Natural Leaders in Western Palearctic


Eco Tourism - The Sustainable Future of Holidays

With an ever increasing focus on sustainability, greener alternatives and cutting down the damage we collectively do to the environment, ecotourism is a great option for holiday makers and wildlife lovers that want to not only have a memorable break and enjoy natural settings, but also help reduce the global carbon footprint of the traditional tourism and holiday industry as a whole. When we think of holidaying in Europe, for example, the destinations that spring to mind are often locations in Spain, Greece, Italy, and so on. However, if you are looking for something not only a bit different to the standard package holiday, then ecotourism is worth considering. There are a number of options in Europe alone, not to mention more exotic locations in South America, that can offer a truly unique and environmentally-aware form of break.

The Current Impact of Tourism

Apart from the reasons listed above, there are wider reaching environmental problems that ecotourism can have a direct and positive impact on, and by choosing this holidaying option, you are personally contributing to these solutions. One of the main problems caused by the ever increasing global tourism market is often related to the development of tourist and holiday compounds, large hotels, and so on. While - within reason - these facilities do not pose a problem in themselves, many new developments are being constructed in locations that were not previously tourist areas. This can lead to a number of local environmental problems. Additionally, as a holiday maker, taking advantage of what ecotourism has to offer can lead to a truly unique experience. Visiting Belarus, or Poland's national parks with the wealth of bison, wolves and elks for example, gives you a degree of freedom not available in most package holidays. These forests are some of the last undisturbed primeval forests in Europe, and offer a wealth of rare bird life and environments that are unique to the region

One concern is how local water supplies are affected. In areas of the Mediterranean for example, or areas with hot climates, water consumption is often increased by tourist facilities, such as swimming pools and golf courses, but tourists themselves often end up consuming a lot of water in hot climates they are not used to. The United Nations Environmental Program, for example, suggests that tourists may consume up to 440 litres a day, which is nearly double what a local Spanish resident might consume.

Additionally, greater tourism brings with it many of the problems associated with greater populations, and often these areas are not prepared or equipped for such a large, albeit temporary, growth in the local population. This can lead to more demand for energy, causing a knock on effect to the environment as more energy must be generated, waste disposal and litter often become more of a problem, and finally the degradation of local natural environments and ecosystems.

How Ecotourism Helps, and What you can do

Ecotourism is based around some key principles that aim to ensure that any ecotourism venture has only a positive impact on local communities and their associated ecosystems and natural environments, while reducing and attempting to eliminate the negative effects that tourism can unfortunately often produce. When it comes down to what you can do personally, simply choosing an ecotourism based holiday is of course one of the better options, and there are some great ways to get hands on. Helping to create and place new nest boxes for bird species like the Roller, Hoopoe and Scops Owl is one, such example, and finding new nesting possibilities for the Red Footed and Saker Falcons can also be very rewarding. Alternatively, a butterfly holiday, where you will help count population density and restore local habitats will offer some fantastic sights of the colorful, elegant creatures, as well as helping to maintain their survival. Furthermore, introducing your friends and family to the ideas behind ecotourism can often be rewarding, and everyone’s first ecotourism experience is often a very eye opening one. You have the advantages of experiencing wildlife first hand in an untouched environment, as well as local communities that are authentic. These experiences alone can really reinforce the need for more ecotourism and the benefits it can bring. There are of course, other sustainable and environmentally friendly ways to holiday. Cruises for example, are often a good choice, as seas travel in general causes much fewer carbon emissions than air transport. Additionally, you have the benefit of experiencing a number of cities worldwide without causing additional strains on local resources. In fact, according to Iglucruise, cruise companies are tackling the sustainability of cruising head on, with many new innovations and sustainable measures being taken to ensure the environmental impact of cruising is as low as possible.

Perhaps the key thing to remember is that whether you are on a traditional holiday or an ecotour, respect for the locations you visit is paramount. Small things such as making sure you leave no litter, keep to allotted trails and paths, and finding smaller, local accommodation can often go a long way to easing the strain large scale tourism can place on communities and wildlife.


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Newsletter 2018 February


Newsletter February 2018

Ecotours - Kondor EcoLodge

The original & only registered Ecotours in Hungary- offices at 2 continents


Europe, Latin America, Africa

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Dear Ecotours Travellers & Friends,

We have just finished a few Winter tours in Hungary with photographing Wallcreeper, Alpine Accentor, Ural Owl, Woodpeckers and more, while in Yucatan we look for endemics and photographing Caribbean Flamingos. We still have a few months when we can escape Winter at sunny Latin American or African destinations, but soon the busy Spring season will start again in the Old Continent. We have some tempting new tours and also some special last minute offers.  

For a LIST OF TOURS with suggested dates & prices please click hereWe also created a TOUR SELECTOR where you can filter all the tours based on destination or focus of the tour or month.

If you would like to Read More about the various tours we have done please visit our NEW Trip Report pages on our website. We tend to do more tours than trip reports, but work hard to catch up with the paperwork as well, so please check our website and Facebook  pages regularly. J

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Upcoming Tours - Last Minute Offers


Beside the following fixed date tours we can offer flexible dates and customized tours with very good land prices in Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and more, generally 2 weeks for USD2,999 + USD399srs depending on destination and group size


BELIZE with a bit of Yucatan
 and extension possibility to Guatemala 
Spectacled Owl, Agami Heron, Jabiru, Orange-breasted Falcon, Speckled Pigeon, Sungrebe & more
24February-7March, 2018 ; 12 days at: 2,799 USD + 349 USD srs

MEXICO Yucatan & Chiapas with Motmot Travel 
Yucatan endemics, Mexican Ant-thrush, Royal Flycatcher
16days 10-25March, 2018
 at Ł3690 + Ł390 srs with flight ticket included

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COSTA RICA  Birds at Rainforests, Volcanoes and Beaches
Snowcap, Resplendent Quetzal, lowland and highland specialities
24March-6April, 2018 ; 15 days at: 2999 + 419 USD

 PANAMA – Migration Special & Top Tropical Birding
clouds of several Raptor species, various Antbirds, Purple-throated Fruit-crow, White-throated Crake, Blue-crowned & Golden-collared Manakin, Rosy Bush-tanager, Golden-fronted Greenlet & many more

6-15April, 2018 ; 10 days at: 2,499 USD + 359 USD srs

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GHANA - Birding Safari on the Gold Coast with West African specialities

Yellow-headed Picathartes/White-necked Rockfowl, Egyptian Plover, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Congo Serpent Eagle, Blue-bellied Roller, White-crowned Cliff Chat, African Finfoot, Rufous-winged Illadopsis, Pel's Fishing Owl
4-18April,2018  ; 15days at USD3000 + USD300 srs


Our calendar is getting full with guaranteed departure tours in Eastern Europe. We start with a New early Spring tour in ESTONIA for Steller's Eiders, then we offer several tours to Istria, SLOVENIA for Alpine and Mediterranean species, followed by an excellent Caucasian endemics birding tour in GEORGIA. Throughout May as usual we have several tours in BELARUS followed by MACEDONIA. 
We will have several birding, Photography & Wildlife tours at our Kondor EcoLodge, HUNGARY and some birding and butterfly tours at other Eastern European destinations. In BELARUS we also plan a BUTTERFLY Monitoring project. We still have a few places for each, please check out details below:

ESTONIA - Steller's Eiders, Grouses, Woodpeckers and Owls
15-18March ; 29March-1April2018 ; 4days at: Ł560 + Ł70 or $799 + $99

SLOVENIA - Mediterranean & Alpine species
15-19March, 2018 Woodpeckers, Wallcreepers & Owls
26-30April, also May & June, 2018 Wildlife of Slovenia: Bears, Otters,Birds, Butterflies & more

GEORGIA – Caucasian Birding-Georgian Endemics 
,2018 8 days: 1549USD + 199USD srs 

9days Ł1141/$1499 + Ł228/$299 srs - Read More

Great Grey-, Tengmalm's & Pygmy Owl, Azure Tit, Terek Sandpiper, Great Snipe lekking, 3-toed- & White-backed Woodpecker, Smew, Corncrake, Greater Spotted Eagle, Bison, Elk, Beaver & more.

BELARUS BUTTERFLY Monitoring Project concentrating on Danube Clouded Yellow, but there will be plenty of other attractive Eastern species as well. 
6-13August, 2018 ; 8 days at GBP1070 + GBP125 srs

SLOVAKIA: all Woodpeckers of Europe, Raptors, Grouses, Owls such as Pigmy & Tengmalm's
30April-7May, 2018 ; 8days for EUR1094/$1299 +EU134/$159 srs

MACEDONIA - Pearls of the Balkan
Birds, Butterflies and more at beautiful landscapes
30May-6June, 2018 ; 8 days at: $1299 + $199 or GBP1160 + GBP120 srs

Bird Photography at Kondor EcoLodge, HUNGARY -Please check also:
11-17June, 2018 ; 7days for 1141GBP+152GBP srs or $1499 + $199 srs
11-20June, 2018 ; 10days for 1599GBP+219GBP srs or $2130 + $292 srs

Professional hides in the garden and at different habitats -European Roller, European Bee-eater, Red-footed Falcon, Hoopoe, Lesser Grey & Red-backed Shrike, Little Owl, herons, egrets, waterfowl & many more

Tower Hide, Floating Hide, Lakeshore Hide, Garden Hide with Feeding-Drinking Station, Mobile Hides

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Best Birding of HUNGARY Lowlands & HillsKiskunság & Bükk National Parks

21-28June, 2018 ; (Budapest extension possible) 8days for 989GBP+190GBP srs  or $1299 + $249 srs

HUNGARYseveral various tours based at our Kondor Ecolodge at Kiskunsag, including Birding, Moth, Butterfly, Mammal, Wildflower, Dragonfly, general Wildlife & Bird Photography Tours.
Species & Lodge info can be found at

flexible dates & lengths June-July-Aug-Sept 2018

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9days for 999GBP+199GBP  srs or $1399+ $299 srs

Could start from Hungary as well and can be combined with Easy Budget Week in Hungary or Photo Tour in Kiskunsag, Hungary. Big variety from mountain specialities such as Ptarmigan, Rock Partridge, Alpine Accentor till Mediterranean species such as Black-headed & Ortolan Bunting, Spanish Sparrow

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Early Bird Offers


22Aug-4Sept, 2018 ; 14 days at USD2290

HUNGARY Cranes & Geese Spectacular 
3-10Oct2018 ; 8 days Ł913/$1199 + Ł152/$199


BRAZIL - Pantanal: Jaguars, Jabirus & other Jewels - unique tour, incredible cruise, very different from what anybody else offers, unique style Pantanal, BRAZIL cruise with Jaguars, Giant Anteaters, Giant Otters and colourful birds around.   Even the most travelled guests of ours said it was the best experience ever! 

28October - 8November, 2018 12 days $5000 ; spaces are very limited and selling out quickly

BRAZIL - endemics bonanza at the Atlantic Forest; can be combined with Pantanal: Jaguars, Jabirus & other Jewels 
8-15November, 2018 8 days at $2200

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GUATEMALA - Heart of the Mayan Culture and Nature
flexible datess from each November till April, 10 days at2499USD +  299USD
Horned Guan, Azure-rumped Tanager, Resplendent Quetzal, Fulvous Owl & Northern Potoo and many more from comfortable coffee ranches and lodges


ETHIOPIA - Abyssinian endemics–Birds-Mammals & more
14-28Sept,2018; 15 days at: 3,290 USD + 449 USD


UGANDA - Albertine Rift Endemics, Chimps, Gorillas & more 
29Sept-10Oct, 201812 days at 2999USD +  300USD


During all of our tours we use Swarovski bins & scopes which you can try at our Kondor EcoLodge, Hungary's first and only natural Swarovski showroom. You can check the quality of the products in our garden or around, focusing on Rollers, Bee-eaters, Orioles or Hoopoes. Try, hire or buy and you will get a special discount from our tours as well.

 What is New?

Panama – beside the amazing Raptor Migration tour now we can offer any corner of Panama from Bocas del Torro till Darien, from Snowy Cotinga till Harpy Eagle!!

BELARUS - last year we had a ground-breaking, first ever BUTTERFLY & MOTH TOUR IN BELARUS

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We had a long list of special Eastern and Northern species, including many rarities: Bog Fritillary, Scarce Fritillary, Yellow-legged & Large Tortoiseshell, False Ringlet, Danube Clouded Yellow, Scarce Heath, Cranberry Fritillary, Cranberry Blue, Pallas's Fritillary, Woodland Brown, Poplar Admiral, Violet Copper, Freija Fritillary, Thor's Fritillary, Frigga Fritillary, 

Based on that success we would like to repeat the experience and run another tour. 

At each destination our aim is to come up with something new & different than others do and also offer more for less!

Please also check our attractive FaceBook pageyou do not have to be a member to enjoy it!

We offer excellent quality for attractive prices in Eastern Europe, Latin America & Worldwide.

All prices above include all the services, single room supplement, but without flight tickets! Please ask for details! All pics were made during our tours!

We hope to enjoy a great tour together with plenty of wildlife!

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Newsletter Ecotours GiveAway & ABE 2017


Ecotours GiveAway & American Bird Expo from 29September 2017

Ecotours - Kondor EcoLodge

The original & only registered Ecotours in Hungary - offices at 2 continents


Europe, Latin America, Africa


Dear Ecotours Travellers & Friends,

First of all many thanks for spending with us some minutes at the British BirdFair at Rutland Waters, UK during the third weekend of August. This was our 18th BirdFair and was so great to meet with all of you!

Since we sent you a Newsletter in August we do not want to bore you with loads of things again, but there are a few special announcements which we would like to share with you:



We arethrilled to announce that our Mayan Birding, Wildlife and Culture program has been nominated as an Unordinary Trip of the Month by, the #1 travel portal on the Internet specialized in the out-of-ordinary vacations. Passionate about birdwatching and wildlife in general, we see this as a good opportunity to further popularize this form of leisure and to generate awareness in people of the eco issues.

In light of this, we are glad to offer our guests a special prize! Any of you who book the above tour before September 15, 2017 may be eligible for a very special prize from InfoHub's sister-company GPSmyCity - publisher of travel apps for Apple and Android. The GPSmyCity app features offline city maps, self-guided walking tours and travel articles for 1,000 cities worldwide, using which you can turn your mobile into a personal tour guide. With this app you can explore any major urban destination in the world on your own, at your own pace. The GPSmyCity app works offline so there's NO need to worry about roaming charges when traveling abroad.
A lucky winner will be chosen at random to get a one-year full membership of the GPSmyCity app including access to ALL the GPSmyCity content - over 6,500 self-guided city walks and travel articles – to the total value of over $8,000!!!
Book now and enjoy your bird-watching, wildlife and cultural adventure!

We have several flexible dates, different itineraries and very attractive prices!


2. AMERICAN BIRD EXPO 29Sept-1Oct, 2017

A bit more than 3 weeks and we will be in Philadelphia as exhibitors for the 3rd time at ABE. We would love to meet with you there where we will wait for you with special offers regarding our Kondor EcoLodge in Hungary, other Eastern EuropeanLatin American and Worldwide destinations. Good birding and wildlife experiences with a touch of culture, tasty local food and memorable wine. 


GEORGIA - Incredible Raptor Migration & Caucasian Endemics

4-12October, 2017- 9days at USD1549+USD149 single room supplement

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HUNGARY - 100thousand of Cranes & masses of Geese & many other East European specialitie

7-14October & 4-11November, 2017 8days at USD1199+USD199 single room supplement

BRAZIL - Jaguars, Jabirus & other Jewels of Pantanal & Mato Grosso
22Oct till 3November, 2017 USD4759+USD500 single room supplement
This tour is FULL, but we started to accept prebookings for 2018 with similar dates!
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10-19November, 2017 10days at USD2499+USD350 single room supplement
We can hit a BIG DAY with 1.2 million Raptors literally in front of us within a few hours. It is surely an unforgettable experience for everybody! We spend also some days with finding tropical rarities, such as Purple-throated Fruitcrow, Lovely Cotinga, Brownish Twistwing, Rosy Thrush-Tanager, several species of Antshrikes, Antwrens, Antbirds and Black-faced Ant-thrush & Streak-chested Antpitta. Alongside the coast and other watery habitats we can find a wide variety of herons, egrets, shorebirds & others, including Cocoi, Agami & Boat-billed Heron, Blue-footed Booby, We can end up with 2 dozens of Raptors, 5 species of Trogons, 3 species of Motmots, Puffbirds & Manakins.
Belize -Belize - tropical forests & marshes with Spectacled Owl, Royal Flycatcher, Agami Heron, Jabiru, Mexican Ant-thrush, Orange breasted Falcon, various Parrots & Hawk-Eagles & many more
For some more photos please visit our FaceBook page, you do not need to be a member to enjoy it!

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During all of our tours we use Swarovski bins & scopes which you can try at our Kondor EcoLodge, Hungary's first and only natural Swarovski showroom. You can check the quality of the products in our garden or around, focusing on Rollers, Bee-eaters, Orioles or Hoopoes. Try, hire or buy and you will get a special discount from our tours as well.

We offer excellent quality for attractive price in Eastern Europe, Latin America & Worldwide.

All prices above include all the services, single room supplement, but without flight tickets! Please ask for details! All pics were made during our tours!

We hope we can enjoy a great tour together with plenty of wildlife soon!

Get special discounts on some tours if booked before 31December, 2017!!!Raptor Migration Panama-S05A0868