Peru ........ 13th to 30th September 2018
Peru is a superb birding and topographically diverse country – from Amazonia to High Andes and has an amazing avifauna of around 1,800 species and can boast more than 120 that are endemic to the country. Peru is also extremely rich in archaeology, with Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, its most famous attraction and itself an excellent birding location. After a flight to Lima, our itinerary begins with a visit to the Pacific Coast where we hope to see Inca Tern, Humboldt Penguin, Surf Cinclodes and many other species. After this we fly to Tarapoto in north-eastern Peru and then drive north to Moyobamba and a wonderful lodge with a feeding station that is Hummingbird wonderland - with around 25 species on show. The adjacent forest supports a great variety of species, with an array of tanagers that includes Paradise, Black-bellied & Blue-necked as well as Blueish Jacamar, Green-backed Trogon, Fiery-throated Fruiteater, Varzea Thrush, woodcreepers, antbirds and antshrikes. During the next 5 Day period we stay in a lodge that is set in awe-inspiring scenery of the Abra Patricia Mountains. We’ll explore the moss clad humid and Elphin forests of the Andean slopes and valleys. One of the rare endemic and little known species of the area is the Long-whiskered Owlet. Another gem we hope to encounter is arguably the world’s most stunning humming bird, the Marvellous Spatuletail. This area has an immensely rich and diverse avifauna, typical of one of the top two South American bird watching countries.
Finally we spend four days in the area around Machu Picchu and the nearby town of Cusco,where we’ll have a guided tour of the amazing Inca archaeological site. We may also visit the temperate forest of Malaga Pass.
Days 1-3: Depart UK to Lima for a two night stay. After arrival Day 2, we’ll have a little local exploration. On Day 3 we’ll travel to the coast for Surf Cinclodes, Inca Tern & Humboldt Penguin and also visit Puerto Viejo’s marshes, where Great Grebe, Peruvian Thick-knee, Grassland Yellow-Finch and many coloured Rush-Tyrant occur.
Days 4-5: After a flight to Tarapoto, we’ll drive to Moyobamba and stay at Waqanki Lodge. The lodge has superb hummingbird feeders, with about 25 species possible.
Days 6-10: Transfer to Abra Patricia Lodge with fantastic birdlife and scenery. Tanagers Galore along with species from many of the other typical Neotropical bird families.
Day11-15: Return to Lima, then travel to Cusco and visit Machu Picchu & Abra Malaga.
Day16-18: After returning to Lima for a night’s stay, fly back to UK, arriving Day 18.
Tour ref: AA1856
Single Room Supplement: £485
Leaders: Peter Dedicoat & Local Guide
Max. Group: 12
Includes: Economy class scheduled return flights (UK-Lima-UK), accommodation based on twin occupancy, meals, all transportation in Peru, reserve entrance fees and services of leaders.
Excludes: Travel insurance, drinks and items of a personal nature.