Birding in Cajas National Park

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Be part of this amazing experience in El Cajas National Park. You will be able to see and admire different birds like the mountain toucan, turquoise jay, various and colorful hummingbirds and aquatic birds. Book today your tour. You will start early in the morning which is a good time to observe most of the bird species. For more information about prices and date departures contact us or come by our office.

Birding in the Amazon (3 days)

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Discover the different species of birds in Limon Indanza which is located in the southern part of the Amazon. There are more than 430 bird species registered in this area. The birding will be done early every morning and you will get to see Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Green Jay, Scaled Pigeon, Mountain-Toucan and many others. 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. If you want more information about this tour, visit our website or come by our office.

Birdwatching in El Cajas National Park

Birdwatching Cajas

There are many bird species en El Cajas National Park. For those who love to discover and learn about Ecuador’s natural diversity, we offer our bird watching tour. Our experienced guide will take you early in the morning to the refuge at Lake Llaviuco for a better chance to observe more species. You also have the option to do a 2 day trip with an overnight at the Hacienda in the park. If you are interested and want more information, visit our website or come by our office.

Cajas National Park : Saturday, April 15

Tour Cajas National Park

This Saturday we are offering our Cajas Tour! Spend a couple hours hiking through that unique and wonderful National Park near Cuenca. Enjoy the wildlife and see colorful plants. After arriving in the Park you will take a hike around the lagoon, where you can discover many different birds. Than you will stop at the viewing point high up in Cajas, before doing a second hike through the Polylepis-Forest. Visit the homepage for more info, or come to the office to book today!

Galapagos Cruises on the M/S “The Beagle” 2017

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A sunny good morning from Cuenca! We have the available dates and prices for the North Western Islands cruise with the M/S “The Beagle”! The cruise starts on Baltra Island and stops at Genovesa Island, Santiago Island, Isabela Island before heading back to Baltra Island. More info’s on the Itinerary you can find here http://beaglecruise.com/north-western-islands/

The Beagle is a 105 fet. ship that fits 14 passengers in 7 double cabins with private bathrooms.
Visit the website to learn more about the setup of the ship!

The available dates are:

June 13th – June 20th : $2550 per Person
June 27th – July 04th: $2550 per Person
July 11th – July 18th: $2750 per Person
July 25th – August 1st: $2750 per Person
August 8th – August 15th: $ 3050 per Person
August 22nd – August 29th; $3050 per Person
September 5th – September 12th: $2950 per Person

These prices do not include flights, the National Park Card $ 20 per Person or the entrance fee to the park $ 100 per Person.

Contact our office also for the availability and prices of other boats!

Birding Limon Indanza (3 days)

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)
Napo Birding Tour (5 days)

Napo Birding Tour (5 days)

MG_6933-300x200 MG_6205-200x300First day: A short flight will take you from Quito to the jungle town of Coca. At the Coca airport our staff will take you to the Orellana port, the gateway to the pristine lands of the Ecuadorian Amazon. From there, a motorized canoe will take us down the Napo River 2 hours until reaching the Napo Wildlife Center welcome station on the banks of the Napo River. From here you will be transferred to smaller paddle-canoes to go up the Añangu Creek to the Napo Wildlife Center ecolodge, located on the banks of Anangu Lake. Along the way you will discover the region’s diversity and different bird species such as hoatzins, kingfishers, and herons.

Second-fourth day: For three days or more (you have the option to extend your days at the lodge) you will have the opportunity to explore the great diversity of birds of the western Amazon jungle. The Ecuadorian Amazon is considered one of the top birdwatching places in the world with more than 500 bird species. Early in the morning we will visit the Canopy Observation Tower to see the avifauna of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador. Get a stunning close-up view of flocks of birds that wander past and through the Canopy tower: oropendolas, tanagers, euphonias, aracaris, cotingas, flycatchers, purpletufts, parrots and macaws glow are seen dropping from the trees in search of fruits and seeds. The forest trails are also a great opportunity to admire the wilderness of the Amazon jungle, with good chances to see different bird species such as antbirds, toucans, woodcreepers, tinamous, the black-necked red cotinga and the vocally-striking screaming piha. Visit the parrot clay licks where hundreds of parrots, macaws and parakeets gather to obtain the minerals contained in the soil that help them to digest the seeds and fruits they feed with. Enjoy the canoe rides on the Anangu Lake and along the creeks and rivers that surround the lodge accompanied by different birds such as silvered and plumbeous antbirds, herons, the point-tailed palmcreeper, orange-crested manakin and river birds as the yellow-billed tern, the capped heron and the collared plover. Also, the islands in the Napo River are home to a variety of birds including the black-and-white antbird, the olive-spotted hummingbird and different species of spinetails. Apart from the varied avifauna you will probably see several monkey species and the giant river otter, a species unique to the Amazon Basin.

The welcoming area of the Napo Wildlife Center, where the local community lives, is also rich in fauna and flora. Here you may find other bird species such as the rufous-headed woodpecker, swallow-winged puffbird and the turquoise and magpie tanagers.

Fifth day: On this last day we’ll head back to the jungle town of Coca to return to Quito.

Price per person: $2699 (private room) $1799 (double or triple)

The program includes:

  • Air tickets Quito-Coca-Quito
  • Lodging, all meals, excursions as specified, purified water, river transportation and local shuttle to and from the Coca Airport.
  • Community and bilingual naturalist guides.
  • Entrance to Yasuní National Park.
  • Impermeable ponchos and rubber boots.

The program does not include:

  • Beverages
  • Tips

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

What to bring?

  • Passport or Ecuadorian I.D.
  • Suitcase or backpack
  • Knapsack for daily excursions
  • 2 pairs of pants
  • Cotton t-shirts and some long-sleeve shirts
  • 1 pair of socks for every day in the jungle.
  • Underwear
  • Shorts
  • 1 light sweater or jacket
  • Hat or cap
  • Swimsuit (if you would like to swim)
  • Sunglasses, with retainer
  • 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes
  • Batteries
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Plastic bottle for water
  • Small lantern (mining-type head gear is recommended)
  • Sandals for use at the lodge.
  • Extra cash and small change for the bar and souvenirs.

NOTE: There is a 20 kg per person limit on the airplane. If your baggage exceeds this limit, you will be charged by the airline.

Napo Extended Stay (5 days)

Napo Extended Stay (5 days)

IMG_4876-300x200 MG_6532-300x188First day: After a 30-minute flight, you will reach the Coca airport, located in the Amazon basin. From this jungle town you will be be taken by private motorized canoes down the Amazon’s major tributary, the Napo River. During the trip you will be provided with a box lunch and you will have the chance to see many different bird species. After a 2-hour trip along the Napo River, we will get to the Napo Wildlife Center welcome area, where the natives of the Kichwa Anangu community live. From there, we will take a peaceful dugout-canoe along a narrow creek to the Napo Wildlife Center, located on the banks of the Anangu Lake, home to different fish species, caimans and the endemic giant otters.

Second day: On the second day you will have an early breakfast at the lodge restaurant and then visit the Canopy Tower, about 30 minutes away from the lodge. This 36-meter platform offers you a great opportunity to see colorful birds such as macaws and toucans, or spider and howler monkeys that feed on the fruits found on nearby trees. After our visit to the Canopy Tower we will have lunch at the lodge restaurant. In the afternoon, after resting at the lodge, we will hike through a marvelous terra firma forest. You will be amazed by the beautiful flora on the trail: vines, ancient trees, orchids, bromeliads are among those that stand out in this natural garden. We will also explore the waters of the surrounding creeks where you might run into a giant otter family.

Third day: Early in the morning we will get up to visit one of the most incredible nature spectacles you will ever see: the parrot clay licks. At the first parrot clay lick, you will see hundreds of parrots such as the Amazon-mealy, the blue-headed parrot, parakeets and macaws feeding on the minerals the soil contains. After, we will spend time with the local people of the Kichwa Anangu community, learning about their daily activities and ancestral traditions, and lunch will be served at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we will visit the Interpretative Center where women of the community will welcome you with dances and typical rituals and drinks such as “chicha”. Late in the afternoon, the lodge will welcome you with some drinks and dinner.

Fourth day: In the morning we will explore the Amazon jungle trails to search for wildlife species such as monkeys, birds, rare insects, reptiles and mammals. The Yasuní National Park is one of the most diverse areas in the world, so you never know which jungle creature will show up! Afterward, we will go back to the lodge to have lunch and rest. In the afternoon, we will explore the creeks that surround the Napo River to see caiman, turtles, fish or the endemic giant otters, a species unique to the Amazon Basin. Late in the afternoon back at the lodge, our staff members will show a video about the Napo Wildlife Center and the Kichwa Añangu community’s origins.

Fifth day: On your last day at the lodge our staff members will prepare a special farewell breakfast early in the morning. Then, you will go back the way you came to the hotel: a paddle-canoe ride to the NWC welcome area followed by navigating the Napo River to reach the jungle town of Coca.

Price per person: $2699 (private room) $1799 (double or triple)

The program includes:

  • Air tickets Quito-Coca-Quito
  • Lodging, all meals, excursions as specified, purified water, river transportation and local shuttle to and from the Coca Airport.
  • Community and bilingual naturalist guides.
  • Entrance to Yasuní National Park.
  • Impermeable ponchos and rubber boots.

The program does not include:

  • Beverages
  • Tips

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

What to bring?

  • Passport or Ecuadorian I.D.
  • Suitcase or backpack
  • Knapsack for daily excursions
  • 2 pairs of pants
  • Cotton t-shirts and some long-sleeve shirts
  • 1 pair of socks for every day in the jungle.
  • Underwear
  • Shorts
  • 1 light sweater or jacket
  • Hat or cap
  • Swimsuit (if you would like to swim)
  • Sunglasses, with retainer
  • 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes
  • Batteries
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Plastic bottle for water
  • Small lantern (mining-type head gear is recommended)
  • Sandals for use at the lodge.
  • Extra cash and small change for the bar and souvenirs.

NOTE: There is a 20 kg per person limit on the airplane. If your baggage exceeds this limit, you will be charged by the airline.

Napo Premium Tour (4 days)

Napo Premium Tour (4 days)

Tour/Rainforest/EcuadorFirst day: Departing from Quito, a 30-minute flight will take you to the jungle town of Coca. There, you will receive a warm welcome and be taken to the Francisco de Orellana Port. At the port you will ride a motorized canoe down the Napo River, the major tributary of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador. During the trip, you will have the chance to see different birds such as kingfishers and herons and the incredible views of the Amazon jungle will open before your eyes. After a box lunch and a two-hour ride along the Napo River, we will arrive at the NWC’s dock entrance where we will continue on to the lodge in paddle-canoes. This peaceful dugout canoe ride down a narrow stream will lead us to the Añangu Lake. Late in the afternoon, we will arrive at the Napo Wildlife Center (NWC) where our staff will welcome you with drinks and show you around the lodge and then to your rooms.

Tour to the Rainforest in EcuadorSecond day: Early on the second day, you will get to experience one of the most incredible nature spectacles you will ever see: the parrot clay licks. It takes about an hour to get to the first parrot clay lick, and once there, it will take just a few minutes for the birds to show up. It is a colorful spectacle: about 11 species of birds such as parrots, macaws and parakeets visit the clay licks every day to feed on the minerals that are concentrated in the soil. Later on, we will hike along the forest trail to visit the Kichwa Añangu community and learn about their daily lives and ancestral customs. Then, we will go back to the creek and hike for 30 minutes through a terra firma forest to reach the second parrot clay lick, where you can watch the parrots, parakeets and macaws as you eat a delicious lunch. Late in the afternoon we will arrive back at the Napo Wildlife Center to rest.

Third day: Breakfast will be served at the NWC restaurant early in the morning. After that, we will depart to the Canopy Observation Tower, a high platform with amazing views of the jungle. Birds that are virtually impossible to see from the jungle floor will pass right by you. Flocks of vibrantly colored tanagers, blue-and-yellow macaws and large toucans fly past in the early mornings and afternoons. In the afternoon, after lunch in the NWC, we will walk a terra firma trail to discover lizards, different species of monkeys (such as the endemic golden mantle tamarin monkey), rare and unique insects and even some scary snakes! We will also take you to explore Añangu Lake and the streams that are home to different species of fish and mammals such as the giant otter.

Fourth day: On our fourth and last day, we will depart after an early breakfast to Coca city, riding a paddle-canoe to the docking area and then embarking on a motorized canoe to the jungle town. During this last excursion the creek may reveal new sights of rare bird species and monkeys, and a giant otter might just show up to say good-bye!

Price per person: $2234 (private room) $960 (double or triple)

The program includes:

  • Air tickets Quito-Coca-Quito
  • Lodging, all meals, excursions as specified, purified water, river transportation and local shuttle to and from the Coca Airport.
  • Community and bilingual naturalist guides.
  • Entrance to Yasuní National Park.
  • Impermeable ponchos and rubber boots.

The program does not include:

  • Beverages
  • Tips

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

What to bring?

  • Passport or Ecuadorian I.D.
  • Suitcase or backpack
  • Knapsack for daily excursions
  • 2 pairs of pants
  • Cotton t-shirts and some long-sleeve shirts
  • 1 pair of socks for every day in the jungle.
  • Underwear
  • Shorts
  • 1 light sweater or jacket
  • Hat or cap
  • Swimsuit (if you would like to swim)
  • Sunglasses, with retainer
  • 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes
  • Batteries
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Plastic bottle for water
  • Small lantern (mining-type head gear is recommended)
  • Sandals for use at the lodge.
  • Extra cash and small change for the bar and souvenirs.

NOTE: There is a 20 kg per person limit on the airplane. If your baggage exceeds this limit, you will be charged by the airline.

Birdwatching in Cajas

Birdwatching in Cajas

Birdwatching Cajas

Only 20 minutes away from Cuenca is the lower part of the Cajas National Park. It possesses a highly interesting mixture of habitats for birdwatching: well-preserved mountain forests, páramos, lakes and pastures. The mountain toucan, Andean guan, masked trogon, turquoise jay, various colorful tanagers and 12 species of hummingbirds and aquatic birds are among the highlights. It is possible to have a combination of both areas of the park in a one day tour, and also to do a 2 day trip with an overnight at a local hacienda, or by the Cajas National Park refuge at Llaviuco Lake for a better chance to observe more species. Highland terrain elevations range from 3,000 to 3,200 meters (9800 to 10,500 feet), with mild cold and rainy weather.