Casa Divina Lodge

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Morning Birding in a World-Class Destination

Deep in the majestic Andes lies a magical place — Mindo, a world-class birding destination famous for its nature and biodiversity.

Hidden away in this natural paradise is Casa Divina Eco Lodge, a refuge that not only captivates with its beauty with its wooden cabins in the middle of the forest, but also shares a commitment to conservation and sustainable tourism.

Here we will answer the most common questions about Casa Divina’s captivating morning birdwatching tour: A unique experience that will connect you with the wildlife and leave you in awe of the incredible variety of birds in this region.

1. Why guided morning birding  at Casa Divina?

Can you imagine witnessing the biodiversity of one of the most exceptional places for birding? Thanks to the expert knowledge of our guides and the use of equipment such as telescopes and binoculars, bird watching at Casa Divina becomes a unique, easy and exciting experience.

Our birding tour will allow you to connect with nature in a unique and enriching way. The adventure starts early, at six in the morning, with hot drinks and a varied selection of fresh fruits to recharge your batteries.

At first light, we make our way to the covered viewing platform at the main lodge. As the sun appears over the horizon, the birds awaken and feed and provide a concert of sounds. It is a spectacle to see the forest come alive with bird activity.

We continue our tour throughout the reserve  to observe even more species of birds and delight in their behavior as they go about their daily routine. After this unforgettable excursion, we return to the cozy atmosphere of Casa Divina, where a breakfast prepared with local ingredients and all the love that only home cooking can offer awaits you. It’s the perfect time to relax, share anecdotes from the tour and enjoy the unhurried camaraderie.

2. Why is Mindo a world birding destination?

Mindo is an area recognized worldwide for its exceptional biodiversity and the beauty of the cloud forest, which attracts thousands of birders every year.

It is located within the Andean Chocó Biosphere Reserve, within the Pichincha Province in Ecuador, South America. Because of its natural characteristics and its location in the western foothills of the Andes Mountains, it was declared the first IBA (Important Bird Area).

It is one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots and it is estimated that the region is home to more than 500 species of birds. This makes it a true paradise for birdwatchers, since in all of Ecuador the number of species observed reaches 1,678 according to the list on the EBird platform.

At Casa Divina we have observed and registered 308 species in our EBird list. In addition, Mindo is home to several endemic and threatened bird species in the area, according to Bird Life, such as Giant Antpitta, Cloud-forest Pygmy-Owl, Tanager Finch and Baudo Guan. Possibly the most important species in the area is Black-breasted Puffleg, a critically endangered hummingbird species.

There are also exotic birds such as the Cock-of-the-Rock (Rupicola peruvianus), and the Black-headed Tanager (Tangara nigroviridis).

It is a fantastic destination for birdwatching all year round, as its subtropical climate and its location in a transition zone between the coastal region and the Amazon region attract different species during different seasons.

3. Is the birding tour suitable for all levels of birders? 

Whether you are an enthusiastic beginner or an experienced birder, our tours are designed so that everyone can participate and enjoy themselves to the fullest. We have experienced and passionate guides who will tailor the experience to meet the needs of each group.

If you are a beginner, our guides will be happy to teach you how to use binoculars and how to spot birds among the branches and foliage. You will learn to recognize different species with their songs, and to appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of each one of them.

On the other hand, if you already have experience in birdwatching, our tour will be an enriching adventure for you. The Andean Chocó is home to unique and fascinating birds that you will not find anywhere else in the world.

We also have other tour offers if you want to experience several days and meet other species of birds, fauna and flora or if you are a specialized bird photographer and want a tailor-made tour. You can check out our tours here!

4. What species of birds can be observed on the tour? 

You will marvel at the great variety of bird species that you can observe during the tour. From the most common species to the rarest and most special of the area, our guides will take you through an incredible ornithological journey.

Some of the species that are possible to observe are on our EBird list:


5. What should I bring for the birding excursion?

All you need to bring is comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely and be protected on this morning adventure.

SabinaTour, our sister company and expert in tours for Casa Divina guests, will provide binoculars and a high-end telescope with which you will be able to observe every detail of their plumage and every feature of their behavior and you will be amazed with the sharpness of the images.

6. Can I take pictures during bird watching?

Yes, you can take pictures to capture these encounters with nature. Don’t worry if you don’t have a specialized camera. Thanks to our high-end telescope, you can use your own cell phone to take pictures from its lens. So don’t forget to charge your phone and have it ready for the tour.

In addition, you will learn how to capture the beauty of birds without disturbing their habitat, and about the importance of responsible photography in the conservation of these magnificent species.

At Casa Divina Eco Lodge, we believe in the importance of caring for and preserving the environment. That is why our bird watching tour is done in a responsible way, without disturbing the environment.

7. How can I book a morning birding excursion?

Booking in advance is essential. Ideally, you should inform us of your interest in the tour when you register your accommodation at Casa Divina Eco Lodge, so we can start coordinating all the details of your tour.

You can email us at or contact us by WhatsApp.

Children and adults who can be in charge of them during the tour are welcome.

8. What else can I do during my stay at Casa Divina?

In addition to birdwatching, Casa Divina Eco Lodge offers a wide range of activities to make your stay unforgettable. You can explore our self-guided trails, take a night hike with a specialized guide, a full day tour to the waterfall sanctuary or a light full day birding tour.

If you wish, you can customize your experience with other tours through SabinaTour Operator, our sister company.

Come and join us on this unforgettable experience in the biodiversity paradise of the Andes. Connect with nature, discover the incredible biodiversity and contribute to conservation while enjoying sustainable and enriching tourism.

At Casa Divina, we are waiting for you to discover the magic of birds and the beauty of nature, while you delight in the warmth and hospitality of our eco lodge. We guarantee that this adventure will leave indelible traces in your heart and soul!

Author and pictures: Lucila Donoso