Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge

A birdwatcher dream come true in the Cloud Forest

The Lodge

The Bellavista Lodge offers comfortable lodging in the midst of the Ecuador cloud forest. The lodge boasts its own 700 hectares (2000 acres) private reserve, as well as tasty and varied cuisine and the perfect spot for world-class birdwatching.

Private reserve and trails

The Colombo-British owners and all who work here believe in genuinely friendly, personal service. Furthermore, they strive to offer the right elements for a superb experience. Experience ecotourism as it truly should be, Bellavista Lodge offers many options to explore the trails of the lodge’s vast reserve along with naturalist guides or on your own.

What to do at the Bellavista Lodge

You have plenty of activities to choose from at the lodge. These activities include; birding, giant tree ferns, cascading waterfalls, the enigmatic Olinguito, fantastic views of the forest and plunging valleys.

Come for a few days, or, if time is truly short, for just a day trip.

Explore the cloud forest and then expand your experience with trips to other cloud forest highlights of the Northwest. Highlights include; Cock-of-the-Rock, Umbrellabird, canopy zip line and even more waterfalls.

A must visit during your Ecuador travel experience!

Truly a birdwatcher’s dream come true!

Connoisseur Tip:

I have personally been to the Bellavista Lodge. During a bike tour from Nono (small town atop the Pichincha Mountain) to Mindo we made a quick stop at the Bellavista Lodge. I got to inspect the lodge and during the short time I was there, I was able to spot about 10 different species of Hummingbirds and a couple of tree jumping squirrels. The trails found at the lodge are truly one-of-a-kind. Check out some pics and further info on the Bellavista Lodge and the cloud forest area on my blog.

Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge – 2 days/1-night – Full Package


Day 1: Arrival / Forest Hike or Birdwatching / Olinguito Visit at night


6:15h Departure from your hotel. After a 2-hour drive from Quito, arrive at the Bellavista Lodge and have a hearty breakfast. You will have time to settle in and get to know the lodge. Lunch follows at 1:00 pm. After lunch take a short siesta and get ready for a forest hike where you can discover the secrets of the cloud forest or go birdwatching. Return to the lodge and dinner will be served at 7:00 pm. You might get the chance to see the Olinguito (Bassaricyon neblina) a new species of carnivorous mammal (who visits the lodge at night).


Day 2: Early Morning Bird Walk / Waterfall Trek / Farewell to Lodge


Today you will have an early morning (6:00 am) bird walk. Upon return to the lodge, you will have breakfast (8:00 am). After breakfast take a guided hike to various waterfall hidden deep in the cloud forest. Return to the lodge for lunch (1:00 pm). After lunch, you have time to relax at the lodge or explore a bit more and take some last pictures. Depart from Bellavista Lodge (3:00 pm) and arrive at your hotel in Quito (5:oo – 5:30 pm).


Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge – 3 days/2-night – Full Package


Day 1: Arrival / Forest Hike or Birdwatching / Olinguito Visit at night


AM: At 6:30 AM your driver will collect you at your hotel. We’ll start driving along the Calacali – Nanegalito road with colorful landscapes and ever-changing vistas all the way. Somewhere on the road, we will turn left and on to the secondary road which for about 30 more minutes will take as to Bellavista Lodge, perched on top of the Tandayapa Valley. Arrival at Bellavista. Your guides will greet you here and will show you your room and facilities before going for breakfast. Settle in after breakfast and then meet your guide at an appointed place in the lodge for a short briefing, and right away your hike will commence. Your guide will choose the best trails and hike options according to the group size (no more than 7 hikers), weather and trail conditions. After 2 or more hours of easy and very educative hike, you are back in the lodge for lunch.

PM: Your package includes another forest hike into another different trail among the many trails in Bellavista – discover the ecology of this mysterious forest. Dinner and overnight. You may well get a good sighting of the delightful Olinguito (Bassaricyon neblina) right at the Lodge!


Day 2: Early Morning Bird Walk / Waterfall Trek / Birdwatching and Trails


AM: As your guide had mentioned the day before, today you have the option (included in your package) to go on this early 6:15 / 6.30 AM morning bird hike. Your guide will only
be focusing on the birds of Bellavista, all around the Lodge. At 8:00 AM we serve our special Bellavista breakfast. Once again and as appointed by your guide, you will meet and chat about your next hike. Different trails every time, perhaps this time you will go and discover our waterfalls along the adventurous Yumbo / Immersion Trail. Lunch at 1 PM.

PM: An option to go and discover the trails on your own, along the self-guided trail or by the aid of our trail-map. This will definitely be a highly exciting moment. Or, join your included guided hike with your guide at 3 PM or just sit and chat with other guests while watching the feeders at close quarters full of hummingbirds of 10-12 different species!

Dinner and overnight.


Day 3: Early Morning Bird Walk / Waterfall Trek / Farewell to Lodge


AM: Early morning bird hike. Same as the day before or if you are not a birder, just lie down and listen to
the awakening of the forest as the sun appears and sets the world in motion. Breakfast (8:00 pm), further hikes for the discovery of the exuberant forests around the lodge as planned
in your package or just relax in our lounge or talk to your guide for any Day Excursions he may have available for today outside Bellavista!

PM: Lunch (3:00 pm) and after settling your bill for any souvenirs or extras, your driver will be waiting for you to embark for your transfer back to Quito or airport. At around 5:00 pm you will be arriving back at your hotel in Quito.

Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge – 3 days/2-night Itinerary – w/Cock-of-the-rock


Day 1: Arrival / Forest Hike or Birdwatching / Olinguito Visit at night


AM: At 6:30 AM your driver will collect you at your hotel. We’ll start driving along the Calacali – Nanegalito road with colorful landscapes and ever-changing vistas all the way. Somewhere on the road, we will turn left and on to the secondary road which for about 30 more minutes will take as to Bellavista Lodge, perched on top of the Tandayapa Valley. Arrival at Bellavista. Your guides will greet you here and will show you your room and facilities before going for breakfast. Settle in after breakfast and then meet your guide at an appointed place in the lodge for a short briefing, and right away your hike will commence. Your guide will choose the best trails and hike options according to the group size (no more than 7 hikers), weather and trail conditions. After 2 or more hours of easy and very educative hike, you are back in the lodge for lunch.

PM: Your package includes another forest hike into another different trail among the many trails in Bellavista – discover the ecology of this mysterious forest. Dinner and overnight. You may well get a good sighting of the delightful Olinguito (Bassaricyon neblina) right at the Lodge!


Day 2: Early Morning Cock-of-the-Rock Lek visit / Birdwatching and Trails


AM: Early 5:00 am departure with private transfer to Angel Paz Reserve to experience the Cock-of-the-Rock lek, and possibly other avian wonders. Back to lodge about 8:30 AM for breakfast and guided hike in Bellavista.

PM: An option to go and discover the trails on your own, along the self-guided trail or by the aid of our trail-map. This will definitely be a highly exciting moment. Or, join your included guided hike with your guide at 3 PM or just sit and chat with other guests while watching the feeders at close quarters full of hummingbirds of 10-12 different species!

Dinner and overnight.


Day 3: Early Morning Bird Walk / Free time / Farewell to Lodge


AM: Early morning bird hike – recommended! This is the best time to see beautiful, colorful birds surprisingly close. Breakfast is served at 8:00 am. Further hikes for the discovery of the exuberant forests around the lodge as planned in your package or just relax in the lounge or talk to your guide for any Day Excursions he may have available for today outside Bellavista!

PM: Lunch will be served at 2:30 pm and after settling your bill for any souvenirs or extras, your driver will be waiting for you to embark for your transfer back to Quito or the airport.
At around 5:00 pm you will be arriving back at your hotel in Quito.

Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge – 4 days/3-night – Full Package


Day 1: Arrival / Forest Hike or Birdwatching / Olinguito Visit at night


AM: At 6:30 AM your driver will collect you at your hotel. We’ll start driving along the Calacali – Nanegalito road with colorful landscapes and ever-changing vistas all the way. Somewhere on the road, we will turn left and on to the secondary road which for about 30 more minutes will take as to Bellavista Lodge, perched on top of the Tandayapa Valley. Arrival at Bellavista. Your guides will greet you here and will show you your room and facilities before going for breakfast. Settle in after breakfast and then meet your guide at an appointed place in the lodge for a short briefing, and right away your hike will commence. Your guide will choose the best trails and hike options according to the group size (no more than 7 hikers), weather and trail conditions. After 2 or more hours of easy and very educative hike, you are back in the lodge for lunch.

PM: Your package includes another forest hike into another different trail among the many trails in Bellavista – discover the ecology of this mysterious forest. Dinner and overnight. You may well get a good sighting of the delightful Olinguito (Bassaricyon neblina) right at the Lodge!


Day 2: Early Morning Bird Hike / Birdwatching and Trails


AM: As your guide had mentioned the day before, today you have the option (included in your package) to go on this early 6:15 / 6:30 AM morning bird hike. Your guide will only
be focusing on the birds of Bellavista, all around the Lodge. At 8:00 AM we serve our special Bellavista breakfast. Once again and as appointed by your guide, you will meet and chat about your next hike. Different trails every time, perhaps this time you will go and discover our waterfalls along the adventurous Yumbo / Immersion Trail.

PM: Lunch at 1:00 pm. An option to go and discover the trails on your own, along the self-guided trail or by the aid of our trail-map. This will definitely be a highly exciting moment. Or, join your included guided hike with your guide at 3:00 pm or just sit and chat with other guests while watching the feeders at close quarters full of hummingbirds of 10-12 different species!

Dinner and overnight.


Day 3: Early Morning Bird Walk / Birdwatching and Trails


AM: As your guide had mentioned the day before, today you have the option (included in your package) to go on this early 6:15 / 6:30 AM morning bird hike. Your guide will only
be focusing on the birds of Bellavista, all around the Lodge. At 8:00 AM we serve our special Bellavista breakfast. Once again and as appointed by your guide, you will meet and chat about your next hike. Different trails every time, perhaps this time you will go and discover our waterfalls along the adventurous Yumbo / Immersion Trail.

PM: Lunch at 1:00 pm. An option to go and discover the trails on your own, along the self-guided trail or by the aid of our trail-map. This will definitely be a highly exciting moment. Or, join your included guided hike with your guide at 3:00 pm or just sit and chat with other guests while watching the feeders at close quarters full of hummingbirds of 10-12 different species!

Dinner and overnight.


Day 4: Early Morning Bird Walk / Free time / Farewell to Lodge


AM: Early morning bird hike – recommended! This is the best time to see beautiful, colorful birds surprisingly close. Breakfast is served at 8:00 am. Further hikes for the discovery of the exuberant forests around the lodge as planned in your package or just relax in the lounge or talk to your guide for any Day Excursions he may have available for today outside Bellavista!

PM: Lunch will be served at 2:30 pm and after settling your bill for any souvenirs or extras, your driver will be waiting for you to embark for your transfer back to Quito or the airport.
At around 5:00 pm you will be arriving back at your hotel in Quito.

Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge – 7 days/6-night – Birdwatcher’s Dream Come True


Day 1: Birdwatching in route / Yanacocha and Alambi Reserves / Arrival to Lodge and more birdwatching


Departure at 5:30 AM from your hotel in Quito. We will birdwatch on the Nono road out to Bellavista, stopping at Yanacocha Reserve and looking for flocks as we travel. Among
target species: Black-backed Grosbeak, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Black-breasted Puffleg, Torrent Duck, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager. Next, we’ll visit Alambi reserve for a spectacular array of hummingbirds. Afternoon bird in and around Bellavista, with our first view of the wide variety and surprising numbers of hummingbirds at the feeders. Among the many species of hummingbirds, we look for Gorgeted Sunangel, Brown Inca, Booted Racket-tail, and Violet-tailed Sylph.


Day 2: Full day of Birdwatching


A full day to bird in and around Bellavista Reserve. We will concentrate on the roads that cross the reserve and bird various of the many trails in Bellavista. Among target species: Grass green Tanager, Toucan Barbet, Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan, Cloud-Forest Pygmy-Owl, and Giant Antpitta.


Day 3: Cock-of-the-Rock Lek visit / Birdwatching in low elevation


An early start to Mindo valley, to visit an active Cock-of-the-Rock lek with the spectacle of the bright red males’ courtship activities! The rest of the day will be spent looking for birds of this lower elevation. Among target species: Cock-of-the-Rock, Choco Toucan, Rufous-crowned Antpitta, and Glistening-green Tanager.


Day 4: Day Trip to Tandayapa Valley / New Bird sightings


Day trip to lower Tandayapa Valley. The valley is so steep that as you drop about 200 meters in only 3 km, you find new species of birds! Among target species: White-faced Nunbird, Narino Tapaculo, Scaled Antpitta, and White-capped Dipper.


Day 5: Mindo Valley and Los Bancos area Birdwatching


We will concentrate in the Mindo valley and Los Bancos area. Among target species: Esmeraldas Antbird, Rufous-rumped Antwren, Broad-billed Motmot, ChocoToucan, Pale-
mandible Aracari, Pacific Tuftedcheek


Day 6: Los Bancos, Milpe and Silanche area Birdwatching


Los Bancos region, Milpe, and Silanche areas. Among target species: Brown-billed Scythebill, Spotted-nightingale Thrush, Choco Warbler, Glistening-Green Tanager and Moss-backed Tanager. Chestnut-mandi billed Toucan, Chestnut-throated Antwren, Choco Vireo, Crested Owl.


Day 7: Extra Birding activities / Return to Quito 


Birding for additional species in the morning, and return to Quito in the afternoon.


Bellavista Lodge Rates

2 Days / 1 Night Full Package

Type of Room

Single

Double

Children 4-11

Superior Room $ 349 p.p. $ 295 p.p. $ 165 p.p.
Standard Room $ 299 p.p. $ 259 p.p. $ 145 p.p.
Rooms in the Dome $ 269 p.p. $ 235 p.p. $ 130 p.p.
Shared Dormitory $ 245 p.p. $ 199 p.p. $ 110 p.p.

Extra Nights:

Type of Room

Adults

Children

Superior Room $ 120 $ 60
Standard Room $ 115 $ 55
Rooms in the Dome $ 100 $ 50
Shared Dormitory $ 70 $ 35

3 Days / 2 Night Full Package

Type of Room

Single

Double

Children 4-11

Superior Room $ 435 p.p. $ 405 p.p. $ 225 p.p.
Standard Room $ 389 p.p. $ 355 p.p. $ 199 p.p.
Rooms in the Dome $ 349 p.p. $ 319 p.p. $ 179 p.p.
Shared Dormitory $ 299 p.p. $ 255 p.p. $ 155 p.p.

Extra Nights:

Type of Room

Adults

Children

Superior Room $ 120 $ 60
Standard Room $ 115 $ 55
Rooms in the Dome $ 100 $ 50
Shared Dormitory $ 70 $ 35

3 Days / 4 Night Full Package + Cock-of-the-Rock

Type of Room

Single

Double

Children 4-11

Superior Room $ 549 p.p. $ 475 p.p. $ 275 p.p.
Standard Room $ 495 p.p. $ 429 p.p. $ 250 p.p.
Rooms in the Dome $ 445 p.p. $ 385 p.p. $ 230 p.p
Shared Dormitory $ 409 p.p. $ 329 p.p. $ 205 p.p.

Extra Nights:

Type of Room

Adults

Adults

+guided hikes

Children

Children

+guided hikes

Superior Room $ 119 p.p. $ 135 p.p. $ 60 p.p. $ 65 p.p.
Standard Room $ 99 p.p. $ 115 p.p. $ 55 p.p. $ 60 p.p.
Rooms in the Dome $ 89 p.p. $ 105 p.p. $ 50 p.p. $ 55 p.p.
Shared Dormitory $ 69 p.p. $ 80 p.p. $ 35 p.p. $ 39 p.p.

Included

  • All meals.
  • Accommodation according to package booked
  • Access to 700-hectare Bellavista Reserve.
  • Shared hikes at Bellavista
  • Transportation Quito-Bellavista-Quito

Not included

  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Personal items
  • Other services.

Access to Bellavista Lodge

Transfers from Urban Quito to the Bellavista Lodge are included in your full package.

Pick-up will be at your hotel in Urban Quito.

Pick-up from hotels near the airport or in the valley will incur extra charges.

Packing List Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge

  • T-shirts or comfortable blouses/shirts
  • Sweater or fleece for the evenings
  • Quick drying trousers (blue jeans not recommended)
  • Lightweight socks
  • Change of clothes
  • Sunhat and sunscreen
  • Rain poncho (a few available if needed)
  • CameraRubber boots are provided – to size 47 (few pairs in large sizes)
  • Binoculars recommended (available for rent)
  • Water bottle for hikes
  • Small daypack for hikes
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Plastic bags to protect your camera, etc

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Trip Facts

  • Cloud Forest Lodge
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  • Tandayapa, Ecuador
  • Quito-Tandayapa
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