Neblina Forest Birding Tours




Average expected number of birds seen during the trip: 450 -500 species Vegetation Types Visited: 7 out of 16 Ecuadorian Vegetation Types Total habitats visited: 7 out of 20 Altitude Range: 900 to 4500 m (2,953 to 14,764 ft) A Top-Ten Bird List by Habitat follows:






Top Ten Highlight Birds

South Ecuadorian


Top Ten Highlight Birds

shrub vegetation
(South From Azuay Ridge)
and Dry scrub vegetation of southernmost Ecuador
(Chinchipe Valley)


Long-tailed mockingbird,
Fasciated Wren

Southern Cordilleras Paramo (Grass, shrub and cushion paramo)

Area (PNP)

Plushcap finch, Gray-breasted mountain-toucan, Chestnut-napped antpitta, Bearded guan, Black-headed hemispingus, Buff-breasted mountain tanager, Red-hooded tanager, Chestnut-breasted chlorophonia

Eastern Cloud forest and Eastern Low montane forest

Loja – Zamora Old Road (PNP Northern Limit)

Paramo seedeater, Mouse-colored thistletail, Rusty-winged barbtail, White-streaked antvireo, Yellow-breasted and Rufous-rumped antwrens, Ecuadorian tyrannulet, Marble-faced bristle-tyrant

Eastern Low montane forest

Bombuscaro Area (PNP)

White-breasted parakeet*, Fasciated tiger-heron, Double-toothed kite, Sickle-winged guan, Rufous-breasted wood-quail, Sunbittern, Maroon-chested ground-dove, Grey potoo, Blackish nightjar, Wire-crested thorntail, Violet-fronted brilliant, Black-mandibled toucan, Amazonian umbrellabird, Black-billed treehunter, Blue-rumped manakin, Coppery-chested jacamar, Highland motmot, Foothill antwren

Dry scrub vegetation of southernmost Ecuador (Chinchipe Valley)

Vilcabamba (PNP Western Limit)

White-tailed jay, Plumbeous backed thrush, Plumbeous rail

Eastern Cloud Forest

Tapichalaca Reserve (PNP Southwestern Limit)

Jocotoco antpitta*, Ocellated tapaculo, White-capped tanager, Orange-banded flycatcher, Masked saltator, Chestnut-crested cotinga, Bearded guan, Chestnut-naped antpitta, Amethyst-throated sunangel, Flame-throated sunangel, Rufous-capped thornbill, Lacrimouse mountain tanager, Pearled treerunner, Streaked tufted check, Chusquea tapaculo

South Ecuadorian shrub vegetation, Dry scrub vegetation of southernmost Ecuador (Chinchipe Valley) and Paramo (Grass, shrub and cushion paramo)

Loja – Cuenca Road (With a short stop at Yunguilla Reserve)

Pale-headed brush-finch*, Andean condor, Crescent-faced antpitta, Amazilia hummingbird, Stripped cuckoo

Eastern Cloud Forest and Eastern Lowland Rain Forest

Gualaceo – Limón Road

Black-and-chestnut eagle, Rainbow-bearded thornbill, Viridian metaltail, Black-backed bush-tanager, Masked mountain tanager, Cinnamon screech-owl, Black-billed and Gray-breasted mountain toucan. Red-faced parrot, Golden-plumed parakeet, Flame-throated sunangel, Sulphur-bellied tyrannulet

South Eastern Cordillera Paramo (Grass, shrub and cushion paramo)

Cajas National Park

Violet-throated metaltail*, Tit-like dacnis, Giant conebill, Andean condor, Sword-billed hummingbird, Andean snipe, Great-horned owl, Grey-breasted mountain-toucan, Blue-mantled thornbill, Rainbow-bearded thornbill, Buff-breasted mountain- tanager, Many-striped canastero, Scarlet-bellied mountain-tanager, Ecuadorian Hillstar, Andean gull

Western Cordillera Cloud Forest

Nono – Tandayapa Road

Brown and Collared inca, Western emerald, Great saphirewing, Dark-backed wood-quail, Scarlet-bellied mountain tanager, Hooded mountain tanager, Golden tanager, Flame faced tanager, Black-winged saltator


Day 1

Transfer to Hotel Sebastian[1] upon arrival to Quito "Mariscal Sucre" Airport (2800 m, 9,186 ft.)

Day 2

Pick up time, 4:30 am for transfer to Loja Flight. Departure time from Quito "Mariscal Sucre" Airport is 5:45. Your guide will be on this flight with you. Our driver will be waiting for you at La Toma "Camilo Ponce Enríquez" Airport (1532 m / 5,026 ft), to pick you up.

Birding the airport area and the drive towards Loja (2150 m / 7,054 ft). Overnight in Loja.

Day 3

Birding the Cajanuma Area (2550 to 3700 m / 8,366 to 12,139 ft) on the Northwestern limit of Podocarpus National Park[2]. Overnight in Loja.

Day 4

Birding the Loja – Zamora Old Road (2800 to 900 m / 9,186 to 2,953 ft). Overnight in Zamora (Copalinga Lodge).

Day 5

Birding the Bombuscaro Area (900 to 1200 m / 2,953 to 3,937 ft) on the Northern limit of Podocarpus National Park Overnight in Zamora (Cabañas Ecológicas Copalinga[3]).

Day 6

Birding the Bombuscaro Area until late afternoon. Drive to Loja and overnight in Loja Hotel.

Day 7

During the drive from Loja to Vilcabamba (1500 m / 4,921 ft), bird the road sides. Overnight in Vilcabamba (Hostal Jardin Escondido)[4]

Day 8

Drive from Vilcabamba to Jocotoco Foundation's Tapichalaca Reserve[5] (2800 to 3100 m / 2,953 to 10,171 ft), birding the road sides. Overnight in Tapichalaca Reserve (Simpson House).

Day 9

Birding day at Tapichalaca Reserve looking for the endemic and endangered Jocotoco Antpitta and other birds. Overnight in the Tapichalaca Reserve (Simpson House).

Day 10

Birding during the drive back to Loja. Overnight in Loja.

Day 11

Scattered birding along the drive from Loja to Cuenca (2530 m / 8,301 ft). Overnight in Cuenca (Hotel El Dorado).

Day 12

Birding the Gualaceo – Limón Road (3250 to 1700 m / 10,663 to 5,577 ft). Overnight in Cuenca (Hotel El Dorado).

Day 13

Full day birding El Cajas National Park (3000 to 4500 m / 9,842.52 to 14,764 ft). Overnight in Cuenca (Hotel El Dorado).

Day 14

Early morning flight to Quito "Mariscal Sucre" Airport. At the airport, we will start a birding day which we will spend mostly on our Western Andean Ridge slopes:

the Nono – Tandayapa Road (3086 to 1719 m / 10,127 to 5,643 ft). Overnight in Quito (Hotel Sebastian).

Day 15

Transfer to flight back home.

Include / Not Include

Price Includes:

  • All transfers to and from airports and hotels
  • All accommodations throughout
  • All box lunches
  • Private transportation and driver
  • Specialized birding guide
  • Meals while at lodges
  • Flight to and from Coca

Price Includes:

Meals while in Quito except for breakfast Drinks throughout, tipping and international airport tax

  • Four star Hotel located in Modern Quito
  • Podocarpus
  • Copalinga at Bombuscaro
  • Accomodation in Vilcabamba
  • One of the eight Jocotoco Foundation Reserves in Ecuador


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