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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.

Ecuador birding tours with Naturalist Journeys are the perfect way to immerse in the birds of Ecuador, as well as in Ecuador's rich culture. We strive to get to know the local culture and take in a sense of place while we are birding in Ecuador.

We offer many other South American birding tours, too!

Guided Group Tours

Group travel is rewarding and fun! With more eyes you see more species. Travel Planners of Naturalist Journeys and Caligo Ventures have been creating memorable journeys for 40+ years. We offer you small-group birding and nature tours, limited to just 8-10 persons led by expert guides. Learn and explore with like-minded people, enjoy local food and culture, and immerse yourself in birding and nature.

Independent Travel to Ecuador

Independent Birding Ventures (IBVs) are designed for those interested in more flexible dates, or a shorter or expanded itinerary. An IBV is like a “mini-tour”—with guided birding from delightful, small eco-lodges, meals and transport included. Let us do the work, you pick the dates and set the pace. Click here to learn about our IBV and Relaxing Lodge Stay options.

Conservation Corner

We value conservation – it is at the heart of our work. All Naturalist Journeys’ tours support local conservation projects. Browse the links below to learn more about positive local work to save and conserve the wildlife and landscapes we visit.

Yanacocha Reserve
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).

Antisanilla Reserve
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.

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