Birding in Ecuador
Hummingbird route- Chocó endemics
Amazon rainforest - Eastern slopes
Southern Ecuador - Galapagos
Ecuador covers a wide variety of habitats and regions. During our trips you'll be amazed with the diversity of birds this small charming country has to offer. Nowhere else is it as easy to experience such a range of habitats and bird diversity so close to each other. Scout for the most colorful, rare, endemic birds in the Neotropics.
Tiputini Biodiversity Station (TBS)
Yasuní UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
The TBS site was chosen specifically due to its location within a pristine area of Amazonian rainforest with essentially no human impacts. Its intact nature is entirely due to its remote location and historical lack of access. Most of our forest (90%) falls within the category of terra firme; narrow areas of varzea occur along the riparian zone; some small patches of igapo are scattered in low lying areas.
Day tours -Island hopping- Last minute cruise deals
This enchanted archipelago located 600 miles off Ecuador’s coast in the Pacific Ocean is a UNESCO World Heritage Natural Site and served as the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. Each island boasts its own unique landscape, ranging from barren black, volcanic rocks to swaths of white sand beaches melting into gemstone-blue waters.
Natural history & adventure trips in Ecuador
Andes, Galapagos, Amazon and Coast
We offer some of the ultimate activities for nature and outdoor adventure enthusiasts, through some of the most amazing landscapes in Ecuador. Whether you are an advanced or a beginner explorer, we have an exciting trip waiting for you!
Come see the world from another perspective, where the privileged few have conquered the challenge of moving your way using your own power.
Day trips close to Quito
Bellavista, Hummingbird expedition, Mindo, Antisana, Papallacta and more...
If you have free days and want to take a break from the big city, take a deep breath of fresh clean air in some of the most amazing destinations close to Quito.
Explore the cloud forest and admire its extremely rich diversity, venture into the famous Avenue of the volcanoes or relax in the best hot spring complex in Ecuador. The options are unlimited !
Birds & Mammals of the Andes
Cloud forest, Cayambe - Coca
National Park, Antisana, Papallacta Pass
The surroundings of Quito provide different opportunities to experience different types of ecosystems and habitats which host a high diversity of birds and mammals species. During this tour you'll have a great chance to see one of the most elusive species of mammals in the Andes: Spectacled Bears.
CHECK OUR BRAZIL'S PANTANAL TOUR 2020 June 29th- July 9th
Brazil’s Pantanal: A place of superlatives. Home to the world’s largest fresh-water wetlands, the Pantanal is ten- times the size of the Everglades, draining into a single channel: the Paraguay River. We venture deep into this world-class wildlife hotspot on a long road that bisects the Transpantaneira wilderness, in search of an adventure that can’t be missed.
In this famed region, we discover wildlife thriving in a mix of savanna, forest, and wetland habitats. Even a relaxed day can yield more than 100 species of birds and dozens of mammals — Capybara are everywhere!
Brazilian Tapir, Giant Anteater, Giant Otter, and yes, Jaguar (we saw many on our past trips!), are five of many incredible mammals we seek, while Greater Rhea, Hyacinth Macaw, Toco Toucan , Red Legged Seriema, and Helmeted Manakin top the list of impressive bird sightings. Rare Green Anaconda, the world’s largest snake, may be a lucky find, while the small crocodilian Yacaré can be seen by hundreds. For many, it is the sheer number and variety of species that leaves the most lasting impression.
Charming Lodges (and working) cattle ranches serve as our accommodations, each with its own impressive and distinctive wildlife community.
BRAZIL'S ATLANTIC FOREST TOUR
2020 July 10th-16th
Brazil’s Atlantic Forest is truly a jewel of the Continent. Designated as a World Biosphere Reserve, it is a complex region of tropical and subtropical rainforest, tropical dry forest, tropical savanna, semi deciduous and mangrove forests. It extends along the Atlantic coast of Brazil from sea level up into montane forest at Serra do Mar. The Atlantic Forest currently spans over 4000 km2 along the coast of Brazil and is characterized by an enormous biodiversity. Long isolated from other major rainforest zones in South America, the Atlantic Forest has an extremely diverse and unique mix of vegetation and forest types inducing high specialization levels which make it a unique endemic hotspot.
This short tour can be either an easy add-on to our Pantanal tour, or a superb week-long getaway for people who can only travel for short periods of time. The tour concentrates on two distinct regions. First, the moun- tains, that host a unique set of birds. You’ll stay at a lodge located close to Itatiaia National Park, with feeders and great birding on the grounds, and use it as a base to explore both the lower and upper elevations of this stunning National Park. Following, you’ll move lower to the Brazilian coast to the picturesque lowland rainforests around Ubatuba, which arguably has the easiest and finest lowland birding in all of Southeast Brazil along with some of the best hummingbird feeders at Sitio do Jonas, in Folhas Secas.