A 3-week trip as part of our RTW-journey to the Amazon region. This is such a biodiverse place that even with multiple trips you will still not be complete. We decided to spend some time in several places both in Peru and Brazil to experience their different habitats, each providing a different selection of birds. We started at Iquitos (Peru) where we visited the white-sand forest of Allpahuaya-Mishana and 4 lodges: Explorama, Explornapo, ACTS and Muyuna. We then travelled by boat from Iquitos to Leticia and from there into Brazil, where we spent the last part of the trip at Palmari lodge.
A two week trip to Central Peru followed by a week near Tarapoto for the Scarlet-banded Barbet. February is not the best time to visit Peru, but since it was part of our round the world trip and we really wanted to try for the Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager and the Barbet, we took the risk. We were still able to see most of our target species but the rain made some roads inaccessible causing delays and some dips.
South America was high on our wishlist of birding destinations. After some research we chose the North of Peru as our first encounter with the continent (we did have some experience with the birdspecies from previous trips to Mexico and Costa Rica).
Peru is an excellent destination for an independent birding trip (although speaking some Spanish makes it easier). Beautiful varied landscape, cheap and most important: lots of endemic species. We saw 528 species in four weeks.