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Whether you’re a seasoned birdwatcher or a casual enthusiast, Ecuador deserves a spot on your bucket list.  Amazingly, Ecuador is home to 1,600 bird species – all in an area no larger than the state of Colorado and is considered a mega-biodiversity country.  If you are interested in making this once-in-a-lifetime, dream vacation a reality, please join The Wilderness Center (TWC) this November 3rd through November 15th.

This South American ecotour will focus on the Andes region of Ecuador, an amazing habitat for many wonderful birds and other cloud forest creatures.  Ecotourism involves travel to areas of natural or ecological interest, under the guidance of a naturalist, for the purpose of observing wildlife and learning about the environment.  This tour will be led by TWC Board Member, Chuck Jakubchak and will feature local, guides with in depth knowledge of local flora, fauna, culture and natural history.

“The forest and gardens are draped with orchids and bromeliads, and the butterflies are plentiful” said TWC Marketing Director and past tour leader, Vicki Whitt.  “We’ve also seen some of the most beautiful birds of the forest including the Plate-billed Mountain Toucan, Toucan Barbet, Golden Tanager, Flame-faced Tanager and 39 species of hummingbirds.”  To learn more about TWC’s upcoming Ecuador adventure, please visit  You may also contact Vicki at (330)359-5235 or

milpe bird sanctuary

Ecuador, November 3-12, 2015

This is the third trip TWC has taken to Ecaudor! It is a wonderful birding trip and will be lead by Chuck Jacubchak. Chuck is on our Board at TWC and is an avid birder.

Our itinerary is as follows:

Nov. 3 – Arive. In Quito.  Transfer and overnight Hotel La Carolina/Quito.

Nov. 4 – 7 am departure for Yanacocha Reserve.

Nov. 5 – Birding Reserva Las Gralarias

Nov. 6 – Milpe Bird Sanctuary and Milpe Road

Nov. 7 – Silanche Bird Sanctuary

Nov. 8 – Paz de las Aves and Oilbird grotto

Nov. 9 – Mindo Valley and nighttime owling.

Nov. 10 – Return to Quito with stop at equator monument and continue on to Otavalo.

Nov.11 – Otavalo market and return to Quito.

Nov.12 – Early morning birding at Antisana National Park.  Evening return to the US.


Athene Karis-“This was the most fabulous thing I’ve ever done.”

Sam and Jean Weaver-“This was a trip of a life time, not only the birds, but the wildlife, the scenery and the culture.”

Stay tuned for costs. Contact Vicki Whitt at for more information.











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