Birding in the east and west slopes of the Andes

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Established Departures 2017:

11 DAYS:
July 24 to August 03

October 09 to 19

December 11 to 21

Promotional Rate Starting at $2,549

Groups of minimum 6 Birdwatchers 

 

14 DAYS  WITH WILDSUMACO: 

July 24 to August 06

October 09 to october 22

Promotional Rate Starting at $3,449

Groups of minimum 6 Birdwatchers 

 

*Optional extension to Galapagos Islands or/and Rainforest available

 

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival to Quito, Ecuador

Arrival in Quito and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2: The Land of hummingbirds: Quito - Yanacocha - Tandayapa - Bellavista

Very early in the morning we travel northwest from Quito crossing the western slopes of the Andes range and arrive at Tandayapa. On route we will visit the Yanacocha Reserve, home to the black-breasted puffleg (Eriocnemis nigrivestis), while we continue our trip we will see other species such as Bar Bellied Woodpecker, Masked Flowerpiercer, Glossy Flowerpiercer, Shinning Sunbeam, Great Saphirewing, Barred Fruiteater, Hooded and Scarlet-Bellied  Mountain-Tanagers, Giant Conebill, Pearled Treerunner etc.  Box lunch on route surrounded by colorful hummingbirds. You will have the opportunity to walk around the trails of Alambi Lodge. Rare or special sightings recently include: White-faced Nunbird, Crested Guan (at an unusually high altitude), Long-billed Starthroat, Maroon-chested Ground-Dove (in the garden), Undulated, Yellow-breasted and Giant Antpitta, Uniform Treehunter (building a nest at 50 meters from the guesthouse), Lyre-tailed Nightjar, Long-wattled Umbrella bird, Tamandúa Anteater. Late afternoon departure arrive to Bellavista Lodge, time to rest and at night you will have the opportunity to see the first new carnivore species discovered in the western hemisphere for 35 years, the Olinguito; dinner and overnight.

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Day 3: Mindo Mashpi area - The oilbird reserve

Early in the morning you will visit Mashpi Reserve located at two hours north of Quito, this cloud forest is rich on plant species, from ferns and bromeliads to thousands of orchid species.  It is one of the best places to spot great birds, also here it is possible to find mammals. Then you will depart to El Chontal to look for the famous Los Tayos Cave, that actually it's a deep, dark ravine where as many as 100 Oilbirds (Steatornis caripensis) make their homes; on route you will enjoy of a delicious box lunch. Late afternoon your guide will drive to Sachatamia Lodge where you will diner and overnight.

Day 4: Mindo: Rio Silanche reserve - Milpe reserve

After an early breakfast your guide will drive you to Rio Silanche a tropical lowland reserve that covers 70 hectares (175 acres) where it is possible to see incredible species diversity especially from its 15 meters high observation tower that puts you eye-to-eye with awesome mixed foraging flocks. This important site, situated in low foothills between 300-350m, is located along an all-weather road, and it is one of the last remaining accessible forest remnants found in this key area, home to many important Choco and Tumbesian endemic bird species, including Dusky Pigeon, Purple-chested Hummingbird, Little Woodstar, Choco Trogon, Double-banded Graytail, Stub-tailed Antbird, Slate-throated Gnatcatcher, Scarlet-breasted Dacnis, Scarlet-and-white Tanager, Blue-whiskered Tanager, gray and gold tanager, rose face parrot, blue headed parrot, marron tailed parakeet, white bearded manakin, scarlet thighed dacnis, chestnut mandibled toucan, black headed tody flycatcher, slaty capped shrike Vireo, among many others. You will enjoy of a box lunch surrounded by the amazing nature.
 

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Then you will visit Milpe Bird Sanctuary, reserve that is considered by Birdlife International as ‘An Important Bird Area’, it has 62 hectares (155 acres) that covers an altitudinal range from 1020-1150 m (3350-3770 ft) and includes two small rivers that converge at the bottom of a steep, forested valley. It is located along an all-weather road that many local birders consider to be one of the finest sites in all of Ecuador. Many of the most spectacular Choco endemic species are found here, such as Plumbeous Forest-Falcon, Moss-backed Tanager, Glistening-green Tanager, Chocó Trogon, choco toucan, Club-winged Manakin, Indigo-crowned Quail-Dove, Double-banded Greytail, Fulvous-vented Euphonia, Emerald and Scarlet-and-white Tanagers, the near-threatened Blue-whiskered Tanager and Long-wattled Umbrellabird. Late afternoon your guide will drive you to Sachatamia Lodge where you will diner and overnight.

 

Day 5: Mindo: The incredible umbrella bird - Rio Blanco

After an early breakfast you will visit the Luis Agila property where it is possible to find one of the few populations of the incredible Umbrella Bird that is a vulnerable specie, here you will have an amazing experience when you are waiting on silence and suddenly you see a group of Umbrella birds flying from one tree to another looking for insects or fruits, then in some place you heard one bird singing and when you find it you can see that the long wattle of a male gets inflate, it’s something unique.   You will enjoy of a box lunch surrounded by the amazing nature and in the afternoon you will departure to Los Bancos where we will visit Mirador del Río Blanco, a place that offers an incredible view of a beautiful valley and where you can find different species of tanagers and some hummingbirds such as the tiny Green Thorntail and the beautiful Green-Crowned Brilliant. Late afternoon return to Sachatamia Lodge where if you want you can have a short hike around this place to see some species like the Giant and Scaled Antpitta, Choco Toucan, Scaled Fruiteater, Tanager-Finch and Club-winged Manakin. Target birds here includes, golden headed quetzal, toucan barbet, masked trogon, golden naped tanager, beryl spangled tanager, strong billed woodcreeper, black and white owl, Wattled and Sickle-winged Guan, Bronze-winged Parrot, Sparkling Violet-ear, Andean Emerald, Booted Racket-tail and Long-tailed Sylph violet tailed sylph. Dinner and overnight.

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Day 6: The Amazing Cock of the Rock

Early in the morning, after a cup of hot coffee, you will visit the famous Paz de las Aves Refuge where you will have the opportunity to have one of the most amazing experiences, visiting the cock of the rock lek, where, during the breeding season, the males produce a special sound and fly like real acrobats waiting for the female to choose one of them to mate. Besides here it is possible to see four species of Antpittas, the Giant Antpitta, the Moustached Antpitta, Ochre bellied, and the Yellow Breasted Antpitta. Then you will visit the feeding station to see black chinned and blue winged mountain tanagers, toucan barbet, dusky piha, sickle winged guan, crimsom rumped toucanet, etc. Return to the main house of this reserve to enjoy of a typical breakfast of this region and keep birding to find a ocellated tapaculo being fed with worms, yellow vented woodpecker, powerfull woodpecker, crimsom mantled woodpecker, orange breasted fruiteater etc. Then you will return to Sachatamia Lodge where you will take your lunch and in the afternoon you will return to Quito, overnight.
 

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Day 7: Quito - Antisana Ecological Reserve - Guango Lodge

After breakfast you will travel to Antisana Ecological Reserve, where you will visit the Mica Lake in order to see Silvery Grebe, Andean Teal, Andean ruddy Duck, Yellow-billed Pintail, Andean Coot, and as well as many land birds such as Aplomado Falcon, Andean Gull, Andean Lapwing and Carunculated Caracara. Here you have a high probability to be in contact with the majestic Andean Condorand other species like Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle and Variable Hawk, black faced ibis, paramo ground tyrant, paramo pipit, sedge wren, bairds sandpiper, cinereous harrier, Bar-winged and Stout-billed Cinclodes, Shining Sunbeam, Red- rumped Bush-Tyrant, Paramo Pipit, Giant Conebill, and Spectacled Whitestart.  You will enjoy of a delicious box lunch on route and then you will depart to Guango Lodge through the Papallacta region. This area has well conserved patches of Polylepis forest and it is an excellent place to observe high mountain bird species. The 4000-meter high paramo holds a fascinating group of high-altitude species like the Variable Hawk, Many-striped Canastero, Tawny Antpitta and Andean Condor.  Dinner and overnight in Guango Lodge.

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Day 8:

Early in the morning you will hike through the trails of this lodge looking for more bird species like Andean guan, plushcap, slaty finch, gray breasted mountain toucan, pale naped brush finch, gray hooded bush tanager, hooded mountain tanager, pearl treerunner, mountain avocetbill, tourmaline sunangel, torrent duck, White capped dipper etc. After breakfast you will continue with your trip to San Isidro Lodge where you will seek out specialties such as Black-chested Fruiteater, Long-tailed Antbird, White belied Antpitta, San Isidro’s owl, Chestnut Breasted Coronet, long tailed sylph, Barred Antthrush and the little-known Peruvian Antpitta. Box lunch on route and in the afternoon you will walk close to the lodge discovering more bird species. After dinner we will have a nocturnal walk looking for nightjars and owls; overnight.

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Day 9: San Isidro Lodge and its surroundings

After breakfast you will visit The Loreto Road, famous for its birding opportunities. Some notable target birds along the upper Loreto Road includeDark-breasted Spinetail, Ash-browed Spinetail, Montane Foliage-gleaner, Lined Antshrike, Foothill Antwren, Olivaceous Greenlet, Yellow-whiskered Chlorospingus, and Bronze-green Euphonia. Then you will visit The Narupa reserve which  has a growing list of birds that currently includes over 300 species. Five globally threatened species have been recorded, including its flagship species, the Cerulean Warbler, a long-distance migrant that breeds in eastern North America and spends the boreal winter in northwestern South America. 
In the afternoon you will travel to the Cordillera de Los Huacamayos where you will walk through one of the specialized birdwatching trails. Here it is possible to see many different species and you will look for the black-billed mountain-toucan, white-bellied antpitta, spillmans tapaculo, bicolored antvireo, greater scythebill and the very local white-rimmed brush-finch among others. Return to San Isidro Lodge, dinner and overnight.

Day 10: San Isidro - Quito

During this day you will walk through the trails of San Isidro learning about the plants of this place and spotting for some bird species like Black-chested Fruiteater, Long-tailed Antbird, Barred Antthrush and the little-known Peruvian Antpitta, a nest of which was discovered right on the property.  Late afternoon you will return to Quito to your hotel.
 

Day 11: Quito - Home flight

After we have gotten a long list of birds in this unforgettable expedition in Ecuador we will be transfered to the airport to catch our flight home.

 

OPCIONAL EXTENSION WITH WILDSUMACO (14 Days / 13 Nights)

Day 10: SAN ISIRO LODGE AND ITS SURROUNDINGS - WILDSUMACO LODGE

Transfer to Wildsumaco, During this day it will be possible to walk through the trails of this Sanctuary where it is possible to see Gray-tailed Piha, Blue-rumped Manakin, and Chestnut-crowned Gnateater. Short-tailed Antthrush and Wing-banded Wren often sing, while more uncommon species like Gray-throated Leaftosser and Plain-backed Antpitta are seen occasionally. The very rare Yellow-throated Spadebill has a territory along the Piha Trail and at any time the endangered Military Macaw or rare Spot-winged Parrotlet might fly by, or Black Hawk-Eagle soar overhead. Return to the lodge for diner and overnight.

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Day 11 and 12: WILDSUMACO WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

During this day it will be possible to walk through the trails of this Sanctuary where it is possible to see Gray-tailed Piha, Blue-rumped Manakin, coppery chested jacamar, military macaw, buff breasted tody, blackish rail, tropical screech owl, black banded crake, and Chestnut-crowned Gnateater. Short-tailed Antthrush and Wing-banded Wren often sing, while more uncommon species like Gray-throated Leaftosser and Plain-backed Antpitta are seen occasionally. The very rare Yellow-throated Spadebill has a territory along the Piha Trail and at any time the endangered Military Macaw or rare Spot-winged Parrotlet might fly by, or Black Hawk-Eagle soar overhead.

Day 13: WILDSUMACO - QUITO

After breakfast you will have the last opportunity to enjoy of this amazing place, then you will return to Quito, 4 hours by car, possible stop on the way to search for Orange Breasted falcon and cliff flycatcher. Box lunch on route and late afternoon you will arrive to Quito to your hotel where you will overnight.

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Day 14: Quito - Home Flight 

After we have gotten a long list of birds in this unforgettable expedition in Ecuador we will be transferred to the airport to catch our home flight.

Trip Extension

We also offer fantastic bird watching trips to the Galapagos Islands and Ecuadorian Rainforests which provides the opportunity to check many more species off your list. Please contact us for more information.

Possible extension to Rainforest

Rates

PRICE PER PERSON 2017

 

11 Days / 10 Nights

HOTELS CATEGORY 1
*Pax
2-3
Pax
4-5
Pax
6-9
Pax
Tourist $5,305 $3,245 $2,845 $2,355
Tourist superior $5,450 $3,299 $2,895 $2,402
First Class $5,721 $3,462 $3,072 $2,542
 
  10-11
Pax
12-15
Pax
16
Pax
Sin
Sup
Tourist $2,265 $2,140 $1,965 $220
Tourist superior $2,313 $2,190 $2,015 $299
First Class $2,452 $2,330 $2,155 $430

*Pax: Passengers

 

14 Days / 13 Nights (Wild Sumaco)

HOTELS CATEGORY 1
*Pax
2-3
Pax
4-5
Pax
6-9
Pax
Tourist $6,980 $4,327 $3,844 $3,197
Tourist superior

$7,130

$4,376 $3,895 $3,245
First Class $7,400 $4,555 $4,073 $3,385
 
  10-11
Pax
12-15
Pax
16
Pax
Sin
Sup
Tourist $3,082 $2,970 $2,731 $270
Tourist superior $3,135 $3,018 $2,785 $370
Fisrt Class $3,270 $3,158 $2,920 $475

 

*Pax: Passengers

 

 

PRICE PER PERSON 2018

 

11 Days / 10 Nights

HOTELS CATEGORY 1
*Pax
2-3
Pax
4-5
Pax
6-9
Pax
Tourist $5,552 $3,375 $2,845 $2,355
Tourist superior $5,780 $3,485 $2,905 $2,435
First Class $6,280 $3,750 $3,150 $2,690
 
  10-11
Pax
12-15
Pax
16
Pax
Sin
Sup
Tourist $2,265 $2,155 $1,975 $265
Tourist superior $2,365 $2,267 $2,090 $460
Fisrt Class $2,620 $2,525 $2,350 $650

*Pax: Passengers

 

 

 

14 Days / 13 Nights (Wild Sumaco)

HOTELS CATEGORY 1
*Pax
2-3
Pax
4-5
Pax
6-9
Pax
Tourist $7,405 $4,542 $3,844 $3,197
Tourist  superior $7,630 $4,655 $3,895 $3,270
First Class $8,125 $4,911 $4,140 $3,530
10-11
Pax
12-15
Pax
16
Pax
Sin
Sup
Tourist  $3,082 $2,970 $2,731 $330
Tourist  superior $3,185 $3,055 $2,810 $510
First Class $3,445 $3,310 $3,070 $660

 

*Pax: Passengers

 

 

 

 

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Established departures 2017

Birding in the East and West slopes of the Andes
11 days:
July 24 - August 3
October 09 - 19
December 11 – 21

14 days:
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October 09 - 22

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