Ecuador is one of the premiere destinations for birding in the world, with more than 1,600 species in the continental area and 38 more in the Galapagos Islands. Ecuador is considered one of the wonders of the natural world with a high percentage of endemism in birds. Enjoy of 2 day tour by visiting the North West of Pichincha which is inhabited for about 600 species of birds.
Bellavista Cloud Forest Tour
Day 1.- Mitad del Mundo / Bellavista Cloud Forest ( lunch, dinner)
Departure from Quito and drive northwards to the Middle of the World, short stop at the equatorial monument for a unique picture of this huge valley. Reaching the turn to Bellavista, you climb to the top of the mountain, again with fabulous views, where Bellavista lodge is perched. After a lunch, you can take a guided hike with a Bellavista naturalist, or explore on your own. A guided hike will acquaint you with the exuberant vegetation (orchids, bromeliads, ferns, trees, etc) of the cloud forest, its bird life, and the fascinating adaptations to life in this special environment. Birding guided tour into the forest.
Day 2.- Bellavista Cloud Forest (breakfast, lunch)
After a refreshing night’s sleep, and morning bird hike in the serene morning light is well worthwhile. At 8 AM, our special Bellavista breakfast is served. Afterwards, perhaps explore on your own, or go with a guide to a waterfall! Every hike reveals something new even for those of us who are fortunate enough to live in the forest every day!! Lunch and later you choose whether you want to take a short hike or just relax while enjoying the flight and activity of the hummingbirds.
Included: Private transportation, certified bilingual guide, birding guide, meals described in the program, accommodation in Bellavista Cloudforest Lodge in Standard Private Room, excursions.
Mindo Cloudf Forest Tour
Day 1.- Mitad del Mundo / Mindo activities (lunch, dinner)
Departure from Quito in the morning, drive northwards to the Middle of the World, short stop at the equatorial monument for a unique picture of this huge valley. Crossing small towns like, Calacali and Nanegalito. Lunch in the Lodge. Time to take optional activities like: chocolate tour, butterflies farm, canopy, hummingbird garden etc.. Around 17:00 pm starts a birding tour in Mindo Cloud Forest
Day 2.- Milpe Reserve / Mindo - breakfast
We will depart at 5:30 am to Milpe Road. It is located 800 to 1000 m. above sea level, where we can find different birds, like club Winged, Golden Winged Manakin, Moss-Backed –Tanager, Uniform Treehunter, Choco Toucan, Pale Mandibled Aracari , Green Thorntail, Green Honeycreeper, Purple Honeycreeper, and others. After lunch, we will go birdwatching until the end of the road, where we can find other birds, like Choco Trogon, Crimson-Bellied Woodpecker etc..
Included: Private transportation, certified bilingual guide, birding guide, meals described, accommodation in Mindo Garden Lodge in Standard Private Room, excursions.