Ecuador is one of the world’s top birding destinations - not only for the sheer variety of its birds, but also for the wonderful places where they can be seen.
If you enjoy your birds and you have not yet been to Ecuador, it’s high time you gave us a call!
Ecuador is one of the premier bird watching destinations in the world, not only for the sheer number and variety of its birds, but for the wonderful places where they can be seen and enjoyed with only a modest amount of time spent travelling.
Ecuador has the highest biodiversity of any country on Earth and is one of the richest in avifauna (15% of the world’s bird species in less than 0.2% of the planet’s surface). About 1,600 species have been recorded for the mainland and a further 38 are endemic to the Galapagos Islands. A high proportion (84%) are permanent residents rather than migratory. Remarkably, in the last 10 years nearly 200 species have been added to Ecuador’s list.
Ecuador has come of age as a bird watching destination. An authoritative field guide is available. There are first rate birding guides based permanently in the country. There is a good selection of birder-oriented hotels and guest houses. Travelling around has become much easier.
Our travel specialists at Geodyssey have arranged tailor-made bird watching holidays to Ecuador for many years. The range of bird watching trips we can offer is very extensive, covering not just all the key sites on the mainland but also those of interest to the specialist.
All the suggested itineraries presented here can be adapted. We design and support tailor-made bird watching trips to suit a wide range of interests, styles, budgets and timeframes. There are three principal options to consider when planning your trip on the mainland:
Classic bird watching itineraries, honed by experience.
The best two weeks of bird watching you may ever have. A huge variety of birds in an astounding array of habitats from high paramo to deep rainforest, with reasonable travelling and comfortable accommodation.
Adventurous bird watching into the Tumbesian bioregion, with mouth-watering opportunities for recent discoveries, rarities and endemics.
Spectacular bird watching in true Amazon rainforest producing wonderful birding experiences and very long lists.
Visit our dedicated Galapagos section for the best options for Galapagos bird watching.
Slightly longer, slightly more demanding trips that really cover the ground.
Notable extras added to the key bird watching sites on the western slopes of the Andes.
7 days in the north east allows time for the stunning birding around Wildsumaco Lodge.
A great way to round off a bird watching trip to Andes or Amazon.
Geodyssey specialises in independent and tailor-made bird watching holidays in the neotropics.
We have run successful bird watching trips for many years to Ecuador and to Venezuela, Costa Rica, Brazil, Cuba, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana.
We are trusted by several of the UK's leading neotropical expert bird watching guides to organise the logistics of their private trips.
Order your copy of our in-depth Ecuador travel brochure, packed with inspiration and information on holidays in Ecuador.
Classic bird watching itineraries on mainland Ecuador:
› Birds of Northern Ecuador (tailor-made)
Special bird watching areas:
Specialist bird watching modules
Ecuador can be divided into four birding areas:
The Andes chain is a major contributor to Ecuador’s biodiversity. Species change on the descent through many life-zones: from snow-covered mountain peaks, high páramos and valleys, down through many gradations of temperate and subtropical forest habitats.
Ecuador’s eastern lowlands include a portion of the great forests of the Amazon basin, with their fabulously intense speciation.
The cold Humboldt current influences the southern coast’s Tumbesian bioregion of desert, arid scrub, thorn-forest, tropical dry forest, deciduous and semi-evergreen ceiba forests, through to lower montane cloud forest. The northern coast receives less of this influence and is characterised by wet forest. This is the Chocó bioregion. Both are regions of exceptional endemism.
An astonishing bird world of its own with a high proportion of land bird endemics.
There is much diversity of habitat and micro habitat within each mainland region, sometimes creating ‘islands’ or centres of endemism that hold a tremendously high and unique speciation of birds.
Stepping in Darwin's footsteps to experience the same birds that inspired the Origin of Species adds an extra meaning to birdwatching on the Galapagos.
The range of bird watching opportunities we can offer in Ecuador is very extensive, covering all the main sites and those of interest to the specialist. Because our expertise is in travel and logistics in Ecuador, backed by a good understanding what birdwatchers need and of current conditions for birders ‘on the ground’, we are able to design and support tailor-made birdwatching trips to suit a wide range of interests, styles and budgets.
The mainland tailor-made bird watching holidays outlined here are based on itineraries prepared under the close supervision of Paul Greenfield, co-author of The Birds of Ecuador. A noted naturalist as well as an expert ornithologist, Mr Greenfield, who lives in Ecuador, is available on special request to lead tailor-made birdwatching tours for Geodyssey clients.
Geodyssey brings you an exclusive selection of thoughtfully designed holidays in amazing locations throughout our destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean. Our holidays focus on what is natural, authentic, comfortable, stylish and affordable, and on what works best in each country. Our tailor-made holidays are individually designed by our experienced team on the basis of in-depth knowledge, a real enthusiasm for our destinations, and a desire to make sure we get it right for each and every customer. All our customers have 100% financial protection. All the land-based holidays on this website are exclusive to Geodyssey. Geodyssey is an independent company managed by its owners, based in London, founded in 1993.