ECUADOR - JUL/AUG 2015

FOLLOWING A GREAT TRIP TO BRAZIL A COUPLE OF YEARS PREVIOUSLY, CAROLINE AND MYSELF FANCIED ANOTHER SOUTH AMERICAN ADVENTURE! WE FOUND ECUADOR TO BE A BRILLIANT COUNTRY FOR SEEING AND PHOTOGRAPHING WILDLIFE, AND THAT DID NOT EVEN INCLUDE THE FAMOUS GALAPAGOS ISLANDS.  WE RESTRICTED OUR VISIT TO THE ANDEAN CLOUDFOREST ON BOTH SLOPES, WITH SOME EXCURSIONS TO LOWER ALTITUDE SITES, PLUS NEARLY A WEEK IN THE SUPERB ECUADORIAN AMAZON RAINFOREST. ALL THE FORESTS HELD PLENTY OF WEIRD AND WONDERFUL BIRDS, MAMMALS, AMPHIBIANS, REPTILES AND INSECTS, PARTICULARLY BUTTERFLIES. THE WEATHER WAS NOT TOO BAD OVERALL, ALTHOUGH WE DISCOVERED WHY IT IS CALLED THE AMAZON "RAINFOREST" AND WE DID HAVE A FEW COLD, WET DAYS IN THE ANDES.

ALL THE LODGES WE STAYED AT WERE VERY GOOD - WELL MAINTAINED AND COMFORTABLE - ALTHOUGH DO NOT EXPECT WARM TROPICAL NIGHTS AT THE HIGHER ALTITUDE LODGES! NEVERTHELESS, THEY ARE ALL HIGHLY RECOMMENDED WITH VERY FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL STAFF, PLUS EXCELLENT AND KNOWLEDGEABLE GUIDES. FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME IF YOU WANT ANY EXTRA INFORMATION ON THESE DESTINATIONS, OR ON THE TRIP AS A WHOLE.

THE FOUR LODGES STAYED AT (IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER) WERE:

WEST SLOPE ANDES:

BELLAVISTA CLOUDFOREST RESERVE AND LODGE, TANDAYAPA - http.//www.bellavistacloudforest.com 

                                                         email: info@bellavistacloudforest.com

                                                         ( our main guide here was Nelson Apolo. email: apolonelson@gmail.com )

 

TANDAYAPA BIRD LODGE, TANDAYAPA -                      http://tandayapabirdlodge.com

                                                         email: tandayapa@tropicalbirding.com

 

AMAZON:     

NAPO WILDLIFE CENTER, YASUNI NATIONAL PARK -           http://napowildlifecenter.com

                                                         email: sales@napowildlifecenter.com

                                                                     ( our guide here was Magdalena Felix. contact me for her email address )

EAST SLOPE ANDES:

GUANGO LODGE -                                                   http://www.guangolodge.com

                                                         email: info@guangolodge.com

 

 

THE FOLLOWING IMAGES SHOW SOME OF THE GREAT PEOPLE, WILDLIFE AND LANDSCAPES WE ENCOUNTERED DURING OUR THREE WEEK TRIP...

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE FOR A LARGER PHOTOGRAPH

 

ANDEAN COCK-OF-THE-ROCK M - REFUGIO PAZ DE LAS AVES, NR. TANDAYAPA, ECUADOR: JUL 2015


NELSON APOLO & aNGEL PAZ - REFUGIO PAZ DE LAS AVES, NR. TANDAYAPA, ECUADOR: JUL 2015


   

YELLOW BREASTED ANTPITTA - REFUGIO PAZ DE LAS AVES, NR. TANDAYAPA, ECUADOR: JUL 2015


RUFOUS BREASTED ANTTHRUSH ('PEPITO') - REFUGIO PAZ DE LAS AVES, NR. TANDAYAPA, ECUADOR: JUL 2015


   

OCHRE BREASTED ANTPITTA ('SHAKIRA') - REFUGIO PAZ DE LAS AVES, NR. TANDAYAPA, ECUADOR: JUL 2015


BUFF THROATED SALTATOR - MIRADOR RIO BLANCO, LOS BANCOS, ECUADOR: JUL 2015


   

PALE MANDIBLED ARACARIS - MIRADOR RIO BLANCO, LOS BANCOS, ECUADOR: JUL 2015


PALE MANDIBLED ARACARI - MIRADOR RIO BLANCO, LOS BANCOS, ECUADOR: JUL 2015


   

CENTROPOGON SP. (CAMPANULA) - BELLAVISTA CLOUDFOREST RESERVE, TANDAYAPA, ECUADOR: JUL 2015


TOUCAN BARBET - BELLAVISTA CLOUDFOREST RESERVE, TANDAYAPA, ECUADOR: JUL 2015


   

STICK INSECT ('WALKING STICK') SP. - BELLAVISTA CLOUDFOREST RESERVE, TANDAYAPA, ECUADOR: JUL 2015


PINOCCHIO RAINFROG - BELLAVISTA CLOUDFOREST RESERVE, TANDAYAPA, ECUADOR: JUL 2015


   

BELLAVISTA CLOUDFOREST RESERVE, TANDAYAPA, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


 MASKED TROGON M - BELLAVISTA CLOUDFOREST RESERVE, TANDAYAPA, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


   

EUCHROIA LONGWING - BELLAVISTA CLOUDFOREST RESERVE, TANDAYAPA, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


TAYRA - BELLAVISTA CLOUDFOREST RESERVE, TANDAYAPA, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


   

KINKAJOU - BELLAVISTA CLOUDFOREST RESERVE, TANDAYAPA, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


OLINGUITO - BELLAVISTA CLOUDFOREST RESERVE, TANDAYAPA, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


   

 TURQUOISE JAY - BELLAVISTA CLOUDFOREST RESERVE, TANDAYAPA, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


MIST WHORLTAIL-IGUANA - TANDAYAPA BIRD LODGE, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


   

 PANSY DAGGERWING - TANDAYAPA BIRD LODGE, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


ANDEAN EMERALD - TANDAYAPA BIRD LODGE, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


   

FAWN BREASTED BRILLIANT M - TANDAYAPA BIRD LODGE, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


RUFOUS TAILED HUMMINGBIRD - TANDAYAPA BIRD LODGE, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


   

BOOTED RACKET-TAIL M - TANDAYAPA BIRD LODGE, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


BOOTED RACKET-TAIL M - TANDAYAPA BIRD LODGE, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


   

GOLDEN TANAGER - TANDAYAPA BIRD LODGE, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


CRIMSON RUMPED TOUCANET - TANDAYAPA BIRD LODGE, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


   

STRONG BILLED WOODCREEPER (& KATYDID) - TANDAYAPA BIRD LODGE, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


 IMMACULATE ANTBIRD F - TANDAYAPA BIRD LODGE, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


   

RED HEADED BARBET F - TANDAYAPA BIRD LODGE, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


SATYROIDES HAIRSTREAK - NAPO WILDLIFE CENTER, YASUNI NP, AMAZONAS, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


   

GOLDEN MANTLED TAMARIN - NAPO WILDLIFE CENTER, YASUNI NP, AMAZONAS, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


GOLDEN MANTLED TAMARINS - NAPO WILDLIFE CENTER, YASUNI NP, AMAZONAS, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


   

NAPO WILDLIFE CENTRE & ANANGU LAKE, YASUNI NP, AMAZONAS, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


NAPO WILDLIFE CENTRE AT SUNSET, YASUNI NP, AMAZONAS, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


   

MONK SAKI MONKEY - YASUNI NP, AMAZONAS, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


 MATING SPIDER MONKEYS - YASUNI NP, AMAZONAS, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


   

ROUGH SKINNED GREEN TREEFROG - YASUNI NP, AMAZONAS, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


CONEHEAD KATYDID SP. - YASUNI NP, AMAZONAS, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


   

brAZILIAN LONG-NOSED BAT - ANANGU LAKE, NAPO, YASUNI NP, AMAZONAS, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


GIANT RIVER OTTER - ANANGU CREEK, YASUNI NP, AMAZONAS, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


   

LENA, BOLIVAR & VLADI (THE 'TEAM') - NAPO, YASUNI NP, AMAZONAS, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


KICHWA ANANGU COMMUNITY CENTER, YASUNI NP, AMAZONAS, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


   

WIRE TAILED MANAKIN - YASUNI NP, AMAZONAS, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


FLAME CRESTED TANAGER - NAPO CANOPY TOWER, YASUNI NP, AMAZONAS, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


   

TORRENT DUCK M - RIO PAPALLACTA, GUANGO LODGE, NR. PAPALLACTA, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


MASKED TROGON F - GUANGO LODGE, NR. PAPALLACTA, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


   

CHESTNUT BREASTED CORONET - GUANGO LODGE, NR. PAPALLACTA, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


SWORD BILLED HUMMINGBIRD - GUANGO LODGE, NR. PAPALLACTA, ECUADOR: AUG 2015


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