A comprehensive and diverse itinerary taking in the best of Ecuador in three distinct regions. From the vibrant World Heritage Old Town of Quito, to the beautiful cloud forest area to observe 100s of species of birds and plants. Then down to the tropical rainforest of the Amazon basin to a Unesco Biosphere Reserve for a completely different wildlife and nature experience. Finally, fly to the Galapagos Islands to join an island nature cruise for close up encounters with unique and rare wildlife.
An accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country.
In 1981 Toni moved to Namibia with her family and from then on her love of the outdoors and all things nature grew and grew. Her father was an exploration geologist who travelled extensively around Southern Africa, living in small mining towns and managing bush camps where Toni would spend her school holidays camping in the bush, or visiting private farms and reserves. Toni’s father passed on to her his unparalleled knowledge of all things Namibia, and she carried this with her as she became a manager and guide at some of the most remote lodges in the extreme North West of Namibia. Toni has travelled expansively across Namibia and its neighbouring countries, making regular visits to all of the National Game Reserves and developing her photographic skills which she takes great pleasure in passing on to visitors to the region.
Her deep love and knowledge of the Namibia, coupled with her infectious passion and enthusiasm to want to share it, make her one of the country’s top guides and ambassadors for this beautiful country. More than just a guide who simply points from a vehicle, Toni becomes fully involved in the experiences of her fellow travellers and places a great emphasis on finding the best adventures, wildlife encounters and photo opportunities for her tour groups. As a Managing Tour Consultant she plans safaris for a wide range of interest groups but her main focus is on birding and photographic small group tours, where she delights in each visitor gaining an up-close and personal experience of all that the country she loves and knows so well has to offer.
Born in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. She spent 11 years on Sea Lion Island as Manager of the Lodge, Warden of the Nature Reserve and as the principal tour provider, meaning her knowledge of Sea Lion Island in particular is second to none. Having spent so much time here, as expected her wildlife speciality is Elephant Seals, but she is also well versed in the ways of the seabirds, penguins, whales, dolphins and sea lions that call the Falklands their home.
After her time on Sea Lion Island Jenny moved to Stanley to work for the Falkland Islands Government and became manager of a local travel firm assisting with travel arrangements for incoming visitors, before taking semi-retirement to spend more time with her family and enjoy more time further exploring the lands she knows so well. Jenny is extremely passionate about sharing the hidden nature secrets of the Falklands with those who come to visit her homeland and will be looking forward to accompanying you and passing on her unsurpassed knowledge of the areas you will be visiting.
Private transfer from Quito Airport to The Hilton Colon Hotel (Deluxe Room B&B) close to the historic centre of Quito Old Town. You will have the rest of the afternoon and evening to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of Quito and the cobbled streets of the old town.2Day
Early morning drive high into the Ecuadorean Cloud Forest to stay at the luxury Mashpi Lodge for two nights. This region is amazingly rich in birdlife with 32 species of hummingbird alone seen from the Lodge. Afternoon guided walk to see forest waterfalls and birds such as tanager, toucan and the elusive cock-of-the-rock.
Early morning time on the terrace watching birds feeding in the dawn light with naturalist guides. Climb to the observation tower and take a canopy walk . Lots of forest trails later spotting birds, howler monkeys, insects and amazing flora, all in the company of expert guides.
Activity starts at 6.30am with birdlife encounters after early morning refreshments. Later, walk to Copal Waterfall, a beautiful 2 hour hike featuring moss covered trees, orchids and various bird sightings. After lunch, return to Quito and overnight and breakfast at The Hilton Colon.
Transfer to Quito Airport for flight to Coca, then by road and river to Napo Lodge. Look out for herons and kingfishers on the way. Transfer from riverboat to dugout canoe for further majestic peaceful ride, paddling along narrow creeks. Good sightings of monkeys, parrots, macaws and other large birds
Early morning start to reach probably the best parrot clay licks in Ecuador just over an hour away from the lodge. Weather dependent but usually successful sightings of over 11 species of parrots, parakeets and macaws. Lunch box served at the parrot clay lick observatory with arrival back at the lodge late afternoon.
Early departure to the superb canopy tower, 36 metres above the forest floor for sightings of tanagers, blue and yellow macaws and spider monkeys in search of fruit. Afternoon walk to observe lizards, colourful manikins and endemic golden mantle tamarind monkeys. Later, explore the creeks by dugout canoe looking for giant otter families.
Early departure, to the Napo river with possible sightings of giant otters, Monk Saki monkeys plus many rare birds. Transfer to the motorised boats and on to the airport for your flight back to Quito and transfer to Hotel Rincon de Puembo, close to the airport, including breakfast.
Transfer to airport for your Galapagos flight to Baltra, met and board the Santa Cruz. After briefings, lunch, sail to North Seymour Island for first wildlife sightings of blue- footed boobies, two species of frigate birds, swallow tailed gulls and well as sea lions and iguanas.
Morning panga cruise and snorkelling off Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Island. See flightless cormorants, green sea turtles and ocean sun fish. Later, sail to Fernandina with high density of marine iguanas sharing space with sea lions, Sally Light-foot crabs, hawks, penguins and flightless cormorants.
Morning walk from Tagus Cove on Isabela to the rim of a crater and Darwin Lake and on to a dramatic view point. Panga cruise and snorkelling. Later, to Urbina Bay to see colourful land iguanas and maybe giant tortoises. Snorkel or swim with flightless cormorants.
A day spent on Santa Cruz. In Puerto Ayora, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and walk through cactus forest to Tortuga Bay for finches and marine iguanas. Kayaking and swimming. Excursion to the verdant highlands for visit to a giant tortoise reserve. Mountain biking option.
Floreana. Visit Post Office Bay with its historic barrel post box – continue the tradition and leave or pick up mail yourself for posting! Afternoon to Champion Islet for underwater exploration on pangas and glass bottom boat. Then to Cormorant Point to see greater flamingos, pintail ducks, common stilts, herons, sandpipers and many more.
Breakfast & morning goodbye with a group transfer to Baltra for your flight to Guayaquil. Private transfer to Wyndham Hotel, Guayaquil. Afternoon free for local exploration.
After breakfast, little time to relax before your private transfer to Guayaquil Airport for onward or return travel.See All Itinerary