Enjoy the best of Ecuador's world-class biodiversity during a three-week photo safari. Your journey will take you from the mysterious cloudforests of Mindo and the lush rainforests of the Amazon to the enchanted Galapagos islands. 1026 herps, 1663 birds and 382 species of mammals are waiting for you.
Quito Mindo Choco Amazon Galapagos
Sep 1, 2017. 21 nights. 6–8 pax. $585 in single room.
Included. Package based on two people sharing a room. All meals and accommodation. All river and road transfers. Guides and tour leaders. Park entrance fees. Excluded. Additional nights due to flight cancellations. Alcoholic beverages, bottled water and snacks. Insurance of any kind. International and domestic airfares. Laundry. Phone calls or messages. Photo equipment. Visa fees.
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After your arrival in Quito, we will drive two hours to the mysterious forests of Mindo. This region houses the greatest number of glassfrog species in the world, the second greatest number of rainfrogs, and more than 500 species of birds. There are good chances to photograph the elusive Pinocchio Anole (Anolis proboscis), the Ornate Rainfrog (Pristimantis ornatissimus), the Andean Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruviana), and mammals such as the recently described Olinguito (Bassaricyon neblina).
After five hours drive from Mindo, we arrive at the second most diverse region on Earth, the Choco. From the moment you set foot in the forest, toucans, monkeys and poison frogs will greet you. Chances of seeing the famous Little-Devil Poison-Frog (Oophaga sylvatica), Northern Eyelash-Boa (Trachyboa boulengeri), Tawny-faced Quail (Rhynchortyx cinctus), Choco Toucan (Ramphastos brevis), and the endangered Brown-headed Spider-Monkey (Atheles fuscipes) are high.
The third destination of your photo safari will be the mighty Amazon, and not just any part of it. You will visit the upper Amazon basin, which is regarded as the single most biodiverse region on the planet. This is the land of monkeys, jaguars, tapirs, toucans, macaws, treefrogs, poison frogs, vipers and caimans. Popular species are the Giant River-Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis), Pink River-Dolphin (Inia geoffrensis), Amazonian Poison-Frog (Ranitomeya ventrimaculata), Two-striped Forest-Pitviper (Bothriopsis bilineata), Green Anaconda (Eunectes murinus), and Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao).
A two-hour in-country flight will take you to the final destination, the Galapagos archipelago. From a cruise, you will visit the land of prehistoric-looking animals that are not afraid of human presence. Marine Iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus), Giant Tortoises (Chelonoidis spp.), Galapagos Sea-Lions (Zalophus wollebaeki), Galapagos Penguins (Spheniscus mendiculus), Blue-footed Boobies (Sula nebouxii) and Galapagos Sharks (Carcharhinus galapagensis).
The experience with Tropical Herping was unforgettable, not only was the trip itself exciting and full of incredible flora and fauna, but also the guides were passionate and profoundly knowledgeable about herpetology of Ecuador.
Enrique Presburger CEO, Factor Exprés, México
The talents of Tropical Herping's guides both as photographers and naturalists are amazing, and I feel very privileged to have been able to travel and photograph with them. Our pictures came out exceptional. I recently obtained first place in a contest with one of the clownfrog pictures taken at Guango, Ecuador.
Martha and Sheldon Farwell, United States
I’ve got home with a stunning set of beautiful and creative photographs, the best memories of this travel I can ever imagine. Both guides were helpful and attentive to my needs at any time, which made this jungle experience even more pleasant and actually completely stressless.
Ulrike Fischer, World Intellectual Property Organization, Switzerland