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9 DAYS 8 NIGHTS BIRDING HOTSPOTS OF ECUADOR BIRDS TOURS

Private Birding Tour - All Year Round Great for Birding 

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HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR BIRDING TOUR IN ECUADOR:

  • Private Tour and Possible Birding Count between 200 - 350 Bird Species

    Private Tour and Possible Birding Count between 200 - 350 Bird Species

  • Visit over 12 Birding Reserves in the West & East Andean Birding Slopes

    Visit over 12 Birding Reserves in the West & East Andean Birding Slopes

  • Excellent Lodges with Private Birding Reserves

    Excellent Lodges with Private Birding Reserves

  • Expert English Speaking Birding Guide and Private Transfer

    Expert English Speaking Birding Guide and Private Transfer

Day 1

ARRIVAL

  • Transfer in to our Birding Lodge, Hacienda Jimenita, located 15 minutes from the airport. 
  • Meals: No Meals Included.  
  • Overnight Hacienda Jimenita, Luxury Hotel. King Suite with chimney

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Day 2

MORNING BIRDING JIMENITA RESERVE & SPECTACLED BEAR PAPALLACTA PASS 

  • Morning Birding in the surrounding trails of our Lodge for possible Giant Hummingbirds. Continue birding in the canyon trails with views to the Ecuadorian Volcanoes, some of the casual flocks could be several Tanagers, Euphonias, Spinetails, Vultures, Kestrels and even Andean Condor. After Lunch continute towards Papallacta Pass and Penas Blancas Birding Road for specialities like Spectacled Bear. 
  • Target Species: Western Emerald, Yellow Grossbeak, Vermillion Flycatcher, Giant Hummingbird, Azaras Spinetail, Black and White Seedeater, White-winged Brush Finch, Shiny Cowbird, Rufous-breasted Brush Finch, Sparkling Violetear, White-bellied Woodstar, Rainbow-bearded Thornbill, Blue-mantled Thornbill, Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe and others.  
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Welcome Dinner 
  • Overnight Hacienda Jimenita, Luxury Hotel, King Suite with chimney

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Day 3

ANTISANA CONDOR & WILDLIFE RESERVE 

  • The Antisana Reserve is the most impressive Andean Mount near Quito and Sanctuary of Wild Andean Condor. After breakfast visit the Upper Andean Valley near Antisana Volcano. Upon arrival to the reserve we will make strategic stops to observe different bird species and Natural Birding Treasures that Antisana offers, including the Ecuadorian Hillstar, Andean Condor and the rare Andean Ibis. We will have a delicious Box Lunch viewing La Mica Lake and several Aquatic Species. Afternoon return to our lodge.
  • Target Birds: Andean Condor, Shining Sunbeam, Red-Crested Cotinga, Spectacled Redstart, Ecuadorian Hillstar, Caranculate Cara-Cara, Black-chested Buzzard Eagle, Variable Hawk, Black Flowerpiercer, Andean Ibis, Paramo Ground Tyrant, Andean Gull, Andean Lapwing, Many-striped Canastero, Tawny Antpitta and others. 
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 
  • Overnight Hacienda Jimenita, Luxury Hotel, King Suite with Chimney

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Day 4

ZURO LOMA, YANACOCHA RESERVE, OLD-NONO MINDO ROAD 

  • Early pick up at 5:30am from our lodge. Drive towards Yanacocha Reserve located in the Pichincha Foothills. We will visit the Antpitta and Ocellated Tapaculo Hides in Zuro Loma Feeders. Continue to Yanacocha Reserve for birding in the main trails of the High Montane Forest.  Lunch with a splendid view to the West Slope Cloud Forest and Pacific Coast. Continue birding in Old-Nono Mindo Road located in Tandayapa Valley. Late afternoon arrival to our lodge in Mindo. 
  • Target Species: Sword-billed Hummingbird, Undulated Antpitta, Scarlet-bellied Mountain Tanager, Palm Tanager, White-lined tanager, Masked Flowerpiercer, Burrowing Owl, White-throated Screech Owl, Golden-breasted Puffleg, Great Sapphirewing, Thick-billed Euphonia, White-necked Jacobin, Black-chested Mountain Tanager, Golden-headed Quetzal, Crested-headed Quetzal,Tawny-bellied Hermit and others.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 
  • Overnight Sachatamia/Sisakuna Lodge, Double Room Cabin 

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Day 5

ANDEAN COCK OF THE ROCK RESERVE, SAN TADEO TANAGERS AND MILPE BIRDING SANCTUARY 

  • Early morning pick up around 5:30am to visit the Andean Cock of the Rock Lek and Photography Hides of Antpittas, Tanagers, New World Barbets, Toucan-Barbets, Quails, Hawks, and other exotic choco endemic bird species. Lunch at the reserve overviewing the tanager and trogon feeders. Afternoon continue birding in San Tadeo Feeders for endemic Hummingbird species like the Violet-tailed Sylph.  Late afternoon birding in Milpe Birding Sanctuary for spectacular opportunities to observe Toucans, Aracaris, Manakins and Parrots. 
  • Target Birds: Andean Cock of the Rock, Masked Trogon, Dark-backed Wood-Quails, Violet-tailed Sylph, Velvet-Purple Coronet, Fawn-breasted Brilliant, Red-billed Parrot, Bronze-winged Parrot, Moustached Antpitta, Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, Yellow-breasted Antpitta, Ochre breasted Antpitta, Scaled Antpitta, Golden Tanager, Golden-naped Tanager, Orange-bellied Euphonia, Flame-faced Tanager, Toucan Barbet, Pale-mandibled Aracari, Choco Toucan, Yellow-breasted Toucan and others.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 
  • Overnight Sachatamia/Sisakuna Lodge, Double Room Cabin 

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Day 6

AMAGUSA MASHPI RESERVE, ANDEAN COCK OF THE ROCK PHOTO & ALAMBI HUMMINGBIRD PARADISE 

  • Pick up around 530am to visit Amagusa Mashpi Reserve, one of the best spots in the world for biodiversity and birding. Its one of the last foothill-forest that directly connects to the Lower Subtropical Western Forest of Ecuador. Its unique location makes it particularly attractive for birders looking for the highest biodiversity regions with choco endemic birds. Afternoon visit Alambi Hummingbird Paradise for at least 12 new hummingbird species. Lunch along the way and return to our lodge in Quito. 
  • Target Species: Moss-backed Tanager, Golden-collared Honeycreeper, Glistening-green tanager, Black-chinned Mountain Tanager, Orange-breasted Fruiteater, Choco Vireo, Empress Brilliant, Green Thorntail, Rose-faced Parrot, Spinetails, Chlorophonias, Rufous- throated Tanager, Broad-billed Motmot, Indigo Flowerpiercer and others choco endemic bird species.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 
  • Overnight Hacienda Jimenita, Luxury Hotel, King Suite with Chimney

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Day 7 

EAST SLOPE CLOUD FOREST AND GUANGO TORRENT DUCK RESERVE

  • Pick up at 7am from our lodge. Our drive to the East Slope Cloud Forest will initially lead us through the drier central valley where we will pass through a mix of agricultural zones and native chaparral forests before rising up steeply to the high and windswept paramo. Along the way possible to observe the Spectacled Bear in our strategic points. Continue to Guango Reserve, where we frequently run into some of the best temperate forest flocks; best photography in our Hummingbird feeders. After lunch and in late afternoon visit other Hummingbird feeders in the East Slope near Cosanga Valley. At night Nocturnal Birding around the lodge for possible Owls. 
  • Target Species: Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe, Gray-hooded Bush-Tanager, Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant, Bar-bellied Woodpecker, White-banded Tyrannulet, Black-capped and Black-eared Hemispingus, Slaty and Pale-naped Brush-Finch, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Buff-tailed Coronet, Collared Inca, Hooded Mountain Tanager, Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan, Mountain Cacique, Inca Jay and Turquoise Jay.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 
  • Overnight San Isidro Lodge, Double Room 

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Day 8

GUACAMAYOS RIDGE, SAN ISIDRO BIRDING RESERVE & PARADISE TANAGER FEEDERS

  • We plan to start the morning with some birding right around the lodge and main trails before breakfast. Continue to the famous Guacamayos Ridge at the border of the Upper Amazon Basin for possible Guans, Tanagers and Black-billed MountainToucan. Explore the White-bellied Antpitta Feeder and continue birding in Guacamayos Ridge for possible Toucans, Guans, Flycatchers and Exotic Tanagers. After lunch at the lodge, we will return to Quito with a stop at the Paradise Tanager Feeders
  • Target Species: Montane and Olive-backed Woodcreepers, Golden-crowned Flycatcher, Rufous-crowned Tody-Flycatcher, Cliff Flycatcher, Black-billed Peppershrike, Subtropical Cacique, White-bellied Antpitta, Long-tailed Antbirds, Plain-tailed Wrens and Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonias, Fruiteaters, Andean Potoo, San Isidro Owl, Rufous-banded Owl, Green Grass Tanager and others.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Farewell Dinner 
  • Overnight Hacienda Jimenita, Luxury Hotel, King Suite with chimney. 

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DAY 9

TRANSFER OUT TO THE AIRPORT or TRIP EXTENSIONS

After breakfast transfer out to Quito Airport. Optional extension to Upper Amazon Basin, Yasuni National Park or Galapagos Islands. 

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INCLUDED: Welcome Drink at Hacienda Jimenita, Souvenir Ecuador Birds Tours Kit, Personalized Birding List, Excellent Accommodations, Entrance Fees to All mentioned Birding Reserves, Delicious and Healthy Meals, 24/7 Private Airport Transfers, Expert Birding Guide, Private Transportation and Quality Services.

NOT INCLUDED: Personal Expenses, Alcoholic & Soft Drinks, Meals not listed in the itinerary and Tips 

OUR RECENT REVIEW: "Lifetime Fabulous Tour: My husband and I just came back from our trip; it was OUTSTANDING! The itinerary for us was so carefully detailed and thoughtful. We were in awe of his attention to our having the best experience in this absolutely beautiful country. The people were so welcoming and friendly. The meals were perfectly delicious. And the parks and nature stops were all full of birds we were so happy to discover and watch! Our guides, Daniel Cruz and Jorge Luna, were the BEST! From people, resorts and meals, no one could find a better company to trust. From our hearts, we thank you Ecuador Bird Tours". 

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