Amazon Birding Week in Ecuador
Our Amazon Birding Week in Ecuador would take you to the remotest place left in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest.
Definitely away from speed boats, cargo barges, jam-packed blinds and noisy generators.
Before you even arrive at the Shiripuno Amazon Lodge on your Amazon Birding Week!
On our way downstream we can commonly observe 4 and often 5 species of macaw flying over the river.
Most nights from the comfort of your bed you can hear rarities such as Nocturnal Curassow, Black banded Owl, Gray-winged Trumpeters.
In Addition, you will enjoy as well the unique call of the Great Potoo, the screech of Tawny-bellied Screech Owls, the cow like call of the Rufescent Tiger-Heron, and the melody of the Pauraque.
Our location at Shiripuno Amazon Lodge, the Great Yasuni will have all birders on the edge of their seats. Shiripuno Lodge is in the center of the biggest IBA (Important Bird Area) of Ecuador.
Most of all, your opportunity of seeing Amazonian specialties such as Salvin’s Curassow, Nocturnal Curassow, Red-and-green Macaw, Pearly Antshrike, Hairy-crested Antbird, Black-necked Red Cotinga among others is not to be missed..
8 Days Itinerary:
DAY 01: Quito-Coca by airplane, from Coca We’ll travel 90 km south into the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve and Waorani Ethnic Reserve, by small bus “Chiva” to the Shiripuno Bridge (approx. 2:30 hrs). Box Lunch would be served on the site. Afterwards we’ll navigate 65 km downstream with a motorized canoe to reach the Shiripuno Lodge, the canoe journey will take approximately 4 hours depending on water levels. We can find birds such as: Blue-and-Yellow Macaws, Scarlet Macaw, White-throated Toucan, Black-capped Donacobious, Orange-backed Troupial, Common Piping Guan, Magpie Tanager and others. Dinner and lodging .
DAY 02: Breakfast. We’ll wander in the primary forest trail net work behind the lodge and look for Army Ants Specialist such as Lunulated Antbird, White-plumed Antbird, Sooty Antbird; and give some visits to the different territories of the rare Wing-banded Antbird, Undulated Antshrike, Pearly Antshrike, Yellow-billed Jacamar; there will be time to observe Striped Manakin, Golden-headed Manakin. Lunch. In the afternoon: Visit to the Oxbow Lake. Search for the White-lored Antpitta, Long-billed Woodcreeper, Green-and-rufous Kingfisher, Chestnut-headed Crake. Dinner and lodging
DAY 03: Breakfast. We’ll walk to the Mirador View will give us species from the canopy such as Brown Jacamar, Yellow-billed Nunbird, Yellow-bellied Tanager, Purple Honeycreeper, Spangled Cotinga, Black-tailed Tityra, Yellow-browed Tody-Flycatcher,
Paradise Tanager and others. Along this trail, mixed flocks with Red-billed Scythebill, Rufous-tailed Antwren, Amazonian Barred Woodcreeper; There are territories of Coraya Wren, Ochre-striped Antpitta, Ash-throated Gnateater, Cinnamon Neopipo, Yellow- browed Antbird. Lekking site of Blue-backed Manakin, White-crowned Manakin.
DAY 04: Breakfast. Our next birding trail will be “El Misterioso Trail” a good birding trail with a lot of mixed flock with Yasuni Antwren, Red-crowned Ant-Tanager, Rio Suno Antwren, Ruddy Foliage-gleaner; territories for Thrush-like Antpitta, Ringed Antpit, Banded Antbird, and others, it will keep us busy the entire day as we add more species to our list. Lunch in the forest.
DAY 05: Breakfast. Birding along “Skucth Trail” and try for the Salvin’s Curassow, Ocellated Woodcreeper, Spotted Puffbird, Black-necked Cotinga, Grayish Mourner, Long-winged Antwren and others. Lunch in the lodge. In the afternoon check for some of the vicinity species we have missed.
DAY 06 – 07: Breakfast and birding along the river to get to the El Saladero trail and it leads to the forest clay lick, where sometimes there is a chance to find the Scarlet Macaw, Orange-cheeked Parrot, Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet. We will have lunch in middle of the Rainforest.
DAY 08: After breakfast, navigate upstream to the Waorani Community; early canoe rides are great to surprises animals crossing the river such as Capybaras, Tapir or resting Caimans; birds such as Macaws and Toucans also can be seen from the canoe. At the Waorani Community you will see the effects of cultural expose by which are living all the different indigenous groups in the Amazon. The Waorani still keep most of their traditions such as: hunting with blowguns and poisoned darts, their unique language Wao Terero, the knowledge of the Rainforest and oral traditions. Responsible tourism brings revenues to all the families at different levels by selling handcrafts, canoe drivers, native guides, housekeeping, kitchen assistants and others activities. Lunch. We’ll continue the navigation upstream to the bridge where we are going to take the bus back to Coca (arrival at 16:30 approx.).
What is included in the cost:
- Transportation Coca-Shiripuno-Coca
- Lodging in double rooms with bathroom
- Set Meals
- Bilingual Bird Guide
- Native Guide
- Excursions in the forest
- Rubbet boots up to size 43
What is not included:
- Transportation Quito-Coca-Quito
- Entrance fee $ 20
- Soft & Alcohol drinks