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THE BEST ECOTOURS OF ECUADOR COMBINED WITH ITS BEST CULTURE! OUR PARKS AND TRIBES renowned biologists, selected Ecuador's greatest national parks to visit


National Parks Tours Ecuador and Galapagos

Hallo, welcome to the PARKS AND TRIBES website about national parks ecotours in Ecuador. Let us you tell more about the fantastic national parks of Ecuador, that no travel agent will ever tell you. Why? Very simple, because they have no idea, as no travel agent in Ecuador knows more than 3 or 4 parks at best, they simply have no idea what the parks system of Ecuador has to offer. We on the other hand know almost all 56 of them.





Who are we?

We are Dr. Flavio Coello, former director of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve and current professor or ecotourism and national parks management, Dr. Randy Borman, official member of the Cofan Tribe and Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil, aka the "Parks Man", member of the former United Nations team that selected the National Parks System of Ecuador. Nobody knows the national parks and reserves of Ecuador better than we do.


Ecuador's National Parks System

Let us tell you a bit more about the parks and nature reserves of Ecuador:

Ecuador has some of the richest national parks systems in the world, with the greatest varieties on earth in climate zones of Ecuador, landscapes and species of native animals of Ecuador and flowers of Ecuador. In other words, Ecuador is the most biodiverse country in the world calculated per square kilometer. And yet........ hardly anybody visits the national parks. So we decided to develop different National Parks ECOTOURS ECUADOR representing the highlights of Ecuador's national parks system.


But we also love culture and we always combine nature with the famous places in Ecuador.


ECOTOURS, ECUADOR: The "steeple of the World", Chimborazo.ECOTOURS, ECUADOR: El Cajas National Park visitor center

Rising to the highest parking lot in the world: the 1st mountain shelter in Chimborazo Park at 4800m.

More and more national parks in Ecuador are getting modern quality visitor centers like Cajas National Park.



  1. Ecuador is the world's climatically most diverse country with tropical rainforests along the North coast and in the Amazon, deserts along the south coast and Galapagos and the Andes mountains in the middle, creating a great variety in climates;

  2. The most beautiful landscapes of Ecuador are in its parks and reserves;

  3. There are 56 parks and reserves, each with interesting nature and beauty that can't be found anywhere else;

  4. The most interesting vacations are those that combine culture and nature; Ecuador has both;

  5. Ecuador is a small country and you can easily visit a different park everyday;

  6. Nowhere else in the world can you find so much different life forms and ecosystems at such short distances;

  7. There are somewhere around 1650 species of birds recorded for Ecuador, most of which live in the parks and reserves;

  8. With 9 climate zones, there are always parks that can be visited during an optimal season;

  9. Parks vary from rain-drenched Amazon parks, to semi-deserts on the south coast, from chilly high elevation areas to coastal mangroves, from cloud-forests to cactus jungles, from lakes to mountain tops;

  10. Your visit is essential for the conservation of the parks and reserves of Ecuador.

ECOTOURS, ECUADOR: Isla de la plata excursion.ECOTOURS, ECUADOR: Vicuña at Chimborazo.

On excursion through the dry forest of Machalilla National Park.

The Vecuña, one of the rare Andes species is always visible near the glacier of the Chimborazo Volcano.




  1. First of all, because nobody else organizes such tour;

  2. Only Parks & Tribes actually knows the majority of the protected areas of Ecuador;

  3. We trained a limited number of guides to accompany the tours;

  4. We always strife for the most economical solutions in a pleasant 3 star hotel environment;

  5. It is the mission of Parks & Tribes to help protect the protected areas of Ecuador;

  6. Senior conservation biologists of Parks & Tribes who selected the national parks system of Ecuador in the 1970s developed the programs!;

  7. The only tour operator with an Indian tribe as shareholders (Cofan Indians);

  8. Our mission is to protect, not to make money, therefore we strife for economical prices so that more people can participate;

  9. Significant group discounts;

  10. Major Combi-Discount National Parks Ecotours Ecuador and visit the Galapagos Islands. Ask for details!


How it began

Our jungle biologists started organizing national park tours in the nineteen eighties because we were concerned that many ecotourism operators of ECOTOURS mostly organize tours outside the national parks, taking their guests to easily reachable patches of secondary forest. By doing so, such tour operatos actually compete with the really important official nature reserves. We want to bring you to the national parks, where you can enjoy the best nature in Ecuador.


We also feel that national parks need to create employment and economic opportunities for communities living near the protected areas. By organizing national parks tours, we let you enjoy the most fantastic nature of the country thereby contributing to the conservation of Ecuador's fantastic national parks while helping local communities at the same time. So, by coming along on our tours, you get to see the best of the best  Ecuador has to offer, while conserving pristine nature and helping communities.


We try to organize our tours as economically as possible, but you should be aware that hiring transportation with a guide costs us about $200 per day. So you can calculate that we are not making a lot of money on our pricing.


ECOTOURS, ECUADOR: Cuicocha Crater Lake.ECOTOURS, ECUADOR: Birding in Ecuador's Amazon.

Cuicocha Crater Lake near Otavalo is one of the most scenic lakes in the country.

On excursion watching wildlife and birds from the water.


ECOTOURS, ECUADOR: Ingapirca Temple of the Sun with inca wallsECOTOURS, ECUADOR: The Andean Fox is Ecuador's largest canine predator.

Ingapirca is a splendid Inca monument that equals many of Peru's monuments in the Sacred Valley.

The Andean Fox is the largest mammal predator after the Puma. The latter however is very elusive, while the Andean Fox is frequently seen in Cotopaxi National Park.


What we do now:


PARKS & TRIBES Travel Agency

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Cantón Quito, Prov. Pichincha, Parroquia Belisario Quevedo

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