Birding in Ecuador
First class & highly personalized Private Ecuador Birding Tours in Mindo Cloud Forest and all Ecuador.
Bird Photography Tour: Ecuador Andean Choco & East Slope
Scheduled Group Departure Nov 27 - Dec 8, 2022
Max group: 6 photographers!
Price: $3,600 USD
per person sharing double room
* Single supplement: $720
Nov 27 – Dec 8, 2022
Length: 12 Days
Start / End city: Quito
Physical difficulty: Easy
Focus: Bird photography
Max group size: 6 photographers
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Las Terrazas De Dana
in Mindo Cloud Forest!
It is the best lodge in Mindo Cloud Forest, Ecuador based on Tripadvisor and Booking.com reviews. Check out our Tripadvisor reviews and let us know any question about birding in Ecuador.
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Ecuador is not only one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, but also one of the most geographically diverse. It covers four major geographic areas, with their own climates and ecosystems: the Pacific Coast with its rainforest, the Andes Mountains with their cloud forest, the Amazon Basin, which needs no further introduction as it served as an inspiration for coining the term “”biodiversity””, and the Galapagos Archipelago with its volcanic islands. This makes Ecuador a paradise for birdwatching, as 15% of the planet’s bird species live here. With a constant climate due to its position on the equator, a large number of habitats are put together in this small but amazing country, making it a perfect destination for a birding tour. There are over 1,600 confirmed species of birds in Ecuador, and over 40 of them are endemic to the continent and the Galapagos Islands. Traveling from region to region is safe and enjoyable, the roads are excellent and there are many great lodges specializing in birdwatching tours.
The east slope of the Andes Mountains is a picturesque area very rich in bird species. On the one hand, you have the páramo habitats of the Eastern Andes, home to species like the Andean Ibis, the Carunculated Caracara, or the iconic Andean Condor. On the other hand, the lush rainforests of the Amazonian foothills are alive with the exquisite hummingbirds and the impressive tanagers. Here, each birdwatching tour combines spectacular vistas and viewings of impressive birds.
Northwest Ecuador is part of the Chocó bioregion, famous for its species diversity, holding more than 70 endemic birds. On a birding tour in this region, you can see the Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan, the Blue-tailed (Chocó) Trogon, the Toucan Barbet, the Rose-faced Parrot, Tanagers, or Sword-billed Hummingbirds, to name just a few.
The Amazon Rainforest is among the best birdwatching sites in the world, a true birder’s paradise where you can easily spot on your tour species like parrots, parakeets, toucans, tanagers, antbirds, and woodpeckers. There are many lodges we work with, and you can also enjoy seeing birds up close from canopy towers or walkways.
The hotspot for birdwatching in Ecuador is Mindo and its surrounding area, with over 500 bird species recorded. Just 2 hours northwest of Quito, Mindo Cloud Forest, one of the best-conserved cloud forests in Ecuador, makes the transition between the Andes highlands and the tropical cloud forest. With easy-to-follow trails or challenging ones, depending on your preferences, on a birdwatching tour in Mindo, you will easily spot renowned species like the Choco Toucan, the Cock of The Rock, Tanagers, Quetzal birds, and many many hummingbirds. With the highest number of hummingbirds species, more than 130, Ecuador holds the world record. Visiting the Choco-Andes region, specifically Mindo Valley, is a must on your birdwatching tour. Here you can spot the largest number of hummingbirds, including the Velvet Purple Coronet, thought to be one of the most magnificent hummingbirds in Ecuador. Other species you can admire are the Green Violetear, the Booted Racket Tail, or the Black-breasted Puffleg, critically endangered with only 300 individuals left.
Las Terrazas de Dana Boutique Lodge & Spa is considered the best lodge in Mindo Cloud Forest, organizing private birding tours in Ecuador with professional guides, from 1 up to 20+ days. The excellent tours cover main birding spots like the Mindo area, Choco Andino de Pichincha & Antisana Ecological Reserve, the East Slope, Limoncocha Biological Reserve, Amazon Basin, and Southern Ecuador. You can even create your own personalized birding tour with the lodge’s experts, even if you’re a beginner or advanced birder, or if your goal is a photography tour.
Any birding tour in Ecuador will definitely be an unforgettable experience, taking you along diverse landscapes and the best birding sites in the world.
Available Reserves from Las Terrazas de Dana Boutique Lodge & Spa
Milpe Reserve, Silanche Reserve, Paz de las Aves Reserve, Alambi Hummingbirds garden, Bellavista road, Tandayapa Valley, Amagusa Reserve, Mashpi Road, Umbrella Bird Reserve, Oild Bird (El Chontal), San Tadeo Birding Feeder, Santa Rosa Birding Feeder, Antisana Reserve, Yanacocha Reserve.