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:

Birding Tour Ecuador: The North, with Optional Extension to the Amazon January 2019

Birding Tour Ecuador: The North, with Optional Extension to the Amazon January 2019

February 17, 2017

Birding Cruise Galapagos: Northwestern Islands Natural History Extravaganza January 2019

Birding Cruise Galapagos: Northwestern Islands Natural History Extravaganza January 2019

June 26, 2018

Birding Tour Ecuador: The South March 2019

Birding Tour Ecuador: The South March 2019

April 22, 2017

Birding Tour Ecuador: The North, with Optional Extension to the Amazon January 2020

Birding Tour Ecuador: The North, with Optional Extension to the Amazon January 2020

August 21, 2018

Birding Tour Ecuador: The South March 2020

Birding Tour Ecuador: The South March 2020

June 25, 2018

Birding Tour Ecuador: The North, with Optional Extension to the Amazon January 2021

Birding Tour Ecuador: The North, with Optional Extension to the Amazon January 2021

November 6, 2018

Birding Tour Ecuador: The South March 2021

Birding Tour Ecuador: The South March 2021

November 9, 2018

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