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.

Scroll down to see Willy's current schedule of tours.

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Client comment
"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

"I have had very good experiences with Field Guides in the past, and this was no exception! Being on the Nemo III for the week was great. Guide Willy Perez's kindness, humor, and expertise were a joy to behold and benefit from. He made sure that we all got on those various and sometimes difficult finches. Really can't say enough good things about him." M.J., GALAPAGOS


Willy's Upcoming Tours


FRANCE: CAMARGUE & PYRENEES
Status: Waitlisted
Aug 28 - Sep 7, 2021 ($3950) with Megan Edwards Crewe & Willy Perez
Tour Limit: 12
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
CHILE: THE CLASSIC TOUR
Status: Open
Nov 14 - Dec 4, 2021 ($9250) with Willy Perez & local guide
Tour Limit: 12
Comprehensive survey tour of this visually spectacular and tourist-friendly country.
ECUADOR'S WILDSUMACO LODGE
Status: One space available
Dec 29, 2021 - Jan 8, 2022 ($3950) with Willy Perez
Tour Limit: 8
Exploring the riches of the eastern Andean foothills of northern Ecuador for numerous specialties at Wildsumaco Lodge.
AMAZONIAN ECUADOR: SACHA LODGE
Status: Waitlisted
Jan 7-16, 2022 ($4350) with Willy Perez & local guide
Tour Limit: 8
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
Status: One space available
Feb 27 - Mar 11, 2022 (Fee TBD / 2021=$5150) with Willy Perez
Tour Limit: 8
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
Status: Waitlisted
May 7-16, 2022 (Fee TBD / 2021=$4150) with Megan Edwards Crewe & Willy Perez
Tour Limit: 12
Our own Megan Edwards Crewe and Willy Perez, 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 21, 2022)
MONTANE ECUADOR: CLOUDFORESTS OF THE ANDES
Status: Open
Jun 28 - Jul 7, 2022 (Fee TBD / 2021=$3450) with Willy Perez
Tour Limit: 8
Superb Andean subtropical birding on both East and West slopes.
May be combined with Amazonian Ecuador: Sacha Lodge
AMAZONIAN ECUADOR: SACHA LODGE
Status: One space available
Jul 7-16, 2022 ($4350) with Willy Perez & local guide
Tour Limit: 8
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 Montane Ecuador or Galapagos
GALAPAGOS: AN INTIMATE LOOK AT DARWIN'S ISLANDS
Status: Waitlisted
Jul 16-26, 2022 (Fee TBD / 2021=$7500) with Willy Perez & local guide
Tour Limit: 14
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
Status: Waitlisted
Oct 15 - Nov 2, 2022 (Fee TBD) with Willy Perez & local guide
Tour Limit: 10
Comprehensive birding tour of the many habitats of the diverse northwest; many specialty birds.
May be combined with Southern Argentina
CHILE: THE CLASSIC TOUR
Status: Open
Nov 13 - Dec 3, 2022 (Fee TBD / 2021=$9250) with Willy Perez & local guide
Tour Limit: 12
Comprehensive survey tour of this visually spectacular and tourist-friendly country.
ECUADOR'S WILDSUMACO LODGE
Status: Open
Dec 28, 2022 - Jan 7, 2023 (Fee TBD / 2021=$3950) with Willy Perez
Tour Limit: 8
Exploring the riches of the eastern Andean foothills of northern Ecuador for numerous specialties at Wildsumaco Lodge.