Birding Tour Ecuador

Ecuador & Galapagos

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Birding Tour Ecuador

Bird watching in Ecuador offers a great experience because of the high variety of birds seen here. With over 1,600 species, Ecuador provides a high possibility of spotting more species on your holiday, than anywhere in the world. In the Andean Highlands, birdlife ranging from tanagers and hummingbirds to soaring condors. The Oriente, or Amazon basin, is home to colourful toucans, macaws, and jacamars. While the Galápagos Islands are known for its finches, blue-footed booby and red-billed tropicbird.

This tour combines Ecuador’s incredible natural and cultural treasures. Begin in Quito, the capital of Ecuador and explore its lavishly decorated monasteries with rich interiors. Continue to the beautiful Andean cloud forest and explore its jungles with a naturalist guide in search for orchids, butterflies and hummingbirds. Next, fly to the Galapagos Islands. See incredible volcanic landscapes, and get close to iconic Galapagos wildlife such as giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies and marine iguanas. 

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 9-DAY BIRDING TOUR OF ECAUDOR…
And, experience a gondola ride through a forest canopy & swim in waterfall pools.
 

What We Love
  • This tour can be extended to include the Otavalo region or Amazon basin.
  • In Quito, stay at the luxurious boutique Casa Gangotena hotel. 
  • In the cloud forest, Mashpi Lodge, one of the unique lodges of the world.
  • Stay in Pikaia Lodge, the most luxurious and sustainable Eco Lodge in the Galapagos Islands.
  • Explore the surrounds on the hotels private 100-foot yacht.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • This is a medium active tour and may include walking on rough terrains.
  • You will be in a small group during the cruise in Galapagos. 
  • We carefully select the world's best boutique tour companies in each destination.
  • Around the clock support in each destination during your trip. 
  • This tour is in high demand and we suggest that you book in advance.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Ecuador Exclusive

Quito, Cloud Forest, Galapagos Islands
(9 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 1 – Arrive
Quito On arrival in Buenos Aires you will VIP airport assistance and private transfer to your chosen hotel for a one-night stay.  
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Casa Gangotena.

Day 2 – Transfer
Cloud Forest Private transfer to lodge for 2 nights with touring en route. Stay at an upscale lodge surrounded by the beautiful Andean cloud forest. During your stay, explore the jungle with a naturalist guide, search for orchids and butterflies, visit the hummingbird viewpoint, ride the gondola through the forest canopy, climb the observation tower and swim in waterfalls.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Mashpi Lodge (B)

Day 3 – Nature Walks
Cloud Forest Lodge-based activities.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Mashpi Lodge (B)

Day 4 – Transfer
Quito Private transfer to hotel for 1 night
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Casa Gangotena (B)

Day 5 – Transfer
Galapagos Islands Private transfer to the airport for your flight to Galapagos. On arrival transfer to hotel. Stay four nights at Pikaia Lodge on Santa Cruz Island, the finest resort hotel in the Galapagos. Enjoy naturalist-led day trips aboard Pikaia’s private 100-foot yacht to landing sites on Santa Cruz and the most interesting surrounding islands, such as Bartolome, Santiago and North Seymour. See incredible volcanic landscapes, and get close to iconic Galapagos wildlife such as giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies and marine iguanas.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Pikaia Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Explore North Seymour and Santa Cruz Islands
Galapagos Islands Full-day yacht excursion with naturalist to landing sites on North Seymour and Santa Cruz islands. Depending on the season, also see mating rituals, newborns feeding, territorial squabbles and more. If desired, snorkel in areas frequented by sea lions, penguins, sea turtles and schools of colorful fish. Also enjoy a naturalist-led excursion on Santa Cruz to highlights such as the giant tortoise reserve, lava tubes, scalesia forest and the Charles Darwin Research Station, where different subspecies of Galapagos tortoises are raised.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Pikaia Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 7 – Explore Santa Cruz Island
Galapagos Islands Touring on Santa Cruz Island with naturalist guide.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Pikaia Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 8 – Explore Bartolome and Santiago Islands
Galapagos Islands Full-day yacht excursion with naturalist to landing sites on Bartolome and Santiago islands.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Pikaia Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 9 – Depart
Guayaquil/ Quito Transfer to flight to Guayaquil/Quito. Private transfer to the airport for your connecting flight.
 

 
Birding Tour Ecuador Ecuador & Galapagos

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


Getting There Ecuador: There are no direct flights to Ecuador from the UK and Ireland, but there are plenty of indirect flights to both Quito and Guayaquil involving a flight change in Europe or the US. Approximate flying times from the US to Quito is four hours from Miami and around five hours from Houston and Atlanta. Iberia and Air Comet offer services via Madrid, and KLM via Amsterdam. Other possibilities include taking a flight to South American hubs, such as Bogotá or Caracas, from where connections to Ecuador can be made. Typical journey times are between 15 to 17 hours.

Galapagos: There are daily flights to Galapagos from Quito and Guayaquil. The airline allows one checked suitcase (maximum 44 lbs.) and one carry-on bag per passenger. We recommend that all passengers travelling to Galapagos consider two nights in mainland Ecuador prior to their cruise to allow for potential flight delays and misconnection.  This is particularly important for passengers travelling over winter holidays when flights tend to be overbooked and/or delayed caused by poor weather conditions.

When to go The Galapagos have a surprisingly cool, sub-tropical climate. There are two seasons, both of which have some precipitation. Galapagos gets an average of ten inches of rain per year, it is never considered “rainy”. During the months of December to May, the cooling currents subside, temperatures rise and the climate is warm and sunny with occasional showers. In June, the trend begins toward cooler temperatures with moderate breezes, which continue through November. This period is referred to as the “garua” season, meaning mist in Spanish.