Animal experience hosted by Richard

11.5 hours, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
This Host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 8 people
Includes equipment

What you'll do

05:00 am Pick up from your hotel in Quito (breakfast is not included) and we transport you in our own vehicle which is included in our service.
Arrival to the Community
HANDS ON:
Learning how to milk a cow. (local people: Oñate family)

Visit and learn about tilapia fish. (local people: Victor)
Learn how to prepare and have your local breakfast. (local people: Rutty)
Learn how to spot for birds while we do hike in locally owned properties - forest. (local people: Patricio)
Visit a guinea pig farm. (local people: Florencia)
Have lunch in the local community. (local people: Rutty or Florencia) Lunch is not included.
We leave the community.
04:15 pm Back to the hotel in Quito
END OF SERVICES
Other things to note
This is a type of tour for people who enjoy: nature, birds, waterfalls, guinea pigs, taste of local food with its fresh ingredients, spend a half day with authentic local people.
05:00 am Pick up from your hotel in Quito (breakfast is not included) and we transport you in our own vehicle which is included in our service.
Arrival to the Community
HANDS ON:
Learning how to milk a cow. (local people: Oñate family)

Visit and learn about tilapia fish. (local people: Victor)
Learn how to prepare and have your local breakfast. (local people: Rutty)
Learn how to spot for birds while we do hi…
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What's included

  • Equipment
    Binoculars
    Spotting scope
    Rubber boots
    Poles

Meet your Host, Richard

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 2 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I grew up (my childhood) in a farm located in the cloud forest. Since 2001, I started to work in tourism as a bilingual driver for near 2 years and then I studied tourism, got my credentials and working for small local travel agencies and I ended up working as a tour guide for Lindblad Expeditions (National Geography). Since then, I am guiding all over Ecuador, Amazon rain forest and on cruises to the Galapagos islands. My last 9 years working together with local people from the northwestern part of Quito city.
I would love to share my experiences, the bit I know with everyone who are interested in nature wonders like the birds and in general what the ecology means. Why birding tours are expensive if nature is free ? We only need to know it and start to understand and start to love nature.
I grew up (my childhood) in a farm located in the cloud forest. Since 2001, I started to work in tourism as a bilingual driver for near 2 years and then I studied tourism, got my credentials and working for small local travel agencies and I ended up working as a tour guide for Lindblad Expeditions (National Geography). Since then, I am guiding all over Ecuador, Amazon rain forest and on cruises to the Galapagos islands. My last 9 years working together with local people from the northwestern pa…
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Where you'll be

Cloud forest Community of San Jose de Saloya, it is a village of 40 families located at the northwestern part of Quito city, almost two hours drive. Excellent not touristy place for birding (hummingbirds and toucans) and farm activity (hands on), learn how to prepare local dishes. Great views of the Andes mountains and cloud forest.

2 reviews

Marla
July 2021
I had a fantastic experience with Richard. He is very friendly and knowledgeable. He is thoughtful in his approach. The day started started with a drove out to a small community. There I helped to milk a cow, spotted some cool birds (Richard brings his spotting scope for a close up look.), and learned to cook some traditional food. The local individuals that you get to learn from are wonderful too! Afterwards we saw some cuys and did some more birding. It was a great day in the outdoors and away from the city. (Also just to note, you will need to bring a little extra money along for lunch.)
Sylvia
November 2019
I had an amazing experience with Richard and several locals in the cloud forest area (about 2 hour drive from Quito). First stop was visiting a dairy farm and milking two cows. Patricio and his mother showed me how to do so and patiently guided me. It was so much fun and the cows were docile; I felt very safe being near them. To me, this was my favorite experience for the whole day. Afterwards they gave me a bottle of the milk that I milked myself and we’re off to Rutty’s house to cook late breakfast/brunch. Rutty’s kitchen was spacious and sparkling clean. With Rutty’s guidance, I learned to cook local food – patacones, bolones de verde and tigrillo. We had lots of laughter here since I didn’t know how to cook, well, aside from boiling water. We ate at Rutty’s gigantic tree house with beautiful 360° view of the surrounding greenery. The drinks were arazá fruit juice, as well as fresh milk that we boiled. With full bellies, we’re back to Patricio’s property for some birding. They had a large area of land; some were turned into grassy pastures for the cows to graze, but most were left untouched. Birding here means looking for birds in their natural habitat, high up in the trees. Richard was prepared by bringing a high-powered telescope and a pair of binoculars. Even though it was raining, we still saw plenty of birds such as toucans (pale-mandibled aracari and other toucans), crested guans, ornate flycatchers, woodpeckers, tanagers and others. Aside from spotting beautiful birds, I truly enjoyed hiking here. It was so green and beautiful, with canyons, rivers, beautiful flowers and trees. As a side note, we also saw a tola, a man-made hill from Yumbo ethnic group, ancient people of the Andes as well as their ancient hiking trails. Last stop was at Victor and Florencia’s house to check out the tilapia farm. I was glad to see the fish swimming happily in spacious ponds (unlike industrial fish farms where they were more tightly packed). Victor proudly showed his facilities and I got to learn more about his small-scale, sustainable fish farm. This trip well exceeded my expectations; I felt totally immersed in a local community. They’re not used to having tourists, but they welcomed me warmly with open arms. The locals here proudly showed me their work and invited me to join and learn. I highly recommend this trip!

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

What to bring

insect repellent

light rain jacket