Tandayapa Bird Lodge
Categories: Cloudforest, Superior, 4 Days & Over, $300 & Over
Tandayapa Bird Lodge - Ecuador Retreat
Starting At: $699 USD
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Difficulty: Easy - Regular
Length: 2 - 4 Days
Places: Tandayapa - Ecuador
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The ideal lodge for birdwatching, Tandayapa bird lodge is found in the Andean cloud forest ideal for nature lovers. Everything about Tandayapa bird lodge has this in mind, be it the deck with hummer feeders, the outdoor jacuzzi, the many setups for hummer photography, or the butterfly feeding area.

Tandayapa bird lodge highlights:

Yes, it’s a place where you can see fifteen-twenty hummers in a day, and over one hundred species from the balcony alone. Now, throw in the canopy deck, the large forest floor feeding hide, an extensive trail system, and easy access to plenty of other nearby sites, and you possibly have the ultimate nature and relaxation based destination. Whether you come for the hummingbirds, nature photography, serious birding, botany, or just to relax for a few days, you will find Tandayapa Lodge is the place for experiencing the fantastic Chocó bioregion.

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Tandayapa Features

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Location

The lodge project started in 1999 when it became apparent that there was no lodge designed for birdwatchers on the west slope of the Ecuadorian Andes. A main building with twelve bedrooms and a spacious balcony nestled within the cloudforest. The lodge is designed so that you can relax in comfort after a day’s birding. All but two rooms are near to the main lounge so there is no need for a hike between where you sleep and where you relax and eat.

Birding

Birding at Tandayapa starts right on the patio. Early in the morning many birds come to feed on the insects that are attracted to the lights on the walls during the night. With daily activities based off the Lodge you can visit a whole range of habitats from the lowlands to temperate forest, with many different birds. Altogether, over 600 species have been recorded on tours based out of the Lodge. On sunny days, after the forest has gone quiet, the patio is a great place to watch for raptors.

Plants

The number of species in the forest is astounding. The trees are covered with bromeliads and climbers, and whilst flowers do not seem to be as common as they are in temperate forests, the blooms in the cloudforest can be spectacular. The orchids are the most famous and include some of the most beautiful, but equally as striking are the red spikes of flowering gingers, the pink hydrangeas dangling from the canopy, and the enormous passion-flowers hanging down from vines. Heliconias will certainly attract your eye, with huge flowering spikes, and nobody can miss the huge elephants’ ears, with their leaves large enough to be used as umbrellas.

Tandayapa Programs 2018

4 Days - 3 Nights

Day 1: 5:30am pickup from your hotel in Quito. Birding at Yanacocha and the Nono-Mindo ecoroute with a packed lunch. Night in Tandayapa Bird Lodge.

Day 2: Full day birding in the Tandayapa Valley. You can have lunch at the lodge or take a packed lunch. Night in Tandayapa Bird Lodge.

Day 3: Full day birding at the Milpe Bird Sanctuary with a packed lunch. Optional visit to the Mirador Rio Blanco tanager feeders ($3 extra per person). Afternoon return to Tandayapa. Night in Tandayapa Bird Lodge.

Day 4: Most of the day birding Refugio Paz, including the antpitta feeding station, with a packed lunch. There may be time for more birding at Milpe or in the Tandayapa Valley before returning to Quito in the afternoon, arriving at your hotel by around 6pm.


3 Days - 2 Nights

Day 1: 5:30am pickup from your hotel in Quito. Birding at Yanacocha and the Nono-Mindo ecoroute with a packed lunch. Night in Tandayapa Bird Lodge.

Day 2: Full day birding in the Tandayapa Valley. You can have lunch at the lodge or take a packed lunch. Night in Tandayapa Bird Lodge.

Day 3: Most of the day birding in the Milpe Bird Sanctuary with a packed lunch. Optional visit to the Mirador Rio Blanco tanager feeders ($3 extra per person). Afternoon return to Quito, arriving around 6pm at your hotel.


2 Days - 1 Night

Day 1: 5:30am pickup from your hotel in Quito. Birding at Yanacocha and the Nono-Mindo ecoroute with a packed lunch. Night in Tandayapa Bird Lodge.

Day 2: Full day birding in the Tandayapa Valley. You can have lunch at the lodge or take a packed lunch. Afternoon return to Quito, arriving around 6pm at your hotel.

Yanacocha / Wet Temperate Forest

Most people visit the reserve at Yanacocha on their way from Quito, and then drive along the Old Nono–Mindo Road to get to the Lodge. The reserve was established to protect Black-breasted Puffleg, one of the rarest hummingbirds in the world. Your chances of seeing it are highest between about April and June, when it is seen more often, occasionally even at the feeders. Even if you do not find this great rarity, you will still enjoy Golden-breasted and Sapphire-vented Pufflegs, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Great Sapphirewing, and Buff-winged Starfrontlet among others. If you get to Tandayapa before dark, you could see twenty-five or more hummer in a single day, a great start to any tour. Most of the other birds here are flock species, and they include stunning mountain-tanagers, Bar-bellied Woodpecker,Barred Fruiteater, and the embarrassingly-named Superciliated Hemispingus. Between November and March, you will almost certainly hear Undulated, Rufous, Tawny, Chestnut-naped, and Chestnut-crowned Antpittas, and Ocellated and Blackish Tapaculos, but seeing them is another matter…

Tandayapa / Upper Subtropical Forest

Between the Lodge and the pass at the top of the Tandayapa Valley, 600m higher in altitude, there is a substantial change in the avifauna. The mixed flocks here have species that rarely or never come down as far as Tandayapa, such as Grass-green Tanager, Green-and-black Fruiteater, Western Hemispingus, and Streaked Tuftedcheek, sometimes accompanied by the beautiful Plushcap. Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan is usually easily found along the roads, and if you missed them on the Lodge trails you have another chance for Toucan Barbet. More elusive are the spectacular Tanager Finch and Ocellated Tapaculo. There are fewer hummingbirds up at this elevation, but three species are commoner here than they are at the Lodge: Collared Inca, Gorgeted Sunangel, and Speckled Hummingbird. If you continue over Tandayapa Pass to San Tadeo, Black-chinned Mountain-Tanager and Velvet-purple Coronet are possible, though both of these are more easily seen at Paz de las Aves.


Milpe / Foothill Forest & Open Areas

A further 40 km along the main highway from Quito, just before the town of Los Bancos, is the Milpe road and a superb Mindo Cloudforest Foundation reserve. The road hosts good mixed flocks, and trails in the reserve allow access to the forest. A host of other tanagers call this area home, including Ochre-breasted, Rufous-throated, Lemon-rumped, and perhaps even the dazzling Glistening-green and smartGray-and-gold; over twenty species of this spectacular family are possible here in a day. Chocó Toucans and Pale-mandibled Araçarisare often seen in the more open areas. The highlight of the forest is the Club-winged Manakin lek, where during most of the year the males display on perches close to the trail. Don’t forget to look close to the ground for Esmeraldas Antbird and the elusive Olive Finch, or in the trees for Chocó Trogon, Chocó Warbler, and superb mixed flocks. The feeders attract Green-crowned Brilliant, Green Thorntail, White-whiskered Hermit, and Green-crowned Woodnymph. If the sun gets too intense, you can cool off with some fresh fruit juice at the Restaurante Mirador Río Blanco in Los Bancos where up to a dozen species of tanager come to feed on the bananas put out for them.


Rio Silanche / Lowland Forest & Open Areas

This is real lowland Chocó rainforest, one of the most endangered habitats in Ecuador. Thanks to a generous donation, Mindo Cloudforest Foundation acquired a 70 ha. reserve in the best area. There is a superb trail system allowing easy access to the forest, and a canopy tower allowing for eye-level views of tanagers and mixed species flocks. The birding here on a good day is incredible. One or two big mixed flocks circulate in the area, and if you run into one of these you can expect to have one of your most memorable days of birding. Picking out the specialties can require some concentration as over 40 species may pass by, but the gems to look out for include Scarlet-breasted andScarlet-thighed Dacnises, Emerald, Blue-whiskered, Rufous-winged, Golden-hooded, Gray-and-Gold, and Scarlet-browed Tanagers, Orange-fronted Barbet, and Griscom’s Antwren. Dusky Pigeon is regular, and after the mixed flock has passed you should look out for Pale-mandibled Araçari, Chocó and Chestnut-mandibled Toucans, Scarlet-rumped Cacique, Western Slaty-Antshrike, and White-tailed, Collared, and Chocó Trogons.


Refugio Paz / Subtropical Forest

This small private reserve has become the latest birding sensation in the northwest and is sometimes affectionately referred to as “the antpitta farm”. Here Angel Paz, a local farmer, has gained the trust of some normally rare and shy forest species by offering them juicy worms. Yellow-breasted, Moustached, and Giant Antpittas are now regularly seen here (Yellow-breasted being the most reliable), and the local covey of Dark-backed Wood-Quail is seen on perhaps one out of three visits. Fruit feeders here can be mind-boggling withToucan Barbet, Black-chinned Mountain-Tanager, Crimson-rumped Toucanet, and Sickle-winged Guan coming to within arms reach. Other forest birds regularly encountered are Golden-headed Quetzal, Olivacoues Piha, and Scaled Fruiteater. Crested Quetzal can occasionally be found at fruiting trees. There is also a lek where gaudy Andean Cocks-of-the-rock display at dawn, and Angel and his brothers have constructed a viewing blind. If you leave ridiculously early and arrive before first light, you can witness this spectacle at close range.

Tandayapa Rates 2018

2 days – 1 night

Birding Encounter - 2 Day Program

$799
2 guest, twin/double
$699
3 guest, twin/double
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3 days – 2 nights

Birding Experience - 3 Day Program

$1199
2 guest, twin/double
$1085
3 guest, twin/double
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4 days – 3 nights

Birding Exploration - 4 Day Program

$1729
2 guest, twin/double
$1589
3 guest, twin/double
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5 days – 4 nights

Birding Adventure - 5 Day Program

$1899
2 guest, twin/double
$1699
3 guest, twin/double
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Birding Encounter 2 Days 2 days – 1 night 1 guest single private room $1299 BOOK NOW
Birding Experience 3 Days 3 days – 2 nights 1 guest single private room $1749 BOOK NOW
Birding Exploration 4 Days 4 days – 3 nights 1 guest single private room $2599 BOOK NOW
Birding Adventure 5 Days 5 days – 4 nights 1 guest single private room $2979 BOOK NOW

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Inclusions & Exclusions

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Accommodation
 

Transport (quito-tandayapa-quito)

 
All meals (start & end with lunch)
 
Unlimited water, coffee & tea
 
Bilingual ornithologist guide
 
All activities & use of lodge facilities

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Bar consumptions
 
Personal expenses, souvenirs, tipping & travel insurance
 
Private naturalist guide
 
Laundry service
 
Phone service
 
Transfer to other location

 

Children not allowed at the lodge
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Restaurant & bar payments: cash & credit card
Rates are subject to change without prior notice

Private guidance: $170 per day
Itineraries are subject to change
Departures every day of the week
Last information revision: 30-November-2017

30% initial payment to confirm reservation (Not Refundable)
70% Balance is due 60 days or earlier prior to departure

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