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"I'd definitely travel with Willy Perez again. He was unfailingly energetic, cheerful, helpful, clear, and (of course) incredibly knowledgeable about the birds and about Ecuador."
- J.W., AMAZONIAN ECUADOR: SACHA LODGE

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This male Golden-headed Quetzal from our Cloudforests of Ecuador: All the Best of the Wild Northwest tour blends right into its surroundings, even with brilliant green-and-red plumage! (Photo by guide Willy Perez)
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WILLY PEREZ: Field Guides Leader

Willy Perez, who was born in Ecuador, has been leading birding tours for more than fifteen years. He also served as a resident guide at Maquipucuna Reserve on the west slope of the Andes and at Kapawi Lodge in the Ecuadorian Amazon, mastering the art of finding and identifying the many secretive birds of the lowland rainforest. He worked protecting marine turtles in Costa Rica, and on bird conservation in northwestern Ecuador.

Willy joined Field Guides in 2011 and has been delighting our tour groups ever since; his schedule includes tours to all parts of Ecuador as well as to Chile and Argentina. He lives in England with his wife, Fiona, and their two daughters. He speaks excellent English and has an engaging and outgoing personality that makes every tour he leads enjoyable and fun.

"I cannot praise Willy highly enough: his extraordinary recognition of bird songs and calls, his ability to locate the birds and help everyone see them, his vivacious energy and sense of humor. He brings the added dimension of having grown up and worked in Ecuador for many years. Throughout the trip, he shared fascinating background about the reserves and parks, ecology, environmental issues, indigenous communities, and history. What a terrific storyteller he is! And what fun it is to bird with him. I would go anywhere Willy is leading a tour. If Field Guides announced a tour with Willy, say, to Rochester, New York, you bet I'd sign up!" J. D., Jewels of Ecuador



Willy's Upcoming Tours

CLOUDFORESTS OF ECUADOR: ALL THE BEST OF THE WILD NORTHWEST
Jun 29 - Jul 9, 2017 with Willy Perez
We'll be based at just two great lodges on Ecuador's west slope to experience a diversity of great birds and have the opportunity for a highlight mammal, Spectacled Bear.
May be combined with Galapagos
GALAPAGOS: AN INTIMATE LOOK AT DARWIN'S ISLANDS
Jul 8-18, 2017 with Willy Perez & local guide
A must for any naturalist and birder; small-group, broad coverage of the islands with plenty of time for the birds, exploring, and photography.
May be combined with Cloudforests of Ecuador
CLOUDFORESTS OF ECUADOR: ALL THE BEST OF THE WILD NORTHWEST
Jul 17-27, 2017 with Willy Perez
We'll be based at just two great lodges on Ecuador's west slope to experience a diversity of great birds and have the opportunity for a highlight mammal, Spectacled Bear.
May be combined with Galapagos
ECUADOR: RAINFOREST & ANDES
Sep 3-17, 2017 with Willy Perez
Highlights of the best of Ecuador's rainforest birding at Sacha Lodge combined with two exciting destinations in the Andes, the Mindo/Tandayapa area and San Isidro.
SAFARI BRAZIL: THE PANTANAL & MORE
Sep 23 - Oct 8, 2017 with Marcelo Padua & Willy Perez
The spectacular wetlands of the Pantanal, with Hyacinth Macaws and Jabirus, combine with the many specialties of Brazil's Planalto Central to make for the perfect first birding trip to Brazil.
(Brazilian Merganser Extension to Oct 12, 2017)
CHILE
Nov 5-25, 2017 with Willy Perez & Megan Edwards Crewe
Comprehensive survey tour of this visually spectacular and tourist-friendly country.
ECUADOR'S WILDSUMACO LODGE
Dec 28, 2017 - Jan 7, 2018 with Willy Perez
Exploring the riches of the eastern Andean foothills of northern Ecuador for numerous specialties at Wildsumaco Lodge.
AMAZONIAN ECUADOR: SACHA LODGE
Jan 12-21, 2018 with Willy Perez & 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 Jewels of Ecuador: Hummers, Tanagers & Antpittas
JEWELS OF ECUADOR: HUMMERS, TANAGERS & ANTPITTAS
Jan 20 - Feb 6, 2018 with Willy Perez
Survey birding tour of Andean Ecuador; diverse avifauna dominated by colorful hummers and tanagers and more subtle and haunting antpittas.
May be combined with Amazonian Ecuador: Sacha Lodge
SOUTHWESTERN ECUADOR SPECIALTIES: JOCOTOCO FOUNDATION RESERVES
Mar 4-18, 2018 with Willy Perez
Focuses on the many specialties of the southwest, in particular the very local endemics of the humid foothills and mountains, and on Tumbesian specialties.
GALAPAGOS: AN INTIMATE LOOK AT DARWIN'S ISLANDS
Jul 7-17, 2018 with Willy Perez & local guide
A must for any naturalist and birder; small-group, broad coverage of the islands with plenty of time for the birds, exploring, and photography.
May be combined with Amazonian Ecuador: Napo Wildlife Center or Cloudforests of Ecuador
CLOUDFORESTS OF ECUADOR: ALL THE BEST OF THE WILD NORTHWEST
Jul 16-26, 2018 with Willy Perez
We'll be based at just two great lodges on Ecuador's west slope to experience a diversity of great birds and have the opportunity for a highlight mammal, Spectacled Bear.
May be combined with Galapagos
ECUADOR'S DEEP NW LOWLANDS
Sep 28 - Oct 6, 2018 with Willy Perez
Seeking hard-to-find specialties of the Choco region.
May be combined with Ecuador's Shiripuno Lodge
NORTHWESTERN ARGENTINA: THE CHACO, CORDOBA & NORTHERN ANDES
Oct 13-31, 2018 with Willy Perez & local guide
Comprehensive birding tour of the many habitats of the diverse northwest; many specialty birds.
May be combined with Southern Argentina
CHILE
Nov 11 - Dec 1, 2018 with Willy Perez & local guide
Comprehensive survey tour of this visually spectacular and tourist-friendly country.
ECUADOR'S WILDSUMACO LODGE
Dec 29, 2018 - Jan 8, 2019 with Willy Perez
Exploring the riches of the eastern Andean foothills of northern Ecuador for numerous specialties at Wildsumaco Lodge.


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