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Wildlife holidays in Ecuador with Naturetrek
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Ecuador

Wildlife Holidays to Ecuador

Once part of the Inca Empire, Ecuador came under Spanish rule in 1563 until it acheived 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 Cock-of-the-rock tour on which you will visit a Cock-of-the-rock lek. If you are more interested in mammals, the Amazonian mammals tour might be more to you liking, based at the renowned 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 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, containing 15% of the world's known bird species (Ecuador has more species per unit area than any other country in South America!) Bird watching here is a delight. 1,600 bird species have been recorded on the mainland, and there are a further 38 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

A wonderful trip, Darwin was a brilliant guide, he was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, courteous and good humoured. The cruise of the islands on the Cachalote, was an unforgettable experience, the cook produced a wonderful variety of delicious meals from his little galley. The rainforest experience at Sacha Lodge was also tremendous.
Willy Perez is an excellent choice as trip leader – he has a great love of his country and its welfare and his knowledge of its birds, their calls and behaviour is second to none.
An amazing experience - of a lifetime for people my age! Darwin Alvarez was outstanding! In many trips abroad with many leaders, I have never come across anyone with such a complete knowledge of his subject(s)! History, geology, meteorology, birds, fish, plants, insects - awesome! His self-taught English was also flawless - so were his diving/snorkelling abilities!