This 5 days 4 nights Bird-02 program is a Birdwatcher’s iconic itinerary in the Amazon where you will visit one of the world’s remarkable ecosystems, the Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve, world-renowned for having the most biodiversity and site of the rare white sand forest locally called “varillales”  In spite of its relatively smaller size compared to others, the reserve contains more than 490 bird species; some twenty native, while others are so endemic they cannot live elsewhere on the planet. The Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve is a bird watcher’s paradise where new bird species are being discovered every year. Then, you will set off to some of the islands on the Amazon River, around Yanamono Reserve, such as the Hondococha ( an island in front of Heliconia Amazon River Lodge), Caño Cáceres, Quebrada Manco and the varied forest areas around of Heliconia Amazon River Lodge where 150 species of birds have been recorded.

Bird Watching Specialized Packages
Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve and Yanamono Community Reserve
 
Day - 1 Lima-Iquitos (L, D)
Welcome to Iquitos, the gateway to the World’s Natural Wonder, Amazon River and Jungle. Upon your arrival at Iquitos International Airport, you will be greeted by our staff and taken to Victoria Regia Hotel. After check-in lunch will be served at your leisure. In the afternoon, you may walk along the town’s main boulevard to the Malecon, the river banks of the Itaya River, where you can start to observe shorebirds of the Northern Amazon River. Return to the hotel for dinner and a rest all night.
 
Day - 2 Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve (RNAM) / Quistococha Lagoon (B, L, D)
Your wake up time is 4:30 am; take your packed brunch and depart via the Iquitos-Nauta Highway to Kilometer 25. At 5:30 am, you will start your expedition with a Birding expert from Allpahuayo-Mishana; listen and learn from his talk about the varied vegetation, ecosystem and soil like the rare white sand (“varillal”) made up of almost pure quartz and nutrient rich lacustrine clay. Start to look for about 15 – 20 species of birds, as well as animals such as amphibians and monkeys. Hike down a jungle path to an observation post and see bird species such as the Ancient Antwren, Gray-legged Tinamou (between December and March), Mishana Tyrannulet (Zimmerius villarejoi), Northern Chestnut-tailed Antbird (Myrmeciza castanea), Pompadour Cotinga (Xipholena punicea), Allpahuayo Antbird (Percnostola arenarum)  and  the recently recorded Iquitos gnatcatcher (Polioptila clementsi)), Brown-banded Puffbird (Notharchus ordii), Citron-belied Attila (Attila citriniventris), Safron-crested Tyran-Manakin (Neopelma chrysocephalum), Yellow-throated Flycatcher (Conopias parvusava). Afterwards, you will trek to Quistococha Lagoon to observe other species around its flooded forests for about 2 hours. The range of the Amazonian Parrotlet (Nannopsittaca dachilleae), formerly seen only in the southeast has greatly extended north with its sightings here. You will see the Swallow-tailed Swift, Point–tailed Palm creeper, Sulphury Flycatcher, Olivaceus Woodcreeper, Lettered Aracari, Chestnut-eared Aracari, White-lored Euphonia, Red-eyed Vireo, Spotted Tody-Flycatcher along the Palm Swamps and surrounding area. On the palm trees, you can see Short-tailed swifts roosting or mating. On your way back to Iquitos, look out for Zone-tailed Hawk and Pearl Kites flying over. Dinner and a restful night at Victoria Regia.
 
Day - 3 Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve /Yanamono Rainforest- Heliconia Amazon River Lodge (B,L, D)
Your wake up time will be approximately 4:30 am. With packed brunch, you will once again look out for more bird species with the guidance of our Birding Expert at the Allpahuayo –Mishana Reserve. Then continue to observe new species including the Iquitos Gnatcatcher and other white sand forest endemics such as the Pearly Antshrike, White-plumed Antbird, Zimmer´s Tody-Tyrant, Orange-Crowned Manakin, Ancient Antwren and Paradise Jacamar, White-browed Purpletuft, among others. Back to the highway, you will transfer to Iquitos to Bellavista Nanay Port. On this boat ride along the Amazon River towards the Heliconia Amazon River Lodge, observe some Large- and Yellow-billed Terns and maybe a Light Yellow-headed Vulture. Arrive at the Heliconia Amazon River Lodge, and after lunch take a jungle hike into the Yanamono swamps nearby looking for endemic species of the Várzea forest (seasonal floodplain forest inundated by White Water Rivers) like the Pale-legged Hornero, Warbling antbird, Violaceus trogon, White-eared Jacamar, Buff-throated Woodcreeper. On the upland (terra firme) forest, you will find some Manakin species, including Golden-headed Manakin, which is replaced in the south Amazon by Red- and Blue-headed Manakins, Reddish Hermit, Golden-collared Toucanet, Fasciated Antshrike and Short-billed Antwren. Return to the lodge and rest. Dinner and a restful in Heliconia Amazon River Lodge.
 
Day - 4 Yanamono Rainforest (B,L,D)
Wake up very early to take the boat and start the bird watching expedition to Quebrada Cáceres (a gorge or ravine), during high tide. You will be looking out for birds such as the Wattled Jacana, White-eared Jacamar, Black-capped Donacobius, Red-capped Cardinals, Amazon Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher, Ringed Kingfisher, Black-Collared Hawk, Amazonian Antshrike, Amazonian-streaked Antwrent, Black Caracara, Plumbeous Antbird, Great Egret, Greater Ani, Squirrel Cuco and Oriole Blackbird. After breakfast, take a walk along the Yanamono swamps on terra firme (non-flooded) forest where hopefully you will observe Black Fronted Nunbird, Blue and Gray Tanager, Roadside Hawk, Yellow-headed Caracara, Chachalaca, White-throated Toucan, Yellow-rumped Cacique and others. In the afternoon, a speedboat will take you to the Napo River, a smaller tributary of the Amazon River where you can view river shore species like Black-necked Red Cotinga, Orange-eyed Flycatcher, Swallow Wing, and Chestnut-crowned Becard. Then proceed to one of the oxbow lakes to see Hoatzins, Plum-throated Cotinga, among other species. Also, look out for birds like Black-collared Hawk, Great Black Hawk, Capped Heron and three species of Kingfishers (American Pygmy, Green, and Rufous, Green and Amazon). At this time you can also have the opportunity to look out for the Pink Amazon River Dolphin (Inia Geoffrensis). Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
 
Day - 5: Yanamono Rainforest/ Iquitos (B,L)
You will set off again very early morning for birding.We will be looking out for birds such as the White-eared Jacamar, Black-capped Donacobius, Red-capped Cardinal, Amazon Kingfisher, Green andRinged Kingfishers, Black-collared Hawk, Gilded andScarlet-crowned Barbets, Crimson-crested and Cream-colored Woodpecker and Striped Woodcreeper, Band-tailed Manakin among other species. After lunch, return toIquitosanddepending on departure time, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Lima
 
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Important notes

  • We do not recommend children under 5, otherwise guest must sign a disclaimer.
  • Excursion schedules may vary depending on weather conditions and demand, The US Travel Advisory for Peru usually recommends yellow fever shots and malaria-preventive medication for tourists traveling to rainforest regions. Please consult your doctor at least a month before entering the Amazon Basin.

 

Water

  • The Lodge has filtered river water that can be used for showers but is not safe to drink.
  • Check in: 13:00 pm / Check out: 11:00 am 

 

What to wear

  • The weather is tropical, with an average temperature of 32°C (89° F), ranging from 25°C (77° F) to 42°C (107° F). The hotter season usually ranges from December to March and comes with frequent afternoon rainfall. Between June and September you may need some warmer clothing since occasional “friajes” or Patagonia Cold Fronts can reduce the temperature to 10°C (50°F).
  • It is important that you bring only necessary clothing and travel gear to the lodge. Due to weight and space limitations on the domestic flight and on the boat to the lodge, passenger luggage is limited to 10 kg. (22 lbs.) Per person. You may store some of your luggage in our office in Iquitos City and take only the most essential during your stay.
  • Light cotton clothes, pants and long sleeve shirts (preferably in earth colors: olive green, light brown/khakis of light, breathable, quick-dry material; please avoid using white color in the jungle)
  • Hiking boots or walking tennis shoes resistant to humidity; cotton socks.
  • Bathing suit
  • A light waterproof parka jacket, raincoat or sweater (when the temperature goes down considerably or when it rains)
  • Visitors must anticipate the extreme heat and humidity of the jungle by finding out the exact weather condition at the time of travel in order to be ready with clothing and accessories.

 

What to bring

  • Hat/cap (preferably with large visor)
  • Sunscreen / sunblock.
  • Insect repellent (with deet)
  • Sunglasses.
  • Personal medicines /medications; first-aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Binoculars
  • Portable converter, rechargeable batteries, electrical adaptor for your charger
  • Camera with a big memory card; preferably in a waterproof case.

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