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
The ship, crew and Naturetrek leader were all excellent.
On behalf of all the guys and myself, Id just like to tell you how much we enjoyed and how successful our recent trip was. It was truly great and the second week enjoyed at Napo was fantastic. What a great place and were glad to have stayed there. The total bird list for the first week was just about 300 or so. We all missed a few species of course, the more so for those of us with older eyes and slower reactions. My personal tally was about 285, final details yet to be worked on, and I was very pleased with that. I dont know yet what the total for the second week at Napo is, but I understand from a quick tally by our guide, that it was already approaching 200, so a total of close to 500 seems about in order. Full marks to our guides Alejandro Solano from Neblina Forest, and Andres Vasquez and Jorge Rivadeneira at Napo. They were amazing and how they pick up the birds was beyond us. Their knowledge of the calls and bird-songs was truly encyclopaedic. Also, all the ground arrangements worked impeccably. Id certainly recommend this trip to anyone.
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.