Mindo & Nono birdwatching Tour - 10 Days



Day 01.- Arrival in Quito

Arrive in Quito. Assistance and transfer from the airport to the Swissotel in the new Town of Quito. Buffet-Dinner and accommodations at the hotel. -/-/-

Day 02.- Quito-Yanacocha-Mindo

After breakfast, around 6am, with a packed lunch we leave for the Ecological Reserve Yanacocha that is on the north east side of Volcano Pichincha at 3600m. This area is one globally known for being home to a great diversity of tanagers and hummingbirds and many other special species that we will not find anywhere else on this tour such as: Back-Breasted Puffleg, Rainbow-Bearded Thornbill, Sword-Billed Hummingbird, Buff-Winged Starfrontlet, Shining Sunbeam, Golden-Crowned Tanager, Black-Chested Mountain-Tanager, Hooded Mountain-Tanager, Buff-Breasted Mountain-Tanager, Scarlet-Bellied Mountain Tanager, Giant Conebill etc. For this reason today it is important to find everything possible before descending the famous Nono route, passing Tanayapa and arriving at the Mindo Gardens Lodge for dinner and Overnight. Breakfast /Lunch /Dinner

Day 03.- Birdwatching in Mindo Cloud Forest

Breakfast at 5am and ready to leave by 5:45am to bird watch in the Mindo valley at 1200m. In this area we will find a mixture of flocks including: tanagers, trepatroncos, fly catchers, toucans, and many different hummingbirds. At 1pm we will have lunch and a short break before returning to bird watch until returning to the Lodge for dinner and to record the birds we have seen in the day. B/L/D

Day 04.- Mindo-Pedro Vicente Maldonado-Mindo

Breakfast at 5am, ready to leave by 5:30am with a packed lunch for a day of birding in the Pedro Vicente Maldonado area, which is a tropical forest zone in the northeast at between 400 and 450m. This is an incredible lush forests that is home to many endemic tropical forest species found otherwise only in south Colombia, northwest Ecuador and few parts of Panama some of these are: Banded Ground-Cuckoo, Rose-Faced parrot, Choco Screch-Owl, Five-Colored Barbet, Orange-Fronted Barbet, Black-Tipped Cotinga, Choco Toucan, Stripe-Billed Aracari, Choco Woodpecker, Double-Banded Graytail, Long-Wattled Umbrellabird, many tanagers and hummingbirds. In the evening we return to the hotel for dinner and to record the days bird list. B/L/D

Day 05.-Mindo-Bellavista-Tandayapa-Mindo

After breakfast at 5:30am we leave with a packed lunch to bird watch around Bellavista and Tanadayapa two very prolific birding areas at 220m, for this reason the specie diversity is very abundant here especially in tanagers and hummingbirds. In one day it is possible to spot up to 20 different hummingbirds and 12 tanagers as well as: Plate-Billed Mountain-Toucan, Ocellated Tapaculo, Green-And-Black Fruiteater, Golden-Winged Manaquin, Blue-Winged Mountain-Tanager, Grass-Green Tanager, Tanager Finch etc. In the evening we return to the Lodge for dinner and to record the days bird list. B/L/D

Day 06.- San Miguel de los Bancos-Mindo

After breakfast we leave with a packed lunch for San Miguel de los Bancos at 850m, where we can find many endemic species such as: Moss-Backed Tanager, Glistening-Green Tanager, Yellow-collared Chlorophonia, Choco Warbler, Club-WingedManakin, Pacific Tuftedcheek, Stripe-Billed Aracari, Orange-Fronted Barbet, Slate-Tailed Trogon, Tooth-Billed Hummingbird, Rose-Faced Parrot. Etc. After a full day of birding we return to the Mindo Gardens lodge for dinner and to record the days bird list. B/L/D

Day 07.- Mindo-Pedro Vicente Maldonado Mindo

Breakfast at 5am and leave at 5:30am with a packed lunch for Pedro Vicente Maldonado. Today we will bird watch in a unique primary tropical forest zone at 750m. Throughout the day we will remain birding in the forest looking for endemic species only found here some of which are:Rufous-Fronted Wood-Quail, Indigo-Croqned Quail-Dove, Rose-Faced Parrot, Bronze-Winged Parrot, Choco Trogon, Black-Throated Trogon, Collared Trogon, Crimson-Billed Woodpecker, White-Whiskered Puffbird, Choco Toucan, Pale-Mandibled Aracari, Esmeraldas Antbird, Rufous-Crowned Antpitta, Tanagers etc. In the evening we return to the Mindo Gardens Lodge for dinner and to record the days bird list. B/L/D

Day 08.- Mindo-Rio Palenque-Tinalandia Lodge

After and early breakfast, 5.30am, we leave for a protected area around the Palenque River. This is a protected area and one of the only forests you can find so close to Santo Domingo de los Colorados for birding in which we can encounter species of the costal tropical forests of Ecuador such as: Rufous-Tailed Jacamar, Red-Headed Barbet, Lanceolated Monklet, Chestnut-Mandiblet Toucan, Choco Toucan, Scarlet-Backed Woodpecker, Bay-Headed Tanager, Swallow Tanager, Blue-Necked Tanager, Guira Tanager, etc. We can bird in this area the entire day or return to the hotel for lunch and afterwards bird watch in the area around the hotel. In the evening we go to the Tinalandia Birding Lodge for dinner and overnigth. Finally we review the days bird list. B/L/D

Day 09.- Tinalandia-Chiriboga-Quito

After breakfast at 6am with a packed lunch we leave towards Quito along the Chiriboga Road, a very special route one on which we can start out spotting bird species of the tropical forests like toucans, tanagers, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, water birds and more until we start to ascend to mid altitude and paramo at 3000m where we will find completely different species such as: Toucan Barbet, Golden-Headed Quetzal, Powerful Woodpecker, Violaceous Jay, Plate-Billed Mountain-toucan, etc. In the evening we arrive at the Swissotel in Quito for dinner and to record the bird list of the day to complete the tour or if you wish we can continue to the Amazon Rain Forest. B/L/D

Day 10.- Transfer Out.

After the last day in Ecuador we will bring you to the airport and say good-bye hoping to welcome you another time here in the Middle of the World. B/-/-

B= Breakfast L= Lunch D=Dinner

What to bring with you: Comfortable trekking boots, warm clothes, water proof clothes, passport copies (2), binoculars, (if you request we can provide rain poncho and rubber boots), sun cream, sun glasses, hat, cotton clothes (longs sleeves but no jeans) insect repellent, camera, high speed film (400 ASA), binoculars, and travel alarm clock, flashlight with batteries, zip-lock bags to keep clothing and equipment dry, shorts, sport shoes, swimsuit, towel and personal toilet kit.

Very Important: This program can change due to weather conditions. Any changes are made in the traveler's best interest and safety. Our Jungle Camps are serving also as a base camp for researchers and scientists. Groups of more than four can compose their own tour and can choose their own starting date of the tour. The difficulty of access to the area demands relatively long boat trips.