Day 1 Arrival – Quito: Arrival to International airport in Quito where we will receive you and take you to Hotel Quito. Dinner and lodging.
Day 2 Vilcambamba – Tapichalaca: Leave from Quito in the morning. Arrive to Loja – Catamayo airport. We will be met at the airport by the driver and start the tour. This morning we will go to Cajanuma (Podocarpus National Park). We will try for Antpittas such as the Undulated Antpitta, Chesnut-naped Antpitta and Rufous Antpitta. We will leave for the Tapichalaca reserve. Depending on the weather, we will keep birding in the surroundings of the Lodge after arrival. Our first impression will be the presence of many Hummingbirds by the feeders: Among these Amethyst-throated Sunangel, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Collared Inca, Little Sunangel, Long–tailed Sylph. Overnight Casa Simpson – Tapichalaca.
Day 3 Tapichalaca Reserve: Today we will visit Tapichalaca Reserve of the Jocotoco Foundation, which was established in 1998 to protect the habitat of the Jocotoco Antpitta, a species whose total known population has remained at about twelve pairs since they were discovered at Cerro Tapichalaca by Dr. Robert Ridgely in 1997. We will spend a full day birding the trails of Tapichalaca reserve, starting with the Jocotoco Antpitta worm feeder. Apart from the Jocotocos we have the chance to see other interesting birds such as Chestnut-naped Antpitta, Orange-banded Flycatcher, White-throated Quail-dove, White-capped Tanager. Overnight Casa Simpson – Tapichalaca.
Day 4 Tapichalaca – Jorupe Reserve: Today we will have a long drive to Macará, birding along the way through the road to see some interesting birds of this Tumbesian area like the Elegant Crescentchest, Loja Hummingbird. Parrot-billed Seedeater, Drab Seedeater, Tumbes Sparrow. In route we will want to bird the amazing forest at our Utuana reserve. Among the giant Ceiba trees we may see White-headed Brush-Finch, Tumbes Hummingbird and Baird’s Flycatcher. We will serve our box lunches on road Overnight at Urraca Lodge in Jorupe reserve.
Day 5 Jorupe: During this day, we will walk around the Jorupe reserve spending all day birding around the deciduous forest in the Tumbesian region of southwest Ecuador where we hope to find Tumbesian endemics such as Blackish-headed Spinetail, Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner, Slaty Becard, Loja Tyranulet, Watkins Antpitta and Western Peruvian Screech Owl. Overnight at Urraca Lodge.
Day 6 Jorupe – Buenaventura: Very early in the morning we can walk around the gardens and the entrance route to some more birds in Jorupe reserve. After breakfast, we drive North to the Umbrellabird Lodge in the Buenaventura reserve of the Jocotoco Foundation. We will take a packed lunch and bird along the way. Overnight at Umbrellabird Lodge.
Day 7 Buenaventura: The reserve’s flagship species are the El Oro Parakeet and the El Oro Tapaculo. It is also home to species from both the Choco and Tumbesian regions, including Rufous-headed Chachalaca, Ochre-bellied Dove, Grey-backed Hawk, Pacific Royal Flycatcher and Ochraceous Attila. Close to the research station is a lek of the threatened Long-wattled Umbrellabird. Different types of feeders are placed near the lodge for birds and mammals where a diversity of Hummingbirds, Tanagers and Toucans can be seen alongside Coaties. Overnight at Umbrellabird Lodge.
Day 8 Buenaventura – Yanacohca reserve: Verly early in the morning we will serve our breakfast and leave the reserve to the airport. Arrive to Quito around 8:10 AM. Then we will go to Yanacocha reserve that is an hour away from Quito on the back of Pichincha volcano. We will spend part of the morning in the Elfin Forest, Polylepis and paramo where we hope to find some species, including Hooded Mountain tanager, Blue and black Tanager, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Golden-breasted Puffleg, etc. We will have a packed lunch to serve in the reserve. Afterwards, we come back to the hotel in Quito. Lodging.
Day 9 Departure
In the morning the group take the breakfast and transfer out to the airport.
DIFFICULTY: Moderate. Most of the walking is fairly easy, but there are three moderately difficult hikes: The short but steep walk to the Umbrellabird lek, the slippery walk to the Jocotoco Antpitta feeding station.
- Lodging in comfortable hotel/lodges
- All meals as indicated
- All land transportation
- Local flights
- Airport transfer
- Entrance fees
- Expert bilingual birding guide
Price does NOT Include:
- International airfare
- Airport departure tax (if required)
- Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls, extra drinks and snacks, souvenirs, etc.
Photos by: Doug Hansen & Doug Wechsler
Conventional 2 505 212 / 2 505 841. Jocotours direct 2 505 129