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Surroundings of Mindo – Day trip

In less than 2 hours from Quito visit the amazing subtropic zone of the Mindo valley, from about 1,300 to 2,400 meters / 4,265 to 7,874 feet a.s.l.

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). We will visit Balcón Tumpiki, a small, family owned private reserve.

7:00 a.m. Arrival to Balcón Tumpiki. We will have the opportunity to see some birds that are endemic to the Andean Chocó bioregion, as the Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan (Andigena laminirostris)  that come to the fruits eating stations early in the morning. Other toucans that we can see are the Toucan Barbet (Semnornis ramphastinus) and the Crimson-rumped Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus haematopygus).

8:30 a.m. We will enjoy our breakfast in the same balcony where we will be observing and taking pictures of birds. Several tanagers visit this feeder throughout the day, such as the Black-capped Tanager (Stilpnia heinei), Beryl-spangled Tanager (Tangara nigroviridis), Golden Tanager (Tangara arthus), Silver-throated Tanager (Tangara icterocephala) and others.

9:00 a.m. Time to take pictures of Antpittas while they come in to feed from worms. Antpittas are very shy so in general is very difficult to see them. These species come to feed to this reserve but it’s not guaranteed to see the two species: Yellow-breasted Antpitta (Grallaria flavotincta)  and the Moustached Antpitta (Grallaria alleni).

10:00 a.m. We will return to the Tumpiki hummingbirds garden to take pictures and admire the Velvet-purple Coronet (Boissonneaua jardini), the Fawn-breasted Brilliant (Heliodoxa rubinoides), Booted Racket-tail (Ocreatus underwoodii) and Violet-tailed Sylph (Aglaiocercus coelestis).

12:30 p.m. We will be heading to Los Armadillos Reserve. Los Armadillos is a small, family-owned reserve. This reserve is of great importance because it is part of the Andean bear corridor, which is protected land for the survival of the only bear species in South America: the spectacled bear. It is estimated that in this area there are about 50 specimens of the Andean bear left. We will have lunch at Los Armadillos Restaurant which has delicious food and here you can buy souvenirs.

13:00 p.m. Arrival to Los Armadillos. We are going to have our lunch in company of many hummingbirds, and then take pictures of hummingbirds.

15:30 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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