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YURIMAGUAS ROAD (tunnel area near TARAPOTO) 

SAN MARTIN (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (3rd July, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

This is a great site within easy reach of Tarapoto, a major lowland town with many hotels restaurants and places to do internet. We stayed at El Mirador about 5 blocks from the Plaza de Armas, which it a little pricy but excellent value at 60s for a double. To get to the tunnel area drive towards Yurimaguas for 20km (40mins) along the gravel road. This has apparently improved since last year and may well be paved in the future. If you don't have your own transport you can probably catch any combi or truck heading towards Yurimaguas, get off at the tunnel and walk down a bit. Before the tunnel, there is a small valley with a stream coming down. We heard Band-bellied Owl here in the morning. The forest at the far end of the tunnel is excellent and I saw Gould’s Jewelfront, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Black-eared Fairy, Olive Tanager, White-throated and Red-stained Woodpeckers and heard Greyish Mourner and Andean Cock-of-the-rock. Further down, after the first curve we saw Euler’s Flycatcher, Fulvous-crested Tanager and heard Flame-capped Manakin and Mouse-coloured Antshrike. About 35km after the tunnel we had Dotted, Masked and Opal-crowned Tanagers. I saw 81 species including 6 lifers. 

Species seen

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse