Quito Dry forest Podocarpus Nangaritza

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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Dry forest

After a 50 minute inland flight from Quito and a five hour land transfer, you will arrive at the Tumbesian dry forests of southern Ecuador. Popular reptiles in this xeric ecosystem are the Tumbesian Bush-Anole (Polychrus femoralis), Brown Vinesnake (Oxybelis aeneus), and Merten's Coralsnake (Micrurus mertensi). Frogs are usually scarce, but in the right season, they congregate in large number around water bodies. The most popular are the Pacific Horned-Frog (Ceratophrys stolzmanni), Casque-headed Treefrog (Trachycephalus jordani) and the Purple Poison-Frog (Epipedobates anthonyi).

Ceratophrys stolzmanni
Mastigodryas reticulatus
Trachycephalus quadrangulum
Dipsas andiana
Ceratophrys stolzmanni
Bothrops asper
Oxybelis aeneus
Iguana iguana
Polychrus femoralis
Phyllodactylus reissii
Stenocercus puyango
Trachycephalus jordani


After seven hours drive from the dry forest, we arrive at the chilly cloudforests of Podocarpus national park. From a cozy lodge, you can already hear hundreds of frogs calling. The most sought-after of which are the Tapichalaca Torrenteer (Hyloscirtus tapichalaca), Posada's Glassfrog (Nymphargus posadae) and Emerald Rainfrog (Pristimantis galdi). Among reptiles, the most popular are the Andean Forest-Pitviper (Bothriopsis pulchra), Small-eyed Forest-Pitviper (Bothrocophias micropthalmus) and the Andean Dwarf-Boa (Tropidophis taczanowskyi).

Hyloscirtus tapichalaca
Anolis sp.
Bothriopsis pulchra
Oxyrhopus occipitalis
Pristimantis spinosus
Atelopus nepiozomus
Ptychoglossus brevifrontalis
Pristimantis atratus
Dipsas vermiculata
Pristimantis galdi
Potamites ecpleopus
Pristimantis bellator


The icing on the cake for your herping tour will be Nangaritza, an Amazonian mountain range regarded as the most unexplored area of Ecuador. Nearly all popular herp species from the upper Amazon are found here, plus a number of local endemics, including the Captive Poison-Frog (Excidobates captivus), Condor Torrenteer (Hyloscirtus condor), Red-throated Dwarf-Iguana (Enyalioides rubrigularis) and the colorful and undescribed Limon Stubfoot-Toad (Atelopus sp.).

Excidobates captivus
Atractus touzeti
Trachycephalus macrotis
Teratohyla amelie
Siphlophis cervinus
Allobates kingsburyi
Centrolene condor
Epicrates cenchria
Atelopus sp.
Chimerella mariaelenae
Dipsas indica
Phyllomedusa tomopterna
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Overall, if you are a nature lover and looking for a highly interesting, tailor-made, off the “beaten-tracks” experience of the amphibians and reptiles in the wilderness of Ecuador, I can only recommend Tropical Herping as a professional and reliable tour organizer.

Ulrike Fischer, Switzerland

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I wanted to drop you a note on Carlos and José. They were both fantastic guides, some of the best I have ever had on these sorts of trips. They were great at finding animals (I have no clue how José was able to see some of the things that he found) and provided a lot of fantastic photography advice. They were also a lot of fun and a great team to hang out with during the trip.

Aaron Bloch, United States

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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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The guides have a true passion for Ecuador’s natural resources. I was quite impressed not only with their ability to find species, but their attention to the well-being of the snakes and frogs we found. Their knowlege of herpetofauna and photography is amazing!

Judd Fite, 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