Northwest Peru: Hummingbirds and Maranon & Tumbesian Endemics
November 3rd – November 17th, 2019
Itinerary: click here!
Cost: $5800.00 CAN
Guides: Thomas Plath, Pablo Jost
Tour Start/Ends: from Cajamarca
Airfare to Cajamarca not included. Costs include accommodation from Nov 3rd to Nov 17th (14 nights), meals, transportation and guide fees. Alcoholic drinks and tips not included. This trip is limited to six participants plus the two guides. We feel strongly in providing personalized service and sharing our knowledge with others. The single supplement $700.
If you enjoy seeing a lot of beautiful hummingbird species including some of the world’s most spectacular species i.e. Marvelous Spatuletail and Royal Sunangel; and enjoy searching for unique birds in one of the most important endemic centres in the world, this trip is for you. Traversing a variety of habitats in beautiful scenery expect a lot of species 400+. The multitude of habitats includes elfin forest, puna, dry Maranon scrub, stunted palm forest, east slope subtropical forest, savanna, and Tumbesian deciduous forest. In addition to the many endemics and range-restricted species occurring on this tour many star birds a few being: Sickle-winged Guan, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Long-whiskered Owlet, Oilbird, Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Point-tailed Palmcreeper, Ochre-fronted and Chestnut Antpitta, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Fiery-breasted Fruiteater, White-browed Purpletuft, Slaty-backed Chat-Tyrant, White-capped, Grass-green, Yellow-scarfed and Yellow-throated Tanager, Golden-collared Honeycreeper etc.
Peru is known as a birders paradise with an astounding 1,800 species, almost 20% of the world’s birds! Peru simply has it all. Join us for an amazing journey in gorgeous scenery, traversing the Maranon drainage (a major barrier to north-south Andean bird distribution), up the Utcubamba valley, east to the bird-rich east Andean slope, then back to the semi-humid scrub of the west Peruvian Andes, finally descending to the dry deciduous forest of the coast.
Expect a lot of species and an excellent number of Tumbesian and Maranon Endemics.
Accommodation will vary from good to excellent including hacienda style Peruvian ranches/lodges all with emphasis on locations conducive to birding. Lodgings are selected with comfort in mind, combined with beautiful surroundings. Birding and nature study will be conducted along roadsides and good trails/ into forest with trails considered easy to moderate walking. Walks will be at a slow and leisurely pace that is best for locating birds and allowing nature study and photography.
Peru is gaining a world-renowned culinary reputation. Participants will have an opportunity to sample some of this great food in Lima and at some of the lodgings. Food will generally consist of a hearty breakfast, picnic lunches and a sit down dinner.
Interested participants must book prior to Jan 15, 2019 due to the very high demand for accommodation at some localities.
We have limited our trip to 6 participants in order to provide an intimate and personal experience. To reserve the trip we require a $700 CAN per person deposit. The first 6 people we receive a deposit from will be advised and further trip specific information will be sent to them. The balance of payment is 120 days before your trip departure. Payments are accepted through personal cheque or money transfer.
Cancellation and Refund:
We receive your notice of cancellation more than 120 days prior to your trip departure: you will receive 100% of your refund; between 90-120 days you receive 50% of your final payment; after 90 days no refund.
Please note: Thomas Plath Environmental Services reserves the right to cancel your trip at any time, purchasing cancellation insurance on your flight is essential. This policy protects us from unforeseen emergency events i.e. sickness, death in family.
India: Tigers, Taj Mahal, and Himalaya foothills
April 3rd – 19th, 2019
Itinerary: click here!
Guides: Tom Plath, John Vander Dol
Cost: $5800.00 CAN from Delhi
Tour Duration: 17 days
Tour Starts/Ends: Delhi
Accommodation on twin / single sharing basis; All Meals as per the itinerary (from Day 02 Breakfast till Day 17 breakfast); Overnight train ticket (Agra – Katni) in 02 Tier; Domestic flight (Jabalpur – Delhi); Monument guide in Agra; Monument entrance feel of Taj Mahal and Red Fort; 07 Jeep safaris in Bandhavgarh; Bandhavgarh Park entrance fee; Birding in Sat Tal & Pangot; 04 Jeep safaris in Corbett NP; Corbett Park entrance fee; Birding guide; All surface transfers by air-conditioned vehicle; All taxes
Services does not include:
International air fare, visa, insurance, optional tours, Tips, laundry, alcohol, bottled water, elephant ride, camera fee, personal expenses
- A large list of bird species
- Farm fresh Indian meals
- Quaint lodges and camps
- Great birding experience
- Tiger Tracking
- A large variety of other mammals
- High success rate with Tiger sightings and other Mammals
- Glimpses of the beautiful landscape, architecture and lifestyle of central & North India
Overview: 17 days visiting – Delhi, Taj Mahal, Bandhavgarh National Park, Sat Tai (Himalayan foothills), and Corbett National Park