Ecuador: Hummingbirds & More Pricing

2016 Trip Pricing: $2,490 US Dollars, or £1,670 GBP* for 10 Days and 9 Nights

 

 

Inclusions: 

 

  • Tour package includes all lodging, meals* and access fees to reserves, parks and other birding sites. 

  • Premier Bird Guide: All of our tours use the services on an excellent bird guide, often a well-recognized expert on birding in this area. 

  • Top-Rated Preparation ServicesWe support your preparation for the trip. We provide information on the birds you will see and all the travel details, including all logistic details (arrival plans, trip itinerary, lodging details and more), information on entry into Ecuador and information on travel health issues, packing information and more. Most of our clients comment that our Trip Participation Guide is the best they have ever seen. 

  • Transport and Airport Transfers

    • Local ground transport is included. 

    • We also have a driver or guide pick you up at the airport upon arrival, and we arrange for a transfer back to the airport at the end of the trip.  

  • Acre for Bird Conservation: As part of our efforts to support bird conservation, we purchase in the name of most of our customers an acre (and sometimes as many as 200 acres) of wilderness to support bird conservation. As our trip prices are often 20% (and often even a better deal) less than our competition, this does not really cost you more and it is a fun way to support bird conservation around the world. For our latest fiscal year, we saved an average of 80 acres for each booking.

  • Small Group Pricing: All the prices mentioned above are for tour groups of six to eight participants. We are happy to provide pricing for private groups with fewer than six participants.

 

Possible Additions to Basic Trip Pricing:

 

  • With Lelis Navarrete as Lead Guide: Add $100 USD (£65 GBP*) to the basic trip price for the additional costs of using South America's top birding guide.  

 

  • With Alejandro Solano or Xavier Muñoz as Lead Bird Guide: Add $0.00, as our trip price is based upon using these premier birding guides for Ecuador. With Second Tour Leader: Add $200 USD (£130 GBP*) to the basic trip price for a few of our trips, which feature the services of a second tour leader. Most of these trips with two tour leaders are identified on our “Schedule of Trips”.

 

  • Some of our tours are sponsored by a conservation partner (such as a local Audubon organization or  birding group), and these trips are often priced slightly higher. We will always let you know the trip  price for any tour with a sponsor before you book one of these trips. Most of these sponsoring organizations welcome birders who are not members of their organization on their trips. The names of these tour sponsors are often listed in our “Schedule of Trips”.

 

*Pricing Notes and More Details:

 

 

  • US Dollar Pricing: Ecuador does use US Dollars as their currency, and trip prices are fixed in US Dollars.

  • Pricing in British Pounds: The GBP price indicated above is based on the July 7, 2015 exchange rate of 0.64 GBP per US Dollar. The trip price is fixed in US Dollars, and the final charges for the trip will be based upon the actual exchange rates we pay. Though we work to minimize bank charges with banking in Canada and in the United Kingdom, banks do often charge about 3% for making the exchange.

  • Bank Fees: We do not charge bank fees for wire transfers for clients paying into our accounts in the United States, the United Kingdom and/or Canada.

  • Note on Meal Inclusion: Meals include three meals per day during any full day of the trip. The arrival day does not include any meals, as most flights arrive after 7 PM. The departure day includes only breakfast, as most flights leave in the morning.

  • Note on Beverage Inclusion: Most of our meals are provided by the lodges, and we follow their practices in providing beverages at meal time. Breakfast usually includes coffee or tea and/or juice (as provided by the lodge), and box lunches include either bottled water or juice. Other beverages served at supper are your choice and are an additional expense which you pay to the restaurant directly. We provide water at the table for supper. We also provide bottled water during the birding day.

  • Group Size: We anticipate a group of 6 to 8 participants, and pricing is based upon this group size.     

 

Optional Costs for Booking the Trip:

 

Single Room Supplement: $260 USD (£170 GBP*) is the price we charge for the additional cost of anyone not sharing a room with another birder (and/or a spouse). If you want a single room, please let us know. We are able to find room mates for those wanting to share a room in many situations.

 

Pre-Paid Tipping for Meals/Lodging: Add $80 USD (£50 GBP*) to pre-pay these tips if in a shared room, or add $100 USD (£65 GBP*) if in a single room. We do present to you clear tipping recommendations if you want to do the tipping yourself. Most of our clients prefer to do the tipping themselves.

 

Notes on Other Tour Costs: Exclusions: 

  • You will need to pay your international flight cost for getting from your home to Quito in Ecuador. Most people travelling from the USA or Canada can reach Ecuador for about $800 (give or take $200 depending upon airline and other airline pricing factors). Most people can reach Ecuador from the UK or European countries for about £700 GBP (give or take £150 GBP) or €800 euros (give or take €150 euros depending upon airline and other airline pricing factors).   

  • The tour fee does not include taxes/fees for entering or exiting the country, telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature.

  • Tips for birding guides and trip drivers are not included in the tour price.

 

Want More Tour Information or Have Questions about Pricing?

 

Please call Charles (in the USA at 720-320-1974 or toll free at 888-203-7464 in Colorado) or Ian (in the UK at 07719-052820 in Norfolk), and/or email info@pibird.com. 

 

We are happy to answer any question you may have and/or provide you trip reports (reports of birds and other wildlife actually seen on our trips) or more details on trip logistics (from vehicles used to lodging details).

 

Like to Book these Trips:

 

Booking by Phone in the USA: Call Charles at the Partnership for International Birding toll free at 888-203-7464, ext. 912. Charles can also be reached on his desk phone in Denver at 303-777-7588 or his cell phone at 720-320-1974.

 

Booking by Phone in the UK: Call Ian at the Partnership for International Birding’s UK office at 07719-052820 in Norfolk)

 

Tour Pricing Update Note: These tour prices were updated July 7, 2015 for all 2016 tour dates.    

 

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More details about this Trip:

Contact in the USA: Charles:

Forms and payments should be mailed to:

Charles Thornton-Kolbe (in Denver, Colorado)

Toll Free: (from USA or Canada): 

888-203-7464

Telephone: 720-320-1974

Email: charles@pibird.com

Address:

2443 South University

Suit 199

Denver, CO 80210

 

Partnership For International Birding

Address:

PO Box 219

Olyphant, PA 18447

Contact in the UK: Jennifer De Souza:

Jennifer De Souza (in Suffolk, England) 

Telephone: +44 755 214 2976

Address:

The Roost, Leiston Road

Middleton

Saxmundham

Suffolk

IP17 3NS

UK