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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 VA 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.)



Rufous- napped brush Finch
NEW 2017 – San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary - Amazon Birds
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NEW Deluxe Rustic Suites at San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve

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Rufus Tailed Hummingbird
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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 Circuit is the first of its kind in South America.
We own 7 private Birding Reserves and 4 Birding Eco-Lodges in Ecuador.  5 of the reserves are located within 2 hours of Quito. Our Bird & Wildlife Photo Tours visit up to 15 diverse eco-systems in the Upper Andean Forest, Dry Inter-Andean Forest, (Western) Cloud Forest, (Eastern) Andean Cloud Forest, (Western) Upper & Lower Tropical Rainforest, East & West Andes Slope, Upper Amazon Basin, Lower Amazon Basin (Amazon Lowlands), Paramo-Tree Line Forest & Pacific Coastal Lowlands.  Our exclusive reserves offer over 1,700 possible bird species and 65 Hummingbird species, active hummingbird feeders at all San Jorge Lodges, tanager & toucan feeders,  observation decks, pristine trails, 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, butterflies and diverse flora & fauna. NEW - spacious 60 foot tall observation tower overlooking the rainforest canopy that offers superb photo options with plenty of room for tri-pod set ups.

San Jorge Reserves provide the perfect opportunity to combine birding and natural history at its best, dedicated to eco-tourism, environmental conservation and community sustainability.  Begin your birding adventure as soon as you arrive in Ecuador with lots of birding opportunities on our prime trails. We offer a variety of birding packages scheduled each month (visit our website for pre-scheduled tour dates and itineraries).  Or, we can customize a trip to fit your time frame, exclusively for you!

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 1700 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! 

 

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

ANDES HIGHLANDS, CLOUD FOREST, UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST, SUBTROPICAL RAINFOREST. EAST & WEST ANDES SLOPES, EASTERN SUBTROPICAL CLOUD FOREST, TROPICAL AMAZONIAN RAINFOREST, PARAMO, COCO CORRIDOR

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.


Pre-scheduled tour dates for 2019
January 15 - February 1;
February 1 - February18;
March 15 - April 1;
April 15 - May 2;
May 3 - May 20;
June 15- July 2;
September 15 - October 2;
October 15 - November 1;
November 15 - December 2;

Pre-scheduled tour dates for 2020
January 15 - February 1;
February 1 - February18;
March 15 - April 1;
April 15 - May 2;
May 15 - June 1;
September 15 - October 2;
October 15 - November 1;
November 15 - December 2;



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 (High Barren Plains/Dry Desert); overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Three - Birding the road to Yanacocha in the Rio Pixhan channel area, Nono Tandayapa Road (HIGHLAND RAINFOREST/CLOUD FOREST) overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Four - Day at leisure on own at San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary, Tandayapa Valley (CLOUD FOREST) overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Five
-Birding San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary (CLOUD FOREST) feeders, pristine birding trails, ponds, streams, NEW Canopy Islands Bird & Wildlife Observation Center, overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Six - Birding San Tadeo feeders & Milpe Road (UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST) overnight San Jorge/Milpe Cliff Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Seven - Birding San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve (UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST) Forest Lodge Observation tower over canopy, feeders, waterfalls, rivers, archaeological Yumbo Observation point, overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Eight - Day of leisure on own at San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve (UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST), overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Nine - Birding Rio Silanche (LOWLAND TROPICAL RAINFOREST), overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Ten - Old Colonial Quito City Tour with lunch at typical restaurant, overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Eleven - Birding Antizana National Park by vehicle - Andes Condor Reserve (PARAMO), overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Twelve - Birding Papallacta Pass, Cuyuja, Velma feeders & Cock of the Rock Peruvian sub-species Cosanga (PARAMO & EAST ANDES) overnight Baeza, includes 3 meals

Day Thirteen - Birding at NEW! San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Paradise & Ollin (EASTERN SUBTROPICAL CLOUD FOREST) overnight Loretto, includes 3 meals

Day Fourteen - Birding Upper  Sumaco near Cosanga (SUBTROPICAL CLOUD FOREST) overnight Loretto, includes 3 meals

Day Fifteen - Birding the NEW San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary (AMAZON TROPICAL RAINFOREST) Macaws Boulevard & exterior trails of the reserve, overnight Loreto, 3 meals 

Day Sixteen - Birding the NEW San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary (AMAZON TROPICAL RAINFOREST) NEW 60 foot high bird observatory tower & forest trails, overnight Loreto, 3 meals

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

Day Eighteen - AM airport transfer

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MAGIC BIRDING CIRCUIT TOUR – 14 NIGHTS/15 DAYS

ECUADOR: ANDES HIGHLANDS, HIGHLAND RAINFOREST, DRY DESERT, CLOUD FOREST, UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST, SUBTROPICAL RAINFOREST. EAST & WEST ANDES  SLOPE, EASTERN SUBTROPICAL CLOUD FOREST, PARAMO, COCO CORRIDOR

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.


Pre-scheduled tour dates for 2019
January 15 - 29;
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

Pre-scheduled tour dates for 2020
January 15 - 29;
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




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; overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Three - Birding Yanacocha old road, Nono Tandayapa Road (HIGHLAND RAINFOREST/CLOUD FOREST), overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Four - Day at leisure birding on own at San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary, overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Five - Birding San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary (CLOUD FOREST), overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Six - Birding Milpe Road, afternoon San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve (UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST) overnight San Jorge/Milpe Cliff Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Seven - Birding San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve (UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST), overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Eight - Day of Leisure birding on own at San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve (UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST), overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Nine - Birding Rio Silanche (LOWLAND TROPICAL RAINFOREST), overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Ten - Old Colonial Quito City Tour, overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Eleven - Birding Antizana National Park - Andes Condor Reserve (PARAMO), overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Twelve - Birding Papallacta Pass, Velma Feeders, sub-specie Peruvian Cock of the Rock Cosanga (PARAMO & ANDES EAST SLOPE), overnight Baeza, includes 3 meals

Day Thirteen - Birding NEW San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Reserve (EASTERN SUBTROPICAL CLOUD FOREST), overnight Baeza, includes 3 meals

Day Fourteen - Birding San Jorge de Cosanga-Yanayuca Bird & Wildlife Reserve, road to Las Caucheras & Guacamayos trails (EASTERN SUBTROPICAL CLOUD FOREST), overnight San Jorge/Quito, includes 3 meals

Day Fifteen - AM airport transfer

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Magic Birding Circuit Tour - 11 Nights/12 Days

ANDES HIGHLAND, HIGHLAND RAINFOREST, DRY DESERT, CLOUD FOREST, UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST, SUBTROPICAL RAINFOREST. EAST & WEST ANDES SLOPE, PARAMO, COCO CORRIDOR

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.


Pre-scheduled tour dates for 2019
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


Pre-scheduled tour dates for 2020
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


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 (ANDES HIGHLANDS/DRY DESERT) overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Three - Yanacocha old road, Nono Tandayapa Road (HIGHLAND RAINFOREST/CLOUD FOREST) overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals 

Day Four - Birding San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary, Tandayapa Valley (CLOUD FOREST), overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa Lodge, 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 (UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST) overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Seven - Birding Rio Silanche (LOWLAND TROPICAL RAINFOREST) overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Eight - Birding Papallacta, Velma feeders, sub-specie Peruvian Cock of the Rock Lek Cosanga (PARAMO & EAST ANDES) overnight Baeza, includes 3 meals

Day Nine - Birding NEW San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Reserve (EASTERN SUBTROPICAL CLOUD FOREST) overnight Baeza, includes 3 meals

Day Ten - Birding San Jorge de Cosanga-Yanayuca Bird & Wildlife Reserve, road to Las Caucheras & Guacamayos trails (EASTERN SUBTROPICAL CLOUD FOREST) overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals 

Day Eleven - Birding Antizana National Park by vehicle - Andes Condor Reserve (PARAMO) overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Twelve - AM airport transfer


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Magic Birding Circuit 7 NIGHTS/8 DAYS

ANDES HIGHLANDS & VALLEYS, HIGHLAND RAINFOREST, DRY DESERT, CLOUD FOREST, UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST, SUBTROPICAL RAINFOREST, COCO CORRIDOR

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.


Pre-scheduled tour dates for 2019
January 22 - 29;
February 15 - 22;
March 1 - 8;
April 1 - 8;
May 1 - 8;
June 1 - 8;
July 1 - 8;
August 1 - 8;
September 1 - 8;
October 1 - 8;
December 1 - 8

Pre-scheduled tour dates for 2020
January 22 - 29;
February 15 - 22;
March 1 - 8;
April 1 - 8;
May 1 - 8;
June 1 - 8;
July 1 - 8;
August 1 - 8;
September 1 - 8;
October 1 - 8;
December 1 - 8

Day One - Evening Airport transfer to San Jorge Eco-Lodge; overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge

Day Two - Birding San Jorge Botanical Reserve/Quito, continue on to Jerusalem Dry Reserve (ANDES HIGHLANDS, DRY DESERT) overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Three - Yanacocha old road, Nono Tandayapa Road (HIGHLAND RAINFOREST/CLOUD FOREST) overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Four -  Birding San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary, Tandayapa Valley (CLOUD FOREST) overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Five -Birding Milpe Road (UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST) overnight San Jorge/Milpe Cliff Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Six - Birding San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve (UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST) overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Seven - Birding Rio Silanche (LOWLAND TROPICAL RAINFOREST) overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Eight - AM airport transfer

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Magic Birding Circuit 4 NIGHTS/5 DAYS

ANDES HIGHLANDS, CLOUD FOREST, UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST, WEST ANDES SLOPE, COCO CORRIDOR

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.

2019 Prescheduled Tour Dates
January 22 - 26;
February 16 - 20;
March 2 - 6;
April 2 - 6;
May 2 - 6;
June 2 - 6;
July 2 - 6;
August 2 - 6;
October 2 - 6;
December 2 - 6

2020 Prescheduled Tour Dates
January 22 - 26;
February 16 - 20;
March 2 - 6;
April 2 - 6;
May 2 - 6;
June 2 - 6;
July 2 - 6;
August 2 - 6;
October 2 - 6;
December 2 - 6


Day One - Evening airport to San Jorge Eco-Lodge (ANDES HIGHLANDS) overnight San Jorge de Quito Lodge

Day Two - Birding Yanacocha old road, Nono Tandayapa Road (HIGHLAND RAINFOREST/CLOUD FOREST), overnight San Jorge de Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Three - Birding San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary (CLOUD FOREST) overnight San Jorge de Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Four - Birding Milpe Road, overnight San Jorge de Milpe Cliff 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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Magic Birding Circuit Tour – 9N/10D

East Andes Slope, Upper & Lower Amazon regions

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


2019 Pre-scheduled tour dates
January 15 - February 3;
February 27 - March 6;
March 25 - April 3;
April 25 - May 4;
May 25 - June 3;
September 25 - October 4;
October 25 - November 3;
November 25 - December 4;

2020 Pre-scheduled tour dates
January 15 - February 3;
February 27 - March 6;
March 25 - April 3;
April 25 - May 4;
May 25 - June 3;
September 25 - October 4;
October 25 - November 3;
November 25 - December 4;



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

DAY 2
Birding Papallacta Pass & Cuyuja River (Paramo & Treeline Forest)
Hummingbird feeders, trails
Overnight Quijos. Includes: 3 meals
Target Birds: Torrent Duck, Crested Quetzal, Masked Flowerpiercer, Collared Inca, Long-tailed Sylph, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Tourmaline Sunangel

DAY 3
Birding Narupa Road & Hollin (Upper Amazon Basin)
Hummingbird feeders & trails
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 4
Birding Sumaco feeders & Napo Galeras roads (Upper & Lower Amazon Basin)
Overnight Loretto or Hollin, includes 3 meals

DAY 5
Birding NEW San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary (Lower Amazon Basin – Amazon Rainforest)
Road & forest trails at the reserve
Possible Harpy Eagle, Blue headed Parrot, Tawny bellied Owl, Dusky headed Parakeet, Wire tailed Manakin, Chestnut fronted Macaw
Overnight Loreto. Includes: 3 meals

DAY 6
Birding NEW - San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary (Lower Amazon Basin – Amazon Rainforest)
Forest trails at the reserve
Overnight Loreto. Includes: 3 meals

DAY 7
Limoncocha Ecological Reserve (Lower Amazon – Amazon Rainforest)
Birding by boat
Overnight Limoncocha. Includes: 3 meals

DAY 8
Napo River, Islands, Parrot Licks, Yusuni National Park Tower  (Lower Amazon Basin – Amazon Rainforest)
Birding by boat
Overnight Loreto, includes 3 meals


DAY 9
AM San Jorge de Cosanga-Yanayuca Bird & Wildlife Reserve (Eastern Andean Cloud Forest)
Birding at San Jorge de Cosanga-Yanayuca Bird & Wildlife Reserve & Guacamayos
Afternoon drive to Quito.  Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito, includes 3 meals

DAY 10
AM airport transfer


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Magic Birding Circuit Tour – 7N/8D

East Andes Slope, Upper & Lower Amazon regions

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


2019 Pre-scheduled tour dates
January 25 - February 1;
February 25 - March 4;
March 25 - April 1;
May 25 - June 1;
September 25 - October 2;
October 25- November 1;
November 25 - December 2;

2020 Pre-scheduled tour dates
January 25 - February 1;
February 25 - March 4;
March 25 - April 1;
May 25 - June 1;
September 25 - October 2;
October 25- November 1;
November 25 - December 2;



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

DAY 2
Birding Papallacta Pass, High Sumaco feeders, sub-species Peruvian Cock of the Rock Lek Cosanga (Paramo & Treeline Forest)
Hummingbird feeders, trails
Overnight Quijos. Includes: 3 meals
Target Birds: Torrent Duck, Crested Quetzal, Masked Flowerpiercer, Collared Inca, Long-tailed Sylph, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Tourmaline Sunangel

DAY 3
Birding Narupa Road & Hollin (Upper Amazon Basin)
Hummingbird feeders & trails
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 4
Birding Sumaco feeders & Napo Galeras roads (Upper & Lower Amazon Basin)
Overnight Loretto or Hollin, includes 3 meals

DAY 5 & 6 - Oct 10 & 11
Birding NEW San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary (Lower Amazon Basin – Amazon Rainforest)
Road & forest trails at the reserve
Possible Harpy Eagle, Blue headed Parrot, Tawny bellied Owl, Dusky headed Parakeet, Wire tailed Manakin, Chestnut fronted Macaw
Overnight Loreto. Includes: 3 meals

DAY 7
AM Birding San Jorge de Cosanga-Yanayuca Bird & Wildlife Reserve (Eastern Andean Cloud Forest)
Afternoon drive to San Jorge/Quito. Overnight San Jorge/Quito, includes 3 meals

DAY 8 - Oct 13
AM airport transfer


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Magic Birding Circuit Tour - 4N/5D
East Andes Slope, Upper & Lower Amazon regions

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



2019 Prescheduled Tour Dates
January 25 - 29;
February 25 - March 1;
March 25 - 29;
April 25 - 29;
May 25 - 29;
September 25 - 29;
October 25 - 29;
November 25 - 29;


2020 Prescheduled Tour Dates
January 25 - 29;
February 25 - March 1;
March 25 - 29;
April 25 - 29;
May 25 - 29;
September 25 - 29;
October 25 - 29;
November 25 - 29;


Day One
Evening airport to San Jorge Eco-Lodge; overnight San Jorge de Quito Lodge, no meals included

Day Two
Birding Papallacta Pass, sub specie Peruvian Cock of the Rock Lek (Paramo & Treeline Forest)

Hummingbird feeders, trails
Overnight Quijos. Includes: 3 meals
Target Birds: Torrent Duck, Crested Quetzal, Masked Flowerpiercer, Collared Inca, Long-tailed Sylph, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Tourmaline Sunangel

Day Three
Birding Narupa Road, Hollin, Sumaco (Upper Amazon region)

overnight San Jorge de Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals
Hummingbird feeders & trails
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 Four
Birding NEW San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary (Lower Amazon region – Amazon Rainforest)

Road & forest trails at the reserve
Possible Harpy Eagle, Blue headed Parrot, Tawny bellied Owl, Dusky headed Parakeet, Wire tailed Manakin, Chestnut fronted Macaw
Overnight Loreto. Includes: 3 meals

Day Five
AM airport transfer to Coca Airport. Fly Coca to Quito Airport on own. (air ticket not included; recommend Noon departure). End of services

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MAGIC BIRDING CIRCUIT PHOTO TOUR – 9N/10D

UPPER ANDEAN FOREST, DRY DESERT, HIGHLAND CLOUD FOREST, WESTERN CLOUD FOREST, WESTERN UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST, COCO CORRIDOR

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

2018 Pre-scheduled tour dates

2019 Pre-scheduled tour dates
January 10 – 19;
February 10 – 19;
March 10 – 19;
April 10 - 19;
May 10 - 19;
October 10 – 19;
November 10 – 19;
December 3 - 12;



DAY 1
Evening Airport Transfer to San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito – 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 & Jerusalem Dry Reserve - Upper Andean Forest & Dry Desert
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 & 5
San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary - Western Andean Cloud Forest
Photography at Hummingbird and tanager feeders, pristine trails, bird huts, gardens, ponds, steams, wild orchids, 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 Tandayapa Eco-Lodge. Includes: 3 meals per day

DAY 6
Amaguza Reserve:  Photograph endemic birds at feeders not found in Tandayapa or Milpe – feeders, trails. Choco’. 
Overnight San Jorge Tandayapa Eco-Lodge.  Includes: 3 meals

DAY 7
Photography at San Tadeo feeders & San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve - feeders - Western Andean Cloud Forest & Upper Tropical Rainforest
Overnight San Jorge/Milpe Cliff Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals

DAY 8
San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve - Western Upper Tropical Rainforest
Photography at 60 foot tall spacious observation tower overlooking the canopy.
Hummingbird feeders, tanager feeders, toucan feeders, trail walking, wild orchids, butterflies, rare insects.
Tyras, wolly opossums and agutis at feeders
Overnight San Jorge Lodge Milpe Forest Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals

DAY 9
Birds & photography
AM Photography at Mindo Andes Cock of the Rock Lek – close up shots – Western Andean Cloud Forest
Return transfer to San Jorge/Quito; afternoon at leisure on own; overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals

DAY 10
AM airport transfer


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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)

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

4 DIFFERENT SAN JORGE LODGES + 7 SAN JORGE PRIVATE BIRD RESERVES
~ VISIT UP TO 14 DIFFERENT ECO-SYSTEMS ~

ECUADOR: UPPER ANDEAN FOREST, DRY DESERT, PARAMO, EASTERN & WESTERN CLOUD FORESTS, WESTERN UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST, WESTERN LOWER TROPICAL FOREST, EAST & WEST ANDES SLOPES, EASTERN SUBTROPICAL CLOUD FORESTS, AMAZON TROPICAL RAINFOREST, COCO CORRIDOR

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 2018

Pre-scheduled tour dates for 2019
January 10-28;
March 10-28;
April 10-28;
May 10-28;
September 10 - 28;
October 10 - 28;
November 10 - 28


DAY 1
Evening Airport Transfer to San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito located in the Pinchincha foothills – 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 & Jerusalem Dry Reserve (Andes Highlands/Dry Reserve)
Photography at hummingbird feeders, NEW photographers 360 hide; trail walking
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito. Includes: 3 meals

DAY 3
Bird photo tour at Yanacocha Reserve (Highland Cloud Forest)
Photography at hummingbird feeders, trail walking
Overnight San Jorge Eco- Lodge/Quito.  Includes: 3 meals

DAY 4 & 5
San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary (Western Andean Cloud Forest)
Photography at Hummingbird & tanager feeders, pristine trail walking, bird huts, gardens, ponds, steams, wild orchids, butterflies, rare insects, NEW Canopy Islands Bird & Wildlife Photo Observation Center
Olinguito, Kinkajous, endemic squirrels at feeders.

DAY 6
Photography at Amaguza Reserve -
Photograph endemic birds at feeders not found in Tandayapa or Milpe – feeders, trails.  Choco’.  Overnight San Jorge Tandayapa Eco-Lodge.  Includes 3 meals (boxed lunch)

DAY 7
Photography at San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve (Western Upper Tropical Rainforest)
Hummingbird, tanager and toucon feeders, wild orchids, butterflies, rare insects, gardens, waterfalls, rivers, surroundings of Cliff Lodge, observation decks, trail walking
Overnight San Jorge/Milpe Cliff Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals

DAY 8
Photography at San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve (Western Upper Tropical Rainforest)
Photography at hummingbird, tanager and toucan feeders, gardens; trail walking; 60 foot tall spacious observation tower overlooking the canopy.
Overnight San Jorge Milpe Forest Eco-Lodge, Include 3 meals

DAY 9
Birds & photography
AM Visit Mindo Cock of the Rock Lek, close up photography.  Continue on to San Tadeo feeders for additional birds & Hummingbirds. (Western Andean Cloud Forest).  Overnight San Jorge/Quito Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals Trail walking & feeders

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

DAY 11
Bird photo tour at Papallacta Pass, Velma feeders, Peruvian sub-specie Cock of the Rock Lek at Cosanga (Paramo & East Andes)
Photography trail walking & feeders
Overnight Baeza. Includes: 3 meals

DAY 12
Bird photography San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Paradise (Eastern Subtropical Cloud Forest)
Trail walking & feeders.  Overnight Loreto. Includes: 3 meals  

DAY 13
Photography at Upper Sumaco (Subtropical Cloud Forest)
Road walking. Overnight Loretto, includes 3 meals 

Day 14
Photography at San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary (Amazonian Tropical Rainforest)
Macaws Boulevard & exterior trails at the reserve

DAY 15
San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary (Amazonian Tropical Rainforest)
Forest trail photography at the reserve; 60 foot high NEW Tower overlooking canopy, feeders, rivers, streams
Overnight Loreto. Includes: 3 meals

Day 16
Photography at Limoncocha Ecological Reserve (Amazon basin)
Photography by boat
Overnight lodging near Yusuni NP, Includes: 3 meals

Day 17
Napo River, Islands & Parrot Licks at Yasuni National Park (Amazon basin)
Photography by boat
Overnight Amazon, includes 3 meals

Day 18
Early am stop at San Jorge de Cosanga-Yanayuca Bird & Wildlife Reserve, road to Las Caucheras & Guacamayos trails (EASTERN SUBTROPICAL CLOUD FOREST), return drive back to Quito, overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals

DAY 19 - AM airport transfer


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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)

MAGIC BIRDING CIRCUIT PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR
ITINERARY: 25 Nights/26 Days

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

2018 PRE-SCHEDULED TOUR DATES


2019 PRE-SCHEDULED TOUR DATES
FEBRUARY 3 - 28;
MARCH 3 - 28;
APRIL 3 - 28;
MAY 3 - 28;
SEPTEMBER 3 - 28
OCTOBER 3-28;
NOVEMBER 3 - 28

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 (Andes Highlands/Dry Reserve) 
Photography at hummingbird feeders, tanager feeders and trail walking
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito. Includes: 3 meals

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

DAY 4
Nono Tandayapa Road & Cock of the Rock Lek,  
Overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals

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

DAY 7
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 Tandayapa, includes 3 meals

DAY 8
Birds & photography 
Early AM Visit Mindo Cock of the Rock Lek.  Continue on to San Tadeo feeders to photograph additional birds & Hummingbirds. (Western Andean Cloud Forest)  
Overnight San Jorge/Milpe Cliff Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals

DAY 9
Photography Milpe Road, overnight San Jorge/Milpe Cliff Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals

DAY 10
Photography at San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve (Western Upper Tropical Rainforest)
Spacious 60 foot high tower overlooking the canopy, hummingbird feeders, tanager feeders & toucan feeders.  Overnight San Jorge Milpe Forest Lodge, Include 3 meals

DAY 11
San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve (Western Upper Tropical Rainforest) 
Photography at Reserve forest trails.  Overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals

DAY 12 
AM Bird photography at Rio Silanche Tower,  then transfer to Pacific Coastal lowlands
Overnight Jama/Cojimies, includes 3 meals

DAY 13
Early AM photography by boat to El Toro Mangroves 
Visit bird nesting trees
Overnight Jama/Cojimies, includes 3 meals 

DAY 14
Dry Forest Photography - San Jorge de Estero Hondo Reserve (Pacific Coast Lowlands)
Overnight Jama/Cojimies, includes 3 meals

DAY 15
Early AM photography at Shrimp Pool, breakfast, then Transfer to Rio Silanche for bird photography (Western Lower Tropical Forest)
Overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals

DAY 16
After breakfast, transfer to San Jorge/Quito, day of leisure on own, overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito, includes 3 meals

DAY 17
Bird photo tour at Antisana National Park -  Andean Condor Reservation by vehicle (Paramo) 
Photography in the ecological national park; hummingbird feeders; gorgeous vistas
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito. Includes: 3 meals 

DAY 18
Bird photo tour at Papallacta Pass, Velma feeders,  sub-specie Peruvian Cock of the Rock Lek  Cosanga (Paramo, East Andes)
Photography at feeders, trails
Overnight Baeza. Includes: 3 meals 

DAY 19
Bird photo tour San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Paradise (Eastern Subtropical Cloud Forest)
Photography at hummingbird feeders & trails
Overnight Loreto. Includes: 3 meals 

DAY 20
Photography at Upper Sumaco (Eastern Subtropical Rainforest)
Overnight Loretto, includes 3 meals

DAY 21
Photography at San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary (Amazonian Tropical Rainforest)
Macaws Boulevard & exterior trails of the reserve
Overnight Loreto. Includes: 3 meals

DAY 22
San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary (Amazonian Tropical Rainforest)
Trail photography at the reserve, NEW 60 foot high Observatory Tower overlooking the canopy, rivers, streams (optional afternoon swim)
Possible Harpy Eagle, Blue headed Parrot, Tawny bellied Owl, Dusky headed Parakeet, Wire tailed Manakin, Chestnut fronted Macaw
Overnight Loreto. Includes: 3 meals

DAY 23
Photography at Limoncocha Ecological Reserve (Amazon basin)
Photography by boat
Overnight Amazon. Includes: 3 meals 

DAY 24

Napo River, Islands & Yasuni Parrot Licks (Amazon basin)
Photography by boat
Overnight Loreto, includes 3 meals

DAY 25
early am stop at San Jorge de Cosanga-Yanayuca Bird & Wildlife Reserve (Eastern Subtropical Cloud Forest) return drive to Quito.
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito, includes 3 meals


DAY 26  - AM airport transfer

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MAGIC BIRDING CIRCUIT PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR – 4N/5D

EAST ANDES SLOPE, UPPER & LOWER AMAZON REGIONS

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

2018 Pre-scheduled tour dates

2019 Pre-scheduled tour dates
January 19 – 23;
February 19 – 23;
March 19 – 23;
April 19 – 23;
May 19 – 23;
September 19 – 23;
October 19 – 23;
November 19 – 23;

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 Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito, overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge/Quito

DAY 2
Bird photography at Papallacta, Velma feeders, Peruvian sub-specie Cock of the Rock Cosanga (Paramo & East Andes)
Photography at hummingbird feeders, trails
Overnight Baeza. Includes: 3 meals

DAY 3
Photography at NEW San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Paradise (Eastern Subtropical Cloud Forest)
Photography at hummingbird feeders & trails
Overnight Loreto. Includes: 3 meals

DAY 4
Photography at NEW San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary (Amazon Tropical Rainforest)
Macaws Boulevard, feeders, trail photography at the reserve; 60 foot high NEW Photo Tower overlooking canopy, 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

DAY 5
AM airport transfer to Coca Airport.  Fly Coca to Quito Airport on own. (air ticket not included; recommend Noon departure).  End of services

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MAGIC BIRDING CIRCUIT PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR – 9N/10D

EAST ANDES SLOPE, SUBTROPICAL CLOUD FOREST, PARAMO, AMAZON TROPICAL RAINFOREST, AMAZON BASIN

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

2018 Pre-scheduled tour dates

2019 Pre-scheduled tour dates
January 19 - 28;
February 19 - 28;
March 19 - 28;
April 19 - 28;
May 19 - 28;
September 19 - 28;
October 19 - 28;
November 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 to San Jorge
Overnight: San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito, no meals included

DAY 2
Bird photography at Papallacta Pass, Velma feeders, sub-specie Peruvian Cock of the Rock Lek Cosanga  (Paramo, East Andes) 
Photography at hummingbird feeders, trails
Overnight Baeza. Includes: 3 meals 

DAY 3
Bird photography San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Paradise (Eastern Subtropical Cloud Forest)
Photography at hummingbird feeders & trails
Overnight Loreto. Includes: 3 meals 

DAY 4
Photography at Upper Sumaco (Eastern Subtropical Cloud Forest)
Overnight Loretto, includes 3 meals

DAY 5
Photography at San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary (Amazon Tropical Rainforest)
Macaws Boulevard & exterior trails at the reserve
Overnight Loreto. Includes: 3 meals

DAY 6
Photography San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary (Amazon Tropical Rainforest)
Forest trail photography at the reserve; 60 foot high NEW Tower overlooking canopy, feeders, rivers, streams
Overnight Loreto. Includes: 3 meals

DAY 7
Photography at Limoncocha Ecological Reserve (Amazon basin)
Photography by boat
Overnight near Yasuni NP. Includes: 3 meals

DAY 8
Napo River, Islands & Yasuni National Park Parrot Licks (Amazon basin)
Photography by boat
Overnight Loreto, includes 3 meals

DAY 9
Early AM stop at San Jorge de Cosanga-Yanayuca Bird & Wildlife Reserve (Eastern Subtropical Cloud Forest ) road to Las Caucheras
Return drive to Quito.  Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito, includes 3 meals

DAY 10
AM airport transfer


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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)

MAGIC BIRDING CIRCUIT PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR
ITINERARY: 7 Nights/8 Days


ECUADOR: EAST ANDES SLOPE, PARAMO, EASTERN SUBTROPICAL COULD FOREST, AMAZON TROPICAL 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

2018 Pre-scheduled tour dates

2019 Pre-scheduled tour dates
February 19 – 26;
March 19 – 26;
April 19 – 26;
May 19 – 26;
September 19 – 26;
October 19 – 26;
November 19 – 26;



DAY 1
Evening Airport Transfer to San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito.                    
Overnight: San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito, no meals included

DAY 2
Bird Photography Papallacta Pass, Velma feeders, sub-species Peruvian Cock of the Rock Lek Cosanga (Paramo & East Slope)
hummingbird feeders, trails
Overnight Baeza. Includes: 3 meals 

DAY 3
Bird Photography at NEW San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Paradise (Eastern Subtropical Cloud Forest) 
hummingbird feeders & trails
Overnight Loreto. Includes: 3 meals 

DAY 4
Bird Photography Upper Sumaco (Eastern Subtropical Cloud Forest)                                    
Overnight Loreto. Includes: 3 meals 

DAYS 5 & 6
Bird Photography at NEW San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary (Amazon Tropical Rainforest)
Macaws Boulevard, feeders, trail photography; 60 foot high NEW Photo Observation Tower overlooking canopy, rivers, streams.
Overnight Loreto. Includes: 3 meals per day 

DAY 7
E
arly am stop Bird Photography San Jorge de Cosanga-Yanayuca Bird & Wildlife Reserve (Eastern Subtropical Cloud Forest)
Return drive to Quito, overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge/Quito.   Includes: 3 meals 

DAY 8
AM airport transfer


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Galapagos Islands, Amazon Jungle & San Jorge Hummingbird Photography Tour
October 28 – November 11, 2019 – 14 Nights/15 Days

Unbelievable two week tour starting off with the very best of the Galapagos including giant tortoises, tropicbirds, nesting frigatebirds, boobies, penguins, crabs, iguanas and snorkelling with playful sea lions and turtles on board our luxury private cruise ship. Next, a canoe trip into the Amazon to the renowned Sacha Lodge to photograph monkeys, toucans, macaw parrots, frogs, caimans and more. We then finish with two exclusive lodges overlooking the primary cloud-forest of the Andes, buzzing with dozens of hummingbird species and other wildlife. Improve your photography with professional help and the best local naturalist guides on this unforgettable experience!

Cost:  $12,495 USD per guest (max 12), twin share, 2 weeks. 
Includes all meals, accommodation, domestic flights, transfers & tips. Hosts: Jonathan Ives & Kate Carragher

Jess Bray Tour Leader & Operations Manager

e Jess@ChrisBrayPhotography.com
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Tour Highlights:

Galapagos Islands, Amazon Jungle & San Jorge Hummingbird  Tour Highlights:
- The giants of the Galapagos - the ancient tortoises - migrating up to the highlands to breed.
- 5 nights onboard our super-luxury, private cruise ship, the Galapagos Odyssey, complete with Jacuzzi and decks of sunbeds.
- 3 nights in the luxurious Sacha lodge, nestled in the Amazon rainforest.
- Canoe trips into the world-famous Amazon Basin - photographing monkeys, caimans and parrots (even macaws) coming down to a clay-lick!
- Snorkeling with playful sea lions and huge sea turtles.
- Walk among huge, courting Albatross, colourful marine iguanas and boobies on Española Island
- Photograph dozens of species of hummingbirds in flight around your lodge in the Andes Cloud Forest.
- Night walks in the Amazon rainforest to photograph frogs, tarantulas and giant insects.
- Walking above the Amazon rainforest canopy looking for toucans, sloths and more, on a towering sky-bridge.
- Photographing blue-footed boobies and nesting frigatebirds, puffing out their brilliant red throat pouches.
- Photographing Hummingbirds at San Jorge’s Cloud Forest & upper tropical rainforest private reserves

Itinerary

Day 1  - Arrival in Quito
Our Galapagos, Amazon and Hummingbird tour starts in the evening when we meet at the Le Parc Hotel in Quito for welcome drinks (on us) and a quick photography crash course. We’ll eat together at the hotel restaurant, enjoying some fine Ecuadorian cuisine before retiring in preparation for tomorrow’s Galapagos adventure to begin. Don’t forget to set your camera batteries on charge and format your memory cards!

Day 2 - Quito to San Cristóbal:
After buffet breakfast at the hotel, we’ll be transferred to Quito airport in Ecuador where we’ll board our flight to Galapagos - landing at San Cristobal - the point of entry into the amazing Galapagos Archipelago! We’ll be welcomed on board our luxurious motor vessel for the week, the ‘Galapagos Odyssey’, for a delicious lunch and once we have made ourselves at home, we’ll head out to Junco Lake on San Cristobal. Here we’ll spot Darwin’s finches and other endemic fauna like the San Cristobal Mockingbird and Yellow Warblers as we wander a wooded trail, and hopefully have the opportunity to photograph frigate birds as they drink from the lake on the wing! We’ll help you set up a ‘Bird Mode’ on your custom settings so you can capture these magnificent birds in flight. With full memory cards we’ll head back to our luxury ship for welcome drinks and an amazing dinner before our captain motors through the night so we awake at our next location!

Day 3 - Española Island:
Today we’ll explore Española Island, considered one of the oldest islands in the Galapagos Archipelago. Hopping into our zodiaks, we’ll disembark at Punta Suarez, a rocky part of the island known for being one of the most impressive and varied colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos. With marine iguanas sneezing out salt, and baby sealions playing on the sand, there is so much to photograph! Making our way along the tracks, we will photograph the masked and blue-footed boobies, Galapagos doves, red-billed tropicbirds, mocking birds, swallowed-tailed gulls and most important, the critically endangered waved albatross as they greet their life partners with incredible courtship displays. This island also has its own species of animals such as the Española mockingbird, which has a longer and more curved beak than the one of the central islands and the Española lava lizard. High cliffs rise from the sea giving us spectacular views of soaring sea birds in flight, and the impressive blow hole.

Welcomed back on board with freshly cooked snacks by our on board chef, we’ll have some time to download our shots before another amazing three course lunch on board. Our snorkel this afternoon is from the zodiak, in a cove where we can swim and play with sealions! Make sure you bring your GoPro or underwater camera! After a warming hot chocolate back on board, we’ll head to Gardener Bay, a beautiful white beach where we can get up close and personal with even more sealions as they play on the clean white sand.

Day 4 - Floreana Island:
Our day begins with an early buffet breakie before hopping in the zodiaks and landing on shore at Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island, an island formed by volcanic eruption. This location is known for its Flamingo Lagoon, one of the largest and best in the Galapagos Islands. The lagoon is also home to various species of shorebirds such as stilts, white-checked pintail ducks and a variety of migratory birds. Keep an eye out for blue footed boobies too! The ‘Green Beach’ is also extraordinary, coloured by its large percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, a contrast from ‘Flour Sand Beach’ which is made up of coral fragments. After snacks back on board, we’ll suit up for another snorkel, this time around a small volcanic island before warming back up in our hot tub on the top deck and then drying off for another gourmet lunch. This afternoon we’ll explore the highlands of Floreana, spotting the medium tree finch and photographing the black beach before another amazing snorkelling experience, this time up close and personal with graceful sea turtles at Post Office Bay. As the sun starts to set, we’ll hop back in the zodiaks and try to spot the Galapagos penguin as it returns home for the evening. We’ll then do the same, relaxing with drinks and a 3 course dinner on board Galapagos Odyssey’s expansive outdoor entertaining area.

Day 5 - Santa Fe:
Onwards to Santa Fe, a mostly flat island due to its formation by uplift rather than volcanic eruption and possibly the oldest island in the Archipelago. It’s also home to a number of endemic species including the Galapagos Hawk and the two species of land iguana found in the Galapagos. We’ll disembark on the island and get the chance to photograph one of the many sea lion colonies present and the land iguanas, before hopping into kayaks to play with sea lions just off the beach. After another incredible 3 course lunch we’ll explore Plazas, located to the east of Santa Cruz Island and forming part of the two-island group known as Islas Plazas.

Despite its small size, Plazas is home to some of the most outstanding species of the region. The many land iguanas here are smaller than their relatives found elsewhere and several hybrids can also be found - a cross between a male marine iguana and a female land iguana. Frigate birds, Brown Pelicans, Tropicbirds and Shearwaters nest in the cliffs and always provide great photo opportunities as they soar along the cliffs.

Day 6 - North Seymour:
Today we get the chance to discover the magic of two amazing islands – North Seymour Island and Santa Cruz Island. North Seymour is another uplifted island, which is again flatter than the volcanic islands around, and is known for its large nesting populations of Frigatebirds. The magnificent Frigatebird is known as the ‘pirate of the skies’ because of its famous technique of harassing other birds returning from a day’s fishing until they drop their catch in mid-air, whereupon the frigatebird skilfully swoops in and grabs the free meal before it even hits the water! Some will be flying right close to us putting on aerobic displays (which will be a photographic challenge!), and others will be collecting sticks for their nests. The real beauty of these birds is captured when the males puff out their brilliant red throat pouches to impress potential mates. They’ll be nesting there right in front of us, rattling their bills, and posing for the perfect shot! The island is also home to nesting Blue-footed boobies, so watch where you walk - they are likely standing right next to you! Before lunch we’ll suit up for one final snorkel along the cliff that plunges deep into the water, spotting turtles and (if we’re lucky) maybe even reef sharks! Later this afternoon we’ll venture inland to a national park famous for its giant tortoises, photographing them in the warm afternoon lighting before exploring lava tunnels and two incredible sink holes. We’ll celebrate with a final gournet dinner tonight, toasting what has been an amazing time in the Galapagos islands!

Day 7 - Galapagos - Quito:
After one last buffet breakfast, we have the opportunity to hop ashore one final time to photograph inquisitive sealions, marine iguanas, Galapagos doves and whatever else we can spot on the small island known as Mosquera before we farewell ‘Galapagos Odyssey’ and its amazing crew, our home away from home for the past 5 nights.
Once back at Baltra Airport it’s time for a change of address! We’ll begin our journey back to the mainland to experience the second half of the tour! Our 2-hour flight will land in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, where our private bus will transport us to our charming accommodation at the San Jorge Eco-Lodge. Here we will try and capture our first hummingbird in flight photos as they flitter around, buzzing from feeder to feeder. Try not to get too carried away with the amazing birdlife, as this is only a rest-stop - tomorrow we’ll be heading to the incredible Amazon Basin! Dinner will be served at the lodge’s Ecuadorian restaurant, ‘El Cucayco’, overlooking the Quito valley.

Day 8 - Amazon:
After a 30 min flight over the Andes Mountains to Coca, we’ll be landing in the world-famous Amazon Basin - the place of legends and a location on every photographer’s (and adventurer’s) bucket-list. The lodge staff will meet us at the airport, and after a quick bite to eat in Coca, we’ll climb aboard our private motorised canoe to ride 2 hours through the mighty Amazon to the world-renowned Sacha Eco-Lodge. Keep your cameras handy as it’s possible to spot any number of bird species including terns, plovers, blackbirds, swallows, martins and herons once we’ve stopped. After a 30 min walk through the rainforest to Lake Pilchicocha (keep an eye out for monkeys and birds on the way), more staff will meet us and paddle us across to Sacha Lodge. This afternoon our guides will take us on a private canoe tour around the lake, spotting an amazing variety of colourful birds, before we make our way to the restaurant and watch the sunset over the water, pinching ourselves when we realise that tomorrow we’ll be exploring the Amazon rainforest!

Day 9 - Amazon:
You’ll come to realise that most of the activity in the Amazon happens early in the morning or later in the afternoon. Between the hours of 11am and 3pm is known as “dead time” where animal activity and sightings dwindle as do our comfort levels in the hot and humid climate. Consequently, we’ll begin our days here early to make the most of them! After an early buffet breakfast we’ll be heading for the 36m high and 275m long suspended ‘Canopy walkway’ for spectacular views of the rainforest and to spot the many different bird species. When the day heats up we’ll return to the lodge for a refreshing dip in the lake, or a relaxing nap in your personal hammock on your private balcony. The afternoon will see us head out on a silent canoe ride through the flooded Amazonia forest, where we’ll have a good chance of seeing squirrel, capuchin and howler monkeys - all the while keeping our eyes peeled for the shy and elusive river otter and the very well camouflaged three-toed sloth! After our canoe ride we’ll arrive at Sacha’s 135-foot wooden tower built around an ancient Kapok tree which we can climb and watch the sunset with an amazing view of the volcano, Mount Sumaco, and off to the distant snow covered peaks of the Andes! Leaving the tower after sunset, we’ll hop back in our canoes and slip silently back through the flooded forest at night, surrounded by the sounds of frogs, bats and other night-life - an unforgettable experience in itself - arriving back at the lodge in time for dinner. After dinner we’ll hop back into the canoes for a night paddle around the lake, spotting caiman with our head torches. Keep an eye out for that characteristic eyeshine!

Day 11 - Amazon - Quito:
You guessed it, another early departure this morning as we head back to our canoes for the two-hour ride back to the airport for our flight back to Quito. Once arrived, we’ll board our private transfer to another San Jorge Eco-Lodge, this time the De Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary, for the next part of the tour (and our personal favourite) - Hummingbirds in the cloud forests of the Andes! Arriving late in the afternoon, we’ll enjoy welcome drinks and authentic Ecuadorian quisine before charging our cameras in preparation for hummingbirds in the morning!

Day 10: Amazon
Another early start today for a full-day trip. A short canoe trip down the Napo River takes us to a Parrot lick - an exposed clay riverbank where brightly coloured parrots of several different species gather in the early morning. In ideal conditions (dry & sunny) hundreds of parrots will perch and eat the exposed clay in a spectacular show of sound and colour. Once done there, we'll head inland for a short walk to an inland clay lick where the huge Macaw parrots like to visit! We'll head back to the lodge in time for our last dinner in the Amazon rainforest.

Day 12 - Hummingbirds:
The San Jorge De Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary is a 150-acre property on the edge of the pristine cloud forest in the foothills of the mighty Andes mountain range. This property boasts the world record for the most hummingbird species recorded in one year (43 species!)! There are a number of well-kept walking trails that snake along the side of the Tandayapa Valley through the ancient forest, and we’ll be guided by local naturalists to help us spot and identify the different bird species as well as other flora and fauna. For the less adventurous in the group, you’re welcome to stay at the open-air Hummingbird Restaurant that is surrounded by super active hummingbird and tanager feeders. This spot provides superb photography opportunities to catch the hummingbirds hovering at the feeders (just out of shot), or sitting on a branch with their iridescent feathers reflecting in the sunshine and we’ll all fill some memory cards here for sure! It’s just magical and you won’t want to leave, I assure you. Leave we must though, as it just gets better. After lunch at the restaurant, we drive onwards to the San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve in the Upper Tropical Rainforest, where we’ll be basing ourselves for the next two nights. After arriving late in the afternoon some of you may want to relax and unwind in your spacious bamboo suite, with two hammocks on the balcony commanding magnificent views over the pristine rainforest Milpe is known for. For those of you who can’t get enough of photographing the beautifully bright birds, you can make your way to the main dining area - a three-story bamboo complex with a classy restaurant on the first floor, bar on the second and a 50ft observation deck above the treetops on the third. From here you’ll be able to set yourself up and photograph a huge variety of birds that might include parakeets, toucans, woodpeckers, barbets & tanegers. After dinner tonight we’ll be taken on a guided night walk to see if we can spot the Crested or Mottled Owl, and hopefully some of the amazing nocturnal mammals that frequent the area like the Tayra.

Day 13 - Hummingbirds:
San Jorge de Milpe Reserve has over 450 species of birds, as well as wild orchids, butterflies, moths, plants, reptiles and mammals - the photographic opportunities here are endless. So you’ll be so pleased to know we’ve planned to stay a full day here. After breakfast and photographing hummingbirds hovering around flowers and feeders for the perfect shot, we’ll be taken on a walk through the rainforest. Don’t forget your macro and wide-angle lens for this walk! The rainforest is simply stunning, sprouting lush green ferns, mosses, intricately patterned orchids and towering old trees. Depending how many things we photograph on the way, we may even make it to one of the 11 waterfalls on the reserve. While our chances are probably negligible, the guide has had an amazing experience with a black panther (black puma) here, so always keep looking. We’ll have lunch overlooking an incredible valley vista before another afternoon walk through the forest. Keep an eye out for elusive toucans! Again, for the less adventurous in the group there’s always plenty of activity at the bird feeders in the restaurant where you’ll be welcome all day, or feel free to wander the local jungle paths yourself.

Day 14 - Hummingbirds:
Ok guys, you deserve a bit of a break, so we’ll let you sleep in for a leisurely start. Enjoy the tranquillity of the rainforest this morning, sit by the bird feeders outside the restaurant one last time, or revisit one of the walks we did yesterday. We won’t be leaving Milpe until after lunch so you can be as active or as sloth-like as you wish! We’ll be transiting back to the San Jorge Eco-Lodge and Botanical Reserve in the outskirts of Quito tonight where we’ll have one last celebratory dinner to celebrate all the remarkable things we have seen, from giant tortoises in the Galapagos Islands, the amazing Amazon jungle and just this morning, Hummingbirds in the cloud forest of the Andes. It’s been an absolutely amazing program, and I bet you’ll have to keep looking back at the photos again and again to prove to yourself that it was real!

Day 15 - Quito:
That’s it folks! After a final breakfast this morning, today we’ll be offering transfers to Quito Airport, from where you can jet back to the reality of your busy lives back home, attend to that flood of emails building up in our inbox and get ready to return to work. Make sure to print some of your best shots for your wall so you can remember, forever, two of the most exciting weeks of your life!!!

Link to website: 
http://www.chrisbrayphotography.com/tours/galapagos_amazon_hummingbirds.php

Chris Bray Photography offers photography tours around the world and have just developed an eco-lodge on Christmas Island, Australia.  Nestled in the jungle in the Christmas Island National Park, surrounded by wildlife and overlooking the ever-changing ocean, Swell Lodge is a single, glass-fronted, solar-powered, luxury eco-chalet offering all-inclusive stays with daily guided activities and even a private chef. Swell Lodge is like nothing else on Earth, and with currently only one eco-chalet on this whole wild coastline, it's the world's most exclusive eco-lodge and the ultimate escape.

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THE MAGIC CIRCUIT HUMMINGBIRD TOUR
7 NIGHTS/8 DAYS

2019 Prescheduled tours:
January 10 - 17;
February 10 - 17;
March 10 - 17;
April 10 - 17;
October 10 - 17;
December 10 - 17


2020 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

2019 Prescheduled tours:
January 10 - 14;
February 10 - 14;
March 10 - 14;
April 10 - 14;
October 10 - 14;
December 10 - 14


2020 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

14 NIGHTS/15 DAYS – MAGIC BIRDING CIRCUIT SENIOR PRE-SCHEDULED TOUR

EAST & WEST ANDES SLOPE/AMAZON SLOPE

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.

The Magic Birding Circuit Senior Tours are all-inclusive, including airport transfers, lodging (rooms with easy accessibility), meals, ½ day guided 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.

 

PRE-SCHEDULED TOUR DATES 2018


PRE-SCHEDULED TOUR DATES 2019
January 11 - 25,
February 11 - 25,
March 11 - 25,
April 11 - 25,
May 11 - 25,
June 11 - 25,
July 11 - 25,
August 11 - 25,
September 11 - 25,
October 11 - 25,
 December 11 - 25


Itinerary
Day One - Evening Airport transfer from Quito Airport to San Jorge Eco-Lodge/Quito; overnight San Jorge/Quito Eco-Lodge, no meals included

Day Two - Day of leisure on own at San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve, overnight San Jorge/Quito, includes 3 meals

Day Three - Morning guided birding at San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito gardens & feeders (ANDES HIGHLANDS); overnight San Jorge/Quito Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Four - Morning guided birding world famous Nono-Mindo Road (HIGHLAND RAINFOREST/CLOUD FOREST) continue on to San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary, overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Five -Morning guided birding San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary gardens, feeders, easier trails surrounding the lodge & NEW Canopy Islands Bird Observation Center (CLOUD FOREST) overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Six -Morning guided birding at Amaguza Reserve:  Observe endemic birds at feeders not found in Tandayapa or Milpe – feeders & bird walk; overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals

Days Seven & Eight - Morning guided birding at San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve (UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST) gardens, feeders and easier trails surrounding the lodge.  Overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Lodge, includes 3 meals per day

Day Nine - AM 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. afternoon at leisure San Jorge/Milpe, overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Ten - Morning guided San Tadeo feeders; overnight San Jorge/Quito Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Eleven - 1/2 day guided birding Antizana National Park by vehicle - Andes Condor Reserve (PARAMO), overnight San Jorge/Quito Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Twelve - Morning guided birding Papallacta Pass & Papallacta Lake (PARAMO/EAST ANDES), overnight Baeza, includes 3 meals

Day Thirteen- Morning guided sub-specie Peruvian Cock of the Rock Lek Cosanga & Velma feeders, overnight Baeza, includes 3 meals

Day Fourteen - Morning guided birding San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Paradise (EASTERN SUBTROPICAL CLOUD FOREST), overnight San Jorge/Quito Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Fifteen - 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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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 2019
January 12 - 19,
February 12 - 19,
March 12 - 19,
April 12 - 19,
May 12 - 19,
June 12 - 19,
July 12 - 19,
August 7 - 14,
September 12 - 19,
October 18 - 25,
 December 12 - 19


PRE-SCHEDULED TOUR DATES 2020
January 12 - 19,
February 12 - 19,
March 12 - 19,
April 12 - 19,
May 12 - 19,
June 12 - 19,
July 12 - 19,
August 7 - 14,
September 12 - 19,
October 18 - 25,
 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  

Request Pricing Information

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.

4 nights/5 days

PRE-SCHEDULED TOUR DATES 2019
January 12 - 16,
February 12 - 16,
March 12 - 16,
April 12 - 16,
May 12 - 16,
June 12 - 16,
July 12 - 16,
August 7 - 11,
September 12 - 16,
October 12 - 16,
 December 12 - 16

PRE-SCHEDULED TOUR DATES 2020
January 12 - 16,
February 12 - 16,
March 12 - 16,
April 12 - 16,
May 12 - 16,
June 12 - 16,
July 12 - 16,
August 7 - 11,
September 12 - 16,
October 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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The Birds of Quito


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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 1,700 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.

 

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Cheryl Korowotny
International Director
The Magic Birding & Photography  Circuit
SAN JORGE ECO-LODGES & BOTANICAL RESERVES
Quito – Tandayapa – Milpe - Cosanga - Estero Hondo-Sumaco Bajo-Guacamayos
Ecuador – South America
(877) 565-2596 toll-free USA/Canada 
Email: info@eco-lodgesanjorge.com

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San Jorge has been awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for the past 8 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