Birdwatching in Ecuador

BIRDING YANACOCHA, TANDAYAPA & MINDO (7 days/7 nights)

Description

Itinerary

Day 1: Café Cultura

Pick up from airport and transfer for overnight at Café Cultura.

Day 2: Yanacocha Reserve

Early pick up towards the highlands of Pichincha Volcano for birding in the Yanacocha reserve. At this reserve very good birding is expected with several target birds such as Black-backed Grosbeak, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Black-breasted Puffleg, Tyrian Metaltail, and Andean Condor. After Yanacocha we will birding along The Old Nono-Mindo Road in incredible landscapes and several bird habitats along the way. Target birds at the road include Grass-green Tanager, Toucan Barbet, Orange-breasted Fruiteater, Beautiful Jay,  Plate-billed Mountain Toucan, Ocellated Tapaculo, Giant Antpitta. Late afternoon arrival to Septimo Paraiso Cloud Forest Reserve, dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Septimo Paraiso Cloud Forest Reserve

Early start to enjoy the birds at this impressive location (1580 m. above sea level), birding in the gardens of the hosteria and trail birding including the observation platform. Lunch at Septimo, afternoon continues with the excellent possibilities that this forest provides, finally stopping at the hummingbird station to enjoy incredible displays by this unique American bird family. Target birds include Choco Toucan, Pale-mandibled Aracari, Scaled Antpitta, Ochre-breasted Antpitta, Glistening-green Tanager, Long-wattled Umbrellabird, Wattled Guan, Black and White Owl, Cloud-forest Pygmy Owl, Rufescent Screech Owl, Crested Quetzal, Toucan Barbet and many more. Dinner and Overnight at Septimo Paraiso.

Day 4: Septimo Paraiso Cloud Forest Reserve Biostation and Cunuco Station

Optional very early wake up to be led to an Andean Cock-of-the-rock lek, some hiking in the dark is expected returning to Septimo for Breakfast. Departure for a Full day in the Lower Valley of Mindo and Cunuco trip including a visit to the Septimo Paraiso Cloud Forest reserve Biostation and the forest at the Cunuco station. Lunch at the biostation and then afternoon trip to the El Cinto Road, birding on the road which is famous for good surprises. Incredible sights of the Mindo specialities including Sunbittern, Little Hermit, Velvet-purple Coronet, Torrent Duck, Neotropical Cormorant, Golden-headed Quetzal, Dark-backed Wood-Quail. Return to Septimo Paraiso, Dinner and Overnight.

Day 5: Los Bancos (1050m)

Early breakfast, Full day trip towards the area of Los Bancos (1050 m. above sea level) birding along the road to Milpe and other options. Visit to the trails of the Mindo Cloud Forest Foundation. Box Lunch on location and late afternoon return to Septimo Paraiso. The target birds here are just amazing with species such as Chestnut-mandibled Toucan, Moss-backed Tanager, Chestnut-throated Antwren, Choco Vireo, Crested Owl. Dinner and Overnight at Septimo Paraiso.

Day 6: Silanche road, Pedro Vicente Maldonado

Early Breakfast, Full day trip towards the lowlands, arriving to the Silanche road (450 m. above sea level) in the Pedro Vicente Maldonado area. Impressive birding at the road traveling through several patches of forest and also palm plantations, the target birds here are Choco Trogon, Western White-tailed Trogon, Buff-rumped Warbler, Black-cheeked Woodpecker, Rose-faced Parrot, Orange-fronted Barbet, Scarlet-thighed Dacnis and much more. Box lunch on the road and late return to Septimo Paraiso. Farewell dinner and Overnight at the lodge.

Day 7: Septimo Paraiso Cloud Forest Reserve

Breakfast and check out based on plane departure time. If flight is in the afternoon, more Birdwatching just to check if we have missed any birds. Transfer to the airport and end of services. If flight is in the morning of day eight, tranfer to Café Cultura for overnight.

Departs

On demand.

Price

2 persons: USD 2.900,00 per person based in double occupancy.
3 persons: USD 2.100,00 per person based in double occupancy.
4 persons: USD 1.750,00 per person based in double occupancy.
5 persons: USD 1.550,00 per person based in double occupancy.
6 persons: USD 1.400,00 per person based in double occupancy.
7 persons: USD 1.290,00 per person based in double occupancy.
8 persons: USD 1.250,00 per person based in double occupancy.

Descrição

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