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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.

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.

  • INCLUDED
  • 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
  • NOT INCLUDED
  • Tips
  • Extra beverages
  • Travel and health insurance
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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.

  • E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L1396997

  • – 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 – “Silanche and Milpe Reserves”

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

  • 06:30 – Visit to Silanche Reserve.

  • – Key species: Club-winged Manakin

  • 5:00pm – Return to the lodge.

  • 7:00pm – Dinner at the lodge.

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

  • 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

  • 11:30am – Alambi Cloud Forest Reserve. E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L1019128

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

* Lunch.

  • 02:30pm – Departure to Bellavista – Old Road to Mindo. E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L1477858

  • – Key species: Masked Trogon, White-faced Nunbird, Gorgeted Sunangel.

  • 4:00pm – Return to the lodge.

  • 7:00pm – Dinner at the lodge.

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

  • 5:10am – Departure for Mashpi Road and Amagusa Reserve. E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L3175551
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  • – 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.
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  • 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: 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)”

  • 5:15am – Departure to Santa Rosa Feeder. E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L6978567

  • * 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

  • 3:00pm – 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)

  • 4:45am – Departure to Umbrellabird Reserve – Recinto 23 de Junio. E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L1741231

  • – Key species: Long-wattled Umbrellabird.

  • Lunch at Las Terrazas de Dana Boutique Lodge

  • Afternoon. More birding in Mindo area

  • – DAY 7 – “Antisana Ecological Reserve”

– Key species: Andean condor, Giant Hummingbird, Ecuadorian Hillstar.

Lunch at Tambo Condor Restaurant

* Breakfast box.

  • 4:00pm – Transfer to your desired location.

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