Join us for a wildlife photography holiday within the heart of the best of Ecuador birding areas, you will be staying at a renowned lodge in the Andean cloud-forest, offering a fantastic bird-watching & photography experience to capture images of the Hummingbirds of Ecuador.

The lodge, nestled in a private cloud-forest paradise, should provide an unparalleled wildlife photography experience. It offers comfortable rooms, a spacious dining area, & a viewing deck for bird-watching. Situated 90 minutes from Quito, it is a unique base for exploring nearby bird-watching & photography hotspots such as Mindo & Mashpi.

The lodge is famous for the variety of species of hummingbird found at its balcony feeders. Various species including , , & gather at the feeders, making it a joy for wildlife photographers. Natural light & multiflash techniques will be used to capture the best flight photos of these hummingbirds.

Fruit feeders at the lodge attract a variety of tanagers, toucans, & motmots. The resident chef serves traditional Ecuadorian meals for breakfast, lunch, & dinner, accompanied by fresh tropical fruit juices.

Day 1: Zuro Loma & Our Base Lodge

After an early morning pick-up in Quito or from Quito Airport, we will be driven to Zuro Loma, a small private reserve with feeders outside Quito. There, we will photograph hummingbirds like Sword-billed Hummingbirds & Mountain Velvetbreast. Then, we will depart for our base lodge for lunch & start our photography sessions with the local hummingbirds & tanagers.

Day 2: Birdwatcher's House & Surrounding Areas

We will visit Birdwatcher's House & surrounding areas to photograph tanagers, toucans, & a variety of hummingbirds.

Days 3-5: Photography on the Grounds of Our Base Lodge

We will spend three days conducting photography at our base lodge, photographing hummingbirds & other bird species.

Day 6: Mashpi Amagusa

We will spend a day at Amagusa Reserve near the birding area of Mashpi to photograph unique bird species including tanagers, honeycreepers, & hummingbirds.

Day 7: Refugio Paz De Las Aves, Our Base Lodge, & on to Quito

We will visit the cloud forest reserve of Refugio Paz de las Aves before returning to our base lodge. A late lunch will be taken at the lodge before departure. We will depart around 4 pm & arrive in Quito at 6 pm.

A Buff winged starfrontlet Hummingbird found in Colombia Ecuador Peru

Costa Rican Wildlife Photography Holiday Itinerary

The following is the proposed itinerary for this photography holiday, it should be considered provisional & subject to change.
  • Day 1 - Pick up at Quito Airport, photography at Zuro Loma - transfer to our base lodge - overnight our base lodge
  • Day 2 - Photography at Birdwatcher's House & Surrounding Areas - overnight our base lodge
  • Day 3 - Photography on the grounds of our base lodge - overnight our base lodge
  • Day 4 - Photography on the grounds of our base lodge - overnight our base lodge
  • Day 5 - Photography on the grounds of our base lodge - overnight our base lodge
  • Day 6 - Photography in the Mashpi Amagusa reserve - overnight our base lodge
  • Day 7 - Photography at Refugio Paz De Las Aves, followed by lunch at our base lodge - transfer to Quito Airport
A hummingbird drinks nectar from a beautiful yellow flower in Ecuador one of the many scenes that may be captured during the NaturesLens Hummingbirds of Ecuador photography holiday

Costa Rican Wildlife Photography Holiday highlights

We have taken care to refine the itinerary for this wildlife photography holiday; as such, we consider the following to be amongst the highlights of this tour.
  • Capture photos of Sword-billed Hummingbirds & Mountain Velvetbreast.
  • Photograph tanagers, toucans, & various hummingbirds.
  • Capture images of hummingbirds & other bird species in our base lodge's beautiful surroundings.
  • Explore the Amagusa Reserve near Mashpi to photograph bird species like tanagers, honeycreepers, & hummingbirds.
  • Visit the cloud forest reserve of Refugio Paz de las Aves.
  • Transportation will be provided for all planned excursions & transfers between locations.
  • Stay at a renowned lodge in the Andean Cloudforest, known for its comfortable rooms & bird-watching viewing deck.
  • Enjoy full board accommodation with traditional Ecuadorian meals prepared by the resident chef.
  • Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Cloud Forest Paradise & unwind in the tranquil surroundings of the lodge.
  • Engage in wildlife photography sessions at various locations, including Zuro Loma, Birdwatcher's House, Mashpi Amagusa, & Refugio Paz de las Aves.
One of the most impressive hummingbirds the Sword billed Hummingbird one of the many species that may be captured during the NaturesLens Hummingbirds of Ecuador photography tour
A pair of poison dart frogs one of the many species that may be captured during the NaturesLens Hummingbirds of Ecuador photography holiday
Images of Hummingbirds should be achievable during the NaturesLens Hummingbirds of Ecuador Photography Holiday

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance – it is a requirement when booking on any wildlife photography holiday scheduled by NaturesLens that you have adequate travel insurance, we suggest a policy from TrailFinders or Campbell Irvine.

Camera Insurance

Insuring your camera equipment before embarking on any wildlife photographic holiday is crucial. Our trips often involve venturing into remote, & sometimes unpredictable environments where accidents & unexpected incidents occur. Insuring your camera gear provides financial protection against theft, loss, or damage, ensuring your investment is safeguarded.

Wildlife photography involves capturing unique & irreplaceable moments, & without proper insurance, any unforeseen mishap could result in significant monetary losses. By insuring your equipment, you can enjoy peace of mind, knowing that you’re covered in case of any unfortunate events, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring world of wildlife & capture stunning photographs without worry.

We recommend PhotoGuard for amateur photographers or Glover Howe, who we use.

Images of Hummingbirds should be achievable during the NaturesLens Hummingbirds of Ecuador Photography Holiday

Join us for a wildlife photography experience to capture images of the fantastic Hummingbirds of Ecuador.

The Hummingbirds of Ecuador photography holiday is a six-night duration event, that costs £3999 & takes place in Zuro Loma in Ecuador, between the dates of 9th - 15th March 2025. It is ideal for photographing Hummingbirds of Ecuador. This photography holiday is led by David Miles & Jane Palmer for NaturesLens.

The Hummingbirds of Ecuador photography holiday is offered on a full board, single occupancy with no single supplement payable basis.

Group size for this photography holiday is a minimum of 2 participants & a maximum of 4, plus David & Jane.

We consider this to be a photography holiday requiring medium effort or exertion, if you have any questions about your suitability for this photography holiday, please contact us before making a booking enquiry.

The Hummingbirds of Ecuador photography holiday starts & ends at Quito Airport. Transfers are included between Quito Airport & Zuro Loma.

The Hummingbirds of Ecuador photography holiday requires a deposit of £800 to secure a place.

The Hummingbirds of Ecuador photography holiday is a six-night duration event, that costs £3999 & takes place in Zuro Loma in Ecuador, between the dates of 9th - 15th March 2025. It is ideal for photographing Hummingbirds of Ecuador. This photography holiday is led by David Miles & Jane Palmer for NaturesLens.

The Hummingbirds of Ecuador photography holiday is offered on a full board, single occupancy with no single supplement payable basis.

Group size for this photography holiday is a minimum of 2 participants & a maximum of 4, plus David & Jane.

We consider this to be a photography holiday requiring medium effort or exertion, if you have any questions about your suitability for this photography holiday, please contact us before making a booking enquiry.

The Hummingbirds of Ecuador photography holiday starts & ends at Quito Airport. Transfers are included between Quito Airport & Zuro Loma.

The Hummingbirds of Ecuador photography holiday requires a deposit of £800 to secure a place.

NaturesLens photography holidays do not include flights unless it is explicitly stated on the event page. When it is time to book your flights, we will send you the details in plenty of time to allow for bookings at the best available price.

The photography holiday itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.

NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants in order to be viable. If this minimum number is not met, the photography holiday may not go ahead.

In the event that the minimum number for a photography holiday to go ahead is not reached, NaturesLens reserves the right to cancel any given photography holiday. In that event 100% of monies received will be returned. However, NaturesLens is not responsible for expenses incurred by its customers.

Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.

Please note the cuisine on many of the NaturesLens photography holidays is authentic & typical of the region in which you are travelling. International or western cuisine is often NOT available. If you have any concerns over the food arrangements or have any special dietary requirements, please contact us prior to making a booking.

All personal luggage are the responsibility of the owner & we request that photography holiday participants limit their luggage to the equivalent of one suitcase, one flight bag, one camera bag & tripod. We do not wish to appear dictatorial in this matter & the request is made to ensure space & comfort for everyone in our vehicles.

NaturesLens & its agents act only as agents for the passenger in all matters relating to travel arrangements, & as such, do not assume responsibility for injury, accident, damage, loss, delay or irregularity which may occur via defect of transportation or any other cause.

NaturesLens reserves the right to substitute hotels, & other previously outlined arrangements as necessary, to either improve or equal the travel experience.

NaturesLens reserves the right to pass on to photography holiday participants any additional & unplanned expenditure incurred during a photography holiday, via events beyond the control of NaturesLens. NaturesLens reserves the right to accept or decline any person as a member of any photography holiday.

Payment of deposit by photography holiday participants or their representative constitutes their acceptance of all conditions contained herein.

All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.

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