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                       BIRDING IN ECUADOR 
                                   1 day tour
                   Andean Cock of the Rock 

Live a day of adventure observing one of the most appreciated birds of the cloud forest called the Andean Cock of the Rock. Photograph and spot tanagers, hummingbirds, toucans or other species that inhabit the Andean Choco Biosphere Reserve. In a short time, it is possible to observe a wide range of birds that inhabit this exuberant and magical ecosystem. Mindo is part of the IBA (Important Bird Area)

Day tour: 



This fascinating day will be start at 5:00 am from your centrally hotel in Quito (Or Quito airport area). You will be taking into the private reserve called “Andean Cock of the Rock”. The indicated magnificent bird is possible to be spotting him in this private reserve at 1,500 meters above sea level. This individual is one of the most popular birds in the cloud forests . This specie is making out by its fan-shaped crest and brilliant orange plumage, both the female and the male have this characteristic. The males spend a lot of time exhibiting in leks, they jump up and down on particular branches and emit guttural sounds as a songster. Its name came from the way of living because they like to inhabit on rocks. you cannot often see them far away from their leks and they feed on fruit trees.

Other species of birds that will be possible to observe on this tour are Antpittas, Tanagers, Toucans, Hummingbirds, red-headed barbet, among others.

After bird-watching, you will walk to the farm house for having a country typical breakfast.

Later, you will go to a private place. Hummingbirds and other species are the main reason so that lovers of this super-natural birds attending to this site. This reserve is like a feed-station for them since they can feed on this site, which have been set up by the owner of the place. In addition, you will get magnificent remembrances in your camera, recording a slow-motion video that one may you will immortalize those moments forever.


Next adventure will be to visit Mindo town. It is a popular destination for people who love nature and outdoor sports. You will do hiking to the waterfall. After this recreation, it is time to have the lunch in a well-suggested restaurant of this town.

Back to Quito and drop-off in your hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch

Day tour includes:

  • An English-speaking naturalist guide

  • Local guides

  • Private transportation

  • Admissions to Cock of the Rock Lek and Bird Reserve

  • Breakfast and lunch


Day tour does not include:

  • Accommodation

  • Travel insurance

  • Tips

  • Optional activities

  • Bank fees 


Additional info:

Walking level is medium

Minimum age is 12-year old

Vegetarian passengers are welcome, please advise at time of booking.

Duration: 8/9 hours (approx.)


Dry season: Mainly sunny, temperature ranges 28 C or 83 F, rainfall 24% (probably), humidity 39%, wind 8km/h.

Rainy season: Mainly cloudy, temperature ranges 18 C or 64 F, rainfall 40% (probably), humidity 48%, wind 3km/h

These values are referential and may change at the time of traveling.

What to bring?

T-shirts or comfortable blouses/shirts (long sleeved shirts for hikes), sweater or fleece for the evenings, wind and/or rain jacket, quick drying pants / trousers (no jeans), lightweight socks, change of clothes, sunhat and sunscreen, rain poncho, camera, binoculars recommended, water bottle for hikes, small day pack for hikes, plastic bags to protect camera, etc., hiking shoes / boots.

Few mosquitoes are present in this tour. Bring a little of repellant. No malaria, yellow fever or other tropical diseases can be contracted in this area.

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Why Travel with us?

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To guarantee a good experience for our participants, our tours are based on advice and suggestions from hundreds of passengers who leave their concerns on Lonely Planet, Travel Guides, Travel information, South America Birdwatching Tours or Ecuador Birding Tours. 


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