2 Nights at Heliconia Amazon River Lodge, 2 nights in
Iquitos with full days at Allpahuayo Mishana Reserve
The Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve
- 21 bird species have been found to be associated with white-sand forests in
- 6 new species of birds discovered in Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve
The Yanamono Rainforest
- 150 Amazon River island specialists birds registered in Yanamono Rainforest,
where Heliconia Lodge is located.
Reception at Jose Secada Vigneta International Airport and transportation to
In the afternoon we will go to Quistococha Lagoon to observe
a variety of birds in and around the areas of the 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
surrounding area have Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift, Point –tailed Palmcreeper,
and Sulphury Flycatcher, Olivaceus Woodcreeper, Lettered Aracari, Chestnut-eared
Aracari, White-lored Euphonia, Red-eyed Vireo. Hollow palm trees are used by other birds such as Short-tailed Swifts to breed
On your way back to Iquitos, check in open areas with soaring Black
Vultures, Zone –tailed Hawk and Pearl Kites.
Dinner and overnight in the hotel
Day 02: Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve (RNAM) / Zungarococha Lagoon
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, The
Mishana Tyrannulet, Northern Chestnut-tailed antbird, Pompadour Cotinga,
Allpahuayo Antbird an the new Iquitos gnat catcher described recently (Polioptila
clementsi), Brown-banded Puffbird (Notharchus ordii), Citron-belied
Attila (Attila citriniventris), Safron-crested Tyran-Manakin (Neopelma
chrysocephalum), Yellow-throated Flycatcher (Conopias parava). We
will continue hiking into long jungle paths and if we are lucky we will be able
to observe the Monk Saki Monkey (Pithecia aequatorialis).
We will return to the highway and be transported to comfortable Zungarococha
Lodge to rest and have lunch in the lodge’s restaurant.
In the afternoon: Free Time activities, include: swimming pool, fishing in
Lagoon Zungaro (seasonal - high river level), or simply rest in hammocks. The forest clearing at the Zungarococha Lodge 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 .
4:15 am (approximately) - Wake up time - Everybody get a snack.
We leave for the Allpahuayo –Mishana Reserve. We will continue looking for the
new species including the Iquitos Gnatcather and others white-sand specialist.
Return to the highway and be transported to Iquitos then you will be taken to
the river port of Bellavista Nanay, on the Nanay River, where we will then board
a boat to start your trip down the Majestic Amazon River towards the Heliconia
Amazon River Lodge.
During this ride we will be able to observe our first Large-billed and
In the afternoon we will start a jungle hike into the Yanamono Streams near the
Lodge looking for varzea specialists like the Pale-legged Hornero, Warbling
antbird, Violaceus trogon, White-eared Jacamar, Buff-throated Woodcreeper. For
terra firme forest, you will find some manakin species, including
Golden-headed Manakin, which is replaced on the south side of the Amazon by
Red-headed Manakin, Blue-headed Manakin, Reddish Hermit, Golden-colared Toucanet,
Fasciated Antshrike, Short-billed Antwren In this excursions into the lands of the Yanamono Community , we can see the
huge Ceiba tree.
Return to the lodge and rest.
Dinner. Free time.
Overnight in Heliconia Lodge.
Day 4 : Yanamono Rainforest / Heliconia Lodge
Early birdwatching. We will start off very early and go by boat Cáceres
Gulch or a similar gulch (if it's high water). We will be looking out for birds
such as the Wattled Jacana, White-eared Jacamar, Black Capped Donacobius, Red
Capped Cardinald , Amazon Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher, Ringed Kingfisher,
Black-Collared Hawk, Large-billed Tern, Black Caracara, Roadside Hawk, Great
Egret, Cattle Egret, Great Anni, Oriole Blackbird. etc.
After breakfast, we take a walk in the Yanamono Streams in terra firme forest
where they hopefully observe, Black Fronted Nanbird, Blue Gray Tanager,
Roadside Hawk, Yellow Haded Caracara, Chachalaca, Cuvier Toucan, Yellow Ramped
Cacique Cela, Smooth Billed, Black Anni, White-winged Becard, Silver-beak
Tanager, Masked-crimson Tanager, Blue-crowned Manakin, Goleen-headed Manakin,
Striped Manakin, and others.
In the afternoon, a speed boat we will take to the Napo River. This smaller
river is more suited for viewing river edge species than the wide Amazon River
like Black –necked Red Cotinga lek, Orange –eyed Flycatcher. Then we will visit
to one of the oxbow lakes to see Hoatzins among other species Also looking for
river edge species like Black-collared Hawk, Capped Heron and three species of
Kingfishers (American Pygmy Kingfisher, Green and rofous Kingfisher, Green King
Fisher), during this time we can also have the opportunity to look out for the
Pink Amazon River Dolphin (Inia geoffrensis), they can be very shy.
Return to the lodge for dinner.
At night the daring can take a hike around the perimeter of the Lodge to look
for tarantulas, fire flys, bats and other nocturnal birds like Great Potto,
Common Potto, Tropical Screech owl, Laadder tailed nightjar , Pauraque, etc.
Overnight in Heliconia Lodge.
Day 5 : Yanamono Rainforest / Iquitos / (Lima) .....
Early birdwatching. We will be looking out for birds such as the Wattled
Jacana, , White-eared Jacamar, Black Capped Donacobius, Red Capped Cardinal,
Amazon Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher, Ringed Kingfisher, Black-Collared Hawk,
Large-billed Tern, Black Caracara, Roadside Hawk, Great Egret, Cattle Egret,
Great Anni, Oriole Blackbird, Festive Parrot, Plum-throated Cotinga, Hoatzin,
Cinnamon Attila, etc