Duration: 21 days
Group Size: 4 – 8
Date Start: June 05, 2019
Date End: June 25, 2019
Tour Start: Lima
Tour End: Lima
We try to provide the best accommodation available on trips to provide our clients with a good rest after long birding days. We normally stay in three-star, comfortable hotels in big cities and towns and we look for the most adequate, best possible accommodation in the countryside and remote locations. We rate the accommodation for this trip as good and comfortable but not luxurious. All accommodations have en-suite bathrooms and hot showers. In warm, tropical locations air conditioning and fans are available; however, heater systems are not available in the few places where the temperature could be cold and damp at night.
A single supplement might not be available at the Owlet Lodge (depends on availability).
Level of difficulty:
We rate this trip as moderate. Even though the tour has easy birding days, the trip requires long drives, very early starts every day, long days in the field, and some steep hikes along mountainous trails. We will face different kinds of weather, including hot weather in the northwest, the Marañón Valley, and the upper Amazon with temperature reaching 35°C (95°F) and high humidity, and low temperatures in the cloudforest and the Andes of Cajamarca with temperatures between 8°C-10°C (46°F-50°F). The maximum elevation on this trip is 3600 meters (11800 feet). Participants should be able to walk each day around four kilometers (2.5 miles) on paved roads, sandy surfaces, uneven terrain, and some steep trails. However, the tour provides several easy birding days by roads next to the car, and we will have breaks and siesta time after lunch on several days. A certain level of fitness is required for the trip, and the tour would not be good for people with back and knees problems and lack of stamina.
Highlights of the trip:
We expect to get over 500 species of birds, including over 50 species of hummingbirds and with luck over 10 species of owls, including several Peruvian endemics and regional endemics. Perhaps the main targets for many people are the Marvelous Spatuletail and the Long-whiskered Owlet. During the trip we will visit different hummingbird feeder stations and an antpitta feeding station. The trip also offers great scenery and good photographic opportunities.