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

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

Areas to Explore

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

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East Slope Reserves

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Antisana Ecological Reserve

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Choco Andino Reserves

DEPARTURE / RETURN LOCATION

Quito area. Other locations available.

DEPARTURE TIME

10:00am. Stimated time based on pick up location.
6:00am if Yanacocha Reserve visit first day.

Include

  • Accommodation in Las Terrazas de Dana Lodge, Guango Lodge, San Isidro Lodge and Wildsumaco Lodge.
  • All meals described in the tours
  • English speaking licensed Birding guide from day 2 until day 12
  • All entrance tickets
  • All transportation​
  • Water refill, coffee, tea
  • Laundry Service in Mindo

NOT INCLUDED

  • Tips
  • Extra beverages
  • Travel and health insurance

RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • 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

ITINERARY

– DAY 1 – Hummingbirds Garden in Mindo (Optional: Yanacocha Reserve)

* Optional tour start with Yanacocha Reserve

Starting 6:00am from your Quito hotel. Contact us for more information adding this visit since it has a extra cost.​

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.

Morning

10:00am Pick up at your hotel in Quito or airport area.

Afternoon

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

Afternoon

Visit to the Hummingbirds garden in Mindo Cloud Forest

Evening

Dinner and lodging at Las Terrazas de Dana Boutique Lodge.

– DAY 2 – Silanche and Milpe Reserves

Key species:

Choco Trogon, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, White-whiskered Puffbird, Black-crowned Antshrike, Scarlet-breasted Dacnis, Club-winged Manakin, Green Thorntail, White Whiskered Hermit, Geen-Crowned Brilliant, Green-Crowned Woodnymph.

Early morning

Departure to Silanche Reserve. Breakfast box in the Silanche Reserve Tower.

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

Afternoon

Lunch and visit to Milpe Reserve.

E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L493675

Evening

Dinner and lodging at Las Terrazas de Dana Boutique Lodge.

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

– Key species: Paz de las Aves

Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Giant Antpitta, Moustached Antpitta, Yellow-breasted Antpitta, Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, Ochre-breasted Antpitta, Toucan Barbet.

– Key species: Alambi Cloud Forest Reserve

Western Emerald, Tawny-bellied Hermit, Brown Violetear, White-capped Dipper, Torrent Tyrannulet, Red-faced Spinetail, Golden-olive Woodpecker.

Early morning

Visit to Paz de las Aves Reserve (Located about 1.600m. / 5.250ft.). Breakfast box included and ecuadorian breakfast in the reserve.

E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L674753

Noon

Lunch and visit to Alambi Reserve and to Bellavista – Old Road to Mindo.

E-bird Hotspots: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L1019128 and https://ebird.org/hotspot/L1477858

Evening

Dinner and lodging at Las Terrazas de Dana Boutique Lodge.

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

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, Black-chinned Mountain-Tanager, Black-striped Sparrow, Flame-faced Tanager, Velvet-purple Coronet, Violet-tailed Sylph, Booted Racket-tail, Toucan Barbet.

Early morning

Visit to Mashpi Road and Amagusa Reserve (altitude rage is 1700m. to 750m.). Breakfast box in Amagusa Reserve feeders.

E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L3175551

Afternoon

Lunch and visit to San Tadeo Feeder.

E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L4992806

Evening

Dinner and lodging at Las Terrazas de Dana Boutique Lodge.

– DAY 5 – Santa Rosa Feeder and Ruta San Lorenzo in Mindo Cloud Forest

* Santa Rosa Feeder is probably the best location in the Choco Andino to take photos. We will use our MULTI-FLASH SYSTEM in this location. Photo by Vinicio Perez.

Key species:

Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan, Blue-capped Tanager, Hoary Puffleg, Crested Guan, Rose-faced Parrot, Bat Falcon.

Early morning

Departure to Santa Rosa Feeder with breakfast box.

E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L6978567

Afternoon

Lunch and 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

Evening

Dinner and lodging at Las Terrazas de Dana Boutique Lodge.

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

Key species:

Long-wattled Umbrellabird, Choco Toucan, Chestnut-Mandibled Toucan, Guayaquil Woodpecker, Blue-Necked Tanager, Rufous Motmot, Swallow Tanager.

Early morning

Visit to Umbrellabird Reserve – Recinto 23 de Junio with breakfast box.

E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L1741231

Afternoon

Lunch and birding in the higher area of Mindo.

E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L792571

Evening

Dinner and lodging at Las Terrazas de Dana Boutique Lodge.

– DAY 7 – Antisana Ecological Reserve

Key species:

Andean condor, Giant Hummingbird, Ecuadorian Hillstar, Black-faced Ibis, Carunculated Caracara, Shining Sunbeam, Pearled Treerunner, White-throated Tyrannulet, Tufted Tit-tyrant, Unicolored (Blackish) Tapaculo, Plain-colored Seedeater, Cinereous Conebill.

Early morning

Visit to Antisana Ecological Reserve with breakfast box.

E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L683386

Afternoon

Lunch and continue with transportation to Guango Reserve. Stop in Papallacta area for birding in the afternoon.

Evening

Dinner and lodging at Guango Lodge.

– DAY 8 – Guango Lodge Reserve

Key species:

Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Hooded Mountain-Tanager, Torrent Duck, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Collared Inca, Chestnut-breasted coronet, White-bellied Woodstar, Long-tailed Sylph, Tourmaline Sunangel.

Early morning

Breakfast and full day birding at Guango Lodge Reserve.

E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L489428

Afternoon

Lunch and birding in the trip to San Isidro Reserve

Evening

Dinner and lodging at San Isidro Lodge.

– DAY 9 – San Isidro Reserve

Key species:

Green Jay, Saffron-crowned Tanaget, Plain-backed Antpitta.

Early morning

Breakfast and full day birding at Cabañas San Isidro Reserve.

E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L489454

Afternoon

Lunch and continue birding in this amazing reserve.

Evening

Dinner and lodging at San Isidro Lodge.

– DAY 10 – San Isidro to Wildsumaco Wildlife Sanctuary

Key species:

Green Jay, Saffron-crowned Tanaget, Plain-backed Antpitta.

Early morning

Breakfast at San Isidro Lodge and more birding before check-out check-out.

E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L489454

Afternoon

Lunch box and birding in Guacamayos Ridge in our way to Wildsumaco Sanctuary.

Evening

Dinner and lodging at Wildsumaco Lodge.

– DAY 11 – Wildsumaco Wildlife Sanctuary

Key species:

Rufous-booted Racket-tail, Wire-crested Thorntail, Violet-fronted Brilliant, Russet Antshrike, Peruvian Warbling-Antbird, Blue-crowned Manakin. White-crowned Manakin.

Early morning

Breakfast at Wildsumaco and full day birding at Wildsumaco Wildlife Sanctuary.

E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L858993

Afternoon

Lunch and continue birding in Wildsumaco Sanctuary.

Evening

Dinner and lodging at Wildsumaco Lodge.

– DAY 12 – Birding in the morning and back to Quito

Key species:

Rufous-booted Racket-tail, Wire-crested Thorntail, Violet-fronted Brilliant, Russet Antshrike, Peruvian Warbling-Antbird, Blue-crowned Manakin. White-crowned Manakin.

Early morning

Breakfast at Wildsumaco and birding in the morning.

E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L858993

Afternoon

Lunch and transfer to your desired location in Quito ir airport area. Other locations available on request.

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