EXPERIENCE IN THE ANDES & CHOCO - ECUADOR

9 days / 8 nights

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DECEMBER 1 TO 9, 2024

TRAVEL EXPERIENCES

You will see some of the most popular birding sites on your tour. This carefully planned route visits a variety of areas in both hemispheres so you can see the amazing animals, stunning scenery and distinctive birdlife of Ecuador - over 400 different types of birds could be seen on this trip!

Includes

  • All accommodation mentioned
  • All meals mentioned
  • Non-alcoholic beverages (meals will include at least drinking water, or juice and coffee or tea)
  • Ground transportation indicated. The vehicle depends on the number of persons (04 to 09 persons). The driver is professional
  • Transport to and from the airport or hotel
  • Professional guide on the days mentioned
  • Entrance fees to the parks, reserves, and other places mentioned in the itinerary
  • List of birds

 

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Arrivo a Quito

Day 1

Arrive at Quito International Airport. Transfer to the hotel and accommodation

 

Meals: none

Yanacocha Reserve

Day 2

Departing from Quito at 5:30 AM, we head to Yanacocha Reserve, known for its Tawny and Rufous Antpittas, as well as other bird species like Chestnut-crowned Antpitta and Ocellated Tapaculo. Along the 2 km Inca trail, we'll encounter various bird flocks and hummingbird feeders, attracting species like superciliaried Hemispingus and sword-billed hummingbirds. Lunch at the reserve precedes our journey along the historic Nono-Mindo Road towards Bellavista Lodge

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

Tandayapa Valley

Day 3

Today's birdwatching excursion covers upper Tandayapa and Mindo Valleys, offering sightings of various species including Beryl Spangled Tanager, Gorgeted Sunangel, and Crimson-rumped Toucanet. Accommodation and meals provided at Bellavista Cloud Forest

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

Paz Reserve to Canandé Reserve

Day 4

Today, we embark on an early trip to Paz de las Aves, where hand-feeding of elusive species like the Antpittas is a highlight. Witness Andean Cock of the Rock displays at sunrise, then head to Canandé Reserve for diverse bird sightings


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Canandé Reserve

Day 5-6

Explore the biodiverse Canandé region, two hours from Pedro Vicente Maldonado. Set in the Chocó forest, the area boasts 62 bird species, including rarities like the Scarlet-breasted Dacnis and Great Green Macaw. Spot felines, monkeys, and diverse amphibians. Canandé Reserve, managed by Fundación Jocotoco, protects this endangered hotspot

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Back to Quito

Day 7

Leaving Canandé Reserve, we'll head back to Quito after a morning of birding. En route, enjoy sightings at Guaycapi or Sachatamia bird feeders amidst the vibrant protected forest, teeming with diverse wildlife

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Chakana Reserve

Day 8

Today's journey leads to Chakana Reserve amidst stunning Ecuadorian High Andes landscapes. Adjacent to Antisana National Park, the reserve offers breathtaking vistas and diverse birdlife, including Andean Condors, Giant Hummingbirds, Ecuadorian Hillstars, and more. Explore the Paramo's unique flora and landscapes, with a chance to spot the elusive Spectacled Bear. Enjoy a traditional lunch at Casa Antisanilla before returning to Quito in the afternoon

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Chakana Reserve

Day 9

Airport transfer according to international flight schedules

 

Meals: Breakfast

PRICING

ADULT

Andes & Choco experience US$ 3180
Single Suplement US$ 400

Bird Areas

• Yanacocha

• Tandayapa Valley

• Paz Reserve

• Canandé

• Chakana

Sistemazione

• San José de Puembo or similar

• Bellavista Lodge

• Chocó Lodge

Designed for nature and bird lovers looking for quality adventures disconnecting from the city.

P: +593 995 447 515

M: santiago.cardenas@egt.ec

A: Wilson OE 7-56 y Diego de Almagro, Quito-Ecuador.

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