Chaparri Birding 4-Day Itinerary

  • Four days of birding and wildlife-spotting in Peru's premier dry forest site

  • Accommodation is rustic, but homely and all meals are included. 

  • Chance to glimpse the elusive Spectacled Bear in the wild!

  • Includes visit to Tinajones Reservoir for migrant shorebirds and waterfowl.


Elegant Crescentchest at Chaparri Ecological Reserve.

Elegant Crescentchest at Chaparri Ecological Reserve.

Chaparri Ecological Reserve in Lambayeque is one of the most extensive dry forest reserves in north Peru, with excellent birding opportunities and rustic - but charming and charismatic - accommodation run by the local community.

The area is c.80 km (50 miles) inland from Chiclayo and holds the largest protected population of the endangered White-winged Guan. There is the chance to observe other dry forest specialities like White-tailed Jay, Elegant Crescentchest, Tumbes Tyrant and Tumbes Hummingbird.

You can also see mammals like Sechuran Fox, White-tailed Deer and Collared Peccary quite easily, and with a lot of luck, you might see a wild Spectacled Bear.


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4-Day Chaparri Birding Itinerary:

Day 1: Chiclayo (or Cajamarca) - Chaparri

Aplomado Falcon at Chaparri Ecological Reserve.

Aplomado Falcon at Chaparri Ecological Reserve.

Today, we transfer you to Chaparri EcoLodge, a comfortable forest lodge, located in the Ecological Reserve of the same name, that offers a tranquil escape in a spectacular landscape of the foothills of the Andes ... with excellent wildlife-viewing opportunities. 

If time allows, we will do some afternoon or evening birding in the grounds of the lodge. 

Dinner and overnight at Chaparri EcoLodge.

Possible birds: Andean Tinamou; White-winged Guan; Aplomado Falcon; White-tailed Jay; Elegant Crescentchest; Tumbes Tyrant; Superciliated Wren; Scarlet-backed Woodpecker; White-headed Brush-finch; Red-masked Parakeet; Scrub Nightjar; Tumbes Hummingbird; Baird's & Sooty-crowned Flycatchers; Tawny-crowned Pygmy Tyrant,;Grey & white Tyrannulet; Cinereous & Sulphur-throated Finches; Tumbes Sparrow.

Day 2: Chaparri Birding

Ecuadorian Piculet at Chaparri Ecological Reserve.

Ecuadorian Piculet at Chaparri Ecological Reserve.

We spend the whole day birding the extensive trails around the Lodge, which is made up of hilly dry forest and scrub, in the company of an expert, local guide.

Dinner and overnight at Chaparri Lodge.

Possible birds: White-winged Guan; White-tailed Jay; Tumbes Tyrant; Elegant Crescentchest; Pacific Elaenia; Grey & White Tyrannulet; Baird’s Flycatcher; White-edged Oriole; Collared Warbling-Finch; Andean Tinamou; Short-tailed Woodstar; Tumbes Sparrow; Tumbes Hummingbird; Red-masked Parakeet; Pacific Parrotlet; Parrot-billed Seedeater; Cinereous Finch; Short-tailed Field-Tyrant.

Day 3: Chaparri Birding

Andean Spectacled Bear at Chaparri Ecological Reserve.

Andean Spectacled Bear at Chaparri Ecological Reserve.

Another day birding the area, walking higher trails with a local guide. Possibility of mammals including Collared Peccary, Sechura Fox ... and even Spectacled Bear.

Dinner and overnight at Chaparri Lodge.

Possible birds: as yesterday. Higher up the valley at Casupe, on the road to Tocmoche, we may find: Solitary Eagle; Grey-chinned Hermit; Rufous-necked & Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaners; Ecuadorian Trogon; Ecuadorian Piculet; Black-cowled Saltator; Piura Chat-tyrant; Rufous-winged Tyrannulet; Snowy-throated Kingbird; Grey-breasted Flycatcher; Pacific Elaenia; Chapman's Antshrike.

Day 4: Chaparri - Chiclayo

Today, we make the journey from Chaparri to Chiclayo, making birding stops along the way, including at Tinajones Reservoir, where we might be rewarded with sightings of a number of migrant shorebirds and waterfowl in certain seasons; also Black-faced Ibis, Wood Stork, Great & Pied-billed Grebes, Andean Gull and occasionally Chilean Flamingo.

Afternoon transfer to Chiclayo airport or bus station for your onward journey. Or you can hook up with our annual two-week Northern Birding Route itinerary, that goes from Chiclayo to Tarapoto.

Possible birds: as the other days and Least, Pied-billed & Great Grebe; Neotropic Cormorant; Tricolored Heron; Least Bittern; Yellow-billed & White-cheeked Pintail; Osprey; Aplomado Falcon; Andean Coot; Migrant waders; Lesser Nighthawk; Scrub Nightjar; Tumbes Swallow; White-headed Brush-Finch; Sulphur-throated Finch.

NB. If wanting to stay longer at Chaparri, extra days can easily be arranged.