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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)Brown-backed Chat-tyrantStreak-throated Bush-Tyrant (Byron Palacios)Tyrian MetaltailGroup at Papallacta

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

P.G.
Cambridgeshire
Ecuador - Cock-of-the-rock

Altogether an excellent trip. I have nothing but praise for our birding guide, Xavier Munoz, and our driver. We made use of every minute of daylight, plus some birding in the dark in pursuit of nightjars and Potoo (successfully, I may add). The amount of birds seen exceeded my expectations.
The trip was absolutely fabulous! I feel very privileged to have been able to spend some time at Napo Wildlife Centre, its a special place. Everything about it is very organised, exciting, and peaceful. We saw 8 monkey species, the Howlers at close quarters from the top of the canopy tower, lots of wonderful birds of course, and as we were in the canoes leaving for Quito on Tuesday, the Giant Otters put on a show for us, we were so lucky! All the transfers went according to plan, the hotel in Quito was fine, and we had a super day in the cloud forest with the hummingbirds. The guides were all excellent. Thank you for a lovely holiday.

J.K.
Cheshirefield
Ecuador - Cock-of-the-rock

Excellent trip, superb accommodation and food, mostly local specialities…and very good guide.