Peru: Abra Patricia & the Marvelous Spatuletail

  1. 2018
    Monday, October 15, 2018 to Wednesday, October 24, 2018
    Tour Duration: 
    10 days
    Tour Starts/Ends: 
    Lima, Peru
    Number of Persons Limit: 

• Fabulous birding in one of the most bird-rich locations anywhere - Abra Patricia

• Remote and beautiful forests and mountains

• Lots of superb endemics, including the Marvelous Spatuletail, an astounding bird!



Northern Peru is home to some of the world’s most sought-after species, especially one spectacular hummingbird, the astonishing Marvelous Spatuletail. The remote mountain pass at Abra Patricia ranks as one of the most exciting and rewarding birding locations along the entire Andean mountain chain. The construction of an eco-lodge at Abra Patricia now allows birders to spend several days in comfort right at Abra Patricia and thereby access this incredibly bird-rich area; we organize this tour around several days at Abra Patricia.

We will be treated to a plethora of superb birds - tanagers including the impressive White-capped and the endemic Yellow-scarfed, Johnson’s Tody-Flycatcher, Royal Sunangel, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, the much sought-after Long-whiskered Owlet, several species of antpittas including Ochre-fronted, Pale-billed and Chestnut, and a multitude of bush-tanagers, mountain-tanagers, hemispinguses and flowerpiercers, along with antbirds, woodcreepers, fruiteaters, becards, flycatchers, wrens, vireos and warblers.

At dusk we look for White-throated Screech-Owl, Cinnamon Screech-Owl and Lyre-tailed Nightjar. Near Tarapoto, Wattled Guan, Orange-breasted Falcon, Bluish-fronted Jacamar, Gilded Barbet, Red-stained Woodpecker, White-fronted Tyrannulet, Dotted Tanager, Carmiol’s Tanager, Plumbeous Euphonia, White-tipped Swift, Koepke’s Hermit and gaudy birds such as Curl-crested Aracari and Andean Cock-of-the-rock occur. Join us for a tour of this amazingly diverse area of deciduous forest, montane cloud forest and inter-mountain scrub.





Itinerary View Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Lima

Day 2: Flight to Tarapoto and birding the Huallaga

Day 3: Waqanki

Day 4: Morro de Calzadas and transfer to Abra Patricia

Days 5 - 8: Abra Patricia

Day 9: Afluente and transfer to Tarapoto

Day 10: The “Tunel” and Departure


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