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Ecuador’s Mammals: incredible sightings on January tour!

Spectacled Bear (Chris Hutchinson)

Spectacled Bear (Chris Hutchinson)

Our ‘Ecuador’s Mammals’ tour this January, led (as usual) by Gustavo Cañas, enjoyed unprecedented success, with Mountain Tapir, Spectacled Bear, Tayra, Olinguito, Giant River Otter and Harpy Eagle all enjoyed by our group.

The holiday began with a drive north-west from Quito to the verdant cloudforests of Ecuador’s western Andean slope. Myriad hummingbirds and colourful tanagers are present here, including such Chocó specialties as Gorgeted Sunangel and Silver-throated Tanager. In the lodge grounds, our group managed to see Olinguito by spotlight – the Olinguito is a member of the racoon family and was first described as recently as 2013.

Olinguito (Chris Hutchinson)

Olinguito (Chris Hutchinson)

Next, our group spent four nights at a hot springs resort on the high and windswept Papallacta Pass, based in delightful wooden cabins around the steaming bathing pools. Extending across the Andes and beneath towering, snow-capped volcanoes, our group saw both of the area’s key targets – Spectacled Bear and Mountain Tapir, along with the majestic Andean Condor.

The tour ended in the steamy Amazon rainforest with a stay at the Napo Wildlife Centre where Giant River Otters, Golden-mantled Tamarins, colorful tanagers (Spotted, Opal-rumped and Opal-crowned, among others) and cryptic Amazonian birds such as Point-tailed Palmcreeper and last, but not least, a view of Harpy Eagle from the lodge’s canopy tower capped off a very memorable holiday.

Mountain Tapir (Chris Hutchinson)

Mountain Tapir (Chris Hutchinson)


Our next 15-day Ecuador’s Mammals holiday departs on Saturday 12th August 2017. For further information, or to book this tour, please call Andy on 01962 733051 or email andy@naturetrek.co.uk