• Galapagos

Birding or Birding & Photography - 14 Day GALAPAGOS

The Galapagos Islands are recognized worldwide for their great biodiversity and endemic-ism. In the enchanted islands you will enjoy photographing wildlife only a few meters away.

This can be a stand-alone tour or an add on to any of our other Ecuador tours with the option to customize the itinerary on the mainland.

Our tour starts with three days on the mainland, in Guayaquil, where we will visit two important Reserves, Manglares Churute and Cerro Blanco to see among others Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Horned Screamer,
Brown Pelican and King Vulture. On day four we'll fly to Santa Cruz island in the Galapagos. Our itinerary is specially designed to photograph the most beautiful and emblematic species of the islands. The next eight days we will spend on the islands and visit the best places for wildlife viewing and/or photography. Loberias, Hood (Espanola), Isabela, Tintoreras, Galapaguera wetlands, upper part of Isabela, Punta Moreno, the Tunnels, Primicias, Media Luna, Darwin Station, North Seymour and Mosquera are all on our itinerary.

On day eleven we fly back to Quito for a two-day cloud forest round trip to the North West of the country taking us to the famous Alambi Hummingbird Garden, with a possible 12 to 14 species of hummingbirds, Papallacta pass where the Andean Condor and Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe occur and finally Guango Lodge for the incredible Sword-billed Hummingbird and Torrent Ducks.

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Arrival - Guayaquil

Arriving on your connection flight from Quito in Guayaquil you will be met by your guide in airport arrivals and transfer to your lodge. We may have time to do birding around the lodge depending on your arrival time.

Day 2 & 3 - Manglares Churute & Cerro Blanco

Our tour starts in  Guayaquil, near this city we will visit two important Reserves which  are Manglares Churute and Cerro Blanco. Some of the birds that we can find here are: Black-crowned Night-Herons, Cocoi Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Horned Screamer, Brown Pelican, King Vulture, Grey-backed Hawk, Hook-billed Kite, Harris´s Hawk, Peruvian Pygmy-owl, Black-cheeked Woodpecker, Royal Flycatcher.

Day 4 - Galapagos

On day 4 we take the flight to Santa Cruz, our itinerary is specially designed to view/photograph the most beautiful and emblematic species of the islands.

Endemic species: Lava heron, Flightless cormorant, Galápagos hawk, Galápagos rail, Galápagos dove, Large-billed flycatcher, Galápagos mockingbird, Floreana mockingbird, Hood mockingbird, San Cristóbal mockingbird, Large ground finch, Medium ground finch, Small ground finch, Sharp-beaked ground finch, Common cactus finch, Española cactus finch, Vegetarian finch, Large tree finch, Medium tree finch, Small tree finch, Woodpecker finch, Mangrove finch, Green warbler-finch and Grey warbler-finch

Other bird species: American flamingo, American yellow warbler, Blue-footed booby, Brown noddy, Brown pelican, Cattle egret, Galápagos penguin, Great blue heron, Great egret, Great frigatebird, Lava gull, Magnificent frigatebird, Nazca booby, Osprey, Peregrine falcon, Red-billed tropicbird, Red-footed booby, Striated heron, Swallow-tailed gull, Waved albatross and Yellow-crowned night heron

Day 4 to 11 - The Islands

Our tour around the islands include: Loberias, Hood (Espanola), Isabela, Tintoreras, Galapaguera wetlands, the upper part of Isabela, Punta Moreno, the Tunnels, Primicias, Media Luna, Darwin Station,  North Seymour and Mosquera.

Mammals and reptiles of the Galapagos: Galápagos tortoise, Green sea turtle, Marine iguana, Galápagos land iguana, Lava lizard, Galápagos pink land iguana, Galápagos fur seal, Galápagos rice rat, Galápagos sea lion, Hoary bat, Eastern red bat, Bottlenose dolphin, Blainville's beaked whale, Cuvier's beaked whale

Day 11 - Galapagos to Quito

Return fligh to the mainland, Quito.

Day 12 - Alambi & Cloud Forest

Today we will visit the North West Ecuador. Our first stop will be the famous Alambi Hummingbird Garden where is possible to see around 12  to 14 species of hummingbirds: Booted Racket-tail, Violet-tailed Sylph, Velvet-purple Coronet, Collared Inca, Red headed barbet, White-necked Jacobin, Green-crowned Woodnymph, Purple-throated Woodstar, Green-crowned Brilliant, Brown Inca, Purple-bibbed Whitetip, Collared Inca, Brown Inca, Empress Brilliant, Buff-tailed Coronet & Andean Emerald.

We will also visit a blind/hide where we have the opportunity to view or photograph several colorful species such as: Toucan Barbet, Crimson-rumped Toucanet, Black-chinned Mountain-Tanager, Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager, Flame-faced Tanager, Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan, Golden-naped Tanager, Golden Tanager.

Day 13 - Papallacta pass and Guango

This is the best area for the spectacled bear and spectacular birds such as: Andean Condor, Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe, Tawny Antpitta, Sword-billed hummingbird, Tourmaline Sunangel, Long-tailed Sylph, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Torrent Duck, Gray breasted Toucan.

Day 14 - Departure

Depending on your departure flight time today there may be time to bird the grounds of your accommodation in Quito: Blue-and-yellow Tanager, Scrub Tanager, Saffron Finch, Sparkling Violetear, Vermilion Flycatcher, Blue-gray Tanager, Black-tailed Trainbearer