Tour Leader for Birding Ecotours
Galo Real was born and raised in the heart of the Andes in Quito, Ecuador. After graduating with a degree in Eco-tourism from Catholic University in Quito (PUCE), he became qualified as a Naturalist guide and began working and living in the famous Tandayapa Valley. This is where he met his first birder and instantly became hooked. He quickly began to study, observe, and learn everything he could about the local bird population. He then moved to the East Slope of the Andes next to the Guacamayos Ridge and was given the opportunity to begin guiding birding groups at the well-known Cabañas San Isidro Cloud Forest Reserve. Little by little he started birding and leading groups all over the country.
Galo has been professionally guiding for well over a decade in Ecuador. His easy mannerisms and vast knowledge of politics and culture of Ecuador make him a wonderful travel companion. Galo has traveled and birded various parts of Texas, Peru, Spain, France, Belgium, Holland, and of course all over Ecuador.
When not guiding, Galo resides with his wife, RhoAnn, and three children in the Amazonian Province of Morona Santiago. Their family farm is currently using shade-friendly plants such as coffee and vanilla to sustain reforestation projects of damaged riparian forest on the Upano River.
Galo is a licensed Volunteer Park Guard for the Sangay National Park and spends much of his time working with the Ministry of the Environment, training/licensing local guides, giving birding workshops, and actively participating as a board member for the conservation of the Upano River Valley.
Duration: 19 days
Date Start: March 02, 2019
Date End: March 20, 2019
Price: US$7127 per person sharing
Details: 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 se
Duration: 15 days
Date Start: January 06, 2019
Date End: January 20, 2019
Price: Main tour: US$6549 per person sharing (6 - 8 people), US$6765 (5 people), US$7582 (4 people); Extension: US$3313 per person sharing (6 - 8 people), US$3352 (5 people), US$3596 (4 people).
Details: Ecuador has the highest bird species diversity per square kilometer on the planet and offers some of the best birding of South America. Due to the short distances to drive, good tourist infrastructure