Day 01 : Lima-Iquitos (L,D)
Reception at Jose Secada Vigneta International Airport and transportation to Victoria Regia Hotel . Lunch. In the afternoon we will go to Quistococha Lagoon to observe different species of birds of flooded woodlands. This activity will take place around the Lagoon area and will last approximately 2 hours. The range of Amazonian Parrotlet , formerly known only from southeast Peru , was greatly extended north by sightings here. The palm swamps and sourronding area have Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift, Point –tailed Palmcreeper, Sulphury Flycatcher, Olivaceus Woodcreeper, Lettered Aracari, Chestnut-eared Aracari, White-lored Euphonia, Red-eyed Vireo, Spotted Tody-Flycatcher.
In the palm trees we will watch birds such as Short-tailed Swifts to breed or roost. On your way back to Iquitos , we can watch flying the Zone –tailed Hawk and Pearl Kites. Dinner and overnight in the hotel in Iquitos.
Day 02: Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve (RNAM) / Zungarococha Lagoon(B,L,D)
Wake up time is 4:15 am – Everybody get’s a snack.
We will leave for the reserve via the Iquitos-Nauta Highway to Kilometer 25.
5:30 am – Start our expedition with a bird expert from Allpahuayo-Mishana, He will explain the differences between the various environments, dirt, sand, vegetation. From at least 100 meters from the highway you can already observe approximately 15 – 20 species of birds, among them there will be nocturnal birds and other nocturnal animals such as amphibians and monkeys.
We will then hike down a jungle path to an observation post where we will be able to observe birds such as the Ancient Antwren, Gray-legged Tinamou ( only between December and March months) ,The Mishana Tyrannulet, Northern Chestnut-tailed antbird, Pompadour Cotinga, Allpahuayo Antbird an the new Iquitos gnatctacher described recently (Polioptila clementsi), Bronw-banded Puffbird (Notharchus ordii), Citron-belied Attila (Attila citriniventris), Safron-crested Tyran-Manakin (Neopelma chrysocephalum), Yellow-throated Flycatcher (Conopias parava).
The forest clearing at the Zungarococha Lagoon provides some good birding, particularly if trees are fruiting. The best is the lake , the flooded trees at the lake edge have Orange-crowned Manakin, the rare Amazonian Scrub-Flycatcher and Black-crested Antshrike. Keep scanning for Pied Puffbird perched on exposed branches. The palm swamps in the area harbor Point- tailed Palmcreeper and Sulphury Flycatcher.
Before the sunset, transfer to Iquitos City. Dinner and overnight at Victoria Regia Hotel .
Day 3: Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve / Iquitos City (B,L)
4:15 am (approximately) – Wake up time – Everybody get’s a snack.
We leave for the Allpahuayo –Mishana Reserve. We will continue looking for the new species incluiding the Iquitos Gnatcather and others white-sand specialist such as the Pearly Antshrike, White –plumed Antbird, White-browed Purpletuft
Return to the highway and be transported to Iquitos. Lunch at hotel .
Free evening time. Transportation to the airport.
Program given for minimun 4 people
Meet our driver in his booth # 5 at the luggage claim area.
Programs may vary according to flight arrival / departure changes or weather conditions.
For this program we recommend to take morning flights to Iquitos and your returning flight to Lima in the afternoon.
Check in: 13:00 pm / Check out: 12:00 pm
What to bring, what to wear?
•Pack light, drip-dry cotton or safari clothing, including one long-sleeved shirt and sweater, several pairs of socks and t-shirts, raincoat. Include as well a small flashlight, an extra set of batteries, a good pair of binoculars, a camera ( essential) a insect repellent with 35% DEET ( we suggest OFF) , sunglasses, Sun block , a wide brimmed hat, water bottle, Hiking shoes or sneakers resistant to humidity (Rubber boots is provide by Amazon River Expeditions), Bathing suit.