Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge
In this lofty paradise you can lie down in your room and watch the sunrise over Bellavista or watch the mist rise from deep within the Tandayapa Valley.
Itinerary at a Glance
Day 1: Quito – Mindo
Excursion a Bellavista
Leaving Quito after an early breakfast at your hotel, we stop at the Pululahua volcanic crater (optional) for a peek into the crater with its patchwork fields far below on the crater floor. When we reach the Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve we will climb to the top of the mountain, once again with fabulous views, enjoy the flurry of the hummingbirds, or take a hike into the forest on the reserve’s variety of trails.
An incredible one hundred and seventy species of birds have been recorded at Bellavista, and the list continues to grow: Tanager – finch, Giant Antpitta, Swallow-tailed Nightjar, Plush-capped Finch, Beautiful Jay, and the White-face Nunbird can all be found here, while everybody enthuses over the brightly colored Tanagers and the Platebilled Mountain-Toucan.
After lunch at Bellavista Lodge, we will be able to take another hike into the forest. And while we walk, our guide will acquaint us with the cloud forest’s exuberant vegetation, its bird life, and the fascinating adaptations to life in this special environment.
Night at the Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge
- Included: transportation, English speaking guide, entrance fees, lunch, excursion, accommodation and dinner
Day 2: Mindo
Half Day Cock of the Rock
Today we will make an early start to visit our ´Cock of the Rock´ lek, a place where these marvelous birds congregate to feed.
After a nourishing breakfast, we will walk along the heights of the stunning San Lorenzo Mountain Range, while we walk, our guide will lead the way, and weather permitting, help us catch a glimpse of spectacular birds such as the Golden-Headed Quetzal, the Choco Toucan and the Crimson Rumped Toucanet, amongst many others.
- Included: breakfast, private transportation, guided excursion, English speaking guide, entrance fees, lunch, dinner and accommodation
Day 3: Mindo – Quito
Mindo has about 370 species of orchids in the reserve. The orchid is undoubtedly one of the most impressive attraction to those visiting the place, the unspoilable range of species on display.
Admire and enjoy the interactive butterfly garden where, surrounded by hundreds of colorful butterflies, we will be able to observe the four stages of a butterfly’s life. While you are in the garden you will be able to feed one or more of the 25 different species of butterflies. Later visit to a Garden of Orchids , where you will see about 35 to 60 species of orchids in bloom. Some of them are seen by a magnifying glass. At the end of the tour you have the ability to observe Hummingbirds and other bird species.
Then visit to Alambi cloud forest reserve. Alambi is a family home-style guesthouse set in 250 hectares (625 acres) of mostly primary cloudforest at the foot of the Tandayapa Valley, famed among world birders.
- Private transportation from Mindo to Quito.
- Included: breakfast, English speaking guide, excursion, lunch, transportation
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