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Centered around the lush, forest-cloaked slopes of the Ecuadorian Andes, the world's stronghold for tanagers, hummingbirds, and antpittas, this tour surveys both outer slopes of Ecuador's cordilleras, from paramo and treeline down to the rich upper tropical zone along the eastern base of the Andes and the tropical Choco lowlands in the northwest. We fly south to include fabulous Podocarpus National Park, itself spanning habitats from treeline to the tropical zone; El Cajas National Park in the paramo near Cuenca; and a nice sampling of the geographically restricted Tumbesian avifauna in the arid intermontane valleys near Loja.
A few of the 500 or so species we hope to see include Bearded Guan, Dark-backed Wood-Quail, Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe, the rare and local White-necked Parakeet, the "San Isidro mystery owl," Lyre-tailed Nightjar, Coppery-chested Jacamar, two quetzals, Black-streaked Puffbird, Lanceolated Monklet, three mountain-toucans, an amazing six to ten species of antpittas, Ocellated and Chusquea tapaculos, Elegant Crescentchest, Club-winged Manakin, Scaled Fruiteater, Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Tit-like Dacnis, Giant Conebill, and possibly Olive Finch.
But the real showstopper is the almost constant procession of tanagers and hummingbirds (more than sixty species of each are realistically possible!), a truly dazzling array of gemlike beauties, some very scarce or threatened.
Add to your Ecuador tour
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Select the KEY INFO tab or click here for our itinerary plus space requests, status, fees, limits, and guides for any departure.
"Mitch Lysinger was a superb tour leader. His knowledge of the birds, their calls/songs, and natural history was astonishing. His sense of humor kept things light. This tour had high quality and attention to detail, as I knew to expect from my two previous Field Guides trips." N.R., JEWELS OF ECUADOR 2019
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ITINERARIES • TOUR STATUS • DETAILS • SPACE REQUESTSITINERARIES • We issue a separate itinerary for each year, typically at least 9 months before that year's first departure. Most itineraries don't vary much year to year, but there may be small or rarely more substantive changes. A sample previous-year itinerary is usually available even if the one for your chosen departure is not. We do not require any deposit for provisional bookings until the itinerary for the departure is ready.
- 2022 sample (PDF)
- 2023 (PDF expected Jan 2023)
DEPARTURES • We have 1 departures currently scheduled through 2023, with details including limits, guides, fees, and space available listed below.
Oct 27 - Nov 13, 2023
Guided by: Jay VanderGaast
Tour Manager: Nicole Cannon
Tour Limit: 8
Status: Open - Space is still available on this tour, and we are accepting provisional bookings. No deposit is required until you receive the itinerary. Click below to book space.
Tour Fee: Fee TBD / 2022=$6775
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Enjoy looking through the 8 most recent Field Guides triplists for this tour linked below!