Ecuador | Choco Andino Bird Photography Tour - 4 days

Ecuador | Choco Andino Bird Photography Tour - 4 days

Our Choco Andino Bird Photography tour with main birding spots in Choco Andino de Pichincha. Available Yanacocha Reserve

Tailor-made tours are also available, contact us for more information.

Multi-flash sytem for hummingbirds available!

  • Departure / Return Location

Quito & airport. Other locations available upon request.

  • Departure Time

11:00am. Estimated time based on pick up location. 6:00am if Yanacocha Reserve visit first day.

  • Accommodation in Las Terrazas de Dana Lodge
  • All meals described in the tours
  • English speaking licensed Birding guide from day 2 untill day 5
  • All entrance tickets
  • All transportation
  • Water refill, coffee, tea
  • Laundry Service INCLUDED
  • Tips
  • Extra beverages
  • Travel and health insurance
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– DAY 1 – “Hummingbirds garden” (Optional: Yanacocha Reserve)

  • **** Optional Tour start with Yanacocha Reserve. Starting 6:00am from your Quito hotel. Contact us for more information adding this visit.

  • E-bird Hotspot:

  • – Key species Yanacocha Reserve: Sword-billed Hummingbird, Shining Sunbeam, Golden-breasted Puffleg, Andean Guan, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager.

  • 10:00am – Pick up at your location.

  • * Optional: Stop at the Middle of the World. * Entrance Fee not included.

  • 1:00pm – Arrival to Las Terrazas de Dana Lodge and lunch.

  • 3:00pm – Visit to the Hummingbirds garden (El Descanso).

  • 7:00pm – Dinner at the lodge.

– DAY 2 – “Paz de las Aves and Alambi Reserve ”

  • 05:45am – Arrival to Paz de las Aves (Located about 1.600m. / 5.250ft.).

  • – Key species: Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Giant Antpitta, Moustached Antpitta, Toucan Barbet

  • Afternoon – Alambi Cloud Forest Reserve. E-bird Hotspot:

– Key species: Crested Quetzal, White-capped Dipper, Western Emerald, Tawny-bellied Hermit

* Lunch.

  • 4:00pm – Return to the lodge.

  • 7:00pm – Dinner at the lodge.

– DAY 3 – “Mashpi Road, Amagusa Reserve and San Tadeo Feeder”

  • 5:10am – Departure for Mashpi Road and Amagusa Reserve. E-bird Hotspot:
  • – Key species: Indigo Flowerpiercer, Golden-collared Honeycreeper, Black Solitaire, Orange-breasted Fruiteater, Lyre-tailed Nightjar, White-tipped Sicklebill, Choco Vireo, Choco Parakeet, Glistening-green Tanager.
  • 06:30am – Arrival to Mashpi Road and Amagusa Reserve (altitude rage is 1700m. to 750m.).

Birds: Empress Brilliant, Velvet-purple Coronet, Violet-tailed Sylph, Brown Inca, Purplel-bibbed Whitetip, and White-wiskered Hermit, Glistening-Green Tanager, Moss-backed Tanager, …

* Breakfast box.

Afternoon – visit to San Tadeo Feeder. E-bird Hotspot:

Key species: Black-chinned Mountain-Tanager, Black-striped Sparrow, Flame-faced Tanager, Velvet-purple Coronet, Violet-tailed Sylph, Booted Racket-tail

7:00pm – Dinner at the lodge.

– DAY 4 – Santa Rosa Feeder and Milpe Reserve

  • 5:15am – Departure to Santa Rosa Feeder. E-bird Hotspot:

  • * This is probably the best location in the Choco Andino to take photos. We will use our MULTI-FLASH SYSTEM in this location.

  • – Key species: Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan, Blue-capped Tanager, Hoary Puffleg

  • Lunch at Las Terrazas de Dana Boutique Lodge

    • – Key species: Club-winged Manakin

    • 5:00pm – Return to the lodge.

    • 7:00pm – Dinner at the lodge.


– DAY 5 – “Ruta San Lorenzo (Mindo Cloud Forest)”

  • 6:00am – Hike along San Lorenzo Road (On the way to Waterfalls sanctuary. Located about 1.400m. / 4.600ft.). E-bird Hotspot:

  • Birds: Blue-Necked Tanager, Bay-Headed Tanager, Red-Headed Barbet, Choco Toucan, Golden Headed Quetzal, Crimson-Rumped Toucan, Black Striped Sparrow, White Capped Dipper, White Tailled Hillstar, Red-Billed Parrot.

  • 10:00am – Breakfast at the lodge with your guide in our birding terrace.

    * Free morning

  • 12:00pm – Check-out and transfer to Quito.

Some photos taken in our tours:

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