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Old Tuesday 24th June 2014, 18:56   #1
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In the process of booking a trip march 2015

Would appreciate views on the following itinerary. Have previously had a cruise around South America and saw a lot of coastal birds.
We have stated that we are not up to major hikes being rather aged.

Bellavista + surroundings + Eastern cordillera
11 days birding


Day 1: Travel out from Quito to Bellavista via Yanacocha Reserve. High elevation birding at slopes of the Pichincha Volcano. Photo opportunities include the Sword-billed Hummingbird.
Time birding and photo opportunities at Bellavista. Meals: B,L,D Overnight: Bellavista Reserve

Day 2: Birding in and around Bellavista (roads , trails) Meals: B,L,D Overnight: Bellavista Reserve

Day 3: Early morning departure to Angel Paz Antpitta Reserve (Cock-of-the-Rock and Antpìttas and more). Local specialty breakfast. Then you go to Alambi Hummingbird and Tanager Reserve for different hummers and tanagers. Lunch will be served here. In the afternoon, you will visit Milpe Reserve, lower elevation birding.
Meals: B,L,D Overnight: Mirador del Rio Blanco in Los Bancos or similar

Day 4: Visit to Silanche Reserve and visit to Oilbird Cave. (Order of visits on these 2 days is fklexible) Box lunch.
Meals: B,L,D Overnight: Bellavista Reserve

Day 5: Birding in and around Bellavista (roads , trails) Meals: B,L,D Overnight: Bellavista Reserve

Day 6: Birding in and around Bellavista (roads , trails) Meals: B,L,D Overnight: Bellavista Reserve

Day 7: Birding in and around Bellavista (roads , trails) Meals: B,L,D Overnight: Bellavista Reserve

Day 8: Morning birding in and around Bellavista (roads ,
trails) Departure , and travel beyond Quito to hotel in Puembo.
Meals: B,L

Day 9: Early morning departure for Antisana and surrounding area. Breakfast time at Tambo Condor, in time to likely see condors awakening and take their first morning flight. Day out in the Antisana reserve, speciality birding and paramo vegetation. Box lunch. In the evening, it is likely that you will see the condors coming back to roost at Condor Cliffs at Tambo Condor, which is at about 35000 meters (11000 feet). Meals: B,L, D Overnight: Tambo Condor

Day 10: Today we have time to explore at the elevation of Tambo Condor and region, the birds of the highland scrub (bushes and small trees) an ecosystem that you will not have visited much on the first day. If you want to spend more time in the park itself that is also possible, but the area around Tambo Condor, taking dirt roads in the region is usually preferable. More water birds are usually seen at a small lake near Tambo Condor. Also an option to go into Antisanilla (a new reserve created in 2013) for other condor views and more. In the afternoon, we travel on to Guango Lodge, over the Papallacta Pass. Meals: B, L, D
Overnight: Guango Lodge

Day 11: Birding in and around Guango Lodge, then back birding over the Pass and visit areas of Polylepis Forest, before returning to Quito city. End of Tour. Meals : B,L
Overnight: Your arrangements.



Many thanks.
Jeanie

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Old Wednesday 25th June 2014, 04:54   #2
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Looks good Jeanie. Bellavista is a nice place. A couple of thoughts on your itinerary come to mind though. You won't be seeing Milpe at its best since it will just be an afternoon stop, which is a little unfortunate, but logistically since you are going to Angel Paz in the morning and then Alambi it would be hard to get there early. (I've never been to Alambi and would love to hear how you like it if you go!).

I've been to Antisana a couple of time and really enjoy it. It is a very different landscape for birding! Not super birdy as far as species counts go when compared to your other stops, but some really good ones though and well worth the time.

I'm more inclined to bounce around a little more on a trip, so that much time at Bellavista might be a little much for me. On the other hand, it will allow you to bird it a little more in depth and make for a little more relaxed trip. I don't think you can go wrong with it. Good luck!
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Many thanks for your input. I take it there are plenty of birds at Bellavista to keep us occupied for those extra days? If we did one or two days less at BV is there some where else we could go within reasonable distance that would give us different landscape/birds?
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You could overnight at Milpe, check their feeders then go on to Silanche. As for Bellavista I'd agree that you might like to check out some other places. Las Grallarias has feeders with some different birds, and also great food. You might by the sounds of it struggle with some of the trails though. Mindo itself is close by, also Sachatamia and Septimo Paraiso. We stayed 2 nights at Las Gralarias then 2 at Tandayapa before heading east. It is a small country and there is plenty to see without travelling very far. The compost heap at Tandayapa was good but otherwise i wouldn't really recommend it, though the staff there were very well meaning.
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We are in the process of making some adjustments. Have booked the flights which gives us 13 day so am looking to spend a few days in the Amazon at the end.
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