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Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve & Lodge 1-Night Itinerary

On this two-day trip just 45 minutes from Quito, you will become acquainted with the mysterious Ecuadorian cloud forest environment! As a guest staying in this paradise — surrounded by hosts of hummingbirds and lush green forests — you can savor gourmet cuisine, revel in fabulous views of the forest and mountains, and explore an extensive network of safe, well-marked trails.

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“We loved the time at the lodge in Cuyabeno. It was so genuine and natural there and the crew was so knowledgable and helpful. Thank you so much for the recommendation of the real Amazonia-experience.”Elena

Highlights

Mindo, Ecuador, Birdwatching, Canopy

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrival at Bellavista – Forest Hike
Day 2: Birdwatching – Forest/Waterfall Exploring – Departure
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival at Bellavista – Forest Hike

AM: Heading out early — either from your Quito hotel at 6:30 a.m. or from the Quito International Airport 6 a.m. — we will leave the Ecuadorian capital city and descend a scenic Andean mountain road that possesses forested mountains and striking views. Reaching Bellavista Valley, our drive will continue uphill for even more fabulous views, eventually finding the Bellavista Lodge perched high on the mountain. After you have had a chance to settle into your room, you can observe hummingbirds outside of the dining room as you enjoy one of the lodge’s special breakfasts. After dining, you will be invited to go on your first guided hike into the cloud forest, where you can discover the ecology of this mysterious forest and take part in a bit of birdwatching.

PM: After a hearty Bellavista lunch, you can go on a guided hike with a Bellavista naturalist or head out to explore on your own. A guided hike will acquaint you with the cloud forest’s exuberant vegetation (orchids, bromeliads, ferns, trees, etc.) and area bird species that have adapted to life in this special environment. The evening is relaxed, so you can take time to admire the incredible variety of moths, many of which are unknown to science. You can also look for night birds such as the Common Potoo!

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 2
Birdwatching – Forest/Waterfall Exploring – Departure

AM: After a good night’s sleep, this morning you can go on a guided early morning bird walk, which will take you to one of the various waterfalls hidden deep in the forest. At around 8 a.m., the lodge’s special Bellavista breakfast will be served. Afterwards, you can either go exploring on your own or follow a guide to a nearby waterfall.

PM: Following lunch at around served at 1 p.m., you can choose to either go on a short hike or just relax while enjoying the hummingbirds around the lodge. Departing at 3:00 p.m., you should reach Quito by sometime around 5:00 p.m.

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Breakfast - Lunch

Prices

2019 - Price per person
Days
*Price per person based upon double occupancy.
*PP (per person)
Included in the price:
  • Round-trip transport from/to Quito (Special fees apply for pickups and drop-offs at the Quito Airport or hotels nearby. Airport pickups are available any day from 6 AM to 6 PM)
  • All meals, starting with breakfast on day 1 and finishing with lunch on the last day.
  • 1 night’s accommodations
  • Shared naturalist-guided hikes
  • Taxes
Not included in the price:
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Services not mentioned in the program
  • International and domestic flights
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