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Client Comments

a HUGE thank you for so patiently and expertly arranging our trip and guiding us with your encyclopaedic knowledge of all the flora and fauna, especially the BIRDS, and helping us to understand so many facets of Ecuador as a country and of Ecuadorian life. You were an amazing guide. I have come back with marvellous memories.
Jean Bacon
Mar 2013

Thank you so many many times for the wonderful trip you organized and orchestrated for us. I can't believe the sights we saw, the variety of habitats and inhabitants, floral and faunal. And you taught us so much about their interdependence and co-evolution. Fascinating. I can understand your attachment to your adopted country and your profession.
Eve Marshall
Feb 2013

I wanted to thank you again for the wonderful adventure and great company!   I have been thinking about the weeks events and candidly the day spent with you was definitely a major highlight and most memorable. I will most assuredly recommend you highly to my brother who will be visiting the Galapagos early next year. Again, I wanted to thank you for a wonderful time.
Richard Hollander
Oct 2012

I just wanted to say thank you for helping me out, your page will be a great addition to the material I plan to reference during our club meetings and field adventures. I am very grateful for all the information and resources you took the time to post.
Susan Brown, Laramie Library, May 2012

Thanks Charlie for a great day birding Antisana , you knew where to find the specialties and great views of the Condors..
George MacDermid
Feb 2012

Highlights of our itinerary? …without a doubt – time spent with Charlie…A new country & continent for us; It exceeded our expectations…!
Greg and Lara Noel
August 2011

Thank you (Charlie) for an amazing Southern Ecuador trip...  So many beautiful birds, perhaps the Long-wattled Umbrellabird was the most amazing.  Thanks again for your skill and patience and we would definitely recommend Andean Birding to our friends. We have birded throughout the Americas and you were bar none the best guide we have had.
  Maureen and Derek Winningham
Ontario, Canada
Mar 2011

Jean and I want to convey again our very big, very emphatic thank-you for a truly wonderful birding trip.  Your birding skills and knowledge of the natural world are awesome.  And your affability and good humor make being with you a great pleasure.  We had a terrific time.  Hope to see you again.
Dennis and Jean Casper, Sep 2010

Hello Charlie…you were my guide for 4 wonderful, bird-filled days in the cloud forest.  The visit to the Galapagos was great, my sister and I enjoyed it greatly, hope to go back to visit your area in the future. Again, thank you for an amazing time, you are a great guide.
Dec 2009

I would like to express my gratitude for a great trip October the 24 to Yanacocha, Bellavista and Mindo Loma and, especially, for professional and excellent guiding by Boris.
Carl Gustav Johanssen
Nov 2009

Almost a surrealistic experience to bird the Andes with you (Charlie). For such a short visit, you managed to fit me into several key enviro-habitats… It was a wonderful, fast and furious trip that without your and Sherry's support would not have been nearly as interesting or productive. I also feel that I may have, in some small way helped to support the Andean Birding effort to continue offering world class birding…Thank you so very much for your kind generosity and incredible birding savy.
Ed Armstrong
April 2009

Your (Charlie’s) guidance and support during our travels were most appreciated… you have a special gift and thanks for sharing your time with us. We certainly did see many wonderful birds!
John and Suzie Ruhl
Mar 2009

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Andean Birding is a birdwatching tour company providing top bird guides, customized itineraries and logistics for your visit to the Andes, Amazon and Galapagos in Ecuador, as well as Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Mexico.  In addition, we conduct bird conservation and ornithological research.

Andean Birding is based in Quito, Ecuador; a spectacular country with a birdlist of 1676 (including Galapagos) and has the highest concentration of bird species in the world.

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Eastern Slope
8 day Páramo, Cloud Forest and Foothills
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Western Slope
8 day Cloud Forest to Lowland Rainforest
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East/West Combo
5-20 April 2014, 28 June - July 6 2014 

Amazon to the Andes
11 day Eastern Extravaganza
17-29 July 2014 

Southern Ecuador
15 days in Tumbesian Heaven
7-23 FEB 2014 

Amazon Delight
8 days of Amazing Amazonia
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Northwestern Lowlands
7 days on Lowland Chocó endemics
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Antisana 1-day trip for great páramo birding
Add on to any Ecuadorian tour 

Cotopaxi Volcano
Cotopaxi Volcano 1-day trip
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Mythical Volcano
7 day Expeditionary Adventure to Sumaco
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Northern Peru
16 days Through the World's Most Endemic Rich Areas
13-30 Nov 2014 

Manu, Machu Picchu
2 weeks birding extraordinaire
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Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Abra Malaga
One week high Andes and Incas
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Coastal Ecuador
7 days Birding off-the-Beaten path
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Galapagos Islands
8-Day Bird Cruise to Galapagos Islands
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West Mexico Endemics
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Northern Argentina Tour
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12 days for Guianan Specialties in the land of El Dorado
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White-throated Toucan
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Tour Announcements

NORTH PERU 11-30 DEC 2013
Come join us on a 19 day extravaganza to N Peru with 4 nights at Abra Patricia for a great chance at the Long-whiskered Owlet as well as Royal Sunangel, the recently described Lulu's Tody-Tyrant, Bar-winged Wood-Wren, White-capped and Yellow-scarfed Tanager, three species of Antpittas; Ochre-fronted, Chestnut and Rusty-tinged Antpitta. We also add an extra night in Leimebamba for better chances at Russet-mantled Softtail, White-capped Tanager, Rainbow Starfrontlet, Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan and the obscura race of Rufous Antpitta (ssp. obscura)and White-chinned Thistletail (ssp. peruviana).

EAST/WEST COMBO 16 Nov - 1 Dec 2013
Join us on our most popular itinerary which spans both East and West slopes for an unparalleled bird bonanza. We have also arranged lodging to minimize drive time and hotel hopping. This tour visits productive and exemplary reserves of 3 endemic bird areas, Chocó, Interandean and East Slope Andes with a chance at 80 endemics!

Andean Birding is offering a 12 day/11night tour to Guyana. Come visit pristine rainforest for many specialties and endemics such as Guianan Piculet, Guianan Toucanet, Blood-colored Woodpecker, Crimson Fruitcrow, Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock, the other-worldly Capuchinbird. [Read On]


Andean Birding News

Now that ECOAN has the comfortable Owlet Lodge open and running for a number of years at Abra Patricia there has been an increased attraction and interest in birding Northern Peru. AP is a legendary site where LSU expeditions in the 70’s and 80’s discovered a number of new birds species to science including Long-whiskered Owlet, Royal Sunangel, Ochre-fronted Antpitta, Johnson’s Tody-Tyrant Cinnamon-breasted Tody-Tyrant and Bar-winged Wood-Wren as well as , the just recently described Lulu's Tody-Tyrant.

Antisana Day Tour
We have had a surge in Antisana day tours with good reason. This is a brilliant day for easy birds and views of Andean Condors with the breathtaking backdrop of Antisana, a glaciered volcano. New hummingbird feeders bring in Giant Hummingbird, Great Sapphirewing as well as Tyrian Metaltail and Shining Sunbeam. Lake views yield Silvery Grebe, Andean Coot, Andean Teal, Ruddy Duck, Yellow-billed Pintail. And of course with a little luck the coveted Black-faced Ibis can be seen, sometimes in a flock of over a dozen at the only accessible site in the region.

Roger Ahlman got word of a "nearby" site where Banded Ground-Cuckoo, an extremely rare Choco endemic, was being seen daily so Jonas Nilsson, Rudy Gelis and I twitched off to Un Poco del Choco bio-research station on the north side of the Pachijal river valley near Los Bancos but far by road. [Read On]


Chestnut-breasted Coronet
Photo by Bob Pease

Burrowing Owl
Photo by Anders Paulsrud


Coastal Bird Tour
Photo by Anders Paulsrud

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