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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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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

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Willy's Upcoming Tours

BIRDS OF BRITAIN
May 11-20, 2019 with Megan Edwards Crewe & Willy Perez
Our own Megan Edwards Crewe and Willy Perez, both based in Britain, will guide this springtime tour of England's East Anglia, combining lowland birding with cultural visits to Sutton Hoo and Blickling Hall, with a continuing extension to the pine forests and highlands of Scotland.
(Scottish Highlands Extension to May 25, 2019)
GALAPAGOS: AN INTIMATE LOOK AT DARWIN'S ISLANDS
Jul 6-16, 2019 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 or Cloudforests of Ecuador
CLOUDFORESTS OF ECUADOR: ALL THE BEST OF THE WILD NORTHWEST
Jul 15-25, 2019 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 chance for a highlight mammal, Spectacled Bear.
May be combined with Galapagos
FRANCE: CAMARGUE & PYRENEES
Sep 4-14, 2019 with Jay VanderGaast & Willy Perez
Two of Europe's finest birding destinations combined in this wonderful eleven-day tour, with varied highlights and some great French food.
CHILE
Nov 10-30, 2019 with Willy Perez & local guide
Comprehensive survey tour of this visually spectacular and tourist-friendly country.
ECUADOR'S WILDSUMACO LODGE
Dec 28, 2019 - Jan 7, 2020 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 10-19, 2020 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.
SOUTHWESTERN ECUADOR SPECIALTIES: JOCOTOCO FOUNDATION RESERVES
Mar 1-15, 2020 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 Southeast Ecuador
BIRDS OF BRITAIN
May 9-18, 2020 with Megan Edwards Crewe & Willy Perez
Our own Megan Edwards Crewe and Willy Perez, both based in Britain, will guide this springtime tour of England's East Anglia, combining lowland birding with cultural visits to Sutton Hoo and Blickling Hall, with a continuing extension to the pine forests and highlands of Scotland.
(Scottish Highland Extension to May 23, 2020)
AMAZONIAN ECUADOR: SACHA LODGE
Jun 26 - Jul 5, 2020 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 Galapagos
GALAPAGOS: AN INTIMATE LOOK AT DARWIN'S ISLANDS
Jul 4-14, 2020 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 or Cloudforests of Ecuador
CLOUDFORESTS OF ECUADOR: ALL THE BEST OF THE WILD NORTHWEST
Jul 13-23, 2020 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 chance for a highlight mammal, Spectacled Bear.
May be combined with Galapagos
FRANCE: CAMARGUE & PYRENEES
Aug 29 - Sep 8, 2020 with Megan Edwards Crewe & Willy Perez
Two of Europe's finest birding destinations combined in this wonderful eleven-day tour, with varied highlights and some great French food.
May be combined with Morocco
ECUADOR'S SHIRIPUNO LODGE: HEARTLAND OF THE WAORANI
Sep 17-26, 2020 with Willy Perez
A tour to Shiripuno Lodge, gateway to the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve in Ecuador's Amazon region.
NORTHWESTERN ARGENTINA: THE CHACO, CORDOBA & NORTHERN ANDES
Oct 17 - Nov 4, 2020 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 15 - Dec 5, 2020 with Willy Perez & local guide
Comprehensive survey tour of this visually spectacular and tourist-friendly country.
ECUADOR'S WILDSUMACO LODGE
Dec 27, 2020 - Jan 6, 2021 with Willy Perez
Exploring the riches of the eastern Andean foothills of northern Ecuador for numerous specialties at Wildsumaco Lodge.


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