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Mindo | Special Birding Tour - 4 days

Areas to Explore

Very recommended tour for birders with main birding spots in Mindo´s area and Choco Andino

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

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Silanche and Milpe Reserves

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Paz de las Aves, Alambi Reserve and Tandayapa Valley

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Zuro Loma Reserve or 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.




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

* Optional Tour Start

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
E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L10223666

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 – 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


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


Dinner and lodging at Las Terrazas de Dana Boutique Lodge.

– DAY 4 – 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.

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