This is a coastal extension for our Southern Ecuador tour. On these added days we will seek many localized endemics in the coastal forests, marshes and shoreline, as well as take a mini-pelagic to enjoy some sea birds.
$1950 from Guayaquil, Ecuador
Price is per person, double occupancy.
A deposit of $500 is required to reserve your space.
Final payment by check required 120 days prior to departure date.
If a single room is preferred, a single supplement fee of $200 will be assessed.
Day 1: To Mantaraya Lodge
After breakfast in Guayaquil we will journey to Salinas Beach and Ecuasal Lagoon to look for Chilean Flamingo, White-cheeked Pintail, Gray Gulls and Gray-headed Gulls and many shorebirds such as Black-necked Stilt, Short-billed Dowitcher, and Willet. Lunch will be at the popular Salinas Beach.
In the afternoon we will visit Cerro Alto, part of the dry forest which is home to such target Tumbesian endemics as Short-tailed Field-Tyrant, Tumbesian Tyrannulet, Elegant Crescentchest and Parrot-billed Seedeater.
After a three-hour drive we will arrive at the Mantarraya Lodge in Puerto Lopez where we will spend the next three nights.
Day 2: Mantaraya Lodge
After an early breakfast we will walk along the Ayampe River, part of Machalilla National Park. This area is a wet, dry forest (which doesn't make sense until you see it!) and offers the best chance at the rare and endemic Esmeraldas Woodstar. We will also search for Ecuadorian Trogon, Guayaquil Woodpecker, Necklaced Spinetail, White-backed Fire-eye and Baron's Hermit, among others.
After an exciting morning of birding and a tasty lunch, we will head to the community of Aqua Blanca, whose people depend on ecotourism for their livelihoods. We will look for West Peruvian Screech-Owl, Red-billed Scythebill, Ecuadorian Piculet, Scarlet-backed Woodpecker, White-edged Oriole, and other dry forest specialists.
Day 3: Mantaraya Lodge
After breakfast we will take a 90 minute boat ride to Isla de la Plata. On the way we will see Brown and Peruvian Pelicans, and further out to sea we will find Black and Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrels, plus other pelagic species. We will make a "wet landing" on the island, enjoy a snack, and then take the Machete Trail, where we will enjoy Waved Albatross and three species of booby (Blue-footed, Red-footed, and Nazca). Potential songbirds on the island include Collared Warbling-Finch, Short-tailed Woodstar, and Gray-and-white Tyrannulet. Time permitting, we may also enjoy some snorkling.
Day 4: Gran Hotel Guayaquil
Today we will bird our way back to Guayaquil, trying to wrap up any missed species from the previous days.
Gran Hotel Guayaquil
Machalilla National Park