BIRD OBSERVATION IN AND AROUND QUITO
Ecuador has the highest density of bird species anywhere in the world, with more than 1,670 species in a surprisingly small geographic area. Wherever you go in Quito or its surroundings, you will find diversity of birds. There are high mountain habitats, dry Andean forests, humid forests, páramo, rivers, ravines, all within walking distance of each other.
You can look for very special species, such as the Gallo de la Peña Andino (a unique cotingidae with an incomparable dance of courtship, an exciting list of tanagers and hummingbirds of all types and colors, the stars of the tropics such as toucans, parrots and quetzales (which can be found in the observation routes of the northwest) and other outstanding paramo species, such as curiquingues, bandurrias, cetaceans, gligles and, of course, the condor. The bird sighting has turned Quito into one of the most important destinations in the world.
If you only have one morning, we recommend
Reserve Yanacocha montane forest, one hour from the city to the northwest, via Nono
The Pululahua, located in an old crater, near the Middle of the World, via Calacalí, to the north. Feel the unique effect of touring in a volcanic crater!
Dry forest of Jerusalem the carob trees are the protagonists, only 30 minutes from the city with unique species. Take the road to Guallabamba and continue towards Malchinguí.
For a day
Antisana Reserve located southeast of Quito, an hour and a half away. The magic of the paramo at the foot of a spectacular snowy mountain, home of the condor and of many unique birds of this ecosystem.
Eco – Route, look for birds along this ancient road to the northwest, through the leafy slopes of the Pichincha cloudy forest. On the way there is Yanacocha, Nono, Bellavista, Tandayapa.
Papallacta: east of Quito, road to the Amazon. Look for both birds of paramo and amazon, in some excellent places like Guango Lodge, and reward your efforts with a dip in its revitalizing thermal baths.
Two to three days
Amazon: Papallacta – Guango Lodge – San Isidro – Wild Sumaco
Northwest – Mindo: Yanacocha – Eco-route – Paz de las Aves Refuge – Milpe – Silanche – Caves of Gualea – Mashpi – Pachijal.
Quito Botanical Garden, excellent for migratory birds, in the Park La Carolina
Metropolitan Park Guangüiltagua: look for the handsome crimson Carpenter.
Itchimbia Park: trails on the eastern side of the park