Chiclayo - Jaén - Pedro Ruiz - Moyobamba - Tarapoto

VIPAC Adventures offers this well-known route that goes from the coast to the Peruvian high tropical forest. We will mainly travel by the Fernando Belaunde Terry highway and some nearby roads. There will be 13D/12N traveling almost 800 km, between 0 to 2400 masl. This route allows you to birding in the northern part of the western side of the Andes, the northern zone of the dry forests of the Maranon, the eastern side of the Andes and the Peruvian high forest.

Day 1: Lima | Inc: - 

International Arrival in Lima, for Start the birding adventure. In Lima we will have an informative talk about the details of the route we will follow. We will spend the night in Lima. The next day, we will fly to Chiclayo for start birding adventure, in 13D/12N of intense birding. Overnight in Lima.

Day 2: Lima / Chiclayo/ Salas | Inc: B/L/D

Pomac Historic Sanctuary Forest and Puerto Eten. Directly from the airport, we move to the Pomac Historic Sanctuary Forest (75 masl). This is worldwide known town, perfectly combines birdwatching in an environment surrounded by archaeological remains of the Sican culture. In this place we will look for Short-tailed Woodstar, Amazilia Hummingbird, Oasis Hummingbird, Peruvian Sheartail, Necklaced Spinetail (maculata), Scarlet-backed Woodpecker, Collared Antshrike, Coastal Miner, Grey-and-White Tyrannulet, Tumbes Tyrant, Baird's Flycatcher, Rufous Flycatcher, Peruvian Plantcutter, Superciliated Wren, Tumbes Swallow, White-tailed Jay, Cinereous Finch, Sulphur-throated Finch, and White-edged Oriole, among others. In the afternoon we will go to Puerto Eten (0 masl) looking for the Peruvian Tern, Peruvian Booby, Peruvian Pelican, Peruvian Thick-knee, and some species of migratory birds. Before nightfall, we will go to Salas, where we will spend the night. (Los Faiques Ecolodge)

Day 3: Salas| Inc: B/L/D

Quebrada Frijolillo and Ñaupe Hill. We will dedicate a great part of this day to birding in Quebrada Frijolillo (350 masl). We will walk through a stony path with a mild slope for more than more than 1.5 km looking for the White-winged Guan, Pale-browed Tinamou, Ecuadorian Trogon, Ecuadorian Piculet, Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner, Tumbes Hummingbird, Tumbes Sparrow, Plumbeous-backed Thrush, White-headed Brush-Finch, Gray-breasted Flycatcher, Sooty-crowned Flycatcher, Pacific Elaenia, Gray-and-gold Warbler, White-headed Brush-Finch, Black-capped Sparrow, and many other awesome birds. To conclude the day we will visit the Ñaupe Hill (320 masl) Pacific Parrotlet, Peruvian Plantcutter, Tumbes Sparrow, Baird's Flycatcher, Elegant Crescentchest, Tumbesian Tyrannulet, and other amazing species. We will return to Salas to spend the night (Los Faiques Ecolodge). Here, taking advantage of the night, we will look for Scrub Nightjar, Lesser Nighthawk and Peruvian Pygmy-Owl, among others species.

Day 4: Salas / Jaén | Inc: B/L/D

Limón de Porculla and Huancabamba River. Very early we will leave from Olmos to the village of Limón de Porculla (1750 masl). From there, we will take a deviation from the main road to arrive at the place of Birding, where there are easy trails to walk. In these trails we will be looking for the Gray-Chinned Hermit (porcullae), Line-cheeked Spinetail, Rufous-necked Foliage-gleaner, Chapman's Antshrike, Piura Chat-Tyrant, Grey-browed Brush-finch, Bay-crowned Brush-finch, White-winged Brush-finch, Black-cowled Saltator, and Three-banded Warble, among others. Following our route, we will pass through the Abra de Porculla (2137 masl), with many rice fields beside us in the Huancabamba river Valley. There we will have good chances to watch waterfowl from the road until we reach Jaen City, where we will spend the night (Urqu Hotel). Among the probable species that we will observe we have Spotted Rail, Paint-billed crake, Gray-breasted Crake.


Day 5: Jaén / Achamaqui | Inc: B/L/D

Forests of Yanahuanca and Utcubamba River. Early morning, we will go to the Yanahuanca Forest (810 masl), where we will look for endemic bird species of the Marañon valley dry forest. The principal targets are: Northern Slaty-Antshrike (leucogaster), Little Inca Finch, Marañon Spinetail, Marañon Crecentchest, Red-crested Finch (fargoi), Spot-throated Hummingbird, Necklaced Spinetail (chinchipensis), Marañon Thrush, Black-capped Sparrow (nigriceps), Collared Antshrike (shumbae), Peruvian Pigeon, Ecuadorian Ground-dove, Sooty-crowned Flycatcher, Speckle-breasted Wren (sclateri), Buff-bellied Tanager, among others. Continuing with the tour we will pass through the rice fields in the Utcubamba valley where we can observe waterfowl from the road, and where there are good chances to observe Spotted Rail, Paint-billed crake, Gray-breasted Crake, Black-capped Donacobius, and many others amazing species. Afterwards, we will get into the narrowest part of the Utcubamba river canyon, where we will have chances to watch: Fasciated Tiger-Heron, Torrent Duck, Mitred Parakeet, Spot-throated Hummingbird, Marañon Thrush, Marañon Crescentchest, Peruvian Pigeon, and many other interesting species. We will conclude the day at Hacienda Achamaqui (1690 masl), here we will spend the night. A nocturnal birdwatching session will take place (Owling), the targets are: Buff-fronted Owl (harrisii) and Koepcke's Screech-Owl.

Day 6: Achamaqui / Huembo/ Abra Patricia | Inc: B/L/D

Achamaqui, Utucamba River and Reserva Huembo. Early morning, we will leave Casa Hacienda Achamaqui to continue along the Utcubamba river valley until we reach the Huembo Reserve (2070 masl), in this place, there have been implemented fountains for hummingbirds and feeders for tanagers. The main targets here are the Marvelous Spatuletail, Green-fronted Lancebill, Amethyst-throated Sunangel, Long-tailed Sylph, Greenish Puffleg, Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Booted Racket-tail, Little Woodstar, Violet-fronted Brilliant, Speckle-chested Piculet and many other awesome birds. The trails are nice and easy to walk. At the end of the day, we will reach the Abra Patricia (2300 masl) where we will be looking for nocturnal birds (owling) like Stygian Owl, Long-whiskered Owlet, Cinnamon Screech-Owl. Overnight in Fundo Alto Nieva.

Day 7: Abra Patricia | Inc: B/L/D

Abra Patricia. During this day we will cover the different trails that we will find in the upper part of Abra Patricia, these trails are well designed and are easy to follow. The targets here are: Spot-winged Parrotlet, Pale-billed Antpitta, Rusty-tinged Antpitta, Chestnut Antpitta, Ochre-fronted Antpitta, Large-footed Tapaculo, Spotted Barbtail, Johnson's Tody-Flycatcher, Unstreaked Tit-Tyrant , Peruvian Tyrannulet , Rufous-Vented Tapaculo, Inca Flycatcher, Ornate Flycatcher, Masked Fruiteater, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, Ornate Flycatcher, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Swallow-tailed Nightjar, Black-Faced Tanager, Green-and-black Fruiteater, Uniform Antshrike,. These are just an example of the biodiverse avifauna that we will find there. In the afternoon we will come back to the Fundo Alto Nieva were we will have good chances to watch hummingbirds in the feeders and nearby trails. We will spend the night here and the next day we will be looking for birds through the trails system of the Abra Patricia.

Day 8: Abra Patricia / Llanteria| Inc: B/L/D

Alto Mayo Protection Forest. On this day we will visit nearby places such as Alto Mayo Protection Forest and Llanteria (1460 masl) where hummingbird feeders have been implemented. The species that we will watch here are: Ecuadorian Piedtail, Rufous-vented Tapaculo, Inca Flycatcher, Scaled Fruiteater, White-breasted Wood-Wren, Bar-winged Wood-Wren and other species. Aer that we will look for birds in the locality called Afluente. At night, we will come back to the Fundo Alto Nieva.

Day 9: Abra Patricia / Moyobamba | Inc: B/L/D

Reserva Arena Blanca and Indañe wetland. We will descend from Abra Patricia following the road that crosses the Alto Mayo Protection Forest until we reach Aguas Verdes which is the town where the Reserve Arena Blanca is (1100 masl). This reserve has a trail of more than one kilometer, easily accessible. In this private conservation initiative, the owner has implemented feeders and drinking fountains for hummingbirds, where we will have good chances to watch Little Tinamou, Cinereous Tinamou, Grey-necked Wood-rail, Rufous-breasted Wood-quail, Rufous-throated Hummingbird, Blue-fronted Lancebill, Green-fronted Lancebill, Green Hermit, Reddish Hermit, Black-throated Hermit, Napo Sabrewing, Gray-breasted Sabrewing, Rufous-crested Coquette, White-bellied Woodstar, Wire-crested Thorntail, Long-billed Starthroat, Many-spotted Hummingbird, Sapphire-spangled Emerald, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, Orange-billed Sparrow, Inca Flycatcher, Black-bellied (Huallaga) Tanager, and Burnished-buff Tanager among others. We will continue with our trip, heading to Moyobamba city, where we will spend the night. Just before arriving on Moyobamba, we will visit the Indañe Wetland (850 masl) to observe waterfowl along a 200 m trail, the targets are: Masked Duck, Ocellated Crake, Rufous-sided Crake, Russet-crowned Crake, Paint-billed Crake, Spotted Rail, and Rusty-backed Antwren among others. Overnight in Puerto Mirador Moyobamba.

Day 10: Moyobamba | Inc: B/L/D

Morro Calzada, Rioja and Field Rice of Rioja. We will dedicate this day to visit Morro Calzada (1080 masl). In this hill, we have a trail of more than one km with a small slope easy to walk. In this trail we will be looking for: Tropical Screech-Owl, Stygian Owl, Blue-crowned Trogon, Mishana Tyrannulet, Cinereous-breasted Spinetail, White-chested Swift, Point-tailed Palmcreeper, Dusky Spinetail, Mishana Tyrannulet, and many other bird species. In the afternoon we will visit the rice field area of Rioja. Here bird watching is done from the road and from small trails that get into the fields. The targets are: Black-bellied Tanager Wedge-tailed Grass-Finch, Black-billed Seed-Finch and some waterfowl birds. Overnight in Puerto Mirador Moyobamba.

Day 11: Moyobamba / Tarapoyo | Inc: B/L/D 

Waqanki/Quebrada Mishquiyaquillo and Quiscarrumi Bridge. During the whole morning, we will visit Waqanki - Quebrada Mishquiyaquillo (1000 masl), that is very close to Moyobamba city, in this place feeders and drinkers have been implemented. Here we will have the opportunity to watch: Rufous-crested coquette, Black-throated Hermit, Brown Violetear, Gray-breasted Sabrewing, White-chinned Sapphire, White-necked Jacobin, Great-billed Hermit, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, Mishana Tyrannulet, Lafresnaye's Piculet, Ornate Antwren, Black-and-white Tody-Flycatcher, Fiery-throated Fruiteater, and Fiery-capped Manakin and many other colorful bird species. We will be there until after midday and then will go to Tarapoto (where we will spend the night), previous stop at the Quiscarrumi Bridge (830 masl), to watch: Oil Bird, Gray-rumped Swift, and Mishana Tyrannulet among others. Overnight in Rio Cumbaza Hotel.

Day 12: Tarapoto | Inc: B/L/D 

Cordillera Escalera-Túnel and Koepcke's Hermit Feeding Station. This day we will go to the Regional Conservation Area (ACR) Cordillera Escalera-Túnel (1000 masl). The targets here are: Rose-fronted Parakeet, Blackish Pewee, Rough-legged Tyrannulet, Slaty-capped Shrike-vireo, Cliff Flycatcher, Flavescent Flycatcher, Streaked Flycatcher, Swallow Tanager, Yellow-crested Tanager, Magpie Tanager, Black-faced Dacnis, Yellow-headed Caracara, Green Honeycreeper, Olive Tanager, Blue-grey Tanager, and Rufous-bellied Euphonia among others. After that, we will be heading to the Koepcke's Hermit Feeding Station (750 masl), where drinking fountains for hummingbirds have been implemented. The targets here are: Koepcke's Hermit and Many-spotted Hummingbird. We will finish the day looking for more birds in the surroundings of the station. After that, we will come back to Rio Cumbaza Hotel Tarapoto to spend the night.

Day 13: Tarapoto / Lima | Inc: B/L

Tarapoto and Upaquigua- Return to Lima-International Departure. Early morning, we will go to Upaquigua (250 masl) where there are nice and beautiful walking paths that border several types of dry forest of Huallaga. The targets here are: Slaty Antshrike (huallagae), Planalto Hermit, Rufous Casiornis, Rufous-capped Nunlet, Rufous-rumped Antwren, Slaty Antwren, Dot-winged Antwren, Buff-breasted Wren, Ashy-headed Greenlet, Mishana Tyrannulet, Bluish-fronted Jacamar, and Pheasant Cuckoo among others. Before noon we will be in Tarapoto to finish the tour and you will be ready for your return to Lima and your subsequent international boarding.


The classic route of the North of Peru
Lima, Chiclayo, Salas, Jaen, Chachapoyas, Moyobamba and Tarapoto 
Lima: Allpa Hotel Chachapoyas: Casa Hacienda Achamaqui
Salas: Los Faiques Ecolodge San Martín: Fundo Alto Nieva
Jaén: Urqu Hotel Moyobamba: Puerto Mirador
Tarapoto: Río Cumbaza Hotel
Accommodation 1 2 3 4 5 -8
Single 14900 8104 5836 4699 4019
Double ---- 7935 5667 4530 3850
Triple ---- ---- 5629 4492 3812


  • 1 night of accommodation in Lima – 2 nights of accommodation in Salas – 1 night of accommodation in Jaen – 1 night of accommodation in Chachapoyas – 3 nights of accommodation in San Martín – 2 nights of accommodation in Moyobamba – 2 nights of accommodation in Tarapoto.
  • Private transportation
  • English speaking local guides.
  • Bottled water.
  • Meals as mentioned.


  • International air tickets.
  • Domestic air tickets.
  • Airport taxes.
  • Services not mentioned.