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.

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


BIRDS OF BRITAIN
Status: Waitlisted
May 9-18, 2020 ($4250) with Megan Edwards Crewe & Willy Perez
Tour Limit: 12
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
Status: Open
Jun 26 - Jul 5, 2020 ($3925) 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 Galapagos
GALAPAGOS: AN INTIMATE LOOK AT DARWIN'S ISLANDS
Status: Waitlisted
Jul 4-14, 2020 ($7400) with Willy Perez & local guide
Tour Limit: 13
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
Status: Open
Jul 13-23, 2020 ($3875) with Willy Perez
Tour Limit: 8
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
Status: Open
Aug 29 - Sep 8, 2020 ($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
ECUADOR'S SHIRIPUNO LODGE: HEARTLAND OF THE WAORANI
Status: Open
Sep 17-26, 2020 ($3950) with Willy Perez
Tour Limit: 8
A tour to Shiripuno Lodge, gateway to the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve in Ecuador's Amazon region.
NORTHWESTERN ARGENTINA: THE CHACO, CORDOBA & NORTHERN ANDES
Status: Waitlisted
Oct 17 - Nov 4, 2020 ($6475) 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 15 - Dec 5, 2020 ($8975) with Willy Perez & local guide
Tour Limit: 14
Comprehensive survey tour of this visually spectacular and tourist-friendly country.
ECUADOR'S WILDSUMACO LODGE
Status: Open
Dec 27, 2020 - Jan 6, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2019=$3775) 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: Open
Jan 8-17, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$3925) 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 Southeast Ecuador
SOUTHWESTERN ECUADOR SPECIALTIES: JOCOTOCO FOUNDATION RESERVES
Status: Open
Feb 28 - Mar 14, 2021 (Fee TBD) 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.
MONTANE ECUADOR: CLOUDFORESTS OF THE ANDES
Status: Open
Jun 25 - Jul 4, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$3350) with Willy Perez
Tour Limit: 8
Superb Andean subtropical birding on both East and West slopes.
May be combined with Galapagos
GALAPAGOS: AN INTIMATE LOOK AT DARWIN'S ISLANDS
Status: Open
Jul 3-13, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$7400) with Willy Perez & local guide
Tour Limit: 13
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
Status: Open
Jul 12-22, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$3875) with Willy Perez
Tour Limit: 8
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
Status: Open
Aug 28 - Sep 7, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$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
JEWELS OF ECUADOR: HUMMERS, TANAGERS & ANTPITTAS
Status: Open
Oct 2-19, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$6375) with Willy Perez
Tour Limit: 8
Survey birding tour of Andean Ecuador; diverse avifauna dominated by colorful hummers and tanagers and more subtle and haunting antpittas.
CHILE: THE CLASSIC TOUR
Status: Open
Nov 14 - Dec 4, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$8975) 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 29, 2021 - Jan 8, 2022 (Fee TBD / 2019=$3775) with Willy Perez
Tour Limit: 8
Exploring the riches of the eastern Andean foothills of northern Ecuador for numerous specialties at Wildsumaco Lodge.