Our Eastern Andes tour is a great introduction to birding the mighty Andes of South America. We will be exploring the vast east slope for local specialities and will visit a wide array of fascinating habitats and elevations. Travelling from snow-capped volcanoes down to pristine cloud forests will be not only an incredible experience but will also offer superb birding and scenery every day!

Stunning species that we will be searching for include Andean Condor, Carunculated Caracara, Ecuadorian Hillstar, Giant Hummingbird, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Torrent Duck, Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe, Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan, Inca Jay, White-bellied Antpitta, the San Isidro “mystery” Owl, Golden-headed and Crested Quetzals and Masked Trogon, to mention a few! Rare species that we will also be searching for include Andean Ibis, Andean Potoo, Red-rumped Bush Tyrant, Greater Scythebill, Bicolored Antvireo, Peruvian and Crescent-faced Antpittas, White-capped Tanager and Masked Mountain Tanager. A great network of birding reserves, together with good infrastructure, unsurpassable scenery, fine dining, and friendly people make the eastern Andes of Ecuador another key destination on the world birding circuit.

Top Birds

Andean Condor; Carunculated Caracara; Torrent Duck; Black-faced Ibis; Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe; Black-winged Ground Dove; Ecuadorian Hillstar; Giant & Sword-billed Hummingbirds; Viridian Metaltail; Long-tailed Sylph; Tourmaline Sunangel; Chestnut-breasted Coronet; White-bellied Woodstar; Glowing Puffleg; Black-tailed Trainbearer; Rainbow-bearded & Blue-mantled Thornbills; San Isidro “mystery” Owl; Rufous-bellied Nighthawk; Andean Potoo; White-capped Parrot; Grey-breasted & Black-billed Mountain Toucans; Masked Trogon; Golden-headed & Crested Quetzals; Crimson-mantled Woodpecker; Long-tailed & Paramo Tapaculos; Tawny, White-bellied, Peruvian, Slaty-crowned & Crescent-faced Antpittas; Andean Tit-Spinetail; Stout-billed & Bar-winged Cinclodes; Many-striped Canastero; Pearled Treerunner; Greater Scythebill; Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant; Red-rumped Bush Tyrant; Agile Tit-Tyrant; Handsome Flycatcher; Inca Jay; Black-billed Peppershrike; Black-eared Hemispingus; Black-backed Bush Tanager; Buff-breasted, Masked, Blue-winged and Scarlet-bellied Mountain Tanagers; Saffron-crowned, Beryl-spangled, Flame-faced, Black-capped, Grass-green, Golden-crowned & White-capped Tanagers; Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonia; Bluish Flowerpiercer; Golden-collared Honeycreeper; Pale-naped Brushfinch; Subtropical Cacique.

Top Mammals

White-tailed Deer; Andean Fox; Mountain Tapir (rare); Spectacled Bear (rare)

Habitats Covered

paramo grasslands and highland lakes, temperate tree line forest & polylepis, temperate cloud-forest, upper and lower subtropical cloud-forest

Expected Climate

chilly at high elevations but pleasant in the subtropics

Max Group Size

8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader

Tour Pace & Walking

easy to moderate pace

Accommodation

comfortable lodges

Ease of Birding

easy birding with some tricky skulkers

Number of Species Expected

200 - 250

Photographic Opportunities

excellent, especially at Antisana, San Isidro and Guango

What our clients say about us

Dušan Brinkhuizen
JP, Ecuador 2022

This tour was fantastic. Dušan is an excellent leader. I learned a lot from him and he made the tour very enjoyable. I loved the lodges we stayed at. They were comfortable with birds and nature all around. I’m already looking into more tours in Ecuador with Dušan. Thanks Rockjumper!

Dušan Brinkhuizen
BK - Ecuador 2022

"Really very positive indeed. I really liked Dusan, and there was no question he was an astonishing birder. I'd love to do another tour with him."

Dušan Brinkhuizen
PR, Ecuador 2018

You have a stellar guide in Dušan Brinkhuizen... he is a fantastic asset!

Dušan Brinkhuizen
DH, Ecuador 2022

Dusan was an excellent guide. His knowledge of bird calls and ID were extraordinary. He is a gem.

Dušan Brinkhuizen
AW & LW - Ecuador 2022

Dusan was simply amazing! He was the best guide we have ever had. He can identify thousands of birds by sounds. He was very gentle and patient, making the tour very enjoyable. He tried very hard so that everyone in the tour could see the birds. Indeed, we are looking for a next tour where he is the leader.

Ecuador - Northern: Eastern Andes: Paramo & Cloud Forest II 2024

06 Nov 2024 - 12 Nov 2024 (7 days)

USD2,895 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Robert Wilcox

Tour price (Per person): USD2,895 * GBP2,281 * EUR2,681 * AUD4,379

Single Supplement: USD300 * GBP236 * EUR278 * AUD454

Ecuador - Northern: Eastern Andes: Paramo & Cloud Forest I 2025

16 Feb 2025 - 22 Feb 2025 (7 days)

USD2,995 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: James Wade Lee

Tour price (Per person): USD2,995 * GBP2,359 * EUR2,774 * AUD4,530

Single Supplement: USD390 * GBP307 * EUR361 * AUD590

Ecuador - Northern: Eastern Andes: Paramo & Cloud Forest II 2025

05 Nov 2025 - 11 Nov 2025 (7 days)

USD2,995 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Adam Walleyn

Tour price (Per person): USD2,995 * GBP2,359 * EUR2,774 * AUD4,530

Single Supplement: USD390 * GBP307 * EUR361 * AUD590

Ecuador - Northern: Eastern Andes: Paramo & Cloud Forest I 2026

15 Feb 2026 - 21 Feb 2026 (7 days)

USD3,100 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Robert Wilcox

Pricing notes : *Prices are estimated and dates may change*

Tour price (Per person): USD3,100 * GBP2,442 * EUR2,871 * AUD4,689

Ecuador - Northern: Eastern Andes: Paramo & Cloud Forest II 2026

04 Nov 2026 - 10 Nov 2026 (7 days)

USD3,100 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Stephan Lorenz

Pricing notes : *Prices are estimated and dates may change*

Tour price (Per person): USD3,100 * GBP2,442 * EUR2,871 * AUD4,689

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