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Ecuador

Birding in the Ecuadorian Andes

Go off the beaten path to explore the pristine environments of the Ecuadorian Andes, where you’ll join experts to spot a wealth of rare birds, including the stunning Cock-of-the-Rock!
Rating (4.75)
Program No. 21607RJ
Length
11 days
Starts at
3,349
Flights start at
700
Ecuador

Birding in the Ecuadorian Andes

Go off the beaten path to explore the pristine environments of the Ecuadorian Andes, where you’ll join experts to spot a wealth of rare birds, including the stunning Cock-of-the-Rock!
Length
11 days
Starts at
3,349
Flights start at
700
Length
11 days
Rating (4.75)
Starts at
3,349
Flights start at
700
Program No. 21607RJ

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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jan 12 - Jan 22, 2023
Starting at
3,349
Itinerary Note

Maximum group size for this program is 14.

Jan 28 - Feb 7, 2023
Starting at
3,349
Itinerary Note

Maximum group size for this program is 14.

Feb 11 - Feb 21, 2023
Starting at
3,349
Mar 4 - Mar 14, 2023
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3,349
Apr 1 - Apr 11, 2023
Starting at
3,349
Sep 23 - Oct 3, 2023
Starting at
3,349
Oct 21 - Oct 31, 2023
Starting at
3,349
Nov 2 - Nov 12, 2023
Starting at
3,349
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jan 12 - Jan 22, 2023
Starting at
3,879
Itinerary Note

Maximum group size for this program is 14.

Jan 28 - Feb 7, 2023
Starting at
3,879
Itinerary Note

Maximum group size for this program is 14.

Feb 11 - Feb 21, 2023
Starting at
3,879
Mar 4 - Mar 14, 2023
Starting at
3,879
Apr 1 - Apr 11, 2023
Starting at
3,879
Sep 23 - Oct 3, 2023
Starting at
3,879
Oct 21 - Oct 31, 2023
Starting at
3,879
Nov 2 - Nov 12, 2023
Starting at
3,879

At a Glance

Journey to one of the greatest birding locales in the world — the Ecuadorian Andes. Join ornithologists and local experts to explore avian-rich national parks, private reserves and protected areas in search of unique highland species. Highlights include the brilliantly-colored Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, as well as antpittas, unique hummingbirds and tanagers.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Walking up to three hours daily on irregular forest trails in varying weather conditions. Daily early morning birding activities and standing for long periods. Elevations up to 12,800 ft.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • View an amazing variety of bird species across Ecuador’s different climatic zones and altitude ranges.
  • Enjoy lectures by experts who are part of the Ecuadorian Association of Ornithology, Aves & Conservacion and the Mindo Cloudforest Foundation.
  • Meet with members of local bird-watching clubs to learn how they are preserving the birding habitats.

General Notes

All Road Scholar birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1 in the field. We adhere to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Learn more at http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Through the Eyes of the Condor, An Aerial Vision of Latin America
by Robert B. Haas
This collection of stunning, oversized photographs, taken from above, shows the jungles and favellas, the reefs and ruins, wildlife and diverse landscapes of Latin America.
Birds of Northern South America, Vol. 1: Identification, Distribution and taxonomy
by Robin Restall, Miguel Lentino
The hefty companion volume, with detailed species accounts, covers 2,308 species of birds found from Ecuador to French Guiana.
Living Poor
by Moritz Thomsen
Moritz's heartfelt account of his small triumphs and tragedies as a Peace Corps volunteer in a village on the Ecuadorian coast is a classic.
Birds of Ecuador, A Field Guide
by Paul Greenfield, Robert Ridgely
A comprehensive, gorgeous and exhaustively researched field guide to the birds of Ecuador (and adjacent countries), featuring 96 color plates. It's also the best bird guide for travelers in the Peruvian Amazon.
Portrait of a Nation, Culture and Progress in Ecuador
by Osvaldo Hurtado
President of Ecuador from 1981 to 1984, Hurtado writes of cultural values and obstacles to change. A main one, he writes, is that beliefs and cultural attitudes in the country impede economic success.
Ecuador Map
by Berndtson & Berndtson
A laminated map of Ecuador at a scale of 1:1,000,000, with detailed insets of Quito, Guayaquil, Galapagos and the Ecuadorian Amazon on the reverse.
Ecuador, A Travel Journal
by Henri Michaux, Robin Magowan (Translator)
A brief, querulous and entirely wonderful narrative of the modernist painter Michaux's travels with the poet Gangotena, strong on color and personality. Its many pleasures include an unbeatable description of Quito's accursed mountain weather.
Woven Stories, Andean Textiles and Rituals
by Andrea Heckman
This illustrated survey focuses on Quechua textiles, traditions, designs and daily life in the Andes, specifically in the high country surrounding Ausangate, 85 miles southeast of Cuzco.
Banana, The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World
by Dan Koeppel
Koeppel traces the history, natural and otherwise, politics and precarious current status of modern monoculture, touching down in India (world center of banana diversity), Ecuador (world's largest producer) and Central America.
Rough Guide Ecuador
by Harry Ades, Melissa Graham
A compact comprehensive guide to travel in Ecuador, including Quito, the Oriente and Galapagos with extensive listings, dozens of sketch maps, and a brief overview of culture, nature and history.
Volcanoes, Fire from the Earth
by Maurice Krafft
By the great French volcanologist (who died on the job on Mount Unzen in Japan in 1992), this pocket guide features hundreds of full-color paintings and traces the study of volcanoes from early myth and legend to modern science.
The History of Ecuador
by George Lauderbaugh
this compact book includes chapters on Ecuador today, Ecuador's indigenous and colonial past, the oil boom and other events.
The Birds of Ecuador, Vol. I and II
by Robert Ridgely, Paul Greenfield
Two-volume set with slipcase.
Culture Smart! Ecuador
by Russell Maddicks
A concise and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice.
Fire from the Andes, Short Fiction by Women from Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru
by Susan E. Benner (Editor)
Mostly personal, many of the contemporary stories revolve around peasants, the urban poor and other marginalized members of the Andes society.
The Andes
by Jason Wilson
Starting out in Cuzco, heart of the Inca Empire, Wilson spreads north and south along the Andes, including excerpts from South American literary giants, travelers and his own impressions.
Lonely Planet Latin American Spanish Phrasebook
by Lonely Planet Publications
A handy Spanish phrasebook, with a short two-way dictionary.
Birds of Northern South America, Vol. 2: Field Guide
by Robin Restall, Clemencia Rodner, Roger Williams
This comprehensive field guide, featuring an astounding 6400 paintings and 2308 maps, covers all the birds from Ecuador to Guiana.
Forgotten Continent
by Michael Reid
Economist editor Reid draws on his years in the cities, presidential palaces and shantytowns of Central and South America in this portrait of a region rich in oil, farmland and culture, with consideration on its prospects in the face of globalization.
Ecuador Reader, History, Culture, Politics
by Carlos De La Torre (Editor), Steve Striffler (Editor)
A portrait of a nation. This lively sourcebook gathers selections from long out-of-print travel accounts, articles, interviews, poems, literary excerpts (and even a recipe) to document the vitality and diversity of modern Ecuador.





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