• Client Comment

    "Great lodge, guides (Rose Ann Rowlett and Willy Perez), driver, participants, and of course birds. This Wildsumaco trip could not have been better. Rose Ann and Willy found the birds and, most importantly, made the trip fun. Birding as it should be. Thanks, Field Guides."
    - S.F., ECUADOR'S WILDSUMACO LODGE

  • Volcan Sumaco from Wildsumaco Lodge, by guide Richard Webster

Willy Perez

Willy has been leading birding tours for more than ten years. He has also worked as a resident guide at Maquipucuna Reserve on the west slope of the Andes, on a project protecting marine turtles in Costa Rica, and on bird conservation in northwestern Ecuador. He was a resident guide at Kapawi Lodge in the Ecuadorian Amazon for three years, mastering the art of finding and identifying the many secretive birds of the lowland rainforest. He has since guided throughout Ecuador including the East and West slopes of the Andes, the Amazon Basin, the Galapagos Islands, and southern Ecuador. During the last few years he has also guided birding groups in Bolivia.

In his free time Willy trains local guides and is a frequent lecturer, in English and in Spanish, on birding and conservation issues in the Neotropics. His wife, Fiona, is British, and Willy and his family have relocated to England for several years. He speaks excellent English and has an engaging and outgoing personality that makes every tour he leads enjoyable and fun.

"This was a great experience! I really liked Willy Perez and his guiding style. Willy was great about telling us what birds he was calling, where they should show up, and reminding us how they looked and acted. And your office staff was wonderful---thanks for all your work. After two Field Guides tours with two superior guides, Jesse Fagan and Willy Perez, my problem now is deciding which of their tours to take next!" P. R., Amazonian Ecuador: Sacha Lodge I 2012

"Thanks so much to guides Dave Stejskal and Willy Perez for making this 'a trip of a lifetime' to always be remembered up there in the 'top 10.' It was an excellent tour experience." C. & R. S., Ecuador's Rainforest & Andes 2011



Willy's Upcoming Tours

ECUADOR'S WILDSUMACO LODGE
Dec 29, 2015 - Jan 8, 2016 with Willy Perez & local guide
Exploring the riches of the eastern Andean foothills of northern Ecuador for numerous specialties at Wildsumaco Lodge.
May be combined with Amazonian Ecuador: Sacha Lodge
AMAZONIAN ECUADOR: SACHA LODGE
Jan 8-17, 2016 with Willy Perez
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 Ecuador's Wildsumaco Lodge or Jewels of Ecuador: Hummers, Tanagers & Antpittas
JEWELS OF ECUADOR: HUMMERS, TANAGERS & ANTPITTAS
Jan 16 - Feb 2, 2016 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
ECUADOR: RAINFOREST & ANDES
Feb 28 - Mar 13, 2016 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.
ECUADOR'S WILDSUMACO LODGE
Mar 13-23, 2016 with Willy Perez
Exploring the riches of the eastern Andean foothills of northern Ecuador for numerous specialties at Wildsumaco Lodge.
GALAPAGOS: AN INTIMATE LOOK AT DARWIN'S ISLANDS
Jun 11-21, 2016 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 Southwestern Ecuador Specialties
SOUTHWESTERN ECUADOR SPECIALTIES: JOCOTOCO FOUNDATION RESERVES
Jun 21 - Jul 5, 2016 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.
May be combined with Galapagos
GALAPAGOS: AN INTIMATE LOOK AT DARWIN'S ISLANDS
Jul 9-19, 2016 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: Sacha Lodge
NORTHWESTERN ARGENTINA: THE CHACO, CORDOBA & NORTHERN ANDES
Oct 8-26, 2016 with Willy Perez & Jesse Fagan
Comprehensive birding tour of the many habitats of the diverse northwest; many specialty birds.
(Rincon del Socorro Pre-trip from Oct 4, 2016)
May be combined with Southern Argentina
CHILE
Nov 6-26, 2016 with Willy Perez & local guide
Comprehensive survey tour of this visually spectacular and tourist-friendly country.
ECUADOR'S WILDSUMACO LODGE
Dec 29, 2016 - Jan 8, 2017 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 13-22, 2017 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 21 - Feb 7, 2017 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
ECUADOR'S WILDSUMACO LODGE
Mar 12-22, 2017 with Willy Perez
Exploring the riches of the eastern Andean foothills of northern Ecuador for numerous specialties at Wildsumaco Lodge.
JEWELS OF ECUADOR: HUMMERS, TANAGERS & ANTPITTAS
Mar 21 - Apr 7, 2017 with Willy Perez
Survey birding tour of Andean Ecuador; diverse avifauna dominated by colorful hummers and tanagers and more subtle and haunting antpittas.
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 Amazonian Ecuador: Sacha Lodge
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.

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