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."
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
Guide was excellent - very knowledgeable and a great manner with the group.
Our local guide Darwin Alvarez was excellent.
A small boat meant we visited the sites the bigger boats were not allowed to visit so fewer people to share our time on each island; at several, we were the only boat at anchor.
Even though this was an exciting tour in prospect, the reality was even better. The tour greatly exceeded our expectations and although Ecuador might seem a long way to go for a weeks break - it was well worth it.
Alejandro is a top leader and he was responsible for us seeing a large list of birds. He is a brilliant birdguide and nature enthusiast.