Birds, Macro, and More!


Feb. 22 to Mar. 4, 2022

We've designed this trip to maximize your shooting time and give you a diverse nature photography experience in Ecuador. We will photograph Ecuador's most amazing birds, hummingbirds, frogs, and lizards, as well as some great landscapes, all while learning new techniques. And, unlike other tours to Ecuador, you have 2 award-winning photographer leaders and a local naturalist/professional photographer guide with you full-time, making this a fantastic value!


Feb. 22 to Mar. 4, 2022




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About the Workshop

Birds, Macro, and More!


Frank Pichardo

Frank Pichardo is a Peruvian wildlife photographer and tour leader with a strong passion for nature, most of his experience in the field comes from his seven-year work as a naturalist guide for the prestigious lodges of Rainforest Expeditions leading people and teaching about the flora and fauna since 2009. Frank obtained his degree from the Tourism School in Lima, where he also became fluent in English and German. This was the beginning of a long term work in the ecotourism industry.


At the moment, he is part of Tropical Herping, contributing for the “Reptiles of Ecuador”, “Reptiles of Galapagos” and “Amphibians if Ecuador” books, joining also scientific expeditions into remote areas to understand better this group of animals, leading workshops and photo tours. Frank’s work has been featured in National Geographic and BBC Wildlife Magazine.

Follow Frank on Instagram -- @frank_pichardo

Greg Basco

Gregory Basco is a professional nature photographer based in Costa Rica. After completing graduate degrees in political science and tropical ecology (his doctoral dissertation focused on the politics of ecotourism in Costa Rica), Greg worked in conservation before turning to photography full-time in 2006. His images have been awarded in the Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Nature's Best Windland Smith Rice competitions and have appeared in numerous magazines and books around the world.


His latest major project is the second edition of the large format printed book National Parks of Costa Rica in conjunction with Zona Tropical and Cornell University Press. His popular e-books include The Guide to Tropical Nature Photography, Lightroom for the Nature Photographer, and the upcoming Flash for the Nature Photographer.

You can see more of Greg's work at his website.




You should arrive to and depart from Ecuador's Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO). Our driver will be waiting to provide your private transfer to our capital city hotel.


Electrical outlets are US-style. Those coming from Europe or Asia may need travel adapters. We will send more info after signup.


We strongly recommend you purchase trip insurance that includes trip cancellation and medical coverage while overseas.


Though Ecuador does not require any vaccinations, we suggest you stay up to date on routine travel shots. Some countries may require that you have proof of yellow fever vaccination upon departing from Ecuador.

Internet Access

All of our hotels have free WIFI. We will also have cell data coverage for most of the trip.


All of our services are conducted by fully licensed travel, lodge, and transport operators. This is part of our commitment to providing a professional travel experience.

Recommended gear

  • Tele lens 400 mm or longer

  • Camera body or bodies

  • Medium zoom lens, e.g., 70-200 mm, 100-400 mm

  • Macro lens

  • Wide angle lens

  • Polarizing/ND filters

  • Fast wide angle lens for night scenes

  • Cable release

  • Off-camera TTL flash cord

  • Telephoto flash bracket

  • Flash plus Better Beamer for birds and wildlife

  • Rain cover for camera

  • Small softbox or diffuser

  • Small pack or shoulder bag for daily shooting

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Please provide names of additional people signing up with you, and please indicate if the additional people are photographers or not. We offer discounts for non-photographers on some trips.


Booking a tour with us is easy!

1. Register for your tour using the form at the end of each workshop page.

4. Send us your traveler info form.

2. Send us your reserve deposit.

5. We will send you your final invoice.

3. Book your international air travel.

6. We´ll send you everything you need to know before you hop on the plane!


Who is Kaiwaka?

Kaiwaka Clothing is a NZ owned and operated company who specialise in providing Farm Wear. Clothing is produced in New Zealand for New Zealanders from the highest quality materials. Their 100% quality check ensures you are ready to to embrace the elements. Their clothing comes with a lifetime repair warranty.

What if I order the wrong size?

Mistakes happen! Just contact Kaiwaka here and touch base with one of their team. Use the code provided in the order confirmation as a reference when communicating.

I have bought a contract already, can I get my money back?

Yes, only if it is a Federated Farmers contract! Only if it was purchased after the 10th of June, 2020. Fill out the form outlined in Step 3 and our team will reimburse you the cost of the contract. Easy.

Do I have to be a Federated Farmers Member?

Yes!! This amazing offer is exclusively available for Federated Farmer Members. You can become a member to get this deal and still save! Click here to join

What if I receive the contract but the employment falls through?

Things happen, but please be aware you will be charged the cost of the contract and the service fee. If you have not completed the contract and it is in a state that can be returned (see our conditions here) call 0800 FARMING and enquire about a return or an exchange.

Can I still get this deal if I am employing fixed term?

Yes you can.

Can I get this for more than one worker?

Yes, you can! Provided they are eligible (a NZ resident, impacted by Covid-19 etc.). You will need to complete the application process for each employee.

How do I know how many packs are available?

We have a counter on our shop and on our website

Who should I call if my order is delayed?

If 14 days has been and gone - contact Kaiwaka here. Please ensure you have your reference number available to assist us in tracking the Kit (you can find this in the order confirmation).

What if I have a problem with my order?

Contact Kaiwaka here. Please ensure that you have your reference number provided in the order confirmation.

What if I purchase my Federated Farmers Contract on the PaySauce platform?

No issues. You still need to show us proof of purchase and proof of the completed contract as outlined in step 3 (this can be done through a screenshot). Please be aware you will be charged a service fee for the digital version.

Can someone complete half or all of this process for me?

No. Our system needs to be easily reviewed. You must use the same employer/employee details in both the contract purchase stage AND the form (order) stage. This cannot be your farm advisor or accountant. Details must also match the information attached to your Federated Farmers membership. Don't worry, you can update these details on your member portal if for example your partner is not listed but was the one that purchased the contract, or will be the direct employer. Note: You can have up to 3 contacts on a full membership and 2 on a small farm membership.


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