Guided by Jose Illanes. Trip report by co-guide Emma Juxton. This was a set departure tour, and it included the High Andes extension.
With this being my first trip to Ecuador and in fact the South American continent, I could instantly see why the Andes Introtour is always so popular. What a fantastic gateway to such a biodiverse region, one of which boasts some of the most spectacular avian life on Earth. During the main tour we accumulated an incredible 324 species; highlights being Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Club-winged Manakin, and Dark-backed Wood-quail to name but a few. The two-day High Andes Extension delivered a further 46 species; highlights of the extension included Andean Condor, Giant Hummingbird and Andean Lapwing. This gave us a total of 370 species overall, 28 of which were heard only and 5 that were only seen by the guides. We also encountered some mammals on the tour, the two favourites being the Three-toed Sloth and Culpeo (Andean Fox).
Visiting reserves from Yanacocha to Rio Silanche we were entirely immersed in the region’s diverse habitats and breathtaking landscapes. All this based out of the world renowned Tandayapa Bird Lodge, made for a fantastic easy-going tour with a homely base, great food, friendly attentive staff and a constant supply of hummingbirds to boot! What more could you wish for? Click the link below to read the entire report.