We had arrived at Sachatamia Lodge the evening before, to be greeted by a bunch of beautiful new birds at the plentiful feeding stations and hummingbird feeders. Nice place!
We were up early (the beginning of what I came to call “birding boot camp”) to look at the mixed flock of birds in the trees surrounding the parking lot. After breakfast we took a hike through the magnificant forest that surrounds the lodge.
In the afternoon, we drove to the pretty village of Mindo, which is located in a valley to the side and downhill of the main highway and Sachatamia Lodge. There, we visited the Chocolate Factory (a worthwhile stop) and checked out the two local rivers:
Afterwards, we drove to a tilapia rearing operation, located in the lower valley of the Rio Alambi. There we saw two species of kingfisher. We then visited the nearby village of Santa Marianita.
We then returned to Sachatamia for dinner, the day’s bird count and sleep. Our new routine had become established – eat, sleep, bird, repeat.
Link to Day #4: