Our short pre-tour extension sees our intrepid band of birders searching for of one of the worlds 'newest' and most rarely seen species, the Scarlet-banded Barbet. While no longer a dedicated expedition, this challenging tour offers the chance at a spectacularly rare and attractive species alongside a host of other species seldom seen on any tour, anywhere.

Top Birds

Scarlet-banded Barbet, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Golden-headed Quetzal, Rusty-tinged & Scaled Antpittas, Jet, Yungas, Band-tailed, Golden-headed & Blue-rumped Manakins, Fiery-throated, Scarlet-breasted & Scaled Fruiteaters, Andean Laniisoma, Grey-tailed Piha, Roraiman Flycatcher, Foothill Schiffornis, Red-necked Woodpecker, Subtropical Pygmy Owl, Curl-crested Aracari, Blackish Antbird, Slaty, Dot-winged, Rufous-rumped & Foothill Antwrens, Buff-tailed Sicklebill, Metallic-green, Blue-browed, Paradise & Saffron-crowned Tanagers, Chestnut-crowned Gnateater and Yellow-throated Spadebill, Stripe-chested & Ornate Antwrens, Rufous Casiornis.

Habitats Covered

cloud and foothill forest

Expected Climate

Humid, possible showers

Max Group Size

8 with 1 Rockjumper leader

Tour Pace & Walking

Our Mega tours are very fast-paced birding adventures designed for the dedicated lister and serious birder. The focus of the tour is to see as many of the endemics and area specials as possible in our given time. In order to cover the necessary route to maximise the species list we tend to spend a single night at most sites and travel large distances. There is very little down time aside from that spent driving from one site to the next. These tours are not suitable for dedicated or avid photographers; inexperienced or new birders; as well as anyone with serious mobility or health challenges.


basic to comfortable

Ease of Birding

moderate with some tough species

Other Attractions

amazing pristine forests, unique, seldom-explored location

Photographic Opportunities


What our clients say about us

Forrest Rowland
GR, Peru 2018

The tour was fantastic. Forrest Rowland, did a terrific job spotting birds, giving us clear directions to actually sight the birds and displayed plenty of patience in the process.

Robert Williams
MK, Peru 2022

Successful and enjoyable. Rob proved his already high reputation. Special thanks to our driver Miguel - always helpful, always smiling.

Robert Williams
CB - Peru 2022

Guides were awesome. Found lots of birds; guide was way too knowledgeable about the bird species and taxonomy.

Robert Williams
UA, Peru

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.

Lev Frid
GM, Peru 2023

This tour and the extension tour were exceptional. Of course the birds were a real pleasure to view, scenery was unbelievable, food and lodging were excellent. The main highlight were the people. A wonderful, fun group to be with. Hope I see everyone on another trip. The driver not only carried us many miles safely, he did so many other things for us, making certain getting out of bus safely, setting up for meals, and on and on. The local guide got us onto so many birds with his x-ray vision (seemed that way) and was helpful in so many ways. He and the driver were simply put, very nice people. I addition to his obvious bird locating and identification skills, Lev has exceptional people skills with his attentiveness and humor. I had a problem with the altitude one day. I wa., to put it simply.. very slow..lots of breaks. Lev was with the whole way and made certain I was OK. I am very appreciative for that. Thanks again. Its things like that, to me, that makes a guide exceptional. Lev is an exceptional guide. Now to the office team. Wow. Tia and Sarah were so helpful to me with all the questions I had. Not only do they have the answers. the answers come quickly. And I thank them for their patience. As usual, a wonderful job. Thanks again. Lastly, to the Peruvian people, the tour group, the guides, drivers, cooks, office staff and to many others. Thank you. Take care everyone.

Peru - Northern: Scarlet-banded Barbet Extension 2024

14 Oct 2024 - 18 Oct 2024 (5 days)

USD2,295 - 4 Spaces Available


Tour Leader: Dušan Brinkhuizen

Tour price (Per person): USD2,295 * GBP1,807 * EUR2,125 * AUD3,470

Single Supplement: USD160 * GBP126 * EUR148 * AUD242

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