$4,990.

Quito Amazon Mindo Choco Cotopaxi

Mar 27, 2019. 13 nights. 4–6 pax. $1,940 in single room.

Extension: Galapagos

+$3,950. 9 nights. $1,700 in single room.

Tour leaders: Frank Pichardo, Lucas Bustamante

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. Travel money safety insurance. Package based on...Package based on two people sharing a room. All meals and accommodation. All river and road transfers. Guides and tour leaders. Park entrance fees. Travel money safety insurance. Excluded: 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. Additional nights...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.

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Amazon

Your photo safari will start in the mighty Amazon jungle, 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.

Top 5 species1. Jaguar
Panthera onca
2. Amazonian Tapir
Tapirus terrestris
3. Hoatzin
Opisthocomus hoazin
4. Green Anaconda
Eunectes murinus
5. Tiger-striped Monkey-Frog
Phyllomedusa tomopterna
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Mindo

Three hours drive after an inland flight and you will arrive to Mindo, the cloudforest with the greatest number of species of amphibians and reptiles (=120), and the second with the greatest number of bird species (~500).

Top 5 species1. Andean Cock-of-the-Rock
Rupicola peruviana
2. Pinocchio Anole
Anolis proboscis
3. Plate-Billed Mountain-Toucan
Andigena laminirostris
4. Red-spotted Glassfrog
Nymphargus grandisonae
5. Olinguito
Bassaricyon neblina
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Choco

Two hours drive from Mindo and you will arrive at the second most diverse hotspot on Earth, the Choco rainforest. The reserve you will visit protects over 400 species of birds, 300 of moths and butterflies, and 100 of amphibians and reptiles.

Top 5 species1. Ocelot
Leopardus pardalis
2. Toucan Barbet
Semnornisramphastinus semnornis
3. Chachi Treefrog
Boana picturata
4. Northern Eyelash-Boa
Trachyboa boulengeri
5. Tayra
Eira barbara
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Cotopaxi

Less than an hour drive from Quito lies the 5,897 m high snow-capped Cotopaxi summit, the highest active volcano in the world. You will be based at its slopes, which are home to an array of species adapted to the high altitude.

Top 5 species1. Andean Fox
Lycalopex culpaeus
2. Andean Lapwings
Vanellus resplendens
3. Ecuadorian Hillstar
Oreotrochilus chimborazo
4. Quito Whorltail-Iguana
Stenocercus guentheri
5. Quito Marsupial-Frog
Gastrotheca riobambae
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Galapagos

If you join the tour extension, a two-hour in-country flight will take you to the enchanted Galapagos islands, home to 52 species of reptiles, 177 of birds, and 14 of mammals.

Top 5 species1. Marine Iguana
Amblyrhynchus cristatus
2. Western Santa Cruz Giant-Tortoise
Chelonoidis porteri
3. Galapagos Land-Iguana
Conolophus subcristatus
4. Sierra Negra Giant-Tortoise
Chelonoidis guntheri
5. Santa Cruz Lava-Lizard
Microlophus indefatigabilis
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Rupicola peruviana
Andigena laminirostris
Choeradodis columbica
Aotus vociferans
Chelonoidis porteri
Bothrops osbornei
Callibia diana
Phyllomedusa tomopterna
Alchisme grossa
Acanthops erosula
Hyalinobatrachium valerioi
Melanosuchus niger
Pteronura brasiliensis
Ocreatus underwoodii
Ara macao
Ramphastos ambiguus
Eubucco bourcierii
Odocoileus virginianus
Zalophus wollebaeki
Cotopaxi volcano
Tremarctos ornatus
Gastrotheca pseustes
Bradypus variegatus
Mashpi cloudforest
Boana picturata
Corallus batesii
Eira barbara
Amblyrhynchus cristatus
Trogon personatus
Brotogeris cyanoptera
Saguinus tripartitus
Sula nebouxii
Oreotrochilus chimborazo
Compsus sp
Bothriopsis bilineata
Phoenicopterus ruber
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The experience with Tropical Herping was unforgettable, not only was the trip itself exciting and full of incredible flora and fauna, but also the guides were passionate and profoundly knowledgeable about herpetology of Ecuador.

Enrique Presburger CEO, Factor Exprés, México

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The talents of Tropical Herping's guides both as photographers and naturalists are amazing, and I feel very privileged to have been able to travel and photograph with them. Our pictures came out exceptional. I recently obtained first place in a contest with one of the clownfrog pictures taken at Guango, Ecuador.

Martha and Sheldon Farwell, United States

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I’ve got home with a stunning set of beautiful and creative photographs, the best memories of this travel I can ever imagine. Both guides were helpful and attentive to my needs at any time, which made this jungle experience even more pleasant and actually completely stressless.

Ulrike Fischer, Switzerland

Why come with us?

We find you the animals

1. We take you to the animals

We help you get the shot

2. We help you get the photo

We use the money to fund research

3. We use the money to fund research

We use the money to save the Choco

4. We use the money to save the Choco rainforest