A birdwatcher dream come true in the Cloud Forest
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!
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).