The bird-rich country of Ecuador has always had a lot to offer the travelling birder and our tour to Southern Ecuador will fill in many gaps in your lifelist with numerous rare, exciting and seldom-seen species. Our tour is designed to find some of the very special birds of this region including the Tumbesian endemics, with many localised species not seen on other regular birding routes in Ecuador. With the skills of our knowledgable local guide, Juan Carlos Calvachi, we will be looking for incredible birds such as El Oro Parakeet, Jocotoco Antpitta, Fiery-throated Fruiteater, Chestnut-bellied Cotinga, Long-wattled Umbrellabird, Orange-throated and Black-and-white Tanagers and so many others amongst a host of other highly localised and sought-after species. We will begin in Guayaquil and make our way across hidden Andean valleys, Amazonian lowlands, moss-encrusted and epiphyte-laden cloud forests and even explore the arid regions in the south of this amazing country. Starting at the Santa Elena Peninsula will give us a great insight into birds of the coastal regions, before visiting the awesome Buenaventura Reserve for species such as the rare El Oro Parakeet and Long-wattled Umbrellabird. Jorupe reserve is next with Ecuadorian Piculet, Watkin's Antpitta, Tumbes Pewee, and the incredible Rainbow Starfrontlet amongst many others. Utuana and Taipichalaca Reserves are next and we should encounter the incomparable Jocotoco Antpitta here. Continuing to Loja and Yankuam Lodge we will search for Orange-throated Tanager before visiting Copalinga Lodge & Podocarpus National Park where Chestnut-bellied Cotinga is a big target for us amongst a huge list of incredibly rare and localised species. We will also make a diversion for the endemic Pale-headed Brush-Finch before ending this superb tour amidst the paramo of El Cajas National Park where species such as Ecuadorian Rail, Violet-throated Metaltail and Ecuadorian Hillstar reside. By staying in many of the Jocotoco Foundations lodges we will help support vital conservation projects in the region and do our small part in encouraging these local initiatives.
Thurs 7th - Friday 22nd September
Leaders: Nick Bray and Juan Carlos Calvachi.
Ground Price: £4750.00 - Guayaquil/Guayaquil
Airfare: £900.00 - £1200.00 (Approx) - UK/UK
Single supplement: £375.00
Group size: Minimum of 4 and maximum 8.
Included in cost: Accommodation in twin/single rooms en-suite throughout, all meals from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on Day 16, bottled water, all ground transport, all reserve entrance fees, and services of English-speaking guides.
Not included: International airfare, insurance, drinks, tips and items of a personal nature.
Accommodation: We will stay at a variety of lodges, purposely picked to give us easy access to the birding sites. All of them are comfortable with en-suite facilities.
Tour Code: This is a reasonably relaxed birding tour for all levels of ability and fitness. Leisurely walking, very occasionally over moderately rough terrain, is the only physical requirement on most days. Most of our birding is along well marked trails or roads, but we will need to walk between 3 – 6 kilometres on a couple of occasions to get to the correct sites to see some of the harder specialities and other local specialities or to explore some of the sites. The weather at this time of the year is generally warm in the lower areas, but some showers could occur in the cloud forest. At the higher areas, it will be cold..