Yanacocha

Mountain cloud forest and swordbilled Hummingbirds at yanacocha reserve

    • Duration of tour: FULL DAY 8 HOURS
    • Pick up: 7:00 AM
    • Operation days: DAILY

    Itinerary

    This trip takes place along the first 40 miles of the pioneer birding project Ecoroute called “El paseo del quinde” (The hummingbird promenade). It consists basically on an old secondary road that joins extremely good birding areas and reserves like Yanacocha Reserve, Tandayapa pass which are famous for the endemism level and the great diversity of hummingbirds (over 40 possible species).

    Directions and route

    Leave Quito early to Yanacocha Reserve, one of the best Andean Forest and Páramo of the Andes close to Quito. Once you get to Yanacocha you will be greeted by a cold blazing amidst colorful mountains where you can enjoy nature at its most intense.

    To endure with the cold, you can take a delicious and warm coffee in our restaurant “El café del Zamarrito” in front of the fireplace or just start walking along one of our trails.

    During the tour you can enjoy a breathtaking landscape, many species of flowers and several species of birds in the feeders we have installed.

    At the end of the main train “La Trocha Inca” You will enjoy this natural spectacle: our hummingbird garden where tons of hummers flight in front of you.

    Return to the main building to take a traditional lunch (optional) in our restaurant and rest while enjoying the amazing view of the Andean Páramo.

    In the afternoon we will make a short visit to the Yanacocha reserve Interpretation Center to learn more about the ecosystem, ecology and Jocotoco Foundation conservation projects.

    Return to Quito, end of services.

  • Price include

    • Land transportation (SIB) – Use of trails and facilities
    • Expert bilingual naturalist guide (English – Spanish)

    Price does not include:

    • Any meals (approx. USD 12 cash only)

    Entrance fee to Yanacocha reserve (USD 15 cash only)  

    • Personal expenses
    • Beverages
    • Tips
  • Yanacocha reserve

    Warm clothes, hiking boots, hat, sunblock screen, binoculars (optional), photograph camera.