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Ecuador | Complete Birding Tour - 16 days

Ecuador | Complete Birding Tour - 16 days

Areas to Explore

Our complete private birding tour of Ecuador with main birding spots

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Choco Andino Reserves

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East Slope Reserves

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Amazon Forest 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
  • All meals described in the tour
  • English speaking licensed Birding guide from day 2 until day 16
  • 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, Long-tailed Antbird, Crested Quetzal, Dusky Piha, Grass-green Tanager.

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 – Laguna Isla Paicawe – Punta Ahuano Road

Key species Laguna Isla Paicawe:

Hoatzin, Point-tailed Palmcreeper, White-eared Jacamar, Masked Crimson Tanager, Great Potoo, Greater Ani, Purple Gallinule, Solitare Black Cacique, Pale-tailed Barbthroat, Green Kingfisher, White-fronted Nunbird and Scarlet-fronted Nunbird.

Key species Punta Ahuano Road:

Dusky-headed Parakeet, White-lored Antpitta, Lettered Aracari, Ivory-billed Aracari, Blue-and-yellow Macaw, White-fronted Nunbird, White-winged Swallow, Great Kiskadee and Pied Plover.

Early morning

Breakfast at Wildsumaco and 2 hours drive to Misahualli Port. We take a paddle canoe to birding in Laguna Isla Paicawe.

E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L1040013

Afternoon

Lunch box and we drive to Ahuano where we will do birding on a back road that passes the Amazon Rain Forest and some cocoa plantations.

Evening

Dinner and lodging at Gaia Amazon Ecolodge.

– DAY 13 – Punta Ahuano Road and surrounding areas

Key species:

Black-capped Donacobius, White-vented Euphonia, Green Oropendola, Wire-tailed Manakin, White-throated Toucan, Red-capped Cardinal, Coraya Wren, Ladder-tailed Nightjar, Orange-backed Troupial, Little Woodpecker, Spix’s Guan and Plumbeous Kite.

Early morning

Today after breakfast we look for new birds in this beautifull Amazon Rainforest and we will take a motorized canoe to get to places.

Afternoon

Lunch at the lodge.

Evening

Dinner and lodging at Gaia Amazon Ecolodge.

– DAY 14 and 15 – Gareno Huaorani Territory

Key species:

Rufous Potoo, Fiery Topaz, Harpy Eagle, Spangled Cotinga, Rusty-belted Tapaculo, Pavonine Quetzal, Yellow-billed Jacamar, White-plummed Antbird, Reddish-winged Bare-eyed, Cinnamon Neopipo, Chestnut-winged Hookbill, Tourqouise Tanager, White-browed Purpletuft, Bare-necked Fruitcrow, Rufous-bellied Euphonia, Golden-heded Manakin, Blue-backed Manakin, Pink-throated Becard, Parker’s Spinetail, Lemon-throated Barbet and more.

Early morning

In this two days we will do birding in this Huaorani Territory which is the buffer zone of the Yasuni National Park, this area is loaded with amazing birds which can de hard to see elsewhere. .

E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L1099238

Afternoon

Lunch box in this two days in Huaorani Territory.

Evening

Dinner and lodging at Gaia Amazon Ecolodge.

– DAY 16 – Borja Road and back to Quito

Key species:

Sunbittern, Rufous-tailed Tyrant, Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Gorgeted Woodstar, Spot-breasted Woodpecker, Olivaceous Siskin.

Early morning

Breakfast and check-out from the lodge. In this last day we head back to Quito but before doing a stop at Borja where we will bird a back road and visit a local hummingbirds feeder with trails.

E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L468862

Afternoon

Lunch and continue in the afternoon to Quito to your desired location.

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Ecuador | Complete Birding Tour – 16 days