The Southern Endemics

Tour

Bird spoting tours Ecuador 

This tour offers the possibility to see the endemic birds of the Tumbesian region and also some of the Choco region. The combination of these two ecosystems will increase your bird list to include some of the most exotic birds of the world. If you have already visited the north of Ecuador, this is an excellent alternative for you!

 

Established Departures 2017:

 

10 DAYS:

June 28 to July 7
September 06 to 15
November 29 to December 08

 

Promotional Rate Starting at $2,349 

Groups of minimum 6 Birdwatchers

 

14 DAYS:

June 28 to July 11
September 06 to 19
November 29 to December 12

Promotional Rate Starting at $3,249

Groups of minimum 6 Birdwatchers

Itinerary

 
DAY 1

Arrival in Guayaquil and transfer to the Hotel.

 

DAY 2 MANGLARES CHURUTE

 

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Early departure to Manglares Churute Reserve where you can find the only known population of Horned Screamer in western Ecuador. This National Reserve has 49.984 hectares distributed from 0 to 700 msnm. It is formed by an extensive network of channels and islands that combined with a dense mangrove forest and vestiges of tropical dry forest is the house of a considerable biodiversity. Here it is possible to find  bird species such us Pacific Royal Flycatcher, Ecuadorian Ground-dove, Red-masked Parakeet, Pacific Parrotlet and others. Besides if you are lucky you can see some mammals like the white-fronted capuchin and mantled howler monkeys, along with the occasional agouti, tigrillo, and armadillo.

Box Lunch on route and then you will continue your trip to Piñas stopping in some strategic points to observe some of the shore birds and also some specialists of the area such as Baron´s Hermit, Ecuadorian Trogon, Jet Antbird, Superciliated Wren, Orange-Crowned Euphonia, Peruvian Meadowlark. Arrive to Buenaventura reserve place where you will have dinner and overnight.

 

DAY 3 BUENAVENTURA  RESERVE

 

Buenaventura Reserve is part of Jocotoco Foundation, it is located near Piñas and Zaruma in El Oro province. It protects a narrow zone of cloud forest habitat on the otherwise seasonally dry west slope of the Andes in Southern Ecuador.  The target size for this reserve is 5,000 ha (12,000 acres) with an altitude range from 450m to 1100m. Here large mammals like Puma, Ocelot, Howler Monkey, Two and Three toed Sloth are present. This reserve supports an extremely diverse birdlife, including many endemics like El Oro Parakeet, Emerald-billed Woodnymph, Pacitic Tuftedcheeck, Club-Winged Manakin, Long Wattled Umbrella bird and El Oro Tapaculo. This day you will spend most of the time walking along the reserve looking for these species and other great birds such us the Andean Tinamou, Rose Face parrot and line-cheeked spinetail. Return to the lodge to diner and overnight.

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DAY 4 BUENAVENTURA - MACARA

 

After breakfast we will have the last opportunity to look for El Oro Parakeet and then we will continue our trip to Jorupe, another Jocotoco Foundation Reserve located close to Macará. On route we will stop in some strategic points like Velacruz - Catacocha to look for the species of the area. Jorupe reserve supports many endemic and rare species of plants and animals, including populations of numerous globally threatened birds like the Henna-Hooded foliage-Gleaner, Blackish Headed spinetail, Slaty Becard, Line Cheeked Spinetail, Loja Tyranulet. This reserve is a two square mile area of high quality deciduous forest in the Tumbesian region of south west Ecuador, a few km north east of the town of Macara which is near the Ecuador and Peru border.

 
DAY 5 THE BIRDS OF THE TUMBESIAN REGION

 

During this day you will be in the middle of the Tumbesian forest that is a dry habitat ecosystem which extends from south west Ecuador into northern Peru, it is dominated by statuesque Ceiba trees. It is a conservation priority because much of it is already cleared or badly degraded. 

 

DAY 6 MACARA - LOJA

 

Early in the morning you will travel Utuana (Jocotoco Reserve) where you can find a Montane Scrub and woodland, a great place to search for Black-Crested Tit-Tyrants, Piura Hemispungus, Gray Headed Antbird, Chapman Antshrike, Rainbow Starfrontlet and others.
Box lunch on route and in the afternoon you will depart to Loja stopping in some strategic points and in Catamayo airport to look for some of the Tumbesian species and others like the Tumbes Sparrow, Band-tailed Sierra Finch, Drab Seedeater. Arrival to Loja where you will diner and overnight.

 

DAY 7 CAJANUMA - TAPICHALA RESERVE 

 

Early in the morning we will visit Cajanuma, part of Podocarpus National Park where we will look for some spectacular birds like the red-hooded tanager, bearded guan, gray breasted mountain toucan, plumbeus rail, golden-plumed parakeet, white-browed spinetail, elegant crescent-chest, chusquea tapaculo, three banded warbler, barred fruiteater, golden crown tanager and others. Arrival at Tapichalaca, the first reserve created by the Jocotoco Foundation. More than 40 mammal species occur in the area, including the jaguar, wooly tapir, Andean bear, pudú (the smallest deer in the world), giant armadillo and Neotropical otter. Besides, Podocarpus is a paradise for plants, with around 3,000 different species of vascular plants, many of which are endemic. Time to enjoy the hummingbirds that fly around the feeders at this lodge like the flame throated sunangel, rufous-capped thornbill, chesnut breasted coronet and long tail sylph . Dinner and overnight.

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DAY 8 TAPICHALA AND THE JOCOTOCO ANTPITTA

Jocotoco Antpitta birds of Ecuador

You will spend the full day in Tapichalaca to try to find most of the species of this place and its surroundings. Jocotoco Foundation bought the land of this reserve in order to protect the habitat of the Jocotoco Antpitta, specie that was found in this area for the first time and also known that most of the world’s population of this specie occurs in this reserve. The major highlight of this area are: Dusky Headed Parakeet, White Capped Parrot, Swallow tail nightjar, Gray Breasted Mountain Toucan, Ash-Browed Spinetail, Chesnut-naped Antpitta, Rufous tail Tyrant, Yellow Cheeked Becard, Black faced Tanager, White Capped Tanager. Dinner and overnight in Tapichalaca Lodge.

 

DAY 9 TAPICHALA - LOJA- QUITO

This day you will have the last opportunity to search for the specialties of this area, like the Undulated Antpitta, White-bellied Antpitta, Tawny Antpitta, Oceliated Tapaculo, Loja Tyranulet, Andean Cock of the Rock, Blue Browed Tanager. Return to Catamayo where you will drive around the airport to look for the Tumbesian birds that you have not seen.  Then you will depart to the local airport located at 3 hours approximately in order to catch your flight back to Quito.  In the exit of the airport our local driver will be waiting for you in order to transfer you to your hotel where you will overnight.

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DAY 10 QUITO - BACK HOME

After you have gotten a long list of birds in this unforgettable expedition in Ecuador you will be transferred to the airport to catch your international flight home.

 

 

EXTENSION- 14 DAYS

 


DAY 11 AND 12 PODOCARPUS NATIONAL PARK (BOMBUSCARO)

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During these two days we will walk along the trails of the Podocarpus National Park and Copalinga Lodge looking for local species including the coppery chested jacamar, Ecuadorian piedtail, white breasted parakeet, chestnut crowned gnateater, green hermit, spangled coquette, black streaked puffbird, chestnut tipped toucanet, blue rumped manakin.

 

DAY 13 ZAMORA - LOJA - QUITO

This day will be the last opportunity to search for the specialties of this area, like the Ecuadorian tyrannulet, lined antshrike, foothill elaenia, Andean cock of the rock, blue-browed tanager, chestnut-vented conebill. Return to Catamayo where we will drive around the airport to look for the Tumbesian birds that we have not seen, arrival to the airport to catch our flight back to Quito. Transfer to Café Cultura Hotel for dinner and overnight.

 

 

DAY 14 QUITO - INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT HOME

After we have gotten a long list of birds in this unforgettable expedition in Ecuador we will be transferred to the airport to catch our home flight.

 

Trip Extension


We also offer fantastic bird watching trips to the Galapagos Islands and Ecuadorian Rainforests which provides the opportunity to check many more species off your list. Please contact us for more information.

 

 

THE OILBIRD EXTENSION

 


DAY 13

After breakfast you will spot for some of the hummingbirds in Copalinga Lodge, later you will depart to Yankuam Lodge located at two hours and a half from Zamora town.  On route you will stop in some strategic places, box lunch on route and arrival to Las Orquideas town and then to Yankuam Lodge where you will diner and overnight.

 

DAY 14

Those days you will enjoy of Yankuam Lodge and its surroundings, along the trail systems it is possible to spot more than some species like the orange-throated tanager, royal sunangel, bar-winged wood-wren, gray-tailed piha and northen chestnut-tailed antbird.

Besides, it is possible to travel by car in order to look for some of the species of the road, arrival to Shaime and Miazi that are two Shuar communities with excellent birding opportunities.

The Shuar village of Shaime is located at one hour and a half from Yankuam lodge approximately.  Behind Shaime village there are two trails, both leading to an Oilbird cave up in the mountain where the tanager is fairly common.  Some of the birds that could be seen in the Shaime area include: White-necked Puffbird, Chestnut-capped Puffbird, Hairy-crested Antbird, White-plumed Antbird and Yellow-shouldered Grosbeak. Then you will continue to Miazi site where you can find some bird species like: Lafresnaye's Piculet, White-throated Woodpecker, Military Macaw, Ash-browed Spinetail, Rufous-tailed Foliage-gleaner, Bamboo Foliage-gleaner, Ruddy Foliage-gleaner, Tawny-throated Leaftosser, Amazonian Barred Woodcreeper, Tschudi's Woodcreeper, Fasciated Antshrike, White-shouldered Antshrike, Ornate Antwren, Rufous-winged Antwren, Peruvian Warbling Antbird, Spot-backed Antbird, Ornate Flycatcher, White-eyed Tody-Tyrant, Euler's Flycatcher, Coraya Wren, Epaulet Oriole, Orange-throated Tanager, Red Pileated Finch, Yellow-shouldered Grosbeak

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DAY 15

After breakfast you will take a small canoe in order to explore Shaime and Miazi villages again, you will travel along Nangaritza river, on route you will have the opportunity to see more bird species, you will pass through two great river’s gunpoint, arrival to Shaime, where you can explore the Oil bird’s cave.  Then you will continue to Miazi and late afternoon you will return to Yankuam where you will diner and overnight.

 

DAY 16

After breakfast our guide will be waiting for you in order to drive you to Loja airport (7 hours approximately).  On route you can stop in some strategic places in order to look for more bird species.  Box lunch on route and in the afternoon you will take your flight to Quito.  In the exit of the airport our local driver will be waiting for you in order to transfer you to your hotel where you will overnight.

 

DAY 17

After you have gotten a long list of birds in this unforgettable expedition in Ecuador you will be transferred to the airport to catch your international flight home.

 Possible extension to Rainforest

 

 

 

 

 

Rates

 

Price per person 2016
 

10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS

High Season: October - March
 

HOTELS CATEGORY 1
*Pax
2-3
Pax
4-5
Pax
6-9
Pax
4**** Superior 
$6,110 $3,615 $2,875 $2,450
4**** $5,999 $3,545 $2,880 $2,375
3*** $5,710 $3,412 $2,688 $2,265
10-11
Pax
12
Pax
Sin
Sup
 
4**** superior $2,360 $2,250 $350
4****  $2,290 $2,160 $325
3*** $2,187 $2,056 $210

 

*Pax: Passengers 

 

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Low Season: April - September
 

HOTELS CATEGORY 1
Pax
2-3
Pax
4-5
Pax
6-9
Pax
4**** superior $6,045 $3,558 $2,817 $2,388
4****  $5,935 $3,487 $2,745 $2,317
3*** $5,645 $3,355 $2,630 $2,207
10-11
Pax
12
Pax
Sin
Sup
 
4**** superior $2,303 $2,170 $315
4****  $2,231 $2,099 $310
3*** $2,130 $1,999 $200

 

  

*Pax: Passengers

 

15 DAYS / 14 NIGHTS

High Season: October - March

HOTELS CATEGORY 1
*Pax
2-3
Pax
4-5
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6-9
Pax
3*** $7,880 $4,690 $3,740 $3,125
3*** superior $8,170 $4,822 $3,851 $3,230
4****  $8,280 $4,899 $3,925 $3,299
10-11
Pax
12
Pax
Sin
Sup
 
3*** $3,025 $2,817 $325
3*** superior $3,126 $2,920 $430
4****  $3,199 $2,990 $450

 

 

*Pax: Passengers

Low Season: April - September
 

HOTELS CATEGORY 1
*Pax
2-3
Pax
4-5
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6-9
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3*** $7,710 $4,575 $3,625 $3,008
3*** superior $7,999 $4,710 $3,740 $3,115
4****  $8,108 $4,780 $3,810 $3,186
10-11
Pax
12
Pax
Sin
Sup
 
3*** $2,910 $2,703 $285
3*** superior $3,015 $2,805 $389
4****  $3,085 $2,875 $360

 

*Pax: Passengers


Single supplement under request 

Price per person 2017
 

10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS

High Season: October - March
 

HOTELS CATEGORY 1
*Pax
2-3
Pax
4-5
Pax
6-9
Pax
4****  $6,106
$3,615 $2,962 $2,506 
3*** superior $5,965 $3,530 $2,880 $2,430 
3*** $5,710 $3,411 $2,775 $2,326 
 
  10-11
Pax
12
Pax
Sin
Sup
 
4****  $2,415  $2,275  $360  
3*** superior $2,340 $2,199 $299   
3*** $2,242 $2,103
$225   

 

*Pax: Passengers

Low Season: April - September
 

HOTELS CATEGORY 1
Pax
2-3
Pax
4-5
Pax
6-9
Pax
4****  $6,042 $3,560  $2,905  $2,450 
3*** superior $5,900 $3,475  $2,825  $2,370 
3*** $5,645 $3,355  $2,718 $2,270 
 
  10-11
Pax
12
Pax
Sin
Sup
 
4****  $2,360 $2,220  $355  
3*** superior $2,280  $2,140  $285  
3*** $2,185 $2,046 $210   

*Pax: Passengers

15 DAYS / 14 NIGHTS

High Season: October - March

HOTELS CATEGORY 1
*Pax
2-3
Pax
4-5
Pax
6-9
Pax
3***  $7,880 $4,690  $3,860  $3,208
3*** superior $8,140 $4,810 $3,965  $3,307
4****  $8,280 $4,892 $4,045  $3,385 
 
  10-11
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12
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Sin
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3*** $3,099 $2,885  $325  
3***superior $3,197 $2,980  $420  
4****  $3,275 $3,055
$475  

*Pax: Passengers

Low Season: April - September
 

HOTELS CATEGORY 1
*Pax
2-3
Pax
4-5
Pax
6-9
Pax
3*** $7,710 $4,575  $3,745  $3,095 
3*** superior $7,965 $4,694 $3,850  $3,194 
4****  $8,110 $4,780  $3,932  $3,272 
 
  10-11
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12
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Sin
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3*** $2,985 $2,769  $310  
4**** $3,082  $2,865  $399  
4**** SUPERIOR $3,160  $2,940   $460   

*Pax: Passengers


Single supplement under request

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