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Ecuador

Wildlife holidays in Ecuador

Tell me about Ecuador …

Once part of the Inca Empire, Ecuador came under Spanish rule in 1563 until independence in 1822.

Its capital city, Quito, is a World Heritage Site on account of its historic and well preserved Latin American centre.

Ecuador has welcoming people, relatively short travel distances and good accommodation. It’s an ideal destination for a wildlife holiday, for both first-time and repeat visitors to South America.

Our Ecuador specialist recommends...

"For our keen birdwatchers I would recommend our ‘Ecuador – Cock-of-the-rock’ tour on which you will visit a Cock-of-the-rock lek. If you are more interested in mammals the ‘Ecuador – Amazonian Mammals’ tour might be more to you liking, based at the Napo Wildlife Centre."

Andy Tucker
Operations Manager

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Tawny-crested Tanager, EsmeraldasPale-mandible AracariGreen Honeycreeper (Byron Palacios)Andean Cock-of-the Rock (Byron Palacios)Antisana Volcano (Ann Chase)Cordillera de los Guacamayos (Byron Palacios)Yellow Grosbeak (Byron Palacios)Marine Iguanas (John Willsher)Blue-footed Boobies (Jane Hodgson)Returning to the Cachalote (John Willsher)Blue-footed Boobies (Jennifer Nisbet)Walkway to the lake house at Sacha LodgeOn a canoe excursion from Sacha LodgeThe canopy walkway at Sacha LodgeBirdwatching on the canopy walkway at Sacha Lodge

What’s special about the wildlife?

Ecuador straddles the equator and is home to a great many species, including numerous endemics. The fact that it has three very different geographical regions: Pacific coastal, Andean and Amazon habitats and climatic zones, all within a relatively small area, provides the basis for Ecuador’s astonishing diversity of wildlife.

The Galapagos Islands, made so famous by Darwin, are part of Ecuador and lie 1,000 kilometres off the mainland.

This small country is home to an astonishing diversity of bird life (the greatest for its size in South America and 15% of the world’s known bird species) and bird watching here is a delight. 1,600 bird species have been recorded on the mainland, and a further 38 more which are endemic to the Galapagos Islands.

There are over 16,000 plant species.

Naturetrek tours to Ecuador

Naturetrek offers a range of wildlife holidays and natural history tours in Ecuador.

Our selection of tours includes:

  • Bird watching tours of the western cloudforests
  • The spectacular paramo & the Amazon Basin
  • Wild flower holidays in search of orchids & other special plant life
  • Bargain bird watching holidays to the Amazon, Choco, south-east, south-west & Tumbesian regions
  • Tours which focus on particular Ecuadorian birds such as Cock-of-the-rock & antpittas
  • Bargain mammal watching tour to Amazonian Ecuador
  • Unique 2-week cruise of the Galapagos Islands

WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Ecuador HOLIDAYS

An excellent holiday that exceeded my expectations. The Naturetrek group was extremely good and we all hit it off! Darwin Alvarez was a brilliant guide, superlatives are not enough. He was easy going, very knowledgeable and patient, a credit to the Galapagos national park service.
I loved the tour and will recommend it to everybody I meet who wants to visit Galapagos. The Cachalote was a perfect tour boat and the crew and all Enchanted Expeditions staff were extremely service-minded - I'm really impressed with the logistics and the organisation of the trip, from the meals on the boat, the pickups at the airport, transfers etc.

G.M.
Hertfordshire
Ecuador - Cock-of-the-rock

Our guide Sandra was extremely knowledgeable about the birds and their calls, which is amazing as there are so many different kinds. She is also very personable and had a good sense of humour and looked after us very well. If I ever go to Ecuador again I would certainly want her as my guide. Her English is excellent. Our driver Edwin was also excellent. He knew the areas we visited very well which was helpful. He likes to drive but also has an interest in the birds which was good. They both helped us with our luggage and did what they could for us to make our holiday so successful.