Ecuador – Mammals and Birds
AT A GLANCE
mammals, birds and photography.
Ecuador: Quito - Andean mountains - Amazonian lowlands - Quito
Spectacled Bear, Giant River Otter, Mountain Tapir, Olinguito, other mammals plus 300+ species of birds.
Cool to hot
Road travel by minibus, some river travel on local boats, comfortable hotels & lodges, all rooms with private facilities.
We first visited Ecuador in 2011 and recorded 24 species of mammal including several Spectacled Bears. We are now planning a return trip at a slightly different time of year where we hope that bears will be even more visible and when we hope that tapirs will be easier to find.
Our second tour will also visit Bellavista in the highlands to look for the recently described Olinguito. In the lowlands we will be replacing Napo Wildlife Center and Wild Sumaco with Sani Lodge and Gareno Lodge which we believe will give us more flexibility when looking for mammals and birds.
As before we also expect to see some of South America’s most spectacular birds including Andean Cock-of-the-Rock and Sword-billed Hummingbird. The tour will be led by Richard Webb and an Ecuadorian bird guide and we will be accompanied by additional local guides when looking for bears and tapirs.
We will visit a number of different sites for bears and will have some flexibility in the itinerary to maximise our chances of success.
- We will first visit Bellavista where the recently-described Olinguito is normally relatively easy to see at night. We will spend two nights here. Andean White-eared Opossum and Kinkajou are also likely here and there are outside chances of Mountain Coati, Northern Oncilla and Spectacled Bear.
- At Maquipucuna the presence of bears is largely dependent on the aguacatillo being in fruit. We will spend one night in the reserve in the hope that they are in fruit and attracting bears. In some years up to 16 different bears were recorded during the fruiting period. Paca is also possible here.
- In the Amazonian lowlands along the Rio Napo we will visit Sani Lodge which we believe will offer us better chances for seeing nocturnal mammals such as Bushy-tailed and Allen’s Olingo as well as up to 10 species of primate and Giant River Otters. Once back at Coca we will transfer to Gareno Lodge to look for further lowland mammals plus two enigmatic night birds Crested Owl and Rufous Potoo.
- We will also visit Cabanas San Isidro for one night on route to Coca-Cayambe to help prepare for the higher altitudes of Coca-Cayambe. CSI also offers opportunities to see bears from the trails but we would be lucky to see them here.
- At Coca-Cayambe we will be looking for bears in open paramo at altitudes up to 4,200 metres. Most of the searching will be done by scanning from the roads that run through the park and we will only undertake a few short gentle walks. For those with more energy there will be the opportunity to hike away from the roads for several hours with local guides to maximise our chances of bears and tapirs. Richard has seen bears and tapirs close to the road here.
Depart UK early morning via Madrid to Quito. Night Quito
Transfer to Bellavista for two nights.
Transfer to Macquipicuna, overnight.
Morning at Macquipicuna and then return to Quito for the night.
Fly to Coca and then transfer to Sani Lodge for three nights.
Transfer to Gareno Lodge for one night
Transfer to San Isidro for one night.
Transfer to Papallacta for three nights.
Morning Coca-Cayambe. Late afternoon return to Quito and overnight.
Transfer to airport for return flight to UK
Arrive back UK in the afternoon.
Mammal Species seen during the 2010 recce & 2011 tour include.
Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth
Forest Rabbit (Tapiti)
Amazon Dwarf Squirrel
Northern Amazon Red Squirrel
Central American Agouti
Culpeo (Andean) Fox
Neotropical River Otter
Greater Fishing Bat
Common Squirrel Monkey
White-bellied Spider Monkey
Noisy Night Monkey
Venezuelan Red Howler Monkey
Please note: All itineraries are subject to weather, local conditions and final approval by the relevant authorities.
Dates: 18th November – 3rd December 2017
Leaders Richard Webb plus local guides.
Cost: £5075 per person sharing a twin room.
Single supplement: £519
Max. Group size: 6-8
Price includes: International and internal economy class flights including pre-paid taxes, all ground transportation, all accommodation and meals including water, park entry fees, services of WildWings leader and local bird and other guides. Bird and mammal checklist.
Price excludes: Travel insurance, laundry bills, all other drinks, other items of a personal nature and gratuities.
18th November – 3rd December 2017