Birdwatcher Paradise in the Oriente bio-diversity
The Quijos Valley is one of the best kept secret for birdwatchers and the Rio Quijos Ecolodge is a veritable paradise for birding on your own or with a knowledgeable guide.
Rio Quijos Ecolodge’s experienced guides can take you to wonderful locations to enjoy the best of birding and nature, our expert guides will take time showing and describing each bird as you walk along.
Individuals can enjoy personal time at the property locating regional birds of the Oriente, including tanagers, inca jays, oropendulas, gallo de pena, mot mot, torrent ducks, sunbitterns and a large variety of hummingbirds.
Ecuador is one of the world’s premier bird watching destinations and one of the most bio-diverse locations in the world, with over 600 bird species recorded here. Ecuador acts as a continuous corridor for migration between north and south America and is a meeting ground for seemingly unimaginable bio-diversity. Variation in temperature and rainfall and a wide range of elevations combine to produce the rich and varied vegetation that support the country’s wealth of birds.
Experience the natural beauty of the cloud forest without any crowds. Different birds can be spotted depending on the elevation and time of year. December through April the migratory birds are more abundant and active. Due to high food supply birds start mating and nesting.
Guided Birding Tours
The Rio Quijos Ecolodge Guides are happy to assist you with your technical questions about birds, locations, and other details in order to make your trip the best bird watching experience you could possibly have in this beautiful country.
Julio Ayala, Naturalist Guide
Since 2013, Julio has been a professional guide on the Western and Eastern slopes of the Andes, and is very knowledgeable about the tropical rain forest and the conservation of natural eco-systems. His extensive training and education covers the history of Ecuador, ecology, conservation, wildlife, geology, vulcanology, survival and first aid. Julio speaks English fluently and has an extraordinary knowledge of bird songs and calls, which enables him to find the most elusive species. He will call the birds closer, which amazes his guests. During his tour you will learn about the flora and fauna of the region, the area’s reserves and parks, indigenous communities and local history. Julio also offers butterfly tours.
Guided Tours are available along the Quijos, or up the Oyacachi Valley. Full Day Tour – $85/pax, includes guide, transportation (minimum 2 persons).
The Rio Quijos Ecolodge can be rented out for birdwatching retreats with packages that include Guided Birding Tours. We can also provide custom itineraries from one to multiple days.
LIST OF SIGHTED BIRDS
From the lodge we have easy access to the Paramo, the Andean Cloud Forest, the Upper Tropical Forests and the Amazon Basin which is the home to over 600 bird species. Our list of identified species continues to grow every year.
Get 10% Off Your First Trip
We will take 10% off from your first trip and donate it to the Ecuadorian Rivers Institute in your name. We want to share with you the fight against deforestation and habitat loss, and make an important commitment to protecting the rivers of Ecuador.