We will arrive to the airport and transfer to our hotel. Night in Quito hotel.
- DAY 2: Jocotoco -Yanacocha Reserve
Early visit jotocoto reserve and then bird along yanococha specialties, and we will spend birding along the cloud forest for mixed feeding flocks. Then we will drive to Mindo area taking the old Nono road for birding along the area till we get our first Lodge. Night there.
Birds: Superciliated Hemispingus, Ocellated Tapaculo, White-browed Spinetail, Andean and Sickle-winged Guan, Shinning Sunbeam, Great Saphirewing, Mountain Velvetbreast, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Black-chested Mountain TanagerGolden-breasted, Sapphire-vented Pufflegs, Sword-billed Hummingbirds, Empress Brilliant, Violet-tailed Sylph, Green-crowned Woodnymph, Plate-billed Mountain Toucan, Toucan Barbet and many others.
- DAY 3: Tandayapa Valley - Bellavista Cloud Forest
After an early breakfast we will drive to the Tandayapa Valley stopping at wonderful feeders such as the San Tadeo tanager feeders and the Alambi hummingbird station. We will find many species in flocks when walking the cobble stone road but some are easier to photograph and take long looks at these sites where the feeders attract the birds. After our amazing time we will back to our lodge.
Birds: Plate-billed Mountain Toucan, Toucan Barbet, Violet-tailed Sylph, Booted Rackettail, Western Emerald, Montane Woodcreeper, Purple-throated Woodstar, Metallic-green Tanager, Red-headed Barbet, Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager, Black-capped Tanager, Golden-naped Tanager, Crimson-rumped Toucanet, Lemon-rumed Toucanet, Golden headed Quetzal, Masked Trogon and many more.
- DAY 4: Angel Paz Reserve - Milpe Road
Early visit to Paz de las Antpittas Reserve. This is the place where we will see the Cock of the Rock lek, see 5 species of Antpittas being fed and other species. After this amazing experience we will start our way back to our lodge where we will make a stop at Mindo Loma Reserve for some extra species. In the afternoon we will keep searching for choco endemics along Milpe road. Night in Lodge
Birds: Black-chinned Mountain Tanager and Hoary Puffleg, Andean Cock of the Rocks, Giant Antpitta, Yellow-breasted Antpitta, Moustached Antpitta, Club winged Manakin, Beautiful Jay, Velvet-purple Coronet, Empress Brilliant, Purple-bibbed Whitetip, Collared Inca, Gorgeted Sunangel, Blue-capped Tanager, Dusky Bush-Tanager, Glistening-green Tanager, Rufous-throated Tanager, Black-winged Saltator, Black-chinned Mountain-Tanager, Flame-faced Tanager, Moss-backed Tanager, Orange breasted Fruiteater, Golden-collared Honeycreeper, Black chinned Mountain Tanager, Blue winged Mountain Tanager, Yellow faced Grassquit, Streak capped Treehunter, Uniform Treehunter and many more.
- DAY 5: Silanche Reserve - Canopy Tower
Early drive downslope to the Silanche Reserve. We will bird this area starting with the Canopy Tower looking for Choco endemics and then birding along the forest and surroundings. Night in Lodge
Bird: Scarlet-breasted Dacnis, Rufous-winged and Blue-whiskered Tanagers, Scarlet browed Tanager, Gray and Gold Tanager, Tawny-crested Tanager, Cinammon Woodpecker, Silver-throated Tanager, Dusky-faced Tanager, Black-cheeked Woodpecker, Blue-chested Hummingbird, Scarlet-breasted Dacnis, Yellow-tufted Dacnis, Scarlet-browed Tanager, Tawny-crowned Tanager, Purple-throated Fruitcrow and much more.
- DAY 6: Mashpi Road - Amagua feeders
Mornign drive to Mashpi area which is one of the last choco Forest patches.The species here are very specific and very special to this humid lowland rainforest. The we will drive to Quito. Night in Hotel
Birds: Moss-back Tanager, Umbrella Bird, Glistening Green Tanager, Black Solitary, Indigo Flowerpiercer, Esmeraldas Antbird and many more.
- DAY 7: Antizana- Papallacta Pass
Early breakfast and we will drive to Antizana National Park where we will search for paramo specialties. Then we will head to Papallacta area for more species. and get the old route for target species. Afterwards we will explore the unique Polylepis Forest for speciealist with the chance to kike up to Suco Lake for andean waterbirds before we get our lodge.
Birds: Andean Condor, Black-faced Ibis, Paramo Pipit, Black-winged Ground-Dove, Giant Hummingbird, Viridian Metaltail, Red-rumped Bush-Tyrant, Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe, Ecuadorian Hillstar, Giant Conebill, White-chinned Thistletail, Black-backed Bush-Tanager, Silvery Grebe and many others.
- DAY 8: Elfin Forest - Guango area
Early this morning we will drive to the Elfin Forest to look for rare and endangered species and we will bird the Polylepis Forest for any missed species. After our amazing time alogn here we will head to Guango place. For the rest of the dy we will enjoin the feeders and some trails nearby. Night in Lodge
Birds: Masked-Mountain-Tanager, Paramo Tapaculo, Agile Tit-Tyrant,Sword-billed Hummingbird, Chestnut- breasted Coronet, Mountain Velvetbreast, Tourlamine Sunangel, Mountain Avocetbill and many others.
- DAY 9: Guango - San Isidro area
After breakfast we will spend birding along the forest around the lodge and trails. After lunch we will head to San Isidro place. Night in Lodge
Birds: Black-capped Hemispingus, Barred Becard, Turquoise Jay, Lacrimose, Hooded Mountain-Tanagers, Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan.
Today we will bird the trails and lodge surrounding for the full day. Night in Lodge
Birds: Crested Quetzal, Masked Trogon, Andean Cock-of- the-rock, Green Jay, White-capped, Saffron-crowned, Golden-naped, Beryl-spangled, Blue and black, and Blue- winged Mountain Tanagers, San Isidro Owl and many others.
- DAY 11: San Isidro-Sumaco Lodge
After breakfast we will drive to the Loreto road in the foothills of the Andes searching for several species along the road such mixed flocks of tanagers and several other specialist found along the area. There is a chance to do some owling. Night in Lodge
Birds: Paradise, Orange eared, Golden-eared, Magpie Tanagers, Blue-naped Chlorophonia, Cliff Flycatcher, and Orange-breasted Falcon, Golden-Collared Toucanet, Band-bellied Owl, Foothill Screech-Owl and many others.
- DAY 12: Full Day Birding - Quito
Today we will bird the trails and along the road is very good for mix flocks which we will explore mornign and late afternoon and for our free time there are feeders to enjoin also. Then we will back to Quito according your flight to home.
Birds: Coppery chested Jacamar, Gray-tailed Piha, Blue-rumped Manakin, Napo Sabrewing, Ecuadorian Piedtail, Many-spotted Hummmingbird, Booted Racket-tail (orange legs), Chestnut-crowned Gnateater, White-tipped Sicklebill, Blackish Rail, Rufous-naped Greenlet, Coraya Wren, Foothill Antwren and many others.