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October 5, 2020

Birdwatching and Adventures at El Sira Communal Reserve!

Written By Christian Navarro

EL SIRA

Trekking and birdwatching at El Sira Communal Reserve, (Puerto Inca – Huanuco – Perú) (Peruvian Amazon).

 

Package: 8 days:

Price: US$1897.00 dollars (Adults, 16 – 75 years old)

Price based on minimum 5 guests. Surcharges apply for less people (Ask us for details)

25% discount for youth, 10 – 15 years old

 

Package: 11 days

Prices: US$2710.00 dollars (Adults, 16 – 75 years old)

Price based on minimum 5 guests. Surcharges apply for less people (Ask us for details)

25% discount for youth, 10 – 15 years old

When you book, we shall enter the dates in the calendar so other people will see that these trips are running these dates and they could book the same date for a better price for everyone.
Having said that, just booking any date yourself or with your partner at the date you prefer will not break the bank. $600 surcharge for a single person. $300 surcharge per person if only two people. $200 per person surcharge with three people. $150 per person surcharge with four people and no surcharge with groups of 5 or more.

 

We offer two awe-inspiring trips with experienced tour guides:

Sira Mountain Trail – Longer Tour (11 days)
The Sira Mountain trail is a full circuit of the incredible Sira Mountains, climbing through virgin rainforest to the highest peaks of around 2000 meters above sea level. During our adventure, we’ll make every effort to find and observe the secretive Horned Curassow – a distinct Peruvian subspecies worthy of recognition – and the striking yet only recently discovered Barbet.

Sira Tanager Trail – Shorter Tour (8 days)
The Sira Tanager Trail is a shorter tour concentrating on finding the endemic Sira Tanager bird. First discovered in 1969, these beautiful and vibrantly colored birds only exist in the Sira range! Other wildlife, some rare and others not, may also be encountered. The jungle can be unpredictable! You should not count on finding all those mentioned, however we will make every effort and often succeed – much to the delight of biology researches we work with!

 

THE TOUR (Shorter)

 

Day 1. Start in Pucallpa mid-morning when flights from Lima arrive

– The guest will be picked up from Pucallpa’s airport/bus station. It is a three hour drive to Puerto Inca.

– Check in at the accommodation.

– A late lunch.

– Free day around the village. Travelers will be introduced with local community.

– Welcome drinks will be served (a chance to taste local liquor).

– Dinner, (get to taste local food). (7:00pm)

Day 2-7: Trekking in the Sira Mountains

– Breakfast 6:00am

– Transport in auto/tuc tuc from Puerto Inca to the beginning of the mountain (6:30am)

– Trekking through the wild life with five nights camping in the jungle. (7:30am)

Day 7: Returning to Puerto Inca – Salsa Lessons – Fiesta

– Transport in auto/tuc tuc from the beginning of the mountain to Puerto Inca (4:00am)

– Check in at the accommodation (5:00pm)

– Dinner at local bar (7:00pm)

– Salsa lessons (8:00pm)

– Goodbye evening fiesta with drinks and music (9:00-11:00pm)

Day 8: Good bye day

-Breakfast

Transport to Pucallpa’s airport/bus station.

The long tour is 11 days which effectively gives you 3 more full days in the mountains. We recommend the latter since it will give more chance to see all the specialties of Sira and increase the chance of finding the Curassow as well as the newly discovered Barbet.

Best season and drier mid-April to mid-December although, birding can be very good also in the rainy season between showers.

Whilst these hikes are not overly strenuous, you’ll need to be in reasonably good shape as it will be hot as we walk every day. Please also bring the necessary (and well-researched) equipment, such as boots, flash light, knife, bathing suit, hat, sunglasses, sun blocker cream, tent, sleeping bag, waterproof coats and trousers, hiking socks,  insect repellent and water filter!

Prices for the 2 above options include:

-3 meals a day: They are mostly served in the field to maximize birding time.

-Accommodation, 2 nights in local hostel.

-Transportation from Puerto Inca to beginning of the mountain and vice versa

-Transportation from/to Pucallpa airport/bus station.

-Experienced guide who have worked with different international expeditions.

– Both tours include porters to transport our gear, enabling us to focus exclusively on looking for birds and increasing the chances of once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Prices for the 2 above options exclude:

-Tent – Can be rented at the village

-Sleeping bag

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Christian Navarro

We are Semillas Life, an international team working for the economic development of the less privileged communities in the Peruvian Amazon since 2018. We focus on education, environment, cultural exchange and sustainable eco-tourism. We are situated in the Peruvian Amazon (Puerto Inca, Huanuco, Peru). Our services comprise of workshops, adventure tours and local eco-tours. We believe that the region of Puerto Inca has so much to offer that people from outside could benefit from its pure and rich nature. By booking any of our tour packages, travelers get a unique chance to experience the stunning natural diversity and experience the beautiful local culture beyond a busy tourist industry. At the same time, they will help us to achieve our goal in giving back to our local community. We co-operate with a range of local experts and professionals. Therefore, all booking fees go either straight to local people (such as farmers, taxi drivers, hostels, restaurants owners, shamanic healer, or boat and tour guides, etc.) as well as supporting the cost of our teaching project and other expenses of Semillas Life.

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