Jaén - Chiclayo - Cajamarca - Pedro Ruiz -  Moyobamba - Tarapoto

This route is thought for Birders who want to see the largest number of endemic species in Northern Peru and enjoy a great diversity of birds. In 16D/15N of intense birding, we will travel almost 1300 km, from zero to near 3750 masl. The advantage of this route is that it allows birding in many places, on the western side of the Andes, the north and south part of the Marañon dry forests, 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 Jaen to begin the birding adventure, in 16D/15N of intense birding. Overnight in Lima.

Day 2: Lima / Jaen | Inc: B/L/D

Forests of Yanahuanca and Jaen River. Directly from the airport of Shumba-Jaen, we will visit the Yanahuanca Forest (810 masl). There, we will find a trail with more than one kilometer that passes through diverse habitats of the Dry Forests of the Marañon, where will we look for 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, and many other birds. Before nightfall, we will go to Jaen city, and on the way we will pass through several rice fields in the Jaen River Valley, where we will watch several species of waterfowl like: Spotted Rail, Paint-billed crake, Gray-breasted Crake, Black-capped Donacobius, and many other awesome species. Overnight in Jaen (Urqu Hotel).

Day 3: Jaen / Salas | Inc: B/L/D 

Huancabamba river and Limón de Porculla. We will leave very early from Jaen following the road that leads to Chiclayo, we will pass by some rice fields in Huancabamba River Valley, where there will be possible to watch aquatic birds: Spotted Rail, Paint-billed crake, Gray-breasted Crake, and others species, from the road. Continuing with our tour we will cross to the west side of the western mountain range of the Andes through the Abra de Porculla (2137 masl) until we reach the village of Limón de Porculla (1750 masl). From there, we will take an unpaved road that will lead us to the birding point. An excellent Dry Forests with different locations with an amazing avifauna is waiting for us: 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, are just an example of the birds that we will find there. In the afternoon we will lead to Salas, where we will rest and spend the night (Los Faiques Ecolodge).

Day 4: 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. Here, we will be looking for the 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, and Black-capped Sparrow, and many other species. To conclude the day we will visit the Ñaupe Hill (320 masl) Pacific Parrotlet, Peruvian Plantcutter, Tumbes Sparrow, Baird's Flycatcher, Elegant Crescentchest and Tumbesian Tyrannulet. We will return to Salas to spend the night. Here, taking advantage of the night, we will look for Scrub Nightjar, Lesser Nighthawk and Peruvian Pygmy-Owl, among others. Overnight in Los Faiques Ecolodge.


Day 5: Salas / Chiclayo | Inc: B/L/D

Pomac Historic Sanctuary Forest and Puerto Eten. From Olmos we will leave early to the Bosque de Pómac Historic Sanctuary (75 masl). This is worldwide known town, perfectly combines birdwatching in an environment surrounded by archaeological remains of the Sicán 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. In the afternoon we will go to Puerto Eten (0 masl) to look for Peruvian Tern, Peruvian Booby, Peruvian Pelican, Peruvian Thick-knee, and some species of migratory birds. Before nightfall, we will go to Chiclayo, where we will spend the night (Costa del Sol Chiclayo).

Day 6: Chiclayo / Cajamarca | Inc: B/L/D 

Abra Gavilán and Chonta River. Early in the morning, we will go to the Abra Gavilán (3050 masl,) to watch birds on the western slope, the targets are: Black Metaltail, Giant Hummingbird, Unicoloured Tapaculo, Black-eared Hemispingus (piurae), Peruvian Sierra-Finch, and Rufous-backed Inca-Finch, among others. After that, we will cross to the eastern side of the western Andes. In this place, there are easy to follow trails with more than 200 m. It is possible to watch birds even from the road. In the afternoon we will visit the Chonta River (2800 masl), here we will have good chances to watch Gray-bellied Comet, Striated Earthcreeper, Baron's Spinetail, Rusty-crowned Tit-spinetail and others species. Overnight in Tartar Hotel.

Day 7: Cajamarca / Leymebamba | Inc: B/L/D

Comullca Peak, Hacienda el Limón, Chacanto and Balsas. This day will be of intense Birding on the eastern side of the western Andes. Early morning, we will leave from Cajamarca until our first stop at the Abra Comullca (3750 masl), in this peak, our targets are: Andean Tinamou, White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant, Rufous-webbed Bush-Tyrant, Streakthroated Bush-Tyrant, Black Metaltail, Great Sapphirewing, and many other tropical birds. Then we will visit the surroundings of Hacienda Limón (2100 masl), later the birding will be between Chacanto and Balsas (1000 masl) where we will cross the Marañón River to get to sleep near Leymebamba. In this place we will look for endemic species of the Marañon Dry Forest Chestnut-backed Thornbird, Grey-winged Inca-Finch and Blacknecked Woodpecker, Buff-bridled Inca-Finch, Peruvian Pigeon, Yellow-faced Parrotlet, Tropical Gnatcatcher (maior) Spot-throated Hummingbird, Buff-bellied Tanager, Scarlet-fronted Parakeet, White-Winged Black-Tyrant, Black-crested Tit-Tyrant, and White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant, among others. In all locations there are paths with steep slopes. It is possible to see birds even from the road. Overnight in Rangra Wasi Ecolodge Leymebamba.

Day 8: Leymebamba / Achamaqui | Inc: B/L/D

Abra Barro Negro, Cañon de Atuen and Achamaqui. From Leymebamba we will return to the Abra Barro Negro (3680 masl) to look for birds from the edge of the road in both, the pajonal and the montane forests. The targets here are: Amethyst-throated Sunangel, Rainbow Starfrontlet, Purple-throated Sunangel, Coppery Metaltail, Sapphire-vented Puffleg, Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Golden-plumed Parakeet, Blackish Tapaculo, Neblina Tapaculo, Many-striped Canastero, White-chinned Thistletail, Russet-mantled Softtail, and Drab Hemispingus, among others. In the afternoon we will visit the Atuen Canyon (2500 masl). We have the option of visiting the Leymebamba Museum that houses about 200 mummies brought from the Laguna de Los Cóndores. Then the tour will continue along the Utcubamba River Valley until arriving at the Casa Hacienda Achamaqui (1690 masl) where we will watch owls and other night birds.

Day 9: Achamaqui / 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, Greenfronted Lancebill, Amethyst-throated Sunangel, Long-tailed Sylph, Greenish Puffleg, Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Booted Racket-tail, Little Woodstar, Violetfronted 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 10: Abra Patricia | Inc: B/L/D 

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 lodge 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. Overnight in Fundo Alto Nieva.

Day 11: 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 Llantería (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. After that we will look for birds in the locality called Afluente. At night, we will come back to the Fundo Alto Nieva.

Day 12: 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, Graybreasted 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 Hotel Moyobamba.

Day 13: Moyobamba | Inc: B/L/D 

Morro Calzada and 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 Hotel Moyobamba.

Day 14: Moyobamba / Tarapoto | 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, Grey-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, previous stop at the Quiscarrumi Bridge (830 masl), to watch: Oil Bird, Gray-rumped Swift, and Mishana Tyrannulet among others. Overnight in Cumbaza Hotel Tarapoto.

Day 15: 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 Cumbaza Hotel Tarapoto to spend the night.

Day 16: 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.


In the search of the endemic birds of Northern Peru
Lima, Jaen, Chiclayo, Cajamarca, Chachapoyas, Moyobamba and Tarapoto
Lima: Allpa Hotel Cajamarca: Hotel Tartar
Jaen: Urqu Hotel Chachapoyas: Rangra Wasi Ecolodge
Salas: Los Faiques Ecolodge Chachapoyas: Casa Hacienda Achamaqui
Chiclayo: Costa del Sol Chiclayo Moyobamba: Puerto Mirador Moyobamba
Tarapoto: Rio Cumbaza Hotel
Accommodation 1 2 3 4 5 - 8
Simple 18646 10123 7281 5854 5003
Doble ---- 9912 7070 5643 4792
Triple ---- ---- 7028 5601



  • 1 night of accommodation in Lima – 1 night of accommodation in Jaen – 1 night of accommodation in Lambayeque – 1 night of accommodation in Chiclayo – 1 night of accommodation in Cajamarca – 2 nights of accommodation in Chachapoyas - 3 nights of accommodation in San Martin - 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.