Birding Tour Ecuador: The South 2018
Although it is not as famous as The Northern Ecuador Birding Circuit, the Southern Ecuador route is truly a gem for birders, offering a very unique set of birds, including some country endemics and several range-restricted species shared with adjacent Northern Peru only, with several of them hard to get in this neighboring country.
During these 19 days we will have the chance to explore a unique suite of highly endangered natural habitats, including the Chocó forest found only in Western Colombia and home to the amazing Long-wattled Umbrellabird and Club-winged Manakin, and the Tumbesian zone, a very localized habitat that extends through southwest Ecuador and northwest Peru only and is home to a large number of range-restricted species such as Pale-browed Tinamou, Grey-backed Hawk, and Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner.
We also will cross different deciduous lowlands, high-elevation cloudforest, and páramo, looking for Jocotoco Antpitta, as well as tropical valleys extending the number of habitats encountered during this trip while visiting a few of the Jocotoco Foundation’s private bird reserves. On the foothills of the Andes of the Cordillera del Condor we will visit Cabañas Yankuam in search of the mythical Orange-throated Tanager.
The Podocarpus National Park and the foothills of the Cabañas Ecológica Copalinga are home to several tanager flocks and a high diversity of hummingbirds, such as the beautiful Wire-crested Thorntail, and also the shy Grey Tinamou.
Finally, the Polylepis Forest, which is rapidly vanishing in the Andes of Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia, is home to special birds like the endemic Violet-throated Metaltail and the sought-after Giant Conebill.
Join this 19-day Birding Tour Ecuador: The South! We are sure you will have a fantastic time with us.
Duration: 19 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8
Date Start: March 02, 2018
Date End: March 20, 2018
Tour Start: Guayaquil
Tour End: Guayaquil
Price: US$6421.00 per person sharing
Single Supplement: US$688.00
Domestic flight Cuenca – Guayaquil
All transfers airport/hotel/airport
All meals except dinner in Guayaquil the first night of the tour
Dinner the first night in Guayaquil
Personal Expenses such as drinks, alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls, internet access, etc.
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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.