Iquitos: Amazon River and White Sand Forest Specialities
12 Days / 11 Nights

 

 

 

 

Day 1: Arrive in Lima and transfer to our hotel in Lima. Overnight at our hotel close to the airport. (B,L,D)
 
Day 2: Early morning flight from Lima to Iquitos and straight onto the Amazon for the fast boat ride to the Sucasari river and the comfortable ACTS canopy walkway lodge. Food and accommodation is excellent and from this lodge we will concentrate on tierra firme birds and especially night excursions for Nocturnal Currasow. We’ll arrive in time for lunch and take our first walk in the afternoon to the medicinal gardens in search of Cinereous Becard and the recently described Orange-eyed Flycatcher. (B,L,D)
 
Day 3 and 4: All days exploring the canopv walkway and tierra firme forest. In tierra firme forest and from the canopy walkway we’ll be on the hunt for Dugand’s Antwren, Band-tailed Oropendola, Sapphire-rumped Parrotlet, Olive-striped Antpitta, White-browed Purpletuft, Paradise, Great and Yellow-billed Jacamars, Yellow-browed, Sooty, Bicolored, Lunulated, Spot-winged and Slate-colored Antbirds, Chestnut-belted Gnateater, Collared Antwren, Reddish and Black-spotted Bare-eyes and more. It’s a great place for Manakins, and we’ll visit leks of Band-tailed, Golden-headed, Striped, Blue-backed, Blue-crowned and Wire-tailed. We have even seen Red-billed Ground-Cuckoo here. Local staff will be alert during the night for the song of Nocturnal Currasow and if we here one those who wish can participate in a night-time hunt for this rarely seen species. (B,L,D)
 
Day 5 and 6: We’ll move to Explornapo Lodge to-day and for the next 2 days explore the varzea forest and river islands. Species we’ll be looking for include Zimmer’s Woodcreeper, Short-tailed Parrot, Lesser Wagtail Tyrant, Castelnau’s Antshrike, Parker’s and White-bellied Spinetail, Bay and Lesser Hornero’s, Leaden Antwren, Bicolored and Pearly-vented Conebill, Black and White and Ash-breasted Antbirds, Olive-spotted Hummingbird, River Tyrannulet, and more. In varzea forest we’ll look for the recently described Orange-eyed Flycatcher (common), Yellow-crowned Elaenia, Cinnamon Atilla, Dot-backed Antbird, Velvet-fronted Grackle, Black Bushbird, Black-tailed Antbird (a localized endemic), White-chinned Jacamar, Spotted Puffbird, and more. (B,L,D)
 
Day 7: Early morning birding at Explornapo then by boat down the Amazon to Cumaceba Lodge. If time permits we’ll explore transitional floodplain and varzea forest trails. (B,L,D)
 
Day 8: A full days birding at Cumaceba Lodge. This is varzea forest with ox-bow lakes. We’ll be looking here for Red and White Spinetail, Brownish Elaenia, Many-banded, Lettered and Ivory-billed Aracaris, Festive Parrot, Amazonian Barred Woodcreeper, Black-faced Hawk, Agami Heron, Long-billed Woodcreeper, Paradise Jacamar. Yellow-hooded Blackbird,White-eared Jacamar, Cinnamon Attila, Hoatzin and more. Black-tailed Antbirds are common here should we have missed it so far. We should be treated to looks at the Pygmy Marmoset – the worlds smallest primate and Pink River Dolphins should be encountered. Night Cumaceba Lodge. (B,L,D)
 
Day 9: Morning birding at Cumaceba Lodge and in the afternoon by river to bustling Iquitos and our airconditioned hotel close to the banks of the Amazon River. We’ll celebrate with dinner overlooking the bustling central Plaza in Iquitos or the mighty Amazon. (B,L,D)
 
Day 10 and 11: Two full days with early starts from Iquitos at the Allpamayo-Mishana reserve outside Iquitos. Here we’ll be on the lookout for some rare and recently found white sand forest birds – including the newly described Ancient Antwren, Allpahauyo Antbird, Mishana Tyrannulet, Northern Chestnut-tailed Antbird and a yet to be described Gnatcatcher. Other special birds here are Pompadour Cotinga, Yellow-throated Flycatcher, Orange-crowned Manakin, Sulphur-crested Tyrant-Manakin, Cinnamon-crested Spadebill, White-crowned Manakin, Citron-bellied Atilla, Zimmers Tody-Flycatcher, Red-legged Honeycreeper, Yellow-browed Antbird and more. We’ll try some night birding - White-winged and Rufous Potoo are here as well as the commoner Crested and Spectacled Owls. All nights at a comfortable air conditioned hotel in Iquitos. One afternoon we’ll visit the Nanay river to look for Black-crested Antshrike and the soon-to-be-split form of the Band-tailed Nighthawk. (B,L,D)
 
Day 12: Morning birding around Iquitos and midday flight to Lima for connecting flights home. (B,L)
 
Departures 2011: March 12–23 and October 1-12
2011 Rates per person: $3254. Single Supplement: $462
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