Birding the Ecuadorian Chocó

December 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

16-25 November 2015. For about the third time, the van seemed to be mostly repaired and in good shape, so we headed back out on the road to visit the Chocó region of Ecuador, this time with no serious misadventures, at least yet! Fingers are well crossed here. The Chocó biogeographical region extends from the Darién in Panamá along the pacific [...]

Birding Antisana and the Papallacta pass area

December 20, 2015 // 2 Comments

11-13 November 2015. The Antisana Ecological Reserve can easily be reached via a day trip from Quito. Given the frequent afternoon weather, it is best to arrive early in the morning to improve your chances of having an unobstructed view of the massive peak of Antisana. Antisana rises to a height of 18,891 ft (5,758 m) and is absolutely [...]

Mashpi Amagusa Rerserve and Mashpi Artisanal Chocolate Farm

November 28, 2015 // 1 Comment

1-3 November 2015. After Bellavista, we headed to the Mashpi/Guayabillas/Las Delicias area. The name Masphi applies to two different locations that are reasonably close on a map but are not connected directly by road. What is known among birders as the “Mashpi road” is actually the Las Delicias–Guayabillas Road, where the birding area [...]

Birding Northern Ecuador

November 7, 2015 // 2 Comments

September – October 2015. Birding in Colombia was so intense and amazing that when we arrived in Ecuador we were spent and needed some down time. We also arrived woefully unprepared and needed time to simply look at a map and a field guide! We had little more than a few names of sites in mind, and no real plan for where we wanted to go [...]
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