Ecuador: Birding the Andes

  1. 2018
    Thursday, October 18, 2018 to Monday, October 22, 2018
    Tour Duration: 
    5 days
    Tour Starts/Ends: 
    Quito, Ecuador
    Number of Persons Limit: 

• Exhilarating scenery of the snow-capped Andes

• Marvelous birding in scenic and diverse habitats, from Eastern slope forests to Polylepis woodlands and paramo at Papallacta Pass

• Comfortable lodges situated with wildlife all around

• Hummingbird feeders with tremendous diversity – including amazing Sword-billed Hummingbird and astonishing Booted Racket-tail

• Impressive Andean Condor

• Stunning Andean Cock-of-the-Rock



Come with us as we experience diverse habitats and birds of the Andes! Our birding tour includes the 4000 meter high paramo in the Papallacta Pass, in the shadow of the immense, snow-capped peak of the volcanic Antisana and its glacier, and the eastern slope of the Andes at Wildsumaco and Guango Lodges. This is a glorious opportunity to sample the amazingly diverse South American birdlife amidst superb scenery! We encounter a wealth of fascinating species – lots of hummingbirds with evocative names such as Gorgeted Sunangel and Sword-billed Hummingbird, the latter feeding on the long trumpet-shaped Datura flowers. There are trogons and quetzals, barbets and mountain-toucans, gaudily-plumaged tanagers, and maybe the superb Andean Cock-of-the-Rock. Soaring over Papallacta Pass is the very impressive Andean Condor. The unique “polylepis” forest groves at these high altitudes have their own special wildlife, and the clear mountain rivers support the “torrent trio” of Torrent Duck, Torrent Tyrannulet and the superb White-capped Dipper. A marvelous experience of mountains and forests and their exciting wildlife!

This tour is offered as a pre-tour for our Galapagos Expedition Cruise.

Itinerary View Full Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Quito

Day 2 – Papallacta Pass to Wildsumaco Lodge

Day 3 - Wildsumaco Lodge

Day 4 – Wildsumaco to Guango Lodge

Day 5 – Return to Quito


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