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Yanacocha Birdwatching Tour

Yanacocha reserve is located on the slopes of Volcan Pichincha, just an hour outside of Quito, the capital city of Ecuador. The reserve protects a large area (960 hectares) of elfin Polylepis woodland Polylepis forest which is home to the Black-breasted Puffleg (Eriocnemis nigrivestis), adopted as the Emblem of Quito. It is believed that the reserve contains the entire world range of this very rare hummingbird.

Difficult: Easy Group: Any Family: Yes Duration: 1 Day


The Yanacocha reserve was purchased using funds provided by the Jocotoco Foundation and with contributions from a number of individuals and agencies from Ecuador, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada.

  • Early departure, as the sun draws itself up, over the northwestern slope of Volcán Pichincha. Start birding in the enchanted, Protected Forest of Yanacocha for a surprising array of bird species such as the, Sword-billed hummingbird, Andean Guan, Sickle-winged Guan, Scarletbellied Mountain-Tanager. Hummingbirds are a major highlight here. Box lunch is included.
    • Transportation
    • English speaking guide
    • Box lunch or lunch

    • Binoculars
    • Beverages
    • Tips

  • The Black-breasted Puffleg (Eriocnemis nigrivestis) is an average sized (8.5 cm in length) species of hummingbird endemic to Ecuador. It has a very restricted range, being found only on the Northwestern slopes of the Pichincha volcano and it is critically endangered. On the 23rd of June, 2005 this bird was adopted as the emblem of the city of Quito, which, being just on the other side of the volcano, is very close to where the last populations of the species are found.

    Number of Passengers 1 2 3 4-9 10-15
    Yanacocha Birdwatching Tour Prices $186 $101 $77 $66 $42
    *includes bilingual guide

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Tours Unlimited is a leading company offering personalized service to international tourists. For 15 years, it has contributed to the development and promotion of all Ecuador’s four regions. We invite you to come and enjoy Antisana, one of the best places to go and contemplate the majestic Andean Condor; 8 out of 10 of our clients and visitors has given an “excellent” rating to our tours dedicated to discover Antisana and its surroundings.

We will offer a punctual, courteous and professional service adjusted to your individual needs with the objective of showing the magic of Ecuador in a safe, fun and responsible way. All of our guides are bilingual fully prepared to give you the most complete information about the local culture, history and geography; 9 out of 10 of our clients and visitors has given an “excellent” rating to our guides. If you don’t believe us, check out some of our clients’ testimonials:

Excellent tour guide and driver. Very knowledgeable and interesting
Sol Cohen, USA

Alex was fantastic. Tour was beyond my expectations!
John Foster, USA

Impeccable service. Ecuadorians should be very proud of their country. Thanks Nicolas and Jose
Lalanis Kurban, Canada

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