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Tropical Birding

4.8 | Excellent
  • 98% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
Type
  • None
Established
  • 2001
Headquarters
  • Quito, Ecuador
Trips
  • 6

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Tropical Birding Reviews & Ratings 98% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 107 Great 9 Average 4 Disappointing 0 Terrible 1
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Tour Reviews

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A naturalist's dream July 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Although this was primarily a birding tour (Taiwan endemics), even before the trip began I was very happy to receive a checklist covering not only birds but also mammals, reptiles, amphibians and butterflies. My ideal birding tour is one that looks for anything that flies, crawls, swims, walks... And this was exactly what I got. Guides Ken Behrens and Kuan Chieh Hung went above and beyond: not only did I see - and in most cases photographed - all 30 endemics, several endemic subspecies and even bonus birds like Fairy Pitta, I was also lucky enough to see several frogs, snakes, butterflies and mammals, including the rare Formosan Golden Bat.

The guides respected my pace (I have trouble with hills due to a hip injury) and asked for my opinion when there were choices to be made. They also had me laughing a lot (always a bonus!). Most importantly, however, they showed vast knowledge of the animal species, their habits, calls and habitats.

The tour was well organized and everything worked without a hitch. The days were very long and intense, but also very productive and rewarding. One very satisfied client here.
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RM

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UGANDA TOUR JUNE 2019 July 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was our first visit to Africa and it was incredible. Our guide Crammy worked tirelessly to show us far more bird species than I anticipated. On top of that we saw a great variety of mammals in their natural habitat. Gorilla trekking was an experience we won't ever forget. Can't wait for our next trip with Tropical Birding!
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JC

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Uganda Tiur July 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Great birds, great guide and great group!

c

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Northern Ecuador BWC Tour July 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Great itinerary, guide, food and birds. Great mix of birding and photography opportunities.

D

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We had an absolutely fantastic trip to… July 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We had an absolutely fantastic trip to Uganda with Tropical Birding June 2019. I personally saw 503 bird species and we also trekked for Gorillas and Chimps. I can't recommend this trip highly enough.

AMD

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Highly recommended July 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was my first experience with Tropical Birding and I know it will not be my last. I arrived at the Hotel Quito a couple of days early for the Northern Ecuador, birding with a camera tour, and after meeting Jose, the guide, and Edison, the driver, early on the first morning of the tour, we were treated with true professionalism. Everything went smoothly and the birding was beyond my expectation. Jose took the time to make sure we saw all the birds and answered any questions we had, a very knowledgable guide. Edison, the driver, was polite and helpful, and often pointed out other birds for us.
The Lodge at Tandayapa was everything I expected, with feeders around the property buzzing with many species of hummingbirds. The food was plentiful and of the highest quality. The day trips from the lodge always left on time and driving time was spent getting to know each other and get any questions answered. Each day was spent at a different ecozone with so many different species of birds, the knowledge of Jose was staggering.
A mudslide prevented us from getting to the Guango Lodge, but alternate plans to stay in Quito ensured that the birding still went as planned. A truly amazing experience, all the staff were excellent, I would absolutely recommend Tropical Birding to anyone with an interest in birds
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From Tropical Birding

We’re Not Your Average Tour Company

A level of expertise is not needed to join our trips, but enthusiasm is

Our goal is to have as many people getting as much joy out of birding as possible. Although our guides can hold their own anywhere in the world, you will never feel intimidated by our guides or other clients. They all understand that the trip is about seeing birds and having a great time, not by showing how great we are to others.

Most of our trips are in the tropics

The world is filled with incredible birding destinations, so we have decided to concentrate on those areas that can be tricky for most people to visit alone. The tropics support 80% of the world’s bird species, and the diversity and numbers of birds can at times be overwhelming. Birding can be tough with many similar species in the same flock, and with others so secretive that they can only be located by voice. We have built up a storehouse of knowledge on where to find some of the world’s rarest birds, and our tours offer the finest birding on the planet. You will finish your trip not only with plenty of birds, but also with a real understanding for the areas you have visited. We also do many trips to other areas outside the tropics, but all these sites are ones where we think that we can really add value to your birding experience.

We are the company that actively supports bird conservation

We do not just give lip-service to protecting the threatened birds our livelihoods depend on; we are active in all aspects of bird conservation. This not only involves generation of funds for purchase of endangered habitats, but also includes consulting for conservation organizations, training guides, and establishing the avitourism industry in developing nations. One project that some of our staff members are near fanatical about is getting more people into casual birding. There are no short term payoffs to our guides for this, but we believe to our very core that getting more people into birding is the ultimate way to get more people to preserve these creatures.

We offer the best value birding tours on the market

We have managed to strike a balance by providing world-class tours without charging outrageous prices. While this is not the means by which we differentiate ourselves from the other operators, it is a pleasant side-effect of being the most efficient operator in our target destinations. A quick comparison with other companies will show that while we still stay at the best lodges and have top guides, we retain our more competitive prices.

Birding Tours

Tropical Birding has been operating birding tours since our inception in 2001, and we offer a wide range of trips to destinations all over the globe. Our trips are led by expert guides who are themselves passionate birders and naturalists. Some of our tours are fast-paced trips that target every possible endemic, whereas others are more relaxed-pace trips with a stronger focus on other types of wildlife or cultural activities.

Custom Tours

Please contact us, and we will be happy to design an itinerary to suit your needs. If you can get a few friends or family members to come with you, you might be surprised at how inexpensive these tours are, and they offer you the flexibility of choosing when, where and with whom you travel.

Photography Tours

Tropical Birding offers a series of Photo Journeys to the best destinations on the planet for bird and wildlife photography. On these trips we get you to where the animals are, and we do whatever we can to get the animals to you. The objective of these trips is not to instruct on how to use a camera, and much of the photography is opportunistic. We’ll always be out at the best times of day for photography, but will not necessarily stop shooting just because conditions are not optimal.

Associations:

American Birding Association

Trips & Specials

10% discount on your next tour: If you take three Tropical Birding set-departure tours, you will receive a 10% discount on your next tour, up to a maximum of $400.

Please note: The 10% discount is based on the double-room price, and this offer does not apply to customized tours due to their special pricing.

17 days
Small Ship Cruise
Value - 3 star
Physical :
From: $ 9,990

Highlights

  • Explore galapagos islands which are a naturalist’s dream, and millions of photographs have been and fascinating finches endemic to the islands.
  • Visit the charles darwin research center, which has interesting exhibits on galapagos wildlife
  • Visit isabela island, urbina bay and have an opportunity to snorkeling and you can share the reef with galapagos penguins
  • Explore santiago island and visit buccaneer’s cove, which was used as pirate hideout in the 17th and 18th centuries
  • Enjoy while cruising to extraordinary islands and view the sea lions and other kind of wildlife
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Highlights

  • From dry lowland forest to flamingo-studded lakes high in the Andes, you will experience a fascinating variety of habitats and birds.
  • You will find Dusky-legged Guan, Spot-breasted Thornbird, Rusty-browed Warbling-Finch, Fulvous-headed and White-browed Brush-Finches, Plush-crested Jay, Red-tailed Comet, Plumbeous Black-Tyrant in the Yungas forests.
  • In Monte Desert you will see the White-throated Cacholote, as well as the handsome Ringed Warling-Finch and White-fronted Woodpecker.
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