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Birding Tour Peru: Northwest and Abra Patricia Mountains 2018

We’re excited to bring you this fantastic ‘Birding Tour Peru’ adventure. Birding in Peru is a great trip that will offer an amazing set of endemic and classic Neotropical birds such as Long-whiskered Owlet, Marvelous Spatuletail, Peruvian Plantcutter, White-winged Guan, Little Inca Finch, Hoatzin, Oilbird, Rufous-crested Coquette, White-eared Solitaire, Golden-headed Quetzal, Channel-billed Toucan, Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Ash-throated Antwren, Fiery-throated Fruiteater, and many more.

It is an excellent opportunity for those who cannot travel for three weeks or more in Northern Peru but want to see the spatuletail as a priority. This Birding Tour Peru excursion will take you from the coast of northwestern Peru, where we will explore deciduous and dry habitats, to the lushness of the humid montane forest of Abra Patricia and the tropical foothills of San Martín, where we will look for foothill and Amazon birds.

A 4-day extension for the more adventurous will take us to the home of the Scarlet-banded Barbet, a bird that has not been seen by more than 30 people in the world, but it is accessible today on our 15-day Northern Peru tour (also part of our Birding Tour Peru collection). This extension, however, is rather strenuous. It requires a 40km drive (which can take more than four hours) in special 4x4s on an extremely bad road, and the birding terrain itself demands good physical fitness.

Duration: 15 or 18 days

Limit (Group Size): 2 - 8

Date Start: July 25, 2018

Date End: August 08, 2018

Tour Start: Lima

Tour End: Lima

The dates for the Scarlet-banded Barbet Extension are August 8 – 11 2018.

Physical Requirements:

We will spend 15 days traveling across four Peruvian provinces (states). Please note that with the exception of seven days we will drive from one location to another constantly.

This Peru birding tour does not demand much hiking but a good bit of walking, climbing, and standing on steep terrain, as in the Long-whiskered Owlet Lodge and in the humid forest above Moyobamba.

The maximum altitude we will reach on this tour will be 7 540 feet (2 300 meters) above sea level).

Most of the birding is along roads, highways, and open grasslands not far from the vehicle, but we will explore some flat and some steep forest trails at some locations.

The earliest start on this tour is having breakfast at 4:30am one morning and meeting at the lodge’s grounds at 5:00am to look for some owls before they return to their day roosts, then having breakfast at 6:00am. In most cases we will have breakfast at 5:30am and start birding by 6:00am. We ask participants to be prepared for early starts.

Tour Leader:

Our tours are run in English, so all our guides speak English in addition to another language, usually the local language of the country your are traveling in. They will travel with you all the time from the moment the tour starts until it ends. Your guides are experts on the local birds and will make all possible efforts to show you as many birds as you desire. They can accommodate hardcore birders as well as more easy-going participants; it depends on your style of birding. They are experts on the country’s facts such as its history, culture, social life, natural history, and ground logistics. They are enthusiastic and charismatic and love what they are doing. They will assist you in all your needs and would always be happy to show you as many birds as possible. 


Our accommodations are good and comfortable, at several locations including business hotels and some 3-star hotels, and also some rustic but comfortable lodges in the countryside and in the forest reserves.

You will have en suite bathrooms with hot showers. Normally we accommodate couples in twin rooms because the beds in double rooms might not be big enough for some people. King- and queen-sized beds are not available in most of the hotels, and if they are they will involve extra charges. Please, if you request a king- or queen-sized bed let us know in advance so we can check for availability.


We have an excellent reputation for providing the best possible food for our clients. We will have early breakfasts at some lodges, but other breakfast will be in the field before birding in order to maximize birding time. We will have some lunches at restaurants and others picnic-style in the field. All dinners are hot meals in hotels and restaurants; they can be set menus or plates a la carte; this depends on each place and the traveling routine

Price: US$5309 p/p sharing, 4 - 8 participants; US$7725 p/p sharing, 2 - 3 participants. Barbet extension US$1297 p/p sharing, 4 - 8 participants; US$2169 p/p sharing, 2 - 3 participants.

Single Supplement: US$545, Barbet extension US$133

Price includes:

Domestic flights

All accommodation (hotels and lodges)

Private tour leader

Land transportation

All meals (except where indicated)

Bottled water

All transfers

Admission fees

Camping equipment and facilities

Price excludes:

Dinner the first and last nights in Lima

Hotel in Lima on day 15 if needed

Personal expenses such as phone calls, internet access, laundry service, etc.

Beverages and alcoholic drinks


City tours, museum fees, or any other extra activity which is not described in the itinerary

Any birding activity or tour if you arrive in the morning on the first day

Extension includes:

Land transportation, special 4×4 vehicles, camping equipment, all meals and bottled water, admission fees, and private guide


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What our clients say

On a special (custom) trip for a dozen target birds: “I want to tell you that Eduardo and Raul were great on the recent trip in Peru. They worked hard to find birds for me. Raul is a careful, safe driver”.

Bill Tucker, Kingston, New Hampshire

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