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Chestnut-mandibled toucan

Bird Watching

Ecuador is one of the best places in the world for birding, and Las Tolas is no exception. Toucans and other rare and unique species are abundant here in the Cloud Forest. With more than 165 species registered in Las Tolas alone, local resident and bird enthusiast Salomon Perez is an excellent birding guide.

 

Salomon leads birding expeditions at all times of day and night, between altitudes of 1,200 and 3,700 meters, depending on what types of birds you wish to see.

 

Common birds spotted in, or near, Las Tolas

Choco Toucan, Chestnut-mandibilled Toucan, Club-winged Manakin, Masked Trogon

 

Rare Birds Spotted in, or near, Las Tolas

Long-wattled Umbrella Bird, Gallo de la Peña Andino (Andean Cock-of-the-Rock), Black-breasted Puffleg

 

Hummingbirds are regular visitors to Las Tolas and are wonderful birds to sit and watch for an hour in the afternoon.

 

A basic day hike with Salomon will cost $15 per person.

 

You can easily coordinate your bird watching hike with Salomon once you reach Las Tolas, or you can call him directly, contact us for his contact details: volunteerlastolas@gmail.com.

Are you coming to see me....?

Countless Hiking Trails

The natural scenery of the Cloud Forest ranks as one of the most beautiful and biodiverse places in the world. During your stay in Las Tolas, you can swim in our rivers and waterfalls, and hike countless trails with experienced local guides. Don´t forget your binoculars for a closer look at that Toucan!

 

As part of your stay, we can arrange for you to go hiking, swimming or visiting the local River Pachijal for free.  If you'd like to do more, you can also do:

 

- Horse riding for $10/person

 

- Waterfall visit for $3/person

 

- Bicycle ride for $5/person

 

- Camping for $5/person to include a tent

 

What better way to make the most of the cloud forest, by being part of it on horse back, on a bike or under canvas...we can thoroughly recommend all of these activities!

Las Tolas waterfall Walking