Arrival – Quito
Arrival to International airport in Quito where we will greet you and take you to Hotel Quito. Dinner and lodging.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Buenaventura – Yanacohca Reserve
Very 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 Quito directly 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.
We reserve the right to change the activities to suit conditions
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Southern JocoToco Reserve Tour Rates
Please enquire with the Umbrellabird Lodge.
All meals as indicated
All land transportation
Expert bilingual guide
Tour Does Not Include:
Airport departure tax (if required)
Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls, extra drinks and snacks, souvenirs, etc.
For booking, please enquire with the Umbrellabird Lodge contact form and mention the “Southern JocoToco Reserve 8 Day Trip.”
Southern JocoToco Reserve Tour Quito, Ecuador8 Day Birdwatching Program | 8D / 7N
On this tour of the Buenaventura Reserve, you have many birding opportunities. Right next to the Umbrellabird Lodge is the lek of the bizarre umbrellabirds. Birds you may see in the reserve include Rufous-headed Chachalacas, Ochre-bellied Doves, Grey-backed Hawks, Pacific Royal Flycatchers, Ochraceous Attilas and many others.