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Ecuador | Choco Andino Bird Photography Tour – 5 days

Areas to Explore

Our Choco Andino Bird Photography tour with main birding spots in Choco Andino de Pichincha.
Available Yanacocha Reserve​ (optional)

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Choco Andino de Pichincha

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Zuro Loma Reserve or Yanacocha Reserve​ (optional)

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Quito & airport. Other locations available upon request.



10:00am. Estimated time based on pick up location. 6:00am if Yanacocha Reserve visit first day.



– DAY 1 – Hummingbirds Garden in Mindo (Optional: Zuro Loma Reserve or Yanacocha Reserve)

* Optional Tour Start

Starting 6:00am from your Quito hotel. Contact us for more information adding this visit since it has a extra cost.​

E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L1396997
E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L10223666

Key species Yanacocha Reserve:

Sword-billed Hummingbird, Shining Sunbeam, Golden-breasted Puffleg, Andean Guan, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager.


10:00am Pick up at your hotel in Quito or airport area.


1:00pm Arrival to Las Terrazas de Dana Lodge and lunch.


Visit to the Hummingbirds garden in Mindo Cloud Forest


Dinner and lodging at Las Terrazas de Dana Boutique Lodge.

– DAY 2 – Paz de las Aves and Alambi Reserve

– Key species: Paz de las Aves

Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Giant Antpitta, Moustached Antpitta, Yellow-breasted Antpitta, Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, Ochre-breasted Antpitta, Toucan Barbet.

– Key species: Alambi Cloud Forest Reserve

Western Emerald, Tawny-bellied Hermit, Brown Violetear, White-capped Dipper, Torrent Tyrannulet, Red-faced Spinetail, Golden-olive Woodpecker

Early morning

Visit to Paz de las Aves Reserve (Located about 1.600m. / 5.250ft.). Breakfast box included and ecuadorian breakfast in the reserve.

E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L674753


Lunch and visit to Alambi Hummingbirds Feeders in Tandayapa Valley.

E-bird Hotspots: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L1019128


Dinner and lodging at Las Terrazas de Dana Boutique Lodge.

– DAY 3 – Mashpi Road, Amagusa Reserve & San Tadeo Feeder

Key species:

Indigo Flowerpiercer, Golden-collared Honeycreeper, Black Solitaire, Orange-breasted Fruiteater, Lyre-tailed Nightjar, White-tipped Sicklebill, Choco Vireo, Choco Parakeet, Glistening-green Tanager, Black-chinned Mountain-Tanager, Black-striped Sparrow, Flame-faced Tanager, Velvet-purple Coronet, Violet-tailed Sylph, Booted Racket-tail, Toucan Barbet.

Early morning

Visit to Mashpi Road and Amagusa Reserve (altitude rage is 1700m. to 750m.). Breakfast box in Amagusa Reserve feeders.

E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L3175551


Lunch and visit to San Tadeo Feeder.

E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L4992806


Dinner and lodging at Las Terrazas de Dana Boutique Lodge.

– DAY 4 – Santa Rosa Feeder and Milpe Reserve”

– Key species:

Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan, Blue-capped Tanager, Hoary Puffleg, Club-winged Manakin

Early morning

Departure to Santa Rosa Feeder with breakfast box.

E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L6978567


Lunch and visit to Milpe Reserve.

E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L493675


Dinner and lodging at Las Terrazas de Dana Boutique Lodge.

– DAY 5 – “Ruta San Lorenzo (Mindo Cloud Forest)”

Key Species:

Blue-Necked Tanager, Bay-Headed Tanager, Red-Headed Barbet, Choco Toucan, Golden Headed Quetzal, Crimson-Rumped Toucan, Black Striped Sparrow, White Capped Dipper, White Tailled Hillstar, Red-Billed Parrot.

Early Morning

– Hike along San Lorenzo Road (On the way to Waterfalls sanctuary. Located about 1.400m. / 4.600ft.)

Breakfast at Las Terrazas de Dana with your guide in our birding terrace.

E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L792571


Check-out and transfer to Quito.