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Year round birdwatching tours in Ecuador

Pablo Andrade's birdwatching tours in Southern Ecuador
Tour I.
8-day birdwatching tour to Southern Ecuador.
Tour II.
13-day birdwatching tour to Southern Ecuador.


Pablo Andrade's birdwatching tours in Northern Ecuador
Tour III.
8-day birdwatching tour to Southern Ecuador.
Tour IV.
13-day birdwatching tour to Southern Ecuador.




Pablo Andrade is an Ecuador-based tour operator that specializes of carrying out birding tours all over Ecuador. Our tours are developing at the four regions, the Pacific Coast, Highlands, Amazon basin and Galapagos Islands.

Beginning from the north of the country, while observing the most spectacular succession of breathtaking landscapes, the more important national parks and private reserves, in a matter of hours we will enjoy an amazing variety of birds from the highest habitats at the snow capped volcanoes, the lower ecosystems of dry forest, until the endless amazon basin in the tropical forest. Continuing towards the  southwest part, we will experienced the unbelievable birds of the Mangrove Forest. More to the south in the provinces of Azuay, el Oro, Loja and Zamora-Chinchipe  we will visit, among other important sites, the Podocarpus National Park,  and Copalinga Reserve, where you will observe the richest plants and animals diversity.

Ask for other programs we can make for you according your requirements: We offer as well Cultural Tourism in important places in the central Andes and southern Ecuador,such as Cuenca, Ingapirca, Cajas National Park, Yunguilla Reserve, combined with Saraguro, to know the Inkaikas Communities and the Forest of Washapamba. Here also occurs some important bird species such as the Red – faced Parrot, and the Crescent – faced Antpitta.

Our trips with the professionalism and quality that characteristic ourselves include attractive offers with excellent services to you and your customers.

Pablo Andrade, an ornithologist related and involved with bird conservation for 20 years, is the team leader.

Presently, we offer tours that range from one to 25 days in length. We can custom make ornithological tours to suite the travel wishes of our customers.
All of these tours are available throughout the year and are flexible enough to accommodate the special needs of every customer.
Let us give you an unforgettable birding experience.





Tour I

8 day long birdwatching tour in Southern Ecuador.


PLACES TO VISIT:
ZAMORA PROVINCE – PODOCARPUS NATIONAL PARK AND COPALINGA RESERVE (TROPICAL FOREST: 900 meters) – TAPICHALACA RESERVE; CAJANUMA: PODOCARPUS N.PARK (CLOUD FOREST: 2400 – 2700 meters);, BUENAVENTURA RESERVE (400 -1200 meters).


Itinerary
Expect more than 250 species of birds.


Day 1.
Catamayo – Loja - Copalinga Eco-lodge.
Day 2.
Copalinga Reserve.
Day 3.
Tapichalaca Reserve.
Day 4.
Tapichalaca Reserve.
Day 5
Tapichalaca – Cajanuma. Loja
Day 6
Buenaventura Reserve
Day 7
Buenaventura Reserve
Day 8
Buenaventura. End, Guayaquil or Loja

Day 1.

Welcome at the airport of Catamayo (1000 to 1500 m. of elevation). We will bird in the surroundings of the town.
Immediately we go to the Copalinga Reserve that is located next to the Bombuscaro River. This Place is characterized by cultivated zones and farms. Copalinga and its surroundings is very good for birding and walking the trails. When the Inga edulis tree is flowering, you can see the Wire-crested Thorntail, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Sparkling Violetear, and maybe the elusive Spangled Coquete.

We may also encounter the White-banded Swallow, Long-tailed Tyrant, Mottle-backed Elaenia, and flocks of tanagers such as Black-faced Dacnis, Swallow Tanager, Guira Tanager, Orange-eared Tanager, Paradise Tanager, Blue-necked Tanager and Bay-headed Tanager. We can also hear species such as the Dark-breasted Spinetail, Lined-Antshrike and Blackish Antbird depending on the time of the year. The noisy Speckled Chachalaca may be heard and with a bit of luck be seen.
Dinner and night at Copalinga Eco-lodge.

"White-breasted Parakeet"

Day 2.
After early breakfast, we start birding birding along the paths of the reserve.

Following the Bombuscaro River we will look for White-capped Dipper, Torrent Duck and Green Kingfisher. The Podocarpus National Park is located 3 km from the Copalinga Reserve. To reach Podocarpus Park and the visitor center will take about 40 minutes. Along this trail we will look for the Coppery-chested Jacamar, White-breasted Parakeet and see species such as Wedge-billed Woodcreeper, Ornate Flycatcher, a variety of tanagers such as the Golden-eared Tanager, Golden Tanager, Blue Dacnis, Bay-headed Tanager, Flame-crested Tanager, Common-bush Tanager, Yellow-throated Bush Tanager, Subtropical Cacique and, if we are lucky, we will find the Andean Cock of the Rock and Amazonian Umbrellabird.

We will also search for other important species such as Ecuadorian Piedtail and the Andean Motmot.

Dinner and night at the Copalinga Eco-lodge.
Day 3.
Copalinga – Tapichalaca Reserve. 10h00 leaving to Loja and the Tapichalaca Reserve. After 3 hour and half of driving we will arrive at the visitor’s center. Depending on the weather and our time we will keep birding at the surroundings of the lodge or trying others trails. Our first impression at the lodge will be the presence of many species of hummingbirds on the feeders around the house. Among these, Amethyst-throated Sunangel, Chesnut-breasted Coronet, Collared Inca, Little Sunangel, Long–tailed Sylph.
Dinner and night at the Tapichalaca Reserve.

"Tapichalaka Reserve Cabin"

Day 4.

After our early breakfast we will walk along a trail for about 40 minutes to be able to see the famous Jocotoco Antpitta. Lunch at the lodge, and the whole morning looking for new birds such as Lacrimouse-mountain Tanager, Grass-green Tanager and other species such as Orange-banded Flycatcher, Ocellated Tapaculo, Azara’s spinetail and Rufous Wren. Other target birds that are in our goal are Chusquea Tapaculo, White-capped Tanager, Golden-plumed parakeet and many others.

After our lunch at the lodge, we will go to the lower part of the reserve and arrive in the town of Valladolid (1600 m) on the way to Tapala Town. Trip which takes approximately 30 minutes. Valladolid and most of its surroundings are very cultivated, nevertheless we may encounter several species such as Marañon Thrush, Blue Dacnis, Black-faced dacnis, Black-faced Tanager, Spotted Tanager, White-lined Tanager, Streaked Saltator, as well as a variety of Humingbirds such as Andean Emerald and Sparkling Violetear.


Dinner and night at the Tapichalaca Reserve.

Day 5.
Tapichalaca – way to Loja City and Cajanuma (Podocarpus national Park) .

We begin our bird observation on the access road to the Podocarpus National Park which leads to the visitor center. This path is 3 Km long, and is an excellent site for birds. It takes about 2 or 3 hours to complete depending on the time we spend birdwatching. Common species are: The Bearded Guan, Masked Trogon, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Russet-crowned Warbler, Azara’s Spinetail, Rufous-naped Brush Finch. We will also see Tanagers such as Grass-green Tanager, Lacrimouse-mountain Tanager, Buff-breasted Mountain Tanager, Scarlet-bellied Mountain Tanager, Hooded Mountain Tanager, Red Hooded Tanager. Depending on the flowering season of specific plants, we will see hummingbirds such as Rainbow Starfrontlet, Tyrian Metaltail, Little Sunangel, Collared Inca, and depending on our luck, the time of year and if the passiflora plant (taxo) is in blooming the Sword-billed Humingbird.

A wide variety of other species such as the Barred Fruiteater, Black-chested Buzzard Eagle, Smoky-bush Tyrant, White-banded Tyrannulet, Black Capped Tyrannulet can also be seen, and with luck we may see the Black and Chestnut Eagle. You can often hear the Gray-breasted Mountain Toucan and occasionally be lucky enough to see it. The Tawny-breasted Tinamou is among the more elusive species, which can often be heard.

Once in the visitor center we will take a short break before continuing our adventure on the “Oso de Anteojos” and Bosque Nublado” paths. Depending on the climatic conditions we will take the path “Lagunas del Compadre”. This path climbs steeply in parts and is normally muddy. It takes approximately an hour and half to arrive at the Páramo at an altitude of 3200 meters.

Along this trail we may see Buff-winged Starfrontlet, listen to Chusquea Tapaculo. Depending on the time of year, we will hear the Ocellated Tapaculo and with a bit of luck see it. Further along the trail at slightly higher elevations, we will look for the Neblina Metaltail, Masked-mountain Tanager and Plush-capped Finch. Once on the Paramo, the high grasslands, you may see the Pale-footed Swallow and others such as the Many-striped Canastero. Cajanuma (Cloud Forest).

Dinner and night at Loja.

Day 6.
Loja City and Departure to Buenaventura Reserve.
Trip of four hours thirty minutes long.
Dinner and night at the Buenaventura Reserve.


Day 7 & 8.
After breakfast at the reserve we will begin our day in the best birding locations in southwest – Buenaventura.

Here we will have the opportunity to see species such as the Long Wattled Umbrella Bird, El Oro Parakeet, Chesnut-mandibled Toucan, Pacific Tuftedcheek, Booted Racket-tail, Tawny-bellied Hermit, White-whiskered Hermit, Baron´s Hermit, White-bearded Manakin, Club-winged Manakin, Bay Wren, Whiskered Wren, Lesser Greenlet and several tanagers such as Silver-throated and Rufous-throated Tanager. Other elusive species that we will try to see are the Choco Toucan or el Oro Tapaculo.

Other important species we may see are: Gray-back Hawk, Gray-cheeked Parakeet, Speckle-breasted Wren, Ecuadorian Thrush and many others.

Departure to Guayaquil or Loja for your flight


8 Days tour price is:
1 person: $ 3125, 2 people: $ 1900 per person, 3 people: $ 1590 per person, 4 people $ 1390 per person, 5 people: $ 1310 per person, 6 people: $ 1190 per person

Included:
Guide, Language(Spanish/English), meals, transportation, accommodation.

Excluded:
Internal flight to Catamayo City (Loja Province), personal expenses and alcoholic drinks.

Note: to define the city’s return to Quito or Guayaquil from Loja, as well as the accommodation of the last day which is not included.



Due to currency fluctuations and fuel cost we reserve the right to adjust any pricing prior to departure.

Convert your tour cost into your currency of choice.




Tour II

13 day long birdwatching tour in Southern Ecuador.


PLACES TO VISIT: ZAMORA PROVINCE – PODOCARPUS NATIONAL PARK AND COPALINGA RESERVE (TROPICAL FOREST: 900 meters) – TAPICHALACA RESERVE; CAJANUMA: PODOCARPUS N.PARK (CLOUD FOREST: 2400 – 2700 meters); UTUANA RESERVE; JORUPE RESERVE (DRY FOREST 600 meters); BUENAVENTURA RESERVE (400 -1200 meters).

Day - Activity - Over night

Arrive - Quito late pm - Quito
Day 1 - Catamayo Airport, Catamayo, Loja, Zamora - Copalinga Lodge
Day 2 - Copalinga, Podocarpus Park - Copalinga Lodge
Day 3 - Copalinga - Copalinga Lodge
Day 4 - Copalinga, Tapichalaca - Tapichalaca Lodge
Day 5 - Tapichalaca Reserve - Tapichalaca Lodge
Day 6 - Tapichalaca – Cajanuma Podocarpus Park - Loja
Day 7 - Loja Jorupe - Jorupe Lodge
Day 8 - Jorupe Reserve - Jorupe Lodge
Day 9 - Jorupe Reserve - Jorupe Lodge
Day 10 - Jorupe Reserve, Buenaventura - Buenaventura Lodge
Day 11 - El Oro Province, Buenaventura - Buenaventura Reserve
Day 12 - Buenaventura - Buenaventura Reserve
Day 13 - Buenaventura - Guayaquil



Itinerary

Expect more than 350 species of birds


Day 1.

Welcome at the airport of Catamayo (900 to 950 m. of elevation). We will begin our first birdwatching in the surroundings of the town.
mmediately we go to the Copalinga Reserve that is located next to the Bombuscaro River. This Place is characterized by cultivated zones and farms. Copalinga and its surroundings is very good for birding and walking the trails. When the Inga edulis tree is flowering, you can see the Wire-crested Thorntail, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Sparkling Violetear, and maybe the elusive Spangled Coquete.

We may also encounter the White-banded Swallow, Long-tailed Tyrant, Mottle-backed Elaenia, and flocks of tanagers such as Black-faced Dacnis, Swallow Tanager, Guira Tanager, Orange-eared Tanager, Paradise Tanager, Blue-necked Tanager and Bay-headed Tanager. We can also hear species such as the Dark-breasted Spinetail, Lined-Antshrike and Blackish Antbird depending on the time of the year. The noisy Speckled Chachalaca may be heard and with a bit of luck be seen. Dinner and night at Copalinga Eco-lodge.

"Rufous-banded Owl"




Day 2.

After early breakfast, we start birding birding along the paths of the reserve. Following the Bombuscaro River we will look for White-capped Dipper, Torrent Duck and Green Kingfisher.

Following the Bombuscaro River we will look for White-capped Dipper, Torrent Duckand, Green Kingfisher.

The Podocarpus National Park is located 3 km from the Copalinga Reserve. To reach Podocarpus Park and the visitor center will take about 40 minutes. Along this trail we will look for the Coppery-chested Jacamar, White-breasted Parakeet and see species such as Wedge-billed Woodcreeper, Ornate Flycatcher, a variety of tanagers such as the Golden-eared Tanager, Golden Tanager, Blue Dacnis, Bay-headed Tanager, Flame-crested Tanager, Common-bush Tanager, Yellow-throated Bush Tanager, Subtropical Cacique and, if we are lucky, we will find the Andean Cock of the Rock and Amazonian Umbrellabird.

We will also search for other important species such as Ecuadorian Piedtail and the Highland Motmot.

Dinner and night at Copalinga Eco-lodge.

"Jacotoco Antpitta"




Day 3.

Podocarpus Park and “La Fragancia”, which is located on the old highway Loja-Zamora.

This is another special place for birdwatching and we will look for, Glitering-throated Emerald, Guira Tanager, Orange-eared Tanager, Golden-collared Honeycreeper, Chestnut-vented Conebill, Silver-beaked Tanager, Red-headed Barbet, Ecuatorial Graytail, Ecuadorian Tyrannulet and Yellow-olive Flatbill. Other species such as Olivaceous Greenlet, Ash-browed Spinetail, Lined Antshrike and Grayish Saltator can be heard and often seen.

We will bird until 12h00 and get back to Copalinga for our lunch. Dinner and night at Copalinga Eco-lodge.

Dinner and night at Copalinga Eco-lodge.


Day 4.

Breakfast at the lodge and leaving again to the Podocarpus Park to find birds that we missed yesterday. 10h00 return to the reserve and leaving to Loja and the Tapichalaca Reserve. After 3 hour and half of driving we will arrive at the visitor’s center. Depending on the weather and our time we will keep birding at the surroundings of the lodge or trying others trails.

Our first impression at the lodge will be the presence of many species of hummingbirds on the feeders around the house. Among these, Amethyst-throated Sunangel, Chesnut-breasted Coronet, Collared Inca, Little Sunangel, Long–tailed Sylph.

Dinner and night in the Tapichalaca Reserve.

"Golden-plumed Parakeet"




Day 5.

After our early breakfast we will walk along a trail for about 40 minutes to be able to see the famous Jocotoco Antpitta. Lunch at the lodge, and the whole morning looking for new birds such as Lacrimouse-mountain Tanager, Grass-green Tanager and other species such as Orange-banded Flycatcher, Ocellated Tapaculo, Azara’s spinetail and Rufous Wren.

Other target birds that are in our goal are Chusquea Tapaculo, White-capped Tanager, Golden-plumed parakeet and many others. After our lunch at the lodge, we will go to the lower part of the reserve and arrive in the town of Valladolid (1600 m) on the way to Tapala Town. Trip which takes approximately 30 minutes.

After our lunch at the lodge, we will go to the lower part of the reserve and arrive in the town of Valladolid (1600 m) on the way to Tapala Town. Trip which takes approximately 30 minutes.

Valladolid and most of its surroundings are very cultivated, nevertheless we may encounter several species such as Marañon Thrush, Blue Dacnis, Black-faced dacnis, Black-faced Tanager, Spotted Tanager, White-lined Tanager, Streaked Saltator, as well as a variety of Humingbirds such as Andean Emerald and Sparkling Violetear.

Dinner and night in the Tapichalaca Reserve.

"Band-bellied Owl"




Day 6.

Birding around the reserve, and after our lunch leaving to the Cajanuma in the Podocarpus National Park.

We begin our bird observation on the access road to the Podocarpus National Park which leads to the visitor center. This path is 3 Km long, and is an excellent site for birds. It takes about 2 or 3 hours to complete depending on the time we spend birdwatching.

Common species are: The Bearded Guan, Masked Trogon, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Russet-crowned Warbler, Azara’s Spinetail, Rufous-naped Brush Finch. We will also see Tanagers such as Grass-green Tanager, Lacrimouse-mountain Tanager, Buff-breasted Mountain Tanager, Scarlet-bellied Mountain Tanager, Hooded Mountain Tanager, Red Hooded Tanager. Depending on the flowering season of specific plants, we will see hummingbirds such as Rainbow Starfrontlet, Tyrian Metaltail, Little Sunangel, Collared Inca, and depending on our luck, the time of year and if the passiflora plant (taxo) is in blooming the Sword-billed Humingbird.

A wide variety of other species such as the Barred Fruiteater, Black-chested Buzzard Eagle, Smoky-bush Tyrant, White-banded Tyrannulet, Black Capped Tyrannulet can also be seen, and with luck we may see the Black and Chestnut Eagle. You can often hear the Gray-breasted Mountain Toucan and occasionally be lucky enough to see it. The Tawny-breasted Tinamou is among the more elusive species, which can often be heard.

Once in the visitor center we will take a short break before continuing our adventure on the “Oso de Anteojos” and Bosque Nublado” paths.

Depending on the climatic conditions we will take the path “Lagunas del Compadre”. This path climbs steeply in parts and is normally muddy. It takes approximately an hour and half to arrive at the Páramo at an altitude of 3200 meters.

Along this trail we may see Buff-winged Starfrontlet, listen to Chusquea Tapaculo. Depending on the time of year, we will hear the Ocellated Tapaculo and with a bit of luck see it. Further along the trail at slightly higher elevations, we will look for the Neblina Metaltail, Masked-mountain Tanager and Plush-capped Finch. Once on the Paramo, the high grasslands, you may see the Pale-footed Swallow and others such as the Many-striped Canastero.

Dinner and night in Loja.


Day 7.

Departure to Cajanuma (Cloud Forest).
Target Birds, Gray-breasted Mountain Toucan, Bearded Guan.

After our lunch departure to Macará and the Jorupe Reserve. This trip will take about 4 and half hours.

Dinner and night in Jorupe Reserve.


Day 8.

Birding around the reserve.
Typical birds we will find at Jorupe are: Harris´s Hawk, Watkin´s Antpitta, Collared Antshrike, Pacific Elaenia and with a little bit of luck, we will see the Henna-hooded Foliage Gleaner and Blackish Spinetail.

Dinner and night in Jorupe Reserve.


Day 9.

Departure to the Utuana Reserve travelling one hour. The 1 km long gravel access road leading to the main entrance is an excellent site for birdwatching and takes about 2 to 3 hours to complete. We will have the entire morning birding in Utuana.

Here we will find species such as the Plain-breasted Hawk, Rufous-necked Foliage Gleaner, Chapman’s Antshrike, Black-cowled Saltator. We will also look for the Gray Headed Antbird and Black–crested Tit-Tyrat, one of the rarest species found in the reserve. Other species that we could find here are the Variable Hawk, Rainbow Starfrontlet, Green-tailed Trainbearer, White-banded Tyrannulet, Dusky-capped Flycatcher.

Lunch in the Jorupe Reserve

Dinner and night in Jorupe Reserve.


Day 10.

After looking for some birds we missed yesterday we will have our lunch at 11o´clock and departure to Buenaventura Reserve. Trip of four hours thirty minutes long.

Dinner and night in the Buenaventura Reserve.


"West Peruvian Screech Owl"




Day 11 and 12.

After breakfast at the reserve we will begin our day in the best birding locations in southwest – Buenaventura.

Here we will have the opportunity to see species such as the Long Wattled Umbrella Bird, El Oro Parakeet, Chesnut-mandibled Toucan, Pacific Tuftedcheek, Booted Racket-tail, Tawny-bellied Hermit, White-whiskered Hermit, Baron´s Hermit, White-bearded Manakin, Club-winged Manakin, Bay Wren, Whiskered Wren, Lesser Greenlet and several tanagers such as Silver-throated and Rufous-throated Tanager.

Other elusive species that we will try to see are the Choco Toucan or el Oro Tapaculo.

Other important species we may see are: Gray-back Hawk, Gray-cheeked Parakeet, Speckle-breasted Wren, Ecuadorian Thrush and many others. Tapaculo.


Dinner and nights in the Buenaventura Reserve


"Rufous-headed Chachalaca"




Day 13.

Buenaventura and departure to Loja or Guayaquil


13 Days tour price is: $ 5680 1 person, 2 people $ 3310 per person, 3 people $ 2780 per person, 4 people $ 2500 per person, 5 people $ 2350 per person, 6 people $ 2140 per person.

Convert your tour cost into your currency of choice.

Included:

Guide, Language(Spanish/English), Meals, Transportation and Accommodation


Excluded:

Personal expenses and alcoholic drinks.


Note: to define the city’s return to Quito or Guayaquil from Loja, as well as the accommodation of the last day which is not included.



Notes.
The above birding itineraries are based on what are essentially popular routes for birders. It can be shortened or extended.
All the date of itineraries include arrival and departure dates.
Availability year round
For booking allow minimum six(6) weeks prior to departure.
To check availability for tours on short notice, fill out Request for Quote form with desirable dates.
Fitness and equipment:
Any person taking such a trip has to be in good physical condition and able to walk the trails at high attitude.
Recommended Packing List: Personal items: Insect repellent, Sun Protection (sun cream/sunglasses/hat or cap), Lightweight long pants and long sleeved shirts for walks, Shorts and short sleeves for the lodge, Bathing suite, Comfortable shoes, Small day pack, Rain Jacket, Plastic bags to protect cameras, binoculars, film , etc, from rain, Flashlight (torch), A small Medicine kit, Sandals, Extra Socks, Warm clothes for the highest parts and a small Umbrella (optional).


Should you only need a guide for a day please send a message to Pablo.   




TOUR III

Tour 17 days 17 nights

Northern:
Yanacocha, Mindo, Milpe, Silanche, Mashpi, Oilbird
Southern: Buenaventura Reserve, Jorupe Reserve, Utuana, Tapichalaca Reserve, Podocarpus National Park, Copalinga Reserve, Yankuam, Nangaritza River, Amazon.




Day - Activity - Overnight

Arrive Quito late pm - Quito
Day 1 - Yanacocha, Old Nono Mindo Road - Mindo
Day 2 - Angel Paz, Milpe - Mindo
Day 3 - Silanche - Mindo
Day 4 - Mashpi, oilbird, Mindo - Quito
Day v5 - Flight Quito, Santa Rosa, El Oro Province, Buenaventura - Buenaventura Reserve
Day 6 - El Oro Province Buenaventura - Buenaventura Reserve
Day 7 - Buenaentura - Buenaventura Reserve
Day 8 - Buenaventura, Jorupe - Jorupe Reserve
Day 9 - Jorupe Reserve - Jorupe Reserve
Day 10 - Jorupe Reserve - Jorupe Reserve
Day 11 - Jorupe Reserve, Tapichalaca - Tapichalaca Reserve
Day 12 - Tapichalaca - Tapichalaca Reserve
Day 13 - Tapichalaca, Copalinga - Copalinga Reserve
Day 14 - Copalinga - Copalinga Reserve
Day 15 - Copalinga - Copalinga Reserve
Day 16 - Copalinga, Yankuam - Yankuam Lodge
Day 17 - Yankuam - Loja - Loja
Day 18 Loja – Flight Quito - Quito






TOUR IV

BIRDING ALL OVER ECUADOR.
Northern and Southern Ecuador
8 PAX, 25 days – 26 nights
Tour 17 days 17 nights

Northern: Yanacocha Reserve, Mindo Area: Silanche, Milpe, Angel Paz Reserve. (Choco region), Mashpi Reserve, Antisana Reserve, Papallacta; Guango Lodge, San Isidro Lodge, Amazon - Gareno: Huaorany Community.


Southern: Tapichalaca Reserve (Cloud Forest), Yankuam – Nangaritza River, Copalinga Reserve – Podocarpus National Park (Tropical Forest), Jorupe Reserve (Dry Forest), Utuana Reserve, Buenaventura Reserve (Cloud Forest – Choco Region).



Day - Activity - Overnight

Arrival in Quito late pm - Quito Hotel
Day 1 - Yanacocha Reserve, Old Nono Mindo Road - Mindo
Day 2 - Angel Paz, Milpe Reserves - Mindo
Day 3 - Silanche Reserve - Mindo
Day 4 - Mashpi, oilbird - Quito Hotel
Day 5 - Antisana Ecologic Reserve, Papallacta - Guango Lodge
Day 6 - Guango lodge, Papallacta - San Isidro Lodge
Day 7 - San Isiado - San Isidro Lodge
Day 8 - San Isidro, Amazon - Gareno, Gareno Lodge
Day 9 - Amazon, Gareno, Gareno Lodge
Day 10 - Amazon, Gareno - Gareno Lodge
Day 11 - Amazon, Gareno - Gareno Lodge
Day 12 - Gareno - Quito - Quito Hotel
Day 13 - Flight Santa Rosa, Buenaventura - Buenaventura Reserve
Day 14 - Buenaventura - Buenaventura Reserve
Day 15 - Buenacentura - Buenaventura Reserve
Day 16 - Buenaventura - Jorupe - Jorupe Reserve
Day 17 - Jorupe Reserve - Jorupe Reserve
Day 18 - Jorupe Reserve - Jorupe Reserve
Day 19 - Jorupe Reserve, Tapichalaca - Tapichalaca Reserve
Day 20 - Tapichalaca - Tapichalaca Reserve
Day 21 - Tapichalaca - Copalinga - Copalinga Reserve
Day 22 - Copalinga - Copalinga Reserve
Day 23 - Copalinga - Copalinga Reserve
Day 24 - Copalinga - Yankuam - Yankuam Lodge
Day 25 - Yankuam, Loja - Loja Hotel
Day 26 - Flight: Quito - Quito -





Tour Price for 8 people
25 days – 26 nights

$ 3870 per person
Included: Transportation, meals, accommodation, guide spanish english.
Not included:
Internal flights: Quito – Santa Rosa and Loja – Quito,
Last day: Accomodation
Entrance fees:
Jorupe: $15 000
Huaorany Reserve Fee: $ 20 por persona
Angel Paz: $ 20 per person
Silanche Milpe: $ 16 per person
Yanacocha Reserve: $ 15 per person.







TOUR V

AMAZON, TERRA FIRME, VARZEA FOREST PROGRAM.
5 days 4 nights:  hundreds of birds.



Without doubt visiting the forests of Ecuador will turn your trip on an amazing experience that you will never forget. The variety of ecosystems that you will find will give you and idea of the enormous quantity of plants, animals, insects and birds you will find out in a matter of days. Not only you will enjoy the marvelous of the wildlife, either walking in the thick vegetation, or on a canoe, but you will be accompanied by a human group that will make feel being safe and comfortable in order to enjoy pleasure your staying in this part of the amazonian region.





We invite you to get to know the most spectacular habitats accompanied by experts native guides and seeing hundred of colorfull birds; and also tasting our particular, original and delicious local meals.

GARENO LODGE
Works to conserve the rain forest with our association with the Huaorani community of Gareno.   Each time you come here you will leave $20 for the Huaorani families of Gareno which helps their development, and encourages them to conserve the forest so other tourist may come to visit.




TOUR VI

BIRDING MINDO AREA, SPECTACULAR DAY OF BIRDS
4 days tour, northern Ecuador.


More than 100 of birds in one day
Yanacocha,  Angel Paz, Milpe, Silanche, Mashpi

Day 1

Yanacocha, Old Nono Mindo Road
Plate Billed Mountain Toucan, Toucan Barbet, Saphire – vented Puffleg, Golden – breasted Puffleg, Great – saphire Wing, Spillman´s Tapaculo.



Sword Billed Hummingbird

GIANT ANTPITTA


Day 2

Angél Paz Reserve, Milpe. Birding Mindo area Spectacular Day of Birds
Rufous – bellied Nighthawk,  Scaled Fruiteater, Orange – breasted Fruiater, Olivaceous, Piha, Dark – backed Wood Quail, Giant Antpitta, Yellow bellied Antpitta, Choco Warbler, Club – winged Manakin,


Day 3

Mashpi – Oilbird
Pacific  Tuftedcheek, Glistenning – green Tanager, Indigo – flower Piercer, Rufous, thraoated Tanager,


Day 04

Silanche
Tiny Hawk, Barred Hawk, Purple – chested Hummingbir, Choco Woodpecker, Choco Toucan, Red – rumped Woodpecker, Blue – headed Parrot, Choco Trogon, Spot – crowned Antvireo, Western – slaty Antshrike, White – flanked Antwren, Purple – throated Fruitcrow, Scarlet – breasted Dacnis, Orange – crowned Euphonia, Scarlet and White Tanager.


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Birding guide Pablo Andrade, your local Birdingpal guide
Pablo Andrade is an ornithologist with more that 15 years experience leading ornithological tours in Ecuador. Pablo has participated in many important bird research projects and has written literature about the birds of Southern Ecuador. Also an avid bird painter many of his paintings can be found in nature and birding guides. Undoubtedly, Pablo's work has contributed to educate the people of Ecuador with respect to birds and their conservation.


Testimonial.

February 2005. We hired Pablo to guide for us during our stay near Podocarpus. He drew up an itinerary that included all of the best birding areas in/near the Park, allowing us to visit as many habitats and elevations as possible. The end result was a wonderfully intense and rewarding six days that yielded 250 + species, including four antpittas and three tapaculos. We even visited a particular area of dry forest that is apparently not on the regular birding-group circuit, and which gave us a long list of new birds. The biggest thrill, for me, was seeing the Jocotoco Antpitta in the reserve established for them. It took us two visits to tick the bird, but, in the end, we got a very close look at one by using a tape, then we saw two more up the trail without the tape. At that point, they were calling all around us. What a wonderfull and exiting experience. In Fact, when I saw the first one, I will admit to you that I cried. Pablo's English is good and getting better. We had no trouble understanding each other. And, not only does he know the birds' common names, he knows most of their Latin names, as well.
His passion for birds is obvious. He has been a birder since he was very young, and he did an outstanding job of finding and identifying, both by sight and sound, the species we would likely encounter in the various sites we visited. In the rare instance when Pablo was unsure of an identification, he readily said so and consulted the plates.
Pablo is punctual, organized, and persistent. With regard to the last, he did not allowed me to give up. I came close, when we almost dipped on a very elusive Gray-headed Antbird. In the end, I did see the bird, thanks to Pablo, as well as, in that same area, Black-crested Tit Tyrant and Black-cowled Saltator. It was a very rewarding trip, loads of intense good fun chasing birds.
By the way, writing this letter was my idea, not Pablo's. I just wanted you to know about this guides passion and expertise. If you ever do need a competent and reliable local guide, keep Pablo Andrade in mind.
Betsy, Pullayup, WA


Some facts about Ecuador.

One of the smallest countries in America, it lies on both the northern and the southern Hemispheres and is divided by the Equator, thus the name of the country.
It has the biggest bio diversity per area in the world, ranked among the 17 mega diverse countries.
The richness of Ecuador lies in its diversity both natural and cultural. Ecuador has 4 diverse and unique regions: The Amazon Rainforest, the highland Andes, the coast and the Galapagos Archipelago. Besides its exuberant bio diversity, Ecuador is home to an impressive variety of ethnic groups, including communities, who still practice ancient cultural traditions.
Area: 270.670 square km.
Population: Approximately 13 million.
Language: The first language is Spanish, however, most of the indigenous population speaks Quichua.
Climate. The Climate throughout the country ranges from tropical equatorial rain in the Amazon to perpetual snow on the top of the mountains. Cities in the highlands have temperatures that vary from 50ºF to 70ºF, while costal cities temperatures vary from 60ºF to 80ºF during the day. The weather in the jungle is constant: rainy, humid and warm.


More facts about Ecuador.

Guide books and CD's recommended:

The Birds of Ecuador: Field Guide, Volume I and II by Robert S. S. Ridgely, Paul J. Greenfield, and Frank B. Gill.

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Bird Recordings

The Birds of Eastern Ecuador. Volume 1: The foothills and lower subtropics.
The Birds of Southwest Ecuador.

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