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Milpe Foothill – Day trip

In less than 2 hours from Quito come into contact with the magic of the cloud forest, from about 500 to 1,300 meters / 1,640 to 4,265 feet a.s.l. , in the famous Milpe Bird Sanctuary.

Experience for yourself the thrill of witnessing such prodigious nature and help with its conservation.

Departure and arrival times are fixed. Intermediate times may vary depending on circumstances.

5:00 a.m. Departure from Owi Base Camp (or pick up at your hotel in Quito, time to be defined).

7:00 a.m. Arrival to  Milpe Bird Sanctuary. This sanctuary is owned by the Mindo Cloud Forest Foundation (MCF) and has 100 Ha. (247 ac.), where biodiversity is protected and you can find in the forest some Chocó’s endemic species as the Club-winged Manakin (Machaeropterus deliciosos), the Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan (Andigena laminirostris), the Glistening-green Tanager (Chlorochrysa phoenicotis), the Plumbeous Forest-Falcon (Micrastur plumbeus), the Chocó Trogon (Trogon comptus) and the Long-wattled Umbrellabird (Cephalopterus penduliger).

At the hummingbird feeders we will enjoy and take pictures of some species such as Crowned Woodnymph (Thalurania colombica), White-whiskered Hermit (Phaethornis yaruqui), the Rufous-tailed Hummingbird (Amazilia tzacatl), the Green-crowned Brilliant (Heliodoxa jacula), the White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora) and others.

8:15 a.m. Breakfast. The Milpe Bird Sanctuary restaurant is surrounded by the hummingbird drinking troughs and fruit feeders for other bird species, so we can continue photographing them. Some colorful tanagers are frequent visitors, such as the Flame-rumped Tanager (Ramphocelus flammigerus), the Blue-gray Tanager (Thraupis episcopus), the Silver-throated Tanager (Tangara icterocephala) and the Dusky-faced Tanager (Mitrospingus cassinii).

9:00 a.m. We will continue to enjoy the spectacle of biodiversity. We will expect to see other possible and attractive visitors to this place, such as the famous Emblematic Bird of Pichincha 2022 the Chocó Toucan (Ramphastos brevis), the beautiful Green Honeycreeper (Chlorophanes spiza), the always fun Collared Aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus) or the Black-cheeked Woodpecker (Melanerpes pucherani).

10:00 a.m. We will hike through the sanctuary’s trails, hoping to find some of the endemic Chocó birds that have been recorded here.

13:00 p.m. Lunch. We will have lunch in the company of the birds, and we will be able to continue taking pictures.

15:00 p.m. We will depart back to Owi Base Camp (or your hotel).

17:00 p.m. Arrival at Owi Base Camp (or at your hotel in Quito, time to be defined).

Private transportation

Photography guide / driver

Meals: breakfast and lunch

Entrance fees to all the reserves specified in the itinerary

Extra drinks


Personal items

Other services

Medical or travel insurance


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