Ecuador | Choco Andino and East Slope Birding Tour - 12 days

Ecuador | Choco Andino and East Slope Birding Tour - 12 days

Our private birding tour of Ecuador with main birding spots in Choco Andino de Pichincha and East Slope

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

If you want longer tour with other specific spots, please let us know.

  • Departure / Return Location

Quito area. Other locations available.

  • Departure Time

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

  • Accommodation in Las Terrazas de Dana Lodge, Guango Lodge, Cabañas San Isidro & Wildsumaco Lodge
  • All meals described in the tours
  • English speaking licensed Birding guide from day 2 untill day 12
  • All entrance tickets
  • All transportation​
  • Water refill, coffee, tea
  • Laundry Service in Mindo
  • Tips
  • Extra beverages
  • Travel and health insurance​
  • Do not litter
  • Avoid light colored clothing
  • Use mosquito repellent
  • Refillable water bottle (we supply water)
  • Raincoat in rainy season
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Walking slowly and not make much noise
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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:

  • 11:00am – Pick up at your location.

  •  * Optional: Stop at the Middle of the World. * Entrance Fee not included.
  • 2:00pm – Arrival to Las Terrazas de Dana Lodge and lunch.

  • 4:00pm – Visit to the Hummingbirds garden (El Descanso).
    * Free time in the town or return to the lodge.

  • 7:00pm – Dinner at the lodge.

– DAY 2 – “Silanche and Milpe Reserves”

  • 06:30 – Visit to Silanche Reserve.

  • 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.).
    * Andean Cock of the Rock in the lek.
    Other birds: Antpittas, Blue Winged Mountain Tanager, Yellow-Throated Bush Tanager, Golden Tanager, …

* Lunch.

  • 02:30pm – Departure to Bellavista – Old Road to Mindo. E-bird Hotspot:
    Birds: Grass-green Tanager, Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager, Plate-billed Mountain Toucan, Toucan Barbet, Turquoise Jay, Gorgeted Sunanbel, …

  • 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:
  • 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:

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:

  • Birds: Plate Billed Mountain Toucan, Violet-tailed Sylph, …

  • 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:

  • 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.

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

    • 4:45am – Departure to Umbrellabird Reserve – Recinto 23 de Junio. E-bird Hotspot:

    • Birds: Long-wattled Umbrellabird, Choco Toucan, Guayaquil Woodpecker, Mountain Wren, Andean Solitaire, …

    • Lunch at Las Terrazas de Dana Boutique Lodge

    • Afternoon. More birding in Mindo area

– DAY 7 – “Antisana Ecological Reserve”

  • 4:00am – Departure to Antisana Ecological Reserve. E-bird Hotspot:

  • Birds: Black-faced Ibis, Carunculated Caracara, Shining Sunbeam, Pearled Treerunner, White-throated Tyrannulet, Tufted Tit-tyrant, Unicolored (Blackish) Tapaculo, Plain-colored Seedeater, Cinereous Conebill, …

  • Lunch at Tambo Condor Restaurant

* Breakfast box.

  • Afternoon. Continue tour to Guango Lodge. Stop in Papallacta area for birding in the afternoon.

  • Evening. Dinner and lodging.

– DAY 8 – “Guango Lodge Reserve”

* Lunch at Guango Lodge

  • Afternoon. Birding in the trip to Cabañas San Isidro.

  • Evening. Dinner and lodging.

– DAY 9 – “San Isidro Reserve”

* Lunch, dinner and lodging at Cabañas San Isidro

– DAY 10 – “San Isidro to Wildsumaco Wildlife Sanctuary”

  • Morning. Breakfast at Cabañas San Isidro and check-out. * Lunch box.

  • Continue tour to Wildsumaco lodge with stops at Guacamayos Ridge and other good spots.

  • Evening. Check-in at Wildsumaco Lodge, dinner and lodging.

– DAY 11 – “Wildsumaco Wildlife Sanctuary”

* Lunch, dinner and lodging at Wildsumaco.

– DAY 12 – Birding in the morning and Back to Quito”

  • Morning. Breakfast at Wildsumaco and check-out.

  • Continue a morning birding.

    • Transfer to your desired location in Quito ir airport area. Other locations available on request.

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