In 2010 we finished an amazing trip to Brazil with the optimistic intention of getting the same group together for another avian adventure in 2012. For a while, it looked nothing more than wishful thinking and then, in October 2011, the idea began to circulate about a trip to Ecuador. By November, we were all booked up and ready to go.Ecuador is viewed by many as the premier destination for birding and is the most biodiverse country in the world by land mass, boasting an incredible bird species total of over 1600. For this trip we used the services of Tropical Birding and decided to visit the North-western Slope of the Andes, using Tandayapa Bird Lodge as our base and adding an extra day in the Paramo that lies in the shadow of the mighty Antisana volcano. With day trips out to various elevations, we would be able to cover all of the major ecological zones, Paramo, temperate forest, subtropical forest, foothills, and lowlands in an elevation range of 350m up to 3800m, and thereby rack up an incredible bird list. As you would imagine, the trip was amazing and had many highlights and spectacular photographic opportunities – we saw 337 species in a week and had 138 species in a single day! Ecuador really lives up to expectations and I am certain we’ll go back to explore the other regions of this fantastic destination.