Wildlife Encounters

An astounding variety of animals have made their home in Ecuador’s rainforests and cloud forests, high-altitude grasslands and tropical dry forests and on its islands.

The Galápagos Home to creatures so tame, you’ll practically trip over all the sea lions.

Bird-watching With more than 600 recorded bird species in the area, the cloud forests in and around Mindo are a mecca for birders.

Amazonian jungle lodges Spy monkeys, toucans, caiman, river dolphins and more from one of a handful of jungle lodges in the pristine Lower Río Napo.

Parque Nacional Podocarpus This massive but little-known park is home to tapirs, bears and nearly 600 bird species.

Intag Valley A somewhat unknown slice of highland paradise where new species are still being discovered.