The cloudforests in Ecuador are located both on the eastern and western slopes of the Andes Mountains, while most lodges, birding, and wildlife-focused trips are located on the eastern slope within a couple of hour’s drive from the capital city of Quito. Read about these recommended lodges and tour providers in Ecuador’s cloudforest.


Ecuador Unlimited – helps organize trips to Ecuador’s cloudforest for birders, families, and nature lovers at several of the top-rated eco-lodges on the eastern slope of the Andes mountain range. They can help you choose between several different lodges and experiences ranging from basic to luxury.

Equateur Voyages Passion – takes you to discover the magic, charm, and great biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest in a unique site in the borders of Yasuní National Park. Shiripuno Lodge works in harmony with the Huaorani community of Neoneno, who has developed ecological trails and programs that go beyond traditional tourism practices with the implementation of night cameras and a record of flora and fauna of the surroundings.

El Monte – offers charming, truly-ecological riverside cabins in the Cloudforest surrounding Mindo. El Monte, owned by an Ecuadorian-American couple, provides an array of activities including, horseback riding, hiking, swimming in natural pools, birding, and whitewater inner tubing down the Mindo river. At the end of the day savor home cooking by candlelight and listen to the night sounds of the forest.

Galapagos & Ecuador Insiders – get you the inside scoop and local prices on custom-designed trips to mainland Ecuador from their agency based in Quito. Explore the depths of the Ecuadorian Amazon and Ecuadorian Cloudforest staying in some of the country’s top eco-lodges.

Birding in Ecuador
Cloud Forest tours generally mix hiking and birding.


Updated October 4, 2023 by Jason Halberstadt