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Wildlife holidays in Ecuador with Naturetrek
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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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Panorama (Peter English)Giant River OtterNaturetrek guests exploring by boat (Peter English)Masked TrogonTawny-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)Brown-backed Chat-tyrantStreak-throated Bush-Tyrant (Byron Palacios)

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


North Yorkshire
Ecuador - The Andes & Amazon

This was the best ever trip as everything was excellent.

Mr & Mrs E.
Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands

The Islands speak for themselves, wonderful to be able to experience so many of them. We trialled the staying at Guayaquil option and that worked extremely well. The meet and greet was extremely efficient. The Grand Hotel an excellent choice in itself and location, and the guided trips very enjoyable, particularly the canoe trip in the Churute Mangrove Forest on our return from the Islands. We had the good fortune to have Darwin Alvarez as our guide. He really contributed to the understanding and enjoyment of the Islands in his depth of knowledge of every aspect , and also his care of us.

Mr & Mrs B
Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands

Darwin Alvarez was an excellent guide on the Galapagos, not just sharing his knowledge - which makes a huge difference to our appreciation of what we saw - but for his all round proffesionalism and commitment. We particularly appreciated his leadership and support in the snorkelling sessions, which comprised a major highlight. The guiding at Sacha Lodge was also very good too. This extension certainly added a whole new dimension to the overall experience and we would recommend anyone to take the option.