Ecuador Birding

Duration
14 days
Options
Private or Group basis, Escorted

Arrival to Quito. Surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks, Quito is a city offering the best possible blend of old world charm and modern sophistication. Overnight in a colonial style house is in the middle of the commercial area.

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Enjoy a sightseeing tour through the old part of the city where you will take in the colonial history of Ecuador. Visit to the Equatorial Monument “Middle of the World”, where you can stand with a foot on each hemisphere and visit the museum "Inti Ñan" explaining the customs of the ancient cultures of Ecuador.

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Visit the Yanacocha reserve, located on the northwest flank of Volcán Pichincha. Yanacocha is home to the Puma, the Spectacled Bear and the critically endangered black-breasted Puffleg, the emblematic bird of Quito. Continue westerly to reach the subtropical area of Bellavista. Overnight at a Hostería with spectacular views.

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  • TBC

On your bird watching tour through the reserve today you will have the chance to see unusual birds, like the tanager, the Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan or the Tanager-Finch; and are guaranteed to see hummingbirds! 

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Birding in the Tandayapa valley has a long and rich history. The valley hosts 61 range-restricted birds, but its showpiece has to be the Plate-Billed Mountain-Toucan. They can be heard yelping and rattling their beaks throughout the day and are relatively easy to spot. 

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  • TBC

Visit Río Silanche, one of the last remaining accessible forest remnants found in this habitat, is situated in the hilly lowland forest at an altitude between 300-350m. Here you will spot many species of birds looking for food as well as important Chocó regional endemic species which your guide will point out to you.

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Today you will visit Mashpi area where 22 chocó endemic birds are registered, which is probably a record for Ecuador. This is an excellent place to see the Indigo Flowerpiercer, the Moss-backed Tanager and the Glistening-Green Tanager.

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Today you will visit the Maquipucuna Cloud Forest Reserve which harbors over 4% of the world bird diversity, including spectacular birds such as the Toucan Barbet, Cock-of-the Rock or the Plate-billed mountain toucan. It is the only Reserve where spectacled bears can be seen during the fruiting season.

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Today visit the Milpe Bird Sanctuary which is considered one of the finest sites for birding in all of Ecuador and many of the most spectacular Chocó Endemics occur here. Club-winged and Golden-winged manakins are relatively easy to observe and photograph. Seasonally, the White-bearded manakin is here too, making its popping and whirring sound. 

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Early in the morning you start visiting the private area of Refugio Paz de Las Aves, well known among ornithologists. The brothers Angel and Rodrigo Paz, owner and native guides, will show you the special birds that seek protection on their lands. Afterwards return to Quito.

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  • TBC

Transfer eastwards to reach the Antisana Natural Reserve in the highlands of Ecuador. Up in the paramo you will do an 2h walk and observe the small but beautiful paramo flowers and Andean birds. The area is one of the few places in Ecuador where the Andean condor still remains. A picnic lunch is included. Overnight at Guango Lodge near the paramo and hot springs of Papallacta.

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  • Guango Lodge

Discover the birdlife of Guangos fauna and enjoy the beautiful orchid garden at the lodge. Continue to the thermal baths of Papallacta and take a relaxing warm bath. Overnight at Termas de Papallacta.

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  • Termas de Papallacta

Today enjoy the pleasant effect of the warm, odorless thermal water surrounded by a wonderful landscape or go for a walk to explore the typical flora and fauna of this region.

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Today you we will transferred back to Quito for your flight home. 

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