Bird trip 13 days
9 nights in Andes /
3 nights in Amazon /

This trip includes:

Otavalo: two nights + birds of Intag
Mindo: three nights + three birding excursions
Quito: Four Nights + Excursion Cayambe National Park and Antisana National Park
Amazon: three nights in all-in Amazon accommodation
All transfers with private car!

STANDARD VERSION
2 350 USD /person

Based on minimum 2 people

Hotels inclusive

Andes
Otavalo: overnachting bij inheems gezin
Mindo: Yellow House -standard room
Quito: Antinea Hotel – Junior Suite
Amazon: Cuyabeno Lodge

COMFORT VERSION
3 359USD /person

Based on minimum 2 people

Hotels inclusive
LUXURY VERSION
3 816USD /person

Based on minimum 2 people

Hotels inclusive
Including

* All hotel stays with breakfast, transfers, domestic flights and excursions as mentioned in the program.
* Lunch and dinner in accordance with the program if stated.

Exclusive

* Drinks, tips and expenses of a personal nature.
* International flights to and from Ecuador.
* Travel or cancellation insurance.

This is an example trip. You can adapt the order of the trip and the choice of hotels and excursions to your wishes. For example, you can combine this trip with another example trip or a subsequent cruise to the Galapagos Islands. The extensive range of hotels, excursions and cruises can be found elsewhere on this website.

DAY 1

Arrival from Belgium in Quito
Transfer from Quito to Otavalo in Private Car
You will be picked up at the hotel (or airport) by a Spanish-speaking driver and taken to the hotel in Otavalo in a private vehicle. This drive through the Andes Mountains takes about 2 hours.

DAY 2

Acclimatization – we suggest two activities that one can perform on one’s own:

Otavalo – visit to the native market (under your own power)
This market in the Plaza de Ponchos is without a doubt the most famous indigenous market in Ecuador. You will find a huge range of artesanate there. The best day to visit this market is on Saturday. There are then 4 markets going on at the same time in different places in the city. But the artesanate market now also takes place on the other days of the week – it is much quieter then. That also has its advantages.

Hike to Peguche Waterfall (under your own power)
The 18 meter high waterfall of Peguche is located near the hotel. The local population of Otavalo celebrates the sun festival of Inti Raymi on June 21. Purification rituals are then held here for several days. The falls are located in a small nature reserve.

 

DAY 3

The birds of Intag
For this excursion, the guide will pick you up at the hotel at 04:00 in the morning and then drive to Intag together. There the driver will drop you off in the Azabi community and you will start a five hour hike through the cloud forest where you will have the chance to see different species of hummingbirds, tanagers, manakins, toukans etc. After the walk you will have a nice lunch and then you will return to the car with the guide and then drive back to Otavalo together. Difficulty: easy,
mediocre. Duration: about 6 hours. Included: English speaking guide specialized in birds, transport and lunch. What to bring: sun and rain protection, sporty footwear, water, camera and binoculars.

Transfer from Otavalo to Mindo in private vehicle
During this 3-hour drive through the Andes Mountains, you will cross the valley of Guayllabamba and pass the equatorial monument of Mitad del Mundo.

 

DAY 4

Silanche Tower – Milpe Birding Tour
We leave at 5:00 AM by car to Silanche, from where we follow a trail through the forest and bird watch along the road to the Silanche Tower. From this lookout tower we have a beautiful view of the forest – here you can see trogons, motmots, woodpeckers, antbirds and much more. We then follow the road to Milpe where we have the opportunity to see the moss backed tanager, a very rare species. Duration: whole day. Includes: transport, lunch box, entrance fees to the reserves, English speaking bird guide who brings a telescope and binoculars (up to 2 extra pairs).

DAY 5

Mindo Lindo – Guacharo Birding Tour
We depart Mindo at 6:00 AM and head towards Mindo Lindo Reserve, a great place to observe hummingbirds, tanagers, fruit eaters, and more interesting birds. Then we follow the Chontal route, which leads us to the Caves of Tayos. In the caves we can see oilbirds, a rare species that was once hunted for its oil. After leaving the caves, we follow a trail that leads through an area home to jacamars, cuckoos and manikins. Depending on the weather, we will return to Mindo between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM. Includes: transport, lunch box, entrance fees to the reserves, English speaking bird guide who brings a telescope and binoculars (up to 2 extra pairs).

DAY 6

Bellavista-Sachatamia Birding Tour
You leave Mindo at 05:00 in the morning. First we visit Bellavista, where we have the opportunity to see the tanager finch, the plate-billed mountain toucan, magpies, crested quetzals, tanagers and many other colorful and beautiful bird species. We then continue along the forest trails of Sachatamia, a dream place for bird watchers, where we spend the afternoon. We will be back in Mindo around 4:00 PM. Includes: transport, lunch box, entrance fees to the reserves, English speaking bird guide who brings a telescope and binoculars (up to 2 extra pairs).

Transfer from Mindo to Quito in Private Car
This private car ride takes about 2 hours.

 

DAY 7

Transfer from hotel to Quito airport in private car
You will be picked up at the hotel and taken to the airport.

Flight from Quito to Amazonia
After a 30 minute flight over the peaks of the Andes, we land in the Amazon forest, where a guide from the lodge is waiting for us?

Day 1 Amazon
The program depends on the lodge you choose – see the attached PDF at the top of this page and our page Lodges in Amazonewoud.

 

DAY 8

Day 2 Amazon
You follow the program of the lodge where you are staying.

DAY 9

Day 3 Amazon
You follow the program of the lodge where you are staying.

 

DAY 10

Day 4 Amazon
You follow the program of the lodge where you are staying.

Flight from Amazon to Quito
The canoe and the plane will take you back to Quito from the lodge in a few hours.

Transfer from Quito to hotel in private car.

 

DAY 11

Bird Watching in El Guango
The area of the Guango lodge is half an hour’s drive from Papallacta, in the direction of the Amazon forest. Here you can spot a large amount of hummingbirds. We visit the area with a local guide. This is an interesting trip for photography enthusiasts. Duration: half day. Included: Transfer from Quito H/T, local guide and entrance.

DAY 12

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Spotting condors. Day Trip in Antisana National Park
Condors can be spotted at the foot of the Antisana Mountain in the National Park of the same name. There are also many deer, curiquingues, hummingbirds, etc. We leave the hotel at 5 in the morning and drive to the National Park from where we make several shorter trips with the guide in search of animals. Included: transport in 4WD pickup, guide, entrance to the national park, lunch box. Bring: water, rain suit, sun cream, binoculars.

DAY 13

Transfer from hotel to Quito airport in private car

Remarks

* All transfers are done with a private car and Spanish-speaking driver unless otherwise stated
* Mentioned trips and excursions are examples from a wider range. Check out our website for more choice.
* This travel proposal is based on 2-person standard rooms, unless stated otherwise. Supplements for single rooms or luxury rooms are available on request.
* This travel proposal is non-binding, depending on the travel period and subject to availability.
* Certain fixed days of activities, such as local markets, departure dates of cruises and flights, etc., must be taken into account in the final travel program. We do everything possible to optimally insert mentioned activities into the program.

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