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Northern Ecuador - Birding the Andes to the Amazon

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 16 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 8 people
Destination(s): Ecuador  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: April
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 4675 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 4675 US Dollar (USD)

Because of its diverse habitat array, ranging from the high Andes to excellent lowland rainforest, north-western South America has the highest avian diversity in the world. Ecuador is fortuitously situated within the heart of this fantastic ecological region, boasting a bird list of over 1700 species! Furthermore, its small size, good infrastructure, unsurpassable scenery and friendly people make Ecuador one of the planet’s most delightful birding destinations. From the fabulous Sacha Lodge, with its world-famous Canopy Tower and Canopy Walkway, to the endemic-rich Andean slopes, this tour offers the very best in South American Birding!

Tour dates: Northern Ecuador - 3rd to 18th April (16 days)
Tour Price: Northern Ecuador- US$4,675 * £3,080 * €3,540 * ZAR45,600 per person sharing (see below)
US$190 approximate cost of domestic flight
(Tour price fixed in US$, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
Tour Size: Limited to a max of 8 participants with 1 RBT leader

THE ITINERARY
3rd April- Arrival in Quito
4th April- Quito to Sacha Lodge
5th & 6th April- Sacha Lodge and surrounds
7th April- Sacha Lodge to Wildsumaco
8th April- Wildsumaco
9th April- Wildsumaco to Cabanas San Isidro
10th April- Cabanas San Isidro and surrounds
11th April- Cabanas San Isidro to Guango Lodge
12th April- Guango Lodge to Quito
13th April- Antisana Preserve
14th April- Quito to Bellavista, via Yanacocha
15th April- Bellavista to Septimo Paraiso
16th April- Paz de las Aves; Milpe
17th April- Rio Silanche; Mindo
18th April- Quito and depart

FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS:
The fee for the Ecuador – Birding the Andes to the Amazon tour is US$4,675 * £3,080 * €3,540 * ZAR45,600 per person sharing. (Please note: The price does NOT include the domestic flight as mentioned in the itinerary. As a general guideline, we suggest you budget +/- US$190 per person. We can book these flights on your behalf at no extra charge.)
The fee for the Sani Extension is US$1,275 * £840 * €970 * ZAR12,400 per person sharing. (Please note: this price excludes the domestic flights as mentioned in the itinerary. As a general guideline, we suggest you budget +- US$TBA for these flights. We can book these flights for you at no extra charge.)

A single supplement of US$860 and US$175 will be charged for the main tour and the extension respectively if you wish to have single accommodation. If RBT cannot provide you with a rooming partner although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share.

This includes:
•All meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 16 of the main tour, and from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 5 of the extension;
•Bottled drinking water;
•All lodgings during the tour;
•All ground transportation (including boat transfers);
•All national park and other reserve entrance fees; and
•All guiding services (including tips for local guides and services).

This excludes:
•ANY flights (see above);
•Visa fees;
•Any drinks;
•Special gratuities; and
•Telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature.

IMPORTANT NOTES:
a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies. The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (US$), and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.) The same applies to approximate domestic flight (where applicable) and single supplement rates, which are also quoted in the respective fixed currency.
b) Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration (a minimum of 6 paying participants) a small party supplement will have to be charged.
c) Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.
d) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary and / or the designated leader/s at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware that we will attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.

Tipping:
As noted above, gratuities (drivers, hotel staff, porters etc) are included on this tour. However, this does NOT include your leader. If, therefore, you feel that he has given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip him.

Please note:
•In some areas it may be very hot, especially in Amazonia. We will thus make good use of the early mornings and will have many early starts to avoid, as far as possible, birding in the middle of the day. Furthermore, in the rainforest areas the humidity will be high and potentially uncomfortable.
•It is important for the comfort of your fellow travellers that you do not over-pack. Kindly stick to 20 kg (44 lb) for check in luggage and 8 kg (+-18 lb) for hand luggage.
•This Ecuador tour does not require a high level of fitness, but participants should be in good general health as most of the birding will be done on foot and may require walking for several hours at a time. Guests will be notified when longer walks may be undertaken. If you have any physical limitations, please notify us in advance of departure.
•Accommodation throughout the trip is of a good standard and the hotels and resorts that we make use of range from comfortable to rather luxurious. There is no camping on this trip.

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE DETAILS:
This tour does not include ANY airfares. The main tour will begin in Quito on day 1, which is scheduled as an arrival day, so you are free to arrive at any time on this day. Further meeting details in this regard will be forwarded to you in due course. The tour will conclude on the morning of day 16 in Quito.
For those doing the Sani Extension, the tour will begin in Quito on day 1, which is scheduled as an arrival day, so you are free to arrive at any time on this day. Further meeting details in this regard will be forwarded to you in due course. The tour will conclude on day 5 in Quito. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance or advice in this regard, kindly contact the office.

FLIGHTS:
Quito is the main port of entry for international flights into Ecuador and is serviced via Atlanta and well serviced via Madrid. As our guests come from all over the planet we do not include international flights in our tour prices. We have the capacity to advise you on the best route according to your preferences, but your local travel agent will best be able to book these flights for you. We can, however, book the internal flight on your behalf. IMPORTANT: please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the office for confirmation on the status of the tour.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS:
The fee for the Ecuador – Birding the Andes to the Amazon tour is US$4,675 * £3,080 * €3,540 * ZAR45,600 per person sharing. (Please note: The price does NOT include the domestic flight as mentioned in the itinerary. As a general guideline, we suggest you budget +/- US$190 per person. We can book these flights on your behalf at no extra charge.)

About This Supplier
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At M17026 we have been delivering unbeatable birding and wildlife holidays since 1998. Our birding tours are professionally guided, fun and educational. They follow expertly planned itineraries and represent exceptional value for money. If you have not yet experienced the joys of world birding with us, we would be...

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