tyrant – and that’s just a few of the mind-blowing, highly sought-after species we’ll be looking for. From our base in Tarapoto, we search for the tricky Dotted Tanager, rare Koepke's Hermit and endemic Huallaga Tanager. We move slowly northwards, taking in Moyobamba and the highly localised endemic Ash-throated Antwren before spending a good number of days in the brilliant and little known forests of Abra Patricia. Top bird species here include Cinnamon-breasted Tody-Tyrant, Royal Sunangel and the scarce White-capped Tanager, while in the fabulous Cloud forests we will target Long-whiskered Owlet, Lulu's Tody-Flycatcher, Coppery Metaltail, White-chinned Thistletail, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan and the elegant Swallow-tailed Nightjar. Near Pomacochas, we deliver one of the great highlights of the trip, Marvelous Spatuletail and Pale-billed Antpitta in a single day! Little Inca Finch, Tumbes Swallow, the snazzy Sulphur-throated Finch and Grey-and-white Tyrannulet wait further down the road before we enter the Utcubamba Valley. We have some time at the enchanting pre-Incan fortress of Kuelap, arguably as impressive as the famed Machu Picchu before continuing on our quest for another suite of endemics. Coppery Metaltail and the scarce Russet-mantled Softtail await at Abra Barra Negro before we descend the stunning Marañon Valley searching for Buff-bridled and Grey-winged Inca Finches and Yellow-faced Parrotlet, Near the town of Cajamarca we are likely to add the recently rediscovered Grey-bellied Comet, and pick up the dazzling Black Metaltail too. After Cajamarca we journey to the Pacific Coast, and the town of Trujillo, stopping to search for the endemic Great Spinetail en route. Having reached the coast, we travel north to our base for the remainder of the tour, Chaparri, deep in the Tumbes region. From here we shall explore a number of habitats, targeting White-winged Guan (until recently, believed to have been extinct, and with fewer than 300 birds estimated to survive in the wild), unique Peruvian Plantcutter, beautiful Maranon Crescentchest, Tumbes Hummingbird, Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner, Elegant Crescentchest and Cinereous Finch.

2022 Prices are an estimate, dates are not confirmed and may change.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Marvelous Spatuletail, Long-whiskered Owlet, Royal Sunangel, Pale-billed, Ochre-fronted, Rusty-breasted, Chestnut-crowned & Rusty-tinged Antpittas, Lulu’s Tody-Flycatcher, Great, Necklaced & Baron’s Spinetails, Yellow-faced, Pacific & Spot-winged Parrotlets, Bar-winged Wood Wren, Coppery & Black Metaltails, Grey-winged, Little & Rufous-backed Inca Finches, Koepcke’s Hermit, Chestnut-backed Thornbird, White-capped, Yellow-scarfed, Huallaga, Dotted and Blue-browed Tanagers, Equatorial Greytail, Peruvian Pigeon, Russet-mantled Softtail, Blackish Pewee, Plumbeous Euphonia, Ashy-headed Greenlet, Mishana Tyrannulet, Tumbes Tyrant, Rufous, Baird’s  & Inca Flycatchers, Gould's Jewelfront, Rufous-crested Coquette, Grey-tailed Piha, Ash-throated & Rusty-backed Antwrens, Fiery-capped & Western Striped Manakins, Wedge-billed & Tumbes Hummingbird, Crimson-mantled, Guayaquil & Bar-bellied Woodpeckers, Tanager, Peruvian Plantcutter, Rusty-crowned Tit-Spinetail, Large-footed Tapaculo, Jelski’s Chat-Tyrant, Maranon Tit-Tyrant, Slaty-capped Shrike-Vireo, Buckley’s Forest Falcon, Sulphur-bellied Tyrant-Manakin, Black-fronted Nunbird,  Sharpbill, Violet-throated Starfrontlet, Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan, Black-crested Warbler, Many-striped Canastero, Least Seedsnipe, Tawny-throated Dotterel, Peruvian Thick-knee and Short-tailed Field Tyrant, Many-coloured Rush Tyrant, Andean Ibis, Andean Tinamou, Montane Solitary Eagle, Short-tailed Woodstar, Grey-and-white Tyrannulet, Collared Antshrike, Maranon & Elegant Crescentchests, White-tailed Jay, Superciliated Wren, White-headed Brushfinch, White-edged Oriole, Ochre-bellied Dove, Ecuadorian Piculet, Ecuadorian Trogon, Rufous-necked and Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaners, Black-cowled Saltator, Grey-and-white Tyrannulet, Streak-headed Woodcreeper, Peruvian Plantcutter, Oasis Hummingbird, Tumbes Sparrow, Cinereous Finch. Rufous-banded, Striped, Cinnamon Screech, West Peruvian Screech, Koepcke’s Screech, Andean Pygmy & Peruvian Pygmy Owls. Lyre-tailed, Swallow-tailed & Scrub Nightjars, Rufous-bellied Nighthawk.
Top Mammals
Tayra, Southern Tamandua, Guayaquil Squirrel, Sechura Fox and Spectacled Bear.
Habitats Covered
cloud forest, dry deciduous forest, coastal desert, unique Marañon valley
Expected Climate
warm to hot in the lower lying areas; cool with colder nights at the higher elevations
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader
Tour Pace & 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
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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 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.

The tour met all of my expectations. Rob Williams is an excellent tour guide - knowledgeable, manages logistics well, interacts with participants in a fun and caring way, and strives to find the birds that are on participants' "wish lists".

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.

Rob Williams is the best guide I have ever birded with - wonderful birding and people skills.

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