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"It was an exceptional experience. This was among my 'top three' birding tours ever. Best features: variety of bird species encountered; exceptional tour guide and lodging; quality of food at San Isidro; quality of other tour participants. I'm already looking for another tour with Mitch... I rate Field Guides the best among tour groups I have used."
- B.K., HOLIDAY AT SAN ISIDRO, ECUADOR

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You are not in the Amazon until you get in a canoe and bird a cocha (an oxbow lake, such as the one here at Sacha Lodge in Ecuador) or visit a river island for the many special bird species found there. [Photo by guide Dave Stejskal]
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MITCH LYSINGER: Field Guides Leader

Mitch Lysinger grew up birding his native Florida before moving to Ecuador to work at La Selva Lodge and then with Field Guides since 1997. Mitch is fascinated by bird sounds and has spent many years intensively birding and recording the birds of Ecuador and other Neotropical countries.

He is involved in conservation programs in Ecuador, working closely with the Jocotoco Foundation on land purchase in areas critically in need of protection. When not on tour, Mitch can often be found with his wife, Carmen, and their two children, Martin and Sara, at Cabanas San Isidro--their cloudforest lodge on the east slope of the Andes where they see to the needs of their guests and continue to expand the lodge's already vast 1200-hectare reserve. Mitch will be guiding tours in Amazonian Ecuador at both Sacha and Shiripuno lodges as well as tours to Ecuador's Southwest and to the east slope at San Isidro.

"I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Guide Mitch Lysinger was great and so helpful and made the experience come alive for me. Too many highlights to pick out one--can I bottle it and repeat it again and again?!? Your office service was excellent at all times." R. N., Ecuador's Rainforest & Andes



Mitch's Upcoming Tours

AMAZONIAN ECUADOR: SACHA LODGE
Jun 30 - Jul 9, 2017 with Mitch Lysinger & local guide
One-site tour to one of the most comfortable lodges in western Amazonia with some of the birdiest canopy platforms anywhere.
May be combined with Galapagos
ECUADOR'S SHIRIPUNO LODGE: HEARTLAND OF THE WAORANI
Sep 21-30, 2017 with Mitch Lysinger
A tour to Shiripuno Lodge, gateway to the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve in Ecuador's Amazon region.
HOLIDAY AT SAN ISIDRO, ECUADOR
Nov 18-27, 2017 with Mitch Lysinger
A bird-rich holiday escape based primarily at the very comfortable San Isidro Lodge.
SOUTHEAST ECUADOR: ORANGE-THROATED TANAGER & FOOTHILL SPECIALTIES
Feb 24 - Mar 5, 2018 with Mitch Lysinger
Weeklong survey of the upper tropical foothills of the far southeast along the Peruvian border, where we'll search for the Orange-throated Tanager and many other specialties of this distinctive and remote region of Ecuador.
JEWELS OF ECUADOR: HUMMERS, TANAGERS & ANTPITTAS
Mar 17 - Apr 3, 2018 with Mitch Lysinger
Survey birding tour of Andean Ecuador; diverse avifauna dominated by colorful hummers and tanagers and more subtle and haunting antpittas.
FLORIDA
Apr 28 - May 5, 2018 with Doug Gochfeld & Mitch Lysinger
A new tour for numerous specialties from Central Florida south to the Keys and Dry Tortugas.
AMAZONIAN ECUADOR: NAPO WILDLIFE CENTER
Jun 29 - Jul 8, 2018 with Mitch Lysinger & local guide
A northern summer opportunity to visit the incredibly rich Yasuni Biosphere Reserve while based on the south side of the Rio Napo in eastern Ecuador's lowlands. We'll have canopy platforms and clay licks to explore, and a simply wonderful and amazing diversity of rainforest birds and wildlife on this new itinerary.
May be combined with Galapagos
ECUADOR'S SHIRIPUNO LODGE: HEARTLAND OF THE WAORANI
Sep 20-29, 2018 with Mitch Lysinger
A tour to Shiripuno Lodge, gateway to the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve in Ecuador's Amazon region.
May be combined with Ecuador's Deep NW Lowlands
HOLIDAY AT SAN ISIDRO, ECUADOR
Nov 17-26, 2018 with Mitch Lysinger
A bird-rich holiday escape based primarily at the very comfortable San Isidro Lodge.


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