Birdwatching hot spots near Cuenca

Cuenca is a strategic base camp if you’re looking to go birdwatching in southern Ecuador. The area is home to a diverse range of ecosystems allowing visitors to view a wide range of bird species. This tour gives you the opportunity to spend the day visiting one of a selection of locations.


Over about six hours this birdwatching tour will take your to visit one or more of a selection of birdwatching hot spots located near Cuenca in southern Ecuador. Simply choose from the options included to the right, or ask about special itineraries if you’re looking to see a particular species or visit a particular ecosystem. A packed lunch is included for all options. Visiting more distant locations will require special arrangements and conditions.

This tour includes

· A bilingual (English/Spanish) guide
· Private transportation
· Packed lunch
· All entrance fees

This tour does not include

· Travel insurance
· Tips
· Any other service not mentioned herein

Packing tips

· Good walking shoes
· Comfortable clothing
· Rain jacket
· Sun cream
· Binoculars

Birdwatching hot spots

Cajas National Park
Cajas National Park (35 kms from Cuenca) is host to about 150 upper Andean bird species. The most notable is the violet-throated metaltail (hummingbird) which is practically endemic to this park. Other birds found here are the caranculated caracara, tawny antpitta, stout-billed concludes and the Ecuadorian hillstar hummingbird. This is definitely the most remarkable birdwatching destination near Cuenca.
Llaviuco (17 kms from Cuenca) is located in the lower section of Cajas National Park. It features a particularly interesting mixture of habitats for birdwatching: well-preserved mountain forests, enchanting lakes and scenic pastures. The mountain toucan, Andean guan, masked trogon, turquoise jay, colorful tanagers, twelve species of hummingbirds and water birds are among the highlights.
Yunguilla Valley
Yunguilla Valley (85 kms from Cuenca) is an inter-Andean valley which marks a transition to coastal plain, with different climatic zones and ecosystems: western Andean foothills, subtropical valleys and a desert zone. It is also the doorway to the Tumbesian region. Species include the crimson-mantled woodpecker, stripped owl, the endemic tumbesian Pacific elania and the pale-headed brush-finch, rediscovered in 1998.


# passengers Price (per person)
1 $163
2 $137
3 $98
4-5 $85
6-7 $67
8-9 $55


Made-to-Measure Travel

This itinerary is designed to give you an idea of the available options for travel in Ecuador. But keep in mind:

  • We can tailor this trip to suit your needs, tastes, time frame and budget