Highlights of Pichincha North West | Birding and Hiking Tour

Hiking - Nature – Cloud Forest – Birding Watch Ecuador is a Vertical Country. Thanks to the Andes and the Equator line this little but mega-diverse country has almost every cli..
Hiking - Nature – Cloud Forest – Birding Watch Ecuador is a Vertical Country. Thanks to the Andes and the Equator line this little but mega-diverse country has almost every climate of the world, from permafrost to equatorial rainforest, creating the most interesting ecosystems. As a consequence, Ecuador is home to around 1660 species of resident and migrant birds, there are 33 species endemic to the country (23 of these are restricted to Galapagos), 160 (10.5%) have restricted ranges, 51 are threatened and 65 near-threatened. The 160 restricted-range bird species ocurring in Ecuador are found in just nine endemic bird areas (EBA). In this tour you can experience what Pichincha North West can offer.

Services

Included
  • Adventure program in private tour
  • Accommodation in selected hotels
  • 3 x Breakfast, 4 x Lunch, 3 x Dinner
  • Private transportation
  • English - Spanish speaking certified guide
  • Professional birding guide
  • All activities as mentioned
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Excluded
  • Personal expenses
  • Amenities & services in hotels
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Activities not specified in the program
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Tips
Optional (Available upon request)
  • Vegetarian meals or preferences
  • Airport transfer service
  • Extension programs in the Andes or Amazon Jungle packages
  • German, French - Bilingual guides
  • Extension programs in The Galapagos Islands

Tour Details :

Yanacocha & Bellavista Reserve – Hike – Birding watch

Early in the morning, we will head toward Yanacocha in this natural reserve after we pick you up in your hotel. Located at 33 km. from Quito on the Pichincha foothill it´s a mountain forest where you will see different species of bird along the trails during the hike time in a high part of the volcano. Later, we will go to Bellavista Cloud Forest where you will stay the night and we will have the lunch; it´s located at the entrance of cloud forest, it´s a magic please for adventure and wildlife lovers. After lunch, you will have relax time to visit the complex and their facilities. Dinner and accommodation in Bellavista.
Day 1

Bellavista Cloud Forest – Mindo Village - Hike – Birding watch- Waterfall

Rise in Bellavista Cloud Forest after a refreshing night’s sleep, an early morning bird hike in the serene morning light is well worthwhile. At 8 AM, our special Bellavista breakfast is served. We will visit a waterfall. Every hike reveals something new even for those of us who are fortunate enough to live in the forest every day. Lunch is served at 1 pm, and afterwards you choose whether you want to take a short hike or just relax while enjoying the flight and activity of the hummingbirds. Later we will head to Mindo where you will stay. During the afternoon you will open to vist the town. Accomodation in Mindo Garden Lodge
Day 2

Mindo Cloud Forest - Hike – Birding watch – Optional Activities

In Mindo Cloud Forest by the morning before breakfast, we will star the trails to watch many species that are feeding while the sunrise unique species and many of them endemics. You will enjoy looking, tanagers, parrots, toucans, woodpecker, etc. Then you will have breakfast time after we can do different activities as optional in Mindo like: waterfalls hike, visit an orchid garden, chocolate tour, butterfly farm, tubbing, etc. Accommodation in Mindo Garden Lodge.
Day 3

Milpe Reserve - Hike – Birding watch

Early before breakfast, we move toward Milpe Reserve. It's located in a small village in the rain forest, 17 km to Mindo at the 1000 m.s.n.m. With a typical flora and fauna, we will visit the trails inside the Chocó forest and admire the species as hummingbirds, manakins, trogons, quetzals, porkypine, chucuris, armadillos, crabs, etc. After breakfast, you have the opportunity to visit the site on your own in the complex and after lunch, we return at Quito. Note: Itinerary is subject to change.
Day 4

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