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Galo Real

Bird Tour Leader for Birding Ecotours

 

Galo Real was born and raised in the heart of the Andes in Quito, Ecuador.  After graduating with a degree in Eco-tourism from Catholic University in Quito (PUCE), he became qualified as a Naturalist guide and began working and living in the famous Tandayapa Valley.  This is where he met his first birder and instantly became hooked.  He quickly began to study, observe, and learn everything he could about the local bird population.  He then moved to the East Slope of the Andes next to the Guacamayos Ridge and was given the opportunity to begin guiding birding groups at the well-known Cabañas San Isidro Cloud Forest Reserve.  Little by little he started birding and leading groups all over the country.

Galo has been professionally guiding for well over a decade in Ecuador.  His easy mannerisms and vast knowledge of politics and culture of Ecuador make him a wonderful travel companion.  Galo has traveled and birded various parts of Texas, Peru, Spain, France, Belgium, Holland, and of course all over Ecuador.

When not guiding, Galo resides with his wife, RhoAnn, and three children in the Amazonian Province of Morona Santiago.  Their family farm is currently using shade-friendly plants such as coffee and vanilla to sustain reforestation projects of damaged riparian forest on the Upano River.

Galo is a licensed Volunteer Park Guard for the Sangay National Park and spends much of his time working with the Ministry of the Environment, training/licensing local guides, giving birding workshops, and actively participating as a board member for the conservation of the Upano River Valley.

Join Galo on the following upcoming tours:

Ecuador: The South March 2021

Ecuador: The South March 2021

2021-03-02

Peru: The Manu Road and Lowlands September 2021/2022/2023

Peru: The Manu Road and Lowlands September 2021/2022/2023

2023-09-01

Brazil: Cerrado Endemics, Brazilian Merganser, and Maned Wolf October 2021

Brazil: Cerrado Endemics, Brazilian Merganser, and Maned Wolf October 2021

Many people know of the immense Brazilian Amazon with its astonishing biodiversity. But very few people are aware of the cerrado: a fascinating biome of vast grasslands, lightly wooded savannas, and ribbons of gallery forest growing along winding rivers. By birding this spectacular landscape we hope to encounter a large selection of its special avifauna.

Ecuador: The Amazon – Clay Lick and Giant Otters October 2021/2022/2023

Ecuador: The Amazon – Clay Lick and Giant Otters October 2021/2022/2023

Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park is one of the most diverse places on earth, spanning nearly 2.5 million acres of lush rainforest. The Ecuadorian Amazon is home to more than 600 bird species.

Northern Ecuador Birding Paradise – Hummingbird and Antpitta Extravaganza November 2021/2022/2023

Northern Ecuador Birding Paradise – Hummingbird and Antpitta Extravaganza November 2021/2022/2023

Ecuador has the highest bird species diversity per square kilometer on the planet and offers some of the best birding of South America. Due to the short distances to drive, good tourist infrastructure, and wonderful lodges and other facilities for birders, Ecuador is perhaps the obligatory destination on the continent!

Galapagos: Natural History Extravaganza November 2021/2022/2023

Galapagos: Natural History Extravaganza November 2021/2022/2023

Just 483 years ago the first man stepped onto the Galápagos Islands and marveled at this living laboratory. Today we continue to be awestruck by this constantly changing archipelago.

Read Galo’s feedback from clients:

We birded with Galo Real for 8 days in Ecuador as an extension from a family trip to the Amazon Basin and the Galapagos. He is a good birder with great ear for the bird calls and knowledge of all the sites. He is very agreeable and was patient and considerate of our needs and capabilities. We look forward to birding with him again.

Take care and Happy Birding,

Barb and Jim Leupold