Ecuador: Papallacta Bird Watching Adventure RC09

2 Days From £0 (847 USD)

Discover Ecuador’s amazing and unrivaled avifauna at some premier birding sites, as Ecuador is home to the greatest bird diversity, like no other destination in the world; a real puretravel adventure!

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Key Information

Travel Style: Private Tour
Start Location: Quito, Ecuador
End Location: Quito, Ecuador
Accommodation: Hotels
Period: All Year Round
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travelers

About The Operator

Accreditations: LATA Awards 2008, 2009, Environmental Commitment, Corporate Environmental Policy
Years In Business: 57

Discover Ecuador’s amazing and unrivaled avifauna at our premier birding sites. About the size of the United Kingdom or the State of Colorado in the U.S., Ecuador houses some 1600 species of birds over half of the species in all of South America; Ecuador is home to the greatest bird diversity, like no other destination in the world

Ecuador’s fascinating geography and unique landscapes, with easy and comfortable access to all areas, allows for birdwatching in the montane and cloud forests surrounding the volcanoes in the high Andes, home to many endemic and stunning birds.

Depart from Quito past the valleys of Cumbaya and Tumbaco towards the Papallacta Pass at 13,448 feet (4,100 meters), the highest accessible point in Ecuador. It connects Quito with the eastern flanks of the Andes, which face the upper Amazon basin. Road birding along the way and at the Papallacta Pass. Snack en route. Arrival to Guango Lodge for lunch. Guango Lodge is located at an elevation of 2,700 meters) on Ecuador's eastern slope, 11 kms from the main Interoceanica Highway on humid temperate forest, characterized by stunted trees with thick canopy. Afternoon, birding around Guango Lodge --birds seen regularly include Andean Guan, Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Turquoise Jay, Scarlet-bellied, Lacrimose, Buff-breasted and Hooded Mountain-Tanagers, Gray-hooded Bush-Tanager, Black-headed, Black-capped and Black-eared Hemispingus and Slaty Bursh-Finch. It's hummingbird feeders attract a wide array of hummers. Dinner and overnight at Guango Lodge.

On day two, after early breakfast, observation of hummingbirds (Mountain Velvetbreast, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Tourmaline Sunangel, Golden-breasted and Glowing Pufflegs, Mountain Avocetbill, and White-bellied and Gorgeted Woodstars among many others); then birding in the lower Papallacta area and a light snack before returning to Quito.


A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

- Accommodation
- Meals

- Drinks and personal expenses
- Airport transfers
- Entrance fees to national parks/reserves

Travel Facts
- Dress in layers (T-shirt, blouse, sweater, and coat. This tour includes walking at altitudes of 2,700 meters (8858 feet). (Sun protection (SPF 40). Hat or cap. Good walking shoes and extra pairs of socks. Rain occurs throughout the year, although the climate is driest from May to September.
- Temperature: Day 15° to 28° C / 59° to 82° F. Night, average 10° to 15° C / 50° to 59° F
- Your tour itinerary will have specific suggestions about what to bring. In general, bring the things you will need and leave unnecessary items at home. Casual attire is appropriate at all times on our birding tours. Wearing bright or light-colored clothing in the field is strongly discouraged. Waterproof or rubber boots that reach at least halfway to the knee are useful on many of our tours (check specific itineraries). All of our leaders carry a scope. Bringing one of your own is optional. A water bottle, insect repellent, a hat, alarm clock, and snacks may also be useful.

Prices per person, based on 2 people traveling - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

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Day 01. Quito - Guango Lodge
Day 02. Birding then return to Quito