South America is home to about 3.000 bird species, more than half of which can be seen in our small country. Ecuador is a birdwatchers’ paradise with around 1.600 different species, twice as much as the entirety of Europe, or the US and Canada combined, which each have around 800 species. Ecuador is home to approximately one-sixth of the world’s bird species in an area about the size of Colorado, and gives birdwatchers the chance of spotting more different species in a shorter time than they would have just about anywhere else. The Amazon is home to some incredible birds, including toucans, hummingbirds, vultures, macaws, parrots, and jacamars. To get any closer to these beauties than here, you’d definitely need a pair of binoculars!
Ecuador is one of 17 megadiverse countries and boasts the highest biodiversity per square meter of any nation on earth. The country is home to an estimated 4.000 species of butterflies, thousands of colorful moths, and more than 500 amphibians. It is an insect paradise: on a single rainforest tree, you may find more species of ant than in all of England. The country’s flora is equally unique, boasting, for instance, over 4.300 species of orchids. Finally, Ecuador’s Amazonian rivers are home to about 1.000 fish species. All in all, this part of the world is a biophile’s utopia, whichever living organisms they adore.