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Ecuador: Macas

Besides the main road that goes along the ridges of the Andes Mountains is another, less traveled, road along the east slope of the mountains. Our plan was to take that road north from Zamora to Quito. After a leisurely morning at Copalinga, we headed north on the eastern route E45. Along the way we stopped …

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Ecuador: Copalinga and Podocarpus National Park

Copalinga Just past Zamora is the Bombuscaro entrance to Podocarpus National Park, and a lodge called Copalinga. (http://www.copalinga.com) The lodge boasts some hummingbird feeders and some bushes that attract those beautiful little birds. We were told that a week or two earlier there had been a lot of different species of hummingbirds coming all day to …

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Loja, Ecuador: Birding the Nearby Roads

Old Loja-Zamora Road Early one morning we headed out towards Zamora to the east to bird the old road. There are several waterfalls along the new road and we had to stop near one of them while a crew cleaned a landslide off the road. We ended up getting all the way to Zamora without …

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Loja, Ecuador: Podocarpus NP, Cajanuma

We spent some time in Loja where our daughter lives and works. She is involved in training Sunday School teachers and others who are teaching children about God. It was a privilege to meet her friends and coworkers and attend a Kid’s Club, a Sunday School, and a couple of teacher training sessions. We are …

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Loja, Ecuador: Catamayo and Local Parks

One day, Dave and I decided to go to Catamayo to see what is there. That is where the airport is that serves Loja. It takes nearly an hour to get there, but Loja is such a hilly place that you have to go a way to get to a flat place. But the fact …

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Cuenca, Ecuador

   Our first day in Cuenca we joined a tour group headed to Aguarongo. We were interested in the tour because it included a birding walk, which we looked forward to. The tour included a bus ride up the mountain, coffee and snack, a guided tour telling about local plants and a lunch featuring local …

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Baños, Ecuador

Volcanos make up much of the Andes mountains. Our drive from Quito to Baños was gorgeous! We were able to see several volcanos playing peek-a-boo with the clouds. Baños, a little tourist town known for its thermal waters, is situated on the “safe” side of Tungurahua. Tungurahua is a volcano that spewed forth ash as late as …

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Mindo, Ecuador: The Yellow House and Trails

 Julia Patiño was an excellent guide who charged a reasonable price, so we hired her to take us around the Yellow House trails (http://ecuadormindobirds.com) early the next morning. (See previous blog.) Again, we were seeing and hearing lots of birds. In a land where everything is new a good guide is indispensable. And frankly, I am …

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Mindo, Ecuador: Río Silanche

“See you at 5:00 am and we’ll go to Río Silanche”. If you know us very well, you know that for us 5:00 am is in the middle of the night! But we sacrificed in order to see some wonderful birds. At the Yellow House http://ecuadormindobirds.com  they made us sandwiches to take along for breakfast, and …

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Mindo, Ecuador: Refugio Paz de las Aves

Our second day in Ecuador we were inducted into the Ecuadorian world of birding at Refugio Paz de las Aves http://www.refugiopazdelasaves.com. Since we had to be there before dawn, we looked closely for the turnoff from the highway. What a relief to find the little wooden sign! What we didn’t realize was that once on …

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