Ecuador: The Best of Amazonia: Jan 22—31, 2018

Featuring Napo Wildlife Center

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Price: $4,195
$300 discount if combined with Ecuador: Eastern Slope of the Andes (Internal flights included)
Departs: Quito
Tour Limit: 6
Operations Manager: Margaret Anderson
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Paul Greenfield

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Plum-throated Cotinga— Photo: David Wolf

Visit true Amazonian wilderness with a full complement of rainforest birds and mammals at two comfortable lodges that serve as a paradigm for sustainable development.

Ecuador is a little country with lots to offer. From the lush Amazonian rainforests to the high Andean páramos, it boasts good access to birding habitat, unsurpassed scenic splendor, friendly people, and a stable government. Incredibly, over 1,600 species of birds have been recorded in the country, in an area smaller than the state of Colorado! Among them are many of the most spectacular and distinctive Neotropical species. “Ecuador: The Best of Amazonia” is the first of a two-part tour (followed by “Ecuador: Eastern Slope of the Andes”) designed to sample this magnificent avifauna in two choice areas, representing very different regions. Between them they offer a full range of birding possibilities.

The exciting and comfortable Napo Cultural Center and Napo Wildlife Center, in the Rio Napo lowlands of northeastern Ecuador, lie within the most diverse avifaunal zone in the world, the vast rainforests of upper Amazonia. Located in the huge Yasuni National Park, they are a model in sustainable development, born of the hard work of the local indigenous Kichwa community of Añangu. Their vision is one of a healthy environment that will support their traditional way of life, while at the same time keep them connected to a constantly more globalized world through sustainable management, and they are eager to share this with visitors.

VIDEO: Your Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest Experience, by Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge

The lowland rainforests of Amazonia, superficially so uniform in appearance, are marvelously complex in reality. They are home to a web of species inhabiting every imaginable niche, and almost 600 species of birds have been recorded around the Napo Wildlife Center and nearby Napo Cultural Center. The full array of lowland birds is present, including large raptors, guans, and macaws. Antbirds are numerous and diverse, and mixed-flocks of a great variety of birds regularly forage through the understory and subcanopy here. Three excellent towers offer great chances for viewing the birdlife of the forest canopy. Clay licks along the Napo and inside the forest attract large numbers of parrots, an unforgettable spectacle, and blackwater swamps and river islands add yet another dimension to birding here. With the cessation of hunting in this region, a wide variety of mammals are also present, and one never knows what surprises may be encountered. There is a lot to see and do here in just a week’s time!

Good accommodations in private bungalows and rooms in a jungle lodge setting; electricity; large bathrooms with all facilities including hot water; good food; birding excursions by dugout canoe and walking on forest trails that can be muddy; midday breaks most days; warm and humid climate.