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
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.
I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. The leaders were both excellent, they spoke English fluently, both were good company and made us feel that they enjoyed our company too, and willingly told us about Ecuador life in general. The drivers did their job well and all went out of their way to make the holiday a success. The food was much better than I expected and the staff friendly and helpful.
The team on board the Cachalote was exceptional. The food was magnificent throughout. Xavier, our tour leader was highly knowledgeable, cheerful and able to resolve minor problems without most people realising that they existed! He was always on hand with help and encouragement. Our National Park guide, Juan, was the star of the show...his evening briefings became eagerly awaited performances. His knowledge of plants and volcanic formations was encyclopaedic and his love of the islands and his respect for the wildlife was obvious. The expeditions to the various island sites were pitched at the right level for us and most of the group. The visit to the Santa Cruz highlands was one of the highlights, and the varying wildlife and landscapes of the islands provided an amazing experience which we will always remember. Both of us enjoyed the day in the Antisana region, and the Sacha extension provided another magical experience. The lodge was superb and the guides again excelled.