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Zuroloma and Yanacocha Reserves

A photographers paradise, Chestnut-naped Antpitta, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Barred Fruiteater and various Mountain Tanagers.

About the Tour

Zuroloma and Yanacocha reserves, Sword-billed hummingbird and Anttpitas.

Our nature experience starts at 5:00am, with a pickup from your hotel in Quito. We will drive to the western slopes of Pichincha volcano, with a stunning landscape of elfin forest and high Andean forest. We will explore some unique reserves which were established last year by local ecotourism entrepreneurs, with a focus on bird photography.

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Here you will enjoy the magnificent Sword billed hummingbird, Black-tailed Trainbearer, Mountain Velvetbreast, Tyrian Metaltail, Collared Inca, Barred Fruiteater, Chestnut-naped and Equatorial antpitta, which will come very close to your camera.

 After a couple of hours photographing the birds around the feeders, we will drive towards Yanacocha a few kilometers up road some key birds to this place are Scarlet-bellied, Hooded, and Black-chested Mountain Tanagers, Superciliaried Hemispingus, Spectacled Redstart, Black-crested Warbler, White-throated Tyrannulet and Glossy Flowerpiercer.

An easy walk along a lovely nature trail that will take us to the feeders station. At   close distance you can enjoy the magnificent. Golden-breasted and Sapphire-vented Pufflegs are often seen at feeders; some regular species will be Masked Flower piercers, Yellow-breasted Brushfinches, and Gray-browned Brushfinches.

The afternoon activities will vary, depending on what we have already photographed, but will include other hummingbird gardens and banana feeders on the way back to Quito.

Elevation: Zuroloma at 3,000m/9,840ft. Yanacocha at 3,500m,11,480ft.

This trip is a lifetime experience, you will have many excellent opportunities to photograph colorful birds, flowers—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 and tea.

  • What is not included?

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

  • Relevant Information

    • Climate is highly variable in Ecuador, with temperatures varying from 10-30°C/50-80°
    Sudden rainstorms interspersed with bright sun are not uncommon.
    •The official currency in Ecuador is US dollars.
    • The national language in Ecuador 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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