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Witnessing the lek of the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock
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Observing a variety of hummingbirds at various altitudes
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Watching for Spectacled Bears and Olinguitos feeding on fruit
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See parrots at a clay lick in the Amazon
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Searching for mammals and amphibians on a night walk

The Complete Ecuador

Oct 28 - Nov 10, 2021

14 days | Ecuador | Quest Nature Tours

Ecuador is well-situated to deliver a high-impact tropical experience! The superposition of the Andes overtop the Equator has allowed for a massive proliferation of biodiversity as different life forms are found at different altitudes, and the barrier the mountains themselves form means that some wildlife is found on one side of the mountains and not on the other. Bird diversity alone tops 1600 recorded species! As we tour, we’ll discover just how much diversity and opulence this compact country packs.

Just a short drive from the highland capital of Quito lay the Tandayapa Valley and Mindo Cloud Forest Reserve. These areas on the west slope of the Andes are hotspots for endemic birds and are arguably the world’s best places to observe hummingbirds! The trees are draped in mosses, bromeliads and orchids. The spectacular lek of male Andean Cock-of-the Rocks is an ongoing phenomenon, and the nearby Maquipucuna Cloud Forest offers the chance to observe the endangered Spectacled Bear feeding on fruiting trees.

Traversing Quito southward, we visit the highland páramo grasslands at Antisana Ecological Reserve where we’ll watch for amazing Andean Condors patrolling the skies along with other highland wildlife below snow-capped peaks. Our adventure continues as we cross to the Andes’ east slope and gradually descend, delving into the moist foothills around Wildsumaco before finally reaching the Napo River in the heart of Ecuador’s Amazon. The lowland rainforest here is home to a dizzying array of life forms and the air is abuzz with sound. Our lodge situated inside a special reserve will provide a wonderful immersion experience. A special highlight is an early morning visit to a nearby clay lick where various parrots including macaws congregate in numbers.

This tour can be paired with our Galapagos Islands expedition in October 2021.

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Tour Cost (per person):
US$6770
Group Size:
8 - 12 participants

What’s included: Accommodation, all meals as indicated in the detailed itinerary, all activities and entrance fees, all ground transporation, expert local guides, arrival and deparutre transfers at destination, accompanied by Quest Nature Tours naturalist. Taxes and gratuities of US$375 are included.

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Drive from Quito to Mindo
2Mindo / Tandayapa
3Mindo, to Maquipucuna
4Maquipucuna
5Antisana, Papallacta Pass
6Guango
7San Isidro, to Wildsumaco
8Wildsumaco
9To Napo Wildlife Centre
10-12Napo WC / Amazon lowlands
13Canoe to Coca / fly to Quito
14Depart Quito
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Your Tour Leader

Mike Kent is an excellent  all-round naturalist and educator based in southwestern Ontario. He has worked as a Park Naturalist at Ontario’s Killbear Provincial Park and the famous Algonquin Provincial Park, and as a Tour Manager at the Monteverde Butterfly Gardens in Costa Rica’s highland cloud forests. He has a keen and abiding interest in all life forms with a particular fondness for insects, fungi and other under-appreciated groups.

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Quest Nature Tours
Tour Cost (per person):
US$6770
Group Size:
8 - 12 participants

What’s included: Accommodation, all meals as indicated in the detailed itinerary, all activities and entrance fees, all ground transporation, expert local guides, arrival and deparutre transfers at destination, accompanied by Quest Nature Tours naturalist. Taxes and gratuities of US$375 are included.

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