Ecuador Bird Language & Tracking Expedition
Learn the language of the birds while searching for tracks and signs of animals in the tropical forests of Ecuador, a country with amazing biodiversity! Led by expert guides, you will learn how to recognize what the birds are saying about each other and any predators that are moving nearby, enabling you to piece together everything that is happening around you. You will visit two different ecosystems, a majestic cloud forest nd the Amazon basin tribal members will take you deep into the jungle to reveal the presence of its mysterious inhabitants, including the legendary jaguar!
Ecuador Bird Language and Tracking Expedition
September 4 - 16, 2016
Experience & Activity Level:
Previous tracking experience helpful but not required.
Participants should be in good physical condition and
be comfortable with high humidity, getting wet, etc.
3-4 star jungle cabanas
$6,990 per person, ($1,690 single supplement)
- Capital City of Quito
- Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve
- Amazon Napo Wildlife Center
Come to South America for an amazing adventure where you will learn the language of the birds in the tropical forests of Ecuador! Our specially trained guides will teach you the secrets for unlocking the sacred sounds of the cloud forest and the Amazon jungle, whose voices will tell you what ground animals are nearby, where they are moving, and what their intentions are as well as what threats are in the air or the tree canopies.
You will also look for animal tracks and other sign of the secretive floor dwellers including the jaguar, puma, ocelot, margay, tapir, peccary, and many others and perhaps even sight them as your follow their paths. In the Amazon, you will get to explore the depths of the jungle with the Añangu tribe who are the traditional inhabitants of this region and will show you along with your western guide how to read tracks, understand bird calls and other sounds of the jungle, and how they utilize the resources of the rain forest to survive and prosper.
You will start your journey with some cultural exploits in Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, visiting the colonial center with its magnificent Spanish cathedrals and fascinating museums detailing the history of the pre-European peoples and the changes that have occurred over the past few centuries. You will also visit the city’s botanical gardens and Vivarium, which will give you an introduction to the diverse flora and fauna of the country that you will encounter later on in your trip.
Next, you will head to the dramatic Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve where you will start your exploration of this amazing biodiversity hotspot that contains over 300 species of birds to begin your bird language observations. You will spend several days here investigating different areas of the preserve and hence comparing the different behaviors of the birds in each area, as well as looking for the tracks of the animals that move through the understory while admiring the lush scenery and numerous waterfalls.
Following your departure from the cloud forest, you will be transported by canoe deep into the Amazon jungle at the Napo Wildlife Center, a premier jungle destination and research station. The next several days will be spent doing bird language observations in the jungle and going out with the Añangu tribe members looking for wildlife tracks and sign. You will hike along forest trails to the Añangu community of Kichwa to liaise with the locals and learn more about their culture and traditions.
This expedition will be a unique adventure that allows you the chance to experience sub-tropical and rain forest habitats up close, and more importantly to actually understand the complex interactions that are occurring at each moment between the creatures that reside here. Additionally, you will get to learn the ancient ways of a primitive hunter-gatherer people and how they have survived for eons in this challenging environment, so don’t miss out!