Workshops & Tours

Hummingbirds of Northern Peru

Scheduled Tour Dates:

17th-26th September 2018 (10 days - starts and ends in Lima)

Max. group size:

6 participants (min. 4)



Tour Leaders:

Ray Wilson & Steve Sanchez


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Peru boasts one of the highest bird lists of any country in the world with over 1600 species recorded within the country. On this tour we will be exploring several altitudinal zones in the north of the country, from the high Andes to lush tropical rainforest.

Hummingbirds will be one of our main focuses on this photographic tour and the hummingbird diversity in this area is high with at least 23 species on offer, including one of the most sought after endemic birds in Peru: the Magnificent Spatuletail! Other spectacular hummingbirds we will see (and, of course, photograph) include Sword-billed Hummingbird, Rufous-crested Coquette, Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Royal Sunangel to name just a few. During the course of the tour we will have several opportunities to photograph numerous hummingbirds, including the Magnificent Spatuletail, using multiple flash set-ups to freeze the motion of their rapidly beating wings.

Of course, this area is not just rich in hummingbirds and a staggering array of other birds will also be seen during the tour, with highlights possibly including Long-whiskered Owlet, the recently described Johnson's Tody-tyrant, Oilbird, Black-bellied Tanager, White-Capped Tanager, Red-hooded Tanager, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, Metallic-green Tanager, Fiery-throated Fruiteater, Lettered Aracari, Emerald Toucanet, Ochre-fronted Antpitta, Zimmer's Antbird and many, many more.

For this tour, and the one to Manu National Park, I am teaming up with Peruvian bird guide Steve Sanchez who is himself an accomplished photographer. Both tours run consecutively and can be combined if you want the full Peruvian experience with a longer tour ($250 discount from the total price if you join both tours).


  • The cost of this workshop is US$3250 (single supplement $400)

  • A US$750 deposit is required to reserve your place on this tour

  • Full payment of the remaining balance is due at least 90 days before commencement of the tour.

Please read the booking policy carefully.

Included in the price:

  • All accommodation, meals and ground transportation during the tour

  • Expert photographic instruction & bird guides

  • Reserve entrance fees

Not included in the price

  • The return domestic flights from Lima to Tarapoto are not included in the above cost, as these are usually much cheaper if you book these at the same time as your international flight. We will advise you as to which flight to reserve when we receive your booking or, if you prefer, we can arrange the domestic flights for you.

  • International flights and transport to the start and end points of the tour.

  • Bar bills

  • any additional accommodation or meals outside of the dates of the workshop

  • other sundry items of a personal nature (eg. laundry, hotel phone bills, tips, etc.)

  • travel and medical insurance costs

  • any fees incurred for medical treatment, evacuation or repatriation.

  • passport or visa fees