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2.3.2 Tinalandia Lodge

The very comfortable Tinalandia Lodge is part of an 84 hectare Nature Reserve.   Most of the reserve is primary forest along steep creeks with an easy walking system of trails.  Much of the forest can be accessed with a short walk or drive.  The elevation ranges from the 700-800 meters and almost 300 bird species have been recorded in the Tinalandia grounds.



Foothill Forest.



Tinalandia Lodge

The Tinalandia Lodge lies very near the Quito-Aloag-Santo Domingo highway where there are plenty of buses heading from Quito to the western lowlands.  Once in the lodge you can easily walk to bird the different areas and trails.  The Tinalandia administration can assist you with transportation inside and to and from the lodge. 

Further information regarding the Tinalandia Lodge can be obtained at or call phone/fax: 2 2449-028 or the cell phones: 099467741 / 099494727.



Tinalandia Lodge                           

The Tinalandia Lodge can be reached after the visit to the Chiriboga Road, or by driving the Quito-Aloag-Santo Domingo highway.

To reach Tinalandia you leave Quito heading south towards the Pan   American Highway.  Leaving Quito you have to go beyond Tambillo, point 0.0, along the Panamericana Sur.   From Tambillo following the E35 / Panamericana Sur for 1.0 km you will reach to where the Autopista Valle de Los Chillos joins the Panamericana Sur.   From this point you drive for 5.3 km along the Pan American highway heading south or 6.3 km from Tambillo.   Here you will follow a detour until you join the Aloag-Santo Domingo highway at a point 6.9 km from Tambillo. 

Once you reach the Aloag-Santo Domingo highway, reset to 0.0 km.   Drive towards Santo Domingo and at 7.8 km., after a toll booth, there will be a fork.  Take the right hand fork which turns into a two lane road.  This section will end only after 3.6 km which is11.4 km from the Aloag-Santo Domingo highway starts. You will pass Tandapi at 47.6 km from the Aloag-Santo Domingo highway start.   Go another 23.9 km or 71.5 km from the Aloag-Santo Domingo highway start, and on your right hand side is the lower entrance to the Chiriboga Road.   From here, after going through the town of Alluriquín, Tinlandia is only 15 km or 86.5 km from the Aloag-Santo Domingo highway start.  You will see the sign on the right hand side of the road immediately opposite the entrance to the Tinalandia Lodge.

(Click here to download Map. Tinalandia Lodge).

The hummingbird and fruit feeders right at the dining room are a great place to start looking for birds in the Tinalandia grounds.   Some of the birds visiting the fruit feeders are: Orange-fronted Barbet, Red-headed Barbet, Pale-mandibled Araçari, Black-cheeked Woodpecker, Ecuadorian Thrush, Green Honeycreeper, Blue Dacnis, Thick-billed Euphonia, Orange-bellied Euphonia, Silver-throated Tanager, Dusky-faced Tanager, Buff-throated Saltator and Orange-billed Sparrow amongst others; from the dining room you can also overlook the Toachi River.

The open grounds around the golf course are also a great place to look for birds, because they provide good visibility to plenty of forest edge bird activity.  Heliconia flower clusters are a good place to look for the White-tipped Sicklebill and the inside forest trails are good for the Esmeraldas Antbird and Spotted Nightingale-Thrush. The ponds near the cabins are good place to look for the White-throated Crake at dusk or dawn.


Birds to look for at:

Tinalandia Lodge

Second-growth   (2G), Forest (F), Hummingbird feeders (hf), Grasslands (G), Forest Streams   (FS).

Common: White-whiskered Hermit (hf), Green-crowned   Woodnymph (hf), Rufous-tailed Hummingbird (hf), Green-crowned Brilliant (hf),   Rufous Motmot (2G, F), Rufous-tailed Jacamar (2G, F), Pale-mandibled Araçari   (2G, F), Golden-olive Woodpecker (2G, F), Black-cheeked Woodpecker (2G, F), Pacific   Hornero (G), Slaty Spinetail (2G), Plain-brown Woodcreeper (2G, F), Streak-headed   Woodcreeper (2G, F), Sooty-headed Tyrannulet (2G), Chocó Tyrannulet (2G, F), Yellow-crowned   Tyrannulet (2G), Yellow-bellied Elaenia (2G),    Yellow Tyrannulet (2G),  Scale-crested   Pygmy-Tyrant (2G),  Ornate Flycatcher (2G,   F), Masked Water-Tyrant (G), Boat-billed Flycatcher (2G), Social Flycatcher (2G),   Rusty-margined Flycatcher (2G), Lesser Greenlet (2G, F), Band-backed Wren (2G),   Bay Wren (2G, F), Thick-billed Euphonia (2G, F), Orange-bellied Euphonia (2G,   F), White-shouldered Tanager (2G, F), Lemon-rumped Tanager (2G, F), Yellow-throated   Bush-Tanager (2G, F), Buff-throated Saltator (2G, F), Orange-billed Sparrow (2G).

Uncommon: Stripe-throated Hermit (2G, F), Chocó Trogon (F), Barred   Puffbird (2G, F), White-whiskered Puffbird (2G, F), Orange-fronted Barbet (2G,   F), Red-headed Barbet (2G, F), Crimson-rumped Toucanet (2G, F), Chocó Toucan   (2G, F), Chestnut-mandibled Toucan (2G, F), Olivaceous Piculet (2G, F), Red-rumped   Woodpecker (2G, F), Guayaquil Woodpecker (2G, F), Spotted Woodcreeper (2G, F),   Russet Antshrike (2G, F), Pacific Antwren (2G), Immaculate Antbird (2G, F), Chestnut-backed   Antbird (2G, F), Brown-capped Tyrannulet (2G, F), White-throated Spadebill (2G,   F), Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher (2G, F), Olive-striped Flycatcher (2G, F), Masked   Tityra (2G, F), Thrush-like Schiffornis (2G, F), Slaty-capped Shrike-Vireo (2G,   F), Chocó Warbler (2G, F), Buff-rumped Warbler (FS), Green Honeycreeper (2G,   F), Blue Dacnis(2G, F), Yellow-tufted Dacnis (2G, F), Silver-throated Tanager   (2G, F), Dusky-faced Tanager (2G, F), Guira Tanager (2G, F), Fawn-breasted   Tanager (2G, F), Ochre-breasted Tanager    (2G, F), Black-winged Saltator (2G, F), Slate-colored Grosbeak (2G, F),   Scarlet-rumped Cacique (2G, F).

Rare: White-throated Crake (2G, G), Blue-fronted   Parrotlet (F), Chocó Screech-Owl (F) White-tipped Sicklebill (2G, F), Ruddy   Foliage-gleaner (2G, F), Spot-crowned Antvireo (2G, G), Esmeraldas Antbird   (FS), Black-headed Antthrush (F), Golden-winged Manakin (F), Spotted   Nightingale-Thrush (2G, F).

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Meet the Author

Lelis Navarrete – Birding tour leader. Lelis has 19 years of experience as a birding guide and naturalist in the field. He has led groups of birders throughout most of Latin America, guiding frequently in countries like his native country of Ecuador and in the Galapagos Islands, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and Panama. A Biology B.Sc. graduate from Universidad Católica in Quito, Lelis has supported Jocotoco Foundation since its founding in 1998 and was an active Board Member until 2010 supporting Ecuadorian bird and wildlife conservation. Lelis divides his time between his two great passions in life: birding and spending time with his wife Solange and son Fabian with whom he lives in Quito.


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