02 April 2021

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Price: From £5025/person

Observe Hummingbirds in Yanacocha Reserve

Discover the Avifauna of the Ecuadorian Cloud Forest

Look out for Condors in Antisana National Park

Enjoy the Diversity of Subtropical and Tropical Birds on the East Slopes of the Andes

Explore the Remote Ecuadorian Amazon and its avifauna

Day 1: Arrive at Quito


Arrive at Quito Airport, meet your driver who will transfer you to your hotel close to the airport.

Overnight in Puembo.                                                              

Meals included: none

hotel near Quito in the forest

Day 2: Transfer to Tandayapa & visit Yanacocha Reserve


Wake up early as today you will be taken to the breathtaking cloud forest in the Tandayapa Valley. You will visit Yanacocha Reserve on your way where you can observe 15 species of hummingbirds and other fantastic birds.

Overnight in Tandayapa.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hummingbird in Yanacocha Reserve in Ecuador

Day 3: Birding in the Tandayapa Valley


Today you will have the chance to discover the avifauna of Tandayapa. You can spot Rufous Wren, Scarlet-bellied Tanagers, Tyrian Metaltail, Black-brested Puffleg and many more.

Overnight in Tandayapa.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hummingbird in Tandayapa

Day 4: Observe the Cock of the Rock & Transfer to Antisana


Rise early today and visit the Cock-of-the-rock lek. Seeing these iconic birds in their habitat is one of the highlights of this holiday.

After the birdwatching, you will be transferred to Antisana region where you will stay overnight.

Overnight near Antisana.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cock-of-the-rock bird in Ecuador

Day 5: Visit Antisana and look for condors & transfer to the Eastern slopes of the Andes


Observe condors in flight while you visit Antisana National Park. Discover this beautiful park with its picturesque lake named La Mica. After that, drive to the eastern slopes fo the Andes (3 hours). Enjoy an afternoon birding activity at the lodge looking for Subtropical Caciques, Masked Trogons, Flycatchers and other species.

Overnight on the eastern slopes of the Andes.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Caracara bird in Antisana National Park

Day 6: Birding on the Eastern slopes of the Andes


Discover today the flora and fauna of San Isidro Lodge. There will be a possibility to see the Peruvian Antpitta, Golden-headed and Crested Quetzals, and different Tanagers.

Overnight on the eastern slopes of the Andes.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Quetzal in Ecuador

Day 7: Birding en-route towards Sumaco


Today you will be leaving the cloud forest and will be birding your way towards Sumaco. We stop at the Guacamayos Ridge and Loreta Road to spot Collared Toucanets, Lettered Aracaris, Black- Headed Caracaras and Gilded Barbets. Around noon you will continue to Los Guacamayos (approx. 40 Min. drive). Enjoy your packed lunch on the way. At Guacamayos we can observe Black-billed Mountain Toucans, Emerald Toucanets, Black-eared Hemispingus and the Black-capped Tanagers.

Overnight at the Sumaco Area.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Crimson-rumped toucanet in Ecuador

Day 8: Birding at Sumaco


Spend a full day exploring the trails around your lodge. Sumaco is a birding hotspot where you can spot White-tipped Sicklebill, Blackish Rail, Red-billed Tyrannulet, Chestnut-crowned Gnateater, Golden-collared Toucanet, Yellow-breasted Antwren, Rufous-naped Greenlet, Rufous-breasted Piculet and more.

Overnight at the Sumaco Area.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Golden-collared-toucanet in Sumaco

Day 9: Transfer to the Ecuadorian Amazon


After breakfast, your driver will take you to Coca where your Amazon excursion starts.  Enjoy a 2-hour boat ride and another 2-hour canoe ride until you reach your lodge deep inside the Amazon rainforest. You will see our first Hoatzins and get a taste of the diversity of this unique region along the way. Birds you may spot on the way: Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Sungrebe, Red-bellied Macaw, Green-and Rufous Kingfisher.

Overnight at Yasuni National Park.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Collard aracari in Ecuador

Day 10: Discover the birds of Yasuni National Park


Discover the region’s birds from the canopy tower. This bird’s eye view provides an excellent opportunity to observe birds at the canopy level.

Birds you may spot around the lodge: Many-banded Aracaris, Tanagers, Euphonias, Spangled and Plum-throated Cotingas, White-browed Purpletufts, Crowned Slaty Flycatchers, Parrots and Macaws and many other species.

Overnight at Yasuni National Park.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hoatzin in the Ecuadorian Amazon

Day 11: Birding in the Amazon Rainforest


Enjoy another morning bird spotting from the canopy tower. The forest trails around the lodge offer access to another component of the avifauna, with woodcreepers, antbirds, and tinamous. We should also encounter the vocally striking Screaming Piha and the visually striking Black-necked Red Cotinga. There are a couple of clay licks around the lodge, and here we should see (and hear!) the spectacle of hundreds of parrots and parakeets coming in to feed on clay. We’ll also enjoy canoe rides around the nearby lake and along adjacent creeks, where you can hear and see a great variety of birdlife.

Overnight at Yasuni National Park.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Macaw clay lick in Yasuni National Park

Day 12: Leaving the Amazon & fly to Quito


After breakfast, you will leave the Ecuadorian Amazon. Enjoy the canoe and boat ride before you board a plane back to the capital.

Overnight in Quito or near the Airport.

Meals included: Breakfast

A street of Quito in Ecuador

Day 13: Departure Day


After breakfast, your driver will take you to the International Airport of Quito depending on your flight time.

Meals included: Breakfast

The old town of Quito


Hacienda Las Cuevas Terra Lodge (Standard)

This lodge is located only 30 minutes from Quito’s International Airport. It is an old hacienda with traditional but stylish rooms. It is surrounded by nature between the magical mountains of the Andes. It is a perfect place to start your adventure in Ecuador!


Tandayapa Bird Lodge (Standard)

A comfortable lodge in the middle of the cloud forest near Tandayapa. The lodge is an excellent place to observe birds. Humming birds, tanagers and toucanets often visit the feeders. Their rooms are en-suite and offer hot water and 24/7 electricity.


Hosteria Guaytara (Standard)

This Hacienda is located near Antisana Reserve and it is surrounded by beautiful mountains. It is located at the high elevation, over 3000m. They have 10 spacious and comfortable rooms. It is a perfect place to discover the avifauna of the region.

Quijos Valley

Cabanos San Isidro (Classic)

The lodge is situated around 2 hours from Quito Airport at an elevation around 2050m. It offers kilometres of trails in the lush forest, comfortable accommodation and an excellent culinary experience. It is a birders paradise.


Wild Sumaco Lodge (Classic)

The lodge is at a comfortable elevation of 1500m in the middle of a nature reserve. Its position on the eastern slopes of the Andes provide excellent views of the surrounding forest, on clear days the travellers can even see the peaks of Antisana. It is a birders and nature lovers paradise. The lodge was built by birders with the comfort you need. It has 10 rooms.

Yasuni National Park

Napo Wildlife Centre Ecolodge (Luxury)

Probably one of the most comfortable and one of the best lodges in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The lodge provides maximum comfort and it offers outstanding bird and wildlife watching experiences.

Prices & Inclusions

Travel Period

Holiday Price

Single Supplement

15th January 2023 – 31st December 2023

Based on 2 people £5025/person £990/person
Based on 4 people £4085/person £990/person


  • Private transportation throughout the holiday
  • Local, English-speaking licensed and experienced guide with great knowledge of birding (Day 01 – Day 09)
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • 12 night accommodation in the mentioned hotels and (birding) lodges
  • Return Quito – Coca flight
  • 4 day/ 3 night Amazon Rainforest Excursion with shared English speaking Amazon guide & native guide (all meals and excursions, rain poncho and wellington boots are included)
  • 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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