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    Yanachaga Chemillén National Park, Peru

    Walking into the forest uphill from the station, you will soon come to an intersection. To the right, the path climbs steeply over a couple of kilometers to two viewpoints and the only spot with cell phone reception. The viewpoints are obviously the best place for those who like to look for...
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    Yanachaga Chemillén National Park, Peru

    Paujil 1 Let's begin with logistics. The station at Paujil is a big two storey wooden house, with a kitchen, flushing toilets and showers (though most people prefer to bathe in the quebrada below, which is heavenly after a day in the forest). There's electricty all day long thanks to solar...
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    Yanachaga Chemillén National Park, Peru

    Alright, because I like dragging things out, I'll mention another important spot before we get to Paujil, namely El Oconal This is a large wetland outside the town of Villa Rica, which is just over an hour (via Sho'llet, on an unpaved road which may be best avoided in the rainy season), or two...
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    Yanachaga Chemillén National Park, Peru

    Right back at you, Gunnar! And I can attest to the awesomeness of the Satipo Road, having just spent a week there!
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    Yanachaga Chemillén National Park, Peru

    Aha sorry Jan! About halfway between Oxapampa and Huampal is a small town called Huancabamba. From there a small road goes across the valley to a hamlet called Lanturachi, and from there up the mountain to Santa Barbara. These are the coordinates : -10.354313, -75.663309 You can see the access...
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    Yanachaga Chemillén National Park, Peru

    (Sorry about the slow pace in updating this report, we've been in the field a lot, taking advantage of the freedom to travel within Peru, and rushing before the rainy season sets in and a lot of roads become impassable.) Santa Bárbara This is the highest elevation sector of the park that's...
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    Yanachaga Chemillén National Park, Peru

    OK I'm back from the field! And first of all, erratum! For some reason, I can only edit each message I post once, which means I can't rectify the original, but in the Huampal 2 section, the 3rd photo is a Violet-fronted, not a Black-throated Brilliant. (Perhaps an admin can help me out here?)...
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    Yanachaga Chemillén National Park, Peru

    Fair enough. Good luck with either of those destinations!
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    Yanachaga Chemillén National Park, Peru

    Many thanks Martin! I'm actually hoping to spend a night by the antena later this month!
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    Yanachaga Chemillén National Park, Peru

    Haha indeed! There certainly are far fewer accommodation options compared to the more famous birding spots to the North and South, but that makes it more exciting in a way! And for those who prefer to go with experienced guides, Gunnar Engblom (of Kolibri expeditions) is going to be passing...
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    Yanachaga Chemillén National Park, Peru

    Huampal 2 Once you come out of the trail and on the road, you can turn left and be back at the station in less than an hour, watching for Cliff Flycatcher and Lineated Woodpecker along the road, and for the resident pair of Torrent Duck sitting on the rocks in the river below. Or you can turn...
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    Yanachaga Chemillén National Park, Peru

    Huampal 1 For visitors with limited time and no 4x4, Huampal is problably the best bang for you buck. The station is just along the road, less than 2 hours north of Oxapampa, and any public transport headed to Pozuzo could drop you off there. However, it's really best visited between April and...
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    Yanachaga Chemillén National Park, Peru

    It's still basically only reported from a handful of locations, but it is clearly not uncommon in this small area. I'm actually going out tomorrow with a couple of the locals who want to set mist nets and try to capture a quail to get some DNA samples! And I'm going back to Paujil, to camp in...
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    Yanachaga Chemillén National Park, Peru

    Well, things are pretty calm in Pasco right now, and they did just reopen a few international flights starting last week. Still, I wouldn't be surprised if large chunks of the country went back into lockdown next month. I would advise looking at Ecuador instead, where it seems that they're much...
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    Yanachaga Chemillén National Park, Peru

    A good number of the spots I described already existed as eBird hotspots. The others I heard about from the local birders. And yes I mentioned in an earlier message that the Missouri Botanical Garden, for which I've been working, has a 4x4, and they've been giving me lifts to these various places.
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    Yanachaga Chemillén National Park, Peru

    Besides the park per se, there are a number of montane forest locations around Oxapampa that bear mentioning. To the west are two great ACPs (Private Conservation Areas), both with delightful owners who are birders in their own right. Bosque de Churumazú, right outside the small town of...
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    Yanachaga Chemillén National Park, Peru

    Aha that's a good question. I guess I should explain what I'm doing here. I've been associated with the Missouri Botanical Garden for a while. The MBG has an office in Oxapampa and every year they run a 2 month ecology field course for botany undergrads. This year, to switch it up a bit, they...
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    Yanachaga Chemillén National Park, Peru

    Thanks Barney! So should I just upload the landscape shots at the start of this thread to the gallery?
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    Yanachaga Chemillén National Park, Peru

    Yes, of course, though for full disclosure, I personally saw the Marroon-Chested Ground-Dove (which was a lifer for me!) in another sector of the park, and the White-rumped Hawk on the other side of the valley, in an area outside the park boundary. And I only once caught a glimpse of the Bay...
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    Yanachaga Chemillén National Park, Peru

    Ah yes the famous Carretera Antena! I was actually there a couple weeks ago! Did you manage to see the Chestnut (now Oxapampa I believe) Antpitta??
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    Yanachaga Chemillén National Park, Peru

    San Alberto 3 The guard house, sitting at 2420 meters, is called El Cedro, it's where you register and pay the entrance fay (30 soles, or about 8 USD). You can also camp there. From El Cedro, the main path (4.5 km) goes up to La Esperanza, the pass at 2950 meters. In the early mornings, the...
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    Yanachaga Chemillén National Park, Peru

    San Alberto 2 Once you leave behind the secondary forest of the access road, the whole atmosphere changes, and that of course means new birds to be found! There is a really steep slope that can be dreadfully slippery when it rains, ending in one of the two points with cell phone reception in...
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    Yanachaga Chemillén National Park, Peru

    Aha well stay tuned!
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