Tour Highlights

  • Tour Interest: Birding and Natural History
  • Tour Type: Overland
  • Tour Dates: Runs on request
  • Tour Duration: 10 Days – 9 Nights
  • Starts/Ends: Starts in Tumbes ends in Tarapoto
  • Best time to go: Year-round
  • Prices: Based on group size

Tour Features

Peru counts 84 different types of ecosystems, but forests are Peru’s main geographical features. They range from cloud forest in the south to low-lying plains Amazon forest in the north, spanning over nearly two-thirds of its territory. It is believed that Peru’s Amazon rainforest holds the greatest diversity in the world. These are certainly Peru’s main ecosystems, but despite 60% of the country being Amazon rainforest, only about 5% of its human population live there.

Peru is considered one of the World’s mega-diverse countries. Recent studies have shown that a region just south of Iquitos has the highest concentration of mammals anywhere in the world. Its territory teems with a staggering 10% of the world’s plant species, around 2,000 species of fish, 1.868 bird species (following IOC species list standards); 380 species of amphibians, 460 species of mammals and 365 species of reptiles.

Northern Peru is very rich in terms of biodiversity and culture. Two areas: the Northwest Coast, including the departments of Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque, and Marañón and Upper Huallaga, spanning over Cajamarca, Amazonas and San Martin, are of special interest, so our tour is set to explore them both.

Besides nature, this tour is great for those who wish to learn more about Peru’s ancient civilizations. The area around Chiclayo was home to two important pre-Incan civilizations: The Moche and the Chimu. A visit to the Royal Tombs Museum, will give us the chance to learn about these cultures, and appreciate some artefacts and jewellery found in the tomb of the famous Lord of Sipan. Sipan is one of the most relevant sites of the Moche culture. Anthropologists found a royal mausoleum while excavating here in 1987. It was a 70x50x10 metres (230x165x 33 ft.) adobe platform. The perfect job gold pieces that adorned the Lord of Sipan, the technology and the complicated religious system represented a historic discovery.

We will also spend time explorig the spectacular fortress of Kuelap. The construction of this impressive pre-Incan city took more than 200 years and over 1.3 million m3 (40 million cubic ft.) of stone just for the giant embankments. Little is known about the people who built this architectural wonder, however archaeologists identify them as Chachapoyans or Sachupoyans.

Our tour has been specially designed for those who enjoy a combination of nature and culture. Birders and naturalists will have the chance to enjoy watching and photographing northern Peru’s natural diversity, including the tropical and subtropical dry broadleaf forests of the north coast; the realm of Tumbesian endemics, where 30% of the birds are endemic.

Tour Highlights

Archaeological ruins of Kuelap. Northern Peru’s Pacific coast. Northern Peru’s Amazon forest. More than 300 species of birds, including Blue-footed Booby, White-tailed Jay, Scarlet-backed Woodpecker, Marveolous Spatuletail and many others.

  • Day 1 – Meeting with your Trogon Tours’ leader at Tumbes Airport. Birding and exploring Tumbes Mangroves. Drive to Punta Sal. O/N Punta Sal.
  • Day 2 – Full day birding and exploring the area of Punta Sal. O/N Punta Sal.
  • Day 3 – Punta Sal to Chiclayo. O/N Chiclayo.
  • Day 4 – Full day exploring Chiclayo and Chaparrí Nature Reserve. O/N Chiclayo.
  • Day 5 – Drive from Chiclayo to Gocta. O/N Gocta.
  • Day 6 – Full day exploring Gocta and Kuelap. O/N Gocta.
  • Day 7 – Drive from Gocta to Abra Patricia. O/N Abra Patricia.
  • Day 8 – Abra Patricia to Tarapoto birding en-route. O/N Tarapoto.
  • Day 9 – Full day exploring Cordillera Escalera National Park. O/N Tarapoto Inn.
  • Day 15 – Transfer to Tarapoto Airport. Tour Conclusion.

What’s Included?

Private transportation for all transfers and excursions. Accommodations on a twin/double basis. Single supplements on request. Full time Trogon Tours’ leader to accompany the group from day 1 on arrival in Tumbes airport to day 10 on departure from Tarapoto airport. Local guides where required by law. All breakfasts, lunches, box-lunches and dinners, from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 10 of the tour. No drinks included. Admission fees to all national parks and nature reserves.

What’s Not Included?

International and domestic airfares and airport taxes, tips to guides, drivers, hotel & restaurants personnel, etc. Drinks with your meals. Personal travel and medical insurance. Anything not specified under “What is included?”

When to go

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Tarapoto

29°C
188MM

Lima

24.4°C
27MM

Chiclayo

28.4°C
25MM

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Tarapoto

28.9°C
210MM

Lima

25.1°C
40MM

Chiclayo

29.7°C
50MM

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Tarapoto

28.5°C
278MM

Lima

25.1°C
34MM

Chiclayo

29.4°C
80MM

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Tarapoto

28.4°C
225MM

Lima

23.7°C
12MM

Chiclayo

27.7°C
28MM

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Tarapoto

27.9°C
172MM

Lima

21.7°C
9MM

Chiclayo

24.1°C
1MM

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Tarapoto

27.4°C
124MM

Lima

20.2°C
12MM

Chiclayo

24.1°C
1MM

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Tarapoto

27.8°C
99MM

Lima

19.6°C
14MM

Chiclayo

23.2°C
0MM

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Tarapoto

29.4°C
98MM

Lima

19.6°C
14MM

Chiclayo

22.9°C
0MM

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Tarapoto

30°C
121MM

Lima

20°C
11MM

Chiclayo

23.3°C
1MM

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Tarapoto

29.7°C
169MM

Lima

20.7°C
10MM

Chiclayo

23.9°C
3MM

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Tarapoto

29.1°C
195MM

Lima

21.6°C
9MM

Chiclayo

24.9°C
5MM

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Tarapoto

29°C
180MM

Lima

23°C
13MM

Chiclayo

26.5°C
9MM

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