Ecuador: home to the Andes and gateway to the Galapagos Islands. This special South American country offers amazing bird and wildlife diversity, with habitats to match. Explore forests lush with orchids, bromeliads, and butterflies, browse colorful markets, and enjoy warm Ecuadorian hospitality. Ecuador is a must for those keen to explore South America, and seamlessly pairs with Amazonia lodges if you’d like to extend your adventure.
The Yanacocha Reserve was established in 2001 with assistance from the local community to protect the critically endangered Black-breasted Puffleg, found almost exclusively on the forested ridges of the reserve. The site is also home to puma, spectacled bear, and Sword-billed Hummingbird.
Mindo Cloudforest Foundation
The Mindo Cloudforest Foundation is run by a multi-disciplinary team from five different countries. The Foundation protects critical habitat through six private reserves (including the Milpe Bird Sanctuary), ecotourism, reforestation, research, and citizen science (including an annual Christmas Bird Count).
Over half the estimated population of wild Andean Condor lives in the Jocotoco Foundation’s Antisanilla Reserve, which was purchased between 2011 and 2014 specifically to protect condors. The reserve is part of a conservation land mosaic of parks and reserves of close to 300,000 acres.