Birdwatching: Yanacocha-Mindo

This tour departs from Quito (at 5:30 in the morning). We first trek to the upper slopes of Ruccu Pichincha volcano, home to many high mountain bird species: sword-billed hummingbirds, cotingas, antpittas, tangaras, black-breasted pufflegs (an endangered species), golden-breasted pufflegs, giant hummingbirds, peregrine falcons,, and more. We travel along the little used road from Nono via Tandayapa to Mindo. On the way we sometimes stop to look for birds that are unique to this area. Before arriving in Mindo, we stop at the Tony Reserve, known for its hummingbirds.

Length of time:Whole day

Including:Transportation, breakfast and lunch pack, water, entrance fees to the reserves, English-speaking bird guide who will bring a telescope and binoculars (up to 2 extra pairs)

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