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Old Wednesday 30th August 2017, 21:00   #51
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Hi everyone, just checking in with updated plans.

I haven't had much luck tracking down information about car rental from Tarapoto - I found contact information on yellowpages.com Peru, but didn't get responses to my emails and didn't want to make an international phone call. Besides, based on rates in other areas I'm estimating the cost would be $300-400 plus fuel, which I'd rather save. I compared trip costs with car rental and car camping vs. public transport with lodging, and the latter is far cheaper. So I'm electing to go with public transport, even though that means I'll have to skip some of the shorter stops, e.g. Oilbird cave, possibly Afluente. Here's my plan:

Oct 31: Morning flight to Tarapoto, transport to Moyobamba, pm visit to Waqanki and stay at nearby Seizo House
Nov 1: Full day at Waqanki, including trek for Ash-throated Antwren. Overnight at Seizo.
Nov 2: travel to FAN. Maybe stop at Afluente/Lanteria on the way to look for specialties there, hitch a ride or flag down a colectivo to continue to FAN. Overnight FAN, try for owlet.
Nov 3: Full day FAN, possibly arrange guided visits to nearby areas. Backup night to try for owlet.
Nov 4: travel to Pomocochas, pm visit to Huembo or the lake. Overnight in Pomacochas (haven't tracked down specifics yet but I know there are cheap options).
Nov 5: early morning start at San Lorenzo for Pale-billed Antpitta and others. Pm visit to Huembo or lake as needed. Overnight in Pomacochas.
Nov 6: revisit San Lorenzo if needed. Travel to Tarapoto.
Nov 7: morning at Escalera Cordillera, night flight to Lima.

Does anybody have specific recommendations for lodging in Tarapoto? For those who have done similar itineraries with public transport, does this sound like a reasonable plan?
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...Can't help now but..gulp.. we're off on Monday, and will hopefully get round to hitting that area in a couple of weeks or so, so we'll let you know how badly we got on as soon as we can. Thanks for this thread Abby, I'm sure it'll help
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Hi everyone, just checking in with updated plans.

I haven't had much luck tracking down information about car rental from Tarapoto - I found contact information on yellowpages.com Peru, but didn't get responses to my emails and didn't want to make an international phone call. Besides, based on rates in other areas I'm estimating the cost would be $300-400 plus fuel, which I'd rather save. I compared trip costs with car rental and car camping vs. public transport with lodging, and the latter is far cheaper. So I'm electing to go with public transport, even though that means I'll have to skip some of the shorter stops, e.g. Oilbird cave, possibly Afluente. Here's my plan:

Oct 31: Morning flight to Tarapoto, transport to Moyobamba, pm visit to Waqanki and stay at nearby Seizo House
Nov 1: Full day at Waqanki, including trek for Ash-throated Antwren. Overnight at Seizo.
Nov 2: travel to FAN. Maybe stop at Afluente/Lanteria on the way to look for specialties there, hitch a ride or flag down a colectivo to continue to FAN. Overnight FAN, try for owlet.
Nov 3: Full day FAN, possibly arrange guided visits to nearby areas. Backup night to try for owlet.
Nov 4: travel to Pomocochas, pm visit to Huembo or the lake. Overnight in Pomacochas (haven't tracked down specifics yet but I know there are cheap options).
Nov 5: early morning start at San Lorenzo for Pale-billed Antpitta and others. Pm visit to Huembo or lake as needed. Overnight in Pomacochas.
Nov 6: revisit San Lorenzo if needed. Travel to Tarapoto.
Nov 7: morning at Escalera Cordillera, night flight to Lima.

Does anybody have specific recommendations for lodging in Tarapoto? For those who have done similar itineraries with public transport, does this sound like a reasonable plan?
Edit: I meant lodging in Pomacochas... plenty of options to choose from online in Tarapoto.
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Old Saturday 2nd September 2017, 02:41   #54
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...Can't help now but..gulp.. we're off on Monday, and will hopefully get round to hitting that area in a couple of weeks or so, so we'll let you know how badly we got on as soon as we can. Thanks for this thread Abby, I'm sure it'll help
Hi Larry,

Best of luck and I look forward to hearing how things go! I hope to run into you around Lima or Paracas in November!
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Also an update for those who were interested in hearing if I found out anything about car hire in Tarapoto. I did hear back via email from MTL car (contact info found via yellowpages.com), they do have cars available and the price quoted to me was 1200 soles (~370 USD) for an 8-day rental.
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Cajamarca and closing struggling to get much birding done, but managed Grey-bellied Comet this morning and Unicolored Tapaculo yesterday
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