The Audubon Shop's Tropical Field Excursions
We have been leading small-group guided tours to some of the world's unique tropical locales since 1992. These trips appeal to everyone from first timer's to birding veterans. Through our personal relationships with an extensive network of tropical tour companies, we get top notch local guides and drivers. Our affordable packages include travel, lodging and food expenses. If you are interested in receiving info on one of our future trips, please contact us.
Browse below to view pictures from some of the recent trips we have taken. Call us with any questions.
Namibia and Botswana 2010
What a trip! The 12 people who went with us all agreed that this was "the best trip of their lives". We landed in Windhoek, the capitol of Namibia, where we met our guide/drivers for the 16 day safari, Josh and Charley. The group enjoyed 2 nights in Windhoek, then we took off west for Swakopmund on the coast. Along the way we stopped to watch animals and spot birds, of course... From there we drove north, then east into Botswana--all in all 1500 miles in 16 days, a very leisurely pace. Great people, lodges, birds, and animals. Enjoy the photos!
The Manu Biosphere and Machu Picchu, Peru ~ 2009
From 11,000 ft. down to sea level we experienced a wealth of habitats: high Andean puna and paramo, Andean montane, cloudforest and foothills, and a healthy dose of lowland Amazonian rainforest which included riverine, oxbow lakes, varzea, terra firma, and floodplain forests. With such a diverse array of habitats, it’s not surprising that we saw an amazing variety of wildlife – 7 monkeys, a Brazilian Tapir, and 517 species of birds to be exact!
Some highlights: 21 species of parrots including 7 macaws; 38 hummers; 8 trogons and quetzels; 4 motmots; 4 jacamars; 15 woodpeckers; 11 woodcreepers; 23 ovenbirds; 30 antbirds; 9 cotingas; 6 manakins; 68 flycatchers; 9 thrushes; 8 wrens; 10 warblers; 53 tanagers; 5 oropendolas – SOMEBODY STOP ME!
While physically not the easiest of trips (especially in the hot lowlands), the pace was relaxed and there were plenty of siestas to recharge. Our guide, Silverio, was first-class in both his field skills and easy-going manner.
We spent half the trip in the Atlantic Forest of Southeast Brazil, hitting a few of the best sites to give an excellent overview of this endemic-rich biome, and then flew northwest to the world-famous Pantanal, spending our remaining time there as well as the nearby Chapada dos Guimarães with it's spectacular scenery and different cerrado habitat. The weather was perfect, not a drop of rain for two weeks. The great food and hospitality of the Brazilians helped ensure an enjoyable tour, and the birding was always good.
Galapagos Islands 2007
The Galápagos Archipelago is located on the Equator in the Pacific Ocean, 600 miles west of Ecuador. It consists of thirteen larger islands and numerous smaller islets and rocks. Due to their isolation, the islands have remained undisturbed for millions of years, resulting in the evolution of unique species, found only on the archipelago. There are few places on earth where it is possible to find such a variety of species, both animal and plant, which show so many degrees of evolutionary change.
What an incredible two weeks in a land that has it all! Thanks to one and all for making the “trip of a lifetime” more than live up to its billing. The African skies, plains, mountains, lakes, and forest made for breath-taking backdrops for one the most natural history-rich places on the planet. The trip list of 478 birds and nearly 50 mammals was enough to make anyone’s head spin. Fortunately, all were made palatable with the patient expertise of Joseph and Edwin, great weather, and relatively easy viewing conditions in a pleasant climate. The accommodations and food were consistently first rate, as were the ever-dependable Land Rovers from which we did more than 50%(!) of our field work. Kenya is definitely on my list for a return trip!