Dozens and dozens of hummingbirds, some landing on you!
Most of us are intrigued by beautiful hummingbirds but have neither seen many nor seen them closeup. Ecuador is the world hummingbird capital. You will not believe the number and variety of these little birds surrounding you, mesmerizing, fascinating, beautiful, even landing on your fingers if offered, Use Vivian's Nikon binoculars to see these and other things even closer. Choose one of two locations:
1. Route east from Quito up, up and over the Andes to a jungle location on the Amazon approach.
2. Route west from Quito down, down into beautiful cloud forest, as the temperature becomes warmer, to a cloud forest location on the approach to beautiful Mindo.
Either location gives you gorgeous Andean country scenery en route and either location gives you the opportunity to stop for lunch and can include other things such as Middle of the World, Papallacta thermal baths and more. A wonderful escape from the huge, concrete city of Quito. Price is for up to 3.
This tour can be for up to 10 people - see below
Itinerary depends on which trip:
Hotel pick up 9:30am
Drive to east and up, up the huge mountain
Possible stop for a rose farm tour producing/exporting
4, 000 roses per day
Antisana volcano view weather permitting
Over the mountain top to beginning Amazon jungle view and hummingbirds
View of oil pipes rising from jungle up and over mountain to west coast ships - environment vs. money?
Papallacta thermal pools and spa - swim, massage?
Walk a trail - llamas
Quito return - hotel drop off
Hotel pick up 7 to 8am
Drive north and west out of the city down, down towards Mindo
Stop at Pululau volcano rim - farms below in technically active volcano - only two in world
Stop at hummingbird location - surrounded by hummingbirds
Have snack or breakfast
On to and visit beautiful Mindo area with more hummingbirds, butterfly breeding and sanctuary, orchid collection, chocolate from bean to product production, waterfall
Possible Middle of World stop if time permits
Quito return - hotel drop off
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Hotel
End Point Options: Hotel
Duration: 8 hours
The round trip will be eight (8) hours, but may be slightly longer depending on traffic
Published price includes transportation in nice SUV driven by Vivian
4 to 10 people? Price with me with safe, comfortable, spacious commercially licensed driver (required by law) and large SUV, touring van or small bus appropriately sized depending on number of people - Ask me to prepare a Tours by Locals Custom Tour with this price for you.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
25 USD - Entrance fees, lunch, incidentals such as bottled water, snacks en route
Museums in Quito are closed on Mondays. If this is your only available day please send me your inquiry, and I will create a customized itinerary.
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The tour guide is often as or my important as the tour and Vivian was wonderful. She was very responsive to my questions before the trip and arrived at the hotel right on time. Vivian was friendly, knowledgeable, flexible and a joy to spend the day with. The hummingbirds were AMAZING! I have never seen such a profusion of these lovely little birds.