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Join a Research Expedition to the rainforests of Ecuador

31 May 2011

Take a trip to some of the most biodiverse parts of the planet: a tropical cloud forest, a transition rainforest at the base of the Andes, and a tropical rainforest in the Amazonian basin.

Ecuadorian cloud forest

This expedition is open to staff and students from the University, from any academic background, who have an interest in biodiversity and/or conservation. You will work alongside researchers from the University’s Faculty of Life Sciences collecting valuable data that will be used by indigenous communities and Ecuadorian national parks.

This 17-day trip (6-22 August 2011) begins with two days of short hikes on the steep slopes of Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve to survey the biodiversity of plants, amphibians and insects. The birds are well recorded for this area but it is still a delight to see the wide variety of species.

We then travel down to the oil town of Coca where the Andes meet the Amazon. A few hours by canoe brings us to the community of San Jose de Payamino next to Sumaco National Park. Here we will spend five days staying in a remote research station and carry out general biodiversity surveys (including birds and primates).

We then travel further down the Napo river to the community of Bello Horizonte, well into the Amazon basin. Here we will spend two days carrying out more surveys and, if we are lucky, see pink river dolphins!


  • £2500

To book a place, please email the expedition leader:

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