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  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Private car, driver & guide
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Ecuador Birding

Quetzal in the Cloud Forest

Quetzal in the Cloud Forest

The Cloud Forest

The Cloud Forest

In the Amazon

In the Amazon

In the Amazon

In the Amazon

Clay lick in Amazon

Clay lick in Amazon


Experience the best birding destinations in Ecuador on a 10 night trip through the Andes and into the Amazon basin.

From Quito head down into the Cloud Forest on the Western slopes of the Andes to Mindo and spend 3 nights in one of South America's best birding destinations.

From here head back over to the other side of the Andes, which has many distinct species from the Western slopes. Spend 2 nights in the Cloud Forest of the Eastern Andes.

Finally head further east into the Amazon basin for another eco-system in the lush Amazonian rainforest by the banks of the Rio Napa.

This Ecuadorian birding trip can be tailored to suit your interests and accommodation requirements, with specialists guides included or not, according to your wishes.

At a glance

  • International Flights from the UK
  • 2 nights Quito
  • 3 nights Western Andes
  • 2 nights Eastern Andes
  • 3 nights Amazon basin
  • Specialist Birding Guides
  • Breakfast daily

Day 1: Fly UK to Ecuador

Fly from the UK to Quito.

On arrival you will be greeted by a guide who will assist with your transfer to the hotel.

Overnight Quito. Breakfast included.

Day 2: Santo Domingo de los Sachilas

After breakfast drive due south and then west towards the Ecuadorian coast and drop from the Andes down into the tropical rainforest.

Along the way enjoy some stops for bird observation. Lunch is served in Tinalandia a hot spot for bird watching.

In the afternoon continue north to the Hotel Mirador Rio Blanco, which has a beautiful setting and great views of the river.

Overnight in the Mirador Rio Blanco. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.

Day 3: Los Bancos and Mindo

After breakfast depart towards Los Bancos and then on to Mindo, through spectacular scenery and changing flora and fauna from the tropical rainforest into the cloud forest.

Lunch is at Sachatamia lodge in the company of many different species of hummingbirds.

Overnight El Septimo Paraiso. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.                                                           

Day 4: Mindo

Enjoy a full day to enjoy the trails and surroundings of el Septimo Paraiso.

The Mindo - Nambillo Cloud forest is a protected area due to the high biodiversity of the plants and the abundance of wildlife and is the top bird-watching destination in Ecuador.

Early in the morning there is the option of visiting a cock of the Rock Lek, and observing Quetzals, trogons, jays, and dippers, amongst many other species of exotic birds.

After a very busy day you will be able to relax by the pool, use the Jacuzzi and enjoy the surroundings.

Overnight El Septimo Paraiso. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.                       

Day 5: Mindo to Cosanga (Eastern Cloud Forest)

Depart the hotel after an early breakfast, with a short stop at the Equator monument to follow the back roads to Puellaro.

Continue across the Andes to Papallacta Thermal Springs, where you will cross one of the highest passes on the Interoceanic road.

The drive is long, but definitely worth it, through humid temperate forest and on to spectacular views of the Andes on both sides.

Stop at the Papallacta Thermal Springs for lunch and for a short walk and a soak at the thermal pools if you wish.

Continue to Cosanga in the afternoon, arriving at San Isidro around 5:30 pm.

Overnight at San Isidro Lodge. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.

Day 6: San Isidro

The Cloud Forest on this Eastern side of the Andes is near the Amazon basin.

The Andes has created a land barrier for some bird species, resulting in many different species on either side of the mountains.

San Isidro Lodge offers the opportunity to go for hikes, with a variety of circuits of differing lengths.

Overnight at San Isidro Lodge. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.            

Day 7: The Amazon Tropical Rainforest

Despite the drastic change in environment, the drive to Tena is only about an hour long.

Cotococha Amazon Lodge is located outside the region’s capital Tena, and on the banks of the Rio Napo (one of the Amazon River´s main tributaries).

The dense rainforest surrounding the Cotococha Amazon Lodge provides a feeling of complete isolation whilst not being too remote.

Overnight at Cotococha Amazon Lodge. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.            

Days 8 - 9: Tena

Spend two days exploring, with Cotococha Amazon Lodge as a base.

As well as offering plenty of bird-watching opportunities, the lodge itself offers numerous activities, from visiting nearby communities, hikes and night walks to more adventurous activities such as canoeing, rafting and kayaking.

You will spend a total of three nights in Cotococha Amazon Lodge.

Overnights at Cotococha Amazon Lodge. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.            

Day 10: Quito

Return to Quito this morning, crossing back into the Andes, with a 4 hour drive.

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to go shopping or enjoy Quito.

Overnight Quito. Breakfast included.

Day 11: Fly back to the UK

The guide and driver will assists your transfer to the airport.

Day 12: Arrive back in the UK

Arrive back in the UK.

Superior Hotel Suggestions Mindo:

Mirador Del Blanco

El Septimo Paraiso

Superior Hotel Suggestions Eastern Andes:

San Isidro Lodge

Superior Hotel Suggestions Amazon:

Cotococha Amazon Lodge


10 nights Ecuador Birding - Superior:

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This is a guide price only, based on travel in low season.

Prices will vary according to choice of hotel and seasonal airfare and hotel surcharges. Please ask us for any current special offers.

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Combine your Ecuador Tour with a Galapagos Cruise.

Cruise the Galapagos aboard the luxurious Seaman Journey Yacht.

9 nights from £2,895 pp


4-Day Rail Tour

4-Day Rail Tour

Andes to the Pacific

Enjoy a thrilling rail journey from Quito.

From high in the Andes to Guayaquil on the Pacific Coast.

3 nights from £1,395 pp