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Birdwatching Mindo Ecuador

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 2 - 6 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 12 people
Destination(s): Ecuador  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 260 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 920 US Dollar (USD)

Due to its critically important role in the conservation of numerous rare and endemic species, Mindo was designated South America's first Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International (1997). Mindo is an area of historic ornithological studies, where early collectors and ornithologists discovered or collected many species. Mindo lies within the Chocó Endemic Bird Area (EBA) and Chocó Biogeographic Region, which is considered one of the world's richest biogeographic areas. This area supports the largest number of restricted-range birds of any EBA in the Americas, over 50 species being endemic to the area.

Bird watching is helping the local communities to understand that avoiding some practises of the past (including bird hunting) is worthwhile, not only from a Conservation point of view, but even as an economical return. To help this aspect we visit the Antpittas place and the Lek of the Cock-of-the-Rock, paying an entrance fee to local owners. We enter locations like Yanacocha Reserve, the Sanctuary of Birds of Milpe and Rio Silanche, Pachijal Reserve helping this way this conservation efforts.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Birdwatching on the Ecoroute El Paseo del Quinde. Yanacocha: 8.5km from Quito, more than 3300m above sea level, on the slopes of Pichincha Vulcan, rich of species of birds from the highlands, some of which endemic, like: Black-breasted Puffleg or Sapphire-vented Puffleg, Black-tailed Trainbearer Scarlet-bellied, Buff-breasted Tanager and the rare Black-chested Tanager, Imperial Snipe, Giant Conebill, Bar Winged Cinclodes, etc. Nono: 15km from Quito and at 2870meters above the sea level, temperate interandine area with a subtropical forest, where is possible to observe species like Curve Billed Tinamou, Variable Hawk, Stygian Owl, Giant Hummingdbird, Sapphire- vented Puffleg, Trainbearer, Tawny Antpitta, Black Crested Warbier, Rufous-chested Tanager, Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager.

Tandayapa: 37.5km from Quito, 1710meters above the sea level, where it’s possible to observe more than 23 subtropical species of birds like Dark Backed Wood Quail, Tucan Barbet, Golden Headed Quetzal, Brown Inca, Beautifull Jay etc. Santa Rosa 2160meters above the sea level, temperated and subtropical area, we’ll observe bird species like Masked Trogon, Ocellated Tapaculo, Grass Green Tanager etc. On late afternoon we’ll reach our place where we’ll lodge the next 5 nights.

Days 2-3: Birdwatching in the Cloudforest of our reserve and in Mindo. We’ll walk the trails of the Reserve inside the Cloudforest observing species like: Velvet-Purple Coronet, Giant Antpitta, Rufous-breasted Antthrush, Long-wattled Umbrellabird, Club-winged Manakin, Scaled Fruiteater e Yellow-collared Chlorophonia, Toucan Barbet, Choco Toucan, Golden-headed Quetzal, Crimson-rumped Toucanet, Pale-mandibled Aracari, Tangars like Flame-faced, Golden-naped, Golden, Black-capped and Beryll-spangled, andl “Gallito de la Peña” Cock-of-the-Rock. We’ll be to the Lek of the Cock-of-the-Rock in Mindo and walk along the Mindo River, a great place to birdwatch.

Day 4: Birding in the Sanctuary of Birds of Milpe. Opened in March 2004, this 62 hectare (155 acre) sanctuary covers an latitudinal range from 1020-1150 m (3350-3770 ft) and includes two small rivers that converge in a steep, forested valley. It is located 700m off the main highway on an all-weather road. Many birders consider this one of the finest sites in all of Ecuador. Many of the most spectacular Chocó Endemics occur here: Plumbeous Forest-Falcon, Moss-backed Tanager, Glistening-green Tanager, Chocó Trogon, Club-winged Manakin, and Long-wattled Umbrellabird.

Day 5: Birdwatching in the Sanctuary of Birds of Rio Silanche. In the morning, after breakfast, we’ll leave the place to reach Puerto Quito, passing from the Cloudforest to the Tropical Humid Forest: the Sanctuary of Birds of Rio Silonche. Rio Silonche is a Reserve in the tropical lowlands with a large diversity of species of birds, easy trails and an observation tower 15 meters high. The Reserve is important for the presence of several endemic species, infact we are in the Endemic Area of Choco. In late afternoon we’ll return to our place to enjoy the last night of our tour.

Day 6: Return to Quito. End of the services.

Member discount:
10% discount for InfoHub customer. Request a free gift certificate.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Transportation in a private air-conditioned van
- Accommodations
- Meals
- Entrances at Reserves
- National and Local Guides.

Price Excludes:
- 12% VAT
- beverages and alcoholics
- extras and personal spendings
- tips.

About This Supplier
Location: Ecuador
Joined InfoHub: Jan 2007

We started as an Ecolodge located in the Cloudforest of Mindo, Ecuador, owned by two Italian friends, Renato (right) and Pierre. 400ha of protected primary and secondary forest. 40km of trails inside the Reserve. At our lodge we offer accomodation only, wildlife viewing and birdwatching packages, designed and...

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