Tour At A Glance





Single Room Supplement:


Tour Code:

Fairly intensive with some early starts and long days in the field, plus birding at altitude

Group Size:

Eight plus leaders

Plate-billed Mountain Toucan Jocotoco Antpitta Grey Tinamou Green-crowned Woodnymph Golden-naped Tanager Green-crowned Brilliant Curunculated Caracara

Ecuador - Andes & Antpittas

Date: Returning in 2023 (SPACES)
Leaders: Ashley Saunders & local guides



Ecuadorian Hillstar
This makes a perfect birding holiday for anyone who wants to see some of the most iconic birds of South America with as much ease and comfort as possible. We’ll see literally hundreds of fabulous species  - on our reccy we had 51 species of hummingbirds, 38 species of tanagers and 7 species of antpitta all seen well, as were other great birds such as Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Andean Condor, Torrent Duck, Grey Tinamou, Andean Ibis, Golden-headed Quetzal, Toucan Barbet, Plate-billed Mountain Toucan, Rufous-breasted Ant-thrush, Tanager Finch, Lanceolated Monklet, Band-bellied Owl, Cloud-forest Pygmy Owl, Lyre-tailed Nightjar and Paramo Pipit.Even though we’ll be on, or close to the equator we’ll spend most of our time in the Andes so we’ll hardly ever feel hot and sweaty and this trip is designed to take us to places where many of the best birds literally come to us. As a result, fabulous forest birds such as tinamous, barbtails, treehunters, foliage-gleaners, woodcreepers, ant-thrushes, nightingale-thrushes, tapaculos and quail-doves will be lured out of cover to within feet of us. And that’s not including all the hummingbirds and tanagers that will come to the feeders of our lodges. This technique of luring birds out of the jungle is best demonstrated by our opportunity to see one of the most iconic birds of South America, the Jocotoco Antpitta. This species is so rare it was only discovered in 1997 yet, with the help of local guides, we can hope to get at least one bird to come within a few feet of us. Despite their often loud calls, antpittas are notoriously difficult to see but, in addition to the Jocotoco, we also hope to get exceptional views of Giant, Moustached, Chestnut-crowned, Chestnut-naped, Ochre-breasted and Yellow-breasted Antpittas! Other highlights of the trip will be the chance to watch the fabulous dawn lekking displays of Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, the sight of Andean Condors soaring overhead (they are rather scarce in Ecuador), Andean Ibis at one of its few breeding areas in the world, the amazing Lyre-tailed Nightjar and some iconic hummingbirds including Sword-billed Hummingbird, Giant Hummingbird, the endemic Ecuadorian Hillstar, Black-tailed Trainbearer, Violet-tailed Sylph and Booted Racket-tail. In addition to the birds, there’s a chance of some fabulous mammals too – on our reccy we had great views of Spectacled Bear, Mountain Tapir, Coatimundi and Olinguito (a tree-loving raccoon, only recently described as a new species). Your tour leader will be Ashley Saunders, who is very experienced at leading tours throughout the Neotropical region, assisted throughout by expert local guides. 


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