Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe, Attagis gayi

The Quito - Papallacta - Baeza Road connects the capital on the central plateau with the Amazon basin in the east. The road ascends through humid paramo, small stands of Polylepis forest, reaching Papallacta Pass at 4000 meters, and finally descends through montane cloudforest by the time one reaches the town of Baeza in the subtropics. By car it takes 50 minutes to reach Papallacta Pass from Quito and another two hours down to Baeza. Allow for a two-day trip with overnight in Baeza.
Target birds: Silvery Grebe, Andean Condor, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Mountain Avocetbill, Giant Conebill, Black-backed Bush-Tanager and in the Baeza area: Dusky Piha, Gray-breasted Mountain Toucan, Chestnut-naped Antpitta, Masked Trogon, Inca Jay, Slaty Brush-finch and Northern Mountain Cacique.