Birding Hotspots of a Lifetime

Planning a birding trip? See our recommendations for six birding hotspots around the world that everyone should see.

I need to start with a disclaimer. It’s nearly impossible to pick only six places in the whole world to go birding. And it might be even harder to recommend just one tour company for each place. Birding tourism is really booming. Dozens of companies seem to be popping up, promising you the best vacation of your life, full of jaw-dropping birds.

While I’ve been to only one of these birding hotspots myself (I adore Alaska), I really pulled out all the stops for this story, talking to bird experts and friends from around the country. After much research, I present you with these six great places to go, along with six great companies that can get you there.

If you’re planning a birding adventure, I strongly encourage you to contact some of these companies and see how they might be able to help. Selecting a company to go birding with is much like picking out a new pair of shoes. You can’t go by looks alone; you really have to try them on. I mean, you’re probably looking at spending thousands of dollars for one of these trips. So contact these companies and try them on for size—ask them questions, get their advice, talk to them about what areas you want to visit. Chances are, you’ll figure out the right fit and will soon be on your way to the trip of a lifetime.

Galapagos Islands

If you love the water, perhaps a bird cruise is more your style. The Galapagos, formed from volcanic ash and made famous by the explorations of Charles Darwin, are on the bucket list of even some nonbirders. With only about 25,000 people living here, you’ll feel as if you have a little piece of heaven all to yourself.

The diversity of landscape is mind-boggling. Because of the way the islands have developed, there’s land just barely at sea level and then mountains more than 5,000 feet tall. Isabela Island is the largest in the collection at around 62 miles long.

Some of the birds you’re sure to see are penguins, cormorants and the outrageously photogenic blue‑footed booby. Chances are you’ll fly to Ecuador before your trip to the Galapagos. The country boasts some of the best birding in South America, giving you the perfect excuse to add some more species to your life list before or after you tour the Galapagos.

CHECK OUT: Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (VENT) is one of the largest and best-known international bird tour companies. Victor Emanuel started the company more than 30 years ago and has earned the respect and admiration of some of the best birders in the world. The company offers so many kinds of tours that you can easily spend hours on its website planning your next adventure.

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  1. says

    Most wonderful city forever these birding hotspots myself I really pulled out all the stops for this story, talking to bird experts and friends from around the land .

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