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Mindo | Short Birding Tour - 3 days

Areas to Explore

Basic Birdwatching Tour for birders without much time or looking to introduce into Birding

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Silanche and Milpe Reserves

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Ruta San Lorenzo (Mindo Cloud Forest)

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Yanacocha Reserve​ (optional)


Quito area. Other locations available.


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


  • Accommodation in Las Terrazas de Dana Lodge
  • All meals described in the tours
  • English speaking licensed Birding guide from day 2 untill day 3
  • 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

– 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.


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


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


Visit to the Hummingbirds garden in Mindo Cloud Forest


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


Lunch and visit to Milpe Reserve.

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


Dinner and lodging at Las Terrazas de Dana Boutique Lodge.

– DAY 3 – Ruta San Lorenzo (Mindo Cloud Forest)

Key species:

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.

Early morning

– 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


Breakfast at the lodge with your guide in our birding terrace.


Check-out and transfer out.