Overview

Ecuador is fortuitously situated within the heart of a fantastically diverse habitat array, ranging from the high Andes to excellent lowland rainforest. Ecuador’s small size, good infrastructure, unsurpassable scenery and friendly people make it one of the planet’s most delightful birding destinations. Our dedicated hummingbird tour seeks to enjoy a vast number of these jewels, most to be comfortably found at the numerous feeders that dot the prime birding locations we visit.

This family tour covers the primary birding sites found north-west of the capital city of Quito. This area is part of the Chocó bioregion that hosts a great number of endemics and specialities that are only shared with neighbouring areas of Colombia to the north. We will be based in the Tandayapa and Mindo valleys from where we will set out to bird the various renowned private reserves, affording us an outstanding opportunity to support local conservation projects for long-term habitat protection. A wide array of habitats will be birded, starting with the mystical elfin forest of the temperate zone, followed by bird-rich subtropical cloud forests.

2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Sword-billed, Speckled Hummingbird; Rainbow-bearded & Purple-Mantled Thornbills; Sapphire-vented, Black-breasted, Hoary & Golden-breasted Pufflegs; Buff-winged Starfrontlet; Great Sapphirewing; Tyrian Metaltail; Violet-tailed Sylph; Purple-bibbed Whitetip; Collared Inca; White-booted Racket-tail; Purple-throated Woodstar; Velvet-purple Coronet; Brown Inca; Empress & Green-crowned Brilliants; White-necked Jacobin; Crowned Woodnymph; Andean Emerald; White-whiskered Hermit; Green Thorntail
Top Mammals
Olingito; Tayra; White-fronted Capuchin; Spectacled Bear (rare)
Habitats Covered
temperate tree line forest, subtropical cloud-forest, tropical foothill forest and tropical lowland forest all in the Chocó bioregion
Expected Climate
chilly to hot and humid (very pleasant temperatures on most days)
Max Group Size
10 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking
Our Family tours are dedicated to the enjoyment and appreciation of specific bird families. Whilst we will certainly not ignore other bird families and species, we will not be going out of our way to find them. These tours are slower paced, allowing for as much time as appropriate to be spent in hides, feeders or similar such sites. There are rarely early starts or late finishes to the day. These tours are suitable for all birding interests and experience levels, avid photographers and in some cases can accommodate those with mobility or health challenges.
Accommodation
comfortable lodges
Ease of Birding
generally easy, most Hummingbirds attend feeders
Photographic Opportunities
good to excellent at feeders
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

Our guides, Dušan Brinkhuizen and Andrés Trujillo, are excellent in their jobs. They are very helpful and kind. All our tour members were very happy with them.

It was a well-oiled machine. Dušan Brinkhuizen is an excellent guide. It goes without saying he knows his birds and he kept the whole adventure moving smoothly. I would hope Dušan would be the guide on my next Rockjumper tour.

"This tour was great and Dusan was fabulous, an incredible birder, guide and person. I don't need to say more because I'm sure you've heard many accolades about him. It was a great tour though harder than I expected but I'm old and age makes a difference. I definitely would go again with Dusan. There was a disparity of physical abilities among the clients and Dusan handled the situation very well, taking care of the one person who could do the least physically and I think keeping her happy under the circumstances. This really speaks to his people skills. The three of us who were the weakest physically were the oldest. I was elated because I saw the oil birds and Sapayoa(s!!) and why I signed up not even considering the difficulty of canopy birding and what hilly jungle trails entailed. I'm so glad I went and would have hated being dissuaded. So thank you..."

You have a stellar guide in Dušan Brinkhuizen... he is a fantastic asset!

Dušan Brinkhuizen is an excellent birder and leader with an excellent temperament to handle diverse personalities. I look forward to birding with him again.

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