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Tours in Ecuador and Peru

Peru and Ecuador are the 2nd and 5th most species rich countries in the World. Both countries offer excellent birding with purpose-built lodges with trails and feeders.
The tours I arrange are all custom tours to meet each and everyones need with regards to time available, photography, slower pace or hard-core target-birding.

ECUADOR
Small and very diverse, that is why I live here. The country can be broken up into several pieces that can be combined depending on interest and time available.
Generally the WEST SLOPE of the Andes, starting from the capital Quito, is around 6-7 full days covering altitudes from 3400 m down to 400 m. Expect at least 300 species.
The EAST SLOPE of the Andes is another 6-7 days staying at very nice lodges with a plethora of hummingbirds. This part covers altitudes from 4300 m down to 1200 m.
The AMAZON. A vast and very species-rich area. Several lodges are available here, most with canopy towers which gives a fantastic view of the birds living high above the ground. The lodges are a bit costly but offers excellent accommodation and wildlife observations. A minimum stay should be 5 days/4 nights but it is recommended to add a few more days if possible. I usually take my groups to Sani lodge which currently is the best place to see Harpy Eagle and is also closest to the river islands in the Napo river.
The far NORTHWEST. This part, known as the Chocó, is one of the most endemic-rich areas in the World. Not too many groups visit this part which is a shame as it offers excellent birding with some rarely seen species. Now that the Playa de Oro lodge has been revamped it also offers decent accommodation throughout. This is the best place to see the monotypic Sapayoa.
The SOUTH. An excellent trip a bit over two weeks to see some spectacular birds like Jocotoco Antpitta and Orange-throated Tanager. It covers many different habitats from mangroves, west slope foothills, high andes, temperate, subtropical and foothill east slope forest. Pale-headed Brushfinch with about 100 pairs in one small reserve is arguably one of the rarest birds in the World.
For the big listers, sidetrips can be done to see Esmeraldas Woodstar or Chestnut-bellied Cotinga to mention a couple of Ecuadorian specialities.

PERU
Big and very diverse with many endemics. It also sports some of the world’s major cultural attractions like Machu Picchu. The country can be broken up into three major sections, each about a three week trip.
The NORTH. This part covers the dry coast through the Marañon drainage, both with many endemics, to the east slope of the Andes and finally touching the Amazon. About 40 country endemics are available along this stretch, some requires an effort to see. I have done this trip over 15 times and it is getting better all the time with new private reserves popping up giving access to previously difficult species. Long-whiskered Owlet, Pale-billed Antpitta or Marvelous Spatuletail anyone?
The CENTRAL. This part is a bit more rough than the others as infrastructure is lacking at a few places. Another endemic-rich part of Peru. Starting out from Lima heading up the dry mountains to lake Junín with its endemic Grebe to the Carpish mountains with Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager, then touching the amazon before heading up the Satipo road going up the east slope to the high puna grassland packed with different species at different altitudes and several endemics.
The SOUTH. The traditional section which takes in Machu Picchu and Abra Malaga before heading down the famed Manu road which is all forested to the Amazon lowlands. A boat is needed to get down-river to Manu with the famous parrot clay-licks, Giant otters and many hundreds of bird species.

Interested in anything of the above? Write me and tell me about your specific interests or needs and I’ll set up a trip that suits you and your group.
Is photography a major priority? As can be seen on this website, I have some knowledge about that too and I set up several trips designed to maximize the gigabytes for the clients.
Are you are hard-core lister? Well, I am top of the Ecuador list, so I obviously have an extensive knowledge about the rare birds both in Ecuador but also northern Peru.
Jocotoco Antpitta
Jocotoco Antpitta
Orange-throated Tanager
Orange-throated Tanager
Long-wattled Umbrellabird
Long-wattled Umbrellabird
Cock-of-the-Rock
Cock-of-the-Rock
Marvelous Spatuletail
Marvelous Spatuletail
Rufous-crested Coquette
Rufous-crested Coquette
Long-whiskered Owlet
Long-whiskered Owlet
Scarlet Macaw
Scarlet Macaw