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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 1,700 species and 65 Hummingbirds.


The Magic Birding &
Photography  Circuit

7 PRIVATE RESERVES &
4 ECO-LODGES


SAN JORGE eco-lodge & botanical reserve/quito 
KM 4 VÕA ANTIGUA A NONO (CONT. CALLE MACHALA)
andes highlands/high barren plains/highland rainforest
Altitude: 3,000 - 3,100 m.  (9,580 - 10,500 ft. o.s.l.)

SAN JORGE DE TANDAYAPA hummingbird sanctuary & lodge
cloud forest
KM 3,5 PARTIDERO ANTIGUO A TANDAYAPA
altitude:  1,700 m.  (5,600 ft. o.s.l.)

SAN JORGE DE MILPE BIRD & orchid reserve
San Jorge cliff lodge & san jorge forest lodge 
upper tropical rainforest
KM 3,7 CAMINO A MILPE
altitude: 900 m.  (3,000 ft. o.s.l.)

SAN JORGE DE COSANGA -YANAYACU WILDLIFE & BIRD RESERVEs
andes highland cloud forest
KM3,6 CAMINO A LAS CAUCHERAS
altitude: 2,500 m. (8,000 ft. o.s.l.)

SAN JORGE DE ESTERO HONDO botanical reserve
PACIFIC COASTal LOWLANDS
altitude:  200 m.  (600 ft. o.s.l.)

san jorge de sumaco bird sanctuary
lower amazon basin
altitude:  500 m.  (1,600 ft. o.s.l.)



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Rufus Tailed Hummingbird
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Andean Ruddy Duck

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Yumbo Culture
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San Jorge Cookbook
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The Magic Birding Circuit

ecuador birdwatching tours ~ bird & wildlife photography


OFFERING THE BEST BIRDING LODGES & TOURS IN ECUADOR


The Magic Birding & Photography Circuit is the first of its kind in South America, We own 7 private Birding Reserves and 4 Eco-Lodges in Ecuador, most within a two hour radius of Quito. Experience our Ecuador Birdwatching Tours & Bird & Wildlife Photography Tours and Eco-Tours for nature lovers, visiting up to 13 diverse eco-systems throughout the Andes Highlands, Cloud Forests, Upper Tropical Rainforest, East & West Andes Slope, Paramo, Amazon Tropical Rainforest & Pacific Lowlands.  We have recently have added two NEW private nature reserves to The Magic Circuit collection, introducing San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary in the Amazon Tropical Rainforest, and the NEW San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Paradise in the Eastern Andes Cloud Forest.

Our private nature reserves offer up to 1,600 possible bird species and 100 Hummingbird species, 15 running waterfalls, 2 ponds, rivers, wild orchids in natural habitat, medicinal plants, butterflies, mammals & diverse flora & fauna. Our all-inclusive Ecuador Tours include airport transfers or pick up from downtown Quito, delicious meals, lodging, specialized English speaking native bird guides and private transportation throughout the reserves. We bird our way from reserve to reserve eliminating unnecessary driving. Our 4 Ecuador Eco-Lodges are rustic and environmentally friendly and offer quality service with comfortable well-appointed rooms furnished in typical décor with optional upgrades for private balcony and stunning views or rustic bungalow rooms.  Enjoy nature and wildlife from our 60 foot high spacious observation tower overlooking the Amazonian canopy and our 45 foot high tower in the Upper Tropical Rainforest.  Swim at the cascading waterfalls with a picnic lunch, or selecting one of our Ecuadorian cultural tours.

 

Trip Advisor Certificates of Excellence Award

San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary & Lodge
San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve & Lodges
San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito


Our Ecuador Birdwatching Tours

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Magic Birding & Photography Circuit Map

Magic Birding Circuit 17 NIGHTS/18 DAYS

VISIT 6 SAN JORGE LODGES + 6 SAN JORGE PRIVATE BIRDING RESERVES

East & West Andes Slopes:
ANDES HIGHLANDS, CLOUD FOREST, UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST, SUBTROPICAL RAINFOREST. EASTERN SUBTROPICAL CLOUD FOREST, TROPICAL AMAZONIAN RAINFOREST, PARAMO, COCO CORRIDOR

Pre-scheduled tour dates for 2023
October 20 - Novenber 6;
November 11 - November 28;
December 3 - 20


Pre-scheduled tour dates for 2024
February 1 - 18;
April 5 - 22;
June 15 - July 2;
September 5 - 22 ;
October 5 - 22 ;
November 5 - 22;
December 5 - 22


Pre-scheduled tour dates for 2025
February 5 - 22;
April 5 - 22;
May 5 - 22;
June 15 - 22;
September 5 - 22 ;
October 5 - 22 ;
November 5 - 22;
December 5 - 22

Day One - Evening airport transfer to San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito. Overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, no meals included

Day Two - Birding San Jorge Reserve/Quito Birding Center - Upper Farm Road & Yanacocha old road, Alambi Road & Nono Tandayapa Road (ANDES HIGHLANDS/UPPER CLOUD FOREST) feeders, gardens, road walking. Feeders at the lodge are visited by the Black-tailed Trainbearer, Green-tailed Trainbearer, Sword-billed Hummingbird,  Sparkling Violetear, Tyrian Metaltail, Shining Sunbeam, and, the tiny White-bellied Woodstar. The Trail around the lodge offers possible Tufted Tit-tyrant, Rufous-naped Brush-Finch, Azara's Spinetail, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Blue-and-yellow Tanager, Southern Yellow Grosbeak, Red-crested Cotinga, and the Streak-throated Bush-Tyrant. Overnight San Jorge Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals

Days Three & Four - Birding San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary
(CLOUD FOREST) Hummingbird & Tanager feeders, bird walks on pristine trails, Canopy Islands Observation decks, ponds, streams. ¬†Multi-colored bird species like the Blue-winged Mountain Tanager,  Red-headed Barbet,  Three-striped Warbler, White-winged Becard,  Metallic-green Tanager, Crimson-rumped Toucanet, Pale-mandibled Aracari, Golden-naped Tanager, Golden Tanager, Flame-faced Tanager, Orange-bellied Euphonia, along with the Masked Trogon, Squirell Cuckoo, Slate-throated Whitestar, Streak-capped Treehunter, Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Buff-fronted Foliage-Gleaner, Black-chested Tanager, and, with a bit of luck, the Ochre-breasted Antpitta.  Additionally, our feeders are visited by abounding hummingbird species including the iconic Booted Racket-tail and the Violet-tailed Sylph.  Seasonal visits by the iconic Toucan Barbet, and, the Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan along with the Crested Quetzal, and, the Golden-headed Quetzal.¬† Overnight San Jorge Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals per day

Day Five - Birding Upper San Jorge Tandayapa, Bellavista & San Tadeo road
(CLOUD FOREST/UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST) A second chance at the Plate-billed Mountain Toucan and Toucan Barbet along the road of San Tadeo.  Overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Six - Birding San Jorge Milpe Reserve (
UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST) home of the Banded-ground Cuckoo! (One of the 50 rarest birds in the world).¬† feeders, trails.¬† Endemic Choco Toucan, Esmeraldas Antbird, Bicolored Antbird, Choco Warbler, Streaked Xenops, Glistening-green Tanager, Blue-tailed Trogon, Black-throated Trogon, Gartered Trogon, Collared Trogon, White-tailed Trogon, Striped Woodhaunter, Black-headed Antthrush, Scaly-throated Foliage-Gleaner, Buffy Tuftedcheek, Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher, Crismon-bellied Woodpecker, Guayaquil Woodpecker, Red-Rumped Woodpecker, Emerald Tanager, Choco Toucan, White-bearded Manakin, Club-winged Manakin, Northern Schiffornis, Golden-winged Manakin, Purple-throated Fruitcrow and with some luck the Lanceolated Monklet, Berlepsch's Tinamou.¬† Overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Seven - Birding Rio Chaguaryacu feeder and trails; exploring Mashi area.  Overnight San Jorge/Milpe Cliff Lodge, includes 3 meals 

Day Eight - Birding Rio Tatal trails, Milpe road, Forest Lodge observatory & towers.  Return to Quito.  Overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals 

Day Nine - Old Colonial Quito City Tour.  Overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals 

Day Ten - Birding Antisana National Park by vehicle - Andes Condor Reserve (PARAMO/HIGH BARREN PLAINS) feeders, scenic views.  Ecuadorian Hillstar, Andean Teal, Andean Lapwing, Black-faced Ibis, Giant Hummingbird, Andes Condor.  Overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Eleven - Birding Papallacta Pass, Cayambe Coca (PARAMO/EAST ANDES)¬† Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Red-rumped Bush-Tyrant, Bar-bellied Woodpecker, White-chinned Thistletail, White-browed Spinetail, Many-stripped Canastero, Rainbow-bearded Thornbill, Blue-mantled Thornbill, Viridian Metaltail, Red-rumped Bush-Tyrant, Giant Conebill, Paramo Seedeater, Paramo Tapaculo, and many more.  Overnight brand new San Jorge/Guacamayos Lodge, includes 3 meals¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

Days Twelve & Thirteen -
Birding at San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Paradise (EASTERN SUB-TROPICAL CLOUD FOREST). Visit our private Cock of the Rock Lek.  Possible Blue-headed Hummingbird, Bat Falcon, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Cliff Flycatcher, Bronze Inca, Flame-faced Tanager, Andean Cock of the Rock (m) Rupicola Peruviana, Golden-collared Honeycreeper, Fork-tailed Honeycreeper, Northern-mountain Cacique, Sunbittern, Ochre-breasted Antpitta, White-tailed Hillstar, Slate-crowned Antpitta, Emerald Toucanet, Berryl-spangled Tanager, Black and Chestnut Eagle, Streaked Tuffedcheck, White-capped Tanager, Yellow-throated Tanager,Wire-crested Thorntail, Violet-fronted Brilliant, White-tailed Hillstar, Mountain Velvetbreast, Bronzy Inca, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Tourmaline Sunangel, Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Long-tailed Sylph and Wedge-billed Hummingbird, after lunch birding San Jorge Guacamayos Low area offers different species possible Deep blue-flower Piecer, Golden eared Tanager, Paradise Tanager, Amazon Umbrella Bird, Mani-banded Acari. Overnight brand new San Jorge Guacamayos Lodge, includes 3 meals 

Day Fourteen -
Birding Hollin, High Sumaco Road.  Feeders, road walking. Overnight Loreto Lodge or new San Jorge Sumaco Bajo Lodge when completed, includes 3 meals                                           

Day Fifteen - Birding San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary
(TROPICAL AMAZONIAN RAINFOREST) Macaws Boulevard (12 species Parrots & 4 Macaw species); 60-foot-high spacious covered Observatory Tower over canopy, (optional afternoon river swim).  Overnight Loreto Lodge or new San Jorge Sumaco Bajo Lodge when completed, includes 3 meals. Blue headed Parrot, Chestnut fronted Macaw, Tawny bellied Owl, Dusky headed Parakeet; Harpy Eagle, and numerous more.                                                                                                                                                                  

Day Sixteen - Birding San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary.
Visit Manikin Lek, up to 8 species - trail walking in the jungle for long distant active walkers, rivers, streams. Possible Wire tailed Manakin, Golden-winged, Striped Manakin, Blue-crowned, Dwarf-tyrant, Club-winged & White-bearded. Wing-banded Piprites  Overnight Loreto Lodge or new San Jorge Sumaco Bajo Lodge when completed, includes 3 meals                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Day Seventeen - early AM stop at San Jorge de Cosanga-Yanayuca Bird & Wildlife Reserve, return drive to Quito. Overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Eighteen - am airport transfer or to downtown Quito

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Magic Birding & Photography Circuit MAP

We own and operate 7 private birding reserves and 6 birding Eco-Lodges in Ecuador with up to 1600 possible bird species + 100 Hummingbirds, wild orchids, butterflies, mammals and beautiful flora and fauna.  Our lodges are comfortable with quality services and delicious Ecuadorian cuisine. The reserves offer miles of pristine bird trails, Hummingbird/Tanager/Toucan feeders, 25 waterfalls, rivers, ponds, spacious covered observation decks and covered towers overlooking the canopy + bird hides.  Our tours are guided by native bird guides and birding is fabulous!  The diversification of our expeditions offer new birds in each new eco-system visited.¬† Our brand new San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Lodge located in the Subtropical Cloud Forest on the East Andes Slope is now open!¬† It even has its own Cock of the Rock Lek!  Our 2nd new bird lodge, San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo in the Tropical Amazonian Rainforest on the East Andes Slope is projected to open Spring, 2023. 

The Magic Birding Circuit Tours are all-inclusive, including round trip airport transfers, comfortable lodging accommodations, daily guided bird walks with specialized native bird guides to the region, inter-lodge private transportation and reserve entrance fees. Added features while at San Jorge Lodges include delicious Ecuadorian and International cuisine with top quality service.  Our West Andes Lodges & Reserves visited on this tour are located in the Coco Corridor which has the most concentrated amount of birds in Ecuador as this area was never hit by the ice age.¬† This tour is for active birders without physical limitation who can walk and bird steadily for approximately 3 hours in the morning and also the afternoon. 

Magic Birding Circuit Tour - 11 Nights/12 Days

VISIT UP TO 5 SAN JORGE LODGES + 4 SAN JORGE PRIVATE BIRDING RESERVES

East & West Andes Slopes:
ANDES HIGHLANDS, CLOUD FOREST, UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST, SUBTROPICAL RAINFOREST.  EASTERN SUBTROPICAL CLOUD FOREST, PARAMO, COCO CORRIDOR

Pre-scheduled tour dates for 2023


Pre-scheduled tour dates for 2024
January 3 - 14;
May 1 - 12;
June 1 - 12;
July 1 - 12;
September 1 - 12;


Pre-scheduled tour dates for 2025
January 5 - 16;
June 5 - 16;
July 5 - 16;
August 5 - 16;


Day One ‚Äď Evening Airport transfer to San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito; overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, no meals included

Day Two ‚Äď Birding San Jorge Reserve/Quito Birding Center - Upper Farm Road & Yanacocha old road, Alambi Road & Nono Tandayapa Road
(ANDES HIGHLANDS/UPPER CLOUD FOREST) feeders, gardens, road walking. Feeders at the lodge are visited by the Black-tailed Trainbearer, Green-tailed Trainbearer, Sword-billed Hummingbird,  Sparkling Violetear, Tyrian Metaltail, Shining Sunbeam, and, the tiny White-bellied Woodstar. The Trail around the lodge offers possible Tufted Tit-tyrant, Rufous-naped Brush-Finch, Azara's Spinetail, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Blue-and-yellow Tanager, Southern Yellow Grosbeak, Red-crested Cotinga, and the Streak-throated Bush-Tyrant.¬† Overnight San Jorge Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals (boxed lunch)

Day Three - Birding San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary
(CLOUD FOREST)¬† Hummingbird & Tanager feeders, bird walks on pristine trails, Canopy Islands Observation decks, ponds, streams. ¬†Multi-colored bird species like the Blue-winged Mountain Tanager,  Red-headed Barbet,  Three-striped Warbler, White-winged Becard,  Metallic-green Tanager, Crimson-rumped Toucanet, Pale-mandibled Aracari, Golden-naped Tanager, Golden Tanager, Flame-faced Tanager, Orange-bellied Euphonia, along with the Masked Trogon, Squirell Cuckoo, Slate-throated Whitestar, Streak-capped Treehunter, Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Buff-fronted Foliage-Gleaner, Black-chested Tanager, and, with a bit of luck, the Ochre-breasted Antpitta.  Additionally, our feeders are visited by abounding hummingbird species including the iconic Booted Racket-tail and the Violet-tailed Sylph.  Seasonal visits by the iconic Toucan Barbet, and, the Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan along with the Crested Quetzal, and, the Golden-headed Quetzal.¬† Overnight San Jorge Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

Day Four - Birding Upper San Jorge Tandayapa, Bellavista & San Tadeo road (CLOUD FOREST/UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST) A second chance at the Plate-billed Mountain Toucan and Toucan Barbet along the road of San Tadeo.  Overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Lodge, includes 3 meals (boxed lunch)

Day Five -¬† Birding San Jorge Milpe Reserve (UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST) home of the Banded-ground Cuckoo! (One of the 50 rarest birds in the world).¬† feeders, trails.¬† Endemic Choco Toucan, Esmeraldas Antbird, Bicolored Antbird, Choco Warbler, Streaked Xenops, Glistening-green Tanager, Blue-tailed Trogon, Black-throated Trogon, Gartered Trogon, Collared Trogon, White-tailed Trogon, Striped Woodhaunter, Black-headed Antthrush, Scaly-throated Foliage-Gleaner, Buffy Tuftedcheek, Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher, Crismon-bellied Woodpecker, Guayaquil Woodpecker, Red-Rumped Woodpecker, Emerald Tanager, Choco Toucan, White-bearded Manakin, Club-winged Manakin, Northern Schiffornis, Golden-winged Manakin, Purple-throated Fruitcrow and with some luck the Lanceolated Monklet, Berlepsch's Tinamou.¬† Overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Six ‚Äď Birding Rio Chaguaryacu feeder and trails; exploring Mashi area.¬† Overnight San Jorge/Milpe Cliff Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Seven ‚Äď Birding Rio Tatal trails, Milpe road, Forest Lodge observatory
Return to Quito.  Overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Eight ‚Äď Birding Papallacta Pass, Cayambe Coca
(PARAMO/EAST ANDES)¬† Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Red-rumped Bush-Tyrant, Bar-bellied Woodpecker, White-chinned Thistletail, White-browed Spinetail, Many-stripped Canastero, Rainbow-bearded Thornbill, Blue-mantled Thornbill, Viridian Metaltail, Red-rumped Bush-Tyrant, Giant Conebill, Paramo Seedeater, Paramo Tapaculo, and many more.  Overnight brand new San Jorge/Guacamayos Lodge, includes 3 meals¬†

Days Nine & Ten - Birding at San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Paradise (EASTERN SUB-TROPICAL CLOUD FOREST). Visit our private Cock of the Rock Lek.  Possible Blue-headed Hummingbird, Bat Falcon, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Cliff Flycatcher, Bronze Inca, Flame-faced Tanager, Andean Cock of the Rock (m) Rupicola Peruviana, Golden-collared Honeycreeper, Fork-tailed Honeycreeper, Northern-mountain Cacique, Sunbittern, Ochre-breasted Antpitta, White-tailed Hillstar, Slate-crowned Antpitta, Emerald Toucanet, Berryl-spangled Tanager, Black and Chestnut Eagle, Streaked Tuffedcheck, White-capped Tanager, Yellow-throated Tanager,Wire-crested Thorntail, Violet-fronted Brilliant, White-tailed Hillstar, Mountain Velvetbreast, Bronzy Inca, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Tourmaline Sunangel, Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Long-tailed Sylph and Wedge-billed Hummingbird, after lunch birding San Jorge Guacamayos Low area offers different species possible Deep blue-flower Piecer, Golden eared Tanager, Paradise Tanager, Amazon Umbrella Bird, Mani-banded Acari.

Day Nine
Overnight brand new San Jorge/Guacamayos Lodge.  Day Ten afternoon drive back to Quito, overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge , includes 3 meals per day  

Day Eleven - Birding Antisana National Park by vehicle - Andes Condor Reserve (PARAMO), feeders, Ecuadorian Hillstar, Andean Teal, Andean Lapwing, Black-faced Ibis, Giant Hummingbird, overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Twelve
‚Äď am airport transfer

Request Pricing Information

Magic Birding & Photography Circuit MAP

We own and operate 7 private birding reserves and 6 birding Eco-Lodges in Ecuador with up to 1600 possible bird species + 100 Hummingbirds, wild orchids, butterflies, mammals and beautiful flora and fauna.  Our lodges are comfortable with quality services and delicious Ecuadorian cuisine. The reserves offer miles of pristine bird trails, Hummingbird/Tanager/Toucan feeders, 25 waterfalls, rivers, ponds, spacious covered observation decks and covered towers overlooking the canopy + bird hides.  Our tours are guided by native bird guides and birding is fabulous!  The diversification of our expeditions offer new birds in each new eco-system visited.¬† Our brand new San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Lodge located in the Subtropical Cloud Forest on the East Andes Slope is now open!¬† It even has its own Cock of the Rock Lek!  Our 2nd new bird lodge, San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo in the Tropical Amazonian Rainforest on the East Andes Slope is projected to open Spring, 2023. 

The Magic Birding Circuit Tours are all-inclusive, including round trip airport transfers, comfortable lodging accommodations, daily guided bird walks with specialized native bird guides to the region, inter-lodge private transportation and reserve entrance fees. Added features while at San Jorge Lodges include delicious Ecuadorian and International cuisine with top quality service.  Our West Andes Lodges & Reserves visited on this tour are located in the Coco Corridor which has the most concentrated amount of birds in Ecuador as this area was never hit by the ice age.¬† This tour is for active birders without physical limitation who can walk and bird steadily for approximately 3 hours in the morning and also the afternoon. 

Magic Birding Circuit 7 NIGHTS/8 DAYS

VISIT 4 SAN JORGE LODGES + 3 SAN JORGE PRIVATE BIRDING RESERVES

ANDES HIGHLANDS, CLOUD FOREST, UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST, SUBTROPICAL RAINFOREST, COCO CORRIDOR



Pre-scheduled tour dates for 2023


Pre-scheduled tour dates for 2024
January 3 - 10;
May 1 - 8;
June 1 - 8;
July 1 - 8;
August 1 - 8;


Pre-scheduled tour dates for 2025
January 5 - 12;
May 1 - 8;
June 5 - 12;
July 5 - 12;
August 5 - 16;

Day One - Evening Airport transfer to San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito; overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, no meals included

Day Two - Birding San Jorge Reserve/Quito Birding Center - Upper Farm Road & Yanacocha old road, Alambi Road & Nono Tandayapa Road (ANDES HIGHLANDS/UPPER CLOUD FOREST) feeders, gardens, road walking. Feeders at the lodge are visited by the Black-tailed Trainbearer, Green-tailed Trainbearer, Sword-billed Hummingbird,  Sparkling Violetear, Tyrian Metaltail, Shining Sunbeam, and, the tiny White-bellied Woodstar. The Trail around the lodge offers possible Tufted Tit-tyrant, Rufous-naped Brush-Finch, Azara's Spinetail, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Blue-and-yellow Tanager, Southern Yellow Grosbeak, Red-crested Cotinga, and the Streak-throated Bush-Tyrant.¬† Overnight San Jorge Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals (boxed lunch)

Day Three - Birding San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary
(CLOUD FOREST)¬† Hummingbird & Tanager feeders, bird walks on pristine trails, Canopy Islands Observation decks, ponds, streams. ¬†Multi-colored bird species like the Blue-winged Mountain Tanager,  Red-headed Barbet,  Three-striped Warbler, White-winged Becard,  Metallic-green Tanager, Crimson-rumped Toucanet, Pale-mandibled Aracari, Golden-naped Tanager, Golden Tanager, Flame-faced Tanager, Orange-bellied Euphonia, along with the Masked Trogon, Squirell Cuckoo, Slate-throated Whitestar, Streak-capped Treehunter, Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Buff-fronted Foliage-Gleaner, Black-chested Tanager, and, with a bit of luck, the Ochre-breasted Antpitta.  Additionally, our feeders are visited by abounding hummingbird species including the iconic Booted Racket-tail and the Violet-tailed Sylph.  Seasonal visits by the iconic Toucan Barbet, and, the Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan along with the Crested Quetzal, and, the Golden-headed Quetzal.¬† Overnight San Jorge Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Four - Birding Upper San Jorge Tandayapa, Bellavista & San Tadeo road
(CLOUD FOREST/UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST) A second chance at the Plate-billed Mountain Toucan and Toucan Barbet along the road of San Tadeo.  Overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Lodge, includes 3 meals (boxed lunch)

Day Five - Birding San Jorge Milpe Reserve (
UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST) home of the Banded-ground Cuckoo! (One of the 50 rarest birds in the world).¬† feeders, trails.¬† Endemic Choco Toucan, Esmeraldas Antbird, Bicolored Antbird, Choco Warbler, Streaked Xenops, Glistening-green Tanager, Blue-tailed Trogon, Black-throated Trogon, Gartered Trogon, Collared Trogon, White-tailed Trogon, Striped Woodhaunter, Black-headed Antthrush, Scaly-throated Foliage-Gleaner, Buffy Tuftedcheek, Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher, Crismon-bellied Woodpecker, Guayaquil Woodpecker, Red-Rumped Woodpecker, Emerald Tanager, Choco Toucan, White-bearded Manakin, Club-winged Manakin, Northern Schiffornis, Golden-winged Manakin, Purple-throated Fruitcrow and with some luck the Lanceolated Monklet, Berlepsch's Tinamou.¬† Overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Six - Birding Rio Chaguaryacu feeder and trails; exploring Mashi area. 
Overnight San Jorge/Milpe Cliff Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Seven - Birding Rio Tatal trails, Milpe road, Forest Lodge observatory
Return to Quito.  Overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Eight
- am airport transfer

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We own and operate 7 private birding reserves and 6 birding Eco-Lodges in Ecuador with up to 1600 possible bird species + 100 Hummingbirds, wild orchids, butterflies, mammals and beautiful flora and fauna.  Our lodges are comfortable with quality services and delicious Ecuadorian cuisine. The reserves offer miles of pristine bird trails, Hummingbird/Tanager/Toucan feeders, 25 waterfalls, rivers, ponds, spacious covered observation decks and covered towers overlooking the canopy + bird hides.  Our tours are guided by native bird guides and birding is fabulous!  The diversification of our expeditions offer new birds in each new eco-system visited.¬† Our brand new San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Lodge located in the Subtropical Cloud Forest on the East Andes Slope is now open!¬† It even has its own Cock of the Rock Lek!  Our 2nd new bird lodge, San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo in the Tropical Amazonian Rainforest on the East Andes Slope is projected to open Spring, 2023. 

The Magic Birding Circuit Tours are all-inclusive, including round trip airport transfers, comfortable lodging accommodations, daily guided bird walks with specialized native bird guides to the region, inter-lodge private transportation and reserve entrance fees. Added features while at San Jorge Lodges include delicious Ecuadorian and International cuisine with top quality service.  Our West Andes Lodges & Reserves visited on this tour are located in the Coco Corridor which has the most concentrated amount of birds in Ecuador as this area was never hit by the ice age.¬† This tour is for active birders without physical limitation who can walk and bird steadily for approximately 3 hours in the morning and also the afternoon. 

 

MAGIC BIRDING CIRCUIT TOUR - 8N/9D EAST ANDES

VISIT 3 SAN JORGE LODGES + 4 SAN JORGE PRIVATE BIRDING RESERVES

ANDES HIGHLANDS, EAST ANDES SLOPE, PARAMO, CLOUD FOREST, TROPICAL AMAZONIAN RAINFOREST


2023 Pre-scheduled tour dates
October 29 - November 6;
November 24 - December 2;
November 20 - 28;
December 12 - 20


2024 Pre-scheduled tour dates
February 10 - 18;
April 14 - 22;
June 24 - July 2;
September 14 - September 22;
October 14 - 22;
November 14 - November 22;
December 12 - 20


2025 Pre-scheduled tour dates
February 14 - 22;
April 14 - 22;
May 24 - July 2;
September 14 - September 22;
October 14 - 22;
November 14 - November 22;
December 14 - 22

 

Day One - Evening airport transfer to San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito. Overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, no meals included

Day Two - Birding Papallacta Pass, Cayambe Coca (PARAMO/EAST ANDES)¬† Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Red-rumped Bush-Tyrant, Bar-bellied Woodpecker, White-chinned Thistletail, White-browed Spinetail, Many-stripped Canastero, Rainbow-bearded Thornbill, Blue-mantled Thornbill, Viridian Metaltail, Red-rumped Bush-Tyrant, Giant Conebill, Paramo Seedeater, Paramo Tapaculo, and many more.  Overnight brand new San Jorge/Guacamayos Lodge, includes 3 meals

Days Three & Four -
Birding at San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Paradise (EASTERN SUB-TROPICAL CLOUD FOREST). Visit our private Cock of the Rock Lek.  Possible Blue-headed Hummingbird, Bat Falcon, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Cliff Flycatcher, Bronze Inca, Flame-faced Tanager, Andean Cock of the Rock (m) Rupicola Peruviana, Golden-collared Honeycreeper, Fork-tailed Honeycreeper, Northern-mountain Cacique, Sunbittern, Ochre-breasted Antpitta, White-tailed Hillstar, Slate-crowned Antpitta, Emerald Toucanet, Berryl-spangled Tanager, Black and Chestnut Eagle, Streaked Tuffedcheck, White-capped Tanager, Yellow-throated Tanager,Wire-crested Thorntail, Violet-fronted Brilliant, White-tailed Hillstar, Mountain Velvetbreast, Bronzy Inca, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Tourmaline Sunangel, Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Long-tailed Sylph and Wedge-billed Hummingbird, after lunch birding San Jorge Guacamayos Low area offers different species possible Deep blue-flower Piecer, Golden eared Tanager, Paradise Tanager, Amazon Umbrella Bird, Mani-banded Acari. Overnight brand new San Jorge Guacamayos Lodge, includes 3 meals                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Day Five -
Birding Hollin, High Sumaco Road.  Feeders, road walking. Overnight Loreto Lodge or new San Jorge Sumaco Bajo Lodge when completed, includes 3 meals                                          

Day Six - Birding San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary
(TROPICAL AMAZONIAN RAINFOREST) Macaws Boulevard (12 species Parrots & 4 Macaw species); 60-foot-high spacious covered Observatory Tower over canopy, (optional afternoon river swim).  Overnight Loreto Lodge or new San Jorge Sumaco Bajo Lodge when completed, includes 3 meals. Blue headed Parrot, Chestnut fronted Macaw, Tawny bellied Owl, Dusky headed Parakeet; Harpy Eagle, and numerous more.

Day Seven- Birding San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary.
Visit Manikin Lek, up to 8 species - trail walking in the jungle for long distant active walkers, rivers, streams. Possible Wire tailed Manakin, Golden-winged, Striped Manakin, Blue-crowned, Dwarf-tyrant, Club-winged & White-bearded. Wing-banded Piprites  Overnight Loreto Lodge or new San Jorge Sumaco Bajo Lodge when completed, includes 3 meals

Day Eight - early AM stop at San Jorge de Cosanga-Yanayuca Bird & Wildlife Reserve, return drive to Quito. Overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals 
 
Day Nine - am airport transfer or to downtown Quito

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We own and operate 7 private birding reserves and 6 birding Eco-Lodges in Ecuador with up to 1600 possible bird species + 100 Hummingbirds, wild orchids, butterflies, mammals and beautiful flora and fauna.  Our lodges are comfortable with quality services and delicious Ecuadorian cuisine. The reserves offer miles of pristine bird trails, Hummingbird/Tanager/Toucan feeders, 25 waterfalls, rivers, ponds, spacious covered observation decks and covered towers overlooking the canopy + bird hides.  Our tours are guided by native bird guides and birding is fabulous!  The diversification of our expeditions offer new birds in each new eco-system visited.¬† Our brand new San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Lodge located in the Subtropical Cloud Forest on the East Andes Slope is now open!¬† It even has its own Cock of the Rock Lek!  Our 2nd new bird lodge, San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo in the Tropical Amazonian Rainforest on the East Andes Slope is projected to open Spring, 2023.

The Magic Birding Circuit Tours are all-inclusive, including round trip airport transfers, comfortable lodging accommodations, daily guided bird walks with specialized native bird guides to the region, inter-lodge private transportation and reserve entrance fees. Added features while at San Jorge Lodges include delicious Ecuadorian and International cuisine with top quality service.  Our West Andes Lodges & Reserves visited on this tour are located in the Coco Corridor which has the most concentrated amount of birds in Ecuador as this area was never hit by the ice age.¬† This tour is for active birders without physical limitation who can walk and bird steadily for approximately 3 hours in the morning and also the afternoon.

MAGIC BIRDING CIRCUIT PHOTO TOUR ‚Äď 9N/10D West

4 DIFFERENT SAN JORGE LODGES + 3 SAN JORGE PRIVATE BIRD RESERVES

~ VISIT UP TO 5 DIFFERENT ECO-SYSTEMS ~ ECUADOR: UPPER ANDEAN FOREST, WESTERN CLOUD FOREST, WESTERN UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST, WESTERN SUB-TROPICAL FOREST, COCO CORRIDOR

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


2023 Pre-scheduled tour dates
October 10 ‚Äď 19;


2024 Pre-scheduled tour dates
May 5 - 14;
October 10 ‚Äď 19;


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

DAY 1
Evening Airport Transfer to San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito ‚Äď Upper Andean Forest Reserve

Overnight: San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito, no meals included

DAY 2
Bird photography at San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito Photo Center Upper Andean Forest

Photography at hummingbird feeders and trail walking

Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito. Includes: 3 meals

Black-tailed Trainbearer, Sword-billed Hummingbird, White-bellied Woodstar, Blue-and-yellow Tanager, Stripe-headed Brush-Finch

DAY 3
AM Photography at Zuri feeders, continue on to San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary for lunch and photography at the reserve. (Highland Cloud Forest/Cloud Forest)

Feeders, trail walking

Overnight San Jorge Tandayapa Eco-Lodge. Includes: 3 meals

DAYS 4 & 5
San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary (Western Andean Cloud Forest)

We will begin shooting from the 4 observation decks overlooking our prime cloud forest reserve and the bird feeders around the lodge which will provide an incredible amount of bird species. The bird feeders in front of the main patio are visited by multi-colored species such as the Blue-winged Mountain Tanager, Red-headed Barbet, Streak-capped Treehunter, Three-striped Warbler, White-winged Becard, Metallic-green Tanager, Crimson-rumped Toucanet, Golden-naped Tanager, Golden Tanager, Flame-faced Tanager, Silver-throated Tanager and many more. Additionally, the hummingbird feeders in front of the breakfast room will be crowded with hummingbirds including the iconic Booted Racket-tail and the Violet-tailed Sylph.

Pristine trails, bird huts, gardens, ponds, steams, wild orchids, butterflies, rare insects, and the Canopy Islands Bird & Wildlife Photo Observation Center. Set up your tripod while dining at our open-air restaurant. Up to 20 species Hummingbirds; 450 species birds. Olinguito, Kinkajous, endemic squirrels at feeders.

Overnight San Jorge Tandayapa Eco-Lodge. Includes: 3 meals per day

DAY 6
Amaguza Reserve: Photograph endemic birds at feeders not found in Tandayapa or Milpe ‚Äď feeders, trails. Choco‚Äô.

Overnight San Jorge Tandayapa Eco-Lodge. Includes: 3 meals (boxed lunch)

DAY 7
AM Photography Bali Feeders ‚Äď numerous Hummingbirds & Plate-billed Mountain Toucan. Continue on to San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve (Western Upper Tropical Rainforest)

Hummingbirds, tanagers and toucan feeders, gardens; trail walking; 60 foot tall spacious observation tower overlooking the canopy. Set up your tripod while dining at our open-air restaurant.

Overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals

DAY 8
San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve - Western Upper Tropical Rainforest Cloud Forest & Upper Tropical Rainforest, feeders and trail walking Tyras, wolly opossums and agutis at feeders

Overnight San Jorge Lodge Milpe/Cliff Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals

DAY 9
Birds & photography San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve, after lunch transfer to San Jorge/Quito.

Overnight San Jorge/Quito Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals

DAY 10
AM airport transfer


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The Magic Birding Circuit Pre-Scheduled Photo Tours are all-inclusive, including airport transfers or pick up from downtown Quito, comfortable lodging accommodations, meals, guided photo tour with 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.  This tour is for photographers without physical limitation who can also trail walk steadily.

MAGIC BIRDING CIRCUIT PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR
ITINERARY: 18 Nights/19 Days

VISIT UP TO 5 SAN JORGE ECO-LODGES & PRIVATE BIRD RESERVES + NUMEROUS OTHER DESTINATIONS
ANDES HIGHLANDS, CLOUD FORESTS, TROPICAL  & AMAZONIAN RAINFORESTS  - COCO CORRIDO PARAMO, EAST & WEST ANDES SLOPES & AMAZON JUNGLE

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


Pre-scheduled tour dates for 2023
October 10 - 28;


Pre-scheduled tour dates for 2023
May 5 - 23;
October 10 - 28;

DAY 1 - Evening Airport Transfer to San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito located in the Pichincha foothills ‚Äď Upper Andean Forest Reserve.¬† Overnight: San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito, no meals included

DAY 2 - Bird photography at San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito Birding Center (Andes Highlands) up to 90 possible Highland species birds.¬† Hummingbird species including the Green-tailed Trainbearer, Sparkling Violetear, Tyrian Metaltail, Shining Sunbeam, White-bellied Woodstar, Black-tailed Trainbearer, Sword-billed Hummingbird, and with some luck, the Purple-backed Thornbill.  Feeders, gardens and trails.¬† Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito. Includes: 3 meals

DAY 3 -
San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary (Cloud Forest) ¬†Hummingbird, Tanager & Toucan feeders.. Pristine trails, bird huts, gardens, ponds, steams, wild orchids, butterflies, rare insects, and the Canopy Islands 4 Bird & Wildlife Observation Decks. Set up your tripod while dining with the Hummingbirds at our open-air restaurant. Up to 20 species Hummingbirds; 450 species birds. Possible Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager, Toucan Barbet, Red-headed Barbet, Golden-headed Quetzal, Crested Quetzal, Streak-capped Treehunter, Scaled Fruiteater, Metallic-green Tanager, Beryl-spangled Tanager, Masked Trogon, Crimson-rumped Toucanet, Pale-mandibled Aracari, Golden-naped Tanager,  Flame-faced Tanager, White-winged Tanager, Swallow Tanager, Rufous-winged Tyrannulet.¬† Additionally, the hummingbird feeders in front of the breakfast room are visited by abounding hummingbird species, including, the Tawny-bellied Hermit, Western Emerald, Gorgeted Sunangel, White-throated Daggerbill, Purple-throated Woodstar, Purple-bibbed Whitetip, Empress Brilliant, Velvet-purple Coronet, and the  iconic Booted Racket-tail and Violet-tailed Sylph. Overnight San Jorge Tandayapa Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals

DAY 4 - San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary (Cloud Forest) ¬†6:00 am ‚Äď 8:00 am moth feeders - rare species from Hide.¬† Today we will photograph the most dazzling bird species in Ecuador's mystical could forests. Be prepared to delve into Ecuador's most biologically-diverse bird photo reserves and lodges looking for endemic hummingbirds, vivid tanagers, splendid toucans, skulking antbirds, agile warblers, and more.¬† Overnight San Jorge Tandayapa Eco-Lodge. Includes: 3 meals

DAY 5 -
Photography at Amaguza Reserve for rare species not found at Tandayapa or Milpe  - feeders, trail walking.  Overnight San Jorge Tandayapa Eco-Lodge.  Includes 3 meals

DAY 6 -
Mindo hills & Western Cock of the Rock Lek; continue on to San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve (Upper Tropical Rainforest)San Jorge Milpe Orchid and Bird Reserve is part of the globally important Tumbez-Choc√≥ endemic region and borders the protected forest reserve of Masphi. It is located inside the Hummingbird Route (Ruta del Colibr√≠), is one of the world¬īs most famous birding areas, and is a major birdwatching destination in South America.Possible White-whiskered Hermit, Green-crowned Woodnyph, Green Thorntail, Thick billed Euphonia, Pale-mandibled Aracari, Choco Toucan, Crimson-rumped, Ornate Flycatcher, Golden-winged Manakin, Orange-billed Sparrow, Rufous Motmot, Broad-billed Motmot, Rufous-fronted Wood-Quail, Immaculate Antbird, Black-throated Trogon, Collared Trogon. Overnight San Jorge Milpe Forest Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals.

DAYS 7 & 8 -
San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve (Upper Tropical Rainforest) over 500 possible bird species.  Hummingbird, Tanager & Toucan feeders, Observation decks, Towers, trail walking, waterfalls, wild orchids, seasonal butterflies Overnight San Jorge Milpe Forest Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals per day

DAY 9 -
Photography Masphi, after lunch continue on to Rio Blanco, return drive to Quito. Overnight San Jorge Quito Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals

DAY 10 -
Antisana National Park - Andean Condor Reservation by vehicle (Paramo)Possible Andean Condor, Black-faced Ibis, Carunculated Caracara, Andean Lapwing, Giant Hummingbird, Great Sapphirewing, Ecuadorian Hillstar
Photography in the ecological national park; hummingbird feeders, gorgeous vistas.Overnight San Jorge Lodge Quito Eco-Lodge. Includes: 3 meals

DAY 11 - Bird photography at Papallacta Pass, Cuyuja, Vilmas House (Paramo).  Possible Tourmaline Sunangel, Long-tailed Sylph, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Collared Inca, Many-stripped Canastero, Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe, Black-backed Bush-Tanager, Pearled Treerunner, Pale-naped Brush-Finch, Torrent Tyrannulet, Citrine Warbler, Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant, Agile Tit-Tyrant, Torrent Duck, White-chinned Thistletail.Overnight at NEW San Jorge de Guacamayos Eco-Lodge. Includes: 3 meals

DAY 12 -
Bird photography at San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Paradise (Eastern Subtropical Cloud Forest).¬† Moth feeder, Balcony decks, trail walking, private Cock of the Rock Lek ‚Äď hundreds of bird species.¬† Overnight at our NEW San Jorge de Guacamayos Eco-Lodge. Includes: 3 meals

DAY 13 -
AM photography at San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Paradise, continue on to Edison feeders.Overnight at NEW San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Aquatic Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals 

DAY 14 -
Photography at San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary (Tropical Amazonian Rainforest)Macaws Boulevard ‚Äď up to 12 species; 60-foot-high observation Tower overlooking the canopy. Possible Blue-capped Manakin, Chestnut-eared Aracari, Golden-collared Toucanet, Ivory billed Aracari, Cream-colored Woodpecker, Spot-winged Antbird, Collared Puffbird, Channel billed Toucan, Yellow-tufted Woodpecker, Spix’s Guan, Amazonian White-tailed Trogon, Black faced Dacnis, Golden-headed Manakin, White-shouldered Antbird. Overnight at NEW San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Aquatic Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals¬†

DAY 15 -
San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary (Tropical Amazonian Rainforest)¬† Forest trail photography at the reserve; rivers, streams (optional afternoon river swim).¬† 8 species Manakin Leks ‚Äď jungle trail walk.
Overnight at NEW San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Aquatic Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals 

DAY 16 - Photography at Limoncocha Ecological Reserve (Amazon Jungle)  AM shore birds; then Photography by boat.  Continue on to port, aquatic river transfer to Amazon. Night Walk.  Possible Hoatzin, Black-capped Donacobius, Magpie Tanager, Purple Gallinule, Azure Gallinulle, Yellow-headed Caracara, Orange-backed Troupial, Wattled Jacana, Grater Ani, Long-tailed Poto0, Horned Screamer, Red-capped Cardinal, Snail Kite, Wood Stork, Bare-faced Ibis, Great-billed Hermit, Black banded Crake Zigzag Heron.  Overnight  Amazon Lodge, includes 3 meals

DAY 17 -
Napo River, Islands & Parrot Clay-Lick (Amazon Jungle) Photography by boat (with covered roof), trail walking¬† Possible Castelnau’s Antbird, Black-banded Crake, Mottled-backed Elania, Black-breasted Spinetail, Orange-headed Tanager, Oriole Blackbird, Yellow-billed Jacamar, Lesser Wagtail-tyrant, Ladder-tailed Nightjar, Tropical Screech Owl, White-plummed Antbird Dusky-headed Parakeet, Scarlet Macaw, Blue and-yellow Macaw, Cobalt-winged Parakeet, Orange-eared Parrot.¬† Overnight at NEW San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Aquatic Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals

DAY 18 - AM photography San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary then return to Quito.Overnight San Jorge Quito Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals

DAY 19 ‚Äď
am airport transfer

 


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MAGIC BIRDING CIRCUIT PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR ‚Äď 9N/10D

4 SAN JORGE PRIVATE BIRD RESERVES & 5 DIFFERENT ECO-SYSTEMS

ECUADOR: ANDES HIGHLANDS, EAST ANDES SLOPE, SUBTROPICAL CLOUD FOREST, PARAMO, AMAZONIAN TROPICAL RAINFOREST

Includes: Airport transfers, transportation, lodging, 3 meals per day, specialized English speaking bird guide & reserve entrance fees


2023 Pre-scheduled tour dates
October 20 - 28;


2024 Pre-scheduled tour dates
January 13 - 122;
May 14 - 23;
October 19 - 28;


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)

DAY 1
Evening airport transfer from Quito Airport to San Jorge, overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge/Quito, no meals included

DAY 2
Bird photo tour at Papallacta Pass, Peruvian sub-specie Cock of the Rock Lek Cosanga (Paramo/East Andes)

Photography at hummingbird feeders, trail walking

Overnight Quijos. Includes: 3 meals

Torrent Duck, Crested Quetzal, Masked Flowerpiercer, Collared Inca, Long-tailed Sylph, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Tourmaline Sunangel

DAY 3
Bird photography San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Paradise (Eastern Subtropical Cloud Forest)
Feeders, Trail walking  Overnight Loreto. Includes: 3 meals (boxed lunch)

DAY 4
Photography Narupa, Upper Sumaco Road (Eastern Subtropical Cloud Forest)

Trail walking. Overnight Loreto, includes 3 meals (boxed lunch)

DAYS 5 & 6
Photography at San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary (Amazonian Tropical Rainforest)

Road & forest trail photography.

Day 5 - Macaws Boulevard & exterior trails at the reserve.

Day 6 - Forest trail photography at the reserve; 60 foot high NEW Observation Tower overlooking canopy ‚Äď very spacious, feeders, rivers, streams (optional afternoon river swim)

Possible Harpy Eagle, Blue headed Parrot, Tawny bellied Owl, Dusky headed Parakeet, Wire tailed Manakin, Chestnut fronted Macaw

Overnight Loreto. Includes: 3 meals per day

DAY 7
Photography surrounding Limoncocha Ecological Reserve (Amazon region)

Afternoon aquatic transfer to port.

Overnight lodging near Yasuni NP. Includes: 3 meals

DAY 8
Napo River, Islands & Yasuni National Park Parrot Licks (Amazon region)

Photography by boat

Overnight Loreto, includes 3 meals

DAY 9
Early am stop at San Jorge de Cosanga-Yanayuca Bird & Wildlife Reserve, road to Las Caucheras & Guacamayos trails (Eastern Subtropical Cloud Forest), continue the drive back to Quito, overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day 10
AM airport transfer

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

 

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The Magic Birding & Photography  Circuit
SAN JORGE ECO-LODGES & BOTANICAL RESERVES
Quito – Tandayapa – Milpe - Cosanga - Estero Hondo-Sumaco Bajo-Guacamayos
Ecuador – South America
Email: birdwatching@eco-lodgesanjorge.com
(877) 565-2596 Toll Free USA & Canada.

San Jorge has been awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for the past 11 consecutive years!

 

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