Moyobamba (#7 on map below), at an elevation of 2877′, is called the Orchid Capital of Peru, and Waqanki Orchid Gardens is the place to go when there.
Waqanki also has hummingbird feeders and hummingbirds.
As though by design, Waqanki is clustered with the San Mateo Baños Termales (hot springs) and the Casa de Seizo, a small hotel frequented by birders. Each is within a five-minute walk of the other. Waqanki has its own accommodations, as well (Fruiteater Lodge).
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology website: eBird.org, records hundreds of bird species seen at Waqanki and the Casa de Seizo. What a great place! But first, the orchids and flowers.
A short distance uphill from the orchids were the feeders and observation structure.
This blurred photo of the Rufous-crested Coquette male (above) was taken as he darted in and out of thick foliage, where the female (below) was perched. This appeared to be a mating ritual, in which the male was engaged in courtship feeding of the female.
Our guided tour of the orchid garden and hummingbird feeders was rather brisk, and we would have preferred more time. In addition, there are hiking trails on the property that birders regularly visit. If we were to visit there again, we would dispense with a guided tour and request an unhindered visit, with plenty of time to hike and observe hummingbirds at the feeders.
The Casa de Seizo (Hospedaje Rumipata) is a small hotel, located at the end of a short road that begins just to the side of the hot springs. It is run by an elderly husband and wife, originally from Japan. They have tilapia ponds directly in front of the hotel and serve both tilapia and smoked chicken for lunch and dinner. Birds abound.
The San Mateo hot springs are right next door to the Casa de Seizo. They are very nicely laid-out and maintained.
Large signs and posters, such as the above, are seen in tourist destinations in Peru.
We left for the PumaRinri Lodge, outside of Tarapoto, on the morning of Nov. 4. Here is the link to the following post: