From the cloud forest in the Andes and the rainforest in the Amazon lowlands to the dry tropical forest along the coast, Ecuador offers a variety of climates and eco-regions. With nearly 1,600 bird species, this country is not to be missed on a birdwatching trip to South America.
There are numerous national parks, along with an impressive network of 13 private bird reserves created by the Ecuadorian conservation group Jocotoco Foundation. The reserves protect more than 50,000 acres of protected habitat for many of the country’s rarest species. See how many you can visit!