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Peru - Birding, Photography & Nature with Lake Region Audubon Society

   

September 09, 2015 - September 19, 2015

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With thousands of species of plants and animals, the Peruvian Amazon is one of the most diverse spots on Earth. On this trip you will experience several of Peru’s tremendous range of ecosystems including the Amazon basin, marine habitat at Pucusana, the marshes near coastal Miraflores and Tambopata’s river and national reserve.

Visit Pantanos de Villa, a protected marsh recognized by the Ramsar Convention as an internationally important wetland for aquatic birds.

Explore the Amazonian lowlands by boat and foot to look for colorful macaws, toucans and more.

Look for giant river otters around the pristine Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake.

September 09 - Miraflores

Late evening arrival. You will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight Casa Andina Select

September 10 - Miraflores

Get started this morning with an excursion to the charming fishing village of Pucusana for a boat ride to look for Inca Terns and other sea birds and wildlife, and to Pantanos de Villa marsh, home to several species of wetland birds such as the Great Grebe and the Guaynay Cormorant. If time permits, stop at Huaca Huallamarca, an adobe pyramid and archaeological site. Overnight Casa Andina Select (BLD)

September 11 - Miraflores

Travel to the airport for the flight to Puerto Maldonado. Then, travel 2.5 hours by boat to Posada Amazonas. Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you with a brief orientation. After dinner, head out for night birding where you may catch a glimpse of a Tawny-bellied Screech Owl, a Spix’s Guan or a Long-tailed Potoo. Overnight Posada Amazonas (BLD)

September 12 - Miraflores

This morning, visit Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake in search of the resident family of giant river otters and other wildlife in the palm swamp and grassland, such as the Pale-vented Pigeon, Azure Gallinule, Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Gray-breasted Crake, and Rufous-sided Crake. After lunch, bird along the Shahue Trail in search of Fiery-capped Manakin, Round-tailed Manakin, Pale-rumped Trumpeteer, and Pavonine Quetzal. Overnight Posada Amazonas (BLD)

September 13 - Miraflores

After breakfast, visit Oxbow Lake again before departing for Refugio Amazonas, traveling approximately two hours by boat. Upon arrival, head out for an overlook walk on a 1.5 mile trail along the Tambopata River. Overnight Refugio Amazonas (BLD)

September 14 - Miraflores

This morning, visit the Canopy Tower, a scaffolding tower about 90 ft high. From the top, you will see spectacular views of the river and the surrounding forests. This area is the best chance to see hawk-eagles, and on a lucky day, perhaps even a Harpy Eagle. The flocks here are mostly composed of tanagers (Paradise Tanager, Green-and-gold Tanager, Flame-crested Tanager, Turquoise Tanager, Opal-rumped Tanager and others) as well as Cream-colored Woodpeckers, Gilded Barbets, Plum-throated Cotingas and Striolated Puffbirds. Macaws and toucans are often seen flying against the horizon, including Chestnut-eared, Lettered, Emerald, Curl-crested and Brown-mandibled Aracari. Transfer to Tambopata Research Center (TRC), 4.5 hours by boat this afternoon, stopping at the Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick en route. Later, hike a rainforest trail looking for monkeys. After dinner, discuss the Macaw Project. Overnight Tambopata Research Center (BLD)

September 15 - Miraflores

This morning before breakfast, revisit the clay lick, which attracts Dusky-headed and Black-capped Parakeet and Cobalt-winged Parrotlet. Later, explore the floodplain and terra firme forest, a biodiverse hotspot that means "solid ground" due to its lack of flooding, and TRC gardens. Overnight Tambopata Research Center (BLD)

September 16 - Miraflores

After breakfast, visit the floodplain and terra firme forest for a second time. Overnight Tambopata Research Center (BLD)

September 17 - Miraflores

Today, explore the riparian habitat, followed by a 30 minute hike leading to a 56 ft canopy tower. Night walk after dinner. Overnight Tambopata Research Center (BLD)

September 18 - Lima

Travel back to Lima; overnight near the airport. Overnight Costa del Sol Ramada airport hotel (BLD)

September 19 - Lima

Fly back to Miami this morning. (B)

Pricing

$3,795 (11 participants)

Includes flights within Peru, all in-country accommodations, transportation, expert local guide, activities and meals as stated above.

Cost does not include additional optional activities, international airfares, departure taxes, passport and visa fees, some beverages, gratuities to guides and drivers, laundry or other personal expenses.

For more information, contact Debbie Sturdivant Jordan at 866-748-6146 or email debbie@holbrooktravel.com.