You may wish to arrive in Quito a few days early in order to explore the city or rest before the tour starts. Just let us know your flight plans and also whether you will need a hotel room.
Ecuador is the size of the state of Georgia, yet 1,540 species of birds have been recorded in the country. On this Venture, we'll travel from the Andes into the northwestern lowlands, seeing a dazzling display of tanagers, flycatchers and hummingbirds; over high, windswept pass to relict patches of polylepis forest for the endemic Black-breasted Puffleg; through Chocó cloudforest, where we hope to find such regional endemics as Toucan Barbet, Pale-mandibled Aracari and Chocó Toucan; and lower elevation tropical rainforest near Silanche looking for Choco endemics such as Purple-chested Hummingbird, Banded Ground-Cuckoo and Long-wattled Umbrellabird.
Our accommodation will be comfortable and convenient to the best birding spots. The food is excellent and the people very friendly. If you have never been to South America before, this trip to Ecuador will open your eyes to the beauty and diversity that is South America. Our 10-day Choco and Wild Sumaco tour takes us across both sides of Andes.
Although we are dedicating the majority of our time to hummingbirds, we will still enjoy all of the other birds, which will include a wide range of tanagers, trogons, antbirds and many more.
Some of the Birds We Hope to See
Black-chested, Black-chinned and Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanagers, Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan, Choco and Black-mandibled Toucan, Toucan-Barbet, Olivaceous Piha, Purple-backed and Rainbow-bearded Thornbills, Sapphire-vented Puffleg, Many-spotted & Violet-headed Hummingbird, Ecuadorian Piedtail, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Napo Sabrewing, Grey-chinned Hermit, and Giant, Moustached, Ochre-breasted and Yellow-breasted Antpittas, Blue-rumped Manakin, Musician Wren, Golden-eyed Flower-piercer, Sickle-winged Guan, Golden-headed Quetzal, Rufous and Broad-billed Motmot, Booted Racket-Tail, Brown Violet-Ear, Empress Brilliant, Velvet-Purple Coronet, Black-and-white Owl, Rufous-rumped and Foothill Antwren, Chestnut-crowned Gnateater, and Rufous-bellied Nighthawk among many others.