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Begin your birding adventure as soon as you arrive to Ecuador with San Jorge's prime trails, specialized guides and lots of birding options. The Magic Birding Circuit offers over 1,700 species and 65 Hummingbirds.


The Magic Birding &
Photography  Circuit

7 PRIVATE RESERVES &
4 ECO-LODGES


SAN JORGE eco-lodge & botanical reserve/quito 
KM 4 VA ANTIGUA A NONO (CONT. CALLE MACHALA)
andes highlands/high barren plains/highland rainforest
Altitude: 3,000 - 3,100 m.  (9,580 - 10,500 ft. o.s.l.)

SAN JORGE DE TANDAYAPA hummingbird sanctuary & lodge
cloud forest
KM 3,5 PARTIDERO ANTIGUO A TANDAYAPA
altitude:  1,700 m.  (5,600 ft. o.s.l.)

SAN JORGE DE MILPE BIRD & orchid reserve
San Jorge cliff lodge & san jorge forest lodge 
upper tropical rainforest
KM 3,7 CAMINO A MILPE
altitude: 900 m.  (3,000 ft. o.s.l.)

SAN JORGE DE COSANGA -YANAYACU WILDLIFE & BIRD RESERVEs
andes highland cloud forest
KM3,6 CAMINO A LAS CAUCHERAS
altitude: 2,500 m. (8,000 ft. o.s.l.)

SAN JORGE DE ESTERO HONDO botanical reserve
PACIFIC COASTal LOWLANDS
altitude:  200 m.  (600 ft. o.s.l.)

san jorge de sumaco bird sanctuary
lower amazon basin
altitude:  500 m.  (1,600 ft. o.s.l.)



Rufous- napped brush Finch
NEW - San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary - Amazon Birds
Harpy Eagle
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Quito Birding Day Tours
NEW Deluxe Rustic Suites at San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve

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Giant Antpitta
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Photography in South America
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Rufus Tailed Hummingbird
Black Tailed Trainbearer
Andean Ruddy Duck

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The Magic Birding Circuit

ecuador birdwatching tours ~ bird & wildlife photography


OFFERING THE BEST BIRDING LODGES & TOURS IN ECUADOR


The Magic Birding & Photography Circuit is the first of its kind in South America, We own 7 private Birding Reserves and 4 Eco-Lodges in Ecuador, most within a two hour radius of Quito. Experience our Ecuador Birdwatching Tours & Bird & Wildlife Photography Tours and Eco-Tours for nature lovers, visiting up to 13 diverse eco-systems throughout the Andes Highlands, Cloud Forests, Upper Tropical Rainforest, East & West Andes Slope, Paramo, Amazon Tropical Rainforest & Pacific Lowlands.  We have recently have added two NEW private nature reserves to The Magic Circuit collection, introducing San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary in the Amazon Tropical Rainforest, and the NEW San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Paradise in the Eastern Andes Cloud Forest.

Our private nature reserves offer up to 1,600 possible bird species and 100 Hummingbird species, 15 running waterfalls, 2 ponds, rivers, wild orchids in natural habitat, medicinal plants, butterflies, mammals & diverse flora & fauna. Our all-inclusive Ecuador Tours include airport transfers or pick up from downtown Quito, delicious meals, lodging, specialized English speaking native bird guides and private transportation throughout the reserves. We bird our way from reserve to reserve eliminating unnecessary driving. Our 4 Ecuador Eco-Lodges are rustic and environmentally friendly and offer quality service with comfortable well-appointed rooms furnished in typical décor with optional upgrades for private balcony and stunning views or rustic bungalow rooms.  Enjoy nature and wildlife from our 60 foot high spacious observation tower overlooking the Amazonian canopy and our 45 foot high tower in the Upper Tropical Rainforest.  Swim at the cascading waterfalls with a picnic lunch, or selecting one of our Ecuadorian cultural tours.

~ NEW ADDITIONS AT SAN JORGE ~

  • NEW  - San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Paradise located in the East Andes Cloud Forest located in the Epicenter of the Christmas Bird Count World Record area of 540 species in 1 day!. Surrounded by Antisana National Park, Sumaco NP, Napo Galeras NP and Cayambe Coca NP making this the largest and most protected natural areas in Ecuador. San Jorge de Guacayamos Bird Paradise offers hundreds and hundreds of bird and butterfly species, a large variety of mammals such as Spectacled bears, Tapirs, Pumas, Tyra’s, deer and Jaguar, including a wide variety of wild orchids and plant species. This new private reserve has been added to our portfolio for the top birdwatching.
    San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Paradise

  • NEW  - San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary located on 400 acres in the Tropical Lower Amazon region is a new to our collection of private reserves. A new paradise for birdwatchers and photographers offering a wide selection of Amazon birds & wildlife to The Magic Birding Circuit Tour portfolio. NEW 60 foot high spacious observation tower overlooking the Amazon canopy!
    San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary

  • NEW - The Canopy Islands Bird & Wildlife Photography Center at San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary in the Cloud Forest, a first in South America! Observation decks at a variety of levels with active feeders, 360 degrees of light to shoot any desired angle, photograph canopy birds in nearby trees and raptors & birds in the forest. A birdwatchers and nature lovers heaven.

  • NEW -Hummingbird Restaurant at San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary in the Cloud Forest, built high above the forest canopy with spectacular views - open air dining!  Dine with the Hummingbirds!  3 NEW spacious rooms have also been built offering magnificent panorama views with private balcony or private patio, vaulted ceilings and large windows.
    San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary & Lodge

 

Trip Advisor Certificates of Excellence Award

San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary & Lodge
San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve & Lodges
San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito


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Magic Birding & Photography Circuit Map

Magic Birding Circuit 17 NIGHTS/18 DAYS

VISIT 6 SAN JORGE LODGES + 6 SAN JORGE PRIVATE BIRDING RESERVES

East & West Andes Slopes:
ANDES HIGHLANDS, CLOUD FOREST, UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST, SUBTROPICAL RAINFOREST. EASTERN SUBTROPICAL CLOUD FOREST, TROPICAL AMAZONIAN RAINFOREST, PARAMO, COCO CORRIDOR

Pre-scheduled tour dates for 2023
February 1 - 18;
March 1 - 18;
April 15 - May 2;
September 15 - October 2 ;
November 15 - December 2;
December 3 - 20


Day One - Evening airport transfer to San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito. Overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, no meals included

Day Two - Birding San Jorge Reserve/Quito Birding Center - Upper Farm Road & Yanacocha old road, Alambi Road & Nono Tandayapa Road (ANDES HIGHLANDS/UPPER CLOUD FOREST) feeders, gardens, road walking. Feeders at the lodge are visited by the Black-tailed Trainbearer, Green-tailed Trainbearer, Sword-billed Hummingbird,  Sparkling Violetear, Tyrian Metaltail, Shining Sunbeam, and, the tiny White-bellied Woodstar. The Trail around the lodge offers possible Tufted Tit-tyrant, Rufous-naped Brush-Finch, Azara's Spinetail, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Blue-and-yellow Tanager, Southern Yellow Grosbeak, Red-crested Cotinga, and the Streak-throated Bush-Tyrant. Overnight San Jorge Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals

Days Three & Four - Birding San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary
(CLOUD FOREST) Hummingbird & Tanager feeders, bird walks on pristine trails, Canopy Islands Observation decks, ponds, streams.  Multi-colored bird species like the Blue-winged Mountain Tanager,  Red-headed Barbet,  Three-striped Warbler, White-winged Becard,  Metallic-green Tanager, Crimson-rumped Toucanet, Pale-mandibled Aracari, Golden-naped Tanager, Golden Tanager, Flame-faced Tanager, Orange-bellied Euphonia, along with the Masked Trogon, Squirell Cuckoo, Slate-throated Whitestar, Streak-capped Treehunter, Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Buff-fronted Foliage-Gleaner, Black-chested Tanager, and, with a bit of luck, the Ochre-breasted Antpitta.  Additionally, our feeders are visited by abounding hummingbird species including the iconic Booted Racket-tail and the Violet-tailed Sylph.  Seasonal visits by the iconic Toucan Barbet, and, the Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan along with the Crested Quetzal, and, the Golden-headed Quetzal.  Overnight San Jorge Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals per day

Day Five - Birding Upper San Jorge Tandayapa, Bellavista & San Tadeo road
(CLOUD FOREST/UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST) A second chance at the Plate-billed Mountain Toucan and Toucan Barbet along the road of San Tadeo.  Overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Six - Birding San Jorge Milpe Reserve (
UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST) home of the Banded-ground Cuckoo! (One of the 50 rarest birds in the world).  feeders, trails.  Endemic Choco Toucan, Esmeraldas Antbird, Bicolored Antbird, Choco Warbler, Streaked Xenops, Glistening-green Tanager, Blue-tailed Trogon, Black-throated Trogon, Gartered Trogon, Collared Trogon, White-tailed Trogon, Striped Woodhaunter, Black-headed Antthrush, Scaly-throated Foliage-Gleaner, Buffy Tuftedcheek, Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher, Crismon-bellied Woodpecker, Guayaquil Woodpecker, Red-Rumped Woodpecker, Emerald Tanager, Choco Toucan, White-bearded Manakin, Club-winged Manakin, Northern Schiffornis, Golden-winged Manakin, Purple-throated Fruitcrow and with some luck the Lanceolated Monklet, Berlepsch's Tinamou.  Overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Seven - Birding Rio Chaguaryacu feeder and trails; exploring Mashi area.  Overnight San Jorge/Milpe Cliff Lodge, includes 3 meals 

Day Eight - Birding Rio Tatal trails, Milpe road, Forest Lodge observatory & towers.  Return to Quito.  Overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals 

Day Nine - Old Colonial Quito City Tour.  Overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals 

Day Ten - Birding Antisana National Park by vehicle - Andes Condor Reserve (PARAMO/HIGH BARREN PLAINS) feeders, scenic views.  Ecuadorian Hillstar, Andean Teal, Andean Lapwing, Black-faced Ibis, Giant Hummingbird, Andes Condor.  Overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Eleven - Birding Papallacta Pass, Cayambe Coca (PARAMO/EAST ANDES)  Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Red-rumped Bush-Tyrant, Bar-bellied Woodpecker, White-chinned Thistletail, White-browed Spinetail, Many-stripped Canastero, Rainbow-bearded Thornbill, Blue-mantled Thornbill, Viridian Metaltail, Red-rumped Bush-Tyrant, Giant Conebill, Paramo Seedeater, Paramo Tapaculo, and many more.  Overnight brand new San Jorge/Guacamayos Lodge, includes 3 meals                                                                                                    

Days Twelve & Thirteen -
Birding at San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Paradise (EASTERN SUB-TROPICAL CLOUD FOREST). Visit our private Cock of the Rock Lek.  Possible Blue-headed Hummingbird, Bat Falcon, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Cliff Flycatcher, Bronze Inca, Flame-faced Tanager, Andean Cock of the Rock (m) Rupicola Peruviana, Golden-collared Honeycreeper, Fork-tailed Honeycreeper, Northern-mountain Cacique, Sunbittern, Ochre-breasted Antpitta, White-tailed Hillstar, Slate-crowned Antpitta, Emerald Toucanet, Berryl-spangled Tanager, Black and Chestnut Eagle, Streaked Tuffedcheck, White-capped Tanager, Yellow-throated Tanager,Wire-crested Thorntail, Violet-fronted Brilliant, White-tailed Hillstar, Mountain Velvetbreast, Bronzy Inca, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Tourmaline Sunangel, Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Long-tailed Sylph and Wedge-billed Hummingbird, after lunch birding San Jorge Guacamayos Low area offers different species possible Deep blue-flower Piecer, Golden eared Tanager, Paradise Tanager, Amazon Umbrella Bird, Mani-banded Acari. Overnight brand new San Jorge Guacamayos Lodge, includes 3 meals 

Day Fourteen -
Birding Hollin, High Sumaco Road.  Feeders, road walking. Overnight Loreto Lodge or new San Jorge Sumaco Bajo Lodge when completed, includes 3 meals                                           

Day Fifteen - Birding San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary
(TROPICAL AMAZONIAN RAINFOREST) Macaws Boulevard (12 species Parrots & 4 Macaw species); 60-foot-high spacious covered Observatory Tower over canopy, (optional afternoon river swim).  Overnight Loreto Lodge or new San Jorge Sumaco Bajo Lodge when completed, includes 3 meals. Blue headed Parrot, Chestnut fronted Macaw, Tawny bellied Owl, Dusky headed Parakeet; Harpy Eagle, and numerous more.                                                                                                                                                                  

Day Sixteen - Birding San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary.
Visit Manikin Lek, up to 8 species - trail walking in the jungle for long distant active walkers, rivers, streams. Possible Wire tailed Manakin, Golden-winged, Striped Manakin, Blue-crowned, Dwarf-tyrant, Club-winged & White-bearded. Wing-banded Piprites  Overnight Loreto Lodge or new San Jorge Sumaco Bajo Lodge when completed, includes 3 meals                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Day Seventeen - early AM stop at San Jorge de Cosanga-Yanayuca Bird & Wildlife Reserve, return drive to Quito. Overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Eighteen - am airport transfer or to downtown Quito

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We own and operate 7 private birding reserves and 6 birding Eco-Lodges in Ecuador with up to 1600 possible bird species + 100 Hummingbirds, wild orchids, butterflies, mammals and beautiful flora and fauna.  Our lodges are comfortable with quality services and delicious Ecuadorian cuisine. The reserves offer miles of pristine bird trails, Hummingbird/Tanager/Toucan feeders, 25 waterfalls, rivers, ponds, spacious covered observation decks and covered towers overlooking the canopy + bird hides.  Our tours are guided by native bird guides and birding is fabulous!  The diversification of our expeditions offer new birds in each new eco-system visited.  Our brand new San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Lodge located in the Subtropical Cloud Forest on the East Andes Slope is now open!  It even has its own Cock of the Rock Lek!  Our 2nd new bird lodge, San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo in the Tropical Amazonian Rainforest on the East Andes Slope is projected to open Spring, 2023. 

The Magic Birding Circuit Tours are all-inclusive, including round trip airport transfers, comfortable lodging accommodations, daily guided bird walks with specialized native bird guides to the region, inter-lodge private transportation and reserve entrance fees. Added features while at San Jorge Lodges include delicious Ecuadorian and International cuisine with top quality service.  Our West Andes Lodges & Reserves visited on this tour are located in the Coco Corridor which has the most concentrated amount of birds in Ecuador as this area was never hit by the ice age.  This tour is for active birders without physical limitation who can walk and bird steadily for approximately 3 hours in the morning and also the afternoon. 

Magic Birding Circuit Tour - 11 Nights/12 Days

VISIT UP TO 5 SAN JORGE LODGES + 4 SAN JORGE PRIVATE BIRDING RESERVES

East & West Andes Slopes:
ANDES HIGHLANDS, CLOUD FOREST, UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST, SUBTROPICAL RAINFOREST.  EASTERN SUBTROPICAL CLOUD FOREST, PARAMO, COCO CORRIDOR

Pre-scheduled tour dates for 2023
March 1 - 12;
June 1 - 12;
July 1 - 12;
August 1 - 12;

Day One – Evening Airport transfer to San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito; overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, no meals included

Day Two – Birding San Jorge Reserve/Quito Birding Center - Upper Farm Road & Yanacocha old road, Alambi Road & Nono Tandayapa Road
(ANDES HIGHLANDS/UPPER CLOUD FOREST) feeders, gardens, road walking. Feeders at the lodge are visited by the Black-tailed Trainbearer, Green-tailed Trainbearer, Sword-billed Hummingbird,  Sparkling Violetear, Tyrian Metaltail, Shining Sunbeam, and, the tiny White-bellied Woodstar. The Trail around the lodge offers possible Tufted Tit-tyrant, Rufous-naped Brush-Finch, Azara's Spinetail, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Blue-and-yellow Tanager, Southern Yellow Grosbeak, Red-crested Cotinga, and the Streak-throated Bush-Tyrant.  Overnight San Jorge Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals (boxed lunch)

Day Three - Birding San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary
(CLOUD FOREST)  Hummingbird & Tanager feeders, bird walks on pristine trails, Canopy Islands Observation decks, ponds, streams.  Multi-colored bird species like the Blue-winged Mountain Tanager,  Red-headed Barbet,  Three-striped Warbler, White-winged Becard,  Metallic-green Tanager, Crimson-rumped Toucanet, Pale-mandibled Aracari, Golden-naped Tanager, Golden Tanager, Flame-faced Tanager, Orange-bellied Euphonia, along with the Masked Trogon, Squirell Cuckoo, Slate-throated Whitestar, Streak-capped Treehunter, Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Buff-fronted Foliage-Gleaner, Black-chested Tanager, and, with a bit of luck, the Ochre-breasted Antpitta.  Additionally, our feeders are visited by abounding hummingbird species including the iconic Booted Racket-tail and the Violet-tailed Sylph.  Seasonal visits by the iconic Toucan Barbet, and, the Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan along with the Crested Quetzal, and, the Golden-headed Quetzal.  Overnight San Jorge Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals                                                                                                                              

Day Four - Birding Upper San Jorge Tandayapa, Bellavista & San Tadeo road (CLOUD FOREST/UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST) A second chance at the Plate-billed Mountain Toucan and Toucan Barbet along the road of San Tadeo.  Overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Lodge, includes 3 meals (boxed lunch)

Day Five -  Birding San Jorge Milpe Reserve (UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST) home of the Banded-ground Cuckoo! (One of the 50 rarest birds in the world).  feeders, trails.  Endemic Choco Toucan, Esmeraldas Antbird, Bicolored Antbird, Choco Warbler, Streaked Xenops, Glistening-green Tanager, Blue-tailed Trogon, Black-throated Trogon, Gartered Trogon, Collared Trogon, White-tailed Trogon, Striped Woodhaunter, Black-headed Antthrush, Scaly-throated Foliage-Gleaner, Buffy Tuftedcheek, Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher, Crismon-bellied Woodpecker, Guayaquil Woodpecker, Red-Rumped Woodpecker, Emerald Tanager, Choco Toucan, White-bearded Manakin, Club-winged Manakin, Northern Schiffornis, Golden-winged Manakin, Purple-throated Fruitcrow and with some luck the Lanceolated Monklet, Berlepsch's Tinamou.  Overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Six – Birding Rio Chaguaryacu feeder and trails; exploring Mashi area.  Overnight San Jorge/Milpe Cliff Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Seven – Birding Rio Tatal trails, Milpe road, Forest Lodge observatory
Return to Quito.  Overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Eight – Birding Papallacta Pass, Cayambe Coca
(PARAMO/EAST ANDES)  Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Red-rumped Bush-Tyrant, Bar-bellied Woodpecker, White-chinned Thistletail, White-browed Spinetail, Many-stripped Canastero, Rainbow-bearded Thornbill, Blue-mantled Thornbill, Viridian Metaltail, Red-rumped Bush-Tyrant, Giant Conebill, Paramo Seedeater, Paramo Tapaculo, and many more.  Overnight brand new San Jorge/Guacamayos Lodge, includes 3 meals 

Days Nine & Ten - Birding at San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Paradise (EASTERN SUB-TROPICAL CLOUD FOREST). Visit our private Cock of the Rock Lek.  Possible Blue-headed Hummingbird, Bat Falcon, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Cliff Flycatcher, Bronze Inca, Flame-faced Tanager, Andean Cock of the Rock (m) Rupicola Peruviana, Golden-collared Honeycreeper, Fork-tailed Honeycreeper, Northern-mountain Cacique, Sunbittern, Ochre-breasted Antpitta, White-tailed Hillstar, Slate-crowned Antpitta, Emerald Toucanet, Berryl-spangled Tanager, Black and Chestnut Eagle, Streaked Tuffedcheck, White-capped Tanager, Yellow-throated Tanager,Wire-crested Thorntail, Violet-fronted Brilliant, White-tailed Hillstar, Mountain Velvetbreast, Bronzy Inca, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Tourmaline Sunangel, Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Long-tailed Sylph and Wedge-billed Hummingbird, after lunch birding San Jorge Guacamayos Low area offers different species possible Deep blue-flower Piecer, Golden eared Tanager, Paradise Tanager, Amazon Umbrella Bird, Mani-banded Acari.

Day Nine
Overnight brand new San Jorge/Guacamayos Lodge.  Day Ten afternoon drive back to Quito, overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge , includes 3 meals per day  

Day Eleven - Birding Antisana National Park by vehicle - Andes Condor Reserve (PARAMO), feeders, Ecuadorian Hillstar, Andean Teal, Andean Lapwing, Black-faced Ibis, Giant Hummingbird, overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Twelve
am airport transfer

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Magic Birding & Photography Circuit MAP

We own and operate 7 private birding reserves and 6 birding Eco-Lodges in Ecuador with up to 1600 possible bird species + 100 Hummingbirds, wild orchids, butterflies, mammals and beautiful flora and fauna.  Our lodges are comfortable with quality services and delicious Ecuadorian cuisine. The reserves offer miles of pristine bird trails, Hummingbird/Tanager/Toucan feeders, 25 waterfalls, rivers, ponds, spacious covered observation decks and covered towers overlooking the canopy + bird hides.  Our tours are guided by native bird guides and birding is fabulous!  The diversification of our expeditions offer new birds in each new eco-system visited.  Our brand new San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Lodge located in the Subtropical Cloud Forest on the East Andes Slope is now open!  It even has its own Cock of the Rock Lek!  Our 2nd new bird lodge, San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo in the Tropical Amazonian Rainforest on the East Andes Slope is projected to open Spring, 2023. 

The Magic Birding Circuit Tours are all-inclusive, including round trip airport transfers, comfortable lodging accommodations, daily guided bird walks with specialized native bird guides to the region, inter-lodge private transportation and reserve entrance fees. Added features while at San Jorge Lodges include delicious Ecuadorian and International cuisine with top quality service.  Our West Andes Lodges & Reserves visited on this tour are located in the Coco Corridor which has the most concentrated amount of birds in Ecuador as this area was never hit by the ice age.  This tour is for active birders without physical limitation who can walk and bird steadily for approximately 3 hours in the morning and also the afternoon. 

Magic Birding Circuit 7 NIGHTS/8 DAYS

VISIT 4 SAN JORGE LODGES + 3 SAN JORGE PRIVATE BIRDING RESERVES

ANDES HIGHLANDS, CLOUD FOREST, UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST, SUBTROPICAL RAINFOREST, COCO CORRIDOR



Pre-scheduled tour dates for 2023
February 2 -9;
March 1 - 8;
April 16 - 23
June 1 - 8;
July 1 - 8;
August 1 - 8;
September 16 - 23;
October 16 - 23;
December 4 - 10

Day One - Evening Airport transfer to San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito; overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, no meals included

Day Two - Birding San Jorge Reserve/Quito Birding Center - Upper Farm Road & Yanacocha old road, Alambi Road & Nono Tandayapa Road (ANDES HIGHLANDS/UPPER CLOUD FOREST) feeders, gardens, road walking. Feeders at the lodge are visited by the Black-tailed Trainbearer, Green-tailed Trainbearer, Sword-billed Hummingbird,  Sparkling Violetear, Tyrian Metaltail, Shining Sunbeam, and, the tiny White-bellied Woodstar. The Trail around the lodge offers possible Tufted Tit-tyrant, Rufous-naped Brush-Finch, Azara's Spinetail, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Blue-and-yellow Tanager, Southern Yellow Grosbeak, Red-crested Cotinga, and the Streak-throated Bush-Tyrant.  Overnight San Jorge Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals (boxed lunch)

Day Three - Birding San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary
(CLOUD FOREST)  Hummingbird & Tanager feeders, bird walks on pristine trails, Canopy Islands Observation decks, ponds, streams.  Multi-colored bird species like the Blue-winged Mountain Tanager,  Red-headed Barbet,  Three-striped Warbler, White-winged Becard,  Metallic-green Tanager, Crimson-rumped Toucanet, Pale-mandibled Aracari, Golden-naped Tanager, Golden Tanager, Flame-faced Tanager, Orange-bellied Euphonia, along with the Masked Trogon, Squirell Cuckoo, Slate-throated Whitestar, Streak-capped Treehunter, Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Buff-fronted Foliage-Gleaner, Black-chested Tanager, and, with a bit of luck, the Ochre-breasted Antpitta.  Additionally, our feeders are visited by abounding hummingbird species including the iconic Booted Racket-tail and the Violet-tailed Sylph.  Seasonal visits by the iconic Toucan Barbet, and, the Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan along with the Crested Quetzal, and, the Golden-headed Quetzal.  Overnight San Jorge Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Four - Birding Upper San Jorge Tandayapa, Bellavista & San Tadeo road
(CLOUD FOREST/UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST) A second chance at the Plate-billed Mountain Toucan and Toucan Barbet along the road of San Tadeo.  Overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Lodge, includes 3 meals (boxed lunch)

Day Five - Birding San Jorge Milpe Reserve (
UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST) home of the Banded-ground Cuckoo! (One of the 50 rarest birds in the world).  feeders, trails.  Endemic Choco Toucan, Esmeraldas Antbird, Bicolored Antbird, Choco Warbler, Streaked Xenops, Glistening-green Tanager, Blue-tailed Trogon, Black-throated Trogon, Gartered Trogon, Collared Trogon, White-tailed Trogon, Striped Woodhaunter, Black-headed Antthrush, Scaly-throated Foliage-Gleaner, Buffy Tuftedcheek, Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher, Crismon-bellied Woodpecker, Guayaquil Woodpecker, Red-Rumped Woodpecker, Emerald Tanager, Choco Toucan, White-bearded Manakin, Club-winged Manakin, Northern Schiffornis, Golden-winged Manakin, Purple-throated Fruitcrow and with some luck the Lanceolated Monklet, Berlepsch's Tinamou.  Overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Six - Birding Rio Chaguaryacu feeder and trails; exploring Mashi area. 
Overnight San Jorge/Milpe Cliff Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Seven - Birding Rio Tatal trails, Milpe road, Forest Lodge observatory
Return to Quito.  Overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Eight
- am airport transfer

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Magic Birding & Photography Circuit MAP

We own and operate 7 private birding reserves and 6 birding Eco-Lodges in Ecuador with up to 1600 possible bird species + 100 Hummingbirds, wild orchids, butterflies, mammals and beautiful flora and fauna.  Our lodges are comfortable with quality services and delicious Ecuadorian cuisine. The reserves offer miles of pristine bird trails, Hummingbird/Tanager/Toucan feeders, 25 waterfalls, rivers, ponds, spacious covered observation decks and covered towers overlooking the canopy + bird hides.  Our tours are guided by native bird guides and birding is fabulous!  The diversification of our expeditions offer new birds in each new eco-system visited.  Our brand new San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Lodge located in the Subtropical Cloud Forest on the East Andes Slope is now open!  It even has its own Cock of the Rock Lek!  Our 2nd new bird lodge, San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo in the Tropical Amazonian Rainforest on the East Andes Slope is projected to open Spring, 2023. 

The Magic Birding Circuit Tours are all-inclusive, including round trip airport transfers, comfortable lodging accommodations, daily guided bird walks with specialized native bird guides to the region, inter-lodge private transportation and reserve entrance fees. Added features while at San Jorge Lodges include delicious Ecuadorian and International cuisine with top quality service.  Our West Andes Lodges & Reserves visited on this tour are located in the Coco Corridor which has the most concentrated amount of birds in Ecuador as this area was never hit by the ice age.  This tour is for active birders without physical limitation who can walk and bird steadily for approximately 3 hours in the morning and also the afternoon. 

 

ECUMAGIC BIRDING CIRCUIT TOUR - 8N/9D EAST ANDES

VISIT 3 SAN JORGE LODGES + 4 SAN JORGE PRIVATE BIRDING RESERVES

ANDES HIGHLANDS, EAST ANDES SLOPE, PARAMO, CLOUD FOREST, TROPICAL AMAZONIAN RAINFOREST


2023 Pre-scheduled tour dates
February 10 - 18;
March 10 - 18;
April 24 - May 2;
September 24 - October 2;
November 24 - December 2;
December 11 - 20

 

Day One - Evening airport transfer to San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito. Overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, no meals included

Day Two - Birding Papallacta Pass, Cayambe Coca (PARAMO/EAST ANDES)  Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Red-rumped Bush-Tyrant, Bar-bellied Woodpecker, White-chinned Thistletail, White-browed Spinetail, Many-stripped Canastero, Rainbow-bearded Thornbill, Blue-mantled Thornbill, Viridian Metaltail, Red-rumped Bush-Tyrant, Giant Conebill, Paramo Seedeater, Paramo Tapaculo, and many more.  Overnight brand new San Jorge/Guacamayos Lodge, includes 3 meals

Days Three & Four -
Birding at San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Paradise (EASTERN SUB-TROPICAL CLOUD FOREST). Visit our private Cock of the Rock Lek.  Possible Blue-headed Hummingbird, Bat Falcon, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Cliff Flycatcher, Bronze Inca, Flame-faced Tanager, Andean Cock of the Rock (m) Rupicola Peruviana, Golden-collared Honeycreeper, Fork-tailed Honeycreeper, Northern-mountain Cacique, Sunbittern, Ochre-breasted Antpitta, White-tailed Hillstar, Slate-crowned Antpitta, Emerald Toucanet, Berryl-spangled Tanager, Black and Chestnut Eagle, Streaked Tuffedcheck, White-capped Tanager, Yellow-throated Tanager,Wire-crested Thorntail, Violet-fronted Brilliant, White-tailed Hillstar, Mountain Velvetbreast, Bronzy Inca, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Tourmaline Sunangel, Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Long-tailed Sylph and Wedge-billed Hummingbird, after lunch birding San Jorge Guacamayos Low area offers different species possible Deep blue-flower Piecer, Golden eared Tanager, Paradise Tanager, Amazon Umbrella Bird, Mani-banded Acari. Overnight brand new San Jorge Guacamayos Lodge, includes 3 meals                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Day Five -
Birding Hollin, High Sumaco Road.  Feeders, road walking. Overnight Loreto Lodge or new San Jorge Sumaco Bajo Lodge when completed, includes 3 meals                                          

Day Six - Birding San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary
(TROPICAL AMAZONIAN RAINFOREST) Macaws Boulevard (12 species Parrots & 4 Macaw species); 60-foot-high spacious covered Observatory Tower over canopy, (optional afternoon river swim).  Overnight Loreto Lodge or new San Jorge Sumaco Bajo Lodge when completed, includes 3 meals. Blue headed Parrot, Chestnut fronted Macaw, Tawny bellied Owl, Dusky headed Parakeet; Harpy Eagle, and numerous more.

Day Seven- Birding San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary.
Visit Manikin Lek, up to 8 species - trail walking in the jungle for long distant active walkers, rivers, streams. Possible Wire tailed Manakin, Golden-winged, Striped Manakin, Blue-crowned, Dwarf-tyrant, Club-winged & White-bearded. Wing-banded Piprites  Overnight Loreto Lodge or new San Jorge Sumaco Bajo Lodge when completed, includes 3 meals

Day Eight - early AM stop at San Jorge de Cosanga-Yanayuca Bird & Wildlife Reserve, return drive to Quito. Overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals 
 
Day Nine - am airport transfer or to downtown Quito

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Magic Birding & Photography Circuit MAP

We own and operate 7 private birding reserves and 6 birding Eco-Lodges in Ecuador with up to 1600 possible bird species + 100 Hummingbirds, wild orchids, butterflies, mammals and beautiful flora and fauna.  Our lodges are comfortable with quality services and delicious Ecuadorian cuisine. The reserves offer miles of pristine bird trails, Hummingbird/Tanager/Toucan feeders, 25 waterfalls, rivers, ponds, spacious covered observation decks and covered towers overlooking the canopy + bird hides.  Our tours are guided by native bird guides and birding is fabulous!  The diversification of our expeditions offer new birds in each new eco-system visited.  Our brand new San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Lodge located in the Subtropical Cloud Forest on the East Andes Slope is now open!  It even has its own Cock of the Rock Lek!  Our 2nd new bird lodge, San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo in the Tropical Amazonian Rainforest on the East Andes Slope is projected to open Spring, 2023.

The Magic Birding Circuit Tours are all-inclusive, including round trip airport transfers, comfortable lodging accommodations, daily guided bird walks with specialized native bird guides to the region, inter-lodge private transportation and reserve entrance fees. Added features while at San Jorge Lodges include delicious Ecuadorian and International cuisine with top quality service.  Our West Andes Lodges & Reserves visited on this tour are located in the Coco Corridor which has the most concentrated amount of birds in Ecuador as this area was never hit by the ice age.  This tour is for active birders without physical limitation who can walk and bird steadily for approximately 3 hours in the morning and also the afternoon.

MAGIC BIRDING CIRCUIT PHOTO TOUR – 9N/10D West

4 DIFFERENT SAN JORGE LODGES + 3 SAN JORGE PRIVATE BIRD RESERVES

~ VISIT UP TO 5 DIFFERENT ECO-SYSTEMS ~ ECUADOR: UPPER ANDEAN FOREST, WESTERN CLOUD FOREST, WESTERN UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST, WESTERN SUB-TROPICAL FOREST, COCO CORRIDOR

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


2023 Pre-scheduled tour dates
April 1 - 10;
May 5 - 14;
October 10 – 19;


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

DAY 1
Evening Airport Transfer to San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito – Upper Andean Forest Reserve

Overnight: San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito, no meals included

DAY 2
Bird photography at San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito Photo Center Upper Andean Forest

Photography at hummingbird feeders and trail walking

Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito. Includes: 3 meals

Black-tailed Trainbearer, Sword-billed Hummingbird, White-bellied Woodstar, Blue-and-yellow Tanager, Stripe-headed Brush-Finch

DAY 3
AM Photography at Zuri feeders, continue on to San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary for lunch and photography at the reserve. (Highland Cloud Forest/Cloud Forest)

Feeders, trail walking

Overnight San Jorge Tandayapa Eco-Lodge. Includes: 3 meals

DAYS 4 & 5
San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary (Western Andean Cloud Forest)

We will begin shooting from the 4 observation decks overlooking our prime cloud forest reserve and the bird feeders around the lodge which will provide an incredible amount of bird species. The bird feeders in front of the main patio are visited by multi-colored species such as the Blue-winged Mountain Tanager, Red-headed Barbet, Streak-capped Treehunter, Three-striped Warbler, White-winged Becard, Metallic-green Tanager, Crimson-rumped Toucanet, Golden-naped Tanager, Golden Tanager, Flame-faced Tanager, Silver-throated Tanager and many more. Additionally, the hummingbird feeders in front of the breakfast room will be crowded with hummingbirds including the iconic Booted Racket-tail and the Violet-tailed Sylph.

Pristine trails, bird huts, gardens, ponds, steams, wild orchids, butterflies, rare insects, and the Canopy Islands Bird & Wildlife Photo Observation Center. Set up your tripod while dining at our open-air restaurant. Up to 20 species Hummingbirds; 450 species birds. Olinguito, Kinkajous, endemic squirrels at feeders.

Overnight San Jorge Tandayapa Eco-Lodge. Includes: 3 meals per day

DAY 6
Amaguza Reserve: Photograph endemic birds at feeders not found in Tandayapa or Milpe – feeders, trails. Choco’.

Overnight San Jorge Tandayapa Eco-Lodge. Includes: 3 meals (boxed lunch)

DAY 7
AM Photography Bali Feeders – numerous Hummingbirds & Plate-billed Mountain Toucan. Continue on to San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve (Western Upper Tropical Rainforest)

Hummingbirds, tanagers and toucan feeders, gardens; trail walking; 60 foot tall spacious observation tower overlooking the canopy. Set up your tripod while dining at our open-air restaurant.

Overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals

DAY 8
San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve - Western Upper Tropical Rainforest Cloud Forest & Upper Tropical Rainforest, feeders and trail walking Tyras, wolly opossums and agutis at feeders

Overnight San Jorge Lodge Milpe/Cliff Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals

DAY 9
Birds & photography San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve, after lunch transfer to San Jorge/Quito.

Overnight San Jorge/Quito Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals

DAY 10
AM airport transfer


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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)

MAGIC BIRDING CIRCUIT PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR
ITINERARY: 18 Nights/19 Days

ANDES HIGHLANDS, CLOUD FORESTS, UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST, SUBTROPICAL RAINFOREST, EAST & WEST ANDES SLOPES, TROPICAL AMAZONIAN RAINFOREST, PARAMO, AMAZON JUNGLE , COCO CORRIDO

VISIT UP TO 6 SAN JORGE LODGES + 6 SAN JORGE PRIVATE BIRDING RESERVES

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


Pre-scheduled tour dates for 2023
May 5 - 23;
October 10 - 28;

DAY 1
Evening Airport Transfer to San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito located in the Pinchincha foothills – Upper Andean Forest Reserve

Overnight: San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito, no meals included

DAY 2
Bird photography at San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito Birding Center (Andes Highlands)

Photography at hummingbird feeders, trail walking, gardens

Overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge Quito. Includes: 3 meals

Black-tailed Trainbearer, Sword-billed Hummingbird, White-bellied Woodstar, Blue-and-yellow Tanager

DAY 3
AM Photography at Zuri feeders, continue on to San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary for lunch and photography at the reserve.  (Highland Cloud Forest/Cloud Forest)

We will photograph the most dazzling bird species in Ecuador's mystical could forests. Be prepared to delve into Ecuador's most biologically-diverse bird photo reserves and eco-lodges looking for endemic hummingbirds, vivid tanagers, splendid toucans, skulking antbirds, agile warblers, and, many more.

Overnight San Jorge Tandayapa Eco-Lodge.  Includes: 3 meals

DAYS 4 & 5
San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary (Western Andean Cloud Forest)

We will begin shooting from the 4 observation decks overlooking our prime cloud forest reserve and the bird feeders around the lodge which will provide an incredible amount of bird species.  The bird feeders in front of the main patio are visited by multi-colored species such as the Blue-winged Mountain Tanager, Red-headed Barbet, Streak-capped Treehunter, Three-striped Warbler, White-winged Becard, Metallic-green Tanager, Crimson-rumped Toucanet, Golden-naped Tanager, Golden Tanager, Flame-faced Tanager, Silver-throated Tanager and many more.  Additionally, the hummingbird feeders in front of the breakfast room will be crowded with hummingbirds including the iconic Booted Racket-tail and the Violet-tailed Sylph.

Pristine trails, bird huts, gardens, ponds, steams, wild orchids, butterflies, rare insects, and the Canopy Islands Bird & Wildlife Photo Observation Center. Set up your tripod while dining at our open-air restaurant. Up to 20 species Hummingbirds; 450 species birds.  Olinguito, Kinkajous, endemic squirrels at feeders.

Overnight San Jorge Tandayapa Eco-Lodge. Includes: 3 meals per day

DAY 6

Photography at Amaguza Reserve - Photograph endemic birds at feeders not found in Tandayapa or Milpe – feeders, trails.  Choco’.  Overnight San Jorge Tandayapa Eco-Lodge. 

Includes 3 meals (boxed lunch)

DAY 7
AM Photography Bali Feeders – numerous Hummingbirds & possible Plate-billed Mountain Toucan.  Continue on to San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve (Western Upper Tropical Rainforest)

Hummingbirds, tanagers and toucan feeders, gardens; trail walking; 45 foot tall spacious observation tower overlooking the canopy. Set up your tripod while dining at our open-air restaurant.

Overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals

DAY 8
Photography at San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve

Feeders and forest trails.  Visit Manakin Lek – trail walking.

Overnight San Jorge/Milpe Cliff Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals

White-whiskered Hermit, Green Thorntail, White-necked Jacobin,Pale-mandibled Aracari, Green Honeycreeper, Flame-faced Tanager, Golden-winged Manakin, Club-winged Manakin, White-bearded Manakin.

DAY 9
Birds & photography

San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve, after lunch transfer to San Jorge/Quito. Overnight San Jorge/Quito Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals

DAY 10
Bird photo tour at Antisana National Park - Andean Condor Reservation by vehicle (Paramo)

Photography in the ecological national park; hummingbird feeders

Overnight San Jorge Lodge Quito Eco-Lodge. Includes: 3 meals

Andean Condor, Black-faced Ibis, Carunculated Caracara, Andean Lapwing, Giant Hummingbird, Great Sapphirewing, Ecuadorian Hillstar

DAY 11
Bird photo tour at Papallacta Pass, Peruvian sub-specie Cock of the Rock Lek at Cosanga (Paramo & East Andes)

Photography trail walking & Hummingbird feeders, Cock of the Rock Lek

Overnight Quijos. Includes: 3 meals

Tawny-bellied Hermit, Gorgeted Wood Star, Booted-racket Tail, Violent-fronted Brillant, Speckled Hummingbird, Long-tailed Sylph, Bronzy Inca, Torrent Duck, Crested Quetzal, Masked Flowerpiercer, Collared Inca, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Tourmaline Sunangel

DAY 12
Bird photography at NEW San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Paradise (Eastern Subtropical Cloud Forest)

Overnight Loreto, includes: 3 meals  

DAY 13
Photography feeders, Upper Sumaco Road (Subtropical Cloud Forest)

Feeders and road walking. Overnight Loretto, includes 3 meals 

DAY 14
Photography at NEW San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary (Amazonian Tropical Rainforest)

Macaws Boulevard; 60 foot high observation Tower overlooking canopy (optional afternoon river swim)

Possible Harpy Eagle, Blue headed Parrot, Tawny bellied Owl, Dusky headed Parakeet, Chestnut fronted Macaw, 5 Manakin Leks, 9 species parrots, Orange-backed Trupial, Cream-colored Woodpecker, Aracaris.

Overnight Loreto. Includes: 3 meals

DAY 15
San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary (Amazonian Tropical Rainforest)
Forest trail photography at the reserve; rivers, streams Visit Manikin Lek – trail walking. 

Wire tailed Manakin, Golden-winged Manakin, Striped Manakin, Blue-crowned Manakin, Dwarf-tyrant Manakin, Club-winged Manakin, White-bearded Manakin, Wire-tailed Manakin, and Wing-banded Piprites

Overnight Loreto. Includes: 3 meals

DAY 16
Photography surrounding Limoncocha Ecological Reserve (Amazon region)

Afternoon transfer by boat to port.

Possible Horner Screamer, Capped-Heron, Jacamars, Wire-tailed Manakin, Crane Hawk, Zogaz Heron, Sungreebe Green, Ringed-Rufous, Amazonian Kingfisher

Overnight lodging near Yusuni NP, Includes: 3 meals

Day 17
Napo River, Islands & Parrot Licks at Yasuni National Park (Amazon region)

Photography by boat (with covered roof)

Islands: Lesser wag-tailed Tyrant, Balck and white Antbird, Yellow and black Oriole, Olive-spotted Hummingbird, Dark-breasted Spinetail, Leather-tailed Nighjar, Castelnouls Antshrike.

Yasuni NP Lick: Scarlet Macraw, Ducky-headed Parakeet, Mealy Amazon, Blue-headed Parrot

Overnight Loreto, includes 3 meals

DAY 18
Early am stop at San Jorge de Cosanga-Yanayuca Bird & Wildlife Reserve, road to Las Caucheras & Guacamayos trails (EASTERN SUBTROPICAL CLOUD FOREST), return drive back to Quito, overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day 19
AM airport transfer

 


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MAGIC BIRDING CIRCUIT PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR – 9N/10D

4 SAN JORGE PRIVATE BIRD RESERVES & 5 DIFFERENT ECO-SYSTEMS

ECUADOR: ANDES HIGHLANDS, EAST ANDES SLOPE, SUBTROPICAL CLOUD FOREST, PARAMO, AMAZONIAN TROPICAL RAINFOREST

Includes: Airport transfers, transportation, lodging, 3 meals per day, specialized English speaking bird guide & reserve entrance fees


2023 Pre-scheduled tour dates
May 14 - 23;
October 20 - 28;


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)

DAY 1
Evening airport transfer from Quito Airport to San Jorge, overnight San Jorge Eco-Lodge/Quito, no meals included

DAY 2
Bird photo tour at Papallacta Pass, Peruvian sub-specie Cock of the Rock Lek Cosanga (Paramo/East Andes)

Photography at hummingbird feeders, trail walking

Overnight Quijos. Includes: 3 meals

Torrent Duck, Crested Quetzal, Masked Flowerpiercer, Collared Inca, Long-tailed Sylph, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Tourmaline Sunangel

DAY 3
Bird photography San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Paradise (Eastern Subtropical Cloud Forest)
Feeders, Trail walking  Overnight Loreto. Includes: 3 meals (boxed lunch)

DAY 4
Photography Narupa, Upper Sumaco Road (Eastern Subtropical Cloud Forest)

Trail walking. Overnight Loreto, includes 3 meals (boxed lunch)

DAYS 5 & 6
Photography at San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Bird Sanctuary (Amazonian Tropical Rainforest)

Road & forest trail photography.

Day 5 - Macaws Boulevard & exterior trails at the reserve.

Day 6 - Forest trail photography at the reserve; 60 foot high NEW Observation Tower overlooking canopy – very spacious, feeders, rivers, streams (optional afternoon river swim)

Possible Harpy Eagle, Blue headed Parrot, Tawny bellied Owl, Dusky headed Parakeet, Wire tailed Manakin, Chestnut fronted Macaw

Overnight Loreto. Includes: 3 meals per day

DAY 7
Photography surrounding Limoncocha Ecological Reserve (Amazon region)

Afternoon aquatic transfer to port.

Overnight lodging near Yasuni NP. Includes: 3 meals

DAY 8
Napo River, Islands & Yasuni National Park Parrot Licks (Amazon region)

Photography by boat

Overnight Loreto, includes 3 meals

DAY 9
Early am stop at San Jorge de Cosanga-Yanayuca Bird & Wildlife Reserve, road to Las Caucheras & Guacamayos trails (Eastern Subtropical Cloud Forest), continue the drive back to Quito, overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day 10
AM airport transfer

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MAGIC BIRDING CIRCUIT SENIOR TOUR – East & West Andes Slope & Tropical Amazon Rainforest – 17 Nights/18 Days

Would you like to see the special birds of Ecuador, but without too much exertion? This relaxed birding package is specially designed for the senior traveler, or those who do not prefer to involve long or strenuous walks.  Includes ½ day guided birding with afternoons at leisure on own.




PRE-SCHEDULED TOUR DATES 2024
January 14 - 31;


Itinerary:  17N/18D

Day One - Evening Airport transfer from Quito Airport to San Jorge Eco-Lodge/Quito; overnight San Jorge/Quito Eco-Lodge, no meals included

Day Two - Day of leisure on own at San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve, overnight San Jorge/Quito Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Three
- Morning guided birding at San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito Birding Center -  gardens & feeders (ANDES HIGHLANDS); overnight San Jorge/Quito Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Four
- Morning guided birding world famous Nono-Mindo Road (HIGHLAND RAINFOREST/CLOUD FOREST) continue on to San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary, overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals

Days Five & Six
-Morning guided birding San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary gardens, feeders, easier trails surrounding the lodge & Canopy Islands Bird Observation Center (CLOUD FOREST) overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals per day

Day Seven
-Morning guided birding at Amaguza Reserve: Observe endemic birds at feeders not found in Tandayapa or Milpe – feeders & bird walk.  Overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals

Days Eight & Nine
- Morning guided birding at San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve (UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST) gardens, feeders and easier trails surrounding the lodge. Overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Lodge, includes 3 meals per day

Day Ten
- Morning guided San Tadeo feeders.  Overnight San Jorge/Quito Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Eleven
- 1/2 day guided birding Antizana National Park by vehicle - Andes Condor Reserve (PARAMO), overnight San Jorge/Quito Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Twelve
- Morning guided birding Papallacta Pass & Papallacta Lake (PARAMO/EAST ANDES), overnight Quijos, includes 3 meals

Days Thirteen & Fourteen
- Morning guided birding at NEW San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Paradise (EASTERN SUBTROPICAL CLOUD FOREST), overnight Loreto, includes 3 meals per day

Days Fifteen & Sixteen
– Morning guided birding at NEW San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo Reserve (Amazonian Tropical Rainforest) NEW 60 foot high spacious bird observation tower overlooking the canopy, Macaws Boulevard, gardens and trails.  Overnight Loreto, includes 3 meals per day

Day Seventeen
– early AM stop at San Jorge de Cosanga-Yanayuca Bird & Wildlife Reserve, continue return drive to Quito - overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Eighteen
- AM transfer to Quito Airport

Optional side tours: Old Colonial Quito City Tour, Middle of the World Equator Monument, Otavalo Indian Market & surrounding villages; Cotopaxi Volcano, Papallacta Hot Springs; Medicinal Plants, Andes Chocolate, Coffee & Empanadas - Hands on Cooking Lesson; Galapagos Islands Cruise extension 


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SENIOR BIRDWATCHING TOURS WITH EASIER TRAILS

14 NIGHTS/15 DAYS

EAST & WEST ANDES SLOPE

Would you like to see the special birds of Ecuador, but without too much exertion? This relaxed birding package is specially designed for the senior traveler, or those who do not prefer to involve long or strenuous walks.

The Magic Birding Circuit Senior Tours are all-inclusive, including airport transfers, lodging (rooms with easy accessibility) meals, ½ day guided birding tours on flatter terrains, specialized birding guides, private transportation and reserve entrance fees. Itinerary includes morning bird walks with free time in afternoon to relax or bird on own while at our private birding reserves.


PRE-SCHEDULED TOUR DATES 2023
March 23 - April 7;
July 14 - 28



Itinerary:
14 Night/15 Day - Magic Circuit Senior Pre-scheduled Tour

Day One - Evening Airport transfer from Quito Airport to San Jorge Eco-Lodge/Quito; overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, no meals included
Day Two - Day of leisure on own at San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve, overnight San Jorge/Quito, includes 3 meals
Day Three - Morning guided birding at San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito Birding Center -  gardens & feeders (ANDES HIGHLANDS); overnight San Jorge/Quito, includes 3 meals
Day Four - Morning guided birding world famous Nono-Mindo Road (HIGHLAND RAINFOREST/CLOUD FOREST), continue on to San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary, overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa, includes 3 meals
Day Five - Morning guided birding San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary gardens, feeders, easier trails surrounding the lodge & NEW Canopy Islands Photo & Observation Center (CLOUD FOREST) overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Six - Morning Birding at Amaguza Reserve:  Observe endemic birds at feeders not found in Tandayapa or Milpe - feeders & bird walk; overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Lodge, includes 3 meals
Days Seven & Eight - Morning guided birding San Jorge de Milpe Eco-Lodge gardens, feeders and easier trails surrounding the lodge (UPPER TROPICAL RAINFOREST), overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Lodge, includes 3 meals per day
Day Nine - Morning visit to San Tadeo feeders; afternoon transfer to San Jorge/Quito, overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Ten - Old Colonial Quito City Tour with lunch at typical restaurant, overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Eleven - 1/2 day Birding Antizana National Park by vehicle - Andes Condor Reserve (HIGH BARREN PLAINS/PARAMO), overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Twelve - Morning Birding Papallacta Pass & Papallacta Lake (PARAMO/EAST ANDES SLOPE), overnight Quijos, includes 3 meals
Day Thirteen - Morning feeders & Birding San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Paradise (Eastern Cloud Forest), overnight Quijos, includes 3 meals
Day Fourteen - Morning Birding San Jorge de Guacamayos Bird Paradise (Eastern Cloud Forest), overnight San Jorge/Quito Eco-Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Fifteen - AM airport transfer

Optional side tours: Middle of the World Equator Monument, Otavalo Indian Market & surrounding villages; Cotopaxi Volcano, Papallacta Hot Springs; Medicinal Plants, Andes Chocolate, Coffee & Empanadas - Hands on Cooking Lesson; Galapagos Islands Cruise extension 


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MAGIC BIRDING CIRCUIT SENIOR TOUR – West Andes Slope – 7 Nights/8 Days


Would you like to see the special birds of Ecuador, but without too much exertion? This relaxed birding package is specially designed for the senior traveler, or those who do not prefer to involve long or strenuous walks. You may choose your own travel dates.

The Magic Birding Circuit Tours are all-inclusive, including airport transfers, lodging (rooms with easy accessibility) meals, ½ day birding tours on flatter terrains, specialized birding guides, private transportation and reserve entrance fees.  Itinerary includes morning bird walks with free time in afternoon to relax or bird on own while at our private birding reserves.


PRE-SCHEDULED TOUR DATES 2023
March 23 - 30;
July 14 - 21


Itinerary - 7 Nights/8 days
Day One - Evening Airport transfer from Quito Airport to San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito; overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge
Day Two - Morning guided birding at San Jorge Eco-Lodge/Quito gardens & feeders (HIGH BARREN PLAINS); overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Three - Morning guided birding world famous Nono-Mindo Road (HIGHLAND RAINFOREST/CLOUD FOREST), overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Four - Morning guided birding San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary -  gardens, feeders, easier trails surrounding the lodge & Canopy Islands Bird Photo & Observation Center  (CLOUD FOREST) overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Five - Morning Birding at Amaguza Reserve:  Observe endemic birds at feeders not found in Tandayapa or Milpe - feeders & bird walk; overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Six - Morning guided birding San Jorge de Milpe Lodge gardens, feeders and easier trails surrounding the lodge (TROPICAL RAINFOREST), overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Seven - Morning guided visit to San Tadeo feeders; afternoon transfer to San Jorge/Quito, overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals
Day Eight - AM transfer to Quito Airport

Optional side tours: Old Colonial Quito City Tour, Middle of the World Equator Monument; Otavalo Indian Market & surrounding villages; Cotopaxi Volcano, Papallacta Hot Springs; Medicinal Plants & Sacred Waterfalls, Andes Chocolate & Coffee - Hands on Cooking Lesson; Galapagos Islands Cruise extensions

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San Jorge Eco-Lodges is a licensed Quito Tour Operator.  We offer the following pre-scheduled or private tours:
 
  • Birdwatching Tours, Senior Birdwatching Tours, Hummingbird Tours
  • Bird & Wildlife Photography Tours
  • Nature Eco-Tours, Cultural Tours & Student Educational Programs

 

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Choose a pre-scheduled tour date & itinerary, or specify your own travel dates to us.  Please tell us how many people will be traveling with you.

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Birding List

Cheryl Korowotny
International Director
The Magic Birding & Photography  Circuit
SAN JORGE ECO-LODGES & BOTANICAL RESERVES
Quito – Tandayapa – Milpe - Cosanga - Estero Hondo-Sumaco Bajo-Guacamayos
Ecuador – South America
Email: birdwatching@eco-lodgesanjorge.com
(877) 565-2596 Toll Free USA & Canada.

San Jorge has been awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for the past 11 consecutive years!

 

Photography accredited to George Cruz