3D2N: Wildlife Experience – Birdwatching in Tingana and Wakanqui Nature Reserves
One of our shorter wildlife tours, perfect for birdwatchers and photographers aswell as people who simply want an intimate view of some of Peru’s protected wildlife.
Tingana Natural Reserve
This area covers 2,867.74 hectares of temporarily flooded natural forest, which is characterized by an abundant and predominant population of Aguaje (Mauritia Flexuosa) and Renaco (Ficus Sp) trees. It is a refuge for many wild animals (mostly monkeys and birds) and the natural habitat of endangered and vulnerable species. You will have the opportunity to know and explore the forest, to appreciate the great variety of plant species such as ferns, vines, orchids, bromeliads, among others. Among the fauna lives mammals such as giant river otters, monkeys, sloths, ring-tailed coatis (members of the raccoon family), anteaters and others.
Wakanqui Centre (Moyobamba)
It is a Private Reserve, located 3 Kms from Moyobamba in the San Martin Region. It borders the Mishquiyaquillo river and contains a great variety of ecological and bird watching facilities. It is located at a height of 980 meters when following a trail alongside the Misquiyaquillo, it is possible to reach 1,200 meters above sea level.
Hummingbird drinking fountains
This small centre attracts hummingbirds by feeding them sugary solutions that replicate plant nectar. Here, you can regularly see the Rufous-crested coquette as well as many other hummingbirds (Black-throated Hermit, Brown Violetear, Gray-breasted Sabrewing, White-chinned Sapphire, White-necked Jacobin, Great-billed Hermit, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Fork-tailed Woodnymph etc).
In addition, it is possible to listen and observe the endemic Mishana Tyrannulet and various tanagers (small, brightly coloured finch-like birds) that fly through the trees in flocks of various sizes.
Mishquiyaquillo Quebrada Trail
Another important area to visit is across the trail that ascends the Mishquiyaquillo. This route is relatively demanding on account of the incline. It lasts 3 hours, and you can reach 1,200 meters above sea level. The most interesting birds are found in the elevated parts of the route and are the Speckle-chested Piculet, Ash-throated Antwren and the Huallaga Tanager. When crossing the Mishquiyaquilo ravine, the traveler passes through many different types of forest. The varied levels of tree height and coverage results in a diverse habitat home to a great level of biodiversity.As you travel deeper you can see the Lafresnaye’s Piculet, Ornate Antwren, Black-and-white Tody-Flycatcher, Fiery-throated Fruiteater and the Fiery-capped Manakin.
At night it is possible to observe owls. This starts from around 6:30pm in the immediate surroundings of the lodge. If you want to do this, it is important to always use an experienced guide that will help locate the animals without excessively disturbing or scaring them.
- Depart from Tarapoto very early in order to arrive in Moyobamba before breakfast.
- Have breakfast in Tingana followed by a boat ride that lasts approximately 3½ hours.
- Return to Tingana for some time to rest in the hammocks and have lunch.
- In the early afternoon, there is 4 hour hike before dinner at around 19:00.
- After dinner there will be a canoe ride to spot some nocturnal wildlife before returning to the hostel for the night.
- We will meet at around 08:00 for breakfast and then take a 1 hour car journey to Wakanqui.
- Check-in to the accommodation then visit the orchid centre and hummingbird drinkers.
- There will be some free time after lunch before visiting the thermal baths in the early evening.
- Dinner then return to the accommodation for the night.
- Meet at around 07:30 for breakfast before we hike up the Misquiyaquilo trail through the forests.
- Return to Wakanqui in time for lunch before travelling back to Tarapoto (2-3hour journey)
- End of the experience