We're booked in August for the Gate 1 bus tour that includes Quito, Cabanas del Lago, Termas de Papallecta, Casa del Suizo, and Hacienda Manteles.
We've normally traveled on our own, but this seemed like a good deal and easy way to get a taste of Equador.
There are a lot of posts on this specific tour, but I'm hoping that I can get a response from a fellow birder that's taken it - just how much birding/photography can I expect to squeeze out of the free times on this tour?
We also are in Quito an entire day at the end - with a "late evening" departure from the hotel. Trying to decide best (and cheapest) way to get to Mindo area weighing time spent in travel vs. time spent birding. Would love to get to the feeders at the Tandayapa Lodge, but am I better off going with a closer destination only - like Yanachoca Reserve and/or a closer lodge with feeders?