This itinerary with Willy Perez will explore the lush habitats of northwestern Ecuador in search of a fantastic array of birds and wildlife, including a variety of antpittas, the amazing Long-wattled Umbrellabird, and with even a chance, albeit small, of seeing Spectacled Bear.

Our first base for birding will be Maquipucuna Lodge, located in pristine cloud forest only 80 kms from Quito. Here we'll spend two days searching for such unusual species as Scaled Fruiteater, Esmeraldas Antbird, Crested Guan, Lanceolated Monklet and, at this season, also Spectacled Bear.

We'll then head to Sachatamia Lodge, our base for four full days. We'll no doubt be mesmerized by the lodge's active tanager and hummingbird feeders, but we'll also explore nearby locations for a variety of antpittas, Long-watlled Umbrellabird, Andean Cock-of-the-rock, and many birds endemic to the Choco region of northwestern Ecuador.

Add to your Ecuador tour
Would you like to extend your Ecuador visit with a day or more of additional birding or cultural options with a local guide? Check out the various possibilities on our Ecuador: Add to Your Tour! page.

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Client comment
"This was a very good tour, and I am well pleased. Guide Willy Perez is excellent. Lively, enthusiastic, patient, informative, and generally an outgoing person, making the whole experience most enjoyable." K.B., CLOUDFORESTS OF ECUADOR 2019

Combo Tours
If you would like a longer birding holiday, some departures of this tour may be combined with:
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