Ecuador: A Tour with Tucson Audubon Society

September 9-22, 2023 – 1 Space Remaining
From: Quito, Ecuador

Participant Limit: 10
Activity Level: Moderate

Price: $6,399 per person

Double occupancy. Single supplement: $750

This is a birding tour, designed to see as many bird species as possible, with special focus on specialty species.

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Ecuador has long been considered one of the best birding destinations in the world, and once you’re there, you’ll understand why! On this exciting tour, we’ll visit a wide variety of habitats as we travel from elevations of 14,000 feet at Papallacta Pass down to 1,000 feet at Silanche Reserve!

Our tour will start in the famous Mindo area at Septimo Paraiso. From here, we can explorethe many birding hotspots of the region including Silanche Reserve, Refugio Paz de las Aves where Angel Paz will feed his famous antpittas, Tandayapa Pass, and more! Highlights during this part of the tour could include, Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Giant, Moustached, and Yellow-bellied Antpittas, Plate-billed
Mountain Toucan, Toucan Barbet, Scarlet-breasted Dacnis, Rufous-winged, Blue-whiskered, Scarlet-browed, Gray-and-gold, and Tawny-crested Tanagers, Oilbird, and many more!

Once we are finished in the Mindo area, we will move to the Eastern slope of the Andes on the other side of Quito. Here we will visit three lodges, Guango, Cabañas San Isidro, and Wildsumaco. These lodges are located at a variety of elevations which will mean each time we change lodges we will see a host of new species. Highlights on this part of the trip could include Sword-billed Hummingbird, Torrent Duck, White-capped Dipper, White-capped, Saffron-crowned, Golden-naped, Beryl-spangled, Blue-and-black Tanagers, San Isidro Owl, Golden-collared Toucanet, Golden-collared Honeycreeper, Magpie, White-lined, Silver-beaked, Bluebrowed, Orange-eared, Spotted, Yellow-bellied and Golden-eared Tanagers, and much more.

All of these wonderful lodges provide great accommodations and amazing food. Previously on this itinerary, we have seen over 500 species including 60+ hummingbirds!

Trip Leaders

Rob Ripma


  • Lodging
  • Meals
  • Ground Transportation
  • Park Entrance Fees
  • Portion of Proceeds donated to Tucson Audubon Society

Not Included

  • International Airfare
  • Passport and Visa Fees
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Personal Items
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips

Tour Route

Ecuador: Exploring the Northern Andes - Map

Birds and More Seen on This Tour

Questions about this tour?

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