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NEW 2025 DATE! Price: From £2495/$2995 person

Date: 19th to 29th May 2025

Your Local, Award-Winning Photographer Guide: Daniel Mideros

Photograph an Abundance of Hummingbirds in The Cloud Forest

Observe Toucans, Trogons, and Aracaris

Discover the Western and Easter Slopes of the Andes & the Choco Foothills

Watch out for Condors and Caracaras in the Paramo

Visit 10+ Private Reserve with Excellent Bird Photography Opportunities

Multi-flash Photography Opportunity

Macro Photography Sessions on Most Nights

Day 1: Welcome to Ecuador


Arrive at Puembo Valley, near Mariscal Sucre International Airport. Join us for a delightful welcome dinner, where we’ll introduce fellow participants and discuss the exciting activities planned for the days ahead.

Meals: Dinner

Overnight in Puembo.

Metallic-green-tanager by Daniel Mideros

Day 2: Hummingbird hot-spot in the Cloud Forest (Highlands)


At the crack of dawn (6 am), we set off to the high-cloud forest area, beginning our day with the Antpitta birds, including the Chestnut-naped antpitta and Ecuatorial antpitta. Experience the thrill of capturing the elusive White-throated screech owl inside the forest. Witness the mesmerizing air dancers – hummingbirds like the Sword-billed hummingbird, Mountain Velvetbreast, and Sapphire-vented puffleg. We might even spot the magnificent Barred fruiteater. After lunch, we descend to Nanegalito for an astonishing display of hummingbirds – up to 23 species. Keep an eye out for oropendolas, saltators, woodpeckers, and tanagers at the feeders. At this spot, our goal is to photograph the stunning Blue-necked tanager.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Overnight in Mindo.

Long-tailed Sylph by Daniel Mideros

Day 3: Trogons, Toucans and Tanagers in the Cloud forest


Morning finds us in a hide, seeking the Masked Trogon, Rufous motmot, and the famed Long-wattled umbrellabird. Later, we visit a reserve abundant in toucans, tanagers, and hummingbirds. Feast your lenses on the colourful Plate-billed mountain toucan and Toucan barbet. Witness the vibrant Flame-faced tanager, Golden tanager, and Blue-capped tanager, among others. At night, enjoy an optional macro photography session, capturing the fascinating Pinocchio lizard and other mesmerizing nocturnal creatures.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Overnight in Mindo.

Toucan barbet by Daniel Mideros

Day 4: Discovering the Choco foothills


Journey to the transition zone between Cloud Forest and the biodiverse Chocó Forest. Capture the brilliance of Glistening-greed Tanager, Moss-backed Tanager, and the majestic Cock-of-the-rock in their “Lek” displays. As night descends, seek the captivating Imbabura tree frog, Enyalioides oshaughnessyi lizard, and the Emerald glass frog.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Overnight in Mindo.

GListerin-green Tanager by Daniel Mideros

Day 5: Toucans and Quito


Photograph the fascinating Pale-mandibled Aracari, Choco toucan, and Yellow-throated Toucan, alongside Green honeycreeper and Red-headed barbet. As we journey to Quito, keep an eye out for the white-bellied woodstar.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch.

Overnight in Puembo.

Pale-mandibled Aracari from Mindo

Day 6: Birding in the Eastern Andes and in the Paramo


We start the day from Quito to the Antisana Ecological Reserve and Chakana Reserve. Our objective will be to photograph some nice raptors, like the Carunculated Caracara. If we are lucky, we can see the Andean Condor flying over the valleys. In the afternoon we will head to our accommodation where we will look for the allusive Torrent Duck and at night for the unique Linda’s tree frog.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Overnight in Guango.

Andean Condor by Daniel Mideros

Day 7 – 9: Discover the Eastern Slopes of the Andes & Sumaco Reserve


For the next three days, we will explore the Eastern Cloud Forest, home to Sword-billed Hummingbird, Masked flowerpiercer, and Long-tailed Sylph. Capture the beauty of the Collared Inca, Tyrian Metaltaild, and Green Jay. At Sumaco Reserve, encounter rare species like Coppery-chested jacamar and Golden-collared toucanet. This is also an excellent place to see the Cock of the Rock (orange subspecies).

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Overnight on the Eastern Andes.

Torrent Duck by Daniel Mideros

Day 10: Visit the Papallacta Pass and travel back to Puembo


Visit Papallacta Pass for unique birds like Rufous-bellied seedsnipe and Rainbow-bearded thornbill. Return to the hotel for a final evening and prepare for departure.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch.

Overnight in Puembo.

Beryl-spangled tanager by Daniel Mideros

Day 11: Departure Day

After a good rest and a tasty breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye to the mesmerizing landscapes and captivating birds of Ecuador.

Meals: Breakfast.

Barred Fruiteater by Daniel Mideros

Quito area

San Jose de Puembo Hotel (Premium)

The hotel is locared in Puembo, around 15km from Quito’s International Airport. It is a converted hacienda from the 18th century. It is a perfect start and end point of this holiday. The hotel offers comfortable rooms and is surrounded by lush gardens.


El Septimo Paraiso Lodge (Classic)

This rustic, wooden lodge is located 2km from the town of Mindo. It is located at one of the best and most famous birding areas of the country. It will be an excellent place to discover the nearby cloud forest.

Guango Cloud Forest

Guango Lodge (Classic)

The lodge is located near the hot springs of Papallacta. It is a heaven for birdwatchers, especially for those who are interested in hummingbirds. It offers cosy, comfortable accommodation in the middle of a beautiful setting in the cloud forest.

Quijos Valley

Rio Quijos Eco Lodge (Classic)

The Rio Quijos Eco lodge is situated on the Eastern side of the Andes. It offers travellers a beautiful, modern, tranquil setting, spacious cabins and suites. The lush gardens and the nature trails are home to a plethora of bird species.

Prices & Inclusions

Date: 19th to 29th May 2025

Holiday Price

Min. 4, Max 8 participants.

Single Supplement £480/person
Single Supplement $600/person


  • Arrival and departure transfers from/to Quito Airport
  • 10 night accommodation in the mentioned hotels and (birding) lodges on a twin share basis
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Local, English-speaking photographer guide: Daniel Mideros
  • Private transportation throughout the holiday
  • Visit of approx. 12 private reserves
  • Multi-flash equipment
  • Full financial protection by Protected Trust Services



  • International Flights
  • Meals that are not listed
  • Beverages
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance
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Ecuador is located on the southwestern part of South- America. It lays on the Equator; this is where its name comes from. One of the smallest countries on the continent holds a fantastic variety of landscapes; from the lowland rainforests of the West to the high Andean peaks to the Amazon on the East.


Ecuador has 11 National Parks, 9 Ecological Reserves and 4 Biological Reserves.


The country is a wildlife hotspot; there are more than 1600 species of birds living in this area, 300 of them are endemic to the region.


The cloud forests are full of hummingbirds; the rainforests give shelter to parrots, caimans, and the elusive jaguar; the paramos of the Andes are home to the Andean fox the endangered Blue-throated Hillstar. Ecuador is an excellent travel destination which combines the options to visit these unique ecosystems and some beautiful colonial towns like Quito ad Cuenca.

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