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*FULL* Northern Peru

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When: Oct 16, 2018 12:00 AM to Oct 26, 2018 12:00 AM
Contact:
Dan van den Broek

October 16 - 26, 2018 | Explore Northern Peru, an area full of rare and endemic birds and community-based conservation reserves.

Northern Peru

Oct 16 - 26, 2018


 
Explore Northern Peru, an area full of rare and endemic birds and community-based conservation reserves. Remarkably, a team from Louisiana State University detected 354 species in a 24-hour period in 2014. This world big day record was along this eastern grade of the Andes, where within a relatively short distance many altitudinal habitats can be visited. While we will enjoy the birds at a significantly slower pace, the diversity of species found here is incredible.
 
We will start in the lower Amazonian foothills in the town of Tarapoto at the Koepcke’s Hermit Conservation Center to find this rare and endemic hummingbird, along with Golden-tailed Sapphire, Black-throated Brilliant, Gould’s Jewelfront, and Grey-breasted Sabrewing. We will then begin our ascent on a paved highway up the east slope of the Andes to the mountain pass of Abra Patricia (~7600’).

We will visit the nearby Huembo Conservation Center to view the incredible Marvelous Spatuletail, a unique hummingbird with a tail that has long streamers and racquets on the ends; this beauty is found nowhere else.  We will also search for Bronzy Inca, Violet-fronted Brilliant, and Chestnut-breasted Coronet.
 
sword-billed hummingbird
Sword-billed Hummingbird by Andy Morffew
The lush, epiphyte laden trees of the cloud forest of Alto Mayo Reserve and the private Alto Nieva Reserve hold some endemic gems such as the Royal Sunangel, Speckle-breasted Piculet, and Johnson’s Tody-tyrant.  Many more hummingbirds may be found here including Greenish Puffleg, White-tailed Hillstar, and Rufous-vented Whitetip.   We should also find Deep-blue Flowerpiercer, Grass-green Tanager, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, noisy flocks of  White-capped Tanagers and the very local Red-ruffed Cotinga.  This has been a reliable location for the very rare Long-whiskered Owlet. For those more adventurous, we will hike in the dark to try for this species that was first described in 1977 (captured by mist net) but not observed in the wild until 2007.  There is a chance of seeing the endemic and critically endangered Yellow-tailed Woolly Monkey here as well. We will take a cable car to the Pre-inca site of Kuelap built by the Chachapoyas people.  Nestled in the mountains there should be some good birding as we learn about history of the site.  We will watch for Gray-breasted Mountain-toucan and Sword-billed Hummingbird.
 
We will make a roadside stop to view the unique Oilbird, an unusual nightjar that feeds on fruits (especially wild avocados) at night. Our last few days will be in Moyobamba at the Wakanki lodge. In the gardens of the lodge up to 23 species have been found including Golden-tailed and White-chinned Sapphires, and the Sapphire-spangled Emerald. More amazing birds can be found here including the Golden-collared Toucanet, Fiery-capped Manakin and Black-bellied (Huallaga)Tanager.

Fee: $2,895 members* / $3,195 non-members* 
Deposit: $1,500 required to secure your place 
Single supplement: TBD
Leader: Dan van den Broek 

Group size: limited to 12 participants

*Unless otherwise noted, trip fees cover all ground transportation, double-occupancy lodging, breakfasts, lunches, local guides, entrance fees, excursions and the services of your skilled leaders. Fees do not include dinners, alcoholic beverages, or airfare to and from your destination.

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Peru Extension: Cuzco, Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu

Oct 26 - Nov 1, 2018



Our journey begins in Cuzco, once capital of the Inca Empire, where stone walls built by Incans still stand. From Cuzco we will visit local birding hotspots in search of Andean DuckPuna TealGiant Hummingbird, the brilliant Many-colored Rush-Tyrant, and the endemic Bearded Mountaineer.

Sacsaywaman
Sacsaywaman by McKay Savage
A visit to the dry Andean scrub and Paramo on the way to Abra Malaga should reveal more avian gems, such as White-tufted SunbeamChestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch, and Cream-crested Spinetail. While enjoying the breathtaking scenery we’ll keep our eyes to the sky, as this is our best chance at spotting the majestic Andean Condor. While in Cuzco we’ll visit the Inca ruins of Sacsaywaman and have time to explore the local markets before visiting the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, the mystical ‘Lost City of the Incas.’ High above the Urubamba River are the ruins of a citadel once filled with temples, where Inca high priests worshiped the Sun and Moon and animal deities such as the Puma and Condor. While we learn about these ruins, we may find a few birds such as White-winged Black-tyrantGolden-billed Saltator, and the endemic Inca Wren as well as the rabbit-like Northern Mountain Viscacha hopping around the crevices of Machu Picchu.

Fee: $2,495 members* / $2,795 non-members*
Deposit: $1,300 required to secure your space
Single supplement: TBD
Leader: Dan van den Broek
Group size: limited to 12 participants

*Unless otherwise noted, trip fees cover all ground transportation, double-occupancy lodging, breakfasts, lunches, local guides, entrance fees, excursions, and the services of your skilled leaders. Fees do not include dinners, alcoholic beverages, or airfare to and from your destination.


 
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