Birding Limon Indanza (3 days)

dscn3012-2 solangel-gorgiamatistaLimón Indanza is located in the southern Amazon region of Ecuador on the eastern slope of the Andes and only in this small area more than 430 bird species are registered. Parts of this birding tour will lead you into subtropical forest and partly you will be observing species from the tropical rainforest.

First day: We will meet at 9 am at the Arutam Ecotours office in Cuenca and start our journey to Morona Santiago in el oriente soon after. Our arrival at our hotel in Limón is scheduled around noon. Afterwards we will have a good lunch and explore the small town for a while. You will then need to put on “wet gear” (rubber boots and, in case of wet weather, a rain poncho), so that you can enjoy birdwatching in the rainforest. You will have the chance to observe a group of the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock (Rupicola peruvianus). Further sightings recently include: Red-billed Parrot (Pionus sordidus), Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas), Chestnut-ipped Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus derbianus), Roadside Hawk (Rupornis magnirostris), Little Cuckoo (Coccycua minuta), Scaled Pigeon (Patagioenas speciosa), Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus), Blue-necked Tanager (Tangara cyanicollis), Yellow-throated Tanager (Iridosornis analis), Blue-fronted Lancebill (Doryfera johannae), Violet-headed Hummingbird (Klais guimeti), Black-faced Dacnis (Dacnis lineata), Blue-rumped Manakin (Lepidothrix isidorei) and Highland Hepatic-Tanager (Piranga flava). At the end of the day we will return to Limón for a delicious dinner.

Second day: In the early morning we head towards the mountains in the bird-rich protected subtropical woods of Tinajillas-Río Gualaceño, where the beautiful Golden-crowned Tanager (Iridosornis rufivertex) and the Black-billed Mountain-Toucan (Andigena nigrirostris) are avian highlights. During this morning activity we will have breakfast, while we move on to various spots, where the Golden-headed Quetzal (Pharomachrus auriceps), Andean Guan (Penelope montagnii), Solitary Eagle (Buteogallus solitarius), Black Caracara (Daptrius ater), Amethyst-throated Sunangel (Heliangelus amethysticollis), Grass-green Tanager (Chlorornis riefferii), White-capped Tanager (Sericossypha albocristata), Orange-banded Flycatcher (Nephelomyias lintoni) and Smoke-colored Pewee (Contopus fumigatus) have been spotted. Lunch break will be taken at a local restaurante and afterwards you can relax for a while. In the afternoon we will take a walk close to Limón to a spot called Niño migrante. Some species that we will look for include the Laughing Falcon (Herpetotheres cachinnans), Speckled Chachalaca (Ortalis guttata), Spotted Tanager (Tangara punctata), Masked-Tanager (Tangara nigrocincta), Yellow-bellied Tanager (Tangara xanthogastra), Fawn-breasted Tanager (Pipraeidea melanonota), Spangled Coquette (Lophornis stictolophus), Red-headed Barbet (Eubucco bourcierii), Gilded Barbet (Capito auratus) and Fasciated Tiger-Heron (Tigrisoma fasciatum). For dinner we return to Limón.

Third day: Very early in the morning we will drive to a small Shuar community in the middle of the rainforest. We start birding around the Zamora River, where we can see the White-throated Toucan (Ramphastos tucanus), Squirrel Cuckoo (Piaya cayana), Crimson-crested Woodpecker (Campephilus melanoleucos), Voilaceous Jay (Cyanocorax violaceus), Russet-backed Oropendola (Psarocolius angustifrons), Paradise Tanager (Tangara chilensis), Turquoise Tanager (Tangara mexicana), Magpie Tanager (Cissopis leverianus), Green Honeycreeper (Chlorophanes spiza) and Grayish Saltador (Saltador coerulescens). Breakfast will been taken out in the nature. Around midday we return to the community, where we have a traditional meal prepared by the Shuar. After our good-byes, we will return to the hotel and prepare our trip back to Cuenca, where will get in the late afternoon.

Price from 2 persons on: $320 per person

Tour time: 9 am to around 6 pm the last day

The program includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation in a hotel

  • Transportation and all meals

  • Spanish and English speaking tour leader and birding guide with scope and audio gear

  • Rubber boots

The program does not include:

  • Binoculars

  • Drinks and personal expenses

  • Tips

  • Single supplement

Please note that due to weather some itineraries can be subject to change and availability without prior notice.

What to bring?

Limón is situated in the Amazon Rainforest so the weather is usually nice and warm but you have to be prepared for light to heavy rains. Bring mainly light clothes and a few warmer ones for the evenings or when it starts raining. We recommend you pack the following for your trip:

  • Outdoor shoes
  • Rain poncho
  • Camera
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun cream (a high factor is recommended)
  • Lip balm (a high factor is recommended)
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Binoculars (if possible)
  • Bathing suit
  • Small daypack
  • Hat or cap for sun protection
  • Cotton pants
  • Long-sleeved light cotton shirts
  • Long-sleeved warm sweater
  • Shorts
  • Comfortable shoes and sandals for Limón
  • Extra pairs of socks
  • Passport (or a copy)