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4.0 Introduction

The Northeast: The Eastern Highlands of Quito to the Northern Amazonian lowlands.

Starting in Quito as its gateway, the Northeast of Ecuador offers access to a great number of resorts, lodges, hotels, and many private reserves as well as to some of the protected areas run by the Ecuadorian Government.   Many of the birding sites in the Northeast are easily accessible and provide the opportunity to visit habitats ranging from snowline to the Mega-diverse Amazonian lowlands at the base of the Andes.   


4.2 The Northeast: The Eastern Highlands and subtropics of Quito.

A short distance from Quito and only a few hours drive allows you to visit several different habitats ranging from the snowline to the foothills of the Andes following the path that nearly 500 years ago lead to the discovery of the mighty Amazonas River.

Biogeography Regions: North-east Slope of Andes, High Andes.


4.3 The Northeast: The Eastern Amazonian Lowlands

The Ecuadorian Rainforest by the Napo River is one of the richest bird places on the planet.  The rainy season for the Ecuadorian eastern Andes is usually from May to November with the rainiest months June and July. The visit to almost all the different sites of the region starts at the city of Puerto Francisco de Orellana also known as Coca city.

Biogeography Regions:  Amazonian Lowlands


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Meet the Author

Lelis Navarrete – Birding tour leader. Lelis has 19 years of experience as a birding guide and naturalist in the field. He has led groups of birders throughout most of Latin America, guiding frequently in countries like his native country of Ecuador and in the Galapagos Islands, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and Panama. A Biology B.Sc. graduate from Universidad Católica in Quito, Lelis has supported Jocotoco Foundation since its founding in 1998 and was an active Board Member until 2010 supporting Ecuadorian bird and wildlife conservation. Lelis divides his time between his two great passions in life: birding and spending time with his wife Solange and son Fabian with whom he lives in Quito.


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