West of Ecuador 3 nightS 4 days
We will go to the Yanacocha reserve at 3400 m. above sea level
on the side of the Pichincha volcano. In this area we can
find different kinds of birds, such as:
Sword billed Hummingbird, Great Sapphirewing, Buff-Winged
Starfrontlet, Sapphire-Vented and Golden-Breasted Puffleg,
the magic Black breasted Puffleg and others, like Andean Guan,
Barred Bellied Woodpecker and Barred Fruiteater.
After we enjoy an energizing breakfast, we will start looking
for birds on the old road, Mindo Nono (Ecorruta), where we
can find different birds, like Beautiful Jay, Blue capped
Tanager and in the river, White capped Dipper and Slaty-Backed
Chat-Tyrant and sometimes a Plait billed mountain Toucan and
We will arrive at the Hostel in the afternoon.
We will start in the morning by visiting Bellavista Reserve.
It is located at about 2600m. above sea level, where we can
find the spectacular endemic birds, like the Toucan Barbet,
plate- billed Mountain Toucan and tanager Finch, or some tanagers
like Blue capped or Flame faced tanagers. After that, we are
going to go back to have lunch at the Hostel.
In the afternoon we can visit a place for hummingbirds and
walk, looking for birds in the same area.
On this day, we need to wake up early: 4 am, because we will
visit the best place in Ecuador to have a chance to see the
marvelous Andean cock of the rock in the lek and, Antpittas,
like the Giant, Yellow-Breasted, Moustached and Ochre-Breasted.
The owner, Angel Paz, calls these antpittas Maria, Willy and
Shaquira. We can also see the place where Angel feeds some
bananas to the birds, like Olivaceous Piha and Black-Chinned
Mountain Tanager, Blue Winged Mountain Tanager and sickle-Winged
Guan, and possibly an Orange-Breasted Fruiteater in mixed
After lunch we will look for mixed flocks on the main road,
where we can find tanagers, Flycatchers, Toucans and others.
We will go birdwatching in the Cascade
road. We are going to spend all morning, and we can see golden
tanager, Beryl spangled Tanager, metallic-Green Tanager, scaled
Fruiteater, Masked Trogon and others. Then we will have lunch
and check out.
This itinerary can be changed, depending on which birds you
want to see, and weather is important to keep in mind.
In this tour the first three days are the same as above,
but the itinerary changes on day 4.
We will depart in the morning to visit El Cinto, where we
are going to find a reserve call Vista Verde. It is located
at about 1100m. above sea level. This reserve is the limit
of the area where we counted for the Christmas Birding Count.
In the Cinto river, we can find White capped Dipper, Sunbitern
and Torrent Duck. While walking on the trails, we can see
Rose-Faced Parrot, Lanceolated Monklet, White-Whiskered Puffbird,
Olive Finch, Scarlet-Rumped Cacique, Lesser Seed-Finch, Collared
Forest- Falcon, Rudy Foliage Gleaner and others like Esmaraldas
Antbird, dusky Antbird and the rare Glistening- Green Tanager.
We will go back in the afternoon to the hostel and try to
find birds on the road back. Around 6 pm we will look for
We will depart at 5:30 am to Milpe Road. It is located 800
to 1000m. above sea level. There we will go to a reserve,
the Mindo Cloud forest, where we can find different birds,
like club Winged, Golden Winged Manakin, Moss-Backed –Tanager,
Uniform Treehunter, Choco Toucan, Pale Mandibled Aracari ,
Green Thorntail, Green Honeycreeper, Purple Honeycreeper,
and others. After we have a box lunch, we will go birdwatching
until the end of the road, where we can find other birds,
like Choco Trogon, Crimson-Bellied Woodpecker, Brown-billed
scythebill, Slaty capped Shrike-Vireo and others.
We will start in the morning by visiting Cilanche. It is located
more or less 600 m. above sea level. On that road, there is
a reserve where we can find a platform 15 to 20 meters high.
From there we can see different kinds of birds, such as Plumbeous
Kite, Laughing Falcon, Yellow Tufted, Scarlet Breasted Dacnis
, Gray and gold, Scarlet Browed, Golden Hooded tanagers. After
we have a box lunch, we can go back on the road and look for
We will visit a 106.5 km reserve located on the way to Pedro
Vicente Maldonado. In this reserve we can find Immaculate
Antbird, Bicolored Antbird, Barred Puffbird, Slate Throated
Gnatcatcher, Western White-Tailed Trogon, White-Bearded Mankin
Then we will go back to the hostel to have lunch and check
Antisana (One Day Tour)