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8D/7N PRIMATE-WATCHING IN SAN MARTIN AND AMAZONAS

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We will visit local and private conservation initiatives that protect forested areas, as well as local conservation projects that contribute to research and conservation of primates.

Our route will seek the benefit of the local communities through a responsible tourism that promises the best experiences. Likewise, we look forward to bring about a gradual change in local communities perception regarding primates.

We try to demonstrate the immeasurable value of primates alive in the wild and also put into perspective that primate-watching has the potential to make a significant contribution to the conservation of these species and primate-watchers visits could, indeed, stimulate the local economies. Our route will seek the benefit of the local communities through a responsible tourism that promises the best experiences. Likewise, we look forward to bring about a gradual change in local communities perception regarding primates. We try to demonstrate the immeasurable value of primates alive in the wild and also put into perspective that primate-watching has the potential to make a significant contribution to the conservation of these species and primate-watchers visits could, indeed, stimulate the local economies. The information below describes the activities that will be developed during the 6-days route1 An experience you will never forget!

ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival in Tarapoto

We’ll pick you up at the airport and head to Patarashca hotel.

Day 02: Tarapoto – Areas Inundables del Bajo Huallaga Conservation Area

We leave Tarapoto early in the morning towards San Francisco, a place located 40 min away from Tarapoto, there we’ll observe White-browed titi monkey (Plecturocebus discolor) and the Andean saddle-back tamarin (Leontocebus leucogenys), this last one recently categorized as an endemic species. In San Francisco we’ll have a light breakfast outdoors, after which we’ll head to Pelejo, a small town located almost 3 hrs away, where we will be kindly received by the association that manages the area with whom we’ll have a nice lunch.

Afterwards, we’ll continue our route by motor boat during almost 30 min until we arrive to Papacocha lake. From the lake we’ll walk almost 2 hrs under the canopy of a beautiful forest until we get to the area’s check post where we’ll stay for 2 nights, once there we’ll go for a short night walk looking for Ma’s night monkey (Aotus nancymaae).

Throughout the tour, you’ll also have the chance to see and photograph other species of fauna, mainly birds.

Andean saddle-back tamarin (Endemic to Peru).

White-browed titi monkey.

Red howler monkey.

Day 03: Areas Inundables del Bajo Huallaga Conservation Area

After breakfast we’ll have the whole day for walking the trails of the conservation area. Our target of the day will be the endemic Isabel’s saki monkey (Pithecia Isabela), the also endemic Illiger’s saddle-back tamarin (Leontocebus illigeri) and other species like Red howler monkey (Alouatta seniculus), Poeppig’s woolly monkey (Lagothrix lagothricha poeppigii), Large-headed capuchin (Sapajus macrocephalus), White-fronted capuchin (Cebus yuracus), Common squirrel monkey (Saimiri macrodon) and White-bellied pygmy marmoset (Cebuella pygmaea niveiventris).

In case we were not lucky enough to find Ma’s night monkey (Aotus nancymaae) the night before, tonight we’ll have a second chance to go look for it. Throughout the tour, you’ll also have the chance to see and photograph other species of fauna, mainly birds.

Isabel’s saki monkey (Endemic to Peru).

Common squirrel monkey.

White-bellied pygmy marmoset.

Day 04: Areas Inundables del Bajo Huallaga Conservation Area – Moyobamba

We’ll have half of the morning to keep watching primates along the nearest trails so we can go back to Pelejo for lunch. Our way back we’ll be slow in order to increase our chances of observing the primates we may haved missed.

After lunch we’ll be traveling to Moyobamba to rest and spend the night.

This is a trip of almost 5 hrs. Overnight in Altavista CasaHotel in Moyobamba.

Throughout the tour, you’ll also have the chance to see and photograph other species of fauna, mainly birds.

San Martín titi monkey (Endemic to Peru).

Red howler monkey.

Andean saddle-back tamarin (Endemic to Peru).

Day 05: Tingana Conservation Area – Moyobamba

Very early and after a trip of approximately 2 hrs (1 hr by car and 1 hr by motor boat along the Mayo river) we’ll be arriving to Tingana, once there we’ll leave our belongings aside and go straight to look for the endemic and critically endangered San Martín titi monkey (Plecturocebus oenanthe). We’ll be back at Tingana facilities to have a really tasty regional breakfast, afterwards we’ll start our boat ride through the Avisado river looking for Red howler monkey (Alouatta seniculus), Large-headed capuchin (Sapajus macrocephalus), Common squirrel monkey (Saimiri macrodon) and the endemic Andean saddle-back tamarin (Leontocebus leucogenys).

Lunch will also be at Tingana and after that we’ll be ready to go back to Moyobamba.

We’ll spend the afternoon at Moyobamba city looking for orchids and hummingbird feeders, where you could sharpen your photography skills before moving on to our next place in the route. Overnight in Altavista CasaHotel in Moyobamba.

Red howler monkey.

Common squirrel monkey.

Large-headed capuchin.

Day 06: Moyobamba – Abra Patricia Private Conservation Area (Abra Patricia PCA)

Early in the morning we will visit “Morro de Calzada” located approximately 20 min away from Moyobamba city, in order to have a second chance to observe the San Martin titi monkey (Plecturocebus oenanthe).

Afterwards we’ll have a light breakfast outdoors and we’ll travel for 3h to our next destination, the “Owlet Lodge” in Abra Patricia PCA. There we’ll have the opportunity to appreciate the characteristic cloud forest, the ideal ecosystem to observe the endemic and critically endangered Yellow-tailed woolly monkey (Lagothrix flavicauda) and the also endemic and endangered Andean night monkey (Aotus miconax).

We’ll have lunch at the lodge and in the afternoon we’ll go look for the Yellow-tailed woolly monkey along the different trails, at night we’ll search for the Andean night monkey. Overnight at the Owlet lodge.

Throughout the tour, you’ll also have the chance to see and photograph other species of fauna, mainly birds.

San Martín titi monkey (Endemic to Peru).

Yellow-tailed woolly monkey (Endemic to Peru).

Andean night monkey (Endemic to Peru).

Day 07: Abra Patricia Private Conservation Area (Abra Patricia PCA) – Tarapoto

In the morning we’ll have a new opportunity to search for the Yellow-tailed woolly monkey and get some good photos. We’ll have lunch at the lodge and be ready to go back to Tarapoto, this will be a 5h journey. Overnight in Patarashca hotel.

Yellow-tailed woolly monkey (Endemic to Peru).

Day 08: Return to Lima

We’ll take you to the Tarapoto airport for the flight back to Lima.

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