Neblina Forest Birding Tours

Ecuador

ORCHID TRIPS

Overview

November trip: eastern andean ridge

Orchid Fever Satisfied: Helge and a Telipogon af maldonadoensis

By Gustavo Cañas-Valle

INFORMATION

  • Number of ORCHIDS seen during the trip: 127 species
  • Average expected number of PLANTS with flowers seen during the trip: 370 to 400 species
  • Families Represented: 73 families (minimum)
  • Vegetation Types Visited: 10 out of 16 Ecuadorian Vegetation Types.
  • Total habitats visited: 10 out of 20.
  • Altitude Range: 981 to 4000 m (3218 to 13,123 ft)

A General Description of plants Photographed by habitat follows:

Habitat

Localities

Top Ten Highlight Birds

North Ecuadorian Grassland and "Quebrada" vegetation (Interandean Valleys)

Machachi – Cotopaxi Road

Oxalis cf peduncularis (Oxalidaceae), Prunus capuli (Rosaceae), Brugmansia sanguinea, Brugmansia nubigena (Solanaceae), Coriaria ruscifolia (Coriariaceae),

Eastern Cordillera Paramo (Grass, shrub and cushion, and Desert paramo) Phytogeographically known in South America as Puna.

Cotopaxi National Park

Aa sp. (Orchidaceae), Chuquiraga jussieui (Asteraceae), Coriaria ruscifolia (Coriariaceae), Halenia weddeliana, Gentiana sedifolia (Gentianaceae), Hypericum laricifolium (Hypericaceae), Tristerix longebracteatus (Loranthaceae), Ribes sp. (Saxifragaceae) Brachyotum sp. Possible: Brachyotum gleasonii (Melastomataceae)

Eastern Cloud forest

Baños

34 spp seen in 22 families: In the Orchids, the family with the most species recorded: 7 species, three genera: Epidendrum, Maxillaria and Phragmipedium. Epidendrum was the most numerous with 5 spp.

Eastern Cloud forest and Eastern Low montane forest

Puyo

66 spp seen in 18 families: Orchid family presented 34 species in 21 genera, dominating the group Maxillaria (4 species) and Phragmipedium and Gongora, with 3 species each.

South Ecuadorian shrub vegetation and Dry scrub vegetation of southernmost Ecuador (Chinchipe Valley)

La Toma – Loja Road

Loja County Botanic Garden: 54 spp in 5 families. Orchids were the most frequently seen organisms there: 50 species in 29 genera. The dominant genera were Epidendrum (8 species), Oncidium (7 species) and Maxillaria (4 species).

Southern Cordilleras Paramo (Grass, shrub and cushion paramo)

Cajanuma Area (PNP)

9 spp in 7 families e.g: Gaulteria revoluta, Bejaria sp. (Ericaceae), Oreaocallis grandiflorum (Proteaceae), Streptosolen jamesonii (Solanaceae) Most numerous family: Ericaceae (3 species). No orchids recorded.

Savanna and Deciduous Forest; Semi-deciduous Forest

Catacocha – Macará Road

7 spp in 7 families: Most interesting plants were one Cucurbitaceae and several Bombacaceae including Ceiba trischistandra. Most species did not have flowers to be used as a trait for identification

Dry scrub vegetation of southernmost Ecuador (Chinchipe Valley)

Vilcabamba (PNP Western Limit)

Yangana and Cerro Toledo: 38 spp in 23 families. Most frequently seen in this area: Ericaceae (5 spp), Compositae (3 spp) and Orchidaceae (3 spp).

Eastern Cloud Forest

Tapichalaca Reserve (PNP Southwestern Limit)

Tapichalaca Reserve: 9 spp in 7 families, e.g.: Oncidium macranthum (Orchidaceae), Guzmania sp. (Bromeliaceae), Centropogon sp. (Campanulaceae). Dominant families: Onagraceae and Orchidaceae, with 2 species each.

Eastern Cloud forest and Eastern Low montane forest

Loja – Zamora Old Road (PNP Northern Limit)

San Francisco on the road to Zamora: 10 spp in 9 families. Orchidaceae: only family with more than one species (Epidendrum spp).

Eastern Cordillera Paramo (Grass, shrub and cushion paramo)

Papallacta, Lava Flow and Termas de Papallacta

Papallacta Pass and the Lava Flow: 50 spp in 13 families. Orchids: 16 species in 8 genera. Genera with the most species: Pleurothallis (5 spp) and Epidendrum, Odontoglossum, Pterichis y Stellis (2 species each.)

Eastern Cloud forest and Eastern Low montane forest

Baeza – El Chaco – Cosanga Area

45 spp in 19 families: 13 spp in Orchidaceae, the one with the most species seen in this section. From the 11 genera seen in the family, the two more numerous, Elleanthus and Odontoglossum, presented 2 species each.

Eastern Cloud Forest

San Isidro and Cosanga Area

San Isidro and Cosanga: 29 spp in 15 families. Orchids presented the most records with 8 species: 4 Epidendrum and 2 Maxillaria. On the way back to Quito, before Baeza: five (5) orchid species from: Elleanthus, Epidendrum, Lepanthes, Pleurothallis, and Trychoceros.

Itinerary

Day 1

Transfer to Hotel Sebastian[1] upon arrival to Quito "Mariscal Sucre" Airport (2800 m, 9,186 ft.). Overnight in Quito (Hotel Sebastián)

Day 2

Pick up time, 6:00 am. Our goal for the day is botanizing the morning drive through Limpiopungu plateau at Cotopaxi National Park (4000 m / 13,123 ft) on our way to Baños (1800 m / 5,906 ft). Overnight in Luna Runtun Resort & SPA

Day 3

Botanizing the Baños area. Overnight in Baños (Luna Runtun Resort & SPA).

Day 4

Botanizing the road from Baños to Puyo (981 m / 3,218 ft). With emphasis in the Puyo area. Overnight in Baños (Luna Runtun Resort & SPA)

Day 5

Botanizing the road from Baños to Rio Negro. Transfer back to Quito. Overnight in Quito (Hotel Sebastián).

Day 6

Pick up time, 4:30 am for transfer to Loja Flight. Departure time from Quito "Mariscal Sucre" Airport is 5:45. Scenic flight depending on weather through the Volcanoes Avenue to La Toma "Camilo Ponce Enríquez" Airport (1532 m / 5,026 ft). Scenic drive towards Loja (2150 m / 7,054 ft). Botanizing de Cajanuma Area (2550 to 3700 m / 8,366 to 12,139 ft) on the Northwestern limit of Podocarpus National Park[2] and the Loja County Orchid Garden. Overnight in Vilcabamba (1500 m / 4,921 ft) (Hostal Jardin Escondido)

Day 7

Botanizing the drive from Vilcabamba to Jocotoco Foundation's Tapichalaca Reserve[4] (2800 to 3100 m / 2,953 to 10,171 ft),with selected stops. Overnight in Vilcabamba (Hostal Jardin Escondido).

Day 8

Transfer from Vilcabamba to Loja. Botanizing the Loja – Zamora Road (2800 to 900 m / 9,186 to 2,953 ft). Overnight in Loja.

Day 9

Botanizing the scenic drive of the Catacocha (1800 m / 5,906 ft) – Macará Road (450 m / 1,476 ft). Overnight in Loja.

Day 10

Early morning flight to Quito "Mariscal Sucre" Airport. From the airport, we will start the day with a scenic drive towards Papallacta (3071 m / 10,078 ft). We will botanize the Papallacta Area Overnight in Termas de Papallacta[5], a mountain resort and spa. There, after an intense day looking for flowers, a series of natural hot spring water pools will welcome you.

Day 11

Botanize the eastern slope of the Andes while driving from Papallacta down to Baeza (1796 m / 5,892 ft). Overnight at San Isidro Lodge

Day 12

Botanize the San Isidro premises and Cosanga (2,075 m / 6,807 ft). Overnight at San Isidro Lodge.

Day 13

While driving back up to Papallacta, check for plant species that we might have missed on the way down to Baeza. Botanize the old Baeza – El Chaco (About 1500 m / 4,921 ft) road. Overnight in Termas de Papallacta for a last comforting dip into the hot-spring water.

Day 14

Early morning drive to Quito finishing up with the last flowers available on the Papallacta – Quito Road. Transfer to flight back home.

Include / Not Include

Price Includes:

  • All transfers to and from airports and hotels
  • All accommodations throughout
  • All box lunches
  • Private transportation and driver
  • Specialized birding guide
  • Meals while at lodges
  • Flight to and from Loja

Price Includes:

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Orchid Tours are planned three times a year based on availability of flowers

  • January Trip: Coastal Region
  • February Trip: Southern Dry Forest and Interandean Vegetation
  • August Trip: Amazon Region

PODOCARPUS NATIONAL PARK (PNP) AND SOUTHERN ECUADOR

Overview

INFORMATION

Average expected number of birds seen during the trip: 450 -500 species Vegetation Types Visited: 7 out of 16 Ecuadorian Vegetation Types Total habitats visited: 7 out of 20 Altitude Range: 900 to 4500 m (2,953 to 14,764 ft) A Top-Ten Bird List by Habitat follows:

 

 

 

Habitat

Localities

Top Ten Highlight Birds

South Ecuadorian

Localities

Top Ten Highlight Birds

shrub vegetation
(South From Azuay Ridge)
and Dry scrub vegetation of southernmost Ecuador
(Chinchipe Valley)

Road

Antshrike,
Long-tailed mockingbird,
Fasciated Wren

Southern Cordilleras Paramo (Grass, shrub and cushion paramo)

Cajanuma
Area (PNP)

Plushcap finch, Gray-breasted mountain-toucan, Chestnut-napped antpitta, Bearded guan, Black-headed hemispingus, Buff-breasted mountain tanager, Red-hooded tanager, Chestnut-breasted chlorophonia

Eastern Cloud forest and Eastern Low montane forest

Loja – Zamora Old Road (PNP Northern Limit)

Paramo seedeater, Mouse-colored thistletail, Rusty-winged barbtail, White-streaked antvireo, Yellow-breasted and Rufous-rumped antwrens, Ecuadorian tyrannulet, Marble-faced bristle-tyrant

Eastern Low montane forest

Bombuscaro Area (PNP)

White-breasted parakeet*, Fasciated tiger-heron, Double-toothed kite, Sickle-winged guan, Rufous-breasted wood-quail, Sunbittern, Maroon-chested ground-dove, Grey potoo, Blackish nightjar, Wire-crested thorntail, Violet-fronted brilliant, Black-mandibled toucan, Amazonian umbrellabird, Black-billed treehunter, Blue-rumped manakin, Coppery-chested jacamar, Highland motmot, Foothill antwren

Dry scrub vegetation of southernmost Ecuador (Chinchipe Valley)

Vilcabamba (PNP Western Limit)

White-tailed jay, Plumbeous backed thrush, Plumbeous rail

Eastern Cloud Forest

Tapichalaca Reserve (PNP Southwestern Limit)

Jocotoco antpitta*, Ocellated tapaculo, White-capped tanager, Orange-banded flycatcher, Masked saltator, Chestnut-crested cotinga, Bearded guan, Chestnut-naped antpitta, Amethyst-throated sunangel, Flame-throated sunangel, Rufous-capped thornbill, Lacrimouse mountain tanager, Pearled treerunner, Streaked tufted check, Chusquea tapaculo

South Ecuadorian shrub vegetation, Dry scrub vegetation of southernmost Ecuador (Chinchipe Valley) and Paramo (Grass, shrub and cushion paramo)

Loja – Cuenca Road (With a short stop at Yunguilla Reserve)

Pale-headed brush-finch*, Andean condor, Crescent-faced antpitta, Amazilia hummingbird, Stripped cuckoo

Eastern Cloud Forest and Eastern Lowland Rain Forest

Gualaceo – Limón Road

Black-and-chestnut eagle, Rainbow-bearded thornbill, Viridian metaltail, Black-backed bush-tanager, Masked mountain tanager, Cinnamon screech-owl, Black-billed and Gray-breasted mountain toucan. Red-faced parrot, Golden-plumed parakeet, Flame-throated sunangel, Sulphur-bellied tyrannulet

South Eastern Cordillera Paramo (Grass, shrub and cushion paramo)

Cajas National Park

Violet-throated metaltail*, Tit-like dacnis, Giant conebill, Andean condor, Sword-billed hummingbird, Andean snipe, Great-horned owl, Grey-breasted mountain-toucan, Blue-mantled thornbill, Rainbow-bearded thornbill, Buff-breasted mountain- tanager, Many-striped canastero, Scarlet-bellied mountain-tanager, Ecuadorian Hillstar, Andean gull

Western Cordillera Cloud Forest

Nono – Tandayapa Road

Brown and Collared inca, Western emerald, Great saphirewing, Dark-backed wood-quail, Scarlet-bellied mountain tanager, Hooded mountain tanager, Golden tanager, Flame faced tanager, Black-winged saltator

Itinerary

Day 1

Transfer to Hotel Sebastian[1] upon arrival to Quito "Mariscal Sucre" Airport (2800 m, 9,186 ft.)

Day 2

Pick up time, 4:30 am for transfer to Loja Flight. Departure time from Quito "Mariscal Sucre" Airport is 5:45. Your guide will be on this flight with you. Our driver will be waiting for you at La Toma "Camilo Ponce Enríquez" Airport (1532 m / 5,026 ft), to pick you up.

Birding the airport area and the drive towards Loja (2150 m / 7,054 ft). Overnight in Loja.

Day 3

Birding the Cajanuma Area (2550 to 3700 m / 8,366 to 12,139 ft) on the Northwestern limit of Podocarpus National Park[2]. Overnight in Loja.

Day 4

Birding the Loja – Zamora Old Road (2800 to 900 m / 9,186 to 2,953 ft). Overnight in Zamora (Copalinga Lodge).

Day 5

Birding the Bombuscaro Area (900 to 1200 m / 2,953 to 3,937 ft) on the Northern limit of Podocarpus National Park Overnight in Zamora (Cabañas Ecológicas Copalinga[3]).

Day 6

Birding the Bombuscaro Area until late afternoon. Drive to Loja and overnight in Loja Hotel.

Day 7

During the drive from Loja to Vilcabamba (1500 m / 4,921 ft), bird the road sides. Overnight in Vilcabamba (Hostal Jardin Escondido)[4]

Day 8

Drive from Vilcabamba to Jocotoco Foundation's Tapichalaca Reserve[5] (2800 to 3100 m / 2,953 to 10,171 ft), birding the road sides. Overnight in Tapichalaca Reserve (Simpson House).

Day 9

Birding day at Tapichalaca Reserve looking for the endemic and endangered Jocotoco Antpitta and other birds. Overnight in the Tapichalaca Reserve (Simpson House).

Day 10

Birding during the drive back to Loja. Overnight in Loja.

Day 11

Scattered birding along the drive from Loja to Cuenca (2530 m / 8,301 ft). Overnight in Cuenca (Hotel El Dorado).

Day 12

Birding the Gualaceo – Limón Road (3250 to 1700 m / 10,663 to 5,577 ft). Overnight in Cuenca (Hotel El Dorado).

Day 13

Full day birding El Cajas National Park (3000 to 4500 m / 9,842.52 to 14,764 ft). Overnight in Cuenca (Hotel El Dorado).

Day 14

Early morning flight to Quito "Mariscal Sucre" Airport. At the airport, we will start a birding day which we will spend mostly on our Western Andean Ridge slopes:

the Nono – Tandayapa Road (3086 to 1719 m / 10,127 to 5,643 ft). Overnight in Quito (Hotel Sebastian).

Day 15

Transfer to flight back home.

Include / Not Include

Price Includes:

  • All transfers to and from airports and hotels
  • All accommodations throughout
  • All box lunches
  • Private transportation and driver
  • Specialized birding guide
  • Meals while at lodges
  • Flight to and from Coca

Price Includes:

Meals while in Quito except for breakfast Drinks throughout, tipping and international airport tax

  • Four star Hotel located in Modern Quito
  • Podocarpus
  • Copalinga at Bombuscaro
  • Accomodation in Vilcabamba
  • One of the eight Jocotoco Foundation Reserves in Ecuador http://www.fjocotoco.org

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Amazon Program or Ecuador Programs Extension

Overview

Mealy Amazon, Bill Blackledge 2005

INFORMATION

Average expected number of birds during the trip: 350 to 400 species. Vegetation Types Visited: 3 out of 16 Ecuadorian Vegetation Types. Total habitats visited: 3 out of 20. Altitude Range: 200 to 518 meters (656 to 1,700 feet)

A Top-Ten Bird List by Habitat follows:

Habitat

Localities

Top Ten Highlight Birds

Western Cordillera: Cloud Forest and Lower Mountain Forest

Tena

Andean potoo, Rufous-vented whitetip, Moustached antpitta, White bellied antpitta, Golden-winged todyflycatcher, White-capped and Metallic-green tanager, Golden-collared honeycreeper

Amazonian Region east of the Andes: Lowland rain forest and Seasonally Inundated Areas

Coca and Jungle Lodge chosen

Orange-crested manakin*, Cocha antshrike*, Zigzag Heron, Nocturnal and Slavin's curassows, Long tailed potoo, Scarlet-shouldered parrotlet, White-eared and White-chinned jacamar, Purple-throated cotinga

Itinerary

First Itinerary Day by Day:

Day 1

Transfer to Hotel Sebastian[1] upon arrival to Quito "Mariscal Sucre" Airport (2800 m / 9,186 ft.). Overnight in Quito (Hotel Sebastian)

Day 2

Mid morning flight to Tena (518 m / 1,732 ft). Then take the connection drive to Gareno Lodge (2 hours). Overnight in Gareno Lodge.

Day 3 to 4

Birding the Gareno Lodge forest and trails. Overnights in Gareno Lodge.

Day 5

Early morning canoe ride down the Napo River to Coca (Puerto Francisco de Orellana: 298 m / 977 feet) (3 hours), where the Napo Wildlife Center[2] (NWC) personnel will meet us. Change canoes and continue down the Napo River to NWC (2 hours). Overnight in NWC.

Day 6 to 10

Bird the forest around the lodge and enjoy the rich biodiversity, parrot lek, observation tower, river islands and oxbow lakes. Overnights in NWC.

Day 11

Start your day riding a motor canoe back to Coca, which connects with the mid morning flight to Quito. Overnight in Quito (Hotel Sebastian).

Day 12

Transfer to flight back home or connect with one of our extension programs.

Second Itinerary Day by Day:

Day 1

Transfer to Hotel Sebastian[3] upon arrival to Quito "Mariscal Sucre" Airport (2800 m / 9,186 ft.)

Day 2

Pick up time: 6 am. Our first stop will be Jocotoco Foundation's Yanacocha Reserve[4] (3400 to 4000 m / 11,155 to 13,123 ft).

Day 3

Mid morning flight to Coca (Puerto Francisco de Orellana: 298 m / 977 feet). Then take the connection to Sacha Lodge[5] or La Selva Jungle Lodge[6]. Either of these will be your final destination today for your overnight.

Day 4 to 5

Birding the forest, lake and trails in the premises of the lodge you chose. Overnights there.

Day 6

Canoe ride from your lodge to Napo Wildlife Center

Day 7 to 9

Bird the forest around NWC and enjoy the rich biodiversity, parrot lek, observation tower, river islands and oxbow lakes.

Day 10

Start your day riding a motor canoe back to Coca, which connects with the mid morning flight to Quito. Overnight in Quito (Hotel Sebastian).

Day 11

Transfer to flight back home or connect with one of our extension programs.

Include / Not Include

Price Includes:

  • All transfers to and from airports and hotels
  • All accommodations throughout
  • All box lunches
  • Private transportation and driver
  • Specialized birding guide
  • Meals while at lodges
  • Flight to and from Coca

Price Includes:

Meals while in Quito except for breakfast Drinks throughout, tipping and international airport tax

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Endemic bird species to Ecuador

Antpittas Special Trip

Antpittas Special Trip

Ecuador We can see:

Antpitta feeding from Angel Paz at Paz reserve and from Jocotoco Park rangers at Tapichalaca Reserve.

Ecuador Birding and Nature

A CUSTOM JOURNEY

At any time

Explore Ecuador, a peaceful, beautiful country that offerssome of the best birding in South America.

Andes Amazon Exotic

Andes Amazon Exotic

INFORMATION

Average expected number of birds seen during the trip: 450 to 500 species. Vegetation Types Visited: 6 out of 16 Ecuadorian Vegetation Types. Total habitats visited: 13 out of 20. Altitude Range: 298 to 4000 meters (977 to 13,123 feet)

Overview

Average expected number of birds seen during the trip: 450 to 500 species. Vegetation Types Visited: 6 out of 16 Ecuadorian Vegetation Types. Total habitats visited: 13 out of 20. Altitude Range: 298 to 4000 meters (977 to 13,123 feet)

A Top-Ten Bird List by Habitat follows:

Habitat

Localities

Top Ten Highlight Birds

Western Cordillera: Cloud Forest and Paramo (Grass, shrub and cushion Paramo)

Yanacocha Reserve

Black breasted puffleg*, Giant Conebill, Ocellated Tapaculo, Imperial snipe, Andean and Sickle-winged Guan, Shining sunbeam, Mountain Velvetbreast, Sword-billed hummingbird, Black-chested mountain tanager.

Western Cordillera: Cloud Forest and Lower Mountain Forest

Nono – Mindo Road

Brown and Collared inca, Western emerald, Great saphirewing, Dark-backed wood-quail, Scarlet-bellied mountain tanager, Hooded mountain tanager, Golden tanager, Flame faced tanager, Black-winged saltator

Coastal Region west of the Andes: Lower Mountain Forest

Tandayapa Valley Bellavista Lodge & Reserve Mindo Valley

Empress brilliant, Violet-tailed sylph, Green-tailed trainbearer, Tawny-bellied hermit, Green fronted lancebill, Purple-throated woodstar, White-bellied woodstar, Green-crowned woodnymph, Plate-billed mountain toucan, Toucan barbet. Fasciated tiger-heron, Velvet-purple coronet, Fawn-breasted brilliant, Giant antpitta, Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Club-winged manakin, Toucan Barbet, Blue-winged mountain-tanager, Beryl-spangled tanager, Beautiful jay

Amazonian Region east of the Andes: Lowland rain forest

Coca and Jungle Lodge chosen

Grey-winged trumpeter, Maroon-tailed parakeet, Orange-cheeked parrot, White-eared, White-cheeked and Purplish jacamars, Lemon-throated Barbet, Reddish-winged bare-eye, Cocha antshrike, Orange-crested manakin

Eastern Cordillera: Eastern Cloud Forest and Lower Mountain Forest

Papallacta – Baeza Road

Torrent duck, Sword-billed hummingbird, White-capped dipper, Tyrannine woodcreeper, Greater scythebill, Dusky piha, Red-hooded, White-capped and Golden-crowned tanagers, Rufous-breasted Flycatcher.

Eastern Cordillera: Eastern Cloud Forest

Cabañas San Isidro
Cordillera de Guacamayos

Black-and-chestnut eagle, Rufous-vented whitetip, Moustached and Peruvian antpittas, Bicolored antvireo Oleaginous hemispingus, Chestnut-breasted chlorophonia, White-capped, Yellow throated and Metallic-green tanagers
Highland tinamou, Slate-crowned antpitta, White-bellied antpitta, Striped treehunter, Bicoloured and Broad-winged hawks, Black-and-chestnut eagle, Rufous-bellied nighthawk, Chestnut-breasted coronet, Lemmon browed flycatcher

North Ecuadorian Grassland and "Quebrada" vegetation (Interandean Valleys)

Quito

Harris' Hawk, Western Emerald, Black-tailed trainbearer, Giant hummingbird, Vermillion flycatcher, Streak-throated bush tyrant, Spectacled whitestart, Golden-rumped euphonia, Southern yellow grosbeak, Band-tailed seedeater.

Itinerary

Day 1

Transfer to Puembo Birding Garden upon arrival to Quito "Mariscal Sucre" Airport (2400 m / 7,920 ft.)

Day 2

Pick up time: 6 am. Our first stop will be Jocotoco Foundation's Yanacocha Reserve[2] (3400 to 4000 m / 11,155 to 13,123 ft).
Then, bird the Nono[3] – Mindo Road (Starting at 3086 m / 10,127 ft) all the way and into the Tandayapa Valley (1719 m / 5,643 ft). Overnight in Bellavista Lodge[4] (About 2000 m / 6,562 ft).

Day 3

Birding the Bellavista Trails and the dirt road that leads across a ridge, at the edge of the property, and down into the Mindo Valley. Overnight in Bellavista Lodge.

Day 4

Birding the Mindo Valley (1525 meters / 5,006 feet) or Sacha Tamia Lodge [5]and its premises (About 1700 m / 5,577 ft).

Day 5

Birding Pedro Vicente Maldonado (588 m / 1929 ft) and the patches of Choco Forest[6] in this area. Overnight in Mindo.

Day 6

Early transfer from Mindo to Quito. During the drive, bird the road sides looking for the elusives of our second day. Overnight at Puembo Birding Garden.

Day 7

Mid morning flight to Coca (Puerto Francisco de Orellana: 298 m / 977 feet) for the Amazon portion of the trip.
Then take the connection to Napo Wildlife Center[7], Sacha Lodge[8] or La Selva Jungle Lodge[9]. Either of these will be your final destination today.

Day 8 to 10

Bird the forest around the lodge and enjoy the rich biodiversity, parrot lek, observation tower, river islands and oxbow lakes.

Day 11

Start your day riding a motor canoe back to Coca, which connects with the mid morning flight to Quito. Overnight in Quito (Hotel Sebastian).

Day 12

Pick up time: 6 am. Bird the drive to Papallacta (3071 m / 10,078 ft).
Overnight in Termas de Papallacta[10], a mountain resort and spa. There, after an intense day of birding, a series of natural hot spring water pools will welcome you.

Day 13

Bird the eastern slope of the Andes while driving from Papallacta down to Baeza (1796 m / 5,892 ft) and Cosanga (2,075 m / 6,807 ft). Overnight at San Isidro Lodge

Day 14

Bird the Guacamayos's Cordillera[12]. Then drive back to Quito. Farewell dinner at El Galpón Museum and Folk Store. Overnight at Puembo Birding Garden.

Day 15

Transfer to flight back home.

Include/Not include

Price Includes:

  • All transfers to and from airports and hotels
  • All accommodations throughout
  • All box lunches
  • Private transportation and driver
  • Specialized birding guide
  • Meals while at lodges
  • Flight to and from Coca

Price Includes:

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Ecuador Country Facts

Country Facts

Dear Friends and Visitors:

From now on our web page is going to provide basic information about the countries we visit during our bird watching tours, based on information collected from the internet and updated by our tour leaders. We have enjoyed bird watching Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. We are developing up-coming bird tours to Guyana.

We want to provide you with useful information about the countries you plan to visit with us, in advance, so you can plan ahead the details of your trip.

Sincerely yours,

Gustavo Cañas-Valle

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