Southern Ecuador 2019: The Jocotoco Antpitta & Tumbesian Endemics.

Jocotoco Antpitta
February 28 - March 16, 2019
Tour Length: 17 days Est. Spaces Left: 10

Southern Ecuador is an amazingly diverse area ecologica!y, covering everything from 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 the birding destination of a lifetime. The Jocotoco Antpitta, only discovered in recent years, is a major reason for taking this trip. We also are offering an extension to Sacha Lodge in the Amazon Basin.

Photo: Jocotoco Antpitta   by Juan Carlos Calvachi

TOUR OVERVIEW

Extensions:
No Tour Extensions Listed.
Future Departures:
February 15, 2020
Tour Leaders:
Max # Birders:
10 +HLBT & local leader
Focus:
Birds; Photography;
Pace:
Easy to Moderate ; some difficult terrain
Double Accommodation:
$ 4800
[per person]
Single Supplement:
+ $ 450
Deposit:
$500 [per person]

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

MORE TRIP INFORMATION

  • Download Itinerary

    No PDF is available at this time. See Below.

  • Meeting Location

    Guayaquil

    Accomodations

    Excellent Jocotoco Foundation and other lodges.

    Included

    The tour price includes:
    Pickup and dropoff at Guayaquil International Airport
    15 nights lodging
    All meals
    Ground transportation
    Taxes and local tips (guide tip optional)
    All reserve entrance fees


    Excluded

    The tour price excludes:
    Airfares
    Drinks
    Telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature

  • Top Birds

    Long-wattled Umbrellabird, El Oro Parakeet, White-breasted Parakeet, Jocotoco Antpitta, Pale-headed Brush-Finch, Foothills Elaenia, Orange-throated Tanager, White-winged Chapman’s Antshrike, Three-banded Warbler, Black-cowled Saltator, Baird’s Flycatcher, White-headed Brush-Finch, Solitary Eagle, Pacific Pygmy-Owl, El , Scarlet-fronted and Gray cheeked Parakeet, Rufous-necked and Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner, Ecuadorian Piculet, Blackish-headed Spinetail, Ecuadorian Trogon, Pale-browed Tinamou, Tumbes Swift, Plumbeous-backed Thrush, Yellow-olive Flatbill, Slaty Becard, White-tailed Jay, Bay-crowned Brush-finch, Chestnut-collared Swallow, Purple-throated Sunagel, Rainbow Startfronlet, Black-crested Tit-Tyrant, Jelsk’s Chat-tyrant, Black-headed Antbird,  Barred Fruiteater, Black-throated Tody-Tyrant, Golden-plumed Parakeet, Andean Potoo, White-throated Screech-Owl, Amethyst-throated and Flame-throated Sunangel, Rufous-capped Thornbill, Undulated, Chestnut-naped and Rufous Antpitta, Bearded Guan, Red-hooded Tanager, Citrine Warbler, Pale-footed Swallow, Golden-crowned Tanager, Chesnut-tipped Toucanet, Chestnut-vented Conebill, , Vermilion, Paradise, Golden-eared and Orange-eared Tanager, Orange-throated Tanager; Equatorial Graytail, Spangled Coquette, Violet-fronted Brilliant, Wire-crested Thorntail, Black-throated Brilliant, Golden-winged Tody-Flycatcher, Blackish Nightjar, Band-bellied Owl, Amazonian Umbrella Bird, Lanceolated Monklet, Yellow-whiskered Bush-Tanager, Rufous-crested Tanager,  Line-cheeked Spinetail, Black-lored Yellowthroat, Blue Seedeater, Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush, Violet-throated Metaltail, Tit-like Dacnis, Red-rumped Bush-Tyrant, Blue-mantled Thornbill and many more!

    Top Mammals

    Coatimundi, Kinkajou, Spectacled Bear

    Habitats Covered

    Tropical forests and high-altitude, temperate montane forests, dry tropical forest, grasslands, wetlands, rivers, coastal plain.

    Expected Climate

    Southern Ecuador 2014 ItineraryVariable. Hot and humid with tropical showers in the lowlands, much cooler at high altitude.

  • Other Attractions

    Spectacular scenery, exciting mammals and tropical butterflies Excellent photographic opportunities.

    Suggested Clothing & Gear
    • Valid, current passport (w/ 4 blank pages)
    • Visa (if required)
    • Credit cards / cash
    • Binoculars
    • Scope and tripod (optional)
    • Sunglasses and sunscreen
    • Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses
    • Water bottle
    • Small umbrella
    • Small day pack / fanny pack
    • Small flashlight
    • Mosquito/insect repellant (DEET 25% or greater)
    • Itch relief cream
    • Lip screen/balm
    • Prescription drugs - carry in original packaging to avoid customs problems
    • OTC medicines (antibiotics, cold/sinus, cough drops, eye drops, analgesic (Motrin, aspirin), anti-diarrheal)
    • Toiletries
    • Hair Dryer
    • Small alarm clock
    • Cleaning fluids/cloths/drying cloths
    • Small tool kit for optics or glasses
    • Field guides
    • Note pads/pens (we provide trip checklists)
    • Hiking Boots/Shoes
    • Lightweight shoes/sneakers/sandals
    • Light-weight long pants
    • Light-weight long-sleeved shirts
    • Hat with brim/visor
    • Safari (e.g., Tilly) hat
    • Rain jacket/wind breaker
    • Shorts
    • T-shirts
    • Swimsuit
    • Medium-weight jacket
    • Medium-weight long pants
    • Medium-weight long-sleeved shirts
    • Warm winter jacket
    • Warm, waterproof gloves (and backup pair)
    • Long Underwear (capilene or polypropylene)
    • PJs or shorts for lounging/sleeping
    • Wool socks (various weights) and liners.
    • Handkerchiefs or tissues
    Recommended Reading
    • The Birds of Ecuador

      Ridgely & Greenfield

     

TOUR GALLERY

  • Orange-throated Tanager by F. Davis
  • Pale-headed Brush-Finch by Bill Fraser
  • Red-masked Parakeet by Polly Neldner
  • Long-wattled Umbellabird by Bill Fraser
  • Rainbow Starfrontlet by Polly Neldner
  • Amesyth-throated Sunangel by F. Davis

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