Hummingbirds of Ecuador Photo Safari

Chestnut-breasted Coronet

Chestnut-breasted Coronet

This trip is limited to just 8 photographers (plus non-photographing companions). For the non-photographing companions, we will offer many bird walks through the surrounding habitats in search of trogons, quetzals, toucans, warblers and so much more. The photographers are obviously welcome to take a break from the hummingbirds to enjoy these additional birding opportunities as well. Some of the lodges also offer great relaxation opportunities.

Hummingbirds are jewels of the birding world, and Ecuador is home to about 130 species! The eastern slope of the Andes in northern Ecuador are home to over 60 species, and we will explore the best locations to see and photograph these flying gems with names like Shining Sunbeam, Collared Inca, Mountain Velvetbreast, Sword-billed Hummingbird and an array of Brilliants, Woodstars, Coronets, Avocet-bills and so many more.

Our birding areas will be in cloud forest from 4500 ft up to above tree line in the Paramo at 12,000 ft. Most lodges offer stationary feeder sites as well as wildflower and garden locations in each area in order to find the most species and the best photo opportunities.

This trip is designed for any level of photographic knowledge from beginner to expert, so no matter what your skill level this trip will help you get the best possible images of these beautiful birds. Join us for this colorful, challenging and fun photographic adventure!



Masked Flowerpiercer

Masked Flowerpiercer


Sword-billed Hummingbirds are always a treat while in Ecuador.

Sword-billed Hummingbirds are always a treat while in Ecuador.

  • Workshop Cost
  • 2016 Cost

    $4500 per photographer from Quito, Ecuador

    $4000 per non-photographer companion sharing room


    Prices are per person double occupancy. If a single room is preferred or a suitable roommate is not available a single supplement fee of $500 will be charged.



    Included in the Tour Cost

    All ground transportation, including transfers from arrival airport. All accommodations. All meals from dinner on arrival day through breakfast on departure day. All entrance fees and guide fees. Tips for meal service.


    Not Included in the Tour Cost

    International air travel, passport fees, luggage fees, trip insurance, alcoholic beverages, departure taxes, phone calls, laundry, or other items of a personal nature.

  • Itinerary
  • Day 1 Quito / Garden Hotel
    Participants arrive throughout the day.


    Day 2 Guango Lodge
    Depart for our first location. Hummingbird feeders surround the front of our lodge and this is the best place to find many species like Chestnut-breasted Coronet and the amazing Sword-billed Hummingbird.


    Day 3 Drive to WildSumaco Lodge
    After another wonderful morning at Guango Lodge, we will drive down the eastern slope of the Andes on the edge of the Amazon Basin.

    WildSumaco Lodge offers a new set of hummingbirds with great opportunities to capture images of another dozen species!


    Day 4 WildSumaco Lodge
    After a bit of practice we should be getting pretty good at our set up images. So we will mix it with some added non-hummingbird species as well, in difficult light at times, to learn more about exposure, ISO and shutter speeds.


    Day 5 Drive to Septimo Paraiso Lodge

    Today we’ll drive to the eastern side of the Andes with a fun stop at Antisana to find Andean Condors and the tiny Ecuadorian Hillstar hummingbird.


    Day 6 Septimo Paraiso Lodge
    Today will be spent at and around the lodge to enjoy the hummingbird gardens and practice more of what we have learned with and without flash set-ups.


    Day 7 Septimo Paraiso Lodge
    Today we will drive up the slope a little to another amazing hummingbird location with over 30 feeders!


    Day 8 Drive to Quito / GARDEN HOTEL
    This morning we will rise very early to visit the Cock-of-the-Rock lek and Antpitta haven of Reserva Angel Paz. After, we’ll continue to the amazing Oilbird colony discovered in recent years, before arriving at our hotel for our final night.


    Day 9 Return to USA
    Flight departures throughout the morning.

  • Accommodations
  • Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge

    Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge was designed for birdwatchers. It lies on the west slope of the Ecuadorian Andes at an elevation of about 8000 feet. The buildings are unique in design. The bedrooms are spacious and all have private bathrooms.


    Septimo Paraiso Lodge (Mindo)

    Septimo Paraiso Lodge lies on a private reserve set at about 5000 feet above sea level. The lodge offers luxury well beyond its rustic setting. Large rooms with full bath... some with spectacular views, are surrounded by rainforest. The birding is spectacular!


    Guango Lodge

    Guango Lodge is a new, small tourist facility on a family property that is surrounded by temperate forest and very birdy flocks. Guango Lodge, about 1 hour away from San Isidro, lies at a higher elevation (about 9000 feet) on Ecuador’s eastern slope.

    This area is centered in a zone classified as humid temperate forest, a habitat distinctly different from San Isidro and characterized  by its more stunted trees (and thicker canopy), cooler climate, and different bird and plant composition. All rooms have private bath.

    Hummingbird feeders surround the front deck and this is the best place to find many species like Chestnut-breasted Coronet and the amazing Sword-billed Hummingbird.


    Cabañas San Isidro

    Cabañas San Isidro, surrounded by its own 1,300 acre forest reserve, has built a reputation for being the pioneer in private conservation and birding/nature tourism on the northeast slope of the Ecuadorian Andes. While many popular birding spots lack any type of lodge, at Cabañas San Isidro you will not have to sacrifice comfort for great birds and the chance to see other interesting wildlife.


    WildSumaco Lodge

    WildSumaco is a brand new tourist lodge with all the ammenities... full en suit bath, etc, set amidst the incredible mid-level cloud forest on the eastern slope of the Andes.