Quito | Amazon | Quito | Galápagos Islands
Quito | Amazon | Quito | Galápagos Islands
Growing up on a horse, cattle and sheep farm in South Africa’s Great Karoo, Daryl was always fated to become a naturalist. From a young age, he would spend entire days walking in the bush, fascinated by animal tracks, skulls, feathers and dung, he was destined to become a ranger.
With a guiding career at &BEYOND Phinda Private Game Reserve for almost 20 years, including the title of Head Ranger and now Private Guide…
What better way to enjoy a prized birding expedition than with the opportunity to use one of the world’s most sought-after pairs of binoculars? Enjoy the use of a pair of SWAROVSKI OPTIK binoculars, which will allow you to view the most intricate of details.
You will have the opportunity to choose your favourite SWAROVSKI OPTIK product, which will be sent to your home prior to departure, so that you can familiarise yourself with the equipment beforehand, trial it for the duration of your journey and have the option to purchase it on your return if you would like to keep it.
Groundbreaking optical performance – packed into the smallest possible package: the NL Pure 32 accompanies you wherever you may go for unprecedented viewing experiences.
Keep the overview. The 8x magnification in combination with the enormous field of view lets you completely immerse yourself in nature – even during the late hours of the night.
You’ll never miss out with the new CL Companion. These elegant binoculars with impressive optics fit perfectly in your hand. They are always with you to ensure you make the most of every sighting.
Ruffle your feathers on this captivating 11-day &BEYOND 30 year Limited Edition itinerary led by specialist &BEYOND Birding Guide Daryl Dell and a local guide, with other eagle-eyed birders. There is no need to leave your partners that aren’t as feather minded as you behind, as we have factored in unforgettable options for those that aren’t too keen on tweeting, preening and wagging tails.
This extraordinary journey explores the kaleidoscopic world above and showcases unique bird diversity and habitats at the Napo Wildlife Center in the heart of one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet, the Amazon, and Charles Darwin’s living laboratory in the Galápagos Islands. Both destinations boast a treasure-trove of winged varieties over rich natural landscapes.
Your birding adventure begins in Quito, renowned as one of South America’s most scenic cities. Ecuador’s bustling capital, offers a wonderful mix of old and new. Here, its iconic Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, features an astounding array of monuments and colonial architecture; all built on the ruins of an Incan city.
Head to the Napo Wildlife Center a unique eco-community surrounded by a rainforest biosphere reserve. Here you will be totally awed by over 600 species, a plethora of mystical creatures and rich vegetation. With the highest density of biodiversity in the world, there are infinite chances for you to see an immense variety of plants, flowers, and wildlife. Typical jungle explorations yield birds such as hoatzins, macaws, toucans, parakeets, and parrots; turtles, anacondas, and other reptiles; many insects and amphibians; mammals such as monkeys, tapirs, ocelots, and so much more. From up high in a canopy observation tower, watch flocks of colourful birds flying, monkeys tussling and an unobstructed view of miraculous Amazonia. Explore the black waters of the Añangu Lake and creeks on board a paddle-canoe or kayak. See vibrantly coloured parrots visit clay licks and learn about the Kichwa Anangu community traditions and culture.
A veritable paradise for birdwatchers, your tour culminates in the pristine chain of volcanic islands that make up the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Galápagos. A living laboratory and mecca for birding, nature and wildlife enthusiasts, the islands’ moonlike landscapes, interspersed with rugged verdure is home to a flourishing population of marine iguanas, sea lions, giant tortoises and an exceptional array of birds such as the blue-footed boobie, frigatebird and flightless cormorant. Witness spectacular natural wonders and a breathtaking profusion of wildlife as you explore San Cristobal Island, Bartolomé Island, Sombrero Chino, Fernandina Island, Isabela Island and North Seymour Island. A place like nowhere else on earth.
Keep your eyes peeled, cameras charged, and binoculars at the ready. Let’s go birding!
*There is the option to extend this itinerary with three nights in the Cloud Forest at Mashpi lodge
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Mark Wheeler, &BEYOND Regional M.D for Asia, South America & Business Development, shares insider tips about visiting the Galapagos Islands. The islands are truly different from any other place on earth in terms of geography, geology, biological diversity, endemic species, and scientific history.
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