Photo Tour

Birds & Wildlife of Ecuador

StartsNov 29th 2020
EndDec 10th 2020
Participants8 (Registration Now Open!)

Experience the wonders of the Andean cloud forest as we photograph birds and other wildlife of the Tandayapa Valley, Mindo Valley and Sumaco foothills. Experience completely different bird species as we visit locations that range from 4,500 to 9,000 feet in elevation. Photograph some of the most stunning subjects Ecuador has to offer!

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We designed this tour to take you into the heart of some of the richest locations Ecuador has to offer. We will be staying at top rated lodges that offer not only exceptional comfort and good food but also extraordinary photographic opportunities. In addition to the rich flora and fauna at the lodges, we have a series of field trips planned throughout the tour. These include excursions give us access to unique species otherwise not seen.


Day 1

November 29

Arrive in Quito, Transfer to hotel.

Days 2 thru 4

November 30 through December 1 – Guango and the Papallacta Pass

We visit this area mainly for the incredible Swordbill and Chestnut-breasted Coronet Hummingbirds, as well as many other species of bird including the Torrent Duck.

Days 5 thru 6

December 2 thru 3 – Sumaco Volcano Area

This is a wild area that will give us a glimpse into the wildlife of the Amazon. Our lodge is set on a ridge on the eastern side of the Andean foothills. Panoramic views of the Rio Punco Valley, the Andes mountains and beyond can be enjoyed as we discover and photograph incredible diversity of birds, frogs, butterflies and more. Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, antpittas and monkeys are often seen here too.

Day 7

December 4 thru 5 – Tandayapa Valley

We will stay at one of the most famous birding locations in Ecuador and use this as our base as we not only photograph birds around the grounds but also go on excursions as we explore the western slope of the Andes. During these field trips, we will visit hots-pots designed for photographers. We will be in the cloud forest one day and up at an elevation of 12,000 feet another as we track different Choco endemics present at different elevations. High-speed flash to capture hummingbirds in flight will be just one of the highlights during these days.

Day 8 and 9

December 6 thru December 8 – Mindo Valley

This all new lodge is a bird photographers paradise with blinds setup for insect eating birds and an incredible reflecting pond for birds to drink at. Toucans, tanagers, trograns, antpittas, woodcreepers, and a dizzying array of hummingbirds that are perfect for both perched and flight photography, this location has also proven itself extremely productive. It is also another spot where we will set up our high-speed flash system to photograph hummingbirds in flight.

Day 10

December 9th – Transfer day

We will spend the morning photographing at the lodge, then return to our hotel in Quito where we will have our farewell dinner.

For those with flights departing at or around midnight, you will be transferred to the airport at 9pm.

Day 11

December 10th Travel day

For those with flights home today, you will be transferred to the airport.



Payment schedule

Deposit of $1,000 due with your reservation
Balance of $3,750 due September 1st 2020

  • Included

  • – All lodging while in Ecuador
  • – All meals
  • – All ground transportation
  • – Field trips to Photo Locations
  • – *Pricing based on double occupancy
  • – *Single Supplement (if still available) $650/person
  • – *Non-Photographer Spouse/Partner $700 discount
Price does not include
  • – Roundtrip airfare from your home to Quito
  • – gratuities
  • -any alcoholic beverages
  • -travel insurance