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Cayambe Coca National Park and Guango Lodge

Experience the magnificent high andes, eastern cloud forest, in search of andean bear and hummingbirds

About the Tour

Cayambe Coca National Park & Guango Cloud Forest Lodge.

Our nature experience starts at 5:00am, with a pickup from your hotel in Quito. We will drive to the eastern slopes of the Andes and start exploring the Paramo Grasslands and the Polylepis Woodland towards the heart of the Cloud Forest of Guango, in the Cayembe Coca Nature Reserve.

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Stunning landscapes await you here. If the visibility is good, we will see the snowed peaks of Antisana and Cotopaxi volcanoes. After the drive, we will take a leisurely walk along the old road to Pifo, searching Black-backed Bush Tanagers, Paramo Seedeaters, Shining Sunbeams, Viridian Metaltails, Brown-backed Chat Tyrants, Tawny Antpittas, White-chinned Thistletails, Chestnut-winged and Stout-billed Cinclodes, Pale-naped Brushfinches.

Other targeted species here are Giant Conebills, Roufous-bellied Seedsnipes, Rainbow-bearded and Blue-mantled Thornbills. With luck, we may also see Andean bears and Mountain tapirs.

Lunch will be at Guango Lodge, where we can see at close distance the impressive Sword-billed Hummingbird, along with the Collared Inca, Tourmaline Sunangel, White-bellied Woodstart, and the Long-tailed Sylph.

After lunch, we will take a short walk close to the river to seek Lacrimose and Hooded Mountain Tanagers, Blue-and-black Tanagers, Black-capped Hemispingus, Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucans, Inca-Jays, Slaty Brushfinches, Pearled Treerunners, and the Mountain Cacique. We may also be treated with the sight of the unique Torrent Duck, after a great day birding, we will start heading back towards Quito.

Elevation: Cayambe Coca at 4,000m /  13,120ft. Guango Lodge at 2,700m/8,850ft.

This trip is a lifetime experience, you will have many excellent opportunities to photograph colorful birds, other animals—and stunning landscapes—so don’t forget your camera!

More Information

  • What does the trip include?

    • Private transportation throughout the tour.
    • English-speaking birdwatching and photography guide.
    • Entrance fees to all reserves and photography hides.
    • Two meals, breakfast and lunch.
    • Coffee, tea.

  • What is not included?

    • Travel insurance.
    • Tips to drivers and local guides.
    • Alcoholic drinks, laundry services.
    • Extra services and trips not specified in the posted itinerary.

  • Relevant Information

    • Climate is highly variable in Ecuador, with temperatures varying from 6-20°C/42-68°F.
    • Sudden rainstorms interspersed with bright sun is not uncommon.
    • The official currency in Ecuador is the US Dollar.
    • National language is Spanish.
    • Internet is available at some lodges, but not guaranteed.
    • Nature Quest can arrange for the purchase of local SIM cards
    with advance notice in order to provide data based internet service.

  • Sugested Packing List

    • Clothing, quick dry material; no cotton.
    • Long sleeve shirts.
    • Long convertible pants.
    • Waterproof hiking boots or trail runners.
    • Sandals or water shoes.
    • Quick dry / merino wool socks.
    • Sun hat or baseball cap.
    • Lightweight rain jacket.
    • Soft shell jacket or fleece.
    • Binoculars.

    Others: Always a camera | Refillable water bottle | Eco friendly sunblock | Eco friendly mosquito repellent (we suggest sawyer brand picaradin) | Personal medications | Hiking poles if needed.

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