Choco Birdwatching & Photography Tour

Choco Birdwatching & Photography Tour

5 Days / 4 Nights Choco Birdwatching & Photography Tour

Included in Tour:

  • 4 nights lodging at Casa Divina Lodge, including all taxes.
  • All transportation starting with hotel transfer on day 1 and ending on day 5. 
  • All meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 5.
  • All entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Local, licensed, English-speaking bird watching guide.
  • Purified drinking water.

Not included in Tour:

  • Beverages at dinner
  • Tips
  • Extra activities
6.00am

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. 

3.00pmArrive at Casa Divina Lodge. Check in, free afternoon and in-house dinner.
6-9.00amBirdwatching and coffee on the Observation Deck at Casa Divina Lodge. Continuing on to the trails of Casa Divina Reserve until breakfast.
10-4.00pm

After breakfast head out to the San Lorenzo Ridge to spot where it’s possible to see a variety of toucans: the endemic Choco Toucan, Chestnut-Mandibled Toucan, Rufous Motmot, Guayaquil Woodpecker, Blue-Necked Tanager are often spotted along this route.

Sack lunch on the trail. Afternoon Return to Casa Divina.

7.00pmDinner at Casa Divina Lodge.
5.00am

Early morning departure to lower elevation reserve where a picnic breakfast will be served while birdwatching at tree level on the Rio Silanche Tower. A few species that might be seen are: Black-Cheeked Woodpecker, Scarlet-Breasted Dacnis, Orange-Fronted Barbet, White-Bearded Manakin, Blue-tailed Trogon, White-tailed Trogon.

Picnic Lunch at the reserve. Afternoon return to Casa Divina Lodge. 

7.00pm Dinner at Casa Divina Lodge.

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.

Picnic Lunch on the trail and afternoon return to Casa Divina Lodge.

7.00pm

Dinner and Lodging at Casa Divina Lodge.

Option 1 Milpe Reserve

6.00am

Departure to Milpe Reserve, where you may see Club-Winged Manakin, Rufous Motmot, Green-Crowned Woodnymph and at the feeders you can spot the Green Thorntail, Geen-Crowned Brilliant and White Whiskered Hermit. Sack breakfast is included.

Return to Casa Divina Lodge for in-house lunch and check out.

2.00pmTransfer to Quito hotel, or your next destination.

Option 2 Umbrella Bird Reserve

5.00am

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 stop at Mirador Rio Blanco.

Return to Casa Divina Lodge for in-house lunch and check out.

2.00pmTransfer to Quito hotel, or your next destination.