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With an early pick-up at 7:30 am from your hotel in Quito, you'll meet with your specialized guide with vast knowledge in natural history, birding and photography. This tour will allow you to experience first hand the unbelievable biodiversity that characterizes this Bio-region. You'll visit three reserves: Alambi, Santadeo, and Mindo. They are all located at different altitudes, so they host different species of plants and wildlife, all adapted to their very specific environment. Bird feeders will bring otherwise elusive species to very close distances, allowing you to photograph them and enjoy their unmatched beauty.
The reserves you will be visiting are locally owned and managed, and benefit the community providing an alternative to forest exploitation by promoting conservation and sharing the treasures that the cloud forest hides.
You'll be able to watch up to 20 different species of hummingbirds some of them endemic to this Bio-region, such as the stunning Velvet-purple Cornet, Purple- bibbed Whitetip, Brown Inca, Empress Brillant and Gorgeted Sunangel .
You'll have a delicious lunch in the Mindo area and return to Quito late in the afternoon.
*In the afternoon you can add a visit to a LEK of one of the most iconic bird species in the cloud forest; The Andean Cock of the Rock. This species exhibits marked sexual dimorphism, the male has a large disk-like crest and a very unique vivid scarlet plumage. Gatherings of males compete for breeding females with each male displaying its colorful plumage, bobbing and hopping, and making strident calls.
If you take this trip extension you'll be dropped off in your hotel around 7:00 pm.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
Not wheelchair accessible.
Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking.
Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required.
A small amount of walking is involved along trails with irregular terrain although if participants require longer hiking trails are available..
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults.
Copy of passport of one of the group members is require for billing purposes (local tax exemption).
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate.
Face masks required for travelers in public areas.
Face masks required for guides in public areas.
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff.
Social distancing enforced throughout experience.
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas.
Gear/equipment sanitized between use.
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized.
Guides required to regularly wash hands.
Regular temperature checks for staff.
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms.
Ecuador received the WTTC Safe Travels Stamp from the World Travel & Tourism Council. Private tours guarantee that you will share your time and space with your group only, making your experience safe while enyoing the unmatched biodiversity of our forests.