Photo by: Kathy Adams Clark
Location: Ecuador
PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

Ecuador Birding and Photo Tour

Complete Itinerary to be announced.

Contact Strabo Tours for details.

  • A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Houston Audubon Society to support their programs.
  • Travel with an Ecuadorian naturalist/birder and Photo Leader & Educator Kathy Adams Clark.
  • Visit tropical lowlands, and high Andes for a chance to see a wide array of hummingbirds, tropical birds, and the majestic Andean Condors.
  • Accommodations at well-known locations for their on-site bird photography.
  • Visits to the Antisana, Yanacocha, and Alambi Nature Reserves, photograph their wealth of diversity.
  • Extend your stay with Kathy to the Papallacta area, the eastern slope of the Andes, offering some of the most exciting birding in the country.
Region

Latin America and Caribbean

Destination

Ecuador

Dates

May 22-31, 2025

Duration

9 days

Available Post-Trip Extension

Eastern Andes Extension

$To Be Announced

per person, double occupancy*

*U.S. dollars based upon minimum of participants.

Tour Overview

Welcome to a land of endless discovery… Visiting Ecuador is finding a paradise full of wonder and astonishing natural attractions. Ecuador has it all, with its snow-capped volcanoes, plunging valleys, majestic mountains, breathtaking gardens, green valleys bathed by cascading waterfalls, beautiful colonial architecture, monasteries, Indian markets, and little villages lost in the Andes. Each destination has been selected to maximize photographic and birding opportunities.

Welcome to a land of endless discovery… Visiting Ecuador is finding a paradise full of wonder and astonishing natural attractions. Ecuador has it all, with its snow-capped volcanoes, plunging valleys, majestic mountains, breathtaking gardens, green valleys bathed by cascading waterfalls, beautiful colonial architecture, monasteries, Indian markets, and little villages lost in the Andes. Each destination has been selected to maximize photographic and birding opportunities.

Ecuador’s attractiveness springs from the fact that over 1,500 species of birds have been recorded in this tiny country. The country is rapidly becoming a prime destination for photographers and naturalists because the land is being wisely protected with a system of national parks and private reserves. The comfortable lodges in the midst of our photographic locations allow us to relax and enjoy Ecuador. You will see why Ecuador is a growing world-class destination

Photo Leader

Kathy Adams Clark

Over all an excellent trip: food, guides, and the tour itself! Kathy did a great job.

— J Davis

I learned a lot of new things about photography and details of better camera use that I will put into practice. We were very pleased with the trip, the guides, the drivers, the food, and the accommodations.

— D. Lund

Tour Itinerary

May 22: Home - Quito, Ecuador
Flights from the U.S. arrive in Quito this evening, where there will be a group transport (time to be announced) to your accommodations, in the heart of Quito. Overnight Quito (meal aloft)
May 23: Quito and Antisana Ecological Reserve

Depart after a late breakfast on a tour of the Capital City of Ecuador, photographing the historical architecture. Continue on a drive to the Antisana Ecological Reserve. Giving us an opportunity to view a unique landscape that gradually turns into forest. You will find the Antisana Volcano as a backdrop, with its indescribable beauty. Photograph the Andean condor as well as the Carunculated Caracara, Andean Hillstar Hummingbird, and Stout-billed Cinclodes. Overnight Quito (B, L)

May 24: Zuroloma & Yanacocha Reserves - Alambi Hummingbird Garden

Enjoy photographing the ecological reserves along the hummingbird route on the western slope of the Andes. Today will be filled with photographing hummingbirds such as the Purple-bibbed Whitetip, Booted racket-tail, and White-necked Jacobin. We will also photograph hummingbirds at the many feeders around the grounds. A morning birdwalk might yield Streak-capped Treehunter, Tricolored and White-winged Brush-Finches, Gray-breasted Wood-Wren, Slat-throated Whitestart, White-winged Becard, Dusky-capped Flycatcher, and Three-striped Warbler. Mixed flocks of tanagers often pass through, stopping to feed on fruiting bushes at the right time of year and Blue-winged Mountain-Tanagers, White-winged Brush-Finches, and Red-headed Barbets come to eat the fruit put out for them outside the lounge windows sometimes bringing Crimson-rumped Toucanets with them. Overnight Nanagalito(B, L, D)

May 25-29: Sachatamia
May 30: Quito-Home or on to the Eastern Anders

Enjoy additional photography at the lodge this morning. You’ll have additional photography stops along the way back to Quito.

Those not on the extension will check-in at the airport hotel. You can rest, relax, re-pack and enjoy dinner on your own before checking in for your flight home. (B)

Post-Trip Extension

Extension Name

Eastern Andes Extension

Price

$TBA*

Dates

May 31-Jun 3 2025

Duration

3 days

* Based upon minimum of participants.

May 31-Jun 1: Papallacta

Those attending the extension will continue, by passing Quito and into the Eastern Andes.

You’ll reach the next lodge to photograph hummingbirds such as the four-inch long Sword-billed hummingbird, Tourmaline Sunangel, Collared Inca, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, and Long-tailed Sylph. Garden birds of particular interest include the Turquoise Jay and Glossy Flowerpiercers. Surrounding grounds are home to Grey-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Buff-breasted and Hooded Mountain-Tanagers, Grey-hooded Bush-Tanager, and Slaty Brush-Finch.

You will have time to explore the varied trails, allowing you time to photograph as a group, or wander on your own.Your birding guide will walk with those interested in photographing forest dwelling birds such as Rufous-breasted Antthrush, Moustached, Scaled, and Ochre-breasted Antpittas, Dark-backed Wood-Quail, and White-throated Quail-Dove.  Overnight (B, L, D both days)

June 2: Cosanga-Wild Sumaco Wildlife Sanctuary
June 3:

Enjoy your last day exploring the grounds with your guides and the local forest. After checking out there will be a wonderful photography stop at the La Brisa Hummingbird Garden in Braeza. Continue your journey, returning to the Quito Airport. The group will then be taken to the Quito airport for check in. Flights depart for home around midnight, landing at home the next day. (B, D)