By taking day trips from Tandayapa Bird Lodge you can visit a whole range of habitats from lowlands to temperate forest, with many different birds than those found around the immediate area of the lodge. Altogether, over 600 species have been recorded on tours based out of the lodge. Click here to see the full list ,with details of where to find key species.

Below are the best sites for birding on day trips from the Lodge, together with information on the species you could see.


Upper Tandayapa Valley


Pululahua and Calacalí

Paz de las Aves



Río Silanche

Driving time

25 minutes

1.5 hours

50 minutes

1 hour

1 hour

2 hours

1.5 – 2 hours


Upper subtropical forest

Wet temperate forest

Temperate forest and arid scrub

Subtropical forest

Foothill forest and open areas

Foothill and subtropical forest

Lowland forest and open areas

Click here to view a PDF map of the sites.

Please keep in mind that you will need a vehicle to visit these sites, which we can arrange for you. If you would like a guide to take you to these areas, you will need to book one in advance. Expert bird guides are unlikely to be available at the last minute. See the reservations page for information on some birding tour packages that visit many of these sites.