Exploring Amazonian Peru
November 1-12, 2024
Discover the mighty Amazon river. Leaving cities behind, you'll enter an ecosystem full of unfamiliar plants, birds, and mammals. A canopy walkway presents birds at eye level. Gorgeous blue morpho butterflies will float amidst massive buttress roots of gigantic trees. Hundreds of new bird species will amaze with their vibrant colors. This bargain-priced trip should be on any birder's bucket list.
This trip offers an experience unrivaled by many offerings. The journey starts as we enter the Allpahuayo Mishana Natural Reserve, a reserve less than 20 years old. We’ll walk through the reserve’s rare white-sand forests; the amazingly diverse habitats here house six bird species discovered only in the last ten years. You’ll note that each habitat we pass through is home to unique plants and birds.
We then board a boat in Iquitos and travel down the mighty Amazon for several hours. We’ll stop at an island that provides habitat for a host of birds. Then it’s on to Explorama Lodge, where we’ll spend a night. We’ll step back in time, without any electricity, but there are flush toilets and showers. In the afternoon, you’ll step into an Amazon rainforest. On the Varzea Trail, we’ll bird, hoping to spot the newly described Varzea Thrush.
The next morning, you hop on a boat for the trip to the confluence of the Napo River. The immense size of the Amazon takes your breath away. As the Napo and Amazon merge, we spot Amazonian pink river dolphins. For the next six days, we’ll stay in the Napo River and A.C.T.S (Amazonian Conservatory of Tropical Studies.)
In the early morning hours, you’ll climb the stairs to reach the canopy walkway, originally built with the assistance of the Smithsonian Institute. The jungle comes to life, and you may spot Macaws flying on top of the canopy. Mixed flocks of birds occasionally appear, and the birding is frenetic; we may see over 50 species in one flock.
We’ll also hike rainforest trails, hoping to add two tamarin species and several species of monkey, along with as many as 350 species of birds. You’re walking through a forest with a greater large tree diversity than any other place on Earth.
On day 12, we boat back out to Iquitos, where we’ll spend one last night in Peru. Flights leave in the evening the next day, so we’ll head back to Allpahuayo Reserve, knowing precisely which bird targets we need.
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Cost: $5,250 Double Occupancy
Single Supplement: $800
Maximum size: 10
5:1 Guide to Participant ratio
Contact lead guide Steve Eshbaugh at (406) 570-2428 for more info.
Maximum size 10
Spaces remaining: 8
What's included in the price?
All trip materials, including detailed daily itinerary, list of what to bring, recommended field guides and pre-trip reading materials, checklist of likely birds & other wildlife.All meals from the start of the trip to the last night's farewell dinner.
All services of leaders/guides
Tips of all locals
All in-country transportation
Deposits are refundable minus a $250 processing fee. Any trip canceled by Roaming Natuaralists is fully refunded.
ITINERARY AT A GLANCE
November 1: Your flight must arrive in Lima by tonight. (Many choose to fly in a day early.)
November 2: Fly to Iquitos, Peru. Overnight in Iquitos
November 3: Allpahuayo-Mishana Reserve
November 4: Allpahuayo-Mishana Reserve
November 5: Boat to Explorama Lodge
November 6: Transfer to Explore Napo and A.C.T.S.
November 7: A.C.T.S.
November 8: A.C.T.S.
November 9: A.C.T.S.
November 10: A.C.T.S.
November 11: EplorNapo to Iquitos
November 12: VIsit Allpahuayo-Mishana Reserve, fly to Lima
November 13: Arrive Home!