Senior Tour Leader and South American Office Manager
Eduardo Ormaeche has worked continuously for Birding Ecotours since 2004. He started guiding tours in his native country of Peru and from there spread out into many South and Central American countries, birding, guiding, and co-guiding tours in Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Guyana, Panama, Costa Rica, Cuba, Jamaica, Guatemala and the USA. Eduardo is the head of Birding Ecotours’ Peru office and coordinates most of our Neotropical trips. He enjoys traveling and showing birds to his clients. Eduardo’s logistics skills will provide you with the best facilities available in order to allow you the most enjoyable birding holiday.
Many years ago Eduardo abandoned promising studies in psychology to become a licensed tour guide and get a degree in business management, something he would never regret. He is a serious birder with a world list of 2600 species seen to date. He works very hard to find as many birds as possible on every trip, targeting endemics and range-restricted species for the most hard-core clients. He is also extremely enthusiastic and knowledgeable about other wildlife (he loves mammals) and will always give you the chance for a night walk, looking for elusive animals and for as many members as possible of his favorite bird family, the owls.
Eduardo’s other interests include history, art, gastronomy, anthropology, hiking, and movies, and he is a declared addict to tea and chocolate. When he is not guiding he lives in Lima with his family, developing new routes for the company. Eduardo’s golden dream is to see the Great Grey Owl; his bogey bird is still the Puna Tinamou. Some of the more memorable moments of his career include a massive mixed flock with 60+ species in the fruiting trees of Wildsumaco Bird Lodge in Ecuador, the first time he spotted the Long-whiskered Owlet in the Abra Patricia Mountains in Peru, an adult Ornate Hawk-Eagle a few meters above his head watching him for over ten minutes in the forest of Tumbes in Peru, where the species had not been reported in over 100 years, and seeing his lifer Snowy Owl in Ohio in May 2017. White-plumed Antbird, Ocellated Tapaculo, Diademed Plover, Long-whiskered Owlet, Chucao Tapaculo, and Marvellous Spatuletail are among his favorite birds.
Eduardo’s favorite guiding destinations are Northern Peru, Northern Ecuador, Colombia with Santa Marta, the Pantanal and Cristalino Lodge in Brazil, Panama, and the Caribbean. A very friendly, patient, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable guide indeed!
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Read Eduardo’s feedback from clients:
I’ve just returned from our custom tour with Eduardo and I want to tell you – he is a jewel! Very knowledgeable, approachable, friendly and seems to enjoy birding and helping other birders find and appreciate the birds.Kay Goodhue
I have graded this tour with an “A-“. The minus is because the food was not really very good nor tasty — with the exception of the last meal which was a delightful experience. But none of that is Eduardo’s fault. His guiding, listening and decorum were beyond reproach. He could many times describe where the target bird was, rather than just pointing and scaring it away. A true gentleman and very helpful when I needed help or clarification.
It would be a pleasure to go again with him. He was able to find 26 lifers for me when I expected at the most 19. Now my world list total is 7466 and counting!
He is trying to work something out for me in Peru, but that’s not until May – If we can come up with a feasible itinerary.
Meanwhile, know that you’re welcome to use any or all of this letter to encourage others to join your tours with Eduardo.
Stay well, keep birding. I plan to, too.
I have recently taken a trip with four friends to northern Peru with Eduardo Ormaeche, Birding Ecotours. I have no hesitation in recommending Eduardo or his guiding assistant Giancarlo Ventolini to anyone wanting to take a birdwatching tour in Peru. Eduardo was an outstanding bird guide. His knowledge of birds and his ability to quickly and easily identify birds was truly exceptional. This included all those very tricky flycatcher types that are so difficult to ID. Eduardo was extremely helpful, patient and excellent company. I am an extremely experienced bird watcher having travelled extensively globally bird watching. Eduardo proved to be one of the very best bird guides I have ever experienced. If you are considering bird watching in Peru then think no further than using Eduardo.Rolland Lloyd − Australia
Thank you for your interest in the outcome of our tour. It is not possible to answer you in one note, so I will try to do so in a few ‘to the point’ remarks.
Yes, the trip met all our expectations, and more! We saw and experienced the Cerrado, the Amazon forest, even better than previously at Tambopata, and the Pantanal with its amazing variety and volume of wildlife. For me the sight of a Hyacinth Macaw, which drew me to the Pantanal, already made it worthwhile. Then, of course, come the excellent sightings of the Jaguars and the Otters and then all the birds for which Eduardo made special efforts to find for his goals.
In the Cerrado we stayed in an excellent farm-lodge where we were lucky to experience the sighting of the Maned Wolf and the Burrowing Owl (which was on Elzine’s bucket list), apart from a number of colourful specials like the Motmot and Jacamar.
In the Amazon we were also very lucky to find another of Elzine’s target species, the Anaconda, and also another member of South America’s big five, the Tapir. We had an excellent session of forest birding on one of the towers where we could really appreciate the advantages of our private tour which, we think, was good value for the additional cost. Together with the Cristalino guide we had the tower for ourselves, and with an excellent guide like Eduardo also with us, we experienced a feast of good sightings.
On EDUARDO: It was a pleasure to travel with him again and having him as a guide who showed his expertise even in the presence of other local guides. It is good to hear that he also enjoyed our company.
In summary, we came back as very satisfied customers of Birding Ecotours and wish to thank you and Lynn for the opportunity to experience the Heart of Brazil.
Jacques and Elzine SmutsJacques and Elzine Smuts – Pretoria, South Africa
Hello Eduardo:James Martin – Toronto, Canada
I feel that our trip to Colombia was one of the most enjoyable and rewarding bird tours I have ever been on. You did an excellent job of planning, guiding and looking after the logistics on the tour.
Colombia is a pleasure to travel in with very friendly people, excellent roads and pleasant, clean accommodation. Even the more basic places were comfortable, clean and quiet.
Santa Marta is a wonderful place with plentiful birds and fantastic scenery. Rio Blanco was my favorite part of the tour with the antpittas and Ocellated Tapaculo at my feet. Otun Quimbaya with Red-ruffed Fruitcrows as yard birds was also a very enjoyable.
In all parts of the country I never felt at risk. Colombia is now a safe, rewarding country to travel in. I can hardly wait to return.
Peru was extraordinary!!!!!! My “to do” list includes a message to Eduardo with some images that we captured and a tally of the last day’s birds seen with Dennis near Lima, so he can prepare a complete trip report. Wil and I completed our tally while he was still here visiting after our trip and it came in at a staggering 430+ species seen, and a trip total of 460 species either seen or heard by the Taylor brothers. Your guys delivered BIG TIME on this trip, with three stellar guides and nearly flawless logistics, including two excellent drivers as well. Can’t thank you enough, Chris.
Eduardo, as you no doubt already know, was top notch. It was tough saying good bye to him and Raul when they dropped us at the Cusco airport. We could not have had a better guide/driver combo for the core of the trip.
Wil and I have never hesitated to recommend you and BE to our acquaintances, and we now know that our unconditional recommendation can be extended to your Peruvian office as well. Thanks a million for your help in getting the Peru trip arranged. We’ll be in touch. I attach a photo of satisfied customers with their weary guide near the lower end of the Manu Road, with the Rio Union in the background.
For my part, the tour with you was the best overall of all the tours we’ve taken; most memorable, rewarding, and enjoyable.John Taylor – Pennsylvania, USA
Birding Peru for the first time in July 2012 with Eduardo, a professional and very knowledgeable local Peru guide, ensured a smooth, safe and hassle-free trip filled with south Peruvian endemics such as Junin Canastero, White-bellied Cinclodes, Great Inca-Finch and Inca Wren. Eduardo, with the assistance of Raul, were quick to spot birds and ensured that all in the group got onto the birds as fast as possible. While birding, Eduardo also enlightened and amused us with his vast knowledge of birds and other fauna of the area. At the end of each day Eduardo assisted the group to complete a list of birds seen and heard for the day. A briefing each evening prepared participants on what to expect the next day. The accommodation was clean and safe, even in off-the-beaten-track areas. I can highly recommend the Birding Ecotours bird guide in Peru.Lisl van Deventer – Pretoria, South Africa
Eduardo, thanks so much for all your efforts to make this a fantastic , superbly well organised, entertaining, comfortable, informative , comprehensive and safe tour through Southern Peru. The Peru you showed me is indeed fabulous. Thanks also to Raul for his skilful driving . It was a trip of a lifetime for me, which Sue and I can now enjoy “remembering” together.Owen Oertli – Johannesburg, South Africa
On a tour to Northern Peru: “Our trip was fantastic and we have nothing but praise for Eduardo, Raul (our driver) and the superb vehicle used (very suitable for our needs), accommodation, the pace of the trip and your excellent organisation. We have done a lot of world birding over the years by ourselves and with tour companies and I would put this trip as one of the best-organised and led! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The chaps were excellent company too.Sue and Paul Bryan — Norfolk, UK