Explore the beautiful and peaceful country of Ecuador, and enjoy some of the best birdwatching in South America. We spend time at our favorite lodges in a variety of regions, including Buenaventura, Tapichalaca, and Copalinga. At Jocotoco Reserves, and Podocarpus and Cajas National Parks, discover Ecuador’s fascinating wildlife and incredible birds and scenery. See over 400 species of birds, including 40+ hummingbirds! Enjoy time at lovely local markets in Cuenca.

Tour Highlights

  • Relax in Quito at the beautiful Puembo Birding Garden at both the beginning and end of the tour
  • Explore Arenillas National Park for Tumbesian endemics, including White-tailed Jay, Collared Antshrike, and Peruvian Pygmy Owl
  • Bird the Jocotoco Foundation’s Buenaventura Reserve for the highly local El Oro Parakeet and the elusive Long-wattled Umbrellabird
  • Search Tapichalaca Reserve for Jocotoco Antpitta, Gray-breasted Mountain, Toucan Golden-Plumed Parakeet, and White-capped Tanager
  • Discover the cloud forest of Podocarpus National Park as you look for the endemic Bearded Guan, Giant Conebill, Purple-throated Sunangel, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, and several tanagers
  • Enjoy private casitas at Cabinas Ecologicas Copalinga, with hummingbirds in a feeding frenzy right outside your door
  • Take time to explore the 500-year-old city of Loja, enjoying time at the local art museum and walking through the park-like squares
  • Visit Cajas National Park near Cuenca, where the high paramo is dappled with over 250 lakes

Photo credits: Banner: Marketplace by Peg Abbott; Yellow-rumped Cacique by Bud Ferguson; Choco Toucan by Peg Abbott; Sparkling Violetear by Peg Abbott; Green Honeycreeper by Peg Abbott; Market Day by Peg Abbott; Spectacled Bear, courtesy neblinaforest.com; Immature Tiger Heron, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Sunbittern, Naturalist Journeys Stock.