FLYING JEWELS OF ECUADOR
Main Tour Dates: Feb 8 – Feb 20
12 Nights & 13 Days
Extension Dates: Feb 19 – Feb 24
5 Nights & 6 Days
Fill your portfolio with color!
This will be my 7th year in a row leading my Jewels of Ecuador Photo Tour!
Ecuador is home to a great variety of species, many of them endemic. The species diversity makes Ecuador one of the seventeen mega-diverse countries in the world. This country also boasts more than 1600 species of birds, pristine cloud-forests, vast mountain ranges, and grasslands that are breathtaking. Culturally speaking, the country is very safe, clean, and easy to travel. The US dollar is the currency of choice, and with a solid infrastructure of highways, it’s a pleasure to travel here. One would be hard pressed to find a better place in the world to accomplish your photographic goals. Your leader will guide you on a most productive and practical tour. Air transportation to the capital city of Quito, is quite easy from Miami, and Houston serving as prime departure hubs.
This photo tour begins with your arrival at Quito’s Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) where one of our representatives will greet you and transport you to our first hotel located just 20 minutes away. And not only that, if you arrive early enough, you can start taking pictures at the hotel grounds right away or just rest after a long day of traveling (check in time is 12pm).
Then we will spend 4 nights and 5 days in the world famous Mindo area. We will visit 3 of Ecuador’s finest bird photography lodges (the Amazon Extension includes another wonderful lodge!). At each lodge, you will photograph a diverse number of hummingbirds and many other colorful birds, giving you the opportunity to create your own exclusive portfolio of neotropical bird images. Also, we will visit a few private gardens, where you will have the opportunity to photograph many more birds and hummingbirds coming to feeders; Juan Carlos will help you get the shot of your dreams by using natural-looking perches and smooth backgrounds!
We will focus our efforts on photographing the amazing diversity of hummingbirds and tanagers that inhabit the cloud forest at various altitudes and life zones. Then later, we will travel to the eastern side of the Andes for totally new species of birds!
We will travel in an altitudinal gradient that ranges from 2000ft up to 13000ft on both Eastern and Western slopes of the Andes plus we will visit the Antisana and Cayambe-Coca Reserves, both world-famous for their unique ecosystems and bird species. Let me show you Ecuador from my perspective!
The Jewels of Ecuador
Day 1 to day 13 main tour takes place, we will visit the eastern as well as the western side of the Andes and will be travelling in a myriad of life zones where our feathered subjects live.
Then after the main tour you could join me in the Ecuadorian Amazon extension! 4 more nights and 5 days of totally new bird and mammal species awaits for you!
Arrival in Quito: One of my co-workers will be waiting outside the airport to take you to the hotel for the first night. Depending on your arrival time you could begin to take pictures at the lodge garden where many bird species can be seen. Meals are on your own this day.
Maximum number of photographers for this photo tour is 6, minimum is 4.
*Meals included where B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner are marked.
What is included in this tour:
+Neotropic Photo Tours always focus on a total personalized tour with the photographer in mind.
+Neotropic Photo Tours always use local guides as they have the most current knowledge, and locations of our targeted species.
+All entrance fees to private gardens/ecological reserves and/or parks visited.
+All accommodations, based on double occupancy.
+Land transportation during tour (we travel on a modern, A/C equipped van).
+Tips for waiters, maids and bellboys are included.
+Airport pick up and drop off transfers.
What is not included in this tour:
+International airfare to/from Quito.
+Any additional night accommodation outside of the tour dates.
+Tip for tour leader and driver.
+Fees for passport, visas, immunizations and travel insurance.
+Alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone calls and other items of a personal nature.
+Cost of hospitalization and evacuation if necessary, -I strongly recommend travel insurance-
+Passports should be valid for more than 6 months after the end of your visit.
Pricing and payment conditions:
Pricing for this photo tour is $4500.
A $1500 US non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your seat on this photo tour. The balance of the payment is due on or before November 1, 2019.
Payments must be done in US dollars and you are responsible for your international money wiring fees.
Pricing includes accommodations of two persons per room. Private rooms may be available, space permitting, for an additional charge of $500 and $400 for the extension.
Juan Carlos Vindas
If you would like to speak with other satisfied photographers before sending your deposit, we would be happy to provide names and contact info of references.
Also, here is the link to my Ecuador gallery in case you want to see what is possible to photograph in this photo tour, http://www.neotropicphototours.com/portfolio/birds-of-ecuador/
Velvet-purple Coronet Crested Quetzal Ecuadorian Hillstar
Chestnut-breasted Coronet Toucan Barbet Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager
Booted Racket-tail Torrent Duck Black-chinned Mountain-Tanager
Andean Emerald Inca Jay Glistening-green Tanager
Long-tailed Sylph Crimson-rumped Toucanet Beryl-spangled Tanager
Violet-tailed Sylph Andean Cock-of-the-rock Paradise Tanager
Sword-billed Hummingbird Giant Antpitta Golden-collared Honeycreeper
Gorgeted Woodstar Chestnut-crowned Antpitta Golden Tanager
Rainbow-bearded Thornbill Carunculated Caracara Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan