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Pichincha Volcano – Day trip

In less than 2 hours from Quito visit the amazing temperate zone of the Pichincha Volcano, from 2,400 to 3,500 meters / 7,874 to 11,483 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.

5:30 a.m. Departure from Owi Base Camp (or pick up at your hotel in Quito, time to be defined).

07:00 a.m. Arrival to Zuro Loma Reserve, a small local family-owned reserve.  Here we can see, admire and take pictures of several mountain hummingbirds including Sword-billed Hummingbird (Ensifera ensifera), Buff-winged Starfrontlet (Coeligena lutetiae), Sapphire-vented Puffleg (Eriocnemis luciani), Mountain Velvetbreast (Lafresnaya lafresnayi) and others.

08:00 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 three species: Chestnut-crowned Antpitta (Grallaria ruficapilla), Chestnut-naped Antpitta (Grallaria nuchalis) and Rufous Antpitta (Grallaria rufula).

09:00 a.m. Breakfast. We will bring a breakfast box to enjoy while we continue to see hummingbirds, Masked Flowerpiercer (Diglossa cyanea) and other birds.

10:00 a.m. Arrival to Yanacocha Reserve. This reserve of 1079 Ha. belongs to Jocotoco Fundation and was created to protect the Black-breasted Puffleg (Eriocnemis nigrivestis) a hummingbird that is CR (Critically Endangered). Therefore it can be very difficult to see this hummingbird.

10:15  a.m. Trekking in the Inca Trail of 2.3 Km to a hummingbird and tanager feed station. Here we can take pictures of the Shining Sunbeam (Aglaeactis cupripennis), Great Sapphirewing (Pterophanes cyanopterus), Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager (Anisognathus igniventris). Sometimes an Andean Guan (Penelope montagnii) visits the fruit feeder.

13:30 p.m. Lunch at the restaurant of Yanacocha Reserve

14:30  p.m. Admire the birds in the feeders. It’s possible to see mountain tanagers such as the Black-chested Mountain-Tanager (Cnemathraupis eximia).

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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