100 species Ecuador herping tour map

Tour details

Main tour (10 nights): $3,890. $650 in single room.

Extension (+8 nights): +$3,950.

Starting date: May 27, 2020.

Group size: 2–7 people. 3 spots left

Reviews: 5/5 (5 reviews)

StartQuito
Night 1Mindo cloudforest
Nights 2–5Chocó rainforest
Night 6Mindo cloudforest
Nights 7–10Amazon rainforest
Nights 11–18Galápagos extension
EndQuito

or call +1-786-753-7899

How to reserve your spot?

1. Read our cancellation policy below.

2. Complete our contact form in the next step to let us know about your interests and so we can check availability and give you further information about the tour.

3. Review and approve the itinerary, invoice, and release of liability form we will send you.

4. Make payment to confirm your booking.

Cancellation policy If you are unable to attend the tour, you are welcome to send someone in your place, apply to another Tropical Herping event, or request a refund less a handling fee of 5% or $100, whichever is more. However, because we pre-pay all local services we can only accept credit or refund requests no less than 60 business days prior to the start of the event.

Important! Read the rules and recommendations

What to bring? Check out our suggested packing list.

What is included?

Package based on two people sharing a room.

All meals and accommodation.

All river and road transfers.

Guides and tour leaders.

Park entrance fees.

What is not included?

Additional nights due to flight cancellations.

Alcoholic beverages, bottled water and snacks.

Health insurance.

International and domestic airfares.

Laundry.

Phone calls or messages.

Photo equipment.

Visa fees.

or call +1-786-753-7899

Booking form

Experts on this tour

Frank Pichardo

Frank Pichardo
Tour leader, photographer, field researcher

Jose Vieira

Jose Vieira
Biologist, photographer, tour leader

Why join?

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We are field biologists. We know where to find the animals you are looking for.

Meet the team

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We are photographers and know how help you get the images you want.

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Your visit funds our research to discover new species and understand their evolution.

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Your visit saves 1 acre of rainforest in the Ecuadorian Chocó region.

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By protecting that acre, you keep 25 tonnes of CO2e from ending up in the atmosphere.

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Mindo

Mindo is the most herpeto-diverse cloudforest in the world. This magical forest is home 120 amphibian and reptile species. You will spend two nights in this ecosystem, mostly hiking along streams at night while our guides help you photograph glassfrogs, rainfrogs, and anoles.

Anolis proboscis
Pristimantis gralarias
Bothriechis schlegelii
Nymphargus grandisonae
Pristimantis ornatissimus
Pristimantis appendiculatus
Bothrops osbornei
Pristimantis eremitus
Centrolene heloderma

Chocó

The Chocó rainforest in Ecuador has more species of amphibians and reptiles per km2 than any other area outside the Amazon basin. Up to 130 species may be found in a single locality. Unlike the Amazon rainforest, however, the Chocó rainforest is poorly explored and, in Ecuador, less than 20% of this ecosystem remains.

Trachyboa boulengeri
Boana picturata
Bothriechis schlegelii
Hyalinobatrachium aureoguttatum
Oophaga sylvatica
Echinosaura horrida
Sachatamia ilex
Enyalioides oshaughnessyi
Bothrops punctatus

Amazon

The upper Amazon basin is regarded as the most biodiverse region on Earth. Nowhere else on the planet can 253 species of amphibians and reptiles be found in the same locality. The Amazon rainforest is also the habitat of some of the most iconic animals, including the Green Anaconda, the Black Caiman, and the Surinam Toad. You will spend five intense days in the Ecuadorian Amazon, photographing animals found both during forest hikes or while navigating along streams on a motorized or dugout canoe.

Phyllomedusa tomopterna
Pipa pipa
Eunectes murinus
Melanosuchus niger
Bothriopsis bilineata
Cruziohyla craspedopus
Polychrus marmoratus
Lachesis muta
Ranitomeya ventrimaculata

Galápagos

If you join the tour extension, a two-hour in-country flight will take you to the enchanted Galápagos Islands, home to 58 species of reptiles, 48 of which found nowhere else on the planet. This includes the famous giant Galápagos tortoises, marine and land iguanas, and the colorful lava lizards.

Amblyrhynchus cristatus
Microlophus grayii
Microlophus albemarlensis
Conolophus subcristatus
Amblyrhynchus cristatus
Chelonoidis donfaustoi
Amblyrhynchus cristatus
Microlophus indefatigabilis
Chelonoidis porteri

At first, I didn't feel we needed a guide for what we wanted to do. However, after comparing resort prices and "touristy itineraries," we decided that having the dedicated guide services of Tropical Herping at this remote location was a no brainer! I truly feel that they provide more value than any other Amazon tour group that I am aware of.

Jon and Cristina Wedow, Canada

After going to Costa Rica and getting a taste for herping the tropics, my friends and I started looking for somewhere a littler further off the beaten path. We did some research, talked to some friends, and came to the conclusion Ecuador was going to be the spot. Tropical Herping came well recommended and definitely didn't disappoint. We were really stoked to be able to customize our trip according to the herps each of us really wanted to see, as well as our budget.

Seth Cohen, United States

Our guides Frank and Jorge were great! They managed to located our target species and many others that I didn’t expect we would find. The Chocó rainforest is an incredible place and I am happy to know that some of our money is going to conservation of that area.

Sean Kite, United States

Our guide Frank was great, talented in spotting animals, patient, and always tried to make us achieve the best photo.

Thomas Andlauer, France

I must say I had high expectations for this trip, and I was not disappointed; on the contrary! The trip, the accommodations, and not least the number of species seen and the opportunities to photograph them greatly exceeded my expectations. The very small size of the group (just two of us) yet still having two knowledgeable guides on all walk was great.

Mark Marissink, Norway

Frequently asked questions

Am I supposed to pay the tour price at once?

You can confirm your booking by making a 50% deposit and pay the remaining balance at least 60 days before departure.

Does the tour take place during the nights?

The tour includes both diurnal and nocturnal activities.

Can I make a reservation for this tour but on 2021?

Yes, you can confirm your booking now by making a 20% deposit and pay the remaining balance at least 60 days before departure.

How do I book my spot?

The first thing you need to do to reserve your spot in this tour is contact us using our booking form. Second, you will need to review and approve the itinerary, invoice, and release of liability we will send you. Finally, you will have to make a deposit to confirm your booking.

Can you get rubber boots for me?

If your shoe size is US 10 or Euro 43 or smaller, we can purchase rubber boots for you in advance. If you your shoe size is larger, then we cannot get them in Ecuador.

Is there a chance to arrange a private tour?

Yes, most of the tours we offer are private.

Is there any chance to rent a snake hook?

Yes, we can provide you with a snake hook that you can use during the tour.

Which domestic flights should I purchase?

You will receive specific instructions about which domestic flights to buy and how. This information is included in the detailed itinerary we will send you.

What herping gear do you recommend?

We recommend that you bring a durable waterproof headlamp, a rain poncho, and a DSLR camera, ideally one with a macro lens and off-camera flash.

What if there is no other participant willing to share a room?

If you are willing to share the room, you do not have to pay the single supplement fee, regardless of whether you end up sharing the room or not.

What is the meeting point on the starting day?

Our team will pick you up at your hotel of choice.

What kind of trouser is needed?

You can bring any durable but lightweight trousers that are easy to dry.

Which vaccination certificates do I need?

The three most important vaccines to get before visiting the tropics are against yellow fever, tetanus, and hepatitis. Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required for you to enter certain areas of Ecuador, such as Yasuni National Park.

Will the tour be cancelled if one or more participants are unable to join?

This tour will run with as few as two participants. If one of two participants makes a reservation and then cancels, it would affect the tour if no payment has been made to lodges, transports, and guides (which usually cannot be refunded).

Will you pick us up at the airport upon arrival?

We recommend you arrive in Quito at least a day before the tour starts. Therefore, on the first day of the tour, we will pick you up at your hotel of choice, not at the airport.

Will there be laundry service, electricity, and wifi at all sites?

Usually there is laundry service and electricity at all of the lodges we will visit. Wifi is available only at some.