The Itinerary shown below is designed for Hummingbird & bird feeders (open light) to photograph near the objective & Forest & trail walking photography (darker light inside canopy) & birdwatching

MAGIC BIRDING CIRCUIT PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR
ITINERARY: 12 Nights/13 Days

4 DIFFERENT SAN JORGE LODGES + 4 SAN JORGE PRIVATE BIRD RESERVES
~ VISIT UP TO 8 DIFFERENT ECO-SYSTEMS ~

ECUADOR: ANDES HIGHLANDS, HIGHLAND RAINFOREST, DRY DESERT, CLOUD FOREST, UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST, SUBTROPICAL RAINFOREST.
PARAMO

Includes: Airport transfers, inter-lodge transportation, lodging, 3 meals per day, specialized English speaking bird guide with photography experience & entrance fees to all reserves

2017 PRE-SCHEDULED TOUR DATES: 
JANUARY 10 - 22;
FEBRUARY 10 - 22;
MARCH 10 - 22;
APRIL 10 - 22;
DECEMBER 3 - 15

2018 PRE-SCHEDULED TOUR DATES: 
JANUARY 10 - 22;
FEBRUARY 10 - 22;
MARCH 10 - 22;
APRIL 10 - 22;
OCTOBER 10 - 22;
NOVEMBER 5 - 17;
DECEMBER 3 - 15



DAY 1
Evening Airport Transfer to San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito - Andean Forest Reserve
Overnight: San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito, no meals included


DAY 2
Bird photography at San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito & Jerusalem Dry Reserve (Andean Valleys, Highland Rain Forest & Desert areas)
Photography at hummingbird feeders, tanager feeders and trail walking
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito. Includes: 3 meals
Target Birds: Black-tailed Trainbearer, Sword-billed Hummingbird, White- bellied Woodstar, Blue-and-yellow Tanager, Stripe-headed Brush-Finch (Giant Hummingbird-Jerusalem)


DAY 3
Bird photo tour at Yanacocha Reserve (Highland Cloud Forest)
Photography at hummingbird feeders, tanager feeders, trails
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito. Includes: 3 meals (boxed lunch)
Target Birds: Collared Inca, Mountain Velvetbreast, Turquoise Jay, Barred Fruiteater, Burrowing Owl, Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant, White-capped Dipper


DAY 4
San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary (Cloud Forest)
Photography at hummingbird feeders, tanager feeders, trails with bird/photo huts, ponds, NEW Canopy Islands Bird & Wildlife Photo Center.
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Tandayapa. Includes: 3 meals
Target Birds:Violet-tailed Sylph, Booted Raquet-tail, Velvet-purple Coronet, Golden-naped Tanager, Black-capped Tanager, Red-headed Barbet

DAYS 5 & 6
San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary (Cloud Forest)
Photography at feeders, trails, gardens, ponds, wild orchids, butterflies, rare insects, NEW Canopy Islands Bird & Wildlife Photo Center.
Olinguito, Kinkajous, endemic squirrels at feeders.
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Tandayapa. Includes: 3 meals per day


DAY 7
San Tadeo feeders & San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve (Upper Tropical Rainforest)
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Milpe, includes 3 meals


DAY 8
Photography at San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve (Upper Tropical Rainforest)
Photography at hummingbird feeders, tanager feeders, toucan feeders, trail walking, cascading waterfalls, rivers, wild orchids, butterflies, rare insects.
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Milpe, Include 3 meals
Target Birds: White-whiskered Hermit, Green Thorntail, White-necked Jacobin, Pale-mandibled Aracari, Green Honeycreeper, Flame-faced Tanager


DAY 9
Birds & photography at Angel Paz Antpitta Feeding Station
AM Visit Refugio Paz de las Aves
to watch AM Antpitta feeding + Cock of the Rock Lek - Early 5:00 AM departure from San Jorge/Milpe, ½ day excursion; includes transportation & entrance fee. Guided Tour provided by Angel Paz. Note: optional trails are moderate to difficult.
Later afternoon, photography from 60 foot high spacious observation tower overlooking canopy.
Tyras, wolly opossums and agutis at feeders.
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Milpe, includes 3 meals
Target Birds: Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Empress Brilliant, Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, Giant Antpitta, Yellow-breasted Antpitta, Oscillated Tapaculo




DAY 10
Bird photography at Amaguza Reserve - highest biodiversity regions with Choco endemic birds (for birds not found at Tandayapa or Milpe) - feeders/trails
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Milpe, includes 3 meals (boxed lunch)

DAY 11
Birding & photo tour at Antisana Andean Condor Reservation by vehicle (High Barren Plains/Paramo)
Photography in the ecological national park; hummingbird feeders
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito. Includes: 3 meals (boxed lunch)
Target Birds: Andean Condor, Black-faced Ibis, Carunculated Caracara, Andean Lapwing, Giant Hummingbird, Great Sapphirewing, Ecuadorian Hillstar


DAY 12
Otavalo Indian Market & San Pablo Lake - Photography for Purple-throated Woodstart, Harris Hawk, Scrub Tanager, Common Gallinule, Andean Coot, Andean Rudy Duck.
Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito, includes 3 meals - lunch at typical restaurant in Otavalo

Day 13
AM airport transfer

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Optional:
Add-on Cultural Tours offered at San Jorge: Old Colonial Quito City Tour; Middle of the World Equator Monument; Otavalo Indian Market & surrounding villages; Medicinal Plants & Sacred Waterfalls, Andes Chocolate & Coffee - Hands on Cooking Lesson; Beginners Painting Watercolor Lessons - Nature & Birds

Galapagos Island Cruise extensions: 4 to 7 night Naturalist Cruises; Superior Tourist, First Class or Deluxe vessels (specify which) including airfare from Quito

Amazon Jungle Lodge extensions: 3 to 5 night Birdwatching Photography packages including airfare from Quito