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Full Birdwatching, The Southern Endemics Tour

Full Birdwatching, The Southern Endemics Tour Packages
Country: Ecuador
City: Various
Duration: 15 Day(s) - 14 Night(s)
Tour Category: Bird Watching Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

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THE ECUADOR SOUTHERN ENDEMICS

15 DAYS / 14 NIGHTS

This tour gives you the possibility to see the endemic birds of the Tumbesian region and also some of the Choco, the combination of these two ecosystems will increase your bird list with some of the most exotic birds of the world, in this trip it is possible to see more than 600 species. If you have already visited the north of Ecuador, this is an excellent alternative for you!

DAY 1.- ARRIVAL IN GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR

At your arrival to Guayaquil, your guide will be waiting for you to meet and transfer you to your hotel, overnight.

DAY 2.- THE TROPICAL FOREST AND ITS BIRDS

After breakfast, you will visit Cerro Blanco, reserve with an approximate extension of 2000 hectares of dry tropical forest that is a perfect ecosystem to look for Ecuadorian Ground-Dove, Gray-Cheeked parakeet, Ecuadorian Pikulet, Scarlet-Backed Woodpecker, Blackish-headed spinetail, and also look for specialties of the area such as Great Green Macaw, birds flycatcher, Ecuadorian trogon, among others.

Cerro Blanco reserve protects 54 species of mammals such as pumas, quanta, wild pigs, and howler monkeys and it is the home of 213 species of birds for this reason BirdLife International named it the second most important bird area of Ecuador after the cloud forest of Mindo.

After a Box lunch, you will visit Poza Honda a mangrove ecosystem that is considered a great place to observe shorebirds like Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Tricolored Heron, Green Kingfisher, and Ringed Kingfisher. Return to Guayaquil overnight.

(B.BL.D)

DAY 3.- MANGLARES CHURUTE AN EXTENSIVE MANGROVE FOREST

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 the tropical dry forest is the house of considerable biodiversity.

Here it is possible to find 270 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.

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

(B.BL.D)

DAY 4.- BUENAVENTURA RESERVE

Buenaventura Reserve is part of the 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 (46 species registered) including many endemics like El Oro Parakeet, Emerald-billed Woodnymph, Pacific Tuftedcheeck, Club-Winged Manakin, Long Wattled Umbrellabird, 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 as the Andean Tinamou, Rose Face parrot, and line-cheeked spinetail. Return to the lodge to diner and overnight.

(B.L.D)

DAY 5.- JORUPE RESERVE

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 at some strategic points to look for the species of the area.

This reserve supports many endemic and rare species of plants and animals, including populations of numerous globally threatened birds (40 species) like the Henna-Hooded foliage-Gleaner, Blackish Headed spinetail, Slaty Becard, Line Cheeked Spinetail, Loja Tyrannulet.

Jorupe is a two square mile area of high-quality deciduous forest in the Tumbesian region of southwest Ecuador, a few km northeast of the town of Macara which is near the Ecuador and Peru border.

(B.BL.D)

DAY 6.- THE BIRDS OF THE TUMBESIAN REGION

During this day you will be in the middle of the Tumbesian forest which is a dry habitat ecosystem that extends from southwest 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.

Early in the morning, you will spot the trails of Jorupe looking for some tumbesian species, lunch and in the afternoon you will depart to 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. Return to the lodge to diner and overnight.

(B.L.D)

DAY 7.- MACARÁ - LOJA

Early in the morning after a cup of hot coffee, you will travel to Catamayo, on the route you will stop at some strategic points to look for some of the Tumbesian species and others like the Tumbes Sparrow, Band-tailed Sierra Finch, Drab Seedeater. Box Lunch on route and departure to Loja.

(B,BL,D)

DAY 8.- LOJA: CAJANUMA (PODOCARPUS NATIONAL PARK)

Early in the morning you will visit Cajanuma, part of Podocarpus National Park where you will look for some spectacular birds like 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.

Podocarpus National Park is located in the South of Ecuador near the Peruvian border and spanning 360,000 acres, Podocarpus National Park includes cloud forests, high-altitude grasslands, and a series of small Andean lakes.

The Podocarpus National Park area has one of the largest concentrations of bird species in Ecuador, with more than 500 registered species, although some experts believe that number could be as high as 800. Some of the most threatened birds in Ecuador have healthy populations in and around the park, such as coppery-chested jacamar, bearded guan, Equatorial gray tail, and Peruvian antpitta.

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.

Lunch in Vilcabamba and departure to Tapichalaca, this the first reserve created by Jocotoco Foundation. At our arrival, we will have time to enjoy the hummingbirds that fly around the feeders of this lodge-like Flame Throated Sunangel, Ocellated Tapaculo, Rufous-capped thornbill, Chesnut Breasted Coronet, and Long Tail Sylph. Dinner and overnight in Tapichalaca Lodge.

(B,L,D)

DAY 9 & 10.- TAPICHALACA AND THE JOCOTOCO ANTPITTA

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, species that were 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 is Dusky Headed Parakeet, White Capped Parrot, Swallowtail 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.

The reserve, which includes Cerro Tapichalaca, encompasses approximately 2,000 ha, ranging from an elevation of 2000 m to 3400 m. It is adjacent to the southern part of Podocarpus National Park, which increases its conservation value.

The target size for the Tapichalaca Reserve is approximately 5,000 ha (12,000 acres). Large mammals like the Mountain Tapir (globally Endangered) and Spectacled Bear (Vulnerable) are present in the reserve. About 140 endemic plants have been recorded, of which 1 is Critically Endangered, 25 are considered endangered and 95 are vulnerable. Over 30 species of orchid are known only from the area of the reserve.

(B,L,D)

DAY 11.- TAPICHALACA – ZAMORA

After breakfast, you will continue your expedition to Zamora Province, on the route you can find great places to search for spectacular species such as Crimson Bellied Woodpecker, Tumbesian Tyrannulet, Tawny Crowned Pygmy-Tyrant, White Capped Dipper. Arrive at Copalinga Lodge located next to the southeast entrance of Podocarpus National Park, where you will have the opportunity to walk through the trails of this cozy lodge. Dinner and overnight.

(B,BL,D)

DAY 12 & 13.- PODOCARPUS NATIONAL PARK (BOMBUSCARO)

During these two days, you will walk through the trails of Podocarpus National Park and Copalinga lodge looking for local species including Coppery-crested jacamar Ecuadorian Piedtail, White Breasted Parakeet, Chesnut Crowned Gnateater, Green Hermit, Spangled Coquette, Black Streaked Puffbird, Chesnut Tipped Toucanet, Blue Rumped Manakin.

The Bombuscaro entrance to Podocarpus National park is 6.8 km from the town of Zamora. This area has an elevation of approximately 900 meters above sea level and has been classified as upper tropical rainforest. The Bombuscaro area has four different trails, ranging from 200 m to 3 km in length. These trails lead to waterfalls as well as to a nice swimming area at the Bombuscaro River. In this area, over than 230 bird species have been identified

(B,L,D)

DAY 14.- 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, Chesnut-Vented Conebill. Return to Catamayo where you will drive around the airport to look for the Tumbesian birds that we have not seen arriving at the airport to catch your flight back to Quito. Transfer to your hotel overnight.

(B, L.)

DAY 15.- QUITO – INTERNATIONAL OR NATIONAL FLIGHT

After an early breakfast, your guide will pick you up to transfer you to the airport to catch your national or international flight.

(B)

END OF THE SERVICES

A NOTE ON THE ORDER OF THE ITINERARY:

Itinerary subject to change based on local conditions. It could be flexible according to the client’s interests.

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B- Breakfast; L-Lunch; BL- Box Lunch; D-Dinner

PRICE INCLUDE:

Private transportation, bilingual naturalist guide (specialized on birdwatching), accommodation based on the double room in all the hotels detailed in the itinerary (s.supp. under request); meals as described on the itinerary, local flights: Loja – Quito; entrance fee to Cerro Blanco, Puerto Hondo, Manglares Churute, Podocarpus National Park and Utuana Reserve

NOT INCLUDE:

Meals not specified, alcoholic drinks, tips, and personal expenses.

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