Versatile and mesmerising are the perfect epithets to describe Ecuador as a destination for eco-tourism and action-packed photo expeditions. Like her other South American counterparts, Ecuador too is blessed by Mother Nature with scenic landscape and dense forests brimming with rich biodiversity. Located on the west near the Pacific coast, this country lies right on the equator, so you can imagine what the climate of the place will be like. Don’t let the humid weather discourage you to take a trip, or else, you will miss out experiencing the animated wildlife which is like the heartbeat of the Ecuador from close quarters.
Here you can witness first-hand the beautiful orchids, the hummingbirds sucking nectar from flowers, the colourful frogs moving around freely and many other tropical birds with brilliant plumage. You will get a chance to shoot interesting subjects like the famous Cock of the Rock, White-bellied Antpitta, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Black-banded owl, the Mountain-Tanagers and colourful frogs to name a few. They are the gems of Ecuador and you will never be able to find them anywhere else in the world. So, whether you are a wildlife, bird and nature enthusiast for you Ecuador will be a treasure trove worth capturing with your lenses and still you can’t get enough of it!
The size of Ecuador can be compared to the state of Colorado and has four geographical regions, namely- La Costa or coast located on the west, La Sierra or the highlands which is a home to several Ecuador’s volcanoes and the breath-taking snow-capped Andes, La Amazonia also known as El Oriente or the East which comprises of the world famous Amazon jungle provinces and national parks and finally the La Región Insular or the archipelago of volcanic islands including the famous Galápagos Islands known for the giant turtles is located west of the mainland in the Pacific Ocean. The slopes of the Pacific coast are covered with a dense cover of cloud forest and shooting there needs special skills. The tropical setting with cloud cover can be a tricky place to shoot photos, but with us at Tropical Photo Tours you will get to learn new techniques of nature photography from well-published and expert photographers and go home with an enviable portfolio. It is one helluva ride shooting in Ecuador for the challenges it puts forth and what Nature has to offer to mankind!
At Ecuador you will not only get to visit the Amazon forests and the national park around the highest and active Cotopaxi volcano, you can experience city life at the historical Quito and the Amazonian city of Coca. Quito is the largest highland city in Ecuador well known for its rich history, beautiful architecture, cultural diversity, mouth-watering cuisine and a gorgeous skyline. While the Amazonian city of Coca is a great place to train your lenses to capture the rare birds and enjoy some intense nature and bird photography. A bonus here is that you can also visit the Amazonian clay licks in search of the multi-hued parakeets, parrots and macaws, where you will find them in plenty. Bet, this will be a visual treat that will stay with you forever. After all, Ecuador is a photographers’ dream destination!
Ecuador is not very far from North America and you can reach there in less than eight hours. Apart from watching the birds and animals in their natural habitat you can also explore the scenic beaches, picturesque snow-capped mountains and venture deep into the virgin locales of the Amazonian rainforests to enjoy pristine and green nature far away from the civilization. A great place for a digital detox too!
Staying in the secluded lodges amidst the forests will take you away from the city’s cacophony and maddening rush, it will slow down your pace and soothe your nerves. The best place to reenergize. Come drench in the poster-perfect beauty of the Ecuadorian Amazon and all it has to offer for a passionate photographer and nature lover like you!