Every Day
Departures
1, 2 and 3 Days
Duration
Guide excursions
Trip Includes
All-inclusive
Package Type

Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve & Lodge – Tandayapa, Ecuador

Less than 1 hour 45 minutes from the heart of Quito city, or 1 hour from the Mitad Del Mundo Equator monument.

Bellavista is a private reserve of 700 hectares, at the top of the famed Tandayapa Valley, near Mindo,  in an area that has won the highest  24 hour bird count in 2006, 2007, and 2008 in the Audubon Christmas Bird Count for the Americas. Bellavista is a dream come true, not just for us, but for every nature lover and bird-watcher whose imagination is stimulated by the idea of a Cloud Forest.

Started by a Colombo – British couple, Gloria and Richard,  in 1991, what was initially a 55 hectare reserve has now become a  certified ecolodge with a 700 hectare private reserve, the land owned  by Gloria and Richard and a handful of like-minded conservationists.

For anyone  who seeks to immerse him or her self in its mysteries, soak in its vast views, anyone who wants to discover its rare and endemic birds, orchids and other species, anyone who wants to discover true peace and wild places, anyone who loves forests, there are few places like it so easily accessible! Bromeliads and orchids, hummingbirds and tanagers, toucans and antpittas, all vie for our attention, and could keep any dedicated naturalist enthused for a lifetime of observation.  

Add to that the  sense of adventure hiking the forest trails, or deep  adventure hiking up streams to reach hidden waterfalls… and you have the ingredients for a travel experience about which famed photographer Tui De Roy has said…  I will return to Bellavista again and again, because I know that here I will always find sheer magic.

Activities: Short hikes, birdwatching, wildlife and natue viewing.
Age range:  1 yr – active 60’s.
Trip Style: Soft adventure.
Package Type: All-inclusive. 
Start Date: Every day (minimum 2 pax)

DEPARTURE LOCATION Quito
RETURN LOCATION Quito
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WEAR Comfortable clothing, hiking shoes, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
INCLUDED Accommodation.
 Bilingual naturalist guides for all activities.
NOT INCLUDED Transportation.
 Expenses not specified in the program.
 Soft-drinks and alcoholic beverages.
Tips & Extras.

Cloud forests, correctly termed pre-montane/subtropical rain forests, cloak the steep slopes of the Andes from about 900 meters to about 2500 meters. They are forests of high biodiversity, with a profusion of little-studied wildlife and plants.

The Reserve’s goal is to educate the public about the significance of biodiversity in tropical cloud forests and the ever increasing importance of protecting these unique ecosystems. Bellavista and the Tandayapa Valley boasts over 330 recorded species of birds… and the list continues to grow! The Tanager-finch, Giant Antpitta, Swallow-tailed Nightjar, Plush-capped Finch, Beautiful Jay, and White-faced Nunbird are all found here.

Birders and nature lovers alike thrill to the sight of brightly colored tanagers and the Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan, and everybody loves to simply sit in our four-story dome and admire the multitude of hummingbirds hovering around our feeders.

Bellavista’s resident mammals include the endangered Spectacled Bear, (recently captured by one of our “Camera Traps”), as well as the puma, Andean coati and tayra, and of course the newly discovered Olinguito! to name a few.

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