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Northern Peru Birding Tour — 15 Day Encounter

On this 15-day northern Peru birding tour, you’ll travel with an expert naturalist across the region’s highlands and river valleys. Encounter hundreds of species, get singular looks at endemic birds unique to the region (home to the Marvelous Spatuletail!), add to your Life List, and enjoy outstanding birding each day.

USD $6,000.00

Per Person
Number of TravelersPrice Per Person
1USD $6,000.00
2USD $5,850.00
3USD $5,700.00
4USD $5,550.00
5 or moreUSD $5,250.00

Experience Truly Exceptional Birdwatching on this 15-Day Northern Peru Birding Tour

On this 15-day northern Peru birding tour, you’ll travel with an expert naturalist across the region’s highlands and river valleys. You’ll encounter hundreds of species, get singular looks at endemic birds unique to the region (home to the Marvelous Spatuletail!), add to your Life List, and enjoy outstanding birding each day.


Your itinerary will include bird lists for each location. Bird lists are not definitive. They include native species to each habitat. Like with any experience exploring the natural world, there are no definites as to which species you will come across — and there are always great surprises.

You’ll begin your tour traveling from Chiclayo to the dry forests of Bosque Pomac.

Bosque Pomac Bird List 

  • Peruvian Plant Cutter (Phytotoma raimondii)
  • ***Rufous Flycatcher (Myiarchus semirufus)
  • Tumbes Swalow (Tachycineta stolzmanni)
  • Scarlet Backed Woodpecker (Veniliornis callonotus)
  • Necklaced Spinetail (Synallaxis stictothorax)
  • Cinereous Finch (Piezorina cinerea).

From Bosque Pomac, you’ll continue to the high, rugged Olmos Pass and Quebrada Limon.

Olmos Pass Bird List

  • White winged Guan (Penelope albipennis)
  • Tumbes Tyrant (Tumbezia salvini)
  • Elegant Crescentchest (Melanopareia elegans)
  • Guayaquil woodpecker (Campephilus gayaquilensis)
  • Red masked Parakeet (Psittacara erythrogenys)

You will spend the night at Olmos in a local Hotel.

Today, you’ll travel to Limon de Purcoya. These high, dry, brushy slopes are great for birding.

Limon de Purcoya Bird List

  • Piura Chat Tyrant (Ochthoeca piurae)
  • Chapman’s Antshire (Thamnophilus zarumae)
  • Black Cowlet Saltator (Saltator nigriceps)
  • Ecuadorian piculet (Picumnus sclateri)
  • Rufous Necked Foliage Gleaner (Syndactyla ruficollis
  • Henna Hooded Foliage Gleaner (Hylocryptus erythrocephalus)
  • Purcoya Hermit (Catharus guttatus)
  • Bay Crowned Brush Finch (Atlapetes seebohmi)

After explore the area you will continue towards your hotel on Jaen. On the way, you’ll pull over at a few local hotspots to add a few more birds to the list.

  • Little Inca Finch (Incaspiza watkinsi)
  • Marañon Crescent chest (Melanopareia maranonica)
  • Chichipe Spinetail (Synallaxis stictothorax)
  • Marañon Slaty Antshire (Hamnophilus punctatus)

Today, you’ll travel to Pomacochas, a marshy lakeside habitat. As you travel, you’ll pass changing landscapes and habitats and get a great look at a variety of species.

Pomacochas Bird List

  • Little Inca Finch (Incaspiza watkinsi)
  • Spotted Rail (Pardirallus maculates)
  • Marañon Spinetail (Synallaxis maranonica)
  • Yellow Tailed Oriole (Icterus mesomelas)
  • Marañon Thrush (Turdus maranonicus)
  • Buff Bellied Tanager (Thlypopsis inornata)
  • Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)
  • Purple Collared Woodstar (Myrtis fanny)
  • Purple Throated Sunangel (Heliangelus viola)
  • Andean Emerald (Amazilia franciae) can also be found in the area.

You will spend the night at Puma Cochas.

Today, you’ll look for an elusive Rusty-tinged Antpitta (Grallaria przewalskii), and the Russet mantled Softail (Thripophaga berlepschi). You’ll spend 2 nights at your lodge in Abra Patricia, for the maximum likelihood you’ll spot the area’s lesser-seen inhabitants.

Abra Patricia Bird List

  • Rusty-tinged Antpitta (Grallaria przewalskii)
  • Russet Mantled Softail (Thripophaga berlepschi)
  • Blackish Tapaculo (Scytalopus latrans)
  • Red Hooded Tanager (Piranga rubriceps)
  • White Capped Diper (Cinclus leucocephalus).
  • Long Whiskered Owlet (Xenoglaux loweryi)

Today, you’ll travel under the thick, misty canopies of a cloud forest near Abra Patricia.

Abra Patricia Bird List

  • tanagers (Thraupidae)
  • flycatchers (Tyrannidae)
  • Speckle Chested Piculet (Picumnus steindachneri)
  • Ocre Fronted Antpitta (Grallaricula ochraceifrons)
  • Bar Winged Wood Wren (Henicorhina leucoptera)
  • Royal Sunangel (Heliangelus regalis)
  • Cinnamon Breasted Tody Tyrant (Hemitriccus cinnamomeipectus)
  • Inca Flycatcher (Leptopogon taczanowskii)
  • Vermilion Tanager (Calochaetes coccineus)
  • Ecuadorian Pietail
  • Andean Cock-of-the-Rock (Rupicola peruvianus)
  • Red Ruffd Fruitcrow (Pyroderus scutatus)
  • White Capped tanager (Sericossypha albocristata)
  • Yellow Scarf Tanager (Iridosornis reinhardti)
  • Chestnut Antpitta (Grallaria blakei)

Today, you’ll travel to the river valley Rioja.

Rioja Bird List

  • Golden Collared Honeycreeper (Iridophanes pulcherrimus)
  • Virsicolored Barbet (Eubucco versicolor)
  • Black Bellied Tanager (Ramphocelus melanogaster)
  • Lanceolated Monklet (Micromonacha lanceolata)
  • Masket Trogon (Trogon personatus)
  • Crested Quetzal (Pharomachrus antisianus)
  • Speckle Chested Piculet (Picumnus steindachneri)
  • Blue Browed Tanager (Tangara cyanotis)
  • White Collared Jay (Cyanolyca viridicyanus)
  • Crimson Mantled Woodpecker (Piculus rivolii)
  • White Capped Diper (Cinclus leucocephalus)
  • Point Tailed Palmcreeper (Berlepschia rikeri)
  • Russet Crowned Crake (Anurolimnas viridis)
  • Yellow Tyrannulet (Capsiempis flaveola)
  • Stripe Necked Tody Tyrant (Hemitriccus striaticollis)
  • Blakish Rail (Pardirallus nigricans).

You will spend the night at Rioja in a local hotel.

Today, you’ll travel to the humid, tropical region of Moyobamba. On the bluffs, you’ll get a great look at many of Northern Peru’s endemic birds.

Moyobamba Bird List

  • Mishana tyrannulet (Zimmerius villarejoi)
  • Red Billed Tyrannulet (Zimmerius cinereicapilla)
  • Buff Throated Tody Tyrant (Hemitriccus rufigularis)
  • Pale Breasted Trush (Turdus leucomelas)
  • Cinereous Breasted Spinetail (Synallaxis hypospodia)
  • Russet crowned Crake (Anurolimnas viridis)
  • Pearly Vented Tody Tyrant (Hemitriccus margaritaceiventer)
  • Firy Capped (Machaeropterus pyrocephalus)
  • Manakin (Pipridae)
  • Little Tinamou (Crypturellus soui)
  • Buckles’s Forest Falcon (Micrastur buckleyi)
  • Black Billed Seed Finch (Oryzoborus atrirostris)
  • Blackish Nightjar (Caprimulgus nigrescens)
  • Rufous Nightjar (Antrostomus rufus)
  • Yellow Bellied Elaenia (Elaenia flavogaster)
  • Stripe Manakin (Machaeropterus regulus)
  • Masked Tanager (Tangara nigrocincta)
  • White Plumed Antbird (Pithys albifrons)

You will return to the town Moyobamba where you’ll will spend the night.

Today you will travel to the sub-tropical, moist, lowland forests of Miskiyaquillo.

Miskiyaquillo Bird List

  • Firy Throated Fruiteater (Pipreola chlorolepidota)
  • Black and White Tody Tyrant(Poecilotriccus capitalis)
  • White Plumed Antbird (Pithys albifrons)
  • Golden Headed Manakin (Ceratopipra erythrocephala)
  • White vireo (Vireo griseus)
  • Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea).

In the afternoon you’ll get the opportunity to see up to 18 species of hummingbirds that feed at the feeders outside the lodge. The lodge also includes  a botanical garden of orchids, where you’ll see over 600 species of the delicate flower.

Hummingbird List

  • Rufouscrested Coquette (Lophornis delattrei)
  • Wirecrested Thorntail (Discosura popelairii)
  • Golden Tailed Sapphire (Chrysuronia oenone)
  • Sapphire Spangled Emerald ( Amazilia lactea)
  • Violetear Brown (Colibri delphinae)
  • Gray Breasted Sabrewing (Campylopterus largipennis)
  • Long Tailed Hermit (Phaethornis superciliosus)
  • Black Throated Hermit (Phaethornis atrimentalis)
  • Bue Tailed Hemerald (Chlorostilbon mellisugus)
  • Fork Tailed Woodnymph (Thalurania furcata)

After dinner, you’ll head out into the night for an Owl Prowl.

Owl List

  • Band Bellied Owl (Pulsatrix melanota)
  • Crested Owl (Lophostrix cristata)
  • Rufous Nightjar (Antrostomus rufus)
  • Blackish Nightjar (Caprimulgus nigrescens)
  • Spectacled Owl (Pulsatrix perspicillata).

In the morning, you’ll get another chance to watch hummingbirds feed near the lodge. Later, you’ll travel to the Amazonian cloud forests of Tarapoto. With abundant palms and waterfalls, you’ll get a  new birding experience.

Tarapoto Bird List

  • Northern Slaty Antshrike (Thamnophilus punctatus)
  • Sulphur Bellied Tyrant Manakin (Neopelma sulphureiventer)
  • Rusty Backed Antwren (Formicivora rufa)
  • Coraya Wren (Pheugopedius coraya)
  • Chestnut Capped Puffbird (Bucco macrodactylus)
  • Hoatzin (Ophisthocomus hoazin)
  • Lettered Aracari (Pteroglossus inscriptus)
  • Violaceous Jay (Cyanocorax violaceus)
  • Great Antshrike (Taraba major)
  • Rusty fronted Tody Flycatcher (Poecilotriccus latirostris).

You’ll spend the night at a hotel in Tarapoto.

Today, you’ll travel to small micro-climates around Tarapotp, where you’ll get a full morning seeing and hearing new species.

Tarapoto Bird List (2)

  • Plumbeous Euphonia (Euphonia plumbea)
  • Masked Tanager (Tangara nigrocincta)
  • Scaled pigeon (Patagioenas speciosa)
  • Wattled Guan (Aburria aburri)
  • Blue Banded Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus coeruleicinctis)
  • Golden Collared Toucanet (Selenidera reinwardtii)
  • White Throated Toucan (Ramphastos tucanus)
  • Blakish Pewee (Contopus nigrescens)
  • Andean Kock of the Rock (Rupicola peruvianus)
  • Golden Tailed Sapphire (Chrysuronia oenone)
  • Fork Tailed Woodnymph (Thalurania furcata)
  • Long Tailed Hermit (Phaethornis superciliosus)
  • Koepcke’s Hermit (Phaethornis koepckeae)
  • Striolated Puffbird (Nystalus striolatus)
  • White Throated Woodpecker (Piculus leucolaemus)
  • Slaty Capped Shrikevireo (Vireolanius leucotis)

You will return to Tarapoto for lunch and then head towards Abra Patricia for the night.

The drive from Abra Patricia to Leimebamba is rich with diverse landscapes and habitats.

Leimebamba Drive Bird List

  • Buff Breasted Tanager (Dubusia taeniata)
  • Black Necked Woodpeker (Colaptes atricollis)
  • Marañon Thrush (Turdus maranonicus)
  • Baron’s Spinetail (Cranioleuca baroni)
  • Chestnut Crowned Antpitta (Grallaria ruficapilla)
  • Amazonian Kingfisher (Chloroceryle amazona)
  • Fasciated Tiger Heron (Tigrisoma fasciatum)
  • Little Woodstar (Chaetocercus bombus)
  • Torrent Duck (Merganetta armata)
  • Torrent Tyrannulet (Serpophaga cinerea)
  • Blakc Chested Buzzard Eagle (Geranoaetus melanoleucus)
  • Mitred Parakeet (Psittacara mitrata)
  • Peruvian pigeon (Patagioenas oenops)
  • Koepcke’s Screeh Owl (Megascops koepckeae)

At the lodge at Leimebamba, get a great look at hummingbirds at the feeders.

Hummingbird List (2)

  • Sword Billed Hummingbird (Ensifera ensifera)
  • Rainbow Starfrontlet (Coeligena iris)
  • Marvelous Spatuletail (Loddigesia mirabilis)
  • White bellied Hummingbird (Amazilia chionogaster)
  • Little Woodstar (Chaetocercus bombus)
  • Rusty Flowerpiercer (Diglossa sittoides)
  • Golden bellied Grosbeak (Pheucticus chrysogaster)
  • Peruvian Meadowlark (Sturnella bellicosa)

You will spend the night at Leimebamba.

Today, you’ll travel to Canyon of the Condors, where you’ll see Peru’s high altitude birds and get an awesome look at birds of prey hovering over the canyon in search of prey.

Leimebamba Bird List

  • Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus)
  • White Capped Tanager (Sericossypha albocristata)
  • Hooded Tanager Red (Piranga rubriceps)
  • White Collared Jay (Cyanolyca viridicyanus)
  • Gray Breasted Mountain Toucan (Andigena hypoglauca)
  • Quetzal Golded Headed (Pharomachrus auriceps)
  • Blackish Tapaculo (Scytalopus latrans)
  • White Rumped Hawk (Parabuteo leucorrhous)
  • Slaty Backed Chat Tyrant (Ochthoeca cinnamomeiventris)
  • Andean Guan (Penelope montagnii)
  • Chesnut Crested Cotinga (Ampelion rufaxilla)
  • White Tailed Tyrannulet (Mecocerculus poecilocercus)
  • Drab Hemispingus (Hemispingus xanthophthalmus)
  • Highland Motmot (Momotus æquatorialis)
  • Brown Viotear (Colibri delphinae)
  • Little Woodstar (Chaetocercus bombus)
  • Black Tailed Trainbearer (Lesbia victoriae)
  • Purple Throated Sunangel (Heliangelus viola)
  • Line Cheeked Spinetail (Cranioleuca antisiensis)
  • Yellow Breasted Brush Finch (Atlapetes latinuchus)

Today you’ll travel towards the Marañon Valley. You’ll stop along the way for quick looks at a few endemic species.

Celendin Bird List

  • Russet Mantled Softtail (Thripophaga berlepschi)
  • Yellow Faced Parrotlet (Forpus xanthops)
  • Buff Bridled Inca Finch (Incaspiza laeta)
  • Gray Winged Inca Finch (Incaspiza ortizi)
  • Chestnut Backed Thornbird (Phacellodomus dorsalis)
  • Peruvian pigeon (Patagioenas oenops)
  • Black Necked Woodpecker (Colaptes atricollis)
  • Striped Cuckoo (Tapera naevia)
  • Purple Collared Woodstar (Myrtis fanny)
  • Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)
  • Purple Throated Euphonia ( Euphonia chlorotica)
  • Peruvian pygmy Owl (Glaucidium peruanum)
  • Spot Throated Hummingbird (Leucippus taczanowskii)
  • Marañon Gnagcatcher
  • Tawny Crowned Pygmy Tyrant (Euscarthmus meloryphus)
  • Hooded Siskin (Spinus magellanica)

On the way to Cajamarca, you’ll stop at Cruz Conga, a scrubby semi-arid region great for spotting endemic birds.

Cruz Conga Bird List

  • Rufous Antpitta (Grallaria rufula)
  • Baron’s Spinetail (Cranioleuca baroni)
  • White Tailed Shrike Tyrant (Agriornis andicola)
  • Brown-backed Chat Tyrant (Ochthoeca fumicolor)
  • Rufous Webbed tyrant (Polioxolmis rufipennis)
  • Black Crested Tit Tyrant (Anairetes nigrocristatus)
  • Plumbeous Rail (Pardirallus sanguinolentus).

In the mild semi-tropical highland climate of Cajamarca, you can can also find bird species that thrive in the rich, fertile valley  of the Mashcon River.

Cajamarca Bird List

  • Rufous Eared Brush Finch (Atlapetes rufigenis)
  • Blaetatail ( Metallura phoebe)
  • Jelski’s Chat Tyrant (Ochthoeca jelskii)
  • Buff Bellied Tanager (Thlypopsis inornata)
  • Shining Subeam (Aglaeactis cupripennis)
  • Streak Throated Bush Tyrant (Myiotheretes striaticollis)
  • White Browed Chat Tyrant (Ochthoeca leucophrys)
  • Green Tailed Trainbearer (Lesbia nuna)
  • Gray Bellied Comet (Taphrolesbia griseiventris)
  • Rusty Crowned Tit Spinetail (Leptasthenura pileata)
  • Black Metaltail (Metallura phoebe)
  • Giant Hummingbird (Patagona gigas)
  • White Winged Cinclodes (Cinclodes atacamensis)
  • Mourning Sierra Finch (Phrygilus fruticeti)
  • Yellow Billed Tit Tyrant (Anairetes flavirostris)
  • Andea Swift, Green tailed Traibearer (Lesbia nuna)
  • Black Eagle Chested Buzzard (Geranoaetus melanoleucus)

Today you’ll end your tour with a visit to San Marcos to find the following species:

San Marcos Bird List

  • Great Spinetail (Synallaxis hypochondriaca)
  • Black Necked Woodpecker (Colaptes atricollis)
  • Buff Bridled Inca Finch (Incaspiza laeta)
  • White winged Black Tyrant (Knipolegus aterrimus)
  • Masked Yellow throat (Geothlypis aequinoctialis)
  • Purple Collared Woodstar (Myrtis fanny)
  • Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)
  • Spot Throated Hummingbird (Leucippus taczanowskii)

In the afternoon, you will travel to the Cajamarca airport where you’ll your will end.

Important Notes

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