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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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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

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Mitch's Upcoming Tours

HOLIDAY AT SAN ISIDRO, ECUADOR
Nov 23 - Dec 2, 2019 with Mitch Lysinger
A bird-rich holiday escape based primarily at the very comfortable San Isidro Lodge.
COLOMBIA: BOGOTA, THE MAGDALENA VALLEY & SANTA MARTA
Jan 11-26, 2020 with Mitch Lysinger & local guide
Energetic, endemic-oriented (30+) tour connecting reserves up the Magdalena Valley from Bogota to the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
SOUTHEAST ECUADOR: ORANGE-THROATED TANAGER & FOOTHILL SPECIALTIES
Feb 22 - Mar 2, 2020 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.
May be combined with Southwestern Ecuador Specialties
MONTANE ECUADOR: CLOUDFORESTS OF THE ANDES
May 29 - Jun 7, 2020 with Mitch Lysinger
Superb Andean subtropical birding on both East and West slopes.
May be combined with Galapagos
GALAPAGOS: AN INTIMATE LOOK AT DARWIN'S ISLANDS
Jun 6-16, 2020 with Mitch Lysinger & 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 Montane Ecuador
JEWELS OF ECUADOR: HUMMERS, TANAGERS & ANTPITTAS
Oct 3-20, 2020 with Mitch Lysinger
Survey birding tour of Andean Ecuador; diverse avifauna dominated by colorful hummers and tanagers and more subtle and haunting antpittas.
HOLIDAY AT SAN ISIDRO, ECUADOR
Nov 21-30, 2020 with Mitch Lysinger
A bird-rich holiday escape based primarily at the very comfortable San Isidro Lodge.


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