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."
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
We thought Napo was fantastic, what a shining example of eco-tourism. The staff at the lodge were truly wonderful and enhanced the whole experience. Mariano was excellent on the walks, as were all the guides. We heard the giant otters twice which were nearly as good as seeing them. I would like to hope that other native communities can follow Napos lead, it has to be the way forward to protect the forests etc. Our day in the Andes was spent with Gustavo Canas, who I feel deserves a special mention; he was an excellent guide, informative and fun to be with.
Our tour leader, Alejandro, is one of the best leaders I have had the pleasure of travelling with. His knowledge of the country and it's wildlife is second to none. I would consider travelling on any trip which Alejandro is leading in the future.
The diversity of locations worked well on this holiday. Lelis was wonderful and did a great job of leading 13 people, even on forested walks where it is difficult. Sacha completely lived up to our expectations and from the representative at Quito airport to the laundry, everything ran like clockwork - an amazing place.