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Tailored from £8,600 per person excl. flights

12 days Imbabura & Otavalo, Mindo Valley, Galápagos

Ecuador's unique biosphere hosts a vast array of epic birdlife, come into contact with some of the world's most unique species.

Ecuador's magnificent array of microclimates and ecosystems means that this country is home to the world's most unique bird species. Over the course of two weeks, this journey will introduce avid birders to hundreds of curious inhabitants in the wild. Bring your binoculars and cameras definitely won't go a miss. Enjoy the peace and serenity of fantastical natural settings, and just sit back listening to the gentle humming of wings beating the fresh air around you.  

Your journey begins in the highland regions, at Imbabura & Otavalo where we'll give you a few days to relax and acclimatise to mountain air. Our luxury hacienda is the perfect place to do so whilst getting up close with magnificent Andean Condors at the Raptor Rescue Centre. Learn about these majestic beings, and enjoy rural life on the farm immersed in the glorious highlands. 

Next up our driver will take you from the highlands to the dense cloud forest. Your lodge is supremely located within the Chocó Reserve, near Mindo and here there is no distance between guests and the surrounding forests teeming with life. Hummingbirds abound, there are over 32 species identified here. Each day follow winding paths, climb treetop canopy lookout towers, and swim in the pools of crystalline waterfalls. Here, you'll never have to venture far at all to discover an abundance of wildlife. 

Of course, we'll finish up in the Galápagos. Out on deck, on foot hiking across the volcanic islands and even whilst swimming in the Pacific Ocean, the birds of this archipelago are vast and varied. Be sure to check your dates, as at certain times of the year migratory species (such as Waved Albatross hatching in May) are particularly active.

What's included:

  • Internal flights
  • Private transfers
  • Meals & drinks (as mentioned in full itinerary)
  • Professional local naturalist guides with fair salaries
  • Cultural immersion experiences
  • National park fees
  • Outdoor activities (SUP, tubing, kayaking)
  • Wildlife safaris

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1 - 3: Imbabura & Otavalo

Day 1 - Arrival in Ecuador
Day 1 - Arrival in Ecuador Listing Image

¡Bienvenido a Ecuador! Today you will be met at the arrivals by our Wayfairer representative and escorted straight out of the city to your countryside lodge near Otavalo.

Hacienda Zuleta is the perfect setting to kick back and relax after a long journey. Surrounded by stunning vistas of Ecuador's highland region surrounding, this time is yours to acclimatise to higher altitudes and get to know the world of a hacienda with deep heritage. 

Day 2 - Raptor Rescue Centre

Rise to the blissful sounds of nature surrounding, and have a gorgeous breakfast outside in the farm's 18th century courtyard. 

Following breakfast, you'll visit a rescue centre for the protection and recovery of a number of species of birds of prey. Amongst these is the magnificent Andean Condor, who is famous for it's colossal wingspan, reaching over 8 feet. Learn about this marvellous creature and its cultural significance to Andean indigenous cultures. Learn about beautiful birds of prey found in the North Andes.

From here, our driver will take you to the world famous market held at Otavalo - well worth a stop as you're in the area. Learn about the Indian heritage, and experience the colourful array of crafts showcased at this bustling hub of commerce in the Andes. From the foot of Mount Imbabura to Cotacachi-Cayapas ecological reserve, you'll have an outdoor picnic Andean style and watch magnificent birds of prey soar overhead. 

Day 4 - 7: Chocó Reserve (Mindo)

Day 8 - 12: Galápagos

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Why Wayfairer

At Wayfairer we are incredibly selective about the lodges and tour providers we choose to partner with.

On each journey to Ecuador, our guests will be engaging with positive, eco and sustainable tourism which ensures that their experience will be culturally enriching and beneficial for the country that they are visiting and its inhabitants.

Our partners know this destination well and are doing their utmost to protect and repair the incredibly important ecosystem here. It is integral to our work as luxury travel specialists that we support and cherish this. 

Throughout your Wayfairer journey, you will have the full support of our Luxury Concierge team who are all ears to any amendments, adjustments or queries along the way. 

Why Wayfairer Ecuador Birding Tour

Call us on 0117 313 3300 to start planning your holiday, we’re looking forward to hearing from you