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NEW 14 DAY S ECUADOR 30 Jan-14 Feb, 27 Feb-14 Mar 2010 $3170 

Southern Ecuador is an outstanding destination for its bountiful endemics nestled in a spectacular landscape. This tour visits 8 endemic bird areas with an excellent chance of seeing over 100 endemics, over 50 of them just in Tumbesia, the richest Endemic Bird Area in the world. With the inclusion of the temperate and elfin forests of Cajanuma and Tapichalaca and the verdant foothills of Buenaventura and Bombuscaro, our birdlist is unbeatable! 

We have prepared an improved itinerary for Southern Ecuador, adding one day and featuring 3 nights at the brand new Urraca Lodge at Jorupe reserve near the Peruvian border in southwestern Loja province. Named for the snappy and charismatic White-tailed Jay, a Tumbesian endemic, this lodge is located in the lower part of the 1500ha reserve. We continue to stay at the Umbrellabird Lodge at Buenaventura and at Casa Simpson at Tapichalaca reserves to allow us easy access to prime forest and bird habitat This itinerary assures a more productive and comfortable birding experience throughout the tour in addition to contributing more to the Jocotoco Foundation, the most effective bird conservation group in Ecuador.

We have also included 3 nights at Copalinga lodge in the main tour as well as a visit to Yunguilla reserve for the Pale-headed Brush-Finch and a night in Cuenca for an invigorating survey of paramo specialties in Cajas. Tour starts and ends in Guayaquil. We are offering the 14 day tour for less than what a 13 day tour would run. Remember, we only count birding days so the trip including travel is 16 days total. A 4 day extension to Santa Elena Penninsula and Machalilla National Park allows us to observe the profusion of waterbirds at Salinas salt ponds, as well as arid Tumbesian specialists and the highly endangered Esmeraldas Woodstar.
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