Mindo Tour (Optional Tour to Bellavista)
Mindo is renowned as the best birdwatching site in South America. It is home to more than 400 bird species. Thanks to the Andes and the equatorial line our small but diverse country has almost all types of climate, from permafrost to equatorial, creating fascinating ecosystems. Ecuador, covering just 0,02% of the Earth’s surface, supports about 10% of all the planet’s bird species.
Difficult: Easy Group: Any Family: Yes Duration: 9 hours
Every 200 meter drop in altitude means a change in bird species. Only 80 km from Quito, yet deep in the heart of the Cloud Forest, where clouds and trees blend in a mystery and magic of nature, you can hope to see the velvet-purple coronet hummingbird, the yellow-collared chlorophonia, the orange-breasted fruit eater and the endangered long-wattled umbrella bird, to name just a few. During the tour we will also visit the butterfly farm or take a stroll to the beautiful waterfalls.
- In north-west direction to the Mitad del Mundo we will go to the land of Yumbos, where business and commerce was held, thousands of years ago, throughout the cloud forest. Our first stop is at Bellavista, a private reserve dedicated to the conservation of forests, which makes a walk of 1 hour and 30 minutes. Having a little luck we will have a possibility to observe hummingbirds, pavas mountain, toucans among other species of birds and certainly orchids, mosses, guarumos, the well-known tree “Blood of Drago” and epiphytic plants. There are more than 330 species of birds recorded in the area. After Bellavista, we will go to Mindo where are several options for adventure. Then there will be a time for lunch.
For those who like adventure we can enjoy one of the longest canopy trails in the country.
- Bilingual guide English/Spanish (we also offer German and French speaking guides)
- Visit to Bellavista private reserve or similar & butterfly farm
- Most common bird species in Bellavista / 14 most common hummingbird species
Tawny-bellied Hermit Collared Inca Green Violetear Buff-tailed Coronet Sparkling Violetear Gorgeted Sunangel Andean Emerald Purple-bibbed Whitetip Speckled Hummingbird Booted Racket-tail Fawn-breasted Brilliant Violet-tailed Sylph Brown Inca Purple-throated Woodstar
The following birds are arguably the 57 most likely encountered birds at Bellavista
Black Vulture Yellow-bellied Chat-Tyrant Turkey Vulture Golden-crowned Flycatcher Plain-breasted Hawk Blue and White Swallow Roadside Hawk Plain-tailed Wren Sickle-winged Guan Grey-breasted Wood-Wren Band-tailed Pigeon Great Thrush Plumbeous Pigeon Glossy-black Thrush Red-billed Parrot Turquoise Jay Squirrel Cuckoo Blackburnian Warbler Common Potoo Spectacled Whitestart Band-winged Nightjar Slate-throated Whitestart White-collared Swift Russet-crowned Warbler Masked Trogon Grass-green Tanager Toucan Barbet Dusky Bush-Tanager Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan Rufous-chested Tanager Crimson-mantled Woodpecker Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager Powerful Woodpecker Thick-billed Euphonia Strong-billed Woodcreeper Orange-bellied Euphonia Montane Woodcreeper Golden Tanager Azara's Spinetail Flame-faced Tanager Red-faced Spinetail Beryl-spangled Tanager Streaked Tuftedcheek Blue-and-black Tanager Chestnut-crowned Antpitta Rufous-collared Sparrow Spillmann's Tapaculo Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch Green and black Fruiteater White-winged Brush-Finch Streak-necked Flycatcher White-sided Flowerpiercer White-tailed Tyrannulet Masked Flowerpiercer Cinnamon Flycatcher Yellow Grosbeak Smoke-coloured Pewee
13 target birds often seen around Bellavista
Rufescent Screech-Owl White-faced Nunbird Cloud Forest Pygmy-Owl Giant Antpitta Swallow-tailed Nightjar Ocellated Tapaculo Green-fronted Lancebill Andean Cock-of-the-Rock Crested Quetzal Plushcap Golden-headed Quetzal Tanager Finch Beautiful Jay
PRICES ARE PER PERSON IN USD
Number of Passengers 1 2 3 4-9 10-15 Full Day Mindo with lunch $203 $113 $85 $81 $50 *includes visits Bellavista private reserve or similar, butterfly farm, english bilingual guide Full Day Mindo without lunch $230 $139 $108 $106 $75 *includes visits Bellavista private reserve or similar, butterfly farm, lunch at Sachatamia or similar, english bilingual guide
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