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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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Tawny-crested Tanager, EsmeraldasPale-mandible AracariGreen Honeycreeper (Byron Palacios)Concepcion RoadBroad-billed Motmot (Lelis Navarette)Andean Cock-of-the Rock (Byron Palacios)Antisana Volcano (Ann Chase)Cordillera de los Guacamayos (Byron Palacios)Yellow Grosbeak (Byron Palacios)Cotopaxi Volcano (Byron Palacios)Chestnut-breasted Coronet (Byron Palacios)Brown-backed Chat-tyrantStreak-throated Bush-Tyrant (Byron Palacios)Tyrian MetaltailGroup at PapallactaWhite-lored Euphonia (Lelis Navarette)White-eared Jacamar (Lelis Navarette)

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

All the hotels were good/very good, and we were fed well. We must make special mention of the warm welcome at the Charles Darwin - nothing seemed too much trouble. We were given breakfast upon our late arrival, plied with tea when we returned wet through from our walk about Quito. The trip leader and local agents sorted everything when we arrived later than expected in Quito and again when we were delayed at Kapawi. The guide was excellent! Thanks to Andy for arranging our stay at Kapawi - it was brilliant!
The trip leaders and local agents were absolutely fantastic. Nothing was too much trouble and their knowledge was amazing and very broad. Napo was beyond our expectations and we can't wait to go again!

J.L.
Yorkshire

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Ecuador - Cock-of-the-rock

I would like to thank you for an absolutely brilliant trip. The entire trip was well-organised and efficient; the guide, Willie Perez, was fantastic and has a brilliant knowledge of the birds. Accommodation and meals were first-class. Thank you again.