Southern Trip Jocotoco Reserves

This trip will take you to the most famous birding area in the world. This well-thought itinerary includes some of our favorite lodges in a mix of regions on both sides of the Andes so you can experience Ecuador’s incredible wildlife, spectacular scenery, and birds. You are likely to find over 400 species of birds during this journey!



Duration of tour: 9 DAYS AND 8 NIGHTS

Horário de saída do tour: 5:30 AM

Datas de operação do tour: PEDIDO

Plano turístico

Dia 01
Chegada a Quito

Arrival to International airport in Quito where we will receive you and take you to Hotel Quito. Dinner and lodging.

Dia 02
Quito to Vilcambamba - Tapichalaca

Leave from Quito in the morning. Arrive to Loja – Catamayo airport. We will be met at the airport by the driver and start the tour. This morning we will go to Cajanuma (Podocarpus National Park). We will try for Antpittas such as the Undulated Antpitta, Chesnut-naped Antpitta and Rufous Antpitta. We will leave for the Tapichalaca reserve. Depending on the weather, we will keep birding in the surroundings of the Lodge after arrival. Our first impression will be the presence of many Hummingbirds by the feeders: Among these Amethyst-throated Sunangel, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Collared Inca, Little Sunangel, Long–tailed Sylph. De noite: Casa Simpson – Tapichalaca.

Dia 03
Tapichalaca Reserve

Today we will visit Tapichalaca Reserve of the Jocotoco Foundation, which was established in 1998 to protect the habitat of the Jocotoco Antpitta, a species whose total known population has remained at about twelve pairs since they were discovered at Cerro Tapichalaca by Dr. Robert Ridgely in 1997. We will spend a full day birding the trails of Tapichalaca reserve, starting with the Jocotoco Antpitta worm feeder. Apart from the Jocotocos we have the chance to see other interesting birds such as Chestnut-naped Antpitta, Orange-banded Flycatcher, White-throated Quail-dove, White-capped Tanager. De noite: Casa Simpson – Tapichalaca.

Dia 04
Tapichalaca – Jorupe Reserve

Today we will have a long drive to Macará, birding along the way through the road to see some interesting birds of this Tumbesian area like the Elegant Crescentchest, Loja Hummingbird. Parrot-billed Seedeater, Drab Seedeater, Tumbes Sparrow. In route we will want to bird the amazing forest at our Utuana reserve. Among the giant Ceiba trees we may see White-headed Brush-Finch, Tumbes Hummingbird and Baird’s Flycatcher. We will serve our box lunches on road. De noite: at Urraca Lodge in Jorupe reserve.

Dia 05

During this day, we will walk around the Jorupe reserve spending all day birding around the deciduous forest in the Tumbesian region of southwest Ecuador where we hope to find Tumbesian endemics such as Blackish-headed Spinetail, Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner, Slaty Becard, Loja Tyranulet, Watkins Antpitta and Western Peruvian Screech Owl. Durante a noite: - at Urraca Lodge.

Dia 06
Jorupe - Buenaventura

Very early in the morning we can walk around the gardens and the entrance route to some more birds in Jorupe reserve. After breakfast, we drive North to the Umbrellabird Lodge in the Buenaventura reserve of the Jocotoco Foundation. We will take a packed lunch and bird along the way. Durante a noite: - at Umbrellabird Lodge.

Dia 07

The reserve’s flagship species are the El Oro Parakeet and the El Oro Tapaculo. It is also home to species from both the Choco and Tumbesian regions, including Rufous-headed Chachalaca, Ochre-bellied Dove, Grey-backed Hawk, Pacific Royal Flycatcher and Ochraceous Attila. Close to the research station is a lek of the threatened Long-wattled Umbrellabird. Different types of feeders are placed near the lodge for birds and mammals where a diversity of Hummingbirds, Tanagers and Toucans can be seen alongside Coaties. Overnight at Umbrellabird Lodge.

Dia 08
Buenaventura – Manglares churute reserve

Very early in the morning we will serve our breakfast and leave to Manglares Churute reserve. This area offers an interesting mix of lagoons, mangroves, and semi humid forest, unlike anything else we see on the tour. It’s the best place in Ecuador to find the threatened “Pacific” Royal-Flycatcher along with other species including Jet Antbird, Orange-crowned Euphonia, and Common (Mangrove) Black-Hawk, Superciliated Wren, Ecuadorian Trogon, and with luck should find some Horned Screamers. Later we continue to Guayaquil city to have dinner and accommodation.

Dia 09
Come back home

Depending on your flight schedule, you have your transfer to the airport of Guayaquil. End of services.

  • Lodging in comfortable hotel/lodges
  • All meals as indicated
  • All land transportation
  • Local flights
  • Airport transfer
  • Entrance fees
  • International airfare
  • Airport departure tax (if required)
  • Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls, extra drinks and snacks, souvenirs, etc.
  • Tips

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DIFFICULTY: Moderate. Most of the walking is fairly easy, but there are three moderately difficult hikes: The short but steep walk to the Umbrellabird lek, the slippery walk to the Jocotoco Antpitta feeding station.

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