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Eduardo Ormaeche

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Head of our South/Central American office in Peru, and senior tour leader in this region.

Since 2004 Eduardo Ormaeche has not stopped working for Birding Ecotours. He started guiding tours in his native Peru and from there spread out into many South and Central American countries, birding, guiding, and co-guiding tours in Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Cuba, Jamaica, and Guatemala. Eduardo is the head of Birding Ecotours’ South/Central American office in Peru and is responsible for coordinating every detail to ensure success of his tours. He enjoys traveling and showing birds to his clients. Eduardo’s logistics skills will provide you with the best facilities available in order to allow you the most enjoyable birding holiday.

Many years ago Eduardo abandoned promising studies in psychology to become a licensed tour guide and get a degree in business management, something he would never regret. He is a serious birder with a world list of 2300 species seen to date. He works very hard to find as many birds as possible on every trip, targeting endemics and range-restricted species for the most hard-core clients.  He is also extremely enthusiastic about wildlife (he loves mammals) and will always give you the chance for a night walk, looking for elusive animals and for as many members as possible of his favorite bird family, the owls.

Eduardo’s other interests include history, art, gastronomy, hiking, and movies, and he is a declared addict to tea and chocolate. When he is not guiding he lives in Lima with his family, developing new routes for the company. Eduardo’s golden dream is to see the Great Grey Owl; his bogey bird is still the Puna Tinamou. Some of the more memorable moments of his career include a massive mixed flock with 60+ species in the fruiting trees of Wildsumaco Bird Lodge in Ecuador, the first time he spotted the Long-whiskered Owlet in the Abra Patricia Mountains in Peru, and an adult Ornate Hawk-Eagle a few meters above his head watching him for over ten minutes in the forest of Tumbes in Peru, where the species had not been reported in over 100 years. White-plumed Antbird, Ocellated Tapaculo, Diademed Plover, Long-whiskered Owlet, Chucao Tapaculo, and Marvellous Spatuletail are among his favorite birds.

Eduardo’s favorite guiding destinations are Northern Peru, Northern Ecuador, Colombia with Santa Marta, the Pantanal and Cristalino Lodge in Brazil, Panama, and the Caribbean. A very friendly, patient, enthusiastic, knowledgeable guide – and not a photographer!


Some of Eduardo’s many client recommendations:

Peru was extraordinary!!!!!!  My “to do” list includes a message to Eduardo with some images that we captured and a tally of the last day’s birds seen with Dennis near Lima, so he can prepare a complete trip report.  Wil and I completed our tally while he was still here visiting after our trip and it came in at a staggering 430+ species seen, and a trip total of 460 species either seen or heard by the Taylor brothers. Your guys delivered BIG TIME on this trip, with three stellar guides and nearly flawless logistics, including two excellent drivers as well.  Can’t thank you enough, Chris.

Eduardo, as you no doubt already know, was top notch.  It was tough saying good bye to him and Raul when they dropped us at the Cusco airport.  We could not have had a better guide/driver combo for the core of the trip.

Wil and I have never hesitated to recommend you and BE to our acquaintances, and we now know that our unconditional recommendation can be extended to your Peruvian office as well.  Thanks a million for your help in getting the Peru trip arranged.  We’ll be in touch.  I attach a photo of satisfied customers with their weary guide near the lower end of the Manu Road, with the Rio Union in the background.

John Taylor, Indiana, Pennsylvania


Recommendation for Eduardo/Raul/Peru staff

Birding Peru for the first time in July 2012 with Eduardo, a professional and very knowledgeable local Peru guide, ensured a smooth, safe and hassle-free trip filled with south Peruvian endemics such as Junin Canastero, White-bellied Cinclodes, Great Inca-Finch and Inca Wren.  Eduardo, with the assistance of Raul, were quick to spot birds and ensured that all in the group got onto the birds as fast as possible. While birding, Eduardo also enlightened and amused us with his vast knowledge of birds and other fauna of the area. At the end of each day Eduardo assisted the group to complete a list of birds seen and heard for the day. A briefing each evening prepared participants on what to expect the next day. The accommodation was clean and safe, even in off-the-beaten-track areas. I can highly recommend the Birding Ecotours bird guide in Peru.

Lisl van Deventer, Pretoria, South Africa


On a special (custom) trip for a dozen target birds: I want to tell you that Eduardo and Raul were great on the recent trip in Peru. They worked hard to find birds for me. Raul is a careful, safe driver!

Bill Tucker, Kingston, New Hampshire


Our trip was fantastic and we have nothing but praise for Eduardo, Raul (our driver) and the superb vehicle used (very suitable for our needs), accommodation, the pace of the trip and your excellent organisation. We have done a lot of world birding over the years by ourselves and with tour companies and I would put this trip as one of the best-organised and led! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The chaps were excellent company too.

Sue and Paul Bruan, Norfolk, England


Hello Chris, and I hope your New Year is off to a good start.

I’ve just returned from our custom tour with Eduardo and I want to tell you – he is a jewel! Very knowledgeable, approachable, friendly and seems to enjoy birding and helping other birders find and appreciate the birds.

I have graded this tour with an “A-“. The minus is because the food was not really very good nor tasty — with the exception of the last meal which was a delightful experience. But none of that is Eduardo’s fault. His guiding, listening and decorum were beyond reproach. He could many times describe where the target bird was, rather than just pointing and scaring it away. A true gentleman and very helpful when I needed help or clarification.

It would be a pleasure to go again with him. He was able to find 26 lifers for me when I expected at the most 19. Now my world list total is 7466 and counting!

He is trying to work something out for me in Peru, but that’s not until May – If we can come up with a feasible itinerary.

Meanwhile, know that you’re welcome to use any or all of this letter to encourage others to join your tours with Eduardo.

Stay well, keep birding. I plan to, too.

Kay Goodhue, Norland, Washington


Hello Eduardo:

I feel that our trip to Colombia was one of the most enjoyable and rewarding bird tours I have ever been on. You did an excellent job of planning, guiding and looking after the logistics on the tour.
Colombia is a pleasure to travel in with very friendly people, excellent roads and pleasant, clean accommodation. Even the more basic places were comfortable, clean and quiet.
Santa Marta is a wonderful place with plentiful birds and fantastic scenery. Rio Blanco was my favorite part of the tour with the antpittas and Ocellated Tapaculo at my feet. Otun Quimbaya with Red-ruffed Fruitcrows as yard birds was also a very enjoyable.
In all parts of the country I never felt at risk. Colombia is now a safe, rewarding country to travel in. I can hardly wait to return.

Thank you,
Jim Martin, Toronto, Canada


Eduardo, thanks so much for all your efforts to make this a fantastic , superbly well organised, entertaining, comfortable, informative , comprehensive   and safe tour through Southern Peru. The Peru you showed me  is indeed fabulous. Thanks also to Raul for his  skilful  driving .   It was a trip of a lifetime for me which Sue and I can now  enjoy “remembering” together.

Owen Oertli, Johannesburg


Dear Chris

Thank you for your interest in the outcome of our tour. It is not possible to answer you in one note, so I will try to do so in a few ‘to the point’ remarks.

Yes, the trip met all our expectations, and more! We saw and experienced the Cerrado, the Amazon forest, even better than previously at Tambopata, and the Pantanal with its amazing variety and volume of wildlife. For me the sight of a Hyacinth Macaw, which drew me to the Pantanal, already made it worthwhile. Then, of course, come the excellent sightings of the Jaguars and the Otters and then all the birds for which Eduardo made special efforts to find for his goals.

In the Cerrado we stayed in an excellent farm-lodge where we were lucky to experience the sighting of the Maned Wolf and the Burrowing Owl (which was on Elzine’s bucket list), apart from a number of colourful specials like the Motmot and Jacamar.

In the Amazon we were also very lucky to find another of Elzine’s target species, the Anaconda, and also another member of South America’s big five, the Tapir. We had an excellent session of forest birding on one of the towers where we could really appreciate the advantages of our private tour which, we think, was good value for the additional cost. Together with the Cristalino guide we had the tower for ourselves, and with an excellent guide like Eduardo also with us, we experienced a feast of good sightings.

On EDUARDO:  It was a pleasure to travel with him again and having him as a guide who showed his expertise even in the presence of other local guides. It is good to hear that he also enjoyed our company.

In summary, we came back as very satisfied customers of Birding Ecotours  and wish to thank you and Lynn for the opportunity to experience the Heart of Brazil.


Jacques and Elzine Smuts, Pretoria, South Africa 

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Peru day tours

Duration: 1 day
Details: We offer 1-day Peru birding tours out of Lima. Please contact us for availability and details.

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Owls of Northern Peru

Price: To be determined
Details: Birding Ecotours has been operating tours in Northern Peru for almost a decade and has been pioneering in developing a tour like this. Our main objective during this trip will be to track down and sho

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Ecuador: Night Birds of the Northern Andes

Details: Please contact us for details.

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Birding Tour Peru: The Lima Area – Extension to South Peru 2018

Duration: 4 days
Date Start: July 16, 2018
Date End: July 19, 2018
Price: 4-6 participants US$1280 per person sharing, 3 participants US$1456 per person sharing, 2 participants US$1624 per person sharing, 1 participant US$2376
Details: During this short ‘Birding Tour Peru’ excursion we will be birding Pacusana, the Santa Eulalia Road,and the Lomas de Lachay national reserve, searching, among others, for the legendary Dia

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Birding Tour Peru: The Endemic-rich North and Cordillera Blanca 2018

Duration: 26 days
Date Start: June 05, 2018
Date End: June 30, 2018
Price: US$7259 assuming 6 – 8 participants, US$8229 assuming 3 – 5 participants
Details: This expansive ‘Birding Tour Peru’ expedition of the magnificent north of Peru will lead us through all of the most rewarding birding hotspots of this astounding area brimming with avian r

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Birding Tour Peru: South Peru - the Inca Empire, Mountains and Lowland Rainforests 2018

Duration: 16 days
Date Start: July 01, 2018
Date End: July 16, 2018
Price: US$7300 per person sharing for 4 - 8 participants, US$7713 per person sharing for 3 participants, US$9328 per person sharing for 2 participants
Details: Welcome to the next tour in our ‘Birding Tour Peru’ collection. This is a classic Southern Peru birding tour, in which we sample a huge range of different habitats from coastal desert to h

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Birding Tour Peru: Central Peru 2018

Duration: 18 days
Date Start: September 27, 2018
Date End: October 14, 2018
Price: US$6109 per person sharing, assuming 4-8 participants, US$9256 per person sharing for a private tour with just 2 participants
Details: This tour is designed to search for endemics and localized birds of the Central Peruvian Andes. Exploring the highlands of Lima and Andean heights of up to 5000 feet as well as dry riverbeds, cloudfor

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Birding Tour Panama: Wild Western Panama - the Caribbean and the Cloudforest Slope 2018

Duration: 9 days
Date Start: May 09, 2018
Date End: May 17, 2018
Price: US$3236 per person sharing
Details: Panama offers one of the greatest birding experiences in the Neotropics, conjuring up visions of the Panama Canal, Harpy Eagles, army ants, and ground cuckoos. However, less frequently visited by bird

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Birding Tour Panama: Central and Eastern Panama and the Darien 2018

Duration: 12 days
Date Start: May 17, 2018
Date End: May 28, 2018
Price: $4409 per person sharing, assuming 4 - 8 participants
Details: Welcome to our new Birding Tour Central and Eastern Panama 2017! Panama is perhaps one of the best birding countries in the Neotropics. With easy access, an excellent logistic infrastructure, and a hu

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Birding Tour Costa Rica Escape 2018

Duration: 8 days
Date Start: January 03, 2018
Date End: January 10, 2018
Price: US$ 2800 per person sharing (6 – 8 participants), US$ 3197 per person sharing (4 – 5 participants)
Details: Join this short Birding Tour Costa Rica we have developed for you as the best excuse to leave home and the daily stress to do some great birding in one of the most fantastic birding destinations in th

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Birding Tour Colombia: The Very Best of Colombia 2018

Duration: 24 days
Date Start: January 23, 2018
Date End: February 15, 2018
Price: US$8585 per person sharing
Details: Welcome to our Birding Tour Colombia collection of tours. Andean Ranges and Inter-Andean Valleys, the Chocó Bioregion, the Santa Marta Mountains, and the Caribbean – Colombia is Magical Reality Col

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Birding Tour Colombia: Classic Colombia 2018

Duration: 16 days
Date Start: February 18, 2018
Date End: March 05, 2018
Price: US$6325 per person sharing
Details: Colombia, with its diverse landscapes, is home to more bird species than any other country in the world. With the country’s almost two thousand species be prepared to be in awe of the spectacular av

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Birding Tour Brazil: Cerrado, Amazon, and Pantanal 2018

Duration: 15 days
Date Start: August 28, 2018
Date End: September 11, 2018
Price: US$8652 per person sharing
Details: Please note: On this Birding Tour Brazil 1.5 days will be spent searching for the magnificent jaguar. Welcome to the first of our 2018 Birding Tour Brazil itineraries! In a country well known for its

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Birding Tour Brazil: Cerrado Endemics and Brazilian Merganser 2018

Duration: 9 days
Date Start: September 12, 2018
Date End: September 20, 2018
Price: US$4755 per person sharing
Details: Many people know of the immense Brazilian Amazon with its astonishing biodiversity. Some people might know about the highly endangered Atlantic Rainforest that once stretched across large sections of

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Birding Tour Bolivia: The Andes and Chaco Lowlands 2018

Duration: 19 days
Date Start: October 24, 2018
Date End: November 13, 2018
Price: Main tour: US$6,980 p/p for 5-6 participants, US$8,179 p/p for 3-4 participants, US$10,597 p/p for 2 participants. Extension: US$1,301 p/p for 5-6 participants, US$1,581 p/p for 3-4 participants, US$2,167 p/p for 2 participants.
Details: Bolivia may be one of the less frequently visited birding destinations in South America, but it has truly great potential and magnificent birds. The country holds 1432 bird species, the sixth country

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Birding Tour Bolivia: The Andes and Chaco Lowlands 2017

Duration: 19 days
Date Start: October 24, 2017
Date End: November 13, 2017
Price: Main tour: US$ 6345 p/p for 5-6 participants, US$ 7435 p/p for 3-4 participants, US$ 9634 p/p for 2 participants. Extension: US$ 1183 p/p for 5-6 participants, US$ 1437 p/p for 3-4 participants, US$ 1970 p/p for 2 participants.
Details: Bolivia may be one of the less frequently visited birding destinations in South America, but it has truly great potential and magnificent birds. The country holds 1432 bird species, the sixth country

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