Yanacocha Reserve Full Day

This trip will take you through great scenery in the Ecuadorian High Andes. The roads ascend to the foothills of Pichincha Volcano. Therefore, the birdlife is great, and the scenery is quite amazing. The altitudinal range goes from 3200 to 4400 m.
The reserve was created with the aim of preserving the Black-breasted Puffleg hummingbird (Eriocnemis nigrivestis), which is critically threatened, and has a very limited range of distribution.



Duration of tour: FULL DAY 8 HOURS

Tour departure time: 5:30 AM

Tour operating dates: EVERYDAY


Directions and Route

Yanacocha is about 45 minutes by car from the city of Quito, on the northern slopes of Pichincha volcano. To reach the reserve, we will take the old road to Nono or Ecoruta Paseo del Quinde.

We will leave Quito early at 5:30 AM to Yanaocha reserve, where a worm feeder was created for the Tawny Antpitta and the Rufous Antpitta, the latter being seen more regularly in the area. In addition to finding several species of Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, Chestnut-napped Antpitta and Ocellated Tapaculo.

We’ll hike through the flat and easy-access Inca trail that extends for about 2 km through the stunning lush montane humid forest, with flocks of birds being regularly encountered. Several stations with multiple hummingbird feeders are situated at various spots.  There are mixed flocks of beautiful birds such as Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Black-chested Mountain Tanager, Blue-backed Conebill, Golden crowned Tanager, Superciliated Hemispingus.

A major highlight here are the amazing Hummingbirds!! Great Sapphirewing, Sapphire-vented and Golden-breasted Pufflegs, Tyrian Metaltail, Buff-winged Starfrontlet and the outstanding Sword-billed hummingbird are frequent visitors of the feeders. Lunch will be served at the reserve restaurant; later on, you’ll continue your way back to Quito with remarkable landscapes. End of services.

  • Private transportation
  • Use of trails and facilities
  • Naturalist & Birding guide
  • Lunch and soft drink
  • All excursions and entrance fees to the reserve
  • Extra meals
  • Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls, extra drinks, snacks, souvenirs, etc.
  • Tips
  • Any other item not specified

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  • Warm clothes
  • Hiking boots
  • Hat
  • Sunblock screen
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Photograph camera.

WEATHER: At sunrise it tends to be clear and gets misty and foggy around 10 am. Rain is likely in the afternoon. It can get cold early in the morning at higher elevations.


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