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October 6-13, 2019

Let’s head out to photograph birds!  Where?  Ecuador, of course!  To the Chocó Cloudforest!

Ecuador is slightly larger than Colorado – but about 1 out of every 5 bird species is present in this cauldron of biodiversity.  It is the forth highest nation in the world for bird diversity, with over 1,500 species.  And Ecuador has 25% of the world’s cloud forests!

 

2019 Rates:
Double Occupancy: $4,670
Single Occupancy: $5,070
Deposit: $1,200
Final Payment - 1 Aug 19

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And, the hot spot is the Chocó Bioregion, especially in northwest Ecuador!  Ask a birder… ask a conservationist – this region is so very special that it is on the must list for birders and the “oh, we have to save this” list for conservation!  About 25% of the plants and animals in the Chocó are endemic – found no place else on earth!

 

And the cool thing is that the infrastructure to take you to find birds has just reached the threshold where we can both take good care of you – and promise that you’ll come home with outstanding bird images!

The key to accomplishing this is that small family farmers have been cooperating with conservation groups and small-scale tourism enterprises to set aside natural areas in a number of biological zones. 

We have done our own conspiring, with our friend and guide Pancho, to build an itinerary that weaves together visits to a variety of habitats, to produce opportunities to photograph some amazing species that previously were just fancy names on birders checklists!

You may recognize some of these names… Cock of the Rock, Golden Tanager, Golden Naped Tanager, Flame Faced Tanager, Black Chinned Mountain Tanager, Beryl-spangled Tanager, Moss-backed Tanager, Glistening Green Tanager, Blue-winged Mountain Tanager,  Cinnamon Flycatcher, Choco Toucan, Crimsom-rumped Toucanet, Plate-billed Mountain Toucan, Tiny Hawk, Rufous-crowned Antpitta, Giant Antpitta, Barred Puffbird, Umbrella Bird, Golden-headed Quetzal, Masked Trogon, Oil Bird, Orange-breasted Fruiteater, Blue-backed Conebill, Toucan Barbet, Turquoise Jay… the list just goes on and on.  Then there are owls.

 

And, did we mention hummingbirds?  There are more kinds and shapes of hummingbirds than you thought existed!  Fun names, too, like Shining Sunbeam, Violet-tailed Sylph, Buff-tailed Coronet, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Brown Violetear, Collared Inca, Rainbow-bearded Thornbill, Purple-chested Hummingbird, White-necked Jacobin, and Booted Racket-tailed Hummingbird.

While the focus is on birds, you can’t go to the cloud forest without photographing butterflies!

There are also waterfalls.  And, we’ll do some night walks to find frogs, and spiders, and…

 

You will come back with so many images of birds, butterflies, frogs, and more!  The challenge will be to figure out what their names are!

Rates for 2019:
Double Occupancy:  $4,670
Single Occupancy:  $5, 070

Price includes all local transportation, lodging for 7 nights (close to the action), most meals, English-speaking local guide, photography guide/instructor, prep materials.

Flights to and from Quito, Ecuador (our base camp for this adventure) at your own expense.  Extra nights at the beginning or end at your own expense.  Alcoholic drinks at your own expense.  Tipping is expected and your responsibility.

This will be a small group, 5-10 people. 

While the adventure will not be terribly demanding, you will need to be able to manage your gear (including long lens and tripod) on forest trails (Ecuador is not flat!).

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2018

 

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Private Adventure
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