Quito Mindo Choco Amazon

Oct 2, 2018. 10 nights. 4–10 pax. $665 in single room.

Tour leaders: Frank Pichardo, Jose Vieira

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. Excluded. Additional nights due to flight cancellations. Alcoholic beverages, bottled water and snacks. Insurance of any kind. International and domestic airfares. Laundry. Phone calls or messages. Photo equipment. Visa fees.

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What to bring? Check out our suggested packing list.


After your arrival in Quito, we will drive two hours to the mysterious forests of Mindo. This region houses the greatest number of glassfrog species in the world, and the second greatest number of rainfrogs. There are good chances to photograph the elusive Pinocchio Anole (Anolis proboscis), the Ornate Rainfrog (Pristimantis ornatissimus) and the Mutable Rainfrog (Pristimantis mutabilis). Vipers are rare, but beautiful and, most of them, cloudforest endemics.

Bothriechis schlegelii
Nymphargus grandisonae
Bothrocophias campbelli
Anolis proboscis
Pristimantis appendiculatus
Nymphargus lasgralarias
Pristimantis crucifer
Pristimantis ornatissimus
Bothrops osbornei
Pristimantis mutabilis
Anolis aequatorialis
Centrolene ballux


After five hours drive from Mindo, we arrive at the second most diverse region on Earth, the Choco. From the moment you set foot in the forest, anoles, geckos, treefrogs and snakes will greet you. Chances of seeing the famous Gold-Nugget Treefrog (Hypsiboas picturatus), Little-Devil Poison-Frog (Oophaga sylvatica), Northern Eyelash-Boa (Trachyboa boulengeri) and Eyelash Palm-Pitviper (Bothriechis schlegelii) are high.

Cruziohyla calcarifer
Oophaga sylvatica
Diploglossus monotropis
Bothrops punctatus
Cochranella litoralis
Lepidoblepharis buchwaldi
Gonatodes caudiscutatus
Hypsiboas picturatus
Trachyboa boulengeri
Hyalinobatrachium fleischmanni
Echinosaura horrida
Bothriechis schlegelii


The icing on the cake for your herping tour will be the mighty Amazon, and not just any part of it. You will visit the upper Amazon basin, which is regarded as the single most biodiverse region on the planet. This is the land of treefrogs, poison frogs, vipers and caimans. Popular species are the Amazonian Poison-Frog (Ranitomeya ventrimaculata), Tiger-striped Monkey-Frog (Phyllomedusa tomopterna), Two-striped Forest-Pitviper (Bothriopsis bilineata) and Green Anaconda (Eunectes murinus).

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Bothriopsis bilineata
Ameerega bilinguis
Ranitomeya ventrimaculata
Boa constrictor
Trachycephalus macrotis
Phyllomedusa tomopterna
Gonatodes humeralis
Bothriopsis taeniata
Ceratophrys cornuta
Eunectes murinus
Melanosuchus niger
Chelonoidis denticulata
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We spent an amazing week with Alejandro of Tropical Herping... highlights were Oophaga sylvatica, Epipedobates darwinwallacei, Riama oculata, Hypsiboas picturatus, Diploglossus monotropis, Bothrops asper and Micrurus transandinus...

Gabriel Schmied, Switzerland

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My wife Cristina and I visited Yasuni National Park with guides Pauly Romero and Jose Vieira in November of 2015. 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

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With Tropical Herping we were able to do what we wanted, when we wanted, 24 hours a day! They were knowledgeable about everything and willing to do anything and at any time... They made sure we were happy and that we set the schedule, not them.

Jon and Cristina Wedow, Canada

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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

Why come with us?

We find you the animals
We help you get the shot
We use the money to fund our research
We use the money to conserve the choco