Amazon Birdwatching Expedition
Amazon Birdwatching Expedition

Amazon Birdwatching Expedition

10 days

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Take an amazing birdwatching expedition into the deep wilderness of the Amazon Rainforest

This is a fully guided tour in a bird lovers’ paradise, the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. On the Amazon Birdwatching Expedition, specialized guides will lead you deep into the jungle to spot hundreds of species of birds and other local wildlife. You’ll be staying in the heart of the rainforest, surrounded by natural beauty and wildlife.

Explore a variety of natural bird habitats in the Amazon, including flooded forests, lakes, and the Allpahuayo Mishana Reserve. Learn all about the diverse ecosystems as your guides take you deeper into the wilderness. You’ll be staying at the main lodge and the more remote research lodge for even better wildlife and bird viewing opportunities. You will also have the chance to include other activities in your itinerary, so you can discover the other wildlife that reside in the rainforest.

The Amazon Birdwatching Expedition is a nature lover’s dream and the perfect way to experience the diversity and excitement of the Peruvian Amazon.

Highlights of the Amazon Birdwatching Expedition

Learn from your specialist guides as they escort you on each of your birdwatching outings.
Explore different types of forests and jungle habitats and learn about their ecosystems.
Choose from a large variety of jungle activities to view even more wildlife.
Sleep surrounded by the Amazon at two wilderness lodges, including one remote research center.

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10 days
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Amazon Birdwatching Expedition Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Iquitos

Your transfer will meet you at the airport in Iquitos or at your hotel. You’ll spend the afternoon visiting the Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve, where your guides will help you spot several species of birds that are only known to live in this unique forest.

You might be lucky enough to spot birds including the Ancient Antwren, Mishana Tyrannulet, Allpahuayo Antbird, Northern Chestnut-tailed Antbird, Pompadour Cotinga, and Saffron-crested Tyrant Manakin.

After the excitement, its back to the hotel for dinner.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Iquitos
Meals: Lunch, dinner

Day 2 Morning Birdwatching and Boat Ride up the Amazon

This morning you’ll take another birdwatching trip into the Allpahuayo Mishana Reserve. Kep your eyes to the skies to see what species you’ll run into today!

In the afternoon you’ll take the four-hour boat ride up the river to the wilderness lodge on the Tahuayo tributary. Relax here for the night, enjoying the hum of the surrounding forest.
Overnight Location: Wilderness lodge in Paraiso
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 Discover the Bird Species in Paraiso

Good morning, jungle! Today, your guides will take you out for a full day of birding on the islands near the entrance of the Tahuayo tributary.

During the day you’ll be looking for sandpipers, herons, terns, skimmers, stilts, and plovers. You’ll stay on the river until the evening for a chance to see the nocturnal birds that live on the shoreline.
Overnight Location: Wilderness lodge in Paraiso
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 Visit Two Different Bird Ecosystems

The wooden wilderness lodge that you’re staying at is perched on the edge of the varzea forest. In the morning you’ll be exploring this habitat with your guides. The biodiversity right outside of your door is truly astounding.

In the afternoon you’ll head out to visit the secondary growth ecosystems that surround the local villages. Then, it’s back to the lodge to relax for the evening.
Overnight Location: Wilderness lodge in Paraiso
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 Birdwatch in the Flooded Forest and Oxbow Lake

Your morning birdwatching excursion will be in the tahuampa ecosystem, which is the flooded forest. The list of critters you could run into out here is nearly endless.

In the afternoon you’ll take a trip to “cocha”, or Oxbow Lake, to watch for the birds in the area. Enjoy the warmth and stillness of the water while you watch.
Overnight Location: Wilderness lodge in Paraiso
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 Birding in a New Rainforest Environment

Today you’ll leave the flooded ecosystems behind and take a trip to the terra firme forest. Here you’ll spend the entire day birdwatching in the forest with solid ground.

Are you keeping a list of the species you’ve seen so far? You’re likely well over 100 by now!
Overnight Location: Wilderness lodge in Paraiso
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 Remote Research Lodge Birding

You’ll take an early morning birdwatching excursion today, exploring the Palmichal Stream.

Then, continue birdwatching up the Tahuayo River. Tonight you will be arriving at your new accommodations at the remote research lodge. Settle in and review all the birds and other animals you’ve been able to enjoy up to now.
Overnight Location: Research lodge in Paraiso
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8 Dolphin Lake

Today you will explore high and low forests. Your day will continue with spotting new bird species in palm swamp forest and finish your afternoon with an unforgettable time at Dolphin Lake.
Overnight Location: Research lodge in Paraiso
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9 Trip to Lake Yarina

Today, take a lovely trip to Lake Yarina, where you’ll spend the entire day birdwatching with your guides. Enjoy how the calm of the lake and scenery contrasts with the activity of the local birds and wildlife.

Afterwards, enjoy dinner at the lodge before bed.
Overnight Location: Research lodge in Paraiso
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10 Morning Birdwatching and Boat Ride up the Amazon

This morning you’ll be returning to the main lodge to meet the boat back to Iquitos. Your transfer will drop you off at Iquitos Airport or your hotel.

So, what was your final bird count?
Overnight Location: None
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

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Amazon Birdwatching Expedition Price and Dates

This guided birdwatching tour in Peru is run as a custom tour for your group and the price per person is fixed. Note that this tour can be run shorter or longer depending on your preference. Please inquire for pricing if you’re interested in this option.

The best time to travel to Peru for birdwatching is the dry season, May to October.

Private Guided Amazon Birdwatching Expedition

Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person:

  • Guided group of 1+: $1,995 USD per person
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Accommodation on the Amazon Birdwatching Expedition

This tour is based in unique, remote wilderness lodges and local hotels. At all locations, you’ll have a comfortable private room. At the research center, the washrooms are shared facilities. Both wilderness lodges are quite rustic but beautiful are surrounded by the natural environment.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
There is no supplement required for solo travellers on this tour.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Night 1

Hotel in Iquitos

Enjoy lovely Iquitos as your home base at the beginning of your adventure. This hotel is clean and comfortable.

The Tahuayo Lodge in Paraiso (wilderness lodge)

Immerse yourself in the jungle surrounding you at this rugged wilderness lodge. It's built on stilts and offers a comfortable refuge during your stay.

Amazon Research Center Peru Lodge (wilderness lodge)

This is a small but cozy lodge. You’ll have the chance to see much more wildlife as the nearest hint of civilization is miles away.

What’s Included in the Amazon Birdwatching Expedition?

Meals

9 breakfasts, 10 lunches, and 9 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 9 nights are included.

Transportation during the Tour

Transport for you and your luggage and to and from the airport and throughout the tour is included.

Also Included

  • Private birdwatching specialist guide
  • Customized guided excursions
  • Jungle gear, such as boots
  • Camping equipment
  • WiFi in some locations
  • Entrance fees where applicable
  • Conservation fees where applicable
  • Port taxes and the like

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Flights to and from Iquitos
  • Meals or drinks and snacks not previously mentioned
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Laundry
  • Tourist taxes if applicable
  • Visas if required
  • Personal equipment
  • Fees not mentioned as ‘included’
  • Gratuities for tour guides, drivers, and servers

Frequently Asked Questions about Amazon Birdwatching Expedition

Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 1/5. During this tour, you will have the ability to decide how active you’d like to be- there is little required physical exertion. You should be comfortable staying and sleeping in more remote, rustic locations.

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