Southern Ecuador 2022: Jocotoco Antpitta & Tumbesian Endemics

Jaguars, Jabirus, Hyacinth Macaws, & Harpy Eagles

November 17 – 30, 2022

Tour Length: 13 days
Est. Spaces Left: Available

This is a small group trip to see many scarce bird species, including those endemic to the Tumbesian region of southwestern Ecuador.We will cover a good many of the Jocotoco Foundation reserves, including Buenaventura,Tapichalaca (for the Jocotoco Antpitta), and Jorupe. Even our overnight lodgings will usually be right within these reserves. We’ll also visit Copalinga Lodge and Podocarpus National Park near Loja. Southern Ecuador is an amazingly diverse area ecologically, 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 s special birding destination.

Tour Leaders

Stephan Lorenz
Juan Carlos Calvachi


Birds, Mammals, Photography


Double Accommodation: $5200/person
Single Supplement: + $1000
Deposit: $1000

Max. Group Size

6 with High Lonesome & local leader


Easy to Moderate. Fairly easy walking of up to 3 or 4 miles a day,.

Future Departures

November 2023

Tour Descriptions



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Trip Highlights

Top Birds

Blue-throated Hillstar, Grey Tinamou, Horned Screamer, Bearded Guan, El Oro, White-breasted (White-necked) & Grey-cheeked Parakeet, Watkins’s, Chestnut-naped & Jocotoco Antpitta, Pale-headed, White-headed & Bay-crowned Brushfinches, Bamboo, Henna-hooded & Rufous-necked Foliage-gleaner, Elegant Crescentchest, Long-wattled & Amazonian Umbrellabird, Ochraceous Attila, Orange-throated Tanager, Band-bellied Owl, Pacific (Peruvian) Pygmy Owl, Blackish & Anthony’s (Scrub) Nightjar, Ecuadorian Trogon, Golden-headed Quetzal, Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Yellow-cheeked Becard, Coppery-chested & Purplish Jacamar, Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Blue-rumped & Club-winged Manakin, El Oro (Ecuadorian), Chusquea & Northern White-crowned Tapaculo, Barred & Black-streaked Puffbird, Equatorial Greytail, Great & Chapman’s Antshrike, Esmeraldas, Jet & Grey-headed Antbird, Foothill Antwren, Grey-mantled Wren, Foothill Elaenia, Fiery-throated, Scarlet-breasted & Scaled Fruiteater, Golden-winged Tody-Flycatcher, Necklaced & Line-cheeked Spinetail, Jelski’s Chat-Tyrant, Short-tailed Field Tyrant, Black-crested Tit-Tyrant, Red-billed Scythebill, Orange-banded & Pacific Royal Flycatcher, Grey-and-gold & Three-banded Warbler, Wiolet-throated & Neblina Metaltail, Rainbow Starfrontlet, Black-cowled Saltator, Chestnut-collared Swallow

Top Mammals

Coatimundi, Kinkajou, Spectacled Bear (rare)

Other Attractions

Spectacular scenery, photography, mammal watching, Andean culture


No Tour Extensions Listed

Planning for the Trip

Meeting Location

Guayaquil, Ecuador


Comfortable lodges


13 nights accommodation and all meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 13. Boat excursions. Transport to and from the airport. Transport to birding locations. Services of local guide. Tips to guides optional


Does not include air to Ecuador, alcoholic drinks, tips to guides & boatmen (optional) laundry or other items of a personal nature.

Habitats Covered

Xerophytic scrub; deciduous, dry scrub; semideciduous tropical forest; pacific deciduous forest;  moist foothill forest; treeless paramo;, xerophytic scrub; lagoons; estuaries; freshwater wetlands

Expected Climate

In high Andes, it can be cold; hot & humid at lower elevations

Suggested Clothing and Gear

Valid, current passport (w/ 4 blank pages)
Visa (if required)
Credit cards / cash
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)
Small alarm clock
Cleaning fluids/cloths/drying cloths
Field guides
Hiking Boots/Shoes
Lightweight shoes/sneakers/sandals

Light-weight long pants
Light-weight long-sleeved shirts
Hat with brim/visor
Rain jacket/wind breaker