Gareno is probably the most important piece of this tropical treasure on the northeastern slope of Ecuador's Amazonian Rainforest. It protects 10,000 hectares of mostly virgin ground firme forest, rolling hills, river borders and swamps. This forest of 10,000 hectares, it's home of many species of plants and animals than almost anywhere else on earth.
The area where Gareno is located is part of the largest Pleistocene center of endemism in the Amazon basin. This area of rainforest survived the last ice age and later repopulated the forest with species of birds, which after having evolved in isolation, were new and unique to the region.
One out of every three species of the 1,700 species of birds known to occur in Ecuador are found here in the Gareno's area.
Misahualli Wildlife Center aim to create an awareness of the importance of birds and how their preservation is dependent upon preservation of this unique ecosystem.
Our goal of contributing to a better future for everyone goes hand in hand with preserving this unique region, not only for the present and for the birds, but for future generations of people in this region for years to come.
- Capacity: 24 people
- Operations days:
Friday - Monday: 4 days / 3 nights Monday - Friday 5 days / 4 nights
Or: Monday to Monday or Friday to Friday: 7 nights - 8 days
ITINERARIES BIRDING TOUR:
FIRST DAY (Day 1): Once in Tena a private car will take us to Misahualli Wildlife Center, located 20 kilometers from Tena. On the way, stops will be made in order to observe some flocks around these patches of forest and some forest edge areas. After 45 minutes we reach the trail entrance to the lodge itself. A short walk of approximately 10 minutes on the forest trail and we reach the cabins of the Lodge. We will bird at all times while taking this walk as the forest is pristine. Dinner.
SECOND DAY (Day 2): Early wake up, breakfast and departure we drive in car for one and half hours of Gareno area the huaorani territory to the Harpy Eagle nest. From the lodge this nest is 2000 meters away. This Terra firme trail is excellent for birds such as Pavonnive Quetzal, Pavoninne Cukoo, Plum-throated Cotinga, Yellow-browed Antbird fiery-topaz, point-tailed -palmcreper among others. We consider that the Harpy Eagle chick will stay in the nest until April 2004 and with some luck, you will have great chances to admire a nest of this gorgeous bird and enjoy watching the female feeding the chick. A box lunch will be provided. Late afternoon return to the Lodge to Misahualli Wildlife Center. Briefing and dinner. At night we will go owling and try for the Rufous Potoo, Crested Owl, Mottled Owl, among others.
THIRD DAY (Day 3): Early wake up, breakfast, this morning we will walk by the road, where the opportunities of observing canopy birds are great. Tanagers, toucans, trogons are well observed here such us Paradise Tanager, Golden-collared Toucanet, Amazonian Violaceous Trogon, Gilded Barbet, Crimson-Crested Woodpecker, Flame-Crested Tanager, Rufous-Bellies Euphonia, White-Throated Toucan, Chesnut Woodpecker, Black Tailed Leafftoser, Cinnamon-Rumped Foliage-Gleaner among many others. Lunch at lodge. Afternoon birding walk around trails of the lodge, overnight and dinner.
FOURTH DAY (Day 4): Early breakfast , short birding around the area and drive to Tena to take the flight to Quito around midday. OR: Day 4.- Early breakfast, and drive to Nushino bridge in order to take a canoe. Visit the oxbow lake. With a paddling canoe we will descend by the Nushino River to reach this lake where we can observe birds of a different habitat.
Bird our way back to the lodge, dinner and overnight.
FIFTH DAY (Day 5): Same as fourth day.
- Notes: We have fiery topaz tree. Excelent prices
- Key notes: Lodge provides bottle water all the times. Lodge have electricity. Bar is available. Expenses at the bar may be paid with cash. Mallaria cases have not been reported. Consult your physician for a professional opinion on taking mallaria pills while at Misahualli Wildlife Center Lodge. All rooms have a private bathrooms and running hot water.
- What to bring: Insect repellent. Rain gear. Flashlight. Sun block. (Visit: FAQ)
- Include: Birding and birdguide (spanish - english). Lodging (Acomodations), Three meals. Rubber boots.
- Not include: Transportation. Entrance to the Huaorani reserve (20 USD per person). Alcoholic drinks. Tips.
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Misahulli Wildlife Center, Paicawe lake and the Gareno reserve are in the Huaorani's territory, the best place to make birding in the world. The forest is full of thousands of birds with amazing views and sounds of nature. The best experience of native birding will be with our native birdguides that knows how find the birds in theirs habitat and with their sounds.
After a two hour drive from Tena we enter the planet's largest remaining tropical rainforest, the Amazonian Rainforest, where Gareno is located. It extends over most of the six million square kilometers of the Amazon Basin.
This, the world's greatest network of rivers and lakes, contains about 20% of the world's fresh water and roughly 10% of all of the species of animals on earth. Approximately 2% of the Amazon Rainforest lies within Ecuador's borders at the eastern part of the country.