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The Easter Andes & Upper Amazon 5D/4N - 5 Days

The Easter Andes & Upper Amazon 5D/4N
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The eastern Mountain system, the eastern cloud forest and the upper amazon are the different regions for this birding rip. A variety of Ecosystems to look for many different types of birds.

The eastern Mountain system, the eastern cloud forest and the upper amazon are the different regions for this birding rip. A variety of Ecosystems to look for many different types of birds.

Details:

Day 01: Quito – Antisana – Papallacta (B,L,D)
Day 02: Papallacta – Guango – San Isidro (B,L,D)
Day 03: San Isidro – Wild Sumaco (B,L,D)
Day 04: Wild Sumaco Full day (B,L,D)
Day 05: Wild Sumaco – Quito (B,L,)

Day 1
Quito – Antisana – Papallacta

Today we start early in the morning picking you up from your hotel and going to Antisana Ecological Reserve. This day we will go looking for the majestic Andean Condor in one of the most beautiful reserves of Ecuador. The Andean Condor is the bird symbol of Ecuador and it is in danger of extinction in the country with no more than 103 individuals remaining. The Antisana Ecological Reserve is a protected area with high diversity of ecosystems, occupying part of the Andes and part of the eastern cloud forest. This time we will be in the Andean Grasslands called “Paramo”, around 4000 meters high (12000 feet high)

The Andean Condor has made this reserve its home because of the many cliffs found in here for nesting.

After lunch we will continue our journey to Papallacta hot springs. After an hour and half approximately we will arrive at the resort and we will check in. Dinner is included at the resort. This night you will have the chance to relax in the hot springs just outside of your cabin.

Day 2
Papallacta – Guango – San Isidro

After breakfast we will continue to the eastern Cloud forest. On our way we will visit a private reserve called “Guango”, conserving pieces of the Andean Cloud forest, an ecosystem in danger of extinction. Here we will have the chance to observe a great variety of hummingbirds. Ecuador has an amazing diversity of these birds and it is considered one of the best destinations for bird watching in the world. After this visit we will go for lunch in a little town called Baeza, located one and half hours approx.

In the afternoon we will reach our destination in the lower part of the eastern cloud forest at San Isidro. Depending on the time of arrival we will stay in the surroundings of the lodge enjoying the peacefulness of the forest or watching the amazing flight of the hummingbirds living in this reserve. Accommodation and meals are included at the lodge.

Day 3
San Isidro – Wild Sumaco

Cabañas San Isidro and its immediate surroundings boast a bird list of about 330 species, many of which are more easily found here than anywhere else in the country. We are situated at about 2050 meters above sea level, but the trails lead through habitats from 2,400 meters all the way down to 1,900 meters. What this means to birders is an ideal base to observe Andean birds from the lower reaches of the temperate zone down into the heart of the subtropical zone.

There are enough trails in the area of San Isidro good for birding and of course the road provides good birding at short distances. We will try to catch as many flocks of birds as possible. After lunch we will continue to the upper part of the Amazon at Wild Sumaco Lodge. Check in and enjoy of the birds that will be possible to see from the deck. Accommodation and meals are included at the lodge.

Day 4
Wild Sumaco Full day

A full day of birding in the area of Wildsumaco and the surroundings. This is one of the most diverse could forest in the eastern slopes of the Andes There are many trails to walk. The observation deck that is a nice place for relaxing, enjoy the view of the forest and spot some amazing birds. We will also visit the hummingbird feeders and will talk about birds and ecology. The road passing through the reserve offers great birding, and it is one of many areas from which to see mixed flocks. Wildsumaco Lodge is located at a comfortable elevation of about 1480m (4900 feet) and the forest reserve ranges from 1200 to about 1600 meters (3900 to 4900 feet). It has a panoramic view reaching across the Rio Pucuno Valley and to the Andes beyond. The rooms are big and comfortable. The kitchen serves a variety of dishes from around the world. Soft drinks, wine and beer are available at the bar. Accommodation and meals are included at the lodge.

Day 5
Wild Sumaco – Quito

We will have a morning of bird watching in Wild Sumaco area. After lunch we will return back to Quito.

Arrival at the hotel in Quito in the late afternoon and end of the tour.

The Trip Cost Include

  • Bilingual - bird watching guide
  • Private transportation
  • Accommodation as mentioned
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Entrance fees to the birding destinations

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Other meals not mentioned
  • Drinks and alcoholic drinks
  • Tips, gratuities and personal expenses
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Frequently Asked Questions

How difficult are activities on this trip?

All the activities are from easy to moderate. However this may change according to weather conditions.

What is the highest and lowest altitude reached on this trip?

The highest point will be Antisana Reserve, located at approximately at 4.000 meters high (12.000 feet high). The lowest point will be the Wild Sumaco at approximately 1.000 meters high (3.200 feet high).

How are the guides?

Our guides are Naturalist Birdwatcher Guides with extensive experience on the destinations. They have knowledge on flora, fauna and ecology in the same way. They speak great English and some of them have knowledge and experience in photography

What kind of outfit do I need for this trip?

On this trip we will be changing to different altitudes. For Antisana and Papallacta we recommend to wear layers. Temperature ranges during the day between 12 and 21 degrees Celsius (50 – 70 Fahrenheit). During the rainy season (October through May) the Andes are cloudy and humid and it is recommended to bring rain gear. Wear comfortable hiking or walking shoes (if they are water proof will be much better). In Wild Sumaco the altitude is much lower so weather is warm/hot and humid. Light weighed clothes will be good for this part of the trip.

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Price From USD$1,809/person
1,809
Total $ 1,809 USD

Trip Facts

  • Antisana Reserve, Papallacta Hot Springs, Guango Reserve, San Isidro Lodge, Wild Sumaco
  • 2 to 6
  • approx. from 1.000 m (4.500 ft) - 4400 m (14.080 ft)
  • Private Transportation
  • All Meals included
  • Papallacta Resort and Tourist Superior Lodges

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