Dušan Brinkhuizen

Dušan Brinkhuizen is a biologist and Rockjumper leader who resides in Ecuador. He graduated from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands with an MSc specializing in avian research. Dušan has been an avid “Dutch Birder” from a young age.

  • His studies included projects on extra-pair paternity, breeding systems, evolution of song, speciation and community ecology in countries including Australia, China, Hungary, Zweden and Ecuador. During fieldwork, he got seriously hooked on Neotropical biodiversity and wilderness. Dušan lives in the capital Quito where he has been actively involved in the ornithological community since 2007. Activities apart from leading birdwatching tours include scientific research, bird sound recording and bird photography. Dušan is a member of CERO (Comité Ecuatoriano de Registros Ornitológicos), Ecuador's rarities committee.

    How did you get into birding?

    At the age of six, I went biking with my father (an ichthyo-archaeologist by profession but always inspired by the outdoors and nature) where he pointed out a striking blue bird that flew across the path. It was a stunning Common Kingfisher and all the excitement had me instantly hooked! From then on, I spent more hours in the city park looking for new birds than I spent time at home. During our annual family holidays, my uncle Mima, a keen speleologists, brought us to the remotest corners of eastern Serbia to search for my most wanted bird “Sivi Soko”, the Peregrine Falcon. At the age of ten a colleague of my dad’s, Jaap Schelvis, invited us to go birdwatching in the Eemshaven. That day I discovered a drake Blue-winged Teal, a very rare vagrant to the Netherlands, and there was clearly no going back; birding had become my ultimate passion. Soon I hooked up with more local birders including Bert de Bruin (at the time, a member of the Dutch rarities committee) who became one of my birding mentors in the early days.

    What led you to choose a career in tourism?

    My first introduction to avi-tourism was in Ecuador while I was doing field research in the Mindo area. At the time I frequently ran into tour groups and realized that I could be out birding with them instead of taking birds out of a mist net. Of course I still have a strong interest in scientific research but clearly, tourism is a more direct way of sharing my passion for birds with others. Coupled with the fact that tourism in Ecuador has a strong impact on local conservation, a career in tourism was an inevitable choice.

    What are your other hobbies and interests?

    In general, I like to travel (but who doesn’t?) and meet interesting people and cultures from all over the world. I also enjoy playing a good game of basketball.

    What do you enjoy most about being on tour?

    Being outside in nature and the wilderness is a delight. There are so many things to see and learn out there - enjoying nature is simply inexhaustible. I really derive great pleasure from sharing my knowledge and passion with others and aim to inspire as many people as I possibly can. And of course, adding a few “lifers” to my list is very exciting too!

    What are your strengths as a tour leader?

    Over the years I have gained a lot of experience as a tour leader. Also being a lifetime birder I developed a good understanding of how birding works, which is crucial for understanding clients. With my enthusiasm, I have always been able to create a good group dynamic which is very important to me. My background as a biologist and my expertise in bird photography are things that many clients have appreciated during tours. As a birder, my best skill must be my ability to recognize species by their vocalisations.

    Are you a keen bird photographer?

    Yes. I have been photographing birds with a telephoto lens since 2000 and my current setup is a Canon 100-400mm with a 70D body. If the situation permits I like to snap a few shots during a tour but any great bird image taken is a bonus. Some of my work can be seen on www.sapayoa.com.

    Are you a lister?

    Yes. Although numbers are usually not that important to me I do like to keep detailed track of all the species and taxa that I see. My current Ecuador list stands on 1521 species (IOC taxonomy), which is quite a lot for that country. I have to admit I did do some twitching in-country. A team of friends and I recently broke the world record for a Big Day in birding with 431 species in 24-hours. A little competition is just part of the game! I also like to keep track of current taxonomic changes (although I do not always agree with new splits or lumps).

    What are your future goals as a tour leader?

    One of my main goals is to popularize birding and inspire as many people as I can to travel so we can continue to protect more habitats around the world. Furthermore, I would like to improve my skills as a tour leader and expand my knowledge of birds throughout the world.

    What is your favourite country to guide in?


    What is your advice to people who are interested in going on a birding tour?

    Go out birding as much as you can! Birding keeps you fit and it’s great fun! Furthermore, it’s a fantastic way to support conservation.

  • PL, Bolivia 2023

    It was a very good trip. Dusan and our local guide made a wonderful team. They worked tirelessly to find us as many birds as possiblewith great success. I will travel with Dusan again. Many thanks!

    RK, Cuba

    The tour was great. It exceeded our expectations. We got more than our money's worth. Part of that was Dušan making everyone feel welcome. He was a great guide and worked really hard at locating Cuban Endemics for us. We also saw, surprisingly, many other North American Warblers. He was very friendly and didn't mind being asked over and over, "which bird is that," even though he had named the bird many times before. Talk about patience!

    BS, Guatemala 2017

    Dušan is an exceptional guide in all respects. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience, is courteous and diplomatic with the clients, and excellent with the local people. I could not ask for anything more. Thank you very much for providing this tour. For me, it was a success in every way. I will definitely recommend Rockjumper to anyone interested in birding in the future. You guys do a great job.

    NL & CL, Cuba

    Dušan was an extraordinary guide. His birding skills, humanity, and concern for all of us was beyond reproach.

    CF, Cuba

    Dušan was great. He took charge of the group with enthusiasm. His birding skills are excellent. The office staff were super in responding to emails and answering questions. I have told my birding friends to consider Dušan and Rockjumper when they schedule their next trip.

    MW, Ecuador 2023

    What a tour! We ended up with nearly 700 species seen and heard, and I ended up with almost twice as many lifers than I had anticipated. Dusan was excellent: Attentive to those having difficulties, enthusiastic, energetic, indefatigable, and a complete whiz at the birds. He was as excited about each new sighting as was the rest of the group, right through to the last day. We saw many very special birds, birds that I have missed over three previous trips to Ecuador as well as quite rare birds that, although specialties for this tour, require great effort and skill to unveil (think Buff-fronted Owl). Climate change affected the tour to a certain extent, but Dusan always had a clever plan or an alternative site to try for the bird again. The tour was a bit more strenuous than the itinerary led me to believe, but all at the participants willingly went the extra mile with Dusan every time. We were fortunate to have a pretty good group, a great driver, and good luck with the weather.

    DH & JH, Ecuador

    We were so fortunate to be able to experience the top notch birding skills of Dušan. He is very professional but also so personable. It is a tricky thing to manage many different personalities and keep everyone happy but Dusan made our trip so enjoyable.

    JR, Ecuador

    Dušan is an excellent field ornithologist with an encyclopaedic knowledge of bird song, taxonomy, and field identification marks. Ornithology is Dušan’s passion. He is also excellent with the clients – friendly, courteous, patient, and anxious that everyone sees all the birds and enjoys the tour. It was a great tour!

    PE, Brazil 2023

    This was my second trip with Dusan and like the first trip, he made sure everyone was looked after to the best of his abilities and was always attentive to peoples differing needs. He worked extremely well with our local guide, who himself was attentive to everyone, and they both tried hard to get everyone onto the birds. No complaints to them whatsoever. I would be very happy to bird with Dusan again and probably will.

    BS & VS, Chile 2017

    Chile with Dušan and Rockjumper exceeded our expectations. What a wonderful experience Chile was for birding. Dušan really worked hard at finding the birds for the group. A very satisfying tour! Looking forward to our next trip with RBT.

    KM, Dominican Republic 2018

    This tour may have been short, but it was not easy, so thank goodness our guide, Dušan Brinkhuizen, was so much fun to be with and so knowledgeable.

    SS, Cuba 2018

    Dušan Brinkhuizen made the trip so enjoyable. His birding expertise is impressive and he has such a friendly personality. Customer service is really important to him and he started every day asking us how we were doing and if there were any problems. When there were problems, he addressed them promptly. He made sure everyone saw every bird, and remembered who wanted to see which birds or still needed to see them. I definitely want to bird with Dušan again.

    CB, Cuba 2018

    Honestly, this was a tremendous experience! The tour was extremely well organised and balanced, the guide, Dušan Brinkhuizen, was excellent and very professional, and the local guides also impressed me. I look forward to travelling with Rockjumper again.

    MB, Cuba 2018

    This was an excellent tour. The itinerary was really good, the guides - both main and local - were all very good. I would have no hesitation being on another trip with Dušan Brinkhuizen, as he is an outstanding guide. It was all very well organised. Many thanks to all involved in organising the trip.

    TN, Ecuador - Galapagos 2018

    I really enjoyed this trip, it's probably the best one I've been on! I loved the knowledge and personalities of both our guides, Andrés Trujillo & Dušan Brinkhuizen, as well as the naturalist guides and the boat crews.

    KP, Ecuador - Galapagos 2018

    The guides, Dušan Brinkhuizen and Andrés Trujillo, conducted the tour very professionally. They were meticulous in what they did and took care of us, seeing to our every need.

    SF, Ecuador - Galapagos 2018

    Our guides, Dušan Brinkhuizen and Andrés Trujillo, are excellent in their jobs. They are very helpful and kind. All our tour members were very happy with them.

    SH & PB, Ecuador and Galapagos 2018

    We had a great time, both Dušan Brinkhuizen (all 4 trips) and Andrés Trujillo (Galapagos) were excellent. We were very happy with the accommodation, transport and the variety of wildlife that we saw.

    CM, Ecuador 2018

    The tour was very good and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Dušan Brinkhuizen is an excellent guide, a superb birder whose enthusiasm is infectious. We had members of our group with differing levels of birding skills, fitness and expectations. Dušan showed a high level of professionalism and went out of his way to meet everyone's expectations of the trip.

    ES & JS, Ecuador 2018

    Dušan Brinkhuizen is a wonderfully skilled birder and he readily shares his enthusiasm for birds and their environments. He is also skilled in Spanish and knowledgeable about the country.

    MY, Papua New Guinea 2018

    Dušan Brinkhuizen was very personable, great birder, keen on helping us all see the species.

    RL, Papua New Guinea 2018

    Dušan Brinkhuizen was especially sweet and encouraging when I was having trouble with pain or with getting onto birds. I would be happy to travel with Dušan again.

    GH, Papua New Guinea 2018

    Special thanks to Dušan Brinkhuizen for his care in helping me to locate birds on my camcorder.

    RC, Ecuador 2018

    Dušan Brinkhuizen is an excellent birder and leader with an excellent temperament to handle diverse personalities. I look forward to birding with him again.

    JK, Ecuador 2018

    Dušan Brinkhuizen is an awesome guide. Very knowledgeable, patient, never got tired and made sure everyone got the bird. You are fortunate to have a guide like Dušan.

    AB, Ecuador 2018

    Dušan Brinkhuizen is a fantastic guide! He is incredibly talented as a birder but equally important, he is very patient and he managed our group perfectly. We had a great time together based on his leadership. He is an asset to Rockjumper.

    PR, Ecuador 2018

    You have a stellar guide in Dušan Brinkhuizen... he is a fantastic asset!

    DS, Ecuador 2018

    It was a well-oiled machine. Dušan Brinkhuizen is an excellent guide. It goes without saying he knows his birds and he kept the whole adventure moving smoothly. I would hope Dušan would be the guide on my next Rockjumper tour.

    WB, Ecuador 2018

    Dušan Brinkhuizen is great bird master, very friendly and helpful. The trip was brilliant.

    JM, Ecuador 2018

    I was particularly impressed by Dušan Brinkhuizen. His knowledge of Ecuadorian birds, both visual and auditory, was amazing. He showed an unflagging energy and was sensitive to the myriad of special interests of our participants.

    LH, Ecuador 2018

    This was my first Rockjumper experience and it was excellent. Dušan Brinkhuizen was amazing at finding birds.

    RO, Ecuador 2018

    In the Rockjumper tradition, Dušan Brinkhuizen went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure the serious birders in our group found our birds. This included several later night expeditions into the forest for owls and other nocturnal critters. Dušan managed to handle everyone with great patience and skill. A very kind man, dedicated advocate for the environment, a master birder.

    NH, Cuba 2019

    Dušan Brinkhuizen was a first class leader. His birding skills and knowledge were well-known to us and his concern to ensure that every participant was happy at all times ensured the success of the tour.

    DD, Ecuador 2018

    [To Dušan Brinkhuizen] Truly, it was the very best birding trip I have ever been on, including several other Rockjumper trips which have all been great. As I think back on it, I can only marvel at your amazing ability to hear and identify the "chips" and "tsits" of birds calling or singing from deep in the understorey or high in the canopy of mature cloud forest while walking with a noisy group of folks or, even more unbelievable, from a moving vehicle.  And if this wasn't amazing enough, you would then expertly call the desired individual bird into view and, with incredible calm and patience, succeed in making sure that everyone of us on the tour got a crippling look (and maybe even a spectacular photo) of the target bird -- that as often as not -- was not only beautiful but also both rare and furtive.  And to further blow our minds, you often would pull out your vegetation clippers and create a setting and stage on which the bird would perform for us -- even sometimes, like some magician, telling us on which perch it would sit!!  As a measure of your expertise as a trip leader, let me tell you that on the two back-to-back trips with you I "got" 110 life birds (101 seen and 9 heard) and only missed 1 species that would have been a life bird for me (Blue-mantled Thornbill).  Never on any trip before in my life had I experienced such a high rate of success!! But above and beyond all of the uncanny skill and expertise that you exhibited, was the kindness, friendship, and humanity that you showed to each us.  For this I am so very grateful. Thank you!!!  Moreover, I'm sure everyone on the trip felt this way and I'm sure it created a safe and happy feeling among all of us that made the trip even more enjoyable.  I truly hope that I can go with you on another trip sometime. And finally thank you also for the wonderfully detailed and beautifully illustrated trip report you sent.  I remain amazed at how you could remember so clearly all the details of the trip.

    CR - Ecuador 2019

    I have just finished a very successful snipe day with Dusan. I got all three species I was after, which was a result of some excellent guiding by Dušan Brinkhuizen. I cannot commend him highly enough. He can fill you in on the detail but looking for an Andean Snipe in the rain and cold wind at 4300m takes some effort!  I will certainly need my rest day tomorrow.

    GW - Papua New Guinea 2019

    This has been an incredible tour with Stephan Lorenz and Dušan Brinkhuizen as amazing guides. Experts in their knowledge of the New Guinea birds and wonderful companions who looked after the needs of all the participants. We all worked as a team under their guidance and saw many challenging as well as beautiful birds.

    RL - Ecuador 2019

    This was the second time I have traveled with Dusan Brinkhuizen (the first time was in Papua New Guinea in 2018). I would go with him anywhere. His expert knowledge of the birds and places, his skill at making sure that everyone gets on the birds, his patience and kindness, and his warm and engaging personality make him a perfect guide. I really hope I have a chance to tour with him again.

    RL & CL - Papua New Guinea

    We thought the birding went very well. Both Dusan and Stephan were great guides - very knowledgeable, very dedicated, quite determined to get everyone onto pretty much everything, and they combined very well. And, they both tried very hard to help all the participants who needed it, whether it was locating a bird, getting up a steep section or getting in or out of the boats. They did an admirable job.

    AG, Ecuador 2019

    An excellent tour with an excellent guide. Dušan's knowledge of all the vocalizations is exceptional and he made sure I saw almost all the birds the group managed to see.

    LE, Antarctica

    Dusan was a big hit with most of the people onboard. The obsessed birders appreciated having a bird expert on board who would lead the quest to see everything. I'm certain everyone knew him by the 5th day. He even volunteered to do a presentation on the Galapagos that was very well attended and very professionally done.

    MN - Ecuador 2021

    "This tour was great and Dusan was fabulous, an incredible birder, guide and person. I don't need to say more because I'm sure you've heard many accolades about him. It was a great tour though harder than I expected but I'm old and age makes a difference. I definitely would go again with Dusan. There was a disparity of physical abilities among the clients and Dusan handled the situation very well, taking care of the one person who could do the least physically and I think keeping her happy under the circumstances. This really speaks to his people skills. The three of us who were the weakest physically were the oldest. I was elated because I saw the oil birds and Sapayoa(s!!) and why I signed up not even considering the difficulty of canopy birding and what hilly jungle trails entailed. I'm so glad I went and would have hated being dissuaded. So thank you..."

    CH, Colombia 2021

    Dusan is an outstanding guide. He consistently made sure that all of us saw each bird and knew its name. I have hearing and mild short-term memory problems and Dusan took specialefforts to be sure that these did not interfere with my birding success on the trip. Not only does Dusan know all of the Colombian birds by sight, but he knows all of their calls and is able to talk at length about their biology and behavior - that is, he is an excellent teacher, too. This is something that I appreciate greatly, as I am a retired college professor of biology and I recognize an excellent teacher when I see one in action. In addition to his skills as a guide, Dusan was tireless in making sure that the constantly-changing tour arrangements went smoothly from day to day. I am certain that we got every minute that was possible out in the field looking for new birds; this was the goal of the tour (1000 species seen in 30 days of birding). He has a very pleasant, enthusiastically-encouraging personality and is outstanding at promoting group coherence and morale in difficult and sometimes mildly-dangerous situations.

    SS, Colombia 2021

    Dusan is an excellent guide (best ears in the business!) as well as a wonderful person to share this long of an adventure. He’s very concerned for everyone’s health, safety and enjoyment of the birding.

    PE, Colombia 2021

    I would just like to praise Dušan for all the constant effort he put in during a trip with external problems. He dealt with the bureaucracy of all our nations in getting our covid tests and the form filling, and it was no easy task. His knowledge of the birds and especially their calls, gave the the whole trip an extra level and I profited handsomely from his skills. I would be most happy to go on a tour with Dusan again.

    CS, Colombia 2021

    Dušan was an amazing guide. His acute hearing and anticipation of where the birds would be was extraordinary. He had a well balanced sensibility in regards to our limits and possibilities and was always exercising his desire that everyone in the group was able to see each bird we encountered as best as the circumstances permitted. His passion for birding was very apparent and sincere. Dušan's communication and updates as things changed benefited the whole group.

    DH, Ecuador 2022

    Dusan was an excellent guide. His knowledge of bird calls and ID were extraordinary. He is a gem.

    PS&AS, Ecuador 2022

    Dusan Brinkhuizen our guide was exceptional. He knew all the birds, their calls and where to find them. Dusan had so much patience and went to great lenths to make sure we saw the brids. Allen and I would highly recommend Dusan as a guide to Ecuador.

    JR, Ecuador 2022

    The tour was excellent in all regards. And just as expected. The lodges excellent. The food as well and abundant. And of course the birds. Diverse and beautiful. And Ecuador has done such a wonderful job in attracting the birds, from hummingbirds to tanagers and even antpittas.

    EL, Ecuador 2022

    One reason I did sign up was because of the excellent reputation of Dušan Brinkhuizen. A number of people told me what an excellent guide he was and, If I was ever to go to Ecuador, I should do so on one of his tours. They were not wrong. Dušan is exceptional for knowing the vast numbers of Ecuadorian birds and their calls. He can recognize a small chip or the legs and tail or even a partial description. Dušan is also a wonderful individual, helpful and entertaining. He is obviously very fond of his adopted country and cares much about the inhabitants and their lives.

    JP, Ecuador 2022

    This tour was fantastic. Dušan is an excellent leader. I learned a lot from him and he made the tour very enjoyable. I loved the lodges we stayed at. They were comfortable with birds and nature all around. I’m already looking into more tours in Ecuador with Dušan. Thanks Rockjumper!

    RC, Ecuador 2022

    Dušan was an outstanding guide, with comprehensive knowledge of Ecuador's birds including their behaviours, habitats, calls, and identification. He is a pleasure to bird with, as he is passionate about all of the birds and has a unique ability to view even difficult situations in a positive light. He worked hard for the entirety of the trip tenaciously pursuing each target bird, and I never saw him take a break in the 30 days I was with him. He ensured that everyone in the group (or as many as possible) saw each bird, and regularly asked if everyone had seen birds that were called out. He also worked hard to ensure everyone's needs and requests were met, including an extra afternoon outing in the Galapagos per some participants' request. He was extraordinarily patient with clients, even when some became frustrated or difficult, and treated everyone as one would a good friend.

    PN & PN, Ecuador 2022

    Dušan and his teammates Andres and Javier worked together to make this truly an exceptional adventure. It was one adrenaline rush after another. From snorkelling with Sea Lions (while laughing into my mask with delight) to snorkelling with Galapagos Penguins and Flightless Cormorants, to being in a huge megapod of Common Dolphins leaping out of the water in all directions, to the day we saw Orcas, can't leave out the Bryde's Whale, or the Bottle-nosed Doplins...it was amazing! It was a childhood dream come true to see the magnificent Galapagos Giant Tortoise, Marine Iguanas, and the beautiful Sally Lightfoot Crabs. Let's not forget the land Iguanas! Now to the birds; from Blue-footed and Red-footed and Nazca Bobbies, to Lava and Swallow-tailed Gulls, Parkinson's Petrals Now to the land birds, from the Short-eared Owl conversing with a horse to what seems to be a tremendous recovery of the lovely Darwin's Flycatcher and watching Dušan recording its call, to the Galapagos Yellow Warbler, to both Paint-billed Crakes and cracking views of the Galapagos Crake(Rail), Galapagos Dove to the confounding Darwin's Finches it was truly a once-in-a lifetime adventure! "

    BS, Ecuador 2022

    Dušan was an excellent bird guide and a good tour guide.

    RW & KW - Ecuador 2022

    The birding was the point and our guide Dusan Brinkhuizen was and is one of the best birds guides we have ever met. Dusan has really amazing people and leadership skills. We had three very sick people on the tour and Dusan managed this and the tour very well. I personally lost a day and a half to illness and Dusan kept me appraised and part of the team as we went.

    AT - Ecuador - 2022

    A wonderfully tailored tour. This is not something easily done solo. If it was for Dusan, I would not have seen half of the bird species that I saw. Thanks again man, and hope to join you on another tour soon.

    SJ - Spain 2022

    Wonderful tour. The guides – Dusan and Yeray – were both fantastic; their bird expertise, patience and senses of humour very much appreciated. The local guides were top notch as well. The accommodation and food were excellent. The scenery, spring wildflowers, stone villages, etc. all made the trip extraordinary.

    BK - Ecuador 2022

    "Really very positive indeed. I really liked Dusan, and there was no question he was an astonishing birder. I'd love to do another tour with him."

    AW & LW - Ecuador 2022

    Dusan was simply amazing! He was the best guide we have ever had. He can identify thousands of birds by sounds. He was very gentle and patient, making the tour very enjoyable. He tried very hard so that everyone in the tour could see the birds. Indeed, we are looking for a next tour where he is the leader.

    SK - Ecuador 2022

    Dusan was an outstanding tour leader. His knowledge of the birds, their habits, and calls was amazing as was his ability to manage the needs and goals of the tour participants. Both tours completely fulfilled my expectations. Thank you for an excellent experience.

    DB & AB, Spain 2022

    Our guides were wonderful. Yeray was excellent on the extension, and we continued to ride in his van for the main tour. His knowledge of Spain, and the birds was amazing. He took so much care of his group and really was concerned about every detail. Dusan is such an enthusiastic bird guide, so excited about birds and getting everyone on the birds. His knowledge of the birds in Spain was fantastic.

    AW, Spain 2022

    Overall, it was an excellent tour. The itinerary was very well thought out giving a really good coverage of the main sites with great accommodation. I can see a lot of detailed planning went into it, including making use of very good local guides. Both Dusan and Yeray were both very good at identifying the birds, making sure people got on them and great company. The minibus chatter was both lively and entertaining at times! They were conscious of who needed to see certain species or when better views where needed. It was a rewarding and fun tour! Dusan was great at doing the checklist: he spelt out the names of the sites we had been to and went through the list at a sensible pace.

    LF, Bolivia 2022

    The tour was wonderful and I feel Dusan did a great job balancing the needs of the people on this tour who varied in birding expertise and listing/photography interests. Being the one with the least birding experience, I appreciated the time he took to make sure that we all had good views of the most important birds and making sure that we all felt an equal and valued part of the adventure."

    SM & SM, Bolivia 2022

    Bolivia is a rougher country, Rockjumpers accommodations were as good as could be expected. Ground agent did an excellent job, the lunches were nice! Dusan is an outstanding birder, with a wonderful personality.

    JS - Bolivia 2022

    Dusan is an excellent birder and did a great job balancing the desires of all participants.

    AG, Ecuador 2022

    All the participants were nice and helpful in pointing out birds to others. Dusan was great and worked hard to get everyone on a bird. His expertise makes you realize how much you miss! But it also helps know what to try to find.

    RK, Ecuador 2022

    Another amazing Rockjumper tour with Dusan Brinkhuizen. What a great guide and nice person. The tour was a little more rugged than the description on Rockjumper's website. It is NOT for beginners and this should be discretely mentioned. Nice Eco-lodges, food and friendly staff. Beautiful birds. Would recommend adding one additional night at San Isidro. Only one night doesn't seem fair to see the many birds at that altitude other than requiring birders to take the tour preceding the one I was on. Loved the Amazon Basin.

    SW, Ecuador 2022

    Our tour of the Choco cloud forest and the Eastern Andes paramo and cloud forest was superb. Our guide Dušan Brinkhuizen was amazing in his ability to find birds; he clearly has supernatural hearing and eyesight! He also was superb at making sure that everyone saw the birds. He truly worried about his clients and listened to their requests as to birds, landscapes and need for sleep. We saw spectacular landscapes far off the beaten path and got very good looks at birds in all habitats. An additional plus was our driver Dario who kept us safe on marginal roads. We look forward to our next Rockjumper trip.