BIRDWATCHING 16 DAYS
Unlike other animal groups, birds have a great variety of shapes and colors, they are everywhere, they produce spectacular songs, and they are easy to see, directly or with the help of binoculars.
These are some of the reasons why there are many birdwatching enthusiasts.
Fascination with birds has the power to change human attitudes. Birds have been the reason for many to appreciate the natural world and the so-called HOT SPOTS of birds, and many of these places are in Ecuador both in the Sierra, the Cloud Forest, the Amazon, the Coast, and Galapagos with a total of 1564 species of birds
What is bird watching
It is a form of wildlife watching but dedicated to birds. In its basic form, birding consists of going outdoors, to enjoy watching and also the songs of birds.
Some consider birding a hobby, others a scientific sport, and still others a passion.
Birdwatcher, or pajareros.
In Ecuador, birdwatching is an activity that has been improving for the past 25 years. So much so that the use of an adequate term for this activity itself, and for the amateurs who practice it, has yet to be established.
Birdwatching began in Europe where the activity is known as “birding”. The person who practices the activity is known as a “birder”.
These are perhaps the most commonly used terms, mostly in formal communication.
Other terms include “bird watching” as well as “birding”. Bird enthusiasts are referred to as pajareros.
Pajarear is perhaps the least formal but most commonly used term among people who actively practice birding; especially in oral communication. Pajarear, to refer to birding, is rarely used in formal written communication.
So a bird enthusiast may be known as a birder, a bird watcher, or a pajarero.
Types of birders.
Generally speaking, there are two types of birders:
Passive birders: This group is made up of individuals who like to watch birds in a casual manner. They do so in their gardens, parks, and nearby natural areas. Passive birders know the larger, more visible birds. This group goes birding sporadically and locally.
Active birders: These are very dedicated and know a lot about visual and auditory identification of many birds. Some are interested in the distribution, migration, and habitat use of many bird species. Active birders go out frequently in search of birds and keep birding lists of each outing, as well as lists of the birds they have seen in their city, country and come to Ecuador to look for and observe them since in a short travel time they can find many species in a single country as Ecuador is Megadiverse and contains many HOTSPOTS of birds.
DAY 1. – QUITO
Day 2. – CHACO
DAY 3. – CHACO
DAY 4. – SAN RAFAEL
DAY 5. – LAGO AGRIO
DAY 6-9. – CUYABENO
DAY 10. – CUYABENO – QUITO
DAY 11. – QUITO-PINTAG
DAY 12. – QUITO- PUERTO LOPEZ
DAY 13 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK
DAY 14. – MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK
DAY 15. – SALINAS
DAY 16. – SALINAS GUAYAQUIL-TRANSFER-OUT.
BIRD ROUTE ON THIS TRIP
A. – Quito, with hummingbirds welcome us
B. Chaco sector with more than 260 species of birds eastern cloud forest
C. – San Rafael area to find the famous cock of the rock
D. – Cuyabeno with its 564 species of birds recorded
E. – Pintag, find mountain tanagers
F. – Machalilla in this area to discover shorebirds more than 320 species of birds.
G.- Salinas, with its beaches to relax and enjoy the Pacific Ocean
H. – Guayaquil, Ecuador’s economic hub, big city and beautiful places to visit, the Malecon 2000 place to walk and admire the great Rio Guayas.
DAY 1. –
Arrival in Quito and transfer to your hotel
Birds of Quito:Mimus gilvus, Orochelidon murina, Coragyps atratus, Anas georgica, Anas andium, Spatula discors, Geranoaetus polyosoma,
Day 2. –
Moving in the direction of the Amazon, arriving at the Lodge and birding sector:Black and chesnut Eagle, White-capped Tanager, Emerald Toucanet, Andean Cock of the Rock, Crested Quetzal
Inca Jay (Cyanocorax yncas)
DAY 3. –
This day we cross the river banks to continue with our observation of cloud forest birds. Birds like, bored bored, buteo magnirostris, Torrent Duck, Tenessee Warbler, Gorgeted woodstar, Chesnut-bellied Thrush, Cerulean Warbler, Sword billed Hummingbird
DAY 4. –
We went to the San Isidro area a place to admire birds, rupicola peruviana aequatorialis, ramphastos culminatus, Long-tailed Sylph, Ocellated Tapaculo, Golden-headed Quetzal, Rufous-vented Whitetip, Oilbird
Rupicola peruviana aequatorialis
DAY 5. –
Seeking transfer to Lago Agrio, birds of open areas, as falco rufigularis, Aratinga leucophtalmus, Hoatzin, Ringed Kingfisher, Amazon Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher, Green-and-rufous Kingfisher, American Pygmy Kingfisher, Violaceous Jay, Golden headed Manakin, Screaming piha, Cocoi Heron, White throated Toucan, Channel-billed Toucan, Lettered Aracari, Chesnut-eared Aracari,
Day 6. – 9. –
Will enter the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, a major hot spots for bird watching, natural air in the gallery forest, terra firme versea, flooded area, as phoenicircus nigricollis, Pachyramphus cinnamomeus, icterus jamacaii , thrapis episcopus, Pteroglossus pluricinctus
DAY 10. –
Return to Quito by air transfer to our Hotel, more birds:
Zenaida auriculata, Colibri coruscans, Lesbia victoriae, Chlorostilbon melanorhynchus, Chaetocercus mulsant, and much more.
DAY 11. –
This day will go towards a valley near Quito and thence to the mountains to search for birds of more than 3,000 meters above sea level. Like, Buthraupis montana, Andean Condor, Black-chested Buzzard Eagle, Black-faced Ibis, Andean Lapwing
DAY 12. –
We drive to the coast of Ecuador, through the great western cloud forest birding opportunities cloud forest: Mimus gilvus, Orochelidon murina, Coragyps atratus, Anas georgica, Anas andium, Spatula discors,Geranoaetus polyosoma, Falco sparverius, Phalcoboenus carunculatus,
DAY 13. –
Coastal Birding Ayampe sector and Machalilla National Park,
Blue-footed Booby, Red-footed Booby, Waved Albatros, Tropicbird,
Magnificent Frigatebird, Hawk SP, Eared Dove, Long-tailed Mockingbird Collared Warbling Finch,
DAY 14. –
Go to Agua Blanca sector, find the birds as possible, baryphthengus ruficapilus, Gray Hawk, West Peruvian Dove, Blue-crowned Motmot, Red-masked Parakeet, Neclaced Spinetail, Collared Antshrike, Gray-rumped Swift, Long-tailed Mockingbird
DAY 15. –
Transfer to the city of Salinas Birds on the Way: Cacicus uropygialis Scarlet-rumped Cacique, Icterus mesomelas Yellow-tailed Oriole, Passer domesticus House Sparrow, Euphonia xanthogaster Orange-bellied Euphonia, Tangara cyanicollis Blue-necked Tanager
DAY 16 .- SALINAS – GUAYAQUIL-TRANSFER OUT
Departure to the airport and say goodbye to the land of the Indians, Andes, volcanoes, nature, the Amazon and the Pacific Ocean beaches, and a lot of BIRDS. But you always take these new experiences ECUADOR Beautiful land of new friends.
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* COMPANION CERTIFICATE BIRDWATCHER GUIDE
* TRAVEL BY ALL MEALS PROGRAM CUYABENO.
* ACCOMMODATION IN DOUBLE ROOMS IN SELECTED HOTELS
* AIR TICKET QUTO-LAGO AGRIO or COCA – QUITO
* OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES,
* LUNCH AND DINNER
* TIPS AND TICKETS TO MUSEUMS, CHURCHES. NATIONAL PARKS
THIS PROGRAM CAN BE DONE WITH AN EXTENSION FOR BIRDWATCHING IN THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS 5 or 8 days.
PRICES ARE PER PERSON IN US DOLLARS, UPON REQUEST, SINCE THE PROGRAMS ARE CUSTOMIZED ACCORDING TO THE HOTELS CHOSEN, MAY BE MAY BE TOURIST CLASS HOTEL, SUPERIOR TOURIST CLASS HOTEL, FIRST CLASS HOTEL OF YOUR PREFERENCE.
The route of the Trip and the itinerary are subject to change and can vary depending on the weather, seasonal changes, safety. etc.