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Wildsumaco Lodge

Eastern Andes

Overview

Set on a ridge in the Andes' Eastern Foothills, at 1400 metres above sea level Wildsumaco Lodge has panoramic views reaching across the Rio Pucuno Valley and to the Andes beyond. On clear days the distant snow-covered heights of El Altar, Tungurahua, and Antisana Volcanoes can show. North of the lodge is Sumaco National Park, and often the volcano Sumaco can be seen peeking through the clouds and mist surrounding its heights.

With over 450 birds recorded on the reserve and surrounding areas, the list of birds seen on even a short stay is very impressive. The general region of Sumaco encompasses a wide range of elevations, and is bird-rich. Many of the species found here are rare, endangered or very difficult to see elsewhere.

Making a difference:
Ecuador’s Andes' Eastern Foothills is facing ecological disaster in the near future. Rainforest in the Sumaco area is rapidly being logged and converted into farm land, habitat for primary forest dwellers being lost. Wildsumaco Wildlife Sanctuary S.A., a small private company dedicated to conservation, is determined to save what they can of this fine forest and its wildlife before it disappears. Their combination of land ownership and a fine birding lodge aims to provide rainforest conservation in this area. In addition to managing their own forest and land and running Wildsumaco, they are also working with people in nearby communities to try and find alternatives to the slash and burn agriculture that is threatening the areas remaining wildlife.

 

If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help.

Telephone Telephone01964 552292 for more information or emailemail us today.

Facilities

Accommodation

  • The lodge was built with birders in mind!  They have good food, quiet comfortable rooms, private bathrooms with hot showers, outlets to recharge electronics and space to spread out your books and birding gear!
  • Well lit and comfortable communal areas include a dining area, a beautiful deck with great views, a sitting room and a bar, with a cozy fireplace for cooler days.
  • Meals include home-style cooking from around the world.

Activities

  • Non-birding companions and other nature lovers enjoy relaxing and absorbing the fabulous views from the lodge area, or hiking our trails to experience the natural beauty and the immense variety of the area's flora and fauna.
  • We have some amazing butterflies, and photography is a delight.  Photographers will be very happy with the hummingbird feeders.

 

If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help. Telephone Telephone01964 552292 for more information or email email us today.

Birding

Due to its location on the Equator, the steep Andean Foothills, and the close proximity of the Amazon, the Sumaco area holds one of the richest avifaunas in the world. A wonderful mix of cloudforest species, foothill specialties, and typically Amazonian birds share Wildsumaco's lush subtropical rainforest with a myriad of other animals. Many of the birds here are rare, endangered, or very difficult to see elsewhere.

From Wildsumaco's trails you might see Gray-tailed Piha, Blue-rumped Manakin, and Chestnut-crowned Gnateater. Short-tailed Antthrush and Wing-banded Wren often sing, while more uncommon species like Gray-throated Leaftosser and Plain-backed Antpitta are seen occasionally. The very rare Yellow-throated Spadebill has a territory along our Piha Trail, and at any time the endangered Military Macaw or rare Spot-winged Parrotlet might fly by, or Black Hawk-Eagle soar overhead.

The road passing through our reserve offers great road birding, and this is one of many areas from which to see flocks. Possibilities here include Wire-crested Thorntail, Yellow-breasted Antwren, and Coppery-chested Jacamar. Several colorful species of tanager may be accompanied by Ecuadorian Tyrannulet, the recently described Foothill Elaenia, and sometimes Scarlet-breasted Fruiteater joins in.

In season up to 20 migrant species from North America visit, including the threatened Cerulean Warbler. At night Great Potoo, Band-bellied Owl, Rufescent Screech-Owl and Foothill Screech-Owl often call from nearby.

24 species of hummingbird have visited Wildsumaco's feeders to date, including sought-after birds as Ecuadorian Piedtail, Napo Sabrewing, Black-throated Brilliant, White-tailed Hillstar, Wire-crested Thorntail and Gould's Jewelfront.

 

If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help. Telephone Telephone01964 552292 for more information or emailemail us today.

Think Galapagos

Rachel DexCall Rachel,
Ecuador Specialist
on 01964 552292
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