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9 Day Wonderful Birdwatching Expedition in Ecuador
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Quito, Ecuador

Astonishing Wildlife Tour in Ecuador

Polylepis Tours works with a team of knowledgeable local guides and excellent lodges; it is selected carefully, ensuring that you take away wonderful, unforgettable, memories for Ecuador, whilst also supporting local communities and environmental projects. You are invited to explore Ecuador and experience its authenticness! With cloud forests, paramo, and Andean valleys, to mention just a few, Northern Ecuador has a fantastic diversity of ecosystems, flora, and fauna. Most within easy reach of Quito. The region also lies within part of the Choco hotspot corridor of endemism. In this tour, the highlights of this incredible birding area are selected to provide you with an unforgettable birding experience!


  • Minimum group size: group safari (2 to 8 persons)
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: Many species of birds
  • Languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian


  • 7 birding activities
  • Cock of the Rock observation
  • Travel around Refugio Paz De Las Aves
  • Spot the mysterious “San Isidro Owl” in Guango
  • Explore Yanacocha Reserve and Antisana Ecological Reserve
  • Visit Lake Mica, Elfin Forest, and Milpe Bird Sanctuary
  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


8 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
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During this tour, you will be accommodated in Quito area for the first and the third night, in Mindo area for the second night, in Pappalacta area for the fourth night, at Guango Lodge, Papallacta for the fifth night, at Cabañas San Isidro, Quijos for the sixth and seventh night, and at Puembo Birding Garden, Quito for the last night.


Day 1: Arrival in Quito

  • Transfer to hotel and introduction to tour
  • Overnight in Quito

Day 2: Yanacocha Jocotoco Reserve

  • Morning birding on the Trocha Inca Trail at Yanacocha Reserve
  • Afternoon birding along the Old Nono Mindo road

Possible spots of the day include barred fruiteater, great sapphire wings, golden breasted and sapphire vented pufflegs, sword-billed hummingbirds, torrent duck, and white-capped dipper.

  • Overnight in Mindo area

Day 3: Refugio Paz De Las Aves

  • Cock of the Rock observation at Paz de las Aves Reserve
  • Time to spot the beautiful antpittas
  • Visit Milpe Bird Sanctuary in search of Choco endemics

Possible spots of the day include Andean cock of the rock, black-chinned mountain tanager, Hoary Puffleg. Moss-backed, rufous-throated, and glistening-green tanagers, club-winged manakin, giant antpitta, yellow-breasted antpitta, and moustached antpitta.

  • Overnight in Quito area

Day 4: Antisana Ecological Reserve

  • Birding around Antisana volcano
  • Visit Lake Mica

Possible spots of the day include Andean condor, black-faced ibis, carunculated caracara, many-striped canastero, Ecuadorian hillstar, black-chested buzzard eagle, stout-billed cinclodes, chestnut-winged cinclodes, many-striped canastero, Plumbeous sierra-finch, Andean gull, Andean lapwing, black-billed shrike-tyrant, paramo ground-tyrant, paramo pipit, Andean coot, Andean teals, shining sunbeam, black-tailed trainbearer, and rufous-bellied seedsnipe.

  • Overnight in Papallacta area

Day 5: Papallacta to Guango Lodge

  • Visit the Elfin Forest in search of rare and endangered species
  • Time to explore trails around Guango Lodge and along the Papallacta River

Possible spots of the day include masked-mountain tanager, paramo tapaculo, agile-tit tyrant, torrent duck, white-capped dipper, chestnut-breasted coronet, mountain velvet breast, tourmaline sunangel, and mountain avocetbill.

  • Overnight in Guango Lodge (or similar)

Day 6: Guango Lodge to Cabañas San Isidro

  • Birding in the temporate forest around Guango Lodge, at approximately 2800 meters above sea level
  • Try to spot the mysterious “San Isidro Owl”

Possible spots of the day include grey-hooded bush tanager, hooded mountain-tanager, blue-and-black tanager, white-banded tyrannulet, rufous-breasted chat-tyrant, slaty brush-finch, turquoise jay, northern mountain cacique, torrent duck, white-capped dipper, torrent tyrannulet, grey-breasted mountain-toucan, Andean guan, mountain avocetbill, dusky piha, red-hooded tanager, and mysterious “San Isidro owl”.

Guango is famous for hummingbirds, with the spectacular sword-billed hummingbird, collared Inca, long-tailed sylph, tourmaline sunangel, chestnut-breasted and buff-tailed coronets, speckled hummingbird, tyrian metaltail, white-bellied woodstar, and the scarce glowing puffleg all visiting the copious feeders placed around the lodge.

  • Overnight in Cabañas San Isidro (or similar)

Day 7: Cabañas San Isidro

  • Antpitta feeders
  • Walk and spot on the lodge trail system

Possible spots of the day include montane and olive-backed woodcreepers, golden-crowned flycatcher, rufous-crowned tody-flycatcher, black-billed peppershrike, Inca jay, bluish flowerpiercer, subtropical cacique, white-bellied antpitta, Peruvian antpitta, long-tailed antbirds, plain-tailed wrens, chestnut-breasted chlorophonias, quetzals, fruiteaters, Andean potoo, and rufous-banded owl.

  • Overnight in Cabañas San Isidro (or similar)

Day 8: San Isidro and Guacamayos Ridge

  • Birding along the Guacamayos Ridge trail

Possible spots of the day include green-and-black fruiteater, handsome flycatcher, rufous wren, turquoise jay, grass-green tanager, northern mountain-cacique, greater scythebill, dusky piha, and black-billed mountain-toucan.

  • Overnight in Puembo Birding Garden (or similar)

Day 9: Puembo Birding Garden - Transfer to Quito airport

  • Time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of this special place (depending on flight departure time)
  • Transfer to Quito International Airport for connections home or extension tour options, including Galapagos, the Amazon, or destinations in the South
  • Activity length: Approximately two hours (only the transfer)

Please note that Polylepis Tours keeps the itinerary pages short and sweet, please contact them for the full detailed version or with any questions you may have. Tailor-made itineraries are also available.


This wildlife tour is located in Northern Ecuador, specifically in Yanacocha Reserve and Refugio Paz de las Aves in Quito, Antisana Ecological Reserve in Papallacta, Cabañas San Isidro and Puembo Birding Garden in Quito, Ecuador.

Ecuador provides an incredible wealth of biodiversity in such a compact area, there are over 1600 species to be spotted here. This is combined with the warm welcome you will receive, the fascinating cultural diversity, and the outstanding beauty of the country make it a perfect package. While Northern Ecuador has a fantastic diversity of ecosystems, flora, and fauna, most within easy reach of Quito. The region also lies within part of the Choco hotspot corridor of endemism.


Breakfast is included in all packages (other meals may be included, depending on your choice of the package).

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 7 birdwatching activities
  • Cock of the Rock observation
  • Visit Milpe Bird Sanctuary and Lake Mica
  • Go to Elfin Forest in search of rare and endangered species
  • Antpitta feeding
  • Bilingual guide
  • Private transportation
  • Breakfasts
  • 8 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • International flights
  • Meals (other than breakfast), depending on your choice of package
  • Personal expenses
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Tips

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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