Ecuador and Galapagos Photo Tour - July 2019

Be careful! I'm dangerous

Enjoy the best of Ecuador's world-class biodiversity!

Your journey with photographers Amy Shutt and Lucas Bustamante of Tropical Herping will take you from the mysterious cloudforests of Mindo, stunning volcanic landscapes of the Andes,  and the lush rainforests of the Amazon to the enchanted Galapagos islands. 1026 herps, 1663 birds and 382 species of mammals are waiting for you.  

This tour is exclusive with a low teacher to student ratio of 2:6. This allows us to give you intensive and personal one-on-one instruction in more advanced techniques of photography like macro and the use of speedlights. 

You will capture images that go beyond the basics and set themselves apart.  Amy and Lucas have years of experience educating and guiding in wildlife photography and both have won international awards for their photographic works.

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  • Ecuador Mainland Tour: 12 nights, TBA 2019 // Galapagos Extension: 7 nights, TBA 2019
  • Ecuador Mainland Tour - Double Occupancy: TBA
  • Galapagos Extension - Double Occupancy: TBA
  • Full Tour -  Ecuador and Galapagos - Double Occupancy: TBA

Day 1 to 5:

After your arrival in Quito, we will drive two hours to the mysterious forests of Mindo. This region houses the greatest number of glassfrog species in the world, the second greatest number of rainfrogs, and more than 500 species of birds. Mindo valley, in the transition between the Chocoan forest and the western cloud forests,  is a biodiversity hotspot and  perfect  place for toucans, tanagers, hummingbirds, butterflies,  rainfrogs, lizards and more.   There are good chances to photograph the elusive Pinocchio Anole, the Ornate Rainfrog, the Andean Cock-of-the-rock, and mammals such as the recently described Olinguito.

Day 6 to 7:

One  of  the  best volcanic  landscapes  in  Ecuador is in the Andes.  It is the home of birds such as the Andean gulls, Andean Teal, Caracaras, Andean Lapwings, and hummingbirds specially adapted  to the extremely high elevation of the Andes. If we are lucky, we may encounter Andean foxes and wild horses. 

Day 8 to 11:

The third destination of your photo safari will be the mighty Amazon, and not just any part of it. You will visit the upper Amazon basin, which is regarded as the single most biodiverse region on the planet. This is the land of monkeys, jaguars, tapirs, toucans, macaws, treefrogs, poison frogs, vipers and caimans. Popular species are the Giant River-OtterPink River-DolphinAmazonian Poison-FrogTwo-striped Forest-Pitviper , Green Anaconda, and Scarlet Macaw.  More that500 species  of birds  recorded in the area,  like  Hoatzins,  toucans,  parakeets  and  more.    

Day 12: 

Farewell  dinner in Quito! 

Day 13:

Goodbye  Ecuador! Catch your flight home or continue with us to Galapagos! 

GALAPAGOS EXTENSION for those continuing on with us



Galapagos Extension: 7 nights, TBA

Extension Price -Double Occupany: TBA

Day    13    to    18:   

Quito / Galapagos Islands National Park

The famous Darwin Archipelago  is  one of  the most exotic photographic locations in  the world.  This  time we  will  travel to  four different islands: Santa Cruz, South Plaza,  North Seymour and Floreana, taking  pictures of the most emblematic animals of  the Galapagos,  like  Blue-Footed  Boobies,  FrigatebirdsMarine  Iguanas,  Darwin Finches,  Galapagos Sea Lions,  Giant Tortoises and much more.

Day    19:

 Flight back to Quito for a farewell dinner! 

Day    20: 
Goodbye Ecuador! Have a safe flight home! 

Prices Include:

  • Package based on two people sharing a room
  • Single supplementis available for an extra fee (see pricing)
  • All meals and accommodation
  • All river and road transfers
  • Internal Flights
  • Guides and tour leaders.
  • Park entrance fees.


  • Additional nights due to flight cancellations
  • Alcoholic beverages, bottled water and snacks
  • Insurance of any kind
  • International and domestic airfares
  • Laundry
  • Phone calls or messages
  • Photo equipment
  • Visa fees

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First decide if you want to participate in just the Ecuador Mainland Tour or add the Galapagos extension! See the pricing below based on double occupancy.  If you'd like the single supplement please state so when you sign up.  There is an extra fee for the single supplement option.

Ecuador Mainland Tour: 12 nights, TBA // Galapagos Extens ion: 7 nights,TBA

Ecuador Mainland Tour - Double Occupancy: TBA

  • Galapagos Extension - Double Occupancy: TBA
  • Full Tour -  Ecuador and Galapagos - Double Occupancy: TBA

A non-refundable deposit of TBA is required to sign up.  50% of the price is due on TBA with the balance due on TBA

Have questions or ready to sign up? Fill out the form below or email Amy at

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Amy Shutt specializes in nature and wildlife photography with a focus on documentary and conservation photography.  Amy also leads wildlife photography classes and workshops throughout the the Americas, Canada and Africa.

She is the Director of The Canid Project, a newly formed 501c3 non-profit that focuses on using photography and narrative as creative tools to educate on the world's wild canids.  Her interest in foxes and coyotes, background in wildlife rehabilitation, and curiosity about the human and wild animal relationships in our world, brought her to start this project. She hopes to educate and inspire through all of her photographic endeavors. 

Amy's work has been published in books and magazines and her work has been awarded by the Nature's Best Windland Smith Rice International competition. 



Lucas Bustamante has been bitten by countless snakes, dived with hammerheads, lived with Amazonian indigenous tribes and chased by elephants. Since he was a child, he grew up around the Ecuadorian outdoors and later he became a passionate biologist and a conservation photographer.

He is the photographic director of Tropical Herping, an institution he co-founded in 2009 to help preserve tropical reptiles and amphibians through tourism, photography, education, and research. He is an author of “The Amphibians and Reptiles of Mindo” and has described 4 new species to science.

Lucas' primary objective is to use photography as a tool to promote wildlife conservation. His photographic work has been featured in National Geographic, BioGraphy, Ranger Rick, Discovery Channel and many other magazines, books, photo exhibitions and articles. Lucas is a Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice prizewinner.

When taking a break from work, Lucas spends the time diving and playing soccer with his friends. 

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