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Ecuador | Choco Andino Bird Photography Tour - 7 days

Ecuador | Choco Andino Bird Photography Tour - 7 days

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

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

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Start Tour Location

Quito & airport. Other locations available upon request.

End Tour Location

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

NOT INCLUDED

  • Tips
  • Extra beverages
  • Travel and health insurance

Include

  • Accommodation in Las Terrazas de Dana Lodge
  • All meals described in the tours
  • English speaking licensed Birding guide from day 2 untill day 7
  • All entrance tickets
  • All transportation
  • Water refill, coffee, tea
  • Laundry Service INCLUDED

ITINERARY

– 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.

Key species Yanacocha Reserve:

Sword-billed Hummingbird, Shining Sunbeam, Golden-breasted Puffleg, Andean Guan, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager.

Morning

Pick up at your location.
* Optional: Stop at the Middle of the World. * Entrance Fee not included.

Noon

– Arrival to Las Terrazas de Dana Lodge and lunch.

Afternoon

– Visit to the Hummingbirds garden (El Descanso).

Night

– Dinner at the lodge.

– DAY 2 – “Silanche and Milpe Reserves”

Early morning

Departure to Silanche. E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L1396974

Key species:

– Choco Trogon, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, White-whiskered Puffbird, Black-crowned Antshrike, Scarlet-breasted Dacnis.

Mroning

– Visit to Silanche Reserve.

Noon

Lunch at Mirador del Río Blanco.

Afternoon

– Visit to Milpe Reserve.
E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L493675

Key species:

– Club-winged Manakin

Evening

– Return to the lodge.

Night

– Dinner at the lodge.

– DAY 3 – “Paz de las Aves, Alambi Reserve and Bellavista – Old Road to Mindo”

Early morning

– Departure for Paz de las Aves. E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L674753

Morning

– Arrival to Paz de las Aves (Located about 1.600m. / 5.250ft.). * Andean Cock of the Rock in the lek.

Key species:

Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Giant Antpitta, Moustached Antpitta, Toucan Barbet

Morning

– Alambi Cloud Forest Reserve. E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L1019128

Key species:

Crested Quetzal, White-capped Dipper, Western Emerald, Tawny-bellied Hermit

Noon

– Departure to Bellavista – Old Road to Mindo. E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L1477858

Key species:

Masked Trogon, White-faced Nunbird, Gorgeted Sunangel.

Evening

– Return to the lodge and Dinner

– DAY 4 – “Mashpi Road, Amagusa Reserve & San Tadeo Feeder”

Early morning

– Departure for Mashpi Road and Amagusa Reserve.
E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L3175551

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.

Morning

– Arrival to Mashpi Road and Amagusa Reserve (altitude rage is 1700m. to 750m.).
* Breakfast box.

Birds

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

Afternoon

– visit to San Tadeo Feeder. E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L4992806

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 5 – Santa Rosa Feeder & Ruta San Lorenzo (Mindo Cloud Forest)”

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

Morning/dawn

– Departure to Umbrellabird Reserve – Recinto 23 de Junio.
E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L1741231

Key species:

Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan, Blue-capped Tanager, Hoary Puffleg

Noon

Lunch at Las Terrazas de Dana Boutique Lodge

Afternoon

– Hike along San Lorenzo Road (On the way to Waterfalls sanctuary. Located about 1.400m. / 4.600ft.).
E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L792571

Key species:

Choco Toucan, Crested Guan, Rose-faced Parrot, Bat Falcon.

– DAY 6 – Umbrellabird reserve (Recinto 23 de Junio)

Morning/dawn

– Departure to Umbrellabird Reserve – Recinto 23 de Junio.
E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L1741231

Key species:

Long-wattled Umbrellabird.

Noon

Lunch at Las Terrazas de Dana Boutique Lodge

Afternoon

More birding in Mindo area.

– DAY 7 – “Antisana Ecological Reserve”

Morning/dawn

– Departure to Antisana Ecological Reserve.
E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L683386

Key species

Andean condor, Giant Hummingbird, Ecuadorian Hillstar.

Afternoon

Lunch at Tambo Condor Restaurant * Breakfast box.

Evening:

– Transfer to your desired location.

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