Birding in Mindo Extended Tour
3 Days/ 2 Nights
6am: The tour begins with an early morning Quito Hotel pick up and then heading down the western slope towards the Mindo area.
Coffee is served before birdwatching at high altitude Yanacocha Reserve. Enjoy the Sword-Billed Hummingbird, Scarlet-Bellied Mountain Tanager, Sapphire-Vented Puffleg, Shiny Sunbeam Hummingbirds just to get the day started.
Enjoy a picnic lunch in the Reserve, and continue along the eco route to Mindo stopping along the way for birdwatching opportunities.
3pm: Arrive at Casa Divina Lodge. Check in, free afternoon and in-house dinner.
5:15am: Andean Cock-of-the-rock observation at
Paz de Las Aves Reserve. Unique opportunity for
up close viewing of this rare species in the cotinga
family. Coffee and fruit at the bird hide. Continue
on after the lek to observe bird species that are
difficult to spot. Ochre-Breasted and Moustached
Antpittas, among others. After breakfast either
continue climbing to see higher altitude cloud
forest species like the Plate-Billed Mountain
Toucan or the Tanager Finch, or stop at a few
lower elevation feeding stations to observe
tanagers like the Black-chinned Mountain Tanager, many hummingbirds and possibly the endemic Toucan Barbet.
Picnic Lunch on the trail. Afternoon arrival to Casa
5am:Early departure to a small town an hour drive from Mindo, to see the Long Wattled Umbrella Bird.
Breakfast is provided at the reserve and the day continues with a visit to Milpe Reserve where you may see Club-Winged Manakin, Rufous Motmot, Green-Crowned Woodnymph, among other species.
Return to Casa Divina Lodge for in-house lunch and check out.
2pm: Transfer to Quito hotel, or your next destination.