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The Magic Birding Circuit

ecuador birdwatching tours ~ bird & wildlife photography

wildlife photo lessons ~ natural history


The Magic Birding Circuit is the first of its kind in South America. We own 6 private Birding Reserves and 4 Eco-Lodges in Ecuador, all within a 2 hour radius of Quito. Our tours are designed to bird your way to each of our private reserves, without excessive driving! Experience Ecuador Birdwatching Tours, Bird & Wildlife Photo Tours in Ecuador, including Natural History visiting up to 11 diverse eco-systems in the Andes High Barren Plains, Highland Rainforest, Cloud Forest and Upper Tropical Rainforest . Our exclusive reserves offer over 1,200 possible bird species and 65 Hummingbird species, active hummingbird feeders at all San Jorge Lodges, tanager & toucan feeders, 15 running waterfalls, 2 ponds and several running rivers. Birding and photography huts are situated along the trails, benches for birdwatching and wildlife photography by the ponds and a beautiful ambience at our open air restaurants surrounded by feeders, orchid gardens and diverse flora & fauna.

NEW - spacious 60 foot high observation tower overlooking the canopy, offering superb photo options.
~ Superb photo options ~

Our all-inclusive tours include airport transfers from Quito Airport, delicious fresh meals, comfortable lodging, specialized English speaking native birding guides, and private inter-lodge transportation. San Jorge Lodges are rustic and environmentally friendly and offer quality service with comfortable well-appointed rooms furnished in typical décor (optional upgraded balcony & views). You can even bird from your room!

We also offer extensions to the Galapagos Islands & Amazon Jungle including airfare from Quito. 

NEW! The Canopy Islands – Wild Photography Center at San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary in the Cloud Forest
~ Designed and newly built for optimal bird photography in Ecuador!
View The Canopy Islands Wild Photo Center

San Jorge Eco-Lodges is a licensed Quito Tour Operator.  We offer the following pre-scheduled or private tours:
 
  • Birdwatching Tours, Senior Birdwatching Tours, Hummingbird Tours
  • Bird & Wildlife Photography Tours
  • Nature Eco-Tours, Cultural Tours & Student Educational Programs
  • Galapagos Islands Cruises & Amazon Jungle extensions

~ ECUADOR AN ECOLOGICAL MIRACLE ~

Bird diversity varies according to latitude and tropical regions such as the one Ecuador is located in contain the greatest number of birds. Due to its several distinct climates, Ecuador has an amazing variety of bird-life. With over 1600 species of birds and more than 20% the world’s population, Ecuador offers more bird diversity in less space than any other country in the world.

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Blue-winged Tanager
Tandayapa Cloud Forest Birding


ANNOUNCEMENT!  San Jorge has recently purchased a new parcel of land in the Tandayapa Valley Cloud Forest!  The new property adjoins our existing property at San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary, and now increases the sanctuary size to 150 acres.  We have since built a new road direct into San Jorge de Tandayapa Lodge, which eliminates walking into the lodge!  Also, we have expanded our birding trails further throughout Tandayapa Valley to offer additional day of birding enjoyment!

2 NEW ponds have recently been built near the lower section of San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Lodge to attract Kingfishers, Tiger-herons & migratory birds, along with a variety of frogs and plant life.  A new covered sitting area has also been constructed for photographers, birdwatchers, and guests who wish to relax by the water.



Visit San Jorge’s NEW Forest Lodge at San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve in the
Upper Tropical Rainforest - West Andes Slope

Large open air restaurant - bar - birding observatory above canopy - hummingbird & toucan feeders
spacious rustic Bungalow Rooms with Views & Private Balcony - See birds from your room!
Beautiful pristine trails - 11 waterfalls with swimming - over 450 species, hundreds of butterflies, numerous wild orchids
~ Spectacular birding & photography at the most beautiful lodge of the surroundings ~

Slideshow of San Jorge de Milpe NEW Forest Eco-Lodge

Banded Ground  Cuckoo 
(Neomorphus  radiolosus)

"One of the 50 rarest birds
of the world
"

Birding huts inside the forest


San Jorge de Milpe Forest Eco-Lodge is located in the Rainforest at San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve(1 hour from San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary and 2 hours from  San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito).   This reserve is an exquisite birding paradise with over 450 bird species, wildlife, orchids, mammals, butterflies, tropical flora and fauna, 11 waterfalls, an observatory deck, panorama views; and feeders. San Jorge’s Observatory Hill is unique with four species of parrots including the Rose Faced Parrot, four species of Toucans, a huge amount of Tanagers and many more!  This eco-lodge has the comfort and rustic elegance of a rainforest lodge, with spectacular scenery, making it the ideal retreat for birdwatchers and nature lovers alike.  You can even spot birds from your room! Long-wattled Umbrella bird. Indigo-crowned Quail Dove, Rufous-fronted Wood Quail, Scale-crested Pigmy Tyrant, Crimson-bellied Woodcreeper, Choco Toucan, Golden-winged Manakin, Club-winged Manakin, Choco Poorwill, Choco Screech Owl. and numerous others. We have even spotted the Banded-ground Cuckoo several times! 

 

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Our Ecuador Birdwatching Tours

The Magic Birding Circuit Tours are all-inclusive, including airport/hotel transfers, comfortable lodging accommodations, meals, specialized English speaking native bird guide, and inter-lodge private transportation. Added features while at San Jorge’s Reserves include delicious Ecuadorian and International cuisine and quality service.

14 NIGHTS/15 DAYS

Pre-scheduled tour dates for 2017
July 15 - 29;
August 15 - 29;
September 15 - 29

Pre-scheduled tour dates for 2018
February 1-15;
March 15-29;
April 15-29;
May 15-29;
June 15-29
July 15 - 29;
August 15 - 29;
September 15 - 29
October 15 - 29
November 15 - 29


East & West Andes Slope Birding
Day One - Evening Airport transfer to San Jorge Eco-Lodge/Quito; overnight San Jorge/Quito
Day Two - Birding San Jorge Botanical Reserve/Quito, continue on to Jerusalem Dry Reserve OR Old Hydrodome; overnight San Jorge/Quito, includes 3 meals
Day Three - Birding Yanacocha old road, feeders, Nono Tandayapa Road (HIGHLAND RAINFOREST/CLOUD FOREST), overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa, includes 3 meals
Day Four - Day at leisure for birding on own at San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary, Lower Tandayapa Valley (CLOUD FOREST), overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa, includes 3 meals
Day Five - Birding San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary (CLOUD FOREST), overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa, includes 3 meals
Day Six - Birding Milpe Road (TROPICAL RAINFOREST), overnight San Jorge/Milpe, includes 3 meals
Day Seven - Birding San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve (TROPICAL RAINFOREST), overnight San Jorge/Milpe, includes 3 meals
Day Eight - Free day for birding on own at San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve (TROPICAL RAINFOREST), overnight San Jorge/Milpe, includes 3 meals
Day Nine - Birding Rio Silanche (LOWLAND TROPICAL RAINFOREST), overnight San Jorge/Quito, includes 3 meals
Day Ten - Old Colonial Quito City Tour OR Otavalo Indian Market & Surrounding Village Tour (specify which), overnight San Jorge/Quito, includes 3 meals
Day Eleven - Birding Antizana National Park - Andes Condor Reserve(HIGH BARREN PLAINS/PARAMO), overnight San Jorge/Quito, includes 3 meals
Day Twelve - Birding Papallacta Pass & Cujuja (HIGH BARREN PLAINS/PARAMO & HIGH AMAZON RAINFOREST), overnight Borja, includes 3 meals
Day Thirteen - Birding El Ollin (MIDDLE AMAZON RAINFOREST), overnight Borja, includes 3 meals
Day Fourteen - Birding San Jorge de Cosanga-Yanayuca Bird & Wildlife Reserve, road to Las Caucheras & Guacamayos trails (ANDEAN CLOUD FOREST/HIGHLAND AMAZON TROPICAL FOREST), overnight Quito, includes 3 meals
Day Fifteen - AM airport transfer

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Notes:

  • The Magic Birding Circuit Tours are moderately paced for active people and may be joined with other birders on our scheduled tours. Small birding groups (upwards to 8)

  • Photography: San Jorge’s Lodges/Reserves offer a variety of great new feeders in open areas. Flashes may be used at the Hummingbird feeders. Flashes are prohibited for other birds in ‘restricted areas’.

The Magic Birding Circuit Tours are all-inclusive, including airport/hotel transfers, comfortable lodging accommodations, meals, specialized English speaking native bird guide, and inter-lodge private transportation. Added features while at San Jorge’s Reserves include delicious Ecuadorian and International cuisine and quality service.

11 Nights/12 Days

Pre-scheduled tour dates for 2017
July 1 - 12;
August 1 - 12;
September 1 - 12;
October 1 - 12;
December 1 - 12

Pre-scheduled tour dates for 2018
January 22 - February 2;
February 15 - 26;
March 1-12;
April 1-12;
May 1-12;
June 1-12;
July 1 - 12;
August 1 - 12;
September 1 - 12;
October 1 - 12;
November 1 - 12;
December 1 - 12

East & West Andes Slope Birding
Day One
- Evening Airport transfer to San Jorge Eco-Lodge/Quito; overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge
Day Two - Birding San Jorge Botanical Reserve/Quito, continue on to Jerusalem Dry Reserve OR Old Hydrodome; overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Three - Yanacocha old road, Nono, Nono Tandayapa Road (HIGHLAND RAINFOREST/CLOUD FOREST), overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Four - Birding San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary, Lower Tandayapa Valley (CLOUD FOREST), overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Five - Birding Milpe Road (TROPICAL RAINFOREST), overnight San Jorge/Milpe Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Six -Birding San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve (TROPICAL RAINFOREST), overnight San Jorge/Milpe Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Seven -Birding Rio Silanche (LOWLAND TROPICAL RAINFOREST), overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Eight - Birding Papallacta Pass & Cujuja (HIGH BARREN PLAINS & HIGH AMAZON RAINFOREST), overnight Borja lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Nine - Birding El Ollin (MIDDLE AMAZON RAINFOREST), overnight Borja lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Ten - Birding San Jorge de Cosanga-Yanayuca Bird & Wildlife Reserve, road to Las Caucheras & Guacamayos trails (ANDEAN CLOUD FOREST/HIGHLAND AMAZON TROPICAL FOREST), overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Eleven - Birding Antizana National Park - Andes Condor Reserve (HIGH BARREN PLAINS/PARAMO) overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Twelve - AM airport transfer


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Notes:

  • The Magic Birding Circuit Tours are moderately paced for active people and may be joined with other birders on our scheduled tours. Small birding groups (upwards to 8)

  • Photography: San Jorge’s Lodges/Reserves offer a variety of great new feeders in open areas. Flashes may be used at the Hummingbird feeders. Flashes are prohibited for other birds in ‘restricted areas’.

The Magic Birding Circuit Tours are all-inclusive, including airport/hotel transfers, comfortable lodging accommodations, meals, specialized English speaking native bird guide, and inter-lodge private transportation. Added features while at San Jorge’s Reserves include delicious Ecuadorian and International cuisine and quality service.

7 Nights/8 Days

Pre-scheduled tour dates for 2017
July 1 - 8;
August 1 - 8;
October 1 - 8;
December 1 - 8

Pre-scheduled tour dates for 2018
January 22 - 29;
February 18 - 25;
March 1 - 8;
April 1 - 8;
May 1 - 8;
June 1 - 8;
July 1 - 8;
August 1 - 8;
October 1 - 8;
November 1 - 8;
December 1 - 8

 

Itinerary: 7 Nights/8 Days - West Andes Slope Birding

Day One - Evening Airport transfer to San Jorge Eco-Lodge; overnight San Jorge/Quito
Day Two - Birding San Jorge Botanical Reserve/Quito, continue on to Jerusalem Dry Reserve OR Old Hydrodome; overnight San Jorge/Quito, includes 3 meals (boxed lunch)
Day Three - Yanacocha old road, Nono, Nono Tandayapa Road (HIGHLAND RAINFOREST/CLOUD FOREST), overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa, includes 3 meals (boxed lunch)
Day Four -  Birding San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary, Lower Tandayapa Valley (CLOUD FOREST), overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa, includes 3 meals
Day Five - Birding Milpe Road (TROPICAL RAINFOREST), overnight San Jorge/Milpe Cliff Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Six - Birding San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve (TROPICAL RAINFOREST), overnight San Jorge/Milpe Cliff Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Seven - Birding Rio Silanche (LOWLAND TROPICAL RAINFOREST), overnight San Jorge/Quito, includes 3 meals
Day Eight - AM airport transfer

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Notes:

  • The Magic Birding Circuit Tours are moderately paced for active people and may be joined with other birders on our scheduled tours. Small birding groups (upwards to 8)

  • Photography: San Jorge’s Lodges/Reserves offer a variety of great new feeders in open areas. Flashes may be used at the Hummingbird feeders. Flashes are prohibited for other birds in ‘restricted areas’.

The Magic Birding Circuit Tours are all-inclusive, including airport/hotel transfers, comfortable lodging accommodations, meals, guided tours with specialized English speaking native bird guides and inter-lodge private transportation. Added features while at San Jorge’s Reserves include delicious Ecuadorian and International cuisine and quality service.

4 Night/5 Day

2017 Prescheduled Tour Dates
July 2 - 6;
August 2 - 6;
October 2 - 6;
December 2 - 6

2018 Prescheduled Tour Dates
January 22 - 27;
February 16 - 20;
March 2 - 6;
April 2 - 6;
May 2 - 6;
June 2 - 6;
July 2 - 6;
August 2 - 6;
October 2 - 6;
November 2 - 6;
December 2 - 6


Itinerary:    4 Nights/5 Days - West Andes Slope Birding

Day One Evening airport to San Jorge Eco-Lodge; overnight San Jorge de Quito Lodge, no meals included
Day Two Yanacocha old road, Nono feeders, Nono Tandayapa Road (HIGHLAND RAINFOREST/CLOUD FOREST), overnight San Jorge de Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals (boxed lunch)
Day Three Birding San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary, Lower Tandayapa Valley (CLOUD FOREST), overnight San Jorge de Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Four Birding Milpe Road (UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST), overnight San Jorge de Milpe Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Five -  Birding San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve (UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST), later afternoon transfer to downtown Quito, includes breakfast & lunch

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Notes:

  • The Magic Birding Circuit Tours are moderately paced for active people and may be joined with other birders on our scheduled tours. Small birding groups (upwards to 8)
  • Photography: San Jorge’s Lodges/Reserves offer a variety of great new feeders in open areas. Flashes may be used at the Hummingbird feeders. Flashes are prohibited for other birds in ‘restricted areas’.

 


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DAY TOUR - PICK UP AT DOWNTOWN QUITO HOTEL


# 1 option - Day Tour for serious birders - 5:30 am pick up at your downtown Quito hotel. Start off the morning birding  at the beautiful San Jorge Eco-Lodge/Quito 18th Century Hacienda, viewing hummingbird  feeders and gardens.  Continue on for birding at San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary in the Cloud Forest; includes lunch at San Jorge/Tandayapa open air Restaurant surrounded by hummingbird & tanager feeders, marvelous sightseeing, 450 possible species, pristine birding trails, superb photo options (ANDES HIGHLANDS/CLOUD FOREST) late afternoon return to downtown Quito.

#2 option - Natural History Day Tour - 7:00 am pick up at your downtown Quito hotel; transfer to San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary (CLOUD FOREST). AM birds & natural history walk  (observe birds, wild orchids, Cloud Forest flora & fauna, natural history at pastures, forest, feeders and ponds) pristine trails; includes delicious lunch at San Jorge/Tandayapa open air Hummingbird Restaurant  surrounded by hummingbird & tanager feeders & marvelous sightseeing, 450 possible species, pristine trails, 3:00 pm depart to downtown Quito

 #3 option - Natural History Day Tour - 8:00 am pick up at your downtown Quito hotel. Enjoy pristine nature & Andean tradition at Pichincha’s Protected Forest, just 20 minutes from downtown Quito. Guided Natural History Tour to include:  birds and hummingbird observation at our feeders and gardens, folkloric and archeologic explanation of the area, walking adventure to the sacred waterfalls and pristine highland forest while learning about shamanic medicinal plants and wild orchids. Visit the volcanic walls with views of 12 volcanoes, delicious national gourmet lunch, relax and enjoy our beautiful huge gardens, partake with a hands on lesson of making Andes Chocolate, Ecuadorian Coffee and traditional empanadas at the lodges kitchen.  5:00 pm return to downtown Quito

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The Itinerary shown below is designed for Hummingbird & bird feeders (open light) to photograph near the objective & Forest & trail walking photography (darker light inside canopy) & birdwatching

MAGIC BIRDING CIRCUIT PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR
ITINERARY: 9 Nights/10 Days

4 DIFFERENT SAN JORGE LODGES + 3 SAN JORGE PRIVATE BIRD RESERVES
~ VISIT UP TO 5 DIFFERENT ECO-SYSTEMS ~

ECUADOR: ANDES HIGHLANDS, HIGHLAND RAINFOREST, DRY DESERT, CLOUD FOREST, UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST, SUBTROPICAL RAINFOREST.

Includes: Airport transfers, inter-lodge transportation, lodging, 3 meals per day, specialized English speaking bird guide with photography experience & entrance fees to all reserves

2017 Pre-scheduled tour dates
December 3 - 12

2018 Pre-scheduled tour dates
January 10 - 19;
February 10 - 19;
March 10 - 19;
April 10 - 19;
October 10 - 19;
November 10 - 19;
December 3 - 12



DAY 1
Evening Airport Transfer to San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito - Andean Forest Reserve
Overnight: San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito, no meals included


DAY 2
Bird photography at San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito & Jerusalem Dry Reserve (Andean Valleys, Highland Rain Forest & Desert areas)
Photography at hummingbird feeders, tanager feeders and trail walking
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito. Includes: 3 meals
Target Birds: Black-tailed Trainbearer, Sword-billed Hummingbird, White- bellied Woodstar, Blue-and-yellow Tanager, Stripe-headed Brush-Finch (Giant Hummingbird-Jerusalem)


DAY 3
Bird photo tour at Yanacocha Reserve (Highland Cloud Forest)
Photography at hummingbird feeders, tanager feeders, trails
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito. Includes: 3 meals (boxed lunch)
Target Birds: Collared Inca, Mountain Velvetbreast, Turquoise Jay, Barred Fruiteater, Burrowing Owl, Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant, White-capped Dipper


DAY 4
San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary (Cloud Forest)
San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary - Photography at hummingbird feeders, tanager feeders, trails with bird/photo huts, ponds, NEW Canopy Islands Bird & Wildlife Photo Center.
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Tandayapa. Includes: 3 meals
Target Birds:Violet-tailed Sylph, Booted Raquet-tail, Velvet-purple Coronet, Golden-naped Tanager, Black-capped Tanager, Red-headed Barbet

DAYS 5 & 6
San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary (Cloud Forest)
Photography at feeders, trails, gardens, ponds, wild orchids, butterflies, rare insects, NEW Canopy Islands Bird & Wildlife Photo Center.
Olinguito, Kinkajous, endemic squirrels at feeders.
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Tandayapa. Includes: 3 meals per day


DAY 7
San Tadeo feeders & San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve (Upper Tropical Rainforest)
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Milpe, includes 3 meals


DAY 8
Photography at San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve (Upper Tropical Rainforest)
Photography at hummingbird feeders, tanager feeders, toucan feeders, trail walking, cascading waterfalls, rivers, wild orchids, butterflies, rare insects.
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Milpe, Include 3 meals
Target Birds: White-whiskered Hermit, Green Thorntail, White-necked Jacobin, Pale-mandibled Aracari, Green Honeycreeper, Flame-faced Tanager


DAY 9
Birds & photography at Angel Paz Antpitta Feeding Station
AM Visit Refugio Paz de las Aves
to watch AM Antpitta feeding + Cock of the Rock Lek - Early 5:00 AM departure from San Jorge/Milpe, ½ day excursion; includes transportation & entrance fee. Guided Tour provided by Angel Paz. Note: optional trails are moderate to difficult.
Later afternoon photography from 60 foot high spacious observation tower overlooking canopy.
Tyras, wolly opossums and agutis at feeders.
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Milpe, includes 3 meals
Target Birds: Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Empress Brilliant, Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, Giant Antpitta, Yellow-breasted Antpitta, Oscillated Tapaculo




DAY 10
AM airport transfer

Optional:
Add-on Cultural Tours offered at San Jorge: Old Colonial Quito City Tour; Middle of the World Equator Monument; Otavalo Indian Market & surrounding villages; Medicinal Plants & Sacred Waterfalls, Andes Chocolate & Coffee - Hands on Cooking Lesson

Galapagos Island Cruise extensions: 4 to 7 night Naturalist Cruises; Superior Tourist, First Class or Deluxe vessels (specify which) including airfare from Quito

Amazon Jungle Lodge extensions: 3 to 5 night Birdwatching Photography packages including airfare from Quito


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The Itinerary shown below is designed for Hummingbird & bird feeders (open light) to photograph near the objective & Forest & trail walking photography (darker light inside canopy) & birdwatching

MAGIC BIRDING CIRCUIT PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR
ITINERARY: 16 Nights/17 Days

4 DIFFERENT SAN JORGE LODGES + 5 SAN JORGE PRIVATE BIRD RESERVES
~ VISIT UP TO 12 DIFFERENT ECO-SYSTEMS ~

ECUADOR: ANDES HIGHLANDS, HIGHLAND RAINFOREST, DRY DESERT, CLOUD FOREST, UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST, SUBTROPICAL RAINFOREST.
EAST & WEST ANDES SLOPES, UPPER AMAZON BASIN & PARAMO

Includes: Airport transfers, inter-lodge transportation, lodging, 3 meals per day, specialized English speaking bird guide with photography experience & entrance fees to all reserves

Pre-scheduled tour dates for 2017
Decembre 3 - 19

Pre-scheduled tour dates for 2018
January 10-26;
February 10-26;
March 10-26;
April 10-26;
October 10 - 26;
November 5 - 21


DAY 1
Evening Airport Transfer to San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito - Andean Forest Reserve
Overnight: San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito, no meals included


DAY 2
Bird photography at San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito & Jerusalem Dry Reserve (Andean Valleys, Highland Rain Forest & Desert areas)
Photography at hummingbird feeders, tanager feeders and trail walking
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito. Includes: 3 meals
Target Birds: Black-tailed Trainbearer, Sword-billed Hummingbird, White- bellied Woodstar, Blue-and-yellow Tanager, Stripe-headed Brush-Finch (Giant Hummingbird-Jerusalem)


DAY 3
Bird photo tour at Yanacocha Reserve (Highland Cloud Forest)
Photography at hummingbird feeders, tanager feeders, trails
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito. Includes: 3 meals (boxed lunch)
Target Birds: Collared Inca, Mountain Velvetbreast, Turquoise Jay, Barred Fruiteater, Burrowing Owl, Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant, White-capped Dipper


DAY 4
San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary (Cloud Forest)
Photography at hummingbird feeders, tanager feeders, trails with bird/photo huts, ponds, NEW Canopy Islands Bird & Wildlife Photo Center.
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Tandayapa. Includes: 3 meals
Target Birds:Violet-tailed Sylph, Booted Raquet-tail, Velvet-purple Coronet, Golden-naped Tanager, Black-capped Tanager, Red-headed Barbet

DAYS 5 & 6
San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary (Cloud Forest)
Photography at feeders, trails, gardens, ponds, wild orchids, butterflies, rare insects, NEW Canopy Islands Bird & Wildlife Photo Center.
Olinguito, Kinkajous, endemic squirrels at feeders.
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Tandayapa. Includes: 3 meals per day


DAY 7
San Tadeo feeders & San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve (Upper Tropical Rainforest)
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Milpe, includes 3 meals


DAY 8
Photography at San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve (Upper Tropical Rainforest)
Photography at hummingbird feeders, tanager feeders, toucan feeders, trail walking, cascading waterfalls, rivers, wild orchids, butterflies, rare insects.
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Milpe, Include 3 meals
Target Birds: White-whiskered Hermit, Green Thorntail, White-necked Jacobin, Pale-mandibled Aracari, Green Honeycreeper, Flame-faced Tanager


DAY 9
Birds & photography at Angel Paz Antpitta Feeding Station
AM Visit Refugio Paz de las Aves
to watch AM Antpitta feeding + Cock of the Rock Lek - Early 5:00 AM departure from San Jorge/Milpe, ½ day excursion; includes transportation & entrance fee. Guided Tour provided by Angel Paz. Note: optional trails are moderate to difficult.
Later afternoon, photography from 60 foot high spacious observation tower overlooking canopy.
Tyras, wolly opossums and agutis at feeders.
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Milpe, includes 3 meals
Target Birds: Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Empress Brilliant, Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, Giant Antpitta, Yellow-breasted Antpitta, Oscillated Tapaculo




DAY 10
Bird photography at Amaguza Reserve - highest biodiversity regions with Choco endemic birds (for birds not found at Tandayapa or Milpe) - feeders/trails
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Milpe, includes 3 meals (boxed lunch)

DAY 11
Birding & photo tour at Antisana Andean Condor Reservation by vehicle (High Barren Plains/Paramo)
Photography in the ecological national park; hummingbird feeders
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito. Includes: 3 meals (boxed lunch)
Target Birds: Andean Condor, Black-faced Ibis, Carunculated Caracara, Andean Lapwing, Giant Hummingbird, Great Sapphirewing, Ecuadorian Hillstar


DAY 12
Photo tour at Papallacta Pass & Cuyuja River (East Andes Slope)
Photography at hummingbird feeders, trails
Overnight Ollin/Borja. Includes: 3 meals (boxed lunch)
Target Birds: Torrent Duck, Crested Quetzal, Masked Flowerpiercer, Collared Inca, Long-tailed Sylph, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Tourmaline Sunangel


DAY 13
Bird photo tour at Borja feeders
Photography at hummingbird feeders & trails at the lodge & Sumaco National Park
Overnight Ollin/Borja. Includes: 3 meals (boxed lunch)
Target Birds: Gould's Jewelfront, Wire-crested Thorntail, Gorgeted Woodstar, Pink-throated Brilliant, White-tailed Hillstar, Golden-tailed Sapphire


Day 14
Photography at Ollin or Sumaco Lodges - feeders; trails
Overnight Ollin/Sumaco. Includes: 3 meals (boxed lunch)

DAY 15
Early AM Photo session at the lodge; after breakfast continue on for bird & monkey photographs; lunch & return to Quito
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito, includes 3 meals

Day 16
Otavalo Indian Market & San Pablo Lake - Photography for Purple-throated Woodstart, Harris Hawk, Scrub Tanager, Common Gallinule, Andean Coot, Andean Rudy Duck.
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito, includes 3 meals - lunch at typical restaurant in Otavalo

Day 17
AM airport transfer

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Optional:
Add-on Cultural Tours offered at San Jorge: Old Colonial Quito City Tour; Middle of the World Equator Monument; Otavalo Indian Market & surrounding villages; Medicinal Plants & Sacred Waterfalls, Andes Chocolate & Coffee - Hands on Cooking Lesson

Galapagos Island Cruise extensions: 4 to 7 night Naturalist Cruises; Superior Tourist, First Class or Deluxe vessels (specify which) including airfare from Quito

Amazon Jungle Lodge extensions: 3 to 5 night Birdwatching Photography packages including airfare from Quito

The Itinerary shown below is designed for Hummingbird & bird feeders (open light) to photograph near the objective & Forest & trail walking photography (darker light inside canopy) & birdwatching

MAGIC BIRDING CIRCUIT PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR
ITINERARY: 21 Nights/21 Days

4 DIFFERENT SAN JORGE LODGES + 7 SAN JORGE PRIVATE BIRD RESERVES
~ VISIT UP TO 15 DIFFERENT ECO-SYSTEMS ~

ECUADOR: ANDES HIGHLAND & VALLEYS, GLACIERS, HIGHLAND RAINFOREST, DRY DESERT, CLOUD FOREST,
UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST, SUBTROPICAL RAINFOREST, EAST & WEST ANDES SLOPES & COCO CORRIDOR,
UPPER AMAZON BASIN, PARAMO
& PACIFIC COASTAL LOWLANDS

Includes: Airport transfers, inter-lodge transportation, lodging, 3 meals per day, specialized English speaking bird guide with photography experience & entrance fees to all reserves

2017 PRE-SCHEDULED TOUR DATES
DECEMBER 3 - 24

2018 PRE-SCHEDULED TOUR DATES
JANUARY 10-31;
MARCH 10 - 31;
APRIL 10 - MAY 1;
OCTOBER 10 - 31;
NOVEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 1;
DECEMBER 3 - 24


2019 PRE-SCHEDULED TOUR DATES
JANUARY 10-31;
MARCH 10 - 31;
APRIL 10 - MAY 1;
OCTOBER 10 - 31;
NOVEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 1;
DECEMBER 3 - 24

DAY 1
Evening Airport Transfer to San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito located in the Pinchincha foothills (Andean Forest Reserve)
Overnight: San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito, no meals included


DAY 2
Bird photography at San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito & Jerusalem Dry Reserve (Andean Valleys, Highland Rain Forest & Desert areas)
Photography at hummingbird feeders, tanager feeders and trail walking
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito. Includes: 3 meals
Target Birds: Black-tailed Trainbearer, Sword-billed Hummingbird, White-bellied Woodstar, Blue-and-yellow Tanager, Stripe-headed Brush-Finch (Giant Hummingbird-Jerusalem)


DAY 3
Bird photo tour at Yanacocha Reserve (Highland Cloud Forest)
Photography at hummingbird feeders, tanager feeders, trails
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito.  Includes: 3 meals (boxed lunch)
Target Birds: Collared Inca, Mountain Velvetbreast, Turquoise Jay, Barred Fruiteater, Burrowing Owl, Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant, White-capped Dipper


DAYS 4, 5 & 6
San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary (Cloud Forest)
Photography at Hummingbird feeders, pristine trails, bird huts, gardens, ponds, steams, wild orchids, butterflies, rare insects, NEW Canopy Islands Bird & Wildlife Photo Center
Olinguito, Kinkajous, endemic squirrels at feeders.
Target Birds: Violet-tailed Sylph, Booted Raquet-tail, Velvet-purple Coronet, Golden-naped Tanager, Black-capped Tanager, Red-headed Barbet
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Tandayapa. Includes: 3 meals per day


DAY 7
Photography at San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve (Upper Tropical Rainforest) hummingbird feeders, wild orchids, butterflies, surroundings of Cliff Lodge, observation decks, pristine trails
Overnight San Jorge/Milpe Cliff Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals


DAY 8
Photography at San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve (Upper Tropical Rainforest)
Photography at hummingbird, tanager and toucan feeders, gardens; 60 foot tall spacious observation viewing tower overlooking the canopy.
Overnight San Jorge Milpe NEW Forest Eco-Lodge, Include 3 meals
Target Birds: White-whiskered Hermit, Green Thorntail, White-necked Jacobin, Pale-mandibled Aracari, Green Honeycreeper, Flame-faced Tanager


DAY 9
Birds & photography
Early AM Visit Cock of the Rock Lek, close up photography.  Continue on to San Tadeo feeders for additional birds & Hummingbirds. 
Overnight San Jorge/Milpe NEW Forest Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals




DAY 10
Bird photography at Amaguza Reserve - highest biodiversity regions with Choco endemic birds (for birds not found at Tandayapa or Milpe) - feeders/trails
Overnight San Jorge/Milpe NEW Forest Eco- Lodge, includes 3 meals

DAY 11
Early AM bird photography at San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve; continue on to Pacific Coastal area (Dry Forest, Humid Tropical Coastline Forest) Overnight Cojimies, includes 3 meals

DAY 12 
Bird photography at Cojimies Mangroves
Overnight Cojimies, includes 3 meals

DAY 13
Bird photography at San Jorge de Estero Hondo Botanical Reserve - shrimp pools & forest
Overnight Cojimies, includes 3 meals

DAY 14
Morning at leisure on own at beach - afternoon return to San Jorge/Quito
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito, includes 3 meals

DAY 15

Bird photo tour at Antisana Andean Condor Reservation by vehicle (High Barren Plains/Paramo)
Photography in the ecological national park; hummingbird feeders; gorgeous vistas
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito. Includes: 3 meals
Target Birds: Andean Condor, Black-faced Ibis, Carunculated Caracara, Andean Lapwing, Giant Hummingbird, Great Sapphirewing, Ecuadorian Hillstar


DAY 16
Bird photo tour at Papallacta Pass & Cuyuja River (East Andes Slope)
Photography at hummingbird feeders, trails
Overnight Ollin/Quijos. Includes: 3 meals
Target Birds: Torrent Duck, Crested Quetzal, Masked Flowerpiercer, Collared Inca, Long-tailed Sylph, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Tourmaline Sunangel


DAY 17
Bird photo tour at Narupa Road, El Ollin feeders, Sumaco/Napo Galeras Roads
Photography at hummingbird feeders & trails at the lodge & Sumaco National Park
Overnight Loreto. Includes: 3 meals
Target Birds: Gould's Jewelfront, Wire-crested Thorntail, Gorgeted Woodstar, Pink-throated Brilliant, White-tailed Hillstar, Golden-tailed Sapphire

   
DAY 18
Photography at San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary (Upper Amazon Basin)
Trail photography in surroundings;  possible Harpy Eagle, Blue headed Parrot, Tawny bellied Owl, Dusky headed Parakeet, Wire tailed Manakin, Chestnut fronted Macaw
Overnight Loreto. Includes: 3 meals


DAY 19

Photography at Limoncocha National Park
Including photography on the lake by boat
Overnight Loreto, includes 3 meals

DAY 20
Photography at Loreto - Rio Tutapishco Road, after lunch continue on to San Jorge de Cosanga-Yanayuca Bird & Wildlife Reserve (Upper Amazon Basin/Andean Cloud Forest)
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito, includes 3 meals

DAY 21
Otavalo Indian Market & San Pablo Lake - Photography for Purple-throated Woodstart, Harris Hawk, Scrub Tanager, Common Gallinule, Andean Coot, Andean Rudy Duck
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito, includes 3 meals - lunch at typical restaurant in Otavalo


DAY 22
AM airport transfer

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Optional:
Add-on Cultural Tours offered at San Jorge: Old Colonial Quito City Tour; Middle of the World Equator Monument; Otavalo Indian Market & surrounding villages; Medicinal Plants & Sacred Waterfalls, Andes Chocolate & Coffee - Hands on Cooking Lesson

Galapagos Island Cruise extensions: 4 to 7 night Naturalist Cruises; Superior Tourist, First Class or Deluxe vessels (specify which) including airfare from Quito

Amazon Jungle Lodge extensions: 3 to 5 night Birdwatching Photography packages including airfare from Quito

The Magic Birding Circuit BUDGET Tours include basic lodging accommodations with private bath, meals, specialized English speaking native bird guide, and inter-lodge private transportation to our birding reserves & lodges.

9 Nights/10 Days

Pre-scheduled tours scheduled for 2017
July 5 - 14;
August 5 - 14;
October 5 - 14;
December 5 - 14

Pre-scheduled tours scheduled for 2018
February 5 - 14;
March 5 - 14;
April 5 - 14;
May 5 - 14;
June 5 - 14;
July 5 - 14;
August 5 - 14;
October 5 - 14;
November 5 - 14;
December 5 - 14


Enjoy guided birding at our private birding reserves & hotspots along the way with great birding and less frills! Basic rooms without views, includes private bath, own transportation on Day One &Ten

Itinerary - 9 Nights/10 Days
Day One - Own transportation to San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito, overnight San Jorge/Quito, no meals included
Day Two - Birding San Jorge Botanical Reserve/Quito (HIGH BARREN PLAINS), feeders and forest trails, overnight San Jorge/Quito, includes 3 meals|
Day Three - World famous Nono Mindo Road with Cock of the Rock, overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa, includes 3 meals
Day Four - San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary (CLOUD FOREST) feeders and upper trails, pastures, stone mine forest or cliff and lost stream forest, overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa, includes 3 meals
Day Five - San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary - canyons, lower trails, ponds; overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa, includes 3 meals
Day Six - San Tadeo & Milpe Road, overnight San Jorge/Milpe Cliff Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Seven - San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve (TROPICAL RAINFOREST) - trails, rivers & Yumbo Bird Observatory, overnight San Jorge/Milpe Cliff Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Eight - San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve - hummingbird and bird feeders, forest lodge Observatory, forest trails, overnight San Jorge/Cliff Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Nine - Rio Silanche, desert at the equator line while returning to Quito, overnight San Jorge/Quito, includes 3 meals
Day Ten - AM own transportation outbound, includes breakfast

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The Magic Birding Circuit BUDGET Tours include basic lodging accommodations with private bath, meals, specialized English speaking native bird guide, and inter-lodge private transportation to our birding reserves & lodges.

4 Nights/5 Days

Pre-scheduled tour dates for 2017
July 5 - 9;
August 5 - 9;
October 5 - 9;
December 5 - 9

Pre-scheduled tour dates for 2018
February 5 - 9;
March 5 - 9;
April 5 - 9;
May 5 - 9;
June 5 - 9;
July 5 - 9;
August 5 - 9;
October 5 - 9;
November 5 - 9;
December 5 - 9


Enjoy guided birding at our private birding reserves & hotspots along the way with great birding and less frills! Basic rooms without views, includes private bath, own transportation on Day One & Five

Itinerary - 4 Nights/5 Days
Day One - Own transportation to San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito, overnight San Jorge/Quito, no meals included
Day Two - Birding San Jorge Botanical Reserve/Quito (HIGH BARREN PLAINS), feeders and forest trails, overnight San Jorge/Quito, includes 3 meals
Day Three - World famous Nono Mindo Road with Cock of the Rock, overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa, includes 3 meals
Day Four - San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary (CLOUD FOREST) feeders and upper trails, pastures, stone mine forest or cliff and lost stream forest, overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa, includes 3 meals
Day Five - San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary - canyons, lower trails & ponds; after lunch services end.  Own transportation outbound.  Includes breakfast & lunch

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THE MAGIC CIRCUIT HUMMINGBIRD TOUR
7 NIGHTS/8 DAYS

2017 Prescheduled tours:
October 10 - 17 &
December 10 - 17


2018 Prescheduled tours:
January 10 - 17;
February 10 - 17;
March 10 - 17;
April 10 - 17;
October 10 - 17;
November 10 - 17 &
December 10 - 17

Day One - Evening Airport transfer to San Jorge Eco-Lodge/Quito; overnight San Jorge/Quito, no meals included
Day Two - Morning hummingbirds at San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito feeders & gardens; then continue on to Yanacocha Reserve, overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa, includes 3 meals
Days Three & Four - Hummingbirds at San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary feeders, gardens, ponds & surroundings (CLOUD FOREST) NEW! The Canopy Islands - Bird & Wildlife Photography Center at San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary - designed and newly built for optimal hummingbird & bird photography! Overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa, includes 3 meals per day
Day Five -
San Tadeo feeders & Amaguza Reserve, overnight San Jorge/Milpe, includes 3 meals (boxed lunch)
Day Six - Hummingbirds at San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve feeders, gardens & surroundings, (UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST). Overnight San Jorge/Milpe, includes 3 meals
Day Seven - Hummingbirds at San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve feeders, gardens & surroundings, (UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST), later afternoon transfer to San Jorge/Quito, overnight San Jorge/Quito, includes 3 meals
Day Eight - AM airport transfer

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Notes:

  • The Magic Birding Circuit Hummingbird Tours are moderately paced and may be joined with others on our scheduled tours. Small birding groups (upwards to 8)
  • Photography: San Jorge’s Lodges/Reserves offer a variety of great new feeders in open areas. Flashes may be used at the Hummingbird feeders. Flashes are prohibited for other birds in ‘restricted areas’.

 

Magic Birding Circuit Hummingbird Tours are offered October thru April. San Jorge’s Lodges/Reserves offer a variety of great new feeders in open areas for photography. Flashes may be used at the Hummingbird feeders. Flashes are prohibited for other birds in ‘restricted areas’.  

Band-tailed Barbthroat (Threnetes ruckeri) M White-whiskered Hermit Phaethornis yaruqui) T M
Stripe-throated Hermit (Ehaethornis striigularis) M Tooth-bellied Hummingbird (Androdon aequatorialis M
White-tipped Sicklebill (Eutoxeres aquila) M Green-fronted Lancebill (Doryfera ludoviciae) M
White-necked -Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora) T Brown Violetear (Colibri delphinae) T
Green Violetear (Colibri thalassinus) T Sparkling Violetear (Colibri coruscans) Q T
Green Thorntail (Popelairia conversii) M Western Emerald (Chlorostibon melanorynchus) T
Green-crowned Woodnvmph (Thaltirania fannyi) T M Rufous-tailed Hummingbird (Amazilia tzacatl) T M
Andean Emerald (Amazilia franciae) T M Speckled Hummingbird (Adelomyia melanogenys) T
Purple-Bibbed Whitetip (Urosticte benjamini) T M Empress Brilliant (Heliodoxa imperatrix) T M
Green-crowned Brilliant (Heliodoxa jacula) T M Fawn-breasted Brilliant (Heliodoxa rubinoides) T M
White-tailed Hillstar (Urochroa bougueri) T Giant Hummingbird (Patagona gigas) Q
Shining Sunbeam (Aglaeactis cupripennis) Q Y Mountain Velvetbreast (Lafresnaya larresnayi) Q Y
Great Sapphirewing (Pterophanes cyanopterus) Q Y Brown Inca (Coeligena wilsoni) T M
Collared Inca (Coeligena torquata) T Ecuadorian Hillstar ( Oreotrochilus chimborazo) Q
Buff-winged Starfrontlet (Coeligena lutetiae) Y Sword-billed Hummingbird (Ensifera ensifera) Q T
Buff-tailed Coronet (Boissonneaua flavescens) T C Velvet-purple Coronet (Boissonneauajardini) T M
Gorgeted Sunangel (Heliangelus strophianus) T Black-breasted Puffleg (Eriocnemis nigrivestis) Q Y
Sapphire-vented Puffleg (Eriocnemis luciani) Q Y Golden-breasted Puffleg (Eriocnemis mosquera) Y
Blue Mantled Thornbill(Chalcostigma stanleyi) P Hoary Puffleg (Haplophaedia lugens) T
Booted Racket-tail (Ocreatus underwoodii) T M C Black-tailed Trainbearer (Lesbia vicforiae) Q
Green-tailed Trainbearer (Lesbia nuna) Q Purple-backed Thornbill (Ramphomicron microrhynchum) Q
Tyrian Metaltail (Metallura tyriathina) Q Y Rainbow-bearded Thornbill (Chalcostigma herrani) Y P
Violet-tailed Sylph (Aglaiocercus coelestis) T Wedge-billed Hummingbird (Schistes geoffroyi) T M
Purple-crowned Fairy (Heliothryx barroti) M Blue Tailed Emerald ( Chlorostilbon mellisugus) O

THE MAGIC CIRCUIT HUMMINGBIRD TOUR
4 NIGHTS/5 DAYS

2017 Prescheduled tours:
October 10 - 14 &
December 10 - 14


2018 Prescheduled tours:
January 10 - 14;
February 10 - 14;
March 10 - 14;
April 10 - 14;
October 10 - 14;
November 10 - 14 &
December 10 - 14

Day One - Evening Airport transfer to San Jorge Eco-Lodge/Quito; overnight San Jorge/Quito, no meals included
Day Two - Morning hummingbirds at San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito feeders & gardens; then continue on to Yanacocha Reserve, overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa, includes 3 meals
Day Three - Hummingbirds at San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary feeders, gardens, ponds & surroundings (CLOUD FOREST) NEW! The Canopy Islands - Bird & Wildlife Photography Center at San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary - designed and newly built for optimal hummingbird & bird photography! Overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa, includes 3 meals
Day Four -
San Tadeo feeders & Amaguza Reserve, overnight San Jorge/Milpe Cliff, includes 3 meals (boxed lunch)
Day Five - Hummingbirds at San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve feeders, gardens & surroundings, (UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST), later afternoon transfer to downtown Quito, includes breakfast & lunch

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Notes:

  • The Magic Birding Circuit Hummingbird Tours are moderately paced and may be joined with others on our scheduled tours. Small birding groups (upwards to 8)
  • Photography: San Jorge’s Lodges/Reserves offer a variety of great new feeders in open areas. Flashes may be used at the Hummingbird feeders. Flashes are prohibited for other birds in ‘restricted areas’.

 

Magic Birding Circuit Hummingbird Tours are offered October thru April. San Jorge’s Lodges/Reserves offer a variety of great new feeders in open areas for photography. Flashes may be used at the Hummingbird feeders. Flashes are prohibited for other birds in ‘restricted areas’.  

Band-tailed Barbthroat (Threnetes ruckeri) M White-whiskered Hermit Phaethornis yaruqui) T M
Stripe-throated Hermit (Ehaethornis striigularis) M Tooth-bellied Hummingbird (Androdon aequatorialis M
White-tipped Sicklebill (Eutoxeres aquila) M Green-fronted Lancebill (Doryfera ludoviciae) M
White-necked -Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora) T Brown Violetear (Colibri delphinae) T
Green Violetear (Colibri thalassinus) T Sparkling Violetear (Colibri coruscans) Q T
Green Thorntail (Popelairia conversii) M Western Emerald (Chlorostibon melanorynchus) T
Green-crowned Woodnvmph (Thaltirania fannyi) T M Rufous-tailed Hummingbird (Amazilia tzacatl) T M
Andean Emerald (Amazilia franciae) T M Speckled Hummingbird (Adelomyia melanogenys) T
Purple-Bibbed Whitetip (Urosticte benjamini) T M Empress Brilliant (Heliodoxa imperatrix) T M
Green-crowned Brilliant (Heliodoxa jacula) T M Fawn-breasted Brilliant (Heliodoxa rubinoides) T M
White-tailed Hillstar (Urochroa bougueri) T Giant Hummingbird (Patagona gigas) Q
Shining Sunbeam (Aglaeactis cupripennis) Q Y Mountain Velvetbreast (Lafresnaya larresnayi) Q Y
Great Sapphirewing (Pterophanes cyanopterus) Q Y Brown Inca (Coeligena wilsoni) T M
Collared Inca (Coeligena torquata) T Ecuadorian Hillstar ( Oreotrochilus chimborazo) Q
Buff-winged Starfrontlet (Coeligena lutetiae) Y Sword-billed Hummingbird (Ensifera ensifera) Q T
Buff-tailed Coronet (Boissonneaua flavescens) T C Velvet-purple Coronet (Boissonneauajardini) T M
Gorgeted Sunangel (Heliangelus strophianus) T Black-breasted Puffleg (Eriocnemis nigrivestis) Q Y
Sapphire-vented Puffleg (Eriocnemis luciani) Q Y Golden-breasted Puffleg (Eriocnemis mosquera) Y
Blue Mantled Thornbill(Chalcostigma stanleyi) P Hoary Puffleg (Haplophaedia lugens) T
Booted Racket-tail (Ocreatus underwoodii) T M C Black-tailed Trainbearer (Lesbia vicforiae) Q
Green-tailed Trainbearer (Lesbia nuna) Q Purple-backed Thornbill (Ramphomicron microrhynchum) Q
Tyrian Metaltail (Metallura tyriathina) Q Y Rainbow-bearded Thornbill (Chalcostigma herrani) Y P
Violet-tailed Sylph (Aglaiocercus coelestis) T Wedge-billed Hummingbird (Schistes geoffroyi) T M
Purple-crowned Fairy (Heliothryx barroti) M Blue Tailed Emerald ( Chlorostilbon mellisugus) O

BIRDWATCHING TOURS WITH EASY WALKING  


Would you like to see the special birds of Ecuador, but without too much exertion? This relaxed birding package is specially designed for the senior traveler, or those who do not prefer to involve long or strenuous walks. You may choose your own travel dates.

The Magic Birding Circuit Tours are all-inclusive, including airport transfers, lodging (rooms with easy accessibility), meals, ½ day birding tours on flatter terrains, specialized birding guides, private transportation and reserve entrance fees.  Itinerary includes morning bird walks with free time in afternoon to relax or bird on own while at our private birding reserves.

7 Nights/8 Days

PRE-SCHEDULED TOUR DATES 2017
July 12 - 19,
August 7 - 14,
September 12 - 19,
October 18 - 25,
 December 12 - 19


PRE-SCHEDULED TOUR DATES 2018
January 12 - 19,
February 12 - 19,
March 12 - 19,
April 12 - 19,
May 12 - 19,
June 12 - 19,
July 12 - 19,
August 12 - 19,
September 12 - 19,
October 12 - 19,
November 12 - 19,
 December 12 - 19


Itinerary #1 - 7 Nights/8 days
Day One - Evening Airport transfer from Quito Airport to San Jorge Eco-Lodge/Quito; overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, no meals
Day Two - Morning guided birding at San Jorge Eco-Lodge/Quito gardens & feeders (HIGH BARREN PLAINS); overnight San Jorge/Quito, includes 3 meals
Day Three - Morning guided birding world famous Nono-Mindo Road (HIGHLAND RAINFOREST/CLOUD FOREST), overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa, includes 3 meals
Day Four - Morning guided birding San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary -  gardens, feeders, easier trails surrounding the lodge & NEW Canopy Islands Bird Photo & Observation Center  (CLOUD FOREST) overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Five - Morning Birding at Amaguza Reserve:  Observe endemic birds at feeders not found in Tandayapa or Milpe - feeders & bird walk; overnight San Jorge/Milpe NEW Forest Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Six - Morning guided birding San Jorge de Milpe Eco-Lodge gardens, feeders and easier trails surrounding the lodge (TROPICAL RAINFOREST), overnight San Jorge/Milpe NEW Forest Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Seven - Morning guided visit to San Tadeo feeders; afternoon transfer to San Jorge/Quito, overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Eight - AM transfer to Quito Airport

Optional side tours:  Old Colonial Quito City Tour, Middle of the World Equator Monument; Orchids in natural habitats, Otavalo Indian Market & surrounding villages; Cotopaxi Volcano, Papallacta Hot Springs; Medicinal Plants & Sacred Waterfalls, Andes Chocolate & Coffee - Hands on Cooking Lesson; Galapagos Islands & Amazon Jungle extensions  

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4 nights/5 days

PRE-SCHEDULED TOUR DATES 2017
July 12 - 16,
August 7 - 11,
September 12 - 16,
October 12 - 16,
 December 12 - 16


PRE-SCHEDULED TOUR DATES 2018
January 12 - 16,
February 12 - 16,
March 12 - 16,
April 12 - 16,
May 12 - 16,
June 12 - 16,
July 12 - 16,
August 12 - 16,
September 12 - 16,
October 12 - 16,
November 12 - 16,
December 12 - 16


Day One - Evening Airport transfer from Quito Airport to San Jorge Eco-Lodge/Quito; overnight San Jorge/Quito
Day Two - Morning birding at San Jorge Eco-Lodge/Quito surroundings & feeders (HIGH BARREN PLAINS); overnight San Jorge/Quito, includes 3 meals
Day Three - Morning birding world famous Nono-Mindo Road (HIGHLAND RAINFOREST/CLOUD FOREST), overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa, includes 3 meals
Day Four - Morning birding San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary surroundings & feeders (CLOUD FOREST), overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa, includes 3 meals
Day Five - Day at leisure for birding/photography on own, afternoon transfer to downtown Quito, includes breakfast & lunch

Optional side tours:  Old Colonial Quito City Tour, Middle of the World Equator Monument; Orchids in natural habitats, Otavalo Indian Market & surrounding villages; Cotopaxi Volcano, Papallacta Hot Springs; Medicinal Plants & Sacred Waterfalls, Andes Chocolate & Coffee - Hands on Cooking Lesson; Galapagos Islands & Amazon Jungle extensions  

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Birdwatching Highlights

Begin your birding adventure as soon as you arrive to Ecuador with San Jorge's prime trails, specialized guides and lots of birding options. The Magic Birding Circuit offers over 1,000 species and 65 Hummingbirds.

The Magic Birding &
Photography  Circuit

San Jorge Eco-lodge Quito:
Km 4  Vía  antigua a  Nono (Cont. calle Machala)

San Jorge de Tandayapa  Eco-lodge:
Km 3,5 partidero antiguo a Tandayapa

San Jorge de Milpe Bird & Orchid Lodge:
Km 3,7 Camino a Milpe

San Jorge de Cosanga -Yanayacu  Preserve:
Km3,6 Camino a las Caucheras

 

SAN JORGE DE ESTERNO HONDO RESERVE
Pacific Coastal lowlands


SAN JORGE DE SUMACO BAJO BIRD SANCTUARY
UPPER AMAZON BASIN

The Birds of Quito


ecuador hummingbird poster - san jorge eco-lodge quito ecuador birding
Read Book Preview


the magic hiking & birding circuit map  - san jorge eco-lodge quito ecuador birding
Rufous- napped brush Finch


San Jorge also provides optional eco-tours for cultural and nature lovers as well as for spouses or companions who wish to enjoy other types of activities; including Galapagos Islands Cruises and Amazon Jungles extensions.

Ecuador is famously rich in bird life with more than 1,600 species of birds, and 20% of the world's total, 132 species of Hummingbirds (world record), 4,400 species of orchids, 4,500 of species of butterflies and moths and a huge amount of native plants. Visitors who wish to explore the wonders of Ecuador and gain access to a variety of remote regions including our private birding reserves (not open to the public), will truly enjoy a memorable trip of a lifetime to The Magic Birding Circuit.

 

 

Birds and Mammals – Special Encounters at San Jorge Eco-Lodges

Wingspan Australian Birding Magazine Article

 

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Magic Birding & Photography Ecuador
Bird Watching Areas

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Birding List

Cheryl Korowotny
International Director
The Magic Birding & Photography Circuit
SAN JORGE ECO-LODGES & BOTANICAL RESERVES
Located in Quito-Tandayapa-Milpe-Cosanga-Yanayacu-Estero Hondo-Sumaco Bajo
Ecuador – South America

(877) 565-2596 toll-free USA/Canada 
Email: birdwatching@eco-lodgesanjorge.com


San Jorge has been awarded the ‘Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence’ for the past 7 consecutive years!

Recommended by Trip Advisor, Lonely Planet, Frommer’s Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands, Moon Travel, Fodor’s South America, Viva Travel Guide & Rough Guides

Photography accredited to George Cruz