PLACES FOR BIRDWATCHING IN QUITO
Here you will find all necessary touristic services, including trained guides, quality accommodation, and the exquisite regional cuisine of this ideal bird-watching destination. Birdwatching in Quito Metropolitan Area and surroundings is an experience you will want to repeat and recommend.
Yanacocha Reserve: at 3,200 m above sea level, 9 km northwest of Quito. Nono-Tandayapa-Mindo road (Quinde Eco-route) begins down from Yanacocha.
Yunguilla Conservation Area: 20 km northwest of Quito along the Calacalí-La Independencia road, next to Pululahua Reserve.
Geobotanical Reserve Pululahua: 17 km northwest of Quito, next to Calacalí town, beyond “the middle of the world”
Maquipucuna Reserve: located next to Nanegal town, 70 km west of Quito. Pahuma Reserve: km 43 along the Calacalí-La Independencia road.
Bellavista Reserve and Tandayapa valley: at km 52 of the Calacalí-La Independencia road, a detour heading south. The Quinde Eco-Route traverses the valley.
Santa Lucía Reserve: neighbouring Maquipucuna and Yunguilla reserves, 1 hour walk through lush cloud forest.
Mashpi and Amagusa Reserves: at km 60 along the Calacalí-La Independencia road, a detour heading north to Pacto town. From Pacto departs a gravel road to La Delicia- Pactoloma-Guayabillas; 20-25 km to the reserves.
Mashpi valley: at 550 m above sea level, access from km 104 along the Calacalí-La Independencia road, taking a detour heading northwest towards Pachijal-Cielo Verde; another detour right after 20 km heads to Mashpi.
Paz de las Aves: at km 68 along the Calacalí-La Independencia road.
Papallacta pass: within the large Cayambe Coca National Park, 65 km east of Quito along the Pifo-Papallacta-Baeza road heading to the Amazon.
Puembo and Río Chiche: 15 km east of Quito along the Pifo-Papallacta-Baeza road.
Guayllabamba and Jerusalem: 15-20 km north of Quito in the dry upper valley of Guayllabamba river.
Antisana Ecological Reserve: high Andean bogs and paramos 50 km southeast of Quito, with the spectacular
landscape of Antisana volcano.
Photos: Nick Athanas (1,4,7,8,9,11,12,15,16,17,19,20,21,24), Sam Woods (2,10,18), Pablo Cervantes (3,13,14,25), Steve Blain (5), Francisco Sornoza (22), Andrew Spencer (23), Iain Campbell (26), Murray Cooper (6).