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7-days in the Choco-Andino: "A bird Paradise Adventure" 

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Calling all bird and nature lovers! Seize the opportunity to observe birds in one of Ecuador’s most diverse habitats, the cloud forest within the Choco Andino. On this tour, you will explore the best places to observe and photograph birds.

Day 1

Welcome to Ecuador

Calling all bird and nature lovers! Seize the opportunity to observe birds in one of Ecuador’s most diverse habitats, the cloud forest within the Choco Andino. On this tour, you will explore the best places to observe and photograph birds.

Day 1: Welcome to Ecuador The tour begins with your arrival in Ecuador. We will meet you at the Quito International Airport, and a private transport will take you directly to the lodge at Refugio Paz de las Aves. If your flight arrives later than 7 pm, we recommend arriving a day prior and staying the night at one of the airports closest to the hotel. We can make those arrangements for you for an additional cost.

Time: Airport – Refugio Paz: approximately 2 hours Lodging: Refugio Paz Dinner: Refugio Paz

Days 2 – 3: 2 Full Days at the Paz de las Aves Refuge Refugio Paz de Las Aves is a private reserve with 49 hectares dedicated to the conservation of Antpittas and other endemic birds. This reserve is considered one of the best in Ecuador for bird watching. Get up early, as at 5:50 am, we start walking to the blind to observe the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock. Here, we often observe 5 – 10 males courting a female for about an hour. We will have plenty of time for photography and observation. During the day, our specialized birding guide will begin to search and point out the large number of bird species that call the reserve home. Our record for a single day of birdwatching is 155 species, including 5 species of Antpittas: Giant Antpitta, Yellow-breasted Antpitta, Moustached Antpitta, Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, Ocher-breasted Antpitta. In addition, we will look for Dark-backed Woodquail, Golden-headed Quetzal, and other species.

Lodging: Refugio Paz Breakfast: Refugio Paz Lunch: Refugio Paz Dinner: Refugio Paz

Day 4: Mashpi and Lowland Foothill Cloud Forests We have scheduled this day to go to the Mashpi region, one of the most mega-diverse areas in the northwest of Pichincha. Here, we will visit another conservation effort run by a local family. We will be looking for Orange-breasted Fruiteater, Indigo Flowerpiercer, Moss-backed Tanager, Black-chinned Mountain-Tanager, Glistening-green Tanager, and Buffy (Pacific) Tuftedcheek. After lunch, we will visit their stunning Hummingbird Garden.

Lodging: Refugio Paz Breakfast: Refugio Paz Lunch: Mashpi Amagusa Dinner: Refugio Paz

Day 5: Visiting the Bird Tower at Rio Silanche We will visit Rio Silanche, a 100-hectare reserve created by the Mindo Cloud Forest Foundation. We will spend the morning at the 50-foot tower observing birds like Purple-chested Hummingbird, Chocó Trogon, Double-banded Greytail, Moustached /Griscom’s Antwren, Stub-tailed Antbird, Black-tipped Cotinga, Slate-throated Gnatcatcher, Scarlet-breasted Dacnis, Scarlet-and-white Tanager, Blue-whiskered Tanager. In the afternoon, we will visit Zuamox where we will look for woodpeckers and other birds that live in the lowlands: Golden-olive and Black-cheeked Woodpeckers, Rufous Motmot, Dusky-faced, Flame-rumped, and Silver-throated Tanagers, Ecuadorian Thrush, Buff-throated Saltator, Thick-billed, and Orange-bellied Euphonias.

Lodging: Refugio Paz Breakfast: Refugio Paz Lunch: Box lunch Dinner: Refugio Paz

Day 6: Birds and Chocolate Today we will visit Mindo, a small town located in the heart of the Choco-Andino that is famous for birdwatching and chocolate production. We will offer these opportunities:

  • Stop 1: Visit to the ornithology point for bird watching
  • Stop 2: Visit to the Mindo Nambillo waterfall
  • Stop 3: Visit to the chocolate factory

Lodging: Refugio Paz Breakfast: Refugio Paz Lunch: Mindo Dinner: Refugio Paz

Day 7: Birding the Hummingbird Route Your last day includes a visit to the upper area of the northwest of Pichincha. We will visit Zuro Loma and Yanacocha Reserves. In these unique habitats, we will look for some very important bird species, including the rare Black-breasted Puffleg hummingbird. We usually observed Tawny Antpitta, Rufous Antpitta, and a great variety of tanagers such as Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Hooded Mountain-Tanager. A favorite visitor to both locations is the Sword-billed Hummingbird.

In the late afternoon, we will take you to the Quito International Airport or the hotel of your choice. If taking another flight, we recommend scheduling it for the evening, as we will be finishing at approximately 5 pm.

Breakfast: Refugio Paz Lunch: Box lunch

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