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The magical Cloud Forest

Discover a pristine nature reserve full of orchids, bromeliads, tree ferns and Mountain toucans at Bellavista lodge

About the Tour

The magical Cloud Forest, Orchids, Bromeliads, Tree ferns. Bellavista lodge.

Our nature experience starts at 5:30am, with a pickup from your hotel in Quito. We will drive to the western slopes of the Andes to the heart of the Cloud Forest to the Bellavista reserve, this is the first private Ecological reserve in Ecuador, with 347 hectares included in the National System of Protected Areas (SNAP). Hunting, mining, and deforestation is not permitted here under Ecuadorian law.

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Bellavista is home to stunning birds, orchids, bromeliads, mammals, amphibians and reptiles endemic to the Choco Bioregion. Close to the main restaurant you can enjoy viewing the Masked Trogon, Strong-billed Woodcreeper, Masked Flowerpiercer, and the Golden-crowned Flycatcher. The main hummingbird feeders attract Collared Incas, Buff-tailed Coronets, Gorgeted Sunangels, and Violet-tailed Sylphs. Hopefully, we might also see a Tayra, a mammal in the weasel family.

   We will do an easy walk on the Bellavista trails to enjoy the stunning and lush cloud forest, enjoying the unique landscape of the western side of the Andes. During our walk, we will be seeking the Plate-billed Mountain Toucan, Toucan Barbet, and Golden-headed Quetzal. We may also be fortunate enough to spot an Ocilla ( similar to a small ocelot), as it has been seen recently.

Lunch will be at the reserve, followed by a transfer back to Quito.

Elevation:  2,000m / 6,570ft

This trip is a lifetime experience, you will have many excellent opportunities to photograph colorful birds, other animals—and stunning landscapes—so don’t forget your camera!

More Information

  • What does the trip include?

    • Private transportation throughout the tour.
    • English-speaking birdwatching and photography guide.
    • Entrance fees to all reserves and photography hides.
    • Two meals, breakfast and lunch.
    • Coffee and tea.

  • What is not included?

    • Travel insurance.
    • Tips for drivers and local guides.
    • Alcoholic drinks, laundry services.
    • Extra services and trips not specified in the posted itinerary.

  • Relevant Information

    • Climate is highly variable in Ecuador, with temperatures varying from 10-30°C/50-80°
    Sudden rainstorms interspersed with bright sun are not uncommon.
    •The official currency in Ecuador is US dollars.
    • The national language in Ecuador is Spanish.
    • Internet is available at some lodges, but not guaranteed. Nature Quest can arrange for
    the purchase of local SIM cards with advance notice in order to provide data based internet service.

  • Sugested Packing List

    • Clothing, quick dry material; no cotton.
    • Long sleeve shirts
    • Long convertible pants
    • Waterproof hiking boots or trail runners
    • Sandals or water shoes
    • Quick dry / merino wool socks
    • Sun hat or baseball cap
    • Lightweight rain jacket
    • Soft shell jacket or fleece
    • Binoculars

    Others: Always a camera | Refillable water bottle | Eco friendly sunblock | Eco friendly mosquito repellent (we suggest sawyer brand picaradin) | Personal medications | Hiking poles if needed

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