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10?PageDeparture Date?Naturetrek 2013 - Calendar & Contents24. Belize (Birds)13th November?24. Ecuador - Amazonian Mammals13th November?23. Venezuela - Off the Beaten Track13th November?250. Nepal - Wildlife & Grassland Birds 14th November??211. Venezuela - Oilbirds & Harpy Eagles14th November??162. Ethiopian Wolves15th November??232. India & Nepal - Corbett to Kathmandu15th November??234. The Best of India & Nepal15th November??21. Ecuador - Cock-of-the-rock16th November?251. Lowland Nepal16th November??22. India - Corbett Country17th November??236. India - Lions, Blackbucks & Wild Asses17th November??222. India - Tiger Direct!17th November??240. India - Wildlife & Yoga17th November??24. India's Southern Endemic Mammals17th November?229. Northern India - Corbett Country17th November??23. Zambia's South Luangwa National Park17th November??256. Wild Sri Lanka ... In Style!18th November????224. Unknown India - Tadoba & Satpura19th November??21. Ecuador - An Antpitta Special22nd November?257. Sri Lanka - Blue Whales & Leopards23rd November???253. Nepal - In Search of the Red Panda24th November???121. Spain - Realm of the Iberian Lynx*2nd December??269. Ecuador & the Galápagos Islands9th December?????249. Nepal - A Birdwatching Tour15th December??22. Ethiopia (Birds)20th December??225. Just Tigers!20th December??233. Not Just Tigers! Satpura - Best of Central India20th December???257. Sri Lanka - Blue Whales & Leopards21st December???258. Sri Lanka - Wildlife & History21st December???222. India - Tiger Direct!22nd December??69. Provence at Christmas22nd December???122. Spain - Extremadura in Winter (& at Christmas)22nd December?128. Wolves & Bustards in Rural Spain *22nd December??25. Zambia's South Luangwa National Park22nd December??23. Zambia's South Luangwa National Park23rd December??24. India - Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve25th December?22. India - Ranthambore, Bharatpur & Chambal26th December??23. Nepal - Chitwan National Park26th December?NovemberBirdsMammalsPlantsButterfliesWhales Dragonflies& DolphinsTrekkingNaturetrek LeadersAll our leaders are expert naturalists. They will be able to showyou, and help you to identify, many of the birds, plants andmammals that occur in the region that you are visiting. Manyof our leaders have quite exceptional backgrounds in thecountry to which they are taking you. Often they have livedthere for several years; inevitably their knowledge andinterests extend beyond just the area's natural history.Between us we speak over 15 different languages - notmuch good for summoning birds, but essential in coping withthe inevitable hiccoughs that find their way into all third worldtravel arrangements! Please note, however, that whilst weassign leaders to particular tours well in advance, we reservethe right to make changes if necessary. Tour leaders'biographies are available on our website, or we would bepleased to post you a copy on application.December

Ecuador: A WildlifeFestival Join us at Sacha Lodgein October 2013We have celebrated two significantNaturetrek anniversaries in recent years,both of them popular, successful andgreat fun! The first - our 20th anniversary -took us on an exclusive Naturetrek charteraround Spitsbergen in July 2006 for a feast ofPolar Bears, other Arctic wildlife and stunningwilderness scenery. More recently, in February2011, we celebrated our 25th anniversary bytaking over the luxury Tiger Tops jungle lodge inChitwan National Park, Nepal. On both trips,Naturetrek staff and leaders were joined byaround 50 clients and, as all participants willtestify, the combination of an iconic wildlifedestination, exclusive Naturetrek use ofaccommodation and a wealth of top Naturetreknatural history guides and leaders, proved awinning combination!Not wishing to wait until our 30th anniversary forthe next opportunity to repeat this successfulformula, we have decided to use it on which tobase an annual Wildlife Festival from hereon.Many destinations have been considered for ourfirst Wildlife Festival, amongst them the Pantanal,India and Madagascar (some of which may wellfeature in future years); however, it is to thefamous and wonderful Sacha Lodge, deep in theEcuadorian Amazon, that we will be heading forour first Naturetrek Wildlife Festival in October2013 for, not only has Ecuador been one of ourmost popular destinations for many years, but itis a country in which we have a particular wealthof expertise. It was here that our GeneralManager, Andy Tucker, lived whilst guiding inEcuador prior to joining Naturetrek in 1998, andour popular leader and staff member, ByronPalacios, is Ecuadorian ... and passionate aboutboth wildlife and conservation in his homeland. Itis largely for this reason that Naturetrek hasrecently been investing company carbon offsetdonations in the purchase of threatenedcloudforest habitats in Ecuador (see page 13),creating two Naturetrek reserves there.Thus, we have block-booked Sacha Lodge, in itsentirety, for all five nights of our stay, and foreach morning and afternoon excursion we willdivide into small groups to enjoy one of themany wildlife activities on offer at the lodge.Amongst the highlights are Sacha's outstandingcanopy facilities which are arguably the best inwestern Amazonia and comprise one canopytower built around an ancient kapok tree and a900-foot-long, 120-foot-high canopy walkway.Either, on a good morning, can produce astaggering 100 or more bird species, amongstthem many birds that can be hard to see fromthe ground, such as White-browed Purpletuft,Spangled Cotinga and numerous tanager,aracari and euphonia species. Excursions bydugout canoe to explore the area's oxbow lakesand rainforest streams will also be amongst thehighlights, allowing access to such species asthe secretive Agami Heron and perhaps even agiant Anaconda. Forest trails for walking andunderstorey birding are plentiful and varied, andmay yield such species as Wire-tailed Manakin,Musician Wren and White-plumed Antbird. We'llalso look for some of the mammals in the area(amongst them Pygmy Marmoset, White-frontedCapuchin, Black-mantled Tamarin, Red HowlerMonkey, Squirrel Monkey, Dusky Titi Monkey,Night Monkey, Kinkajou, Southern Tamanduaand Black Agouti) while botanist Lou Jost will beessential in assisting our understanding ofAmazonian botany. The cool waters ofPilchicocha, the oxbow lake in which Sacha isset, offers a wonderful afternoon swim (thepiranhas here are mostly vegetarian!), while theYasuni National Park parrot-lick on the NapoRiver is well worth a morning. Night-timespotlighting walks and excursions, someamateur astronomy (the Milky Way over theEquator is stunning on a clear night), camera-trapping and endless photographic possibilitiescomplete the picture.All of Sacha's 26 cabins (equipped with ceilingfans, electrical sockets, and en suite facilitieswith hot water) have been carefully designed toprovide comfort for guests whilst preserving theambience of the rainforest setting, and eachcabin has its own terrace and hammock -perfect for relaxation and wildlife-viewingbetween activities. From this fabulous base youwill be joined on excursions, not only by SachaLodge's excellent permanent naturalists, but alsoby Naturetrek's top South American experts -Byron Palacios, Nick Acheson, Andy Tucker andLou Jost (botanist and founder of EcoMinga) -who between them have spent almost 70 yearsin South America! Naturetrek directors, Davidand Maryanne Mills, also look forward to joiningyou on the Festival.We sincerely hope that as many of you aspossible will be able to join us as we enjoy thebirds, butterflies, mammals and plants of theAmazon jungle from Sacha Lodge as well as ofthe high-altitude birds and plants of AntisanaVolcano.Sacha LodgeFestival details:Dates:Thu 3rd Oct - Sat 12th Oct 2013Cost:£2,595 per personSingle room supplement(by special requestonly due to limited availability): £995Itinerary:5 nights Sacha Lodge, Napo River(full board); 3 nights hotel in Quito (B&B).Pre-tour extension to MindoJoin us for a 5-night pre-tour extension to thetranquil subtropical town of Mindo, surroundedby lush cloudforest on the western Andeanslope, just two hours from Quito. A visit to aCock-of-the-rock lek, and to Angel Paz'sfamous tame antpittas, will be amongst thehighlights.Date:Sat 28th Sep - Wed 2nd Oct 2013Cost:£895Post-tour east Andean slope extensionAn exciting opportunity to travel overland fromthe Amazonian lowlands to Quito, traversingthe eastern Andean cordillera and birding enroute. We'll be following in reverse the pathtrodden by Francisco de Orellana and hislieutenants in 1541 on their discovery of theAmazon, staying at Cabañas San Isidro for 4nights en route.Date:Sat 12th Oct - Wed 16th Oct 2013Cost:£1,195For further details pleasecontact Andy Tucker on 01962 733051 or Sacha's canopy walkwayOriole Blackbirds11