Following the Mammals Prints

Tour

SPECTACLED-BEARThis is an unique and wonderful expedition that gives you the opportunity to enjoy of the amazing wildlife of Ecuador while you hike through its different ecosystems. The main aim of this trip is to support the project for the conservation of the spectacled bear and its natural habitat and to let the people know of the incredible mammals that you can find in Ecuador.

 

Established Departures 2014:
 

8 DAYS:
 
 December 13 to December 20

 

Itinerary

10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS

 

DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO QUITO, ECUADOR

Arrival to Quito, where you will be met at the airport by our guide and transferred to your hotel, overnight.

2 Quito colonial panecillo 2

DAY 2: QUITO - YANACOCHA RESERVE - TANDAYAPA

After breakfast you will drive to the northwest of Quito to visit Yanacocha Reserve, located in the high cloud forest on Pichincha’s volcano at 11,300ft. The reserve protects 964 hectares of forest which is home to the endemic hummingbird Black-breasted Puffleg (Eriocnemis nigrivestis). As far as you are aware, the reserve contains the entire world range of this very rare hummingbird. Birds in this area may include Black-collared Jay, Barred Fruiteater, Hooded and Scarlet-bellied and the Choco Endemic Black-chested Mountain-Tanagers.
 

After breakfast you will drive to the northwest of Quito to visit Yanacocha Reserve, located in the high cloud forest on Pichincha’s volcano at 11,300ft. The reserve protects 964 hectares of forest which is home to the endemic hummingbird Black-breasted Puffleg (Eriocnemis nigrivestis). As far as you are aware, the reserve contains the entire world range of this very rare hummingbird. Birds in this area may include Black-collared Jay, Barred Fruiteater, Hooded and Scarlet-bellied and the Choco Endemic Black-chested Mountain-Tanagers.

VELVET P. CORONET tamano 2

Box lunch on route and you will continue your trip to reach to Bellavista Lodge, time to rest and at night you will have the opportunity to see the first new carnivore species discovered in the western hemisphere for 35 years, the Olinguito; dinner and overnight.

(B,BL,D)

DAY 3: TANDAYAPA - YUNGUILLA

After breakfast, you will follow the different trails of Bellavista reserve and Tandaya valley roads looking for some of the bird species of this places and with lucky a couple of mammals. Lunch and departure to Yunguilla.  

Yunguilla is a community  that works on ecotourism and organic projects and all its profits are reinvested in the conservation of the cloud forest, important habitat for the Ecuadorian wildlife.

In the afternoon you will travel during one hour to arrive to the entrance of El Cedral reserve, close to there it is possible to visit a strategic place that was carefully selected to set a camera and if you are lucky maybe you will see one of the mammals species that live in the area, return to Yunguilla for dinner and overnight

 

DAY 4: HIKING FROM YUNGUILLA TO SANTA LUCIA CLOUD FOREST RESERVE

After breakfast you will star to hike through the Andean cloud forest towards Santa Lucia reserve, the hike takes approximately 6 hours and on the way you will check on the cameras that we have set on the forest to monitor animals for the wildlife project. And you may possible see pictures of White Collared Pecari, Andean Puma, Spectacled Bear, Dwarf Deer, Andean porcupine, Mountain paca, Andean coati, and others. During your hike you will have great chances to spot birds, especially hummingbirds with more than 30 species recorded including Green-tailed Trainbearer, Shining Sunbeam, Tyrian Metal tail, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Buff-rumped Star frontlet, Buff-tailed Coronets, Collared Inca and White-tailed Hill star, Choco Endemics here may include Brown Inca, Violet-tailed Sylph and Gorged Sun angel; Box lunch on route and then you will continue your trip to arrive to Santa Lucia cloud forest reserve where you will diner and overnight.

 Sword-billed_hummingbird_-Guango2.jpg

DAY 5 : HIKING FROM SANTA LUCIA TO MAQUIPUCUNA  RESERVE

After breakfast you will have the chance to visit the different trails of the reserve, this is an area formed by sharp and deeply forested mountains, crystalline streams full of bromeliads and orchids and it is simply a magic place, perfect for adventure and relaxation. Lunch at Santa Lucia and later you will hike to Maquipucuna reserve (approximately 3 hours) on the way you will check more cameras that we have set in the forest to keep track of the wildlife. After dinner possible walk at night looking for nocturnal mammals, return to the lodge to overnight.

DAY 6: FULL DAY AT MAQUIPUCUNA RESERVE

This morning while you enjoy of a delicious breakfast you will admire the incredible hummingbirds flying around the feeders, species possible to see are Collared Inka, Speckled Hummingbird, and Purple-bibbed White tip.  After that you will walk through the trails of this private reserve around the lodge. This is an excellent area for birding and you will likely encounter a great deal of bird activity. Exciting birds we hope to encounter include Palm Tanager, Golden Tanager, Orange-billed Sparrow, Andean Solitaire, Masked Trogon, Golden-headed Quetzal, and Crimson-rumped Toucanet. Lunch at the lodge and in the afternoon you will hike across the different trails to check more cameras and to spot more mammals wildlife like Long nosed Armadillo, Collared Pecari, Andean Puma, Andean Tapir, Andean Coati, Don Felipe´s Weasel, Dwarf deer, Opossums, Mountain paca, Andean porcupine. Return to the lodge to rest, diner and overnight.

 GOLDEN_TANAGER_2.jpg

 DAY 7: MAQUIPUCUNA RESERVE - QUITO 

Early breakfast and search for more wildlife around the lodge and after an unforgettable expedition at Maquipucuna you will be ready to go back to Quito, lunch at the reserve and late afternoon your guide will drive you to your Quito’s hotel.
 

 

DAY 8: QUITO - HIKKING FROM THE CAYAMBE COCA RESERVE TO THE HOT SPRINGS OF PAPALLACTA

Termas_papallacta.JPG

Early in the morning after breakfast our guide will drive you to the east of the Andes to start a beautiful hike in the Cayambe -Coca Ecological reserve located over 4.000 meters over the sea level.

You will walk across a very special landscape full of lagoons and rocky mountains where it is possible to spot some native animals from this region such as Andean Fox, White tailed Deer, Brazilian rabbit, Andean Tapir and if you are lucky you will see the Andean Condor. Box lunch on route and in the afternoon you will be picked up by your driver to take you to the magic hot springs of Papalllacta, where you will enjoy of its therapeutic baths and spa; dinner and overnight.

(B,L) 

DAY 9: VISIT THE CAYAMBE - COCA RESERVE AND ANTISANA ECOLOGICAL RESERVE

AEarly in the morning you will hike in the Cayambe-Coca Reserve to try to spot the Spectacled Bear, in this area there is a very specific place that is frequently visited by this incredible mammal, here you will follow the Spectacled bear prints and if you are lucky maybe you will find it. Later you will be driven back to the inter-Andean valley, lunch on route and in the afternoon you will visit the Antisana Ecological Reserve where it is possible to observe animals like Black-faced Ibis, Andean Fox,  Silvery Grebe, Andean Teal, Andean Duck, Andean Coot, and as well as many land birds such as Andean Gull, Andean Lapwing and Carunculated Caracara. Here you have a high probability to be in contact with the majestic Andean CondorLate afternoon return to Quito to your hotel to overnight

(B)

 

DAY 10: QUITO - HOME FLIGHT

After an unforgettable expedition in Ecuador full of nature and adventure you will be transferred to the airport to catch your national or international flight.

(B)

END OF THE SERVICES

Rates

 

Price per person 2017:
 

HOTELS CATEGORY 1
*Pax
2-3
Pax
4-5
Pax
6-9
Pax
Tourist $5,270 $3,020 $2,499 $2,025
Tourist superior $5,625 $3,140 $2,600 $2,135
First Class $6,050 $3,465 $2,910 $2,435
 
  10-11
Pax
12-15
Pax
16
Pax
Sin
Sup
Tourist $1,840 $1,710 $1,530 $270
Tourist superior $1,950 $1,820 $1,650 $430
First Class $2,250 $2,110 $1,930 $480

 

*Pax: Passengers

 

Single Supplement under request


Book the tour

Booking Form

Please fill out the form below, and we will get back to you with availability for the tour, boat or hotel you are interested in.

Full Name*
Please type your full name.
E-mail*
Invalid email address.
Confirm E-mail*
Invalid email address.
Phone
Country
Travel dates*
From
To
Please select a date when your travel starts.Please select a date when your travel ends.
Number of Travellers*
Adults
Number of adults in group.
Kids
Number of children in group.
Your message

Established departures 2017

Birding in the East and West slopes of the Andes
11 days:
July 24 - August 3
October 09 - 19
December 11 – 21

14 days:
July 24 - August 6
October 09 - 22

The Southern Endemics
10 days:
June 28 - July 7
September 06-15
November 29 - December 08

14 days:
June 28 - July 11
September 06-19
November 29 - December 12

Birding Galapagos
8 days:
March 19 - 26
August 13 – 20
November 05 – 12

Travel guide

Adventure lovers will be keen to explore the Ecuadorian Amazon or to climb one of the country’s volcanoes. This tiny country packs a lot of punch and this travel guide can help you make the most of your trip.

Guide me

Testimonials

Anne Roland Gifford / UK
2016-10-12, 16:44
Very pleased that you where able to accommodate us at such short notice. We were very happy with the itinerary and places we stayed where everyone was very welcoming. We will be happy to recommend you again.

Tailor made

We can combine cultural and natural destinations for small or large groups, to fit into the dates that you want to travel and that will satisfy the expectations of the most demanding travellers.

Make your trip

Last minute

Accommodation, all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) all guides excursions: Bird watching, swimming & tubing, Kayaking & canoeing, fishing, Achuar community visit, land and air transportation...

Get it
ene logo

ENE CONTACT

Machala N68-66 Belisario Torres
Quito, Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador, South America

Call us

Ecuador
+593 997 732 692, +593 2 601 8465

USA & Canada
+1 305 897 1251