Price:US$2,240 per person based on double occupancy
Single Supplement: US$460
* 6 nights accommodation in standard hotel and rustic Amazon lodge
* Services of an English speaking guide from day 1 up to day 7 and a local/native guide from day 2 up to day 7
* Ground transportation: From airport to hotel on day 1, to Napo river on day 2, to Coca airport on day 7
* Transportation in motorized canoe to Amazon lodge on day 2 and back to Coca on day 7
* Transportation in motorized canoe from the lodge to all trails and wildlife spots from day 2 up to day 7
* All entrance fees to parrot clay lick and parks
* Meals starting with dinner on day 1 and ending with lunch on day 7
February 10th – 16th 2018 (8 SPACES AVAILABLE)
Max group size: 8
Min group size: 4
Departure of this tour will be guaranteed with a minimum of 6 participants. If you have registered for this tour a confirmation will be provided six (6) months prior to departure. Please ensure you take this into account when booking your flight and other travel plans. If we cannot attain the minimum of 6 participants, the tour will be cancelled and you will be refunded any payments/deposits made in full.
Length: 7 days
Starting city: Coca
Ending city: Coca
Tour pace: Slow
Physical difficulty: Easy
Tour Highlights: Focus on this tour will be parrot clay lick where macaw species (including Blue & Gold, Red-belly and Scarlet Macaw), Tanagers and other Amazon bird species can be seen. There is a good chance to see the Black Caiman and Pink Freshwater Dolphin.
Climate: The Amazon is tropical and can be humid. Tropical showers are unpredictable and can be expected at any time. As a result, conditions can be muddy at times.
Accommodation: Rustic Amazon Lodge (Sasha Kawsay Amazon Lodge) and City hotel in Coca (Rio Napo Hotel).
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MACAW & AMAZON BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY TRIP DETAILS
With over 1600 species, Ecuador has one of the highest number of bird species anywhere in the world. From the stunning landscape of the Andes with the Amazon to the east and the spectacular cloud forest to the west Ecuador provides the ideal environment for birding that is hard to beat anywhere on earth. This tour will take you into the hot and tropical Amazon Basin.
Some of the species we expect to see on this tour include: Toucans, Paradise Tanager, Scarlet Macaw, Blue and Gold Macaw, Red-Bellied Macaw, manakins and many other species in this tropical paradise. In addition, we will focus on spotting the Black Caiman and Pink Freshwater Dolphin.
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Our tour schedule is set out below:
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN COCA:
You will be greeted at the airport by our guide on arrival in Coca. If you drive or use the services of a taxi to get to Coca, you will be able to go directly to the Hotel Rio Napo and check in. At 6:00 pm we will assemble in the hotel’s lobby for a general introduction and meet each other in the group. Our guide will provide details of the days ahead in the amazon. We will have dinner in a restaurant in Coca.
HOTEL: Rio Napo
DAY 2: COCA – NAPO RIVER – LIMONCOCHA
We will have an early breakfast and head for the Napo River. You will be taken to the departure point on the Napo River where we will board a private motorized canoe for our group for a 3-4 hour trip along the river to the lodge.
The canoe ride itself is a part of the adventure as there is a great chance you will see monkeys on the trees along the river banks, parrots, toucans, turtles and other species or birds and animals along the way.
On arrival, we will settle into our lodge and enjoy lunch. In the afternoon, we will head out to one of the trails around the lodge or by canoe in search of the Black Caiman. Along the way we will be able to view many species of birds. The trail we decide to take will depend on the weather and recent sightings.
We return to our lodge for dinner.
LODGE: Sacha Kawsay Amazon Lodge
DAYS 3 – 5: LIMONCOCHA TRAILS
For the next three full days, an early breakfast is necessary to get a start when birds and animals are most active. Each day we head out with our canoe before joining the trails along the river or we explore the network of trails around the lodge. Here we spend entire days seeking out species of parrots and other hard to find species of birds. If you have a list of species you will like to seek out, this is your opportunity for us to go in search of these.
On these days, spotting turtles, reptiles, and other mammals are very possible. A couple of our targets are the Black Caiman and Pink Freshwater Dolphin. Depending on the route we will return to the lodge for lunch or we will have box lunch with us. Dinner will be at the lodge each night.
LODGE: Sacha Kawsay Amazon Lodge
DAY 6: YASUNI/NAPO PARROT CLAY LICK
We leave the lodge by private canoe very early (4:30 AM) and take a 1-hour canoe ride to a parrot clay lick. We will have pre-packaged breakfast and lunch with us as this will be an all day adventure. Our focus is on the Scarlet Macaws and other parrots that come down to the clay lick to feed on the minerals contained in the clay. Here we will see many species of parrots. Typically, Mealy Parrots and the Blue & Gold Macaw can be seen. With some luck we may view the Scarlet Macaw. After witnessing this spectacle, we will head to the network of trails in this area of the Yasuni in search of other species for the entire day. We return to our lodge for dinner.
LODGE: Sacha Kawsay Amazon Lodge
DAY 7: NAPO-COCA-QUITO DEPARTURE
After an early morning breakfast, we head out to the trails for the last time in search of species we might have missed. We will again keep an eye out for the Black Caiman. After 2 to 3 hours of birding we will leave the lodge and travel back along the Napo River by motorized canoe to Coca. We will take it very slowly along the river seeking out mammals and other birds along the river. We will have pre-packaged lunch with us for convenience so we can take our time for photography and spotting other wildlife.
After arriving in Coca you will be transported to the airport for your return flight to Quito or your onward destination. Your tour ends on arrival in Coca.
IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER
PLEASE NOTE: All individuals are responsible for checking VISA requirements and obtaining the necessary travel documentation for entering Ecuador prior to arriving.
Most of the terrain is moderate to easy. Some of the birding will be done by canoe and hiking trails which may be muddy at times. Where hiking is required even though it is considered easy to moderate, we strongly advise that a moderate level of fitness be attained before embarking on this tour. Regular exercise prior to your trip is advisable. Remember you will be hiking for long periods in some cases and although the pace will be very slow you may be carrying camera equipment, meals and water where applicable. To ensure your maximum enjoyment a moderate level of fitness is advisable.
CLIMATE AND CONDITIONS ON THIS BIRD TOUR
When you arrive in the lower regions of the Amazon Basin the conditions become hot and humid and we can expect rain anytime. Trails can be muddy and slippery at times and as a result, a good pair of hiking boots is recommended, along with a rain jacket and protection for your camera.
WHAT TO BRING:
Hat, camera and equipment, binoculars, sun block, rain jacket, hiking boots, fleece for colder areas such as the Andes, small back pack for box lunch and water, bug spray
This tour involves the use of a motorized canoe and the group size is restricted to a maximum of eight (8). This would indicate a lot of room. However, for flexibility in the jungle and ease of travel we would advise that baggage be restricted to two (2) medium sized suitcases per person plus a handbag.
The official currency in Ecuador is United States (US) dollars.