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Ecuador Bird Photo Tour

The Cloudforest Paradise

9 nights & 10 Day Tour

Tour Information

The Andes of western Ecuador have some of the best and most accessible birding locations in all of South America. The wet forests of Northwest Ecuador support an enormous variety of species found only here and in neighboring Colombia.
Although Ecuador is one of the smaller countries in South America, it boasts an incredible diversity of habitats which support a wonderful array of wildlife. With a list of more than 1500 species of birds, many of which are shared only with adjacent Columbia or Peru, it is difficult to imagine a more exciting birding destination. This amazing variety, together with an excellent network of national parks and naturalist lodges, ensure a never-to-be-forgotten experience.
Ecuador offers a variety of options to our clients in one of the most biodiverse parts of the world.
Join us on a trip of your lifetime and come back with some of the most memorable images you will ever make!

BASIC INFORMATION

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Medical

Please consult with your doctor regarding general travel vaccinations and check the CDC website for more information.

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Insurance

We strongly recommend you purchase trip insurance that includes trip cancellation and medical coverage while overseas.

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Internet Access

Most lodges have free WIFI in the reception/dining area.

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Electricity

Electrical outlets are US-style. Those coming from Europe or Asia may need travel adapters. We will send more info after signup.

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Airport

You should arrive to and depart from Ecuador's Mariscal Sucre International Airport. Our representative will be waiting to provide your private transfer to a family run lodge nearby.

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Certified

All of our services are conducted by fully licensed travel, lodge, and transport operators. This is part of our commitment to providing a professional travel experience.

Cost (In USD)


1. $4250 per person in sharing accommodations/ $4750 in single supplement (2021)
2. $4500 per person in sharing accommodations/ $5000 in single supplement (2022)

Tour Dates


Main Tour – Maximum 6 - 8 people per group.
1. January 15 - 24, 2021 (4 spots available)
2. January 15 - 24, 2022 (now open)

Tour Specifics


1. Easy/Moderate walking/Most activity is at the feeders
2. Intermediate Photographers
3. Land and Water Photography
4. Non-Photographers / Birdwatchers: Accepted, discounted costs. Save $1000

Tour Motive

Our all-inclusive photography tour in Ecuador will focus on the forested areas that are home to an incredible diversity of Pacific slope birds including Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Black-chinned Mountain-Tanager, Toucan Barbet and Black-winged Saltator, Plate-billed mountain toucan and more. The convienient Ecuador bird photo tour offers photographers abundant opportunites to capture birds on feeders as well in their natural habitat, while experiencing the choco-endemic fauna experience.

Photo Opportunities
  • Opportunity to photograph the Andean specialities like the Plate-billed mountain toucan, Masked trogon, Tanager, Crimson rumped Toucanet, Red-headed Barbet, Toucan Barbet and more.
  • Specialized photography sessions in hides.
  • Technical photography experience like Multi-flash Hummingbird photography to capture the stunning Sword-billed hummingbird and more.
  • Guided photography with expert guidance to make the best images of the target species and more.
  • Our all-inclusive tours help you enjoy a stress-free, photography focussed days coupled with local lodging and culinary experience.
  •  
Suggested Equipments
  • A digital SLR and your longest telephoto lens preferably 300mm or more
  • A macro lens
  • A sturdy tripod or monopod
  • You may also bring your flash with a flash bracket
  • Pack a ton of memory cards
  • Release cable

Tour Pace


Easy to Moderate
Much of the main tour will be spent near feeders which are accessed by only a short walk. There will also be optional short walks on trails on several days too. There are some high elevations covered on this tour.

ITINERARY

Day 1

Upon arrival you will meet our representative at the Mariscal Sucre International Airport and transfer to a family-run lodge nearby. The hotel has sprawling gardens and many visiting hummingbirds and other birds.

  • Overnight at lodge in Puembo, meals are not included this day
  • Elevation: 2359m
Day 2

We meet at 7 am for an early breakfast and head to our first cloudforest town, 70 miles north of Quito which is home several cloudforest speciliaties and gives us easy access for bird photography. We go to a private feeder where in some of our recent trips we’ve have spent hours here shooting the constant stream of tanagers and other species that visit. Some of the possibilities include Black capped Tanager, Blue gray Tanager, Dusky chlorospinghus and more.
Based on the hummingbird activity at the feeder, in the afternoon, we will also indulge in some Multi-flash photography to capture sylps, coronets and more. We arrive at our the lodge for dinner.

  • Overnight at eco-lodge, B-L-D
  • Elevation: 1250m
Day 3

Today we meet at the retaurant dining area at 5.00am to start our full day photography session at a private reserve whose owner is well-known for feeding and calling the elusive antpittas, including Chestnut-crowned, Moustached, Ochre-breasted, and Yellow-breasted Antpittas.
We will have a sumptious local breakfast at the reserve, followed by local bird photography at the feeder.
In the afternoon, we will visit the Andean Cock of the rock lek to photograph these beautful marvels and experience the opportunity to see them in their natural habitat. We return to our lodge in the evening to enjoy some local hospitality.

  • Overnight at an ecolodge, B-L-D
  • Elevation: 1250m
Day 4

This morning we carry some packed breakfast and head to a lush cloud forest lodge, with beautiful observation towers and primary forest to photograph the Masked trogon, Turquoise Jay, Strong-billed woodcreeper, Toucan barbet and many more.
We grab some local lunch and then head to the Milpe area for our afternoon photography session. The reserve is home to the lek of the endemic Club-winged Manakin and other regular visitors include Collared (Pale-mandibled) Aracari and more.

  • Overnight at an ecolodge, B-L-D
  • Elevation: 1250m
Day 5

Today we spend the entire day at a private lodge that hosts multiple specialized hides and also is well equipped for Multi-Flash photography.
We alternate between the numerous hides that the property hosts to photograph the stunning visitors from a confortable distance. We will get a chance to see Plate-billed mountain toucan, Blue-winged mountain tanager, Golden Tanager, Velvet-purple coronet, Long-tailed sylph and more.

  • Overnight at an ecolodge, B-L-D
  • Elevation: 1250m
Day 6

We pack some breakfast today morning and leave for the Mashpi Amagusa Reserve, which has some of the best birding in the area. Some of the highlight species include tanagers namely Glistening-green Tanager, Orange-breasted Fruiteater, Black-chinned Mountain, Golden-naped Tanager and more hummingbird feeders offer chances at two of the best hummers around, the glowing Velvet-purple Coronet and the impressive Empress Brilliant. In the afternoon, we’ll visit a spot where an odd nocturnal bird, the Oilbird, can be photographed on its daytime roost. This is one of the best sites to shoot this species in the world –there are caves with greater numbers, but the location of the birds at this site makes them much more photo-friendly.
We enjoy some local lunch and then head back to our lodge in Puembo, Quito to prepare for our next day soujourn to the Papallacta area.

  • Overnight at lodge in Puembo, B-L-D
  • Elevation: 2359m
Day 7

After an early breakfast this morning, we head to the papallacta region to our next lodge nestled cozily amongst the trees and flowing waterfalls.
The lodge has a varied set of feeders that attract dozens of hummingbirds, including species as the Sword-billed Hummingbird, the black-and-white Collared Inca, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, White-bellied Woodstar, and Tourmaline Sunangel. We will indulge in 2 days of Multi-flash photography session here to photograph the stunning residents.

  • Overnight at an ecolodge, B-L-D
  • Elevation: 2700 m
Day 8

This morning we will inspect and photograph the specialized insect feeder to photograph the Turquoise Jays and many other species that feed on the insects attracted by the light in the nighttime.
Post breakfast, we will resume our Muti-flash photography session to get try get the best images of the numerous visiting hummers. We will also target local species like the indigo blue Masked Flowerpiercer during this stay.

  • Overnight at an ecolodge, B-L-D
  • Elevation: 2700 m

 

Day 9

This morning we continue feeder photography of hummingbirds and local birds at the lodge and post lunch leave for our lodge in Quito for next day departures.

  • Overnight at lodge in Puembo, meals are not included this day
  • Elevation: 2359m
Day 10

International departures. Our transport partner will drop you for your flight at the airport.
End of tour.

Day 1:
Upon arrival you will meet our representative at the Mariscal Sucre International Airport and transfer to a family-run lodge nearby. The hotel has sprawling gardens and many visiting hummingbirds and other birds.

  • Overnight at lodge in Puembo, meals are not included this day
  • Elevation: 2359m

Day 2:
We meet at 7 am for an early breakfast and head to our first cloudforest town, 70 miles north of Quito which is home several cloudforest speciliaties and gives us easy access for bird photography. We go to a private feeder where in some of our recent trips we’ve have spent hours here shooting the constant stream of tanagers and other species that visit. Some of the possibilities include Black capped Tanager, Blue gray Tanager, Dusky chlorospinghus and more.
Based on the hummingbird activity at the feeder, in the afternoon, we will also indulge in some Multi-flash photography to capture sylps, coronets and more. We arrive at our the lodge for dinner.

  • Overnight at eco-lodge, B-L-D
  • Elevation: 1250m
Day 2_compressed

Day 3:
Today we meet at the retaurant dining area at 5.00am to start our full day photography session at a private reserve whose owner is well-known for feeding and calling the elusive antpittas, including Chestnut-crowned, Moustached, Ochre-breasted, and Yellow-breasted Antpittas.
We will have a sumptious local breakfast at the reserve, followed by local bird photography at the feeder.
In the afternoon, we will visit the Andean Cock of the rock lek to photograph these beautful marvels and experience the opportunity to see them in their natural habitat. We return to our lodge in the evening to enjoy some local hospitality.

  • Overnight at an ecolodge, B-L-D
  • Elevation: 1250m

Day 4:
This morning we carry some packed breakfast and head to a lush cloud forest lodge, with beautiful observation towers and primary forest to photograph the Masked trogon, Turquoise Jay, Strong-billed woodcreeper, Toucan barbet and many more.
We grab some local lunch and then head to the Milpe area for our afternoon photography session. The reserve is home to the lek of the endemic Club-winged Manakin and other regular visitors include Collared (Pale-mandibled) Aracari and more.

  • Overnight at an ecolodge, B-L-D
  • Elevation: 1250m
Day 4_compressed

Day 5:
Today we spend the entire day at a private lodge that hosts multiple specialized hides and also is well equipped for Multi-Flash photography.
We alternate between the numerous hides that the property hosts to photograph the stunning visitors from a confortable distance. We will get a chance to see Plate-billed mountain toucan, Blue-winged mountain tanager, Golden Tanager, Velvet-purple coronet, Long-tailed sylph and more.

  • Overnight at an ecolodge, B-L-D
  • Elevation: 1250m

Day 6:
We pack some breakfast today morning and leave for the Mashpi Amagusa Reserve, which has some of the best birding in the area. Some of the highlight species include tanagers namely Glistening-green Tanager, Orange-breasted Fruiteater, Black-chinned Mountain, Golden-naped Tanager and more hummingbird feeders offer chances at two of the best hummers around, the glowing Velvet-purple Coronet and the impressive Empress Brilliant. In the afternoon, we’ll visit a spot where an odd nocturnal bird, the Oilbird, can be photographed on its daytime roost. This is one of the best sites to shoot this species in the world –there are caves with greater numbers, but the location of the birds at this site makes them much more photo-friendly.
We enjoy some local lunch and then head back to our lodge in Puembo, Quito to prepare for our next day soujourn to the Papallacta area.

  • Overnight at lodge in Puembo, B-L-D
  • Elevation: 2359m
Day 6_compressed

Day 7:
After an early breakfast this morning, we head to the papallacta region to our next lodge nestled cozily amongst the trees and flowing waterfalls.
The lodge has a varied set of feeders that attract dozens of hummingbirds, including species as the Sword-billed Hummingbird, the black-and-white Collared Inca, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, White-bellied Woodstar, and Tourmaline Sunangel. We will indulge in 2 days of Multi-flash photography session here to photograph the stunning residents.

  • Overnight at an ecolodge, B-L-D
  • Elevation: 2700 m

Day 8:
This morning we will inspect and photograph the specialized insect feeder to photograph the Turquoise Jays and many other species that feed on the insects attracted by the light in the nighttime.
Post breakfast, we will resume our Muti-flash photography session to get try get the best images of the numerous visiting hummers. We will also target local species like the indigo blue Masked Flowerpiercer during this stay.

  • Overnight at an ecolodge, B-L-D
  • Elevation: 2700 m
Day 8_compressed

Day 9:
This morning we continue feeder photography of hummingbirds and local birds at the lodge and post lunch leave for our lodge in Quito for next day departures.

  • Overnight at lodge in Puembo, meals are not included this day
  • Elevation: 2359m

Day 10:
International departures. Our transport partner will drop you for your flight at the airport.
End of tour.

Tour Motive


Our all-inclusive photography tour in Ecuador will focus on the forested areas that are home to an incredible diversity of Pacific slope birds including Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Black-chinned Mountain-Tanager, Toucan Barbet and Black-winged Saltator, Plate-billed mountain toucan and more. The convenient Ecuador bird photo tour offers photographers abundant opportunites to capture birds on feeders as well in their natural habitat, while experiencing the choco-endemic fauna experience.

Photo Opportunities

  • Opportunity to photograph the Andean specialities like the Plate-billed mountain toucan, Masked trogon, Tanager, Crimson rumped Toucanet, Red-headed Barbet, Toucan Barbet and more.
  • Specialized photography sessions in hides.
  • Technical photography experience like Multi-flash Hummingbird photography to capture the stunning Sword-billed hummingbird and more.
  • Guided photography with expert guidance to make the best images of the target species and more.
  • Our all-inclusive tours help you enjoy a stress-free, photography focussed days coupled with local lodging and culinary experience.

Cost (In USD)


1. $4250 per person in sharing accommodations/ $4750 in single supplement (2021)
2. $4500 per person in sharing accommodations/ $5000 in single supplement (2022)

TOUR DATES


Main Tour – Maximum 6 - 8 people per group.
1. Jan. 15 – 24, 2021 (4 spots available)
2. Jan. 15 – 24, 2022 (now open)

Tour Specifics:

1. Easy/Moderate walking/Most activity is at the feeders
2. Intermediate Photographers
3. Land and Water Photography
4. Non-Photographers/Birdwatchers: Accepted, discounted costs. Save $1000

Tour Pace


Moderate. Some light hiking may be involved.
Much of the main tour will be spent near feeders which are accessed by only a short walk. There will also be optional short walks on to get to the hide and access the farms with Manakins and Cock of the Rock.

Photo Gallery

Suggested Equipments

It is recommended that each participant bring the following equipment:

  • A digital SLR and your longest telephoto lens preferably 300mm or more
  • A macro lens
  • A sturdy tripod or monopod
  • You may also bring your flash with a flash bracket
  • Pack a ton of memory cards
  • Release cable

Click on the link below for some questions you may have:

TOUR RELATED GENERAL FAQS

Testimonials

My Fiancé and I have gone on multiple trips with Tropical Photo Tours(Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru)! Each workshop has been amazing and different from the last. We would highly recommend to any serious photographers or birdwatchers. The tour leaders help get you in front of your target birds and are willing to help with photography techniques if needed.

Matthew Kusiak

A very professional outfit catering to the needs of wildlife photographer community. Supreet is an amazing tour leader. He keeps needs of the clients in mind. I remember many a times that he offered his spot to me so that I could get a better shot of the bird. Highly recommended!

Jaideep Padhye

Tropical Photo Tours took us to Ecuador recently. Our experience during the Ecuador bird photo tour could not have been better. Expert guiding, flawless logistics, awesome accommodation, excellent food! The guiding and photography exceeded our expectation. We will surely go to Central or South America with this company again. Thanks, Supreet!

Willi Braun

I have been several tours with Tropical Photo tours and Supreet starting with Texas bird photo tour and then Ecuador photo tour and Costa Rica photo tour, I have already booked two tours in 2020 as well.
They make sure you are taken to the bed of locations and also since Supreet is an amazing photographer himself he make sure that you would make amazing images with lovely perches and background.
So if you are looking to visit anywhere in South America you should check them out!

Suraj Ramamurthy

Tour Leader

supreet-sahoo-tpt

Supreet Sahoo An avid birdwatcher and photographer from Austin, U.S.

Supreet's work has been featured in reputed publications like the BBC Earth, National Geographic Spain and Sanctuary Asia.

Click on the link below for some questions you may have:

TOUR RELATED GENERAL FAQS

  • A 'non-refundable' deposit of USD 1000 of the Tour fee as booking amount
  • The remaining balance is due in full 90 days before the start of the tour
  • All figures per person
  • Failure to make payments within this timeline could result in tour cancellation
  • Lodging as specified.
  • Meals as specified
  • Stainless steel flask for water.
  • Private transfers to and from hotels on first and last days.
  • Land/Domestic air transportation during the tour
  • Professional driver/photo/nature guide and private transportation in spacious tour bus.
  • Guide and Photography Skipper services
  • Entrance fees for all described activities.
  • Taxes on all services listed above.
  • Non-mealtime snacks or meals not included.
  • Non-mealtime soft drinks and bottled water.
  • Visa fees
  • International/personal airfare
  • Insurance
  • Phone calls
  • Laundry
  • Tips
  • Cost of hospitalization and evacuation, if necessary

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Registration

  • To register for the tour, fill out and submit the form below. A 'NON-REFUNDABLE' deposit of USD 1000 per person of the tour cost is required to confirm your spot.
  • The remaining balance is due in full 90 days before the start of the tour
  • All figures per person. Failure to make payments within this timeline could result in TOUR CANCELLATION

Payment can be completed by credit card/PayPal or bank transfer. If you would like to mail a check, that option is available as well
Please read all the Terms & Conditions for cancellation/refund policies and other important information.

Tour Registration Form - Ecuador
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Registering for One Person or More? *
Total Advanced Deposit

Please mail your check or send money order payable to
''Tropical Photo Tours LLC'' within 10 days to :

2414 Elkhorn Ranch Rd,
Leander, Texas – USA 78641
If you wish us to invoice you, please contact us at:
Email: info@tropicalphototours.com

NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, deposits are non-refundable. Please read the payment and cancellation policy terms for details.

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  • NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, deposits are non-refundable. Please read the payment and cancellation policy terms for details.
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Book Your Tour With Us In 6 Easy Steps

form

1. Confirm your spot for the tour by paying the advance using the registration form.

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2. Receive an acknowledgement email from us confirming your booking along with a welcome package and forms.

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3. Book your international travel

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4. Send us your travel details along with the signed package.

money

5. We will send you a final invoice along with some more important pre-travel details.

rucksack

6. Make your full payment and pack your bags for the best Tropical experience.

form

1. Confirm your spot for the tour by paying the advance using the registration form.

mail

2. Receive an acknowledgement email from us confirming your booking along with a welcome package and forms.

travel

3. Book your international travel.

information

4. Send us your travel details along with the signed package.

money

5. We will send you a final invoice along with some more important pre-travel details.

rucksack

6. Make your full payment and pack your bags for the best Tropical experience.

FAQs

Important Note

  • Travel insurance is mandatory for all travelers
  • Tropical Photo Tours holds the rights to modify a reservation at any time during a workshop. As a company, we always try to comply with what we have promised but due to several unforeseeable circumstances such as weather, natural calamity, political, environmental, cultural we may have to make changes to our reservations.
  • All amounts are in USD unless specifically mentioned otherwise

Email us at info@tropicalphototours.com or call us at +1-512-803-8049/512-806-6469 if you’d like to talk first.

Tour Leader

supreet-sahoo-tpt

Supreet Sahoo An avid birdwatcher and photographer from Austin, U.S.

Supreet's work has been featured in reputed publications like the BBC Earth, National Geographic Spain and Sanctuary Asia.

Testimonials

My Fiancé and I have gone on multiple trips with Tropical Photo Tours(Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru)! Each workshop has been amazing and different from the last. We would highly recommend to any serious photographers or birdwatchers. The tour leaders help get you in front of your target birds and are willing to help with photography techniques if needed.

Matthew Kusiak

A very professional outfit catering to the needs of wildlife photographer community. Supreet is an amazing tour leader. He keeps needs of the clients in mind. I remember many a times that he offered his spot to me so that I could get a better shot of the bird. Highly recommended!

Jaideep Padhye

Tropical Photo Tours took us to Ecuador recently. Our experience during the Ecuador bird photo tour could not have been better. Expert guiding, flawless logistics, awesome accommodation, excellent food! The guiding and photography exceeded our expectation. We will surely go to Central or South America with this company again. Thanks, Supreet!

Willi Braun

I have been several tours with Tropical Photo tours and Supreet starting with Texas bird photo tour and then Ecuador photo tour and Costa Rica photo tour, I have already booked two tours in 2020 as well.
They make sure you are taken to the bed of locations and also since Supreet is an amazing photographer himself he make sure that you would make amazing images with lovely perches and background.
So if you are looking to visit anywhere in South America you should check them out!

Suraj Ramamurthy

Our aim is to make bird and wildlife photography accessible to everyone! Come join us on our next adventure in the rainforests.

Contact Us > or call us at
+1-512-803-8049 / 512-806-6469 if you’d like to talk first.

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9:00 AM–6:00 PM

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​Since our inception, we have curated unique Bird Photography tours, customized Photography Travel Tours and fun-filled photography sessions in over 5 countries!
Tropical Photo Tours LLC is a US Based photography tour company helping birders from all over the world visit and experience the rainforest birding and photography.

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