A more productive birding trip for Ecuadorian and South
American birders. Excellent Jocotoco Foundation lodges
support bird conservation and lay the groundwork to
another productive birding trip to South America. As many
as 60 hummingbirds species can be seen plus both
Umbrellabirds, difficult species (such as Jocotoco Antpitta
and El Oro Parakeet), other fantastic species from Choco
forest, Tumbesian endemics and specialities. Then off to
the very birdy areas of Podocarpus National Park and the
Tapichalaca Reserve.

Most trips find 450 to 500 species with well-planned
itineraries and top Ecuadorian guides.  Nearly 2 weeks of
birding from $2,990 and many excellent extension options
and some trips continuing into Peru. Trips offered each
month during dryer season from September to March with
additional custom options.
Day 1/Arrival:  Arrival into Guayaquil and transfer to local
Day 2:  Buenaventura and Choco forest birding in
Days 3 & 4:  Bird forested hills in Buenaventura area,
focusing on Choco and Tumbesian birds.  Also, nice local
hummingbird feeders and other bird feeders in area and at
Day 5:  Morning wrap up at Buenaventura and begin in
afternoon focusing on additional Tumbesian species in
Jorupe area.
Day 6:  Jorupe area birding.
Day 7:  AM transfer from Jorupe to Loja for birding in
Cajanuma section of the Podacarpus National Park.  
Day 8:  AM birding at Cajanuma area in Podocarpus
National Park and search humid cloud forests in the area
and later in day off to
Zamora and the Rio Bombuscaro.
Days 9 & 10:  Spend two full days in the Bombuscaro
area of the Podocarpus National Park birding the
mosaic of primary, premontane cloud forest and secondary
growth habitats.
Days 11 & 12: Birding Jocotoco Foundation Reserve
of Tapichalaca
, including recently described Jocotoco
Day 13:  After some birding leave Tapichalaca and bird to
Loja for flights home (or many extension possibilities).

Highly Recommended Extension Option Below

Day 14:  Nice birding near Saraguro and the lower and
higher elevations of
Acacana Mountain.  
Day 15: Early morning birding Saraguro and then drive to
and bird the highlands and temperate forest of
National Park
Day 16: Morning Birding the Yunguilla Reserve and bird
until late afternoon transfer to
Day 17: Full day birding the Gualaceo Limón Road and
then late afternoon transfer to
Day 18:  Flights from Cuenca to either Quito or Guayaquil.
Brief Itinerary
Photo by Murray Cooper
Silver-backed Tanager
Photo by Lelis Navarrete
Photo by Lelis Navarrete
The Best of Southern Ecuador
Photo by John Drummond
Photo by John Drummond
Photo by Lelis Navarrete
Photo by Murray Cooper
More Details on This Trip
Brief Overview
Trip Description
Southern Ecuador
Buenaventura, Choco Forest, Jorupe, Loja, Podocarpus National Park & Jocotoco Foundation Reserve
Extension: Saraguro, Acacana Mountain, Cajas National Park, Yunguilla Reserve and Gualaceo Limón Road
For more information or to register for this trip, call Charles in the United States or Ian
in the United Kingdom. Charles can be reached at 888-203-7464 or directly at
720-320-1974. Ian can be reached at 07719-052820. Also feel free to e-mail at