Andean Cock of the Rock Trail - 3 Days

 

 

This extraordinary adventure will take place in an area practically still virgin and unknown to visitors. One of the principle attractions here are the spectacular San Rafeal falls; a unique natural display in the immense jungle. On this trip it will be possible to camp and observe the exuberant fauna; spectacled bear, tapir and the famous Andean cock of the rock, of the high Amazon region.

Day 01.- Quito - San Rafael Waterfall

From Quito we leave following the Interoceanic route Quito – Papallacta – Baeza – Chaco - Lago Agrio. Our first stop will be at 4000m in Papallacta where we will enjoy some relaxing moments in the thermal baths before continuing our descent to the jungle at 1380m. From here we will trek one hour in the jungle to arrive at a look-out point overlooking the San Rafeal falls where we will set up camp and have dinners. B/L/D

Day 02.- Birding in the Cloudforest from el Reventador

After breakfast we will follow the path of the Andean Cock of the Rock and with a little luck will be able to see this incredible bird among others; mountain toucans, oropendulos, tanagers, monjas, cucubes , parrots and many more. And of course we will also familiarize ourselves with the diverse flora and fauna of this vast region. Lunch on route and return to camp in the late afternoon for dinner and the night.

Day 03.- San Rafael Waterfall - Quito

Early in the morning we will start bird watching around the camp followed by breakfast and breaking camp to leave for the return route to Quito stopping in places of interest along the way. In Papallacta we will stop for a delicious trout lunch and to once again enjoy the thermal baths if time permits. In the evening we will arrive in Quito. End of tour. B/L/-

Equipment needed for Your Trip: Comfortable trekking boots, warm clothes, waterproof clothes, binoculars, sun cream, sunglasses, hat, camera, film (100 ASA), and travel alarm clock, flashlight with batteries, zip-lock bags to keep clothing and equipment dry, gloves, towel and personal toilet kit. We provide you with rubber boots and rain ponchos.

VERY IMPORTANT: This program can be change due to weather conditions. Any changes are made in the traveller's best interest and safety. For groups of more than four, departures can be any day, including special itineraries. The difficulty of access to the area demands relatively long 4WD Auto drives.