About This Reserve

The Abra Patricia Reserve spans over 25,000 acres of cloud forests in the Amazonas department of northern Peru. Abra Patricia is one of the premier birding destinations in Peru, and is the perfect base to concentrate several days of birding and is en route to other regional birding spots, such as Huembo, Waqanki, and the adjacent Alto Mayo Protection Forest.

The area’s bird list includes over 300 species including many endemic to Peru. Of these, 23 are considered globally threatened. Abra Patricia is designated as an Alliance for Zero Extinction site, triggered by the presence of the Long-whiskered Owlet and Ochre-fronted Antpitta – both classified as Endangered. Other rare, threatened birds include the Royal Sunangel, Johnson’s Tody-Tyrant, and Ochre-breasted Tody-Tyrant. Several songbirds that breed in North America such as the Swainson’s Thrush, Blackburnian Warbler, and Cerulean Warbler winter in the forests of the Abra Patricia as well. Abra Patricia is also home to the Critically Endangered Yellow-tailed Woolly Monkey and a diversity of other wildlife and rare orchids. Marvelous Spatuletails are just an hour’s drive away at Huembo .

Night birding is excellent, with Rufous-banded Owl, White-throated Screech-Owl, Andean and Common Potoos, and various nightjars and nighthawks possible. Long-whiskered Owlets and Cinnamon Screech-Owls are regularly heard and seen during night walks guided by ECOAN staff to known territories.

Abra Patricia Reserve is managed by the Peruvian conservation organization Asociación Ecosistemas Andinos (ECOAN). American Bird Conservancy worked with ECOAN to establish this reserve in 2005, develop tourism infrastructure and expand the reserve since. Tourism profits are reinvested by ECOAN into reserve management and conservation projects. 

Accommodations

  • Lodging at Abra Patricia

    The Owlet Lodge, named for the endemic Long-whiskered Owlet that the Reserve protects, lets you stay right in the thick of birding action. The lodge offers overnight accommodation for 18 guests who can stay in 3 cabins each arranged in two suites. Owlet Lodge also features a research station with additional space for overnight guests.

    Erin Lebbin

  • Lodges

    The Owlet Lodge, named for the endemic Long-whiskered Owlet that the Reserve protects, lets you stay right in the thick of birding action. The lodge offers overnight accommodation for 18 guests who can stay in 3 cabins each arranged in two suites. Owlet Lodge also features a research station with additional space for overnight guests.

    Mike Parr

  • Rooms

    Each cabin suite consists of a single and a double room with a shared bathroom. Rooms have electricity, and hot water, which is nice on cold nights. Laundry services are available upon request.

    Dan Lebbin

  • Main Lodge

    A separate building houses the dining hall and lounge where meals are served and Wi-Fi internet is available (though the signal can be slow). You can eat outside on the veranda when weather is nice. The lodges serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and can provide box lunches for longer day excursions. Beer and wine are also available. Water and snacks are available at all times. Owlet Lodge will work to accommodate special diets upon request.

  • Lounge Area

    A separate building houses the dining hall and lounge where meals are served and Wi-Fi internet is available (though the signal can be slow). You can eat outside on the veranda when weather is nice. The lodges serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and can provide box lunches for longer day excursions. Beer and wine are also available. Water and snacks are available at all times. Owlet Lodge will work to accommodate special diets upon request.

    Dan Lebbin

  • Outdoor Eating Area

    A separate building houses the dining hall and lounge where meals are served and Wi-Fi internet is available (though the signal can be slow). You can eat outside on the veranda when weather is nice. The lodges serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and can provide box lunches for longer day excursions. Beer and wine are also available. Water and snacks are available at all times. Owlet Lodge will work to accommodate special diets upon request.

  • Canopy Tower

    There is a canopy tower just a short walk from the lodge. There are also many miles of trails, plus different kinds of bird feeders: fruit, hummingbird, and worm feeding stations for antpittas.

    Dan Lebbin

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Reserve Information

Reservations for the Owlet Lodge can be booked directly with ECOAN, the non-profit group who owns and manages the Abra Patricia Reserve. Contact them at:

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What You'll See

  • Abra Patricia Reserve

    Dan Lebbin

  • Cinnamon Screech Owl

    Dan Lebbin

  • Johnson's Tody-Flycatcher

    Jean Paul Perret

  • Long Whiskered Owl

    Dubi Shapiro

  • Ochre-fronted Antpitta

    Roger Ahlman

  • Royal Sunangel

    Larry Thompson

  • Yellow-scarfed Tanager

  • Yellow-tailed Woolly Monkey

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