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6 Day Southern Birdwatching Expedition in Ecuador
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Wonderful Wildlife Tour in Ecuador

From the high altitude mystical paramo of El Cajas to the Tumbesian endemic region, southern Ecuador is a birdwatching paradise awaiting your arrival. The Tumbesian region contains one of the highest concentrations of restricted bird range species in South America. You will be sure to add a great number of birds to your list and take away for unforgettable birding experiences!


  • Minimum group size: Group safari (2 to 8 persons)
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: many species of birds
  • Language: Spanish and English


  • 5 birdwatching activities
  • Visit the Siete Cascadas (Seven Waterfalls)
  • Travel around Yunguilla Jocotoco Reserve and El Cajas National Park
  • Explore Manglares Churute and Buenaventura Jocotoco Reserve
  • Enjoy the colonial city of Cuenca
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Daily breakfast


5 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
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During this trip, you will be staying in Guayaquil for the first and the last night, in Piñas area for the second night, Yunguilla area for the third night, and Cuenca for the fourth night.


Day 1: Arrival to Guayaquil

  • Transfer to hotel and introduction to the tour
  • Overnight: Guayaquil

Day 2: Manglares Churute

  • Birding in the Manglares Churute Reserve
  • Visit the Siete Cascadas (Seven Waterfalls) area

Possible spots of the day include horned screamer, Pacific parrotlet, Harri´s hawk, Savanna hawk, snail kite, laughing falcon, thick-billed euphonia, streaked saltator, Ecuadorian trogon, short-tailed hummingbird, rufous-tailed hummingbird, roseate spoonbill, osprey, neotropic cormorant, little blue heron, cocoi heron, brown pelican, ringed kingfisher, green kingfisher, lineated woodpecker, spotted sandpiper, Baron´s hermit, pale-mandibled aracari, jet antbird, superciliated wren, orange-crowned euphonia, and Peruvian meadowlark.

  • Overnight: Piñas area

Day 3: Buenaventura Jocotoco Reserve

  • Birding in the Buena Ventura Reserve
  • Visit Jardin de Los Colibries

Possible spots of the day include long-wattled umbrella bird. El Oro parakeet, grey-backed hawk, grey-breasted flycatcher, rufous-throated tanager, Baron's hermit, white-necked jacobin, brown violetear, green thorntail, emerald-bellied woodnymph, violet-bellied hummingbird, rufous-tailed hummingbird, Andean emerald, white-vented plumeleteer, green-crowned brilliant, fawn-breasted brilliant, long-billed starthroat, purple-throated and little woodstar, green honeycreeper, Guayaquil woodpecker, Pacific tuftedcheek , golden-winged manakin, grey-and-gold warbler, rufous-throated tanager, golden-naped tanager, bay-headed tanager, and ashy-throated bush-tanager.

  • Overnight: Yunguilla area

Day 4: Yunguilla

  • Birding in the Yunguilla Jocotoco Reserve
  • Free afternoon to enjoy the colonial city of Cuenca or thermal baths

Possible spots of the day include: pale-headed brush-finch, grey-browed brush-finch, little woodstar, blue seedeater, chestnut-crowned antpitta, slate-throated whitestar, eared dove, amazilia hummingbird, Azara’s spinetail, southern beardless-tyrannulet, blue-and-white swallow, stripe-headed brush-finch, and hooded siskin.

  • Overnight: Cuenca

Day 5: El Cajas National Park

  • Birding in the Llaviuco valley
  • Birding at the Toreadora and Illincocha lakes

Possible spots of the day include: violet-throated metaltail, Ecuadorian rail, Andean ruddy-duck, Andean teal, yellow-billed pintail, mouse-colored thistletail, tawny antpitta, Andean tit-spinetail, many-striped canastero, stout-billed cinclodes, tit-like dacnises, giant conebill, shining sunbeam, Ecuadorian hillstar, plain-colored seedeater, superciliaried hemispungus, Andean-tit spinetail, pearled treerunner, and grey-breasted mountain toucan.

  • Overnight: Guayaquil

Day 6: Transfer to Guayaquil airport

  • Transfer to Guayaquil airport for connections home or Galapagos extension tour (please ask for details)
  • Activity length: Approximately one hour

Please not that this tour is also possible starting from Cuenca. Polylepis Tour keeps the itinerary pages short and sweet, please contact them for the full detailed version or with any questions you may have. Tailor-made itineraries are also available.

Included excursions

  • Enjoy the colonial city of Cuenca or thermal baths
  • Visit the Siete Cascadas (Seven Waterfalls) area


This wildlife tour will be located in Manglares Churute Reserve, Buenaventura Jocotoco Reserve, Yunguilla Jocotoco Reserve, and El Cajas National Park, Ecuador.


Breakfast is included in all packages. Other meals may be included, depending on your choice of package.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 5 birdwatching activities
  • Visit the Siete Cascadas (Seven Waterfall) area
  • Enjoy the colonial city of Cuenca or thermal baths
  • Bilingual guide
  • Private transportation
  • Daily breakfast (other meals may be included, depending on your choice of package.)
  • 5 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • International flights
  • Meals (other than breakfast), depending on your choice of package
  • Personal expenses
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Tips

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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