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Bellavista Birdwatching in Ecuador Tour - 3 Days

Bellavista Birdwatching in Ecuador Tour

Birding Ecuador Tour

Our 3-day Bellavista Birdwatching in Ecuador Tour is moderately-paced available on request, and as well as exploring in Bellavista´s 460 hectares (1150 acre) Private Protected Area, we visit highlights of different elevations nearby: Zuroloma or Yanacocha high elevation reserves, hummingbird gardens and a place famous for Antpittas. All in the heart of the UNESCO Choco Andino Biosphere Reserve. Birds are special to each elevation. What a wonderful way to get to understand the diverse environment of a cloud forest and its myriad birds! Expect to see some 332 species of birds on this trip.

In this birdwatching Ecuador tour, The northwest is the easiest place to find great numbers of Ecuador´s over 1600 birds.. no other country has such a  concentration of species for its size! And we are really close to Quito – only one hour 50 minutes away! Endemics include: Mammals may include the Olinguito, the Kinkajoo, and even elusive species of wild cats.

Your guide has many years of experience leading birders in our region and elsewhere in the country. He/she has an official guide license (Ministry of Tourism) and speaks fluent English (and native Spanish). Guides in other languages, or a translator, are available on prior request.  Our guides are passionate about birds, and love looking for elusive wildlife.. mammals, and amphibians! Should you be a photographer, we will choose a guide who deeply shares your interest during this birdwatching Ecuador.

In this birdwatching Ecuador tour, you will be enjoying our 4 star Lodge offers a unique stay in paradise, above the forest canopy, with views to Pichincha Volcano! All surrounded by glittering hummingbirds! Comfortable rooms await you. You will enjoy our generous servings of gourmet food, the dense forests and majestic mountains, and our extensive network of safe, well-marked trails. At the reserves we visit beyond Bellavista, access is moderate on well-maintained trails.

Important Note: This tour offers a full time exclusive private guide service.

Alternative Tour Name: Bellavista Discovery Packages
Day 1
Day 1 - Starts from Quito

Early morning (05.30 a.m.) departure from Quito for high elevation reserves: the usual choice is the new Zuroloma Reserve.. those who want to hike and explore further might choose Yanacocha Reserve instead. Many high elevation hummingbird species to look for, including the unbelievable Sword-billed Hummingbird, as well as Buff-winged Starfrontlet, Sapphire-vented Puffleg, and highland species of tanagers, such as the Black-chested Mountain-Tanager, and Scarlet-bellied Mountain-tanager. Antpittas include the Tawny Antpitta. (The endangered Black-breasted Puffleg finds refuge at this elevation .. rather elusive, but

always hopeful!) As we drop down the highly scenic Nono Road, Torrent Duck and White-capped Dipper, Black Phoebe and more are attracted by the rushing stream.

Lunch at a hummingbird and tanager garden at a lower elevation (1700 meters) in the Tandayapa Valley. A true hummingbird spectacle, including White-necked Jacobin, Purple-throated Woodstar, and Crowned Woodnymph. Then Tanagers, Euphonias, Red-headed Barbet, often Crested Quetzal, and more. Late afternoon, we arrive at Bellavista. The hummingbird feeders will be the first attraction – Buff-winged Coronet, Violet-tailed Sylph, Gorgeted Sunangel, Booted Racket-tail and more.


Evening: mammal opportunities right near the Lodge: the delightful Olinguito, the first new species of mammal to be discovered in the Americas in the past 35 years, as of 2103 , might come in, as well as Kinkajoo and more!

Exclusive private transport and exclusive private birding guide. Meals: B(reakfast),L,D

Day 2
Day 2 - Early Morning Birding

6.15: Early morning birding. Chances for Strong-billed Woodcreeper, White-tailed Tyrannulet, Turquoise Jay, Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, White-sided and Masked Flowerpiercer, Masked Trogon, and many more, all around the lodge. You hardly need to walk any distance to see a great variety of birds!

Some mornings the elusive Tayra (giant weasel) comes in to a feeding station right at the Lodge!

8:00h. Breakfast

9.30h. Birding morning to get to know Bellavista´s best: Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan, Toucan Barbet, Green and Black Fruiteater and tanagers like the Grass-green Tanager and the Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager- a favourite at this elevation. You will go to see the specific area where the range-restricted Tanager-Finch is found .. a true target bird!

13.00h. Lunch

After lunch, birding explorations along the ridge road, for Rusty-winged Barbtail, Streaked Tuftedcheek, Pearled Treerunner, Black-capped Hemispingus, tanager flocks and more. And in the forest, such birds as Powerful Woodpecker, Golden-headed Quetzal and maybe the Ocellated Tapaculo.

19.00h. Dinner

Night birds? Guides have sometimes located the roost of the strange Common Potoo…, and we can look for owls, which can sometimes be a challenge in the dense forest.

Exclusive private birding guide. Transport*** Meals: B,L,D

Day 3
Day 3 - The Last Day

5.00 a.m., : Early start (50 minute drive) down to a reserve where an active Andean Cock-of-the.-Rock lek is a big attraction. A short hike takes is down to the lek, and as the day gradually dawns, the remarkable brightly coloured males squawk , preen and prance! If a female shows up !!!????!!

Photography options and a lightbox breakfast is provided. Then the owner of this reserve takes us into the forest and calls out a variety of normally difficult forest birds: Dark-backed Wood-Quail, the difficult Rufous-breasted Antthrush, but the targets are perhaps the antpittas: Giant Antpitta, Yellow-breasted Antpitta, Moustached Antpitta, Ochre-breasted Antpitta! A hot breakfast, with the local speciality of “bolones”, is served at Angel´s house, where birds like Crimson-rumped Toucanet are often seen in the trees.

A short drive takes us to a hummingbird reserve where the greatest beauty is the Velvet-´purple Coronet.

Return to Bellavista for lunch.

14.30 / 15.00h. Departure for Quito

17.00h / 17.30h. Arrive at your Quito hotel

Exclusive private birding guide till afternoon departure from the Lodge . Meals: B, L

Wildlife species expected to see:

Tawny-breasted Tinamou, Curve-billed Tinamou, Fasciated Tiger-Heron, Torrent Duck, Short-tailed Hawk, Black-and-chestnut Eagle, Barred Forest-Falcon, Wattled Guan, Dark-backed Wood-Quail, Andean Snipe, Imperial Snipe, White-throated Quail-Dove, Pacific Parrotlet, White-capped Parrot, Scaly-naped Amazon, Rufescent Screech-Owl, White-throated Screech Owl, Andean Pygmy-Owl, Cloud Forest Pymy-Owl, Short-eared Owl, Swallow-tailed Nightjar, Lyre-tailed Nightjar, Rufous-billed Nighthawk, Band-winged Nightjar, Eastern Wedge-billed, Green-fronted Lancebill, Purple-backed Thoronbill, Long-billed Starthroat, Violet-bellied Hummingbird, Ecuadorian Hillstar, Rufous-gaped Hillstar Hillstar, Green-tailed Trainbearer, Velvet-purple Coronet, Black-breasted Puffleg, Golden-breasted Puffleg, Rainbow-bearded Thornbill, Crested Quetzal, White-faced Nunbird, Toucan Barbet, Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan, Powerful Woodpecker, Ochre-breasted Antpitta, Rufous-breasted Antthrush, Undulated Antpitta, Giant Antpitta, Scaled Antpitta, Moustached Antpitta, Chestnut-naped Antpitta, Yellow-breasted Antpitta, Rufous Antpitta, Tawny Antpitta, Ocellated Tapaculo, Nariño Tapaculo, Scaled Fruiteater, Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Beautiful Jay, Giant Conebill, Chesnut-breasted Chloronhonia, Metallic-green Tanager, Golden-crowned Tanager, Black-chinned Mountain- Tanager, Rufous-chested Tanager, Black-capped Hemispingus, Western Hemispingus, Plushcap, Slaty Finch, Tanager Finch

What is included?

  • 8 meals , starting with breakfast Day One, and finishing after lunch Day Three
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Exclusive birding guide
  • Access to 450 hectare Protected Area
  • Exclusive transport for trips outside Bellavista
  • *** Transport Day Two: included in and around Bellavista Protected Area only
  • Private transport from and back to Quito (airport transfer- moderate extra cost)
  • Entrance fees to reserves outside Bellavista
  • Taxes

What is not included?

  • International flights
  • Medical Insurances
  • Drinks, tips, personal items, laundry, other services
  • Anything that is not mentioned in the itinerary and "what is included"
Wildlife Reviews
4.5 stars
- based on 1  reviews
  1. Heaven is in the Cloud Forest!
    Jeanne20 Feb 2018







    This was our introduction to Ecuador - and a fabulous 4 days. I could easily have stayed longer! Our guide, Juan Carlos was the absolute best! He is knowledgeable, funny, energetic, interesting and interested. He lives the philosophy of BellaVista - to provide an outstanding experience for the guests. The good was wonderful. The accomodations were amazing - sleeping in the cloud forest! Our add-ons included a day in Mindo to visit a butterfly reserve, an orchid farm, and a cacao farm. The birding was amazing. Everyday now, I look at the framed photo in my living room of me holding a buff-tailed coronet hummingbird in my hand! What wonder!! I highly recommend BellaVista Cloud Forest Reserve. (We booked this on our own - apart from an organized tour.)

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Why book with Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve?

26 of Experienced running birding and nature tours in North Western Ecuador.

What to bring?

T-shirts or comfortable blouses/shirts, Sweater or fleece for Yanacocha / Zuroloma, Sunhat and sunscreen, Rain poncho, Camera, Binoculars, Water bottle for hikes, Small daypack for hikes, Plastic bags to protect the camera, etc

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3 Days

Price & Availability

USD340 / per person
This tour is operated by: Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge and Reserve
4.94 based on 9 reviews

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Tour Facts

  • Northwestern Ecuador
  • Available Daily
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • 1 pax
  • 3 Days
  • All year
  • +4 years
  • Leisurely
  • Yes
  • English & Spanish (other languages on request)
  • Mariscal Sucre Airport Quito
  • Mariscal Sucre Airport Quito