Refugio de Paz Birdwatching Tour
Start your day bright and early with this colorful nature tour. Observe Ecuador's plants and animals up-close when you enjoy this Refugio de Paz birdwatching tour. You'll work up an appetite on your adventure, and then indulge in a breakfast which has been deemed "exquisite."
up to 15 days in advance
- Duration: 8 hrs
- Available Days: Every day
- Schedule: 4:00 AM
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- Free cancellation up to 15 days prior
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
The early bird gets the adventure! See some of Ecuadors colorful denizens on their home turf when you go on the Refugio de Paz Birdwatching tour in Quito, Ecuador. It's no wonder our feathered friends call this region home — Quito is the highest capital city in the world! So be prepared to hike in an area at 9,350 ft (2,850 m) elevation.
Your tour officially begins at 05:45 a.m. First stop? Lek of the Andean cock-of-the-rock. A lek is a section of land where male birds and mammals stake out their territory amongst the community and put on their best display during mating season. Male Andean cock-of-the-rocks are large birds with brilliant red heads featuring a puffy disk, glossy black bodies, and grey wings.
You'll also see your guide, Angel, hand feed Antpittas — small ground dwelling birds that come in earth tones. From there, you'll make your way to the bird feeding area.
This tour is best enjoyed by taking your time. If you're a novice birdwatcher, understand that birding is more than checking species off of your list. You'll be out in the fresh air — the sweet smell of the Earth emanating after each step; the vibrant colors of nature creating a palette of unparalleled beauty; quietude augmented by the sounds of nature, the sound of life.
Your birding expedition concludes with a delicious breakfast, and officially comes to a close between 09:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
The cloud forest you will be exploring has very few mosquitoes present; malaria, yellow fever, and other tropical diseases cannot be contracted in this area. Bring insect repellent to prevent discomfort.
What to Bring
Camera, insect repellent, rain coat, long and lightweight clothing (no jeans), hiking shoes, sun cream, binoculars, and water bottle.
Native guide, birdwatching, breakfast, and transport.
Many of our tours and activities offer transportation pick up & drop off options from several locations and destinations. Options vary by tour, see “More Time and Rates” for full details.
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