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Toucan Barbet. Photo by Steve Bird. ECUADOR!
Hummingbirds & Rarities of the Northwest
March 25 - April 3, 2018
Plus Canande extension April 4 - 7, 2018

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Gorgetted Woodstar by Steve Bird.ECUADOR! This small country is simply overflowing with birds and our special itinerary takes us to lodges teeming with hummingbirds, tanagers and many other spectacular species. Tumbling rivers and streams hold Torrent Duck and White-capped Dippers while the surrounding forests hold Toucans, Tanagers, Jacamars, Motmots, Woodpeckers, Jays, Chlorophonias, Fruiteaters and so much more. Hummingbirds will feature just about everywhere we go and include the fabulous Sword-billed, down to the tiny Gorgeted Woodstar. We have a good chance for several rare Antpittas that are used to coming in for worms at different lodges and even the mythical Rufous-browed Antpitta is a possibility. As an add-on to this spectacular tour we will visit Canande where we could see some other very rare and sought after species such as Scarlet-breasted Dacnis, Golden-chested Tanager, Rose-faced Parrot, Great-green Macaw, Long-wattled Umbrellabird and Yellow-green Bush-Tanager.  Photos: Toucan Barbet and Gorgeted Woodstar by Steve Bird.

Some of the species possible on this tour: 

Giant Antpitta            
Sword-billed Hummingbird
Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan
Andean Cock-of-the Rock
Moss-backed Tanager
Long-wattled Umbrellabird
Double-banded Graytail
Choco Trogon
Golden-headed Quetzal
Banded Ground-Cuckoo (rare)
Plumbeous Forest-Falcon
Scarlet-breasted Dacnis
White-tipped Sicklebill
Orange-fronted Barbet
Rufous-crowned Antpitta
Tanager Finch
Toucan Barbet
Black-tipped Cotinga
Choco Vireo
Andean Condor
Rose-faced Parrot
Torrent Duck
Ocellated Tapaculo
Choco Poorwill
Great Green Macaw
Indigo Flowerpiercer

Join us for some of the best birding in South America!

Sword-billed Hummingbird by Steve Bird.Trip Cost & Travel Planning>      Registration Form>

(Subject to change depending on weather and birds!)

Main Tour: March 25 - April 3, 2018

Day 1:
 Arrive Quito – Transfer to Bellavista
Arrival Day:  Plan on arriving today at the Internacional Mariscal Sucre Airport  (UIO), Quito, Ecuador. Please note that there is one group transfer so please try to arrive by midday. We will have an afternoon transfer to Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge once we know everyone's arrival times. The official tour will then start with dinner tonight. If you wish to have a more relaxed start and spend a day looking around this fascinating and very safe city then we suggest arriving a day earlier and we can book accommodation and arrange a half day or full day tour. please ask us to quote for any of these additional costs).  Overnight at Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge. D

Photo: Sword-billed Hummingbird by Steve Bird.

Flame-faced Tanager (Photo: Steve Bird) Day 2:   Bellavista Lodge
Today we will have a full day at Bellavista Lodge starting with early morning birding right at the Lodge,  where many species frequent the feeders and surrounding forest. We hope to see the very special Toucan Barbet and Masked Trogon plus hummingbirds such as Gorgeted Sunangel, Booted Racket-Tail, Purple-bibbed Whitetip, Violet-tailed Sylph, Buff-tailed Coronet and Collared Inca. After breakfast we could encounter feeding flocks which are alive with colorful tanagers such as Blue-winged Mountain Tanager, Golden-naped, Fawn-breasted, Golden, Beryl-spangled, Flame-faced Tanager (Photo: Steve Bird) and the fabulous Grass green Tanager. A little beyond the Lodge, we look for the rare and often very elusive Tanager-Finch. There will be plenty of other wonderful species to vie for our attention such as Plate-billed Mountain Toucan, Powerful and Crimson-mantled Woodpeckers, Strong-billed Woodcreeper, Golden-headed Quetzal, Green-and-black Fruiteater, Masked Flowerpiercer, Andean Solitaire, Plushcap, Western Hemispingus, Turquoise Jay and possibly the stunning Ocellated Tapaculo. This evening we could be in for a real treat as we get close up views of the delightful Olinguito, the first new species of mammal to be discovered in the Americas in the past 35 years as of 2013! This wonderful little animal visits the lodge most nights. Overnight: Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge . B, L, D

Day 3:   Lower Tandayapa Valley
Andean Cock-of-the-Rock by John Ashworth.Today we will explore the lower Tandayapa Valley and a visit to a new Hummingbird Garden which, at a different elevation, brings different species. As the Hummingbird Capital of the world, Bellavista and its immediate area produce an amazing variety and we could easily end our day with 30 or more species of these avian jewels, with Green-crowned Woodnymph, Brown Inca, Purple-throated and White-bellied Woodstars, Western and Andean Emeralds, Tawny-bellied Hermit  and Wedge-billed Hummingbird to name a few. We could also see the fabulous Andean Cock-of-the-Rock (Photo: John Ashworth), plus in the evening we have a chance of Common Potoo, Rufous-bellied Nighthawk, and possibly even Swallow-tailed Nightjar. Overnight: Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge. B, L, D
Day 4:   Antpittas Reserve and Alambi Hummingbird Garden

Today is another special day as we head to the Angel Paz Antpitta Reserve and Alambi Hummingbird Garden. Angel Paz Reserve is famous for its Antpittas, of which we can expect two to four species at close quarters, with perhaps Giant, Yellow-breasted and Moustached the most likely. Also, this is an ideal place for viewing an Andean Cock-of-the Rock lek, but we will need to be here very early to appreciate it at its best.  Alambi, at a low elevation in the Tandayapa Valley, has a true hummingbird spectacle and has recorded 32 species, with White-whiskered Hermit, Green-crowned Woodnymph, Green-crowned Brilliant and White-necked Jacobin among others. We should also see plenty of tanagers, euphonias and more before returning to our base at Bellavista and maybe another look at the delightful Olinguito. Overnight: Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge. B, L, D

Velvet-purple Coronet (Photo: Steve Bird)Day 5:   Bellavista - Borojo Lodge
Today we leave Bellavista and travel down through the Mindo region to Milpe Reserve and Mirador del Rio Blanco. This has become famous among birders for having one of the best fruit feeders on the northwestern slope, which has received visits from such sought-after species as the Emerald, Glistening-Green, Golden and Rufous-throated Tanagers as well as Yellow-collared Chlorophonia. Around Mindo, we can likely expect such marvels as Velvet-purple Coronet (Photo: Steve Bird), Choco Toucan, Pale-mandibled Aracari, Bronze-winged Parrot, Maroon-tailed Parakeet plus Club-winged and Golden-winged Manakins, the rare Moss-backed Tanager, and much more. We then travel down to our Lodge, at a similar elevation  to Silanche, so we can expect new lowland birds such as Long-tailed Tyrant, Broad-billed Motmot, Cinnamon Woodpecker, Rufous-tailed Jacamar and Gray-and-Gold Tanager.  Overnight: Borojo Lodge  B, L, D
Day 6:   Silanche Reserve
The nearby Silanche Reserve and surroundings offer fantastic opportunities to see a wide variety of superb birds. By birding along the roads and some trails within the reserve we can find such Chocó endemics such as Moss-backed Tanager, Chocó Trogon and Chocó Warbler and  we also hope for more views of exquisite Club-winged Manakins. Mixed bird flocks can be exhilarating with exciting birds such as Purple-chested Hummingbird, Chocó Trogon, Double-banded Graytail, Moustached Antwren, Stub-tailed Antbird, Black-tipped Cotinga, Slate-throated Long-wattled Umbrellabird (Photo: Steve Bird)Gnatcatcher, Scarlet-breasted Dacnis, Scarlet-and-white Tanager and Blue-whiskered Tanager. We could be on overload with Guayaquil Woodpecker, Checker-throated Antwren, White-flanked Antwren, Chestnut-backed Antbird, Slaty-capped Shrike-Vireo, Guira Tanager, Ochre-breasted Tanager, Tawny-crested Tanager, Rufous-winged Tanager and Yellow-tailed Oriole, while other Chocó endemics possible in the reserve include Dusky Pigeon, Rose-faced Parrot, Orange-fronted Barbet and Choco Woodpecker. Overnight:  Borojo Lodge  B, L, D
Day 7: Borojo Lodge - Mindo
Another special day as we hope to discover the incredible Long-wattled Umbrellabird (Photo: Steve Bird). The display of the male with its unbelievably long “wattle” is something to behold! In the region of Mashpi, we visit a small reserve which is a bird watchers heaven. Highlights here could include such sought after species as Indigo Flowerpiercer, Choco Vireo, Black Solitaire, Rufous-brown Solitaire, Yellow-green Bush Tanager and Orange-breasted Fruiteater, as well as Blue-Fronted Parrotlet, Golden-Headed Quetzal, Crimson-Rumped Toucanet, Smoky-Brown Woodpecker, Golden-Olive Woodpecker,Buffy Tuftedcheek, Tawny-Breasted Flycatcher, Andean Solitaire, Esmeraldas Antbird,  Swallow Tanager, Black-Chinned Mountain-Tanager, Ochre-Breasted Tanager, Yellow-Throated Bush-Tanager and Black-Winged Saltator. Hummingbirds might include the gorgeous Velvet-purple Coronet, as well as the Empress Brilliant and the Green Thorntail, while a second reserve here is known for sightings of the rare Rufous-crowned Antpitta. Overnight:  Mindo Gardens.  Meals. B. L, D

Day 8: Mindo to Bellavista
Great Sapphirewing (Photo: Steve Bird)This morning we will explore further birding areas around Mindo before setting off in the afternoon back to Bellavista. We will look for any species that have evaded us so far and we will make a special effort to look for Crested Guan and Sunbittern among others. Overnight: Bellavista Lodge.  B, L, D
Day 9: Bellavista - Yanacocha - Quito
After a final morning around Bellavista Lodge we will departure back towards Quito via Yanacocha. Many high elevation hummingbird species including the unbelievable Sword-billed Hummingbird, Great Sapphirewing (Photo: Steve Bird), Buff-winged Starfrontlet, Sparkling Violetear, Tyrian Metaltail, Sapphire-vented Puffleg, Rufous and Tawny Antpitta, Pearled Treerunner, White-banded Tyrannulet, Spectacled Redstart, and other highland species of tanagers, such as the Black-chinned and Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanagers and maybe in the rushing stream we could find Torrent Duck or White-capped Dipper. Overnight: Garden Hotel San Jose de Puembo (near airport) B, L, D 

Day 10: Quito - Antisana
Andean Condor (Photo: Steve Bird)Day trip to Antisana Reserve one of the best places in the whole of Northwestern  South America to see Andean Condor (Photo: Steve Bird)! Perched on the Condor Cliffs, or soaring up above, we have excellent chances for this gigantic bird, right from where we have breakfast. Today´s high elevation birding also offers sightings of birds like the Black-faced Ibis, Silvery Grebe, Stout-billed Cinclodes, Andean Teal, Andean Coot, Andean Gull as well as sightings of Andean Lapwing and Carunculated Caracara, Black-chested Buzzard Eagle, Giant Hummingbird, Ecuadorian Hillstar and Paramo Ground-Tyrant to name a few!  We will then return to Quito in time for late afternoon or evening departing flights. If you cannot get a flight that departs at this time then we can arrange an extra night near the airport. (Please ask us to quote for this additional cost). Meals: B,L,D 


EXTENSION: Canande Reserve
Coastal Lowland Rainforest Specialties
April 4 - 7, 2018

Day 11:  Quito - Canande Reserve
Today we have an early start from Quito to travel down to the coastal lowland rain forest at Canande. En route we may visit a small reserve that often produces the rarely seen and mythical Banded Ground-Cuckoo (but only if recent sightings are confirmed!) Overnight:  Canande Reserve and Lodge . B, L, D

Day 12:  Canande Reserve
We have a full day at Canande Reserve. Known for its extremely high levels of biodiversity, this site harbors a long list of endemic and globally threatened birds including the Scarlet-breasted Dacnis, Golden-chested Tanager, Rose-faced Parrot, Great-green Macaw, Long-wattled Umbrellabird and Yellow-green Bush-Tanager. Over 330 bird species have been observed, including the Sapayoa, Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle, Chocó Poorwill, Plumbeous Forest-Falcon, Rose-faced Parrot, Black-tipped Cotinga and Great Jacamar. During our exploration of this fascinating area we will drive deeper into the deeply-forested reserve along remote roads to discover this little-explored region. Overnight:  Canande Reserve and Lodge.  B, L, D
Day 13:  Canande Reserve
We have another full day at Canande Reserve. Further explorations in the back roads of this region, and the trails around the Lodge, should reveal more fabulous birds plus a few mammals such as White-throated Capuchin Monkey and Brown-headed Spider Monkey. As for the birds the list is long and we hope for such delights as White-tipped Sicklebill, Chestnut-fronted Macaw, Great Green Macaw, Golden-chested Tanager, Scarlet-and-White Tanager and with patience and luck we should reveal some of these and other wonderful species! Overnight:  Canande Reserve and Lodge. B, L, D
Day 14:  Canande - Quito
Today we will return towards the highlands, making short birding stops en route at good birding locations. We expect to arrive back in the Quito area and our hotel in the late afternoon. Please try and arrange a late afternoon or evening departing flight from the Internacional Mariscal Sucre Airport (UIO), Quito. If you cannot or do not want to depart today we can book a hotel for you (please ask us to quote for this additional).


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Rufous-crowned Antpitta by Edison BuenañoECUADOR
Hummingbirds & Rarities
of the Northwest
March 25 - April 3, 2018
Plus Canande extension April 4 - 7, 2018

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Main Tour:
$3750.00 per person/double occupancy from Quito, Ecuador based on minimum of 6 persons. Single supplement, Main Tour: $375.00.

Canande Extension: $995.00 per person/double occupancy from Quito, Ecuador based on minimum of 6 persons. Single supplement, TBA.

Deposit: $500.00 per person. Tour deposits can be paid by check or credit card via PayPal.  Use this link to make your credit card payment.  Please advise when you have made payment. 

Group size: Minimum 6, maximum 11

Included in cost: Accommodation in /double twin rooms, all meals from dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on Day 10 (Main Tour), and lunch on day 10 through breakfast on day 14 (extension), one group airport/hotel transfer, ground transport throughout including 4x4 where necessary, bottled water, all taxes, reserve and park entrance fees, and bilingual professional guides.

Not included: International flight, passport fees, departure tax, insurance, drinks, laundry, tips, and items of a personal nature.

Accommodation: Our hotels and lodges vary in quality but all are within close proximity to many of the areas we wish to go birding.
Tour code: This is a fairly standard birding tour with early morning starts and evening finishes to each day. On some days we may take picnic lunches in order to not waste time during the middle of the day or having to leave site. The weather can be unpredictable with rain and sunshine both likely. At higher altitudes it can be chilly. We have fantastic photo opportunities for many species of hummingbird and other species coming to feeders, we will also be looking for a good number of species that are very rare and seldom seen, but we will be going to areas that hold these sought after species.

Note: The tour price is based on a minimum of 6 passengers.  If there are less than 6, a small group supplement may be charged. A Sunrise Birding leader will accompany this tour with 8 or more passengers.

RESERVATIONS: To reserve your place on this tour, contact to hold your space! Then follow up with your completed registration form and deposit within two weeks to secure your place. Instructions are on the form. Reservations are held with a deposit on a first-come, first-served basis.   
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Contact to reserve your space! Then follow up with your completed registration form and deposit within two weeks to secure your place.

Final payment is due November 25, 2018. Check or bank transfer are preferred but credit card payments are possible (surcharges of up to 5% are added depending on amount to cover credit card company fees). Please inquire.


Please note: Tour prices are based on quoted costs from ground operators (in their local currency), estimated fuel costs, and the rate of exchange the time of itinerary publication. The erratic nature to global financial markets makes it difficult to predict changes in costs and foreign currency exchange rates over the long term. Since tours are priced well in advance of the actual operation of the tour, tour costs, fuel costs and exchange rates can change, sometimes drastically. Depending on the extent of such changes, it may be necessary to implement a surcharge on this tour. If a surcharge is necessary, every effort will be made to minimize the amount.




Cancellations and Refunds: All cancellations must be made in writing. In the event that you must cancel your booking at any stage, all payments you have made to Sunrise Birding, LLC will be retained by us, except at our discretion. You may have the opportunity to transfer your booking to another tour or another person, provided you are unavoidably prevented from coming on the tour. In this case, you will bear any extra costs that such changes may incur. There are no refunds once the trip is confirmed to go ahead and no refunds will be made for unused meals, accommodations, or other trip features. Sunrise Birding, LLC cannot accept liability for airline cancellations or delays or penalties incurred by the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets or other expenses incurred by tour participants in preparing for this tour.

Insurance: Sunrise Birding, LLC recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click on the link below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 07-0025.

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Phone: 203.453.6724

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