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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.)



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The Magic Birding Circuit

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Our Ecuador Birdwatching Tours

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
February 1 - 18;
March 1 - 18;
April 15 - May 2;
September 15 - October 2 ;
November 15 - December 2;
December 3 - 20


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
March 1 - 12;
June 1 - 12;
July 1 - 12;
August 1 - 12;

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 – 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
am airport transfer

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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 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
February 2 -9;
March 1 - 8;
April 16 - 23
June 1 - 8;
July 1 - 8;
August 1 - 8;
September 16 - 23;
October 16 - 23;
December 4 - 10

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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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 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.




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




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, Velma feeders, Cock of the Rock Lek Peruvian sub-species Cosanga (Paramo & East Andes) Hummingbird feeders, trails Overnight Baeza. Includes: 3 meals

DAY 3 - Birding NEW San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Paradise (Eastern Andes Cloud Forest) Feeders & trails Overnight Loreto. Includes: 3 meals

DAY 4 - Birding High Sumaco (Upper Amazon) Overnight Loretto, includes 3 meals

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

DAY 6 - Birding NEW - San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary (Amazonian Tropical 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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ECUMAGIC 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
February 10 - 18;
March 10 - 18;
April 24 - May 2;
September 24 - October 2;
November 24 - December 2;
December 11 - 20

 

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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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 - 4N/5D

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

VISIT 3 SAN JORGE PRIVATE BIRDING RESERVES

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

Day 2 - Birding Papallacta Pass, Cayambe Coca, Cock of the Rock Peruvian sub-species Cosanga (PARAMO/EAST ANDES) overnight Quijos, includes 3 meals

Day 3 - Birding at NEW San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Paradise (TROPICAL CLOUD FOREST) feeders, trails.  Overnight Loreto, includes 3 meals

Day 4 - Birding at NEW San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary (AMAZONIAN TROPICAL RAINFOREST) Macaws Boulevard; NEW 60 foot high Observatory Tower (optional afternoon river swim).  Overnight Loreto, 3 meals 

Day 5
- AM airport transfer to Coca Airport    

 

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MAGIC BIRDING CIRCUIT PHOTO TOUR – 9N/10D

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

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

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

2022 Pre-scheduled tour dates


DAY 1
Evening Airport Transfer to San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito – Upper Andean Forest Reserve
Overnight: San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito

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
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, Canopy Islands Bird & Wildlife Photo Center at the reserve
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 Forest 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 Cliff 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

ANDES HIGHLANDS, CLOUD FORESTS, UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST, SUBTROPICAL RAINFOREST, EAST & WEST ANDES SLOPES, TROPICAL AMAZONIAN RAINFOREST, PARAMO, AMAZON JUNGLE , COCO CORRIDO

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

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
May 5 - 23;
October 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 Birding Center (Andes Highlands)

Photography at hummingbird feeders, trail walking, gardens

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

Black-tailed Trainbearer, Sword-billed Hummingbird, White-bellied Woodstar, Blue-and-yellow Tanager

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)

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 eco-lodges looking for endemic hummingbirds, vivid tanagers, splendid toucans, skulking antbirds, agile warblers, and, many more.

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

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
AM Photography Bali Feeders – numerous Hummingbirds & possible 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; 45 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
Photography at San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve

Feeders and forest trails.  Visit Manakin Lek – trail walking.

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

White-whiskered Hermit, Green Thorntail, White-necked Jacobin,Pale-mandibled Aracari, Green Honeycreeper, Flame-faced Tanager, Golden-winged Manakin, Club-winged Manakin, White-bearded Manakin.

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
Bird 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

Andean Condor, Black-faced Ibis, Carunculated Caracara, Andean Lapwing, Giant Hummingbird, Great Sapphirewing, Ecuadorian Hillstar

DAY 11
Bird photo tour at Papallacta Pass, Peruvian sub-specie Cock of the Rock Lek at Cosanga (Paramo & East Andes)

Photography trail walking & Hummingbird feeders, Cock of the Rock Lek

Overnight Quijos. Includes: 3 meals

Tawny-bellied Hermit, Gorgeted Wood Star, Booted-racket Tail, Violent-fronted Brillant, Speckled Hummingbird, Long-tailed Sylph, Bronzy Inca, Torrent Duck, Crested Quetzal, Masked Flowerpiercer, Collared Inca, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Tourmaline Sunangel

DAY 12
Bird photography at NEW San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Paradise (Eastern Subtropical Cloud Forest)

Overnight Loreto, includes: 3 meals  

DAY 13
Photography feeders, Upper Sumaco Road (Subtropical Cloud Forest)

Feeders and road walking. Overnight Loretto, includes 3 meals 

DAY 14
Photography at NEW San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary (Amazonian Tropical Rainforest)

Macaws Boulevard; 60 foot high observation Tower overlooking canopy (optional afternoon river swim)

Possible Harpy Eagle, Blue headed Parrot, Tawny bellied Owl, Dusky headed Parakeet, Chestnut fronted Macaw, 5 Manakin Leks, 9 species parrots, Orange-backed Trupial, Cream-colored Woodpecker, Aracaris.

Overnight Loreto. Includes: 3 meals

DAY 15
San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary (Amazonian Tropical Rainforest)
Forest trail photography at the reserve; rivers, streams Visit Manikin Lek – trail walking. 

Wire tailed Manakin, Golden-winged Manakin, Striped Manakin, Blue-crowned Manakin, Dwarf-tyrant Manakin, Club-winged Manakin, White-bearded Manakin, Wire-tailed Manakin, and Wing-banded Piprites

Overnight Loreto. Includes: 3 meals

DAY 16
Photography surrounding Limoncocha Ecological Reserve (Amazon region)

Afternoon transfer by boat to port.

Possible Horner Screamer, Capped-Heron, Jacamars, Wire-tailed Manakin, Crane Hawk, Zogaz Heron, Sungreebe Green, Ringed-Rufous, Amazonian Kingfisher

Overnight lodging near Yusuni NP, Includes: 3 meals

Day 17
Napo River, Islands & Parrot Licks at Yasuni National Park (Amazon region)

Photography by boat (with covered roof)

Islands: Lesser wag-tailed Tyrant, Balck and white Antbird, Yellow and black Oriole, Olive-spotted Hummingbird, Dark-breasted Spinetail, Leather-tailed Nighjar, Castelnouls Antshrike.

Yasuni NP Lick: Scarlet Macraw, Ducky-headed Parakeet, Mealy Amazon, Blue-headed Parrot

Overnight Loreto, 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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MAGIC BIRDING CIRCUIT PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR – 4N/5D

EAST ANDES SLOPE & AMAZON TROPICAL RAINFORESTS

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





The Itinerary shown below is designed for Hummingbird 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 - on own; recommend Noon departure).  End of services

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MAGIC BIRDING CIRCUIT PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR – 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
May 14 - 23;
October 20 - 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 – 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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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





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

DAY 7
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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

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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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MAGIC BIRDING CIRCUIT SENIOR TOUR – East & West Andes Slope & Tropical Amazon Rainforest – 17 Nights/18 Days

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.  Includes ½ day guided birding with afternoons at leisure on own.




PRE-SCHEDULED TOUR DATES 2024
January 14 - 31;


Itinerary:  17N/18D

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 Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Three
- Morning guided birding at San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito Birding Center -  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

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

Day Seven
-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 Eight & Nine
- 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 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 Quijos, includes 3 meals

Days Thirteen & Fourteen
- Morning guided birding at NEW San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Paradise (EASTERN SUBTROPICAL CLOUD FOREST), overnight Loreto, includes 3 meals per day

Days Fifteen & Sixteen
– Morning guided birding at NEW San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Reserve (Amazonian Tropical Rainforest) NEW 60 foot high spacious bird observation tower overlooking the canopy, Macaws Boulevard, gardens and trails.  Overnight Loreto, includes 3 meals per day

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 transfer to Quito Airport

Optional side tours: Old Colonial Quito City Tour, Middle of the World Equator Monument, Otavalo Indian Market & surrounding villages; Cotopaxi Volcano, Papallacta Hot Springs; Medicinal Plants, Andes Chocolate, Coffee & Empanadas - Hands on Cooking Lesson; Galapagos Islands Cruise extension 


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SENIOR BIRDWATCHING TOURS WITH EASIER TRAILS

14 NIGHTS/15 DAYS

EAST & WEST ANDES 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 2023
March 23 - April 7;
July 14 - 28



Itinerary:
14 Night/15 Day - Magic Circuit Senior Pre-scheduled Tour

Day One - Evening Airport transfer from Quito Airport to San Jorge Eco-Lodge/Quito; overnight San Jorge/Quito 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 Birding Center -  gardens & feeders (ANDES HIGHLANDS); overnight San Jorge/Quito, 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, includes 3 meals
Day Five - Morning guided birding San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary gardens, feeders, easier trails surrounding the lodge & NEW Canopy Islands Photo & Observation Center (CLOUD FOREST) overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Six - Morning Birding at Amaguza Reserve:  Observe endemic birds at feeders not found in Tandayapa or Milpe - feeders & bird walk; overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Lodge, includes 3 meals
Days Seven & Eight - Morning guided birding San Jorge de Milpe Eco-Lodge gardens, feeders and easier trails surrounding the lodge (UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST), overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Lodge, includes 3 meals per day
Day Nine - Morning visit to San Tadeo feeders; afternoon transfer to San Jorge/Quito, 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 - 1/2 day Birding Antizana National Park by vehicle - Andes Condor Reserve (HIGH BARREN PLAINS/PARAMO), overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Twelve - Morning Birding Papallacta Pass & Papallacta Lake (PARAMO/EAST ANDES SLOPE), overnight Quijos, includes 3 meals
Day Thirteen - Morning feeders & Birding San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Paradise (Eastern Cloud Forest), overnight Quijos, includes 3 meals
Day Fourteen - Morning Birding San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Paradise (Eastern Cloud Forest), overnight San Jorge/Quito Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Fifteen - AM airport transfer

Optional side tours: Middle of the World Equator Monument, Otavalo Indian Market & surrounding villages; Cotopaxi Volcano, Papallacta Hot Springs; Medicinal Plants, Andes Chocolate, Coffee & Empanadas - Hands on Cooking Lesson; Galapagos Islands Cruise extension 


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MAGIC BIRDING CIRCUIT SENIOR TOUR – West Andes Slope – 7 Nights/8 Days


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.


PRE-SCHEDULED TOUR DATES 2023
March 23 - 30;
July 14 - 21


Itinerary - 7 Nights/8 days
Day One - Evening Airport transfer from Quito Airport to San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito; overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge
Day Two - Morning guided birding at San Jorge Eco-Lodge/Quito gardens & feeders (HIGH BARREN PLAINS); overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Three - Morning guided birding world famous Nono-Mindo Road (HIGHLAND RAINFOREST/CLOUD FOREST), overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Four - Morning guided birding San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary -  gardens, feeders, easier trails surrounding the lodge & 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 Forest Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Six - Morning guided birding San Jorge de Milpe Lodge gardens, feeders and easier trails surrounding the lodge (TROPICAL RAINFOREST), overnight San Jorge/Milpe 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; Otavalo Indian Market & surrounding villages; Cotopaxi Volcano, Papallacta Hot Springs; Medicinal Plants & Sacred Waterfalls, Andes Chocolate & Coffee - Hands on Cooking Lesson; Galapagos Islands Cruise extensions

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Magic Birding Circuit Senior Tour - West Andes 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. 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



Day One - Evening Airport transfer from Quito Airport to San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito; overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge
Day Two - Morning birding at San Jorge Eco-Lodge/Quito surroundings & feeders ANDES HIGHLANDS); overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Three - Morning birding world famous Nono-Mindo Road (HIGHLAND RAINFOREST/CLOUD FOREST), overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Four - Morning birding San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary surroundings & feeders (CLOUD FOREST), overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa Lodge, 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; Otavalo Indian Market & surrounding villages; Cotopaxi Volcano, Papallacta Hot Springs; Medicinal Plants, Andes Chocolate & Coffee - Hands on Cooking Lesson; Galapagos Islands Cruise extension 

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