BIRDWATCHING

Should you choose the snowcapped volcanic mountains of the Andes, the teeming trees of the amazon basin, the mysterious mist shrouded cloud forests or the glistening Galapagos Islands, Ecuador really is a birdwatching paradise.
Ecuador provides an incredible wealth of biodiversity in such a compact area, there are over 1600 species to be spotted here. This, combined with the warm welcome you will receive, the fascinating cultural diversity and the outstanding beauty of the country make it a perfect package.
We work with a team of knowledgeable local guides and excellent lodges; we select carefully, ensuring that you take away wonderful, unforgettable, memories for Ecuador, whilst also supporting local communities and environmental projects.
We invite you to explore Ecuador with us… experience the authentic!

Introduction Northern Ecuador Birding 9 days

With cloud forests, paramo and Andean valleys, to mention just a few, Northern Ecuador has a fantastic diversity of eco-systems, flora, and fauna…most within easy reach of Quito. The region also lies within part of the Choco hotspot corridor of endemism. In this tour we select the highlights of this incredible birding area to provide you with an unforgettable birding experience!

Day 1 Arrival in Quito

·      Transfer to hotel and introduction to tour

Overnight: Quito

Day 2 Yanacocha Jocotoco Reserve
  • Morning birding on the Trocha Inca Trail at Yanacocha Reserve
  • Afternoon birding along the Old Nono Mindo Road

Possible spots of the day include: Barred Fruiteater, Great Sapphirewing, Golden breasted and Sapphire vented Pufflegs, Sword billed Hummingbirds, Torrent Duck and White-capped Dipper.

Overnight: Mindo area

Day 3 Refugio Paz De Las Aves
  •      Cock of the Rock observation at Paz de las Aves Reserve
  •      Time to spot the beautiful Antpittas
  •      Visit to Milpe Bird Sanctuary in search of Choco endemics

Possible spots of the day include:  Andean Cock of the rock, Black-chinned Mountain Tanager, Hoary Puffleg. Moss-backed, Rufous-throated, and Glistening-green Tanagers, Club-winged Manakin, Giant Antpitta, Yellow-breasted Antpitta, Moustached Antpitta.

Overnight: Quito area

Day 4 Antisana Ecological Reserve
  •       Birding around Antisana volcano
  •       Visit to Lake Mica

Possible spots of the day include:  Andean Condor, Black Faced Ibis, Carunculated Caracara, Many-striped Canastero, Ecuadorian Hillstar, Black-chested Buzzard Eagle, Stout-billed Cinclodes, Chestnut-winged Cinclodes, Many-striped Canastero, Plumbeous Sierra Finch, Andean Gull, Andean Lapwing, Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant, Paramo Ground Tyrant, Paramo Pipit, Andean Coot, Andean Teals, Shining Sunbeam, Black-tailed Trainbearer, Rufous-Bellied Seedsnipe.

Overnight: Papallacta area

Day 5 Papallacta to Guango Lodge
  •       Visit to the Elfin Forest in search of rare and endangered species
  •       Time to explore trails around Guango Lodge and along the Papallacta River

Possible spots of the day include: Masked Mountain-Tanager, Paramo Tapaculo, Agile Tit-Tyrant, Torrent Duck, White-capped Dipper, Chestnut- breasted Coronet, Mountain Velvetbreast, Tourmaline Sunangel, Mountain Avocetbill.

Overnight: Guango Lodge (or similar)

Day 6 Guango Lodge To Cabañas San Isidro
  •       Birding in the temporate forest around Guango Lodge, at approx. 2800masl
  •       Try to spot the mysterious “San Isidro Owl”

Possible spots of the day include: Grey-hooded Bush Tanager, Hooded Mountain Tanager, Blue-and-black Tanager, White-banded Tyrannulet, Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant, Slaty Brush Finch, Turquoise Jay, Northern Mountain Cacique, Torrent Duck, White-capped Dipper, Torrent Tyrannulet, Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan, Andean Guan, Mountain Avocetbill, Dusky Piha, Red-hooded Tanager, mysterisous “San Isidro Owl”.

Guango is famous for hummingbirds, with the spectacular Sword-billed Hummingbird, Collared Inca, Long-tailed Sylph, Tourmaline Sunangel, Chestnut-breasted and Buff-tailed Coronets, Speckled Hummingbird, Tyrian Metaltail, White-bellied Woodstar and the scarce Glowing Puffleg all visiting the copious feeders placed around the lodge.

Overnight: Cabañas San Isidro (or similar)

Day 7 Cabañas San Isidro
  • Antpitta feeders
  • Walk and spot on the lodge trail system

Possible spots of the day include: Montane and Olive-backed Woodcreepers, Golden-crowned Flycatcher, Rufous-crowned Tody-Flycatcher, Black-billed Peppershrike, Inca Jay, Bluish Flowerpiercer, Subtropical Cacique, White-bellied Antpitta, Peruvian Antpitta, Long-tailed Antbirds, Plain-tailed Wrens, Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonias, Quetzals, Fruiteaters, Andean Potoo, Rufous-banded Owl

Overnight: Cabañas San Isidro (or similar)

Day 8 San Isidro and Guacamayos Ridge
  •        Birding along the Guacamayos Ridge trail

Possible spots of the day include: Green-and-black Fruiteater, Handsome Flycatcher, Rufous Wren, Turquoise Jay, Grass-green Tanager, Northern Mountain-Cacique, Greater Scythebill, Dusky Piha, Black-billed Mountain-Toucan.

Overnight: Puembo Birding Garden (or similar)

Day 9 Puembo Birding Garden - Transfer to Quito airport
  •      Time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of this special place (depending on flight departure time)
  •       Transfer to Quito International airport for connections home or extension tour options, including; Galapagos, the Amazon or destinations in the South.

Activity length: Approx 2 hrs (only the transfer)

We keep our itinerary pages short and sweet, please contact us for the full detailed version or with any questions you may have.

*Tailor-made itineraries are also available*

TOUR DETAILS

Price: from $2295 p/p
Min: 2 people/Max: 8 people

INCLUDED

  • Private transportation
  • Bilingual guide
  • Accommodation based on double occupancy
  • Visits and excursions detailed in the itinerary
  • Breakfast is included in all packages
  • Other meals may be included, depending on your choice of package

NOT INCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Soft & Alcoholic drinks
  • Additional activities
  • Meals (other than breakfast), depending on your choice of package
  • Tips
Introduction Southern Ecuador Birding 6 days

From the high altitude mystical paramo of El Cajas to the Tumbesian endemic region, southern Ecuador is a birdwatching paradise awaiting your arrival. The Tumbesian region contains one of the highest concentrations of restricted bird range species in South America. Even in just six days, you will be sure to add a great number of birds to your list and take away for unforgettable birding experiences!

Day 1 Arrival to Guayaquil

• Transfer to hotel and introduction to tour
Overnight: Guayaquil

Day 2 Manglares Churute
  • Birding in the Manglares Churute Reserve
  • Visit to the Siete Cascadas (Seven Waterfalls) area

Possible spots of the day include: Horned Screamer, Pacific Parrotlet, Harri´s Hawk, Savanna Hawk, Snail Kite, Laughing Falcon, Thick-Billed Euphonia, Streaked Saltator, Ecuadorian Trogon, Short Tailed Hummingbird, Rufous Tailed Hummingbird, Roseate Spoonbill, Osprey, Neotropic Cormorant, Little Blue Heron, Cocoi Heron, Brown Pelican, Ringed Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher, Lineated Woodpecker, Spotted Sandpiper, Baron´s Hermit, Pale Mandibled Aracari, Jet Antbird, Superciliated Wren, Orange-Crowned Euphonia, Peruvian Meadowlark

Overnight: Piñas area

Day 3 Buenaventura Jocotoco Reserve
  •        Birding in the Buena Ventura Reserve
  •        Visit to Jardin de los Colibries

Possible spots of the day include: Long-wattled Umbrellabird. El Oro Parakeet, Grey-backed Hawk, Grey breasted Flycatcher, Rufous-throated Tanager,   Baron's Hermit, White-necked Jacobin, Brown Violetear, Green Thorntail, Emerald-bellied Woodnymph, Violet-bellied Hummingbird, Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, Andean Emerald, White-vented Plumeleteer, Green-crowned Brilliant, Fawn-breasted Brilliant, Long-billed Starthroat, Purple-throated and Little Woodstar, Green Honeycreeper, Guayaquil Woodpecker, Pacific Tuftedcheek , Golden-winged Manakin, Grey-and-gold Warbler, Rufous-throated Tanager, Golden-naped Tanager, Bay-headed Tanager, Ashy-throated Bush-Tanager.

Overnight: Yunguilla area

Day 4 Yunguilla
  •        Birding in the Yunguilla Jocotoco Reserve
  •        Free afternoon to enjoy the colonial city of Cuenca or thermal baths

Possible spots of the day include: Pale-headed Brush-Finch, Grey-browed Brush-Finch, Little Woodstar, Blue Seedeater, Chestnut-crowned Antpitta.  Slate-throated Whitestar, Eared Dove, Amazilia Hummingbird, Azara’s   Spinetail, Southern   Beardless-Tyrannulet, Blue-and-white Swallow, Stripe-headed  Brush-Finch, Hooded Siskin.

Overnight: Cuenca

Day 5 El Cajas National Park

  •        Birding in the Llaviuco valley
  •        Birding at the Toreadora and Illincocha lakes

Possible spots of the day include: Violet-throated Metaltail, Ecuadorian Rail, Andean Ruddy-Duck, Andean Teal, Yellow-billed Pintail, Mouse-colored Thistletail, Tawny Antpitta, Andean Tit-Spinetail, Many-striped Canastero, Stout-billed Cinclodes, Tit-like Dacnises, Giant Conebill, Shining Sunbeam, Ecuadorian Hillstar, Plain-colored Seedeater, Superciliaried Hemispungus, Andean-tit Spinetail, Pearled Treerunner, Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan.

Overnight: Guayaquil

Day 6 Transfer to Guayaquil airport
  • Transfer to Guayaquil airport for connections home or Galapagos extension tour (please ask for details)

Activity length: Approx 1 hr

*This tour is also possible starting from Cuenca*

We keep our itinerary pages short and sweet, please contact us for the full detailed version or with any questions you may have.

* Tailor-made itineraries are also available*

Tour Details

Price: from $1490 p/p

Min: 2 people/Max: 8 people

INCLUDED

  • Private transportation
  • Bilingual guide
  • Accommodation based on double occupancy
  • Visits and excursions detailed in the itinerary
  • Breakfast is included in all packages
  • Other meals may be included, depending on your choice of package

NOT INCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Soft & Alcoholic drinks
  • Additional activities
  • Meals (other than breakfast), depending on your choice of package
  • Tips
Introduction Southern Ecuador Birding 15 days

From the high altitude mystical paramo of El Cajas to the Tumbesian endemic region, southern Ecuador is a birdwatching paradise awaiting your arrival. The Tumbesian region contains one of the highest concentrations of restricted bird range species in South America. In this tour we select the highlights of this incredible birding area to provide you with an unforgettable birding experience!

Day 1 Arrival to Guayaquil
  • Transfer to hotel and introduction to tour

Overnight: Guayaquil

Day 2 Manglares Churute
  • Birding in the Manglares Churute Reserve
  • Visit to the Siete Cascadas (Seven Waterfalls) area

Possible spots of the day include: Horned Screamer, Pacific Parrotlet, Harri´s Hawk, Savanna Hawk, Snail Kite, Laughing Falcon, Thick-Billed Euphonia, Streaked Saltator, Ecuadorian Trogon, Short Tailed Hummingbird, Rufous Tailed Hummingbird, Roseate Spoonbill, Osprey, Neotropic Cormorant, Little Blue Heron, Cocoi Heron, Brown Pelican, Ringed Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher, Lineated Woodpecker, Spotted Sandpiper, Baron´s Hermit, Pale Mandibled Aracari, Jet Antbird, Superciliated Wren, Orange-Crowned Euphonia, Peruvian Meadowlark

Overnight: Piñas area

Day 3 Buenaventura Jocotoco Reserve
  • Birding in the Buenaventura Reserve
  • Visit to Jardin de los Colibries

Possible spots of the day include: Long-wattled Umbrellabird. El Oro Parakeet, Grey-backed Hawk, Grey breasted Flycatcher, Rufous-throated Tanager,   Baron's Hermit, White-necked Jacobin, Brown Violetear, Green Thorntail, Emerald-bellied Woodnymph, Violet-bellied Hummingbird, Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, Andean Emerald, White-vented Plumeleteer, Green-crowned Brilliant, Fawn-breasted Brilliant, Long-billed Starthroat, Purple-throated and Little Woodstar, Green Honeycreeper, Guayaquil Woodpecker, Pacific Tuftedcheek , Golden-winged Manakin, Grey-and-gold Warbler, Rufous-throated Tanager, Golden-naped Tanager, Bay-headed Tanager, Ashy-throated Bush-Tanager.

Overnight: Piñas area

Day 4-5 Macará area
  • Birding in the Jorupe Jocotoco Reserve
  • Birding in the Utuana Jocotoco Reserve

Possible spots of the day include: Speckled Hummingbird, Rainbow Starfrontlet, Purple-throated Sunangel, Green-tailed Trainbearer, Chapman´s Antshrike, Black-crested Tit-Tyrant, Jelski´s Chat-Tyrant, Streak-throated Bush-Tyrant, Silver-backed Tanager, Black-cowled Saltator, Ecuadorian Trogon, Ecuadorian Piculet, Scarlet-backed Woodpecker, Guayaquil Woodpecker, Blackish-headed Spinetail, Rufous-necked Foliage-gleaner, Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner, Red-billed Scythebill, Collared Antshrike , Tumbesian Tyrannulet, Pacific Elaenia, Tumbes Pewee, Grey-breasted Flycatcher, Sooty-crowned Flycatcher, Slaty Becard, White-tailed Jay.

Overnight: Macara area

Day 6 Loja
  • Birding in the Catamayo Valley
  • Free afternoon to enjoy the tranquil valley of Vilcabamba

Possible spots of the day include: Croaking Ground-Dove ,Pacific Hornero,  Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Long-tailed Mockingbird, White-crested Elaenia, White-throated Tyrannulet, Vermilion Flycatcher, Fasciated Wren, Thick-billed Euphonia, Groove--billed Ani, Tawny-crowned Pygmy-Tyrant, Tropical Gnatcatcher, Black-crested Warbler, Bananaquit, Blue-grey Tanager.

Overnight: Vilcabamba

Day 7 Vilcabamba
  • Free day to rest or take advantage of local attractions such as; horse riding, cycling, hiking, massage therapy.

Overnight: Vilcabamba

Day 8 Tapichalaca Jocotoco Reserve
  • Birding on Tapichalaca trails
  • Visit to Cerro Toledo

Possible spots of the day include: Jocotoco Antpitta, Golden-plumed Parakeets, Bearded Guan, Flame-throated Sunangel, Chestnut Breasted Coronet, Amethyst throated Sunangel, Long-tailed Sylph, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, White-bellied Woodstar, Masked Trogon, Mouse-colored Thistletail, Páramo Tapaculo, Chusquea Tapaculo, White-banded Tyrannulet, Rufous Wren, Saffron-crowned Tanager, Flame-faced Tanager, Metallic-green Tanager, Silver-backed Tanager, Lacrimose Mountain-Tanager, Hooded Mountain-Tanager, Pale-naped Brush-Finch, Spectacled Whitestart, Black-crested Warbler, Northern Mountain-Cacique.  

Overnight: Casa Simpson or Vilcabamba

Day 9 Podocarpus National Park & Copalinga
  • Birding in Cajanuma
  • Walk and spot on the trails of Copalinga

Possible spots of the day include: Band-tailed Pigeon, Speckled Hummingbird, Buff-winged Starfrontlet, Tyrian Metaltail, Azara’s Spinetail, Pearled Treerunner, Chusquea Tapaculo, Sierran Elaenia, White-throated Tyrannulet, Brown-capped Vireo, Brown-bellied Swallow, Blue-and-white Swallow, Rufous Wren, Grey-breasted Wood-Wren, Spectacled Whitestart, Black-crested Warbler, Masked Flowerpiercer, Blue-and-black Tanager, Lacrimose Mountain-Tanager, Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager, Common Bush-Tanager, Orange-bellied Euphonia.

Overnight: Copalinga or Zamora

Day 10 Copalinga & Podocarpus National Park
  • Birding on the trails of Copalinga
  • Birding in the Bombuscaro area

Possible spots of the day include: Grey Tinamou, Spangled Coquette, Speckled Chachalaca, Green Hermit, Grey-chinned Hermit, Violet-fronted Brilliant, Glittering-throated Emerald, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, Lafresnaye’s Piculet, Yellow-tufted Woodpecker, Lineated Woodpecker, Wedge-billed Woodcreeper, Olivaceous Woodcreeper, Ecuadorian Tyrannulet, Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet, Golden-faced Tyrannulet , Olive-striped Flycatcher, Blue-necked Tanager, Green-and-gold Tanager, Turquoise Tanager, Golden Tanager, Bay-headed Tanager, Guira Tanager, Palm Tanager, Silver-beaked Tanager, White-lined Tanager, Yellow-throated Bush-tanager, Buff-throated Saltator, Chestnut-bellied Seedeater, Yellow-browed Sparrow, Orange-billed Sparrow, Subtropical Cacique, Crested Oropendola, Russet-backed Oropendola, Orange-bellied Euphonia, Thick-billed Euphonia.

Overnight: Copalinga or Zamora area

Day 11 Zamora & Saraguro
  • Birding on the Old Zamora Road
  • Visit the Acacana area

Possible spots of the day include: Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Ecuadorian Tyrannulet, Lined Antshrike, Olivaceous Greenlet, Blue-browed Tanager, Chestnut-tipped Toucanet, Mountain Caracara.

Overnight: Saraguro - simple accommodation

Day 12 Huashapamba & Yunguilla
  • Birding in the Huashapamba area
  • Visit the “El Chorro” waterfall in Giron

Possible spots of the day include: Crescent-faced Antpitta, Black-headed Hemispingus, Flammulated Treehunter, Glowing Puffleg, Agile Tit-Tyrant, Chestnut-bellied Cotinga, Masked Mountain-Tanager, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Peruvian Pygmy Owl, Russet-crowned Warbler.

Overnight: Hosteria in the Yunguilla valley

Day 13 Yunguilla
  • Birding in the Yunguilla Jocotoco Reserve
  • Free afternoon to enjoy the colonial city of Cuenca or thermal baths

Possible spots of the day include: Pale-headed Brush-Finch, Grey-browed Brush-Finch, Little Woodstar, Blue Seedeater, Chestnut-crowned Antpitta. Slate-throated Whitestar, Eared Dove, Amazilia Hummingbird, Azara’s   Spinetail, Southern   Beardless-Tyrannulet, Blue-and-white Swallow, Stripe-headed  Brush-Finch, Hooded Siskin.

Overnight: Cuenca

Day 14 El Cajas National Park
  • Birding in the Llaviuco valley
  • Birding at the Toreadora and Illincocha lakes

Possible spots of the day include: Violet-throated Metaltail, Ecuadorian Rail, Andean Ruddy-Duck, Andean Teal, Yellow-billed Pintail, Mouse-colored Thistletail, Tawny Antpitta, Andean Tit-Spinetail, Many-striped Canastero, Stout-billed Cinclodes, Tit-like Dacnises, Giant Conebill, Shining Sunbeam, Ecuadorian Hillstar, Plain-colored Seedeater, Superciliaried Hemispungus, Andean-tit Spinetail, Pearled Treerunner, Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan.

Overnight: Guayaquil

Day 15 Transfer to Guayaquil airport
  • Transfer to Guayaquil airport for connections home or Galapagos extension tour (please ask for details)

Activity length: Approx 1 hr

We keep our itinerary pages short and sweet, please contact us for the full detailed version or with any questions you may have.

*Tailor-made itineraries are also available*

Tour Details

Price: from $3825 p/p

Min: 2 people/Max: 8 people

INCLUDED

  • Private transportation
  • Bilingual guide
  • Accommodation based on double occupancy
  • Visits and excursions detailed in the itinerary
  • Breakfast is included in all packages
  • Other meals may be included, depending on your choice of package

NOT INCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Soft & Alcoholic drinks
  • Additional activities
  • Meals (other than breakfast), depending on your choice of package
  • Tips
Introduction Coast Ecuador birding 5 days

The Ecuadorian coastal region boasts an array of fascinating bird habitats to be explored, from mangroves to tropical dry forests, beaches and islands. As well as the wonderful birdlife, this tour also provides the opportunity to enjoy the delicious costal cuisine, snorkel in search of sea-life… or simply relax, taking in the laidback atmosphere from your hammock. This tour works well as either a stand-alone trip, or as the perfect complement to one of our Andean routes.

Day 1 Arrival to Guayaquil
  • Transfer to hotel and introduction to tour

Overnight: Guayaquil

Day 2 Bosque Protector Cerro Blanco - Salinas
  • Birding in Cerro Blanco
  • Visit to Salinas beach
  • Birding seabirds

Possible spots of the day include: Guayaquil Macaw, Elegant Crescentchest, Pale-browed Tinamou, Collared Antshrike, Fasciated Wren, White-tailed Jay, Black-capped Sparrow, Ochre-bellied Dove, Ecuadorian Piculet, Peruvian Pelican, Chilean Flamingo, Gray Gull,Black Necked Stilt,Sandwich Tern, Royal Tern,Striated Heron, Snowy Egret,Great Egret, Water masked Tyrant, Saffron Finch, American Oystercatcher

Overnight: Puerto Lopez area

Day 3 Machalilla
  • Birding in La Isla de la Plata
  • Walking ,Snorkeling optional
  • Free time to enjoy the beach

Possible spots of the day include: Blue-footed Booby,Red-footed Booby,Waved Albatros,Nazca Booby,Tropicbird, Magnificent Frigatebird, Eared Dove, Long-tailed Mockingbird, Collared-warbling Finch, Short-tailed Woodstar

Overnight: Yunguilla area

Day 4 Ayampe/ Agua Blanca
  • Birding in the Ayampe Jocotoco Reserve
  • Birding in Comunidad Agua Blanca
  • Short Time in Los Frailes beach

Possible spots of the day include: Esmeraldas Woodstar, Gray-backed Hawk, and Saffron Siskin, Rufous-headed Chachalaca, Pearl Kite, Hook-billed Kite, Swallow-tailed Kite, Ecuadorian Ground-Dove,Eared Dove, Squirrel Cuckoo, Little Cuckoo, Anthony's Nightjar, Black-throated Mango, Amazilia Hummingbird, Violet-bellied Hummingbird, Gartered Trogon, Ringed Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher, Blue-crowned Motmot, Red-Headed Barbet, Ecuadorian Piculet, Pale Mandible Toucan, Collared Antshrike, Necklaced Spinetail

Overnight: Guayaquil

Day 5 Transfer to Guayaquil airport
  • Transfer to Guayaquil airport for connections home or Galapagos extension tour (please ask for details)

Activity length: Approx 1 hr

We keep our itinerary pages short and sweet, please contact us for the full detailed version or with any questions you may have

*Tailor-made itineraries are also available*

Tour Details

Price: from $990 p/p

Min:  2 people/Max: 8 people

INCLUDED

  • Private transportation
  • Bilingual guide
  • Accommodation based on double occupancy
  • Visits and excursions detailed in the itinerary
  • Breakfast is included in all packages
  • Other meals may be included, depending on your choice of package

NOT INCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Soft & Alcoholic drinks
  • Additional activities
  • Meals (other than breakfast), depending on your choice of package
  • Tips
Introduction Birdwatching tours from Cuenca - Day tours

Whether you are an avid birder wanting to add a couple more spots to your list before heading home, or just love the great outdoors, we may have just what you are looking for. The area surrounding Cuenca is perfect for day trips, with some fantastic options close by. These trips offer the opportunity to see upwards of 50 species in only one day, while visiting different ecosystems, including: Cloud Forest, Tropical Forest, Andean Mountain Forest and Andean Dry Forest.

Cajas National Park

This awesome park is located only 45 min. from Cuenca. This nice lagoon system with over 230 lakes, invites you to enjoy one of the nicest landscapes in South America, and here there are different ecosystems such as: Andean Mountain forest, Polylepis forest, paramo or grassland. You will have the chance to spot many interesting birds, even the endemic hummingbird of Cajas - the “Violet Throated Metaltail”- one of the most important birds in Ecuador, also in this tour you will see the beautiful Tit Like Dacnis, Blue Mantled Thornbill, Stout Billed Cinclodes, Tawny Antpitta, Spectacled Whitestar, Tyrian Metaltail, Gray Breasted Mountain Toucan, Andean Guan, etc

Tour Details

Price: from $85 p/p

Min: 2 people/Max: 8 people

Tour includes:

  • Private transportation
  • Bilingual birdwatcher tour guide
  • Box lunch
  • Bird list of the area
  • Binoculars (please ask for these in advance)

Chorro waterfall & Yunguilla Jocotoco Reserve

This nice area is located to the southwest of Cuenca and here you will enjoy firstly a nice landscape. Early in the morning you will reach Yunguilla Jocotoco Reserve, where there are some interesting birds but the most important without doubt is the Pale Headed Brush-Finch. The Brush-Finch is one of the Ecuadorian endemics and one of the rarest birds of the world, also here there is the possibility to find other beautiful birds, such as: Chesnut Crowned Antpitta, Rainbow Starfrontlet, Slate Throated Woodstar, Band Tailed Pigeon, Purple Throated Sunangel, Golden Olive Woodpecker, Hooded Siskin, etc

Our tour also includes the visit to a waterfall, the most important in Azuay province, and there are some interesting birds such as the; Crimson Mantled Woodpecker, Russet Crowned Warbler, Black Chested Buzzard Eagle, Peruvian Pygmy Owl, and more.

Tour Details

Price: from $95 p/p

Min: 2 people/Max: 8 people

Tour includes:

  • Private transportation
  • Bilingual birdwatcher tour guide
  • Box lunch
  • Bird list of the area
  • Binoculars (please ask for these in advance)

Gualaceo & Limón road

The Gualaceo-Limón Road connects the Azuay and Morona Santiago Provinces. This roughly 77 km road lets people practice birdwatching in different parts. The birding areas are located at elevations between 3360 to 1900 meters, also here you will find different ecosystems, such as; Páramo Grassland, Elfin Forest, Temperate Forest, Upper Montane Forest and Middle Montane Forest

 After one hour driving from Cuenca you will be crossing over the continental divide and start heading down along the eastern flank of the eastern Andes.  This spot called “Loma de la Virgen” is located at an elevation of 3360msnm. Here have been recorded some important birds as for example; Páramo Tapaculo, Mouse-Colored Thistletail, Viridian Metaltail and at times also Rainbow-Bearded Thornbill. Continuing going down you will have different stops to spot birds, looking for important birds such as  Masked Mountain-Tanager, Black-Backed Bush-Tanager and Mountain Wren, Blue Necked Tanager, Grass Green Tanager, etc

The list of possibilities is big during this tour, as you will be covering a gradient of altitudes ranging from 2850 to 2000 meters

Tour Details

Price: from $95 p/p

Min: 2 people/Max: 8 people

Tour includes:

  • Private transportation
  • Bilingual birdwatcher tour guide
  • Box lunch
  • Bird list of the area
  • Binoculars (please ask for these in advance)

Tamarindo tropical forest & Churute area

Only 1 hour 45 minutes traveling to the west of Cuenca is located a very interesting topical forest and here the birders have a big chance to see many birds, among the most important are the Horned Screamer the symbol of Churute mangrove ecological reserve, also in this tour you will see the Peruvian Pygmy Owl, Rufous Headed Chachalaca, Crested Caracara, Palm Tanager, Streaked Saltator, Rufous Tailed Hummingbird, Saffron Finch, Scarlet Backed Woodpecker, also in this visit you will reach an open area to spot big aquatic birds such as; Little Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Snail Kite, Savanna Hawk, etc.

Tour Details

Price: from $95 p/p

Min: 2 people/Max: 8 people

Tour includes:

  • Private transportation
  • Bilingual birdwatcher tour guide
  • Box lunch
  • Bird list of the area
  • Binoculars (please ask for these in advance)

One hundred birds in one day !

Calling all bird lovers… did you know that it is possible to see one hundred birds in just one day? Good news, this is possible with Polylepis Tours! It could be a long day, but it is really worth it. You will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of different eco-systems, for example; the Andean forest, paramo, humid tropical forest and dry tropical forest. We invite all, from beginners to avid birders to share this amazing trip…

This tour takes place in El Cajas National Park and the Puerto Inca area.

Possible spots of the day include: Violet Throated Metaltail, Tit Like Dacnis, Blue Mantled Thornbill, Stout Billed Cinclodes, Tawny Antpitta, Spectacled Whitestar, Tyrian Metaltail, Gray Breasted Mountain Toucan, Andean Guan,Horned Screamer, Little Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Saffron finch, Crimsom breasted Finch, Lemon rumped Tanager.

Tour Details

Price: from $95 p/p

Min: 2 people/Max: 8 people

Tour includes:

  • Private transportation
  • Bilingual birdwatcher tour guide
  • Box lunch
  • Bird list of the area
  • Binoculars (please ask for these in advance)