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Monday 1st October — Saturday 6th October 2018
(6 days)

Leader: Pete Morris

Group Size Limit: 4

Tour Category: Easy to moderate walking and mostly fairly simple accommodations

The rare and very localized White-masked Antbird was described from a single female specimen in 1937 and then disappeared for many years until it was rediscovered in 2001 in an area of humid forest on sandy soil (varillal) in the province of Loreto in the extreme north of Peru. It is a shy, obligate antswarm follower which favours dense undergrowth. We will search for this fantastic species during the expedition, which will start in Tarapoto from where we will drive to the small town of Yurimaguas. From Yurimaguas we will take a charter flight to quiet San Lorenzo for a three nights stay.

While based in an hotel in town we will explore the surroundings and concentrate on finding this extremely localized antbird. We should be able to admire this magnificent species, that has only been seen by a handful of birders. Other species that we may also find include the retiring Black-banded Crake, Yellow-billed and Large-billed Terns, Maroon-tailed and Cobalt-winged Parakeets, Black-bellied Cuckoo, Short-tailed Swift, Black-tailed and Green-backed Trogons, Paradise and White-eared Jacamars, Lettered and Many-banded Aracaris, Chestnut Woodpecker, Fasciated, Mouse-coloured and Northern Slaty Antshrikes, Moustached, Pygmy and Chestnut-shouldered Antwrens, Peruvian Warbling and Silvered Antbirds, Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet, Double-banded and White-bellied Pygmy-Tyrants, Screaming Piha, Purple-throated Fruitcrow, the exquisite, but shy Black-necked Red Cotinga, White-banded Swallow, Black-capped Donacobius, the cracking Masked Crimson Tanager, Carmiol’s and Green-and-gold Tanagers, Yellow-browed Sparrow, Caqueta Seedeater and Oriole Blackbird. With luck, we could also find the impressive Lunulated Antbird.

Accommodation & Road Transport: The hotel at Tarapoto is of medium standard. The hotels/guesthouses at Yurimaguas and San Lorenzo are of simple standard. Road transport is by minibus and roads are mostly poor.

Walking: The walking effort is easy to moderate.

Climate: Conditions will be warm or hot and rather humid, with sunny weather alternating with or overcast conditions. There may be some rain.

Bird Photography: Opportunities are worthwhile.


Day 1  The expedition starts early this afternoon at Tarapoto airport, from where we will drive to Yurimaguas for an overnight stay.

Day 2  This morning we will take a private charter flight from Yurimaguas to San Lorenzo, where we will stay for three nights. We will spend the afternoon in nearby sandy soil forest.

Days 3-4  We will spend these two days birding the sandy soil forest in search of White-masked Antbird and many other species.

Day 5  After some final birding we will fly back to Yurimaguas and return by road to Tarapoto for an overnight stay.

Day 6  We will spend the morning birding in the Tarapoto area before the expedition ends at Tarapoto airport early this afternoon.

Please Note: We have allowed plenty of time to find the antbird. This is because the flights into and out of San Lorenzo can be delayed by bad weather and the antbird can sometimes be hard to find. We have also allowed contingency time in Tarapoto to ensure that we get back to Lima in time for the pre-tour Pelagic Extension. (Tarapoto offers some excellent birding anyway, and is an area that we have little time in during the Northern Peru tour, so our time here will certainly not be wasted!)

Expedition Price: £1750, €1970, $2400 Tarapoto/Tarapoto. Single Room Supplement: £125, €140, $171. Deposit: £500, €600, $700.

Includes surface transportation, accommodations, meals, water, entrance fees and tips/gratuities.

Also includes these flights: Yurimaguas-San Lorenzo-Yurimaguas.

Base prices for this tour are in US Dollars. The exchange rates used are: £1 = $1.370 and €1 = $1.220.

Air Travel To & From The Tour: Our in-house IATA ticket agency will be pleased to arrange your air travel on request, or you may arrange this yourself if you prefer.

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