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Birding Northern Ecuador – Andes & Choco

Ecuador’s northern Andes offer very easy birding in a beautiful setting that will thrill both the experienced birder and the novice alike.

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In a two week tour of Northern Ecuador covering the highlands, eastern and western slopes of the Andes, with the huge variety of altitudes, you can expect to see over 450 species with highlights including Andean Condor, Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, rare species of Antpittas, some 60 species of Hummingbird and at least 60 species of Tanagers. Newcomers to the Neo-tropics are introduced to birds such as Toucans, Motmots, Cotingas and Potoos, and previously almost unseen bird families such as Antthrushes, Tapaculos and Woodcreepers.  With luck, birdwatchers can observe amazing mixed feeding flocks of sometimes up to 25 different species of birds all together.

Located close to Quito, these stunning landscapes and forests are home to an array of fascinating birds, and newly created lodges have made birding much easier with their specifically designed feeders, trails, access to leks and comfortable accommodation.  We choose lodges located in their own reserves so that you can wake up and start birding as you step out the door! Download our target bird list.

Western Slopes


A comfortable and cozy wooden lodge set in lush tropical cloud forest just next to the Mindo-Nambillo reserve. Built from wood, the lodge is comprised of several cabins next to the forest and a main building with lodging on the first floor and a main dining area and lounge area with beautiful views to the forest and garden of native plants and humming bird feeders which are litterally buzzing with activity... Find out more »


A simple eco-lodge set in the heart of the Cloud Forest Canopy, with comfortable accommodation. The forest around the lodge is literally buzzing with hummingbirds, which you can observe from your private balcony and the main area around the lodge. As well as spotting some spectacular birdlife the 360 degree view from the Dome also allows you to see across the forest canopy...
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Septimo ParaisoSeptimo Paraiso

Septimo Paraiso is located at just one and a half hours from Quito. Offering comfortable accommodation, good service and good food, it sits in its own 420 hectare reserve of pre-montane and montane cloud forest which has one of the largest bird counts of the north-western area of Pichincha...
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Located within the Choco-Andean corridor, one of the top five ‘biodiversity hotspots’ on earth, Maquipucuna is surrounded by 35,000 hectares of primary and secondary forests and is a great place for Choco Endemics and birds of the western Andes. A pioneering conservation project in Ecuador which has been working for over 20 years, the lodge itself is located in a 6,000 hectare private reserve which covers a range of altitudes from 1,000 to 2,800 meters... Find out more »

Santa LuciaSanta Lucia Lodge

Santa Lucía is a community owned cloud forest reserve and a truly inspirational example of community eco-tourism at its best. The lodge is 100% owned and run by the local community and they will give you a very warm welcome. The lodge has recently built some new very comfortable accommodation (with great views of the forest), and its location on the top of a hill means it has fantastic vistas across the forest... Find out more »

Eastern Slopes

Termas de PapallactaTermas de Papallacta

Nestled in a high Andean valley, 67 km (40 miles) east of Quito, Termas de Papallacta offers fantastic birding in the Rancho del Canon or the Cayambe-Coca Ecological Reserve, spectacular scenery, comfortable cabins and thermal baths. At 3,300 meters (10,824 feet) above sea level, it is probably the highest most of you will stay during your time in Ecuador. Its altitude and location in humid upper-montain rainforest makes it usually cool and wet... Find out more »

Guango LodgeGuango Lodge

Guango Lodge is a small tourist facility surrounded by temperate forest and with an incredible variety of Hummingbirds around the lodge. Owned by the same family as San Isidro, and about an hour away, Guango Lodge lies at a higher elevation (about 2,700 meters) on Ecuador's eastern slopes. This area is centered in a zone classified as humid temperate forest...
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San IsidroSan Isidro

Nestled in the picturesque Quijos Valley, one of the westernmost headwaters of the Amazon basin, San Isidro (only 2 hours from Quito) lies at an elevation of about 2,000m above sea level in a zone still mostly blanketed by extensive humid forest. San Isidro has built a reputation for being the premier spot for serious birders whose interests lie in seeking out the birds - rare or common - of the lush subtropical zone of the east slope of the Andes... Find out more. »

Wildsumaco LodgeWildsumaco Lodge

From the Guacamayos Ridge on the road that winds through the Andes' beautiful eastern foothills, the Sumaco Volcano can sometimes be seen rising to 3730 meters through the misty distance of the east. The hills below and around Sumaco are covered in lush primary forest, so remote and difficult to access that to this day they remain virtually unexplored...
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