Ecuador has enormous biological diversity, and more than 1600 species of birds can be found there many of them amongst the most colorful in the world. Nowhere else can provide such species diversity in such a small land area, roughly equal in size to the U.S. state of Colorado. It also has a fairly well-developed road system offering easy access to the best birding areas. Last, but not least, recent years have seen a steady increase in the availability of good-quality ecolodges. Southern Ecuador has a large number of Tumbesian endemics and of course, the newly-discovered Jocotoco Antpitta.
We wi! cover all of the Jocotoco Foundation reserves, including Buenaventura, Tapichalaca (for the Jocotoco Antpitta), and Jorupe. Even our overnight lodgings wi! usua!y be right within these reserves. We’ll also visit Copalinga Lodge and Podocarpus National Park near Loja. Southern Ecuador is an amazingly diverse area ecologica!y, covering everything from Amazonian rainforest and Andean cloud forest to high-altitude Paramo and Tumbesian desert. You can imagine the huge trip-list this makes possible in such a bird-rich country as Ecuador! You could come home with 50 to 60 endemic or near- endemic additions to your life-list, out of the 550 or more species expected. This is truly a birding destination of a lifetime.
** Note: If fewer than four participants, we will need to assess a small group fee.
Photo: Jocotoco Antpitta by Juan Carlos Calvachi