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Year round birdwatching tours in Ecuador

Pablo Andrade's birdwatching tours in Southern Ecuador

Tour I.

Birding Tour Southern Ecuador
10 days, $ 2700 per person

10 days Birdwatching tour Southern Ecuador, Blue-throated Hillstar, New species of Hummingbird.

Tour II.

TRIP SOUTHERN ECUADOR. 10 days. Cloud Forest, Saraguro; and Amazon Basin – Yankuam Lodge – Maycu Reserve.

Tour III.
17 Days - 17 nights birdwatching tour to Southern Ecuador.

Tour IV.

14 Days, or 17 Days or 24 Days
An unforgettable wild life and birding experience.

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

TRIP SOUTHERN ECUADOR. 10 days 9 nights.

Cloud Forest in Saraguro, (Acacana Mountain), Podocarpus National Park -tropical forest. Amazon Basin – Nangaritza River: Maycu Reserve (Yankuam Lodge).

Tapichalaca Reserve (2500 m- 8200 feets), Zamora Chinchipe Province – Bombuscaro River – Podocarpus National Park - Copalinga Reserve (900 m - 2950 feets.). Yankuam Lodge – Nangaritza River – Maycu Reserve (850 meters). Saraguro: Cloud Forets (2400 -3200 m) Acacana: 3400 m. 11154 feets.

Day 1. Arrival from Quito to the Catamayo airport and head to the Tapichalaca reserve, 2 nights. : (2500 m- 8200 feets); target bird: Jocotoco Antpitta

Day 2. Tapichalaca Reserve (Casa Simpson lodge)

Day 3,4. head to Copalinga Reserve, 2 nights. Spangled Coquette, Coppery-chested Jacamar, Andean-cock of the Rock.

Day 5, 6, 7. Head to Maycu Reserve (yankuam lodge) (850 meters), Tropical Forest: 3 nights. Target birds: Orange-throated Tanager.

Day 8. Copalinga Reserve 1night. Podocarpus National Park

Day 9. Saraguro, Acacana Mountain. 1 night. Crescent-faced Antpitta

Day 10. Head to loja and to the airport in catamayo. Flight back

Tour II


Cloud Forest in Saraguro, (Acacana Mountain),Podocarpus National Park -tropical forest. Amazon Basin – Nangaritza River:Maycu Reserve (Yankuam Lodge).

Tapichalaca Reserve (2500 m- 8200 feets), Zamora Chinchipe Province – Bombuscaro River– Podocarpus National Park - Copalinga Reserve (900 m -2950 feets.). Yankuam Lodge– Nangaritza River – Maycu Reserve (850 meters). Saraguro: Cloud Forets(2400 -3200 m) Acacana: 3400 m. 11154 feets.

Day 1. Arrival from Quito to the Catamayo airport and head to theTapichalaca reserve. Casa Simpson Lodge, 2 nights. : (2500m- 8200 feets); target bird: Jocotoco Antpitta

Day 2. Tapichalaca Reserve (Casa Simpson lodge)

Day 3,4. Head to Copalinga Reserve, 2 nights. Spangled Coquette,Coppery-chested Jacamar, Andean-cock of the Rock, Amazonian Umbrella Bird,White-necked Parakeet

Day 5, 6, 7. Head to Maycu Reserve (yankuam lodge) (850meters), Tropical Forest: 3 nights.Target birds: Orange-throated Tanager.

Day 8. Copalinga Reserve 1night. Podocarpus National Park

Day 9. Saraguro, Acacana Mountain. 1 night. Crescent-faced Antpitta

Day 10. Head to loja and to the airport in Catamayo. Flight back Quito.


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



An unforgettable wild life and birding experience.

Visiting Ecuador, and to have a journey in the Napo river through the Yasuni National Park, tributary of the Amazon river, is one of the most wonderful experiences you can have.. The impressive biodiversity of these lowlands ecosystem characterized by habitat of primary forest of terra firme, surrounded by lagoons and varzea forest it is represented by a variety of animal species, such as, birds, insects, reptiles, as well an exuberant and dense vegetation.

While hiking or taking a trip on canoe, you will be amazed hearing and observing lot of birds such as Hoatzins, caciques, Oropendolas, Macaws, caracaras, colorfull tanagers, parrots, toucans, and many others.

The Mammals will be another fascinating experience, hearing and observing different species of monkeys such as, red howler monkey, Common squirrel monkey and others. Amazon Ecuador, Napo river, Birding Trip

Wildlife lovers who want to visit Ecuador can have some different options to begin this amazing experience.

The biodiversity is so vast that we recommend at least a stay of three weeks to try to visit most of the habitats, visiting the north and south of Ecuador or planning to stay a little longer to include the coast of Ecuador.

If your plans are for short trips, you can also have the opportunity to visit specific regions where of course you will have your first impression and will see a lot of wildlife.

Exploraves (birdsexplore) will give you the opportunity to have this experience. We offer a program visiting in the north, Mindo (Choco region), and the Napo River (an Amazon basin in the Yasuni National Park); completing the tour in the south with Buenaventura, Jorupe, Tapichalaca, Copalinga Reserves and the Podocarpus National Park, as well the Nangaritza River, another tributary of the Amazon. Amazon Ecuador, Napo river, Birding Trip.

Option 1

14 days – 14 nights
ARRIVAL . QUITO at night
DAY 8 San Isidro - WILD SUMACO
DAY 9 Wild Sumaco – QUITO

Option 2. North and south of Ecuador

17 days 17 nights
Day 1. Yanacocha Reserve. North Ecuador
Day 2. Mindo Choco Region.
Day 3. Silanche. Choco Region.
Day 4. Quito – Coca: Amazon Basin – Napo River. Yasuni National Park
Day 5 Amazon Basin – Napo River. Yasuni National Park
Day 6 Amazon Basin – Napo River. Yasuni National Park
Day 7 Amazon Basin
Day 8 Amazon Basin - Coca - Quito.

Day 9 – Flight Quito – Loja: Tapichalaca reserve. Cloud Forest.
Day 10 Tapichalaca Reserve.
Day 11 Copalinga reserve. South. Zamora Chinchipe Province.
Day 12. Copalinga Reserve. Zamora Chinchipe Province.
Day 13. Copalinga Reserve. Zamora Chinchipe Province.
Day 14 Copalinga – Buenaventura.
Day 15. Buenaventura reserve. Choco Region. South Ecuador.
Day 16 Buenaventura Reserve. South Ecuador
Day 17 Buenaventura Reserve.


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.


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


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

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.


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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