Trip report: Northern Ecuador Custom Tour: Birding with a Camera® (March 2021) by Tropical Birding

Guided by ANDRES VASQUEZ N. This was a custom tour.

Tired of the everlasting pandemic and having already had the two doses of the long-awaited vaccine, Dalia and Larry, a super nice couple from Ohio, decided to create their own custom tour in Ecuador. They already had a clear idea of what they wanted thanks to our virtual tours we did during the first months of the Covid world closure. They noticed Tropical Birding had already been running tours in Ecuador following the Covid outbreak, and so they jumped on a plane. I was fortunate to guide this fun couple through the NW slope of the Ecuadorian Andes, up into the high paramos and elfin forests, and along the steamy and hot Amazon lowland rainforest. This was a two-week long trip that covered quite a bit of ground which translated to a great deal of birds, landscapes, sites and memories.

Adapted to their birding preferences and desired pace, we ran the tour as a Birding with a Camera (BWC) custom tour and it turned out to be fantastic. There were a couple of specific targets they wanted and we managed to get most of them, (if not all), including species like Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe, Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Andean Condor, Oilbird, Cloud Forest Pygmy-Owl, Ocellated Tapaculo, Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan, Toucan Barbet, Common and Andean Potoos, Crested Owl, Cream-colored and Ringed Woodpeckers, and Club-winged and Wire-tailed Manakins, to name a few.

Read the full TROPICAL BIRDING Northern Ecuador Birding with a Camera® trip report (PDF format; 7 MB size file).