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Peru-Paradise- Tanager

Paradise Tanager

Exploring Amazonian Peru
December 1-December 13, 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.



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!

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.

Price: $4,900 Double Occupancy

Single supplement: $800

Deposit: $1000

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

What isn't included in the price?

  • Drinks, snacks during the trip

  • International plane fare

  • Baggage fees

  • Phone calls

  • Laundry

  • Room Service

  • Arrival taxes

Deposits are refundable minus a $250 processing fee. Any trip canceled by Roaming Natuaralists is fully refunded.

For a detailed itinerary click on the PDF

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