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wildlife from the Andes to Amazon

Ecuador has long been one of our favourite destinations. We travel to the mainland, in search of some of the country’s exciting mammal life, while also enjoying the abundant birds, butterflies and botany.

We start by visiting the paramo of the high Andes, where we will spend time searching for Spectacled Bear and Mountain Tapir, while Andean Condor circle overhead.

Moving down onto the eastern slope of the Andes, a whole new suite of hummingbirds and other birds appears, before we arrive in the humid lowlands of the Amazon basin and travel down the Napo River to our wonderful lodge in the rainforest, where eleven species of monkey travel through the trees and Giant Otters patrol the waterways.

From here, we travel back across the Andes to the Choco cloud forest of the western slopes, in the Mindo-Tandayapa area, where we hope to find the newly-discovered Olinguito, a relative of the raccoons. The Choco is also famous for its rich bird life, and we aim to catch up with some of the stars of the area, notably Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Long -wattled Umbrellabird and Oilbird, as well as an amazing variety of hummingbirds and tanagers.

Please note that holidays change, although sometimes only slightly, from year to year and previous trip reports may not reflect the planned itinerary, or other holiday details, for the current trip. Please ask us if you would like to know of any significant differences.

Green Anaconda curled up among vegetation, Ecuador
Chestnut-breasted Coronet sitting on a twig in Ecuador
Collared Tree-runner sitting on a tree trunk, Ecuador