Bellavista Cloudforest

Cloud Forest paradise – stay in a unique lodge, in the midst of its extensive reserve!

Bellavista is a place for adventure, relaxation and contact with nature deep in the Ecuadorian cloud forest. Bellavista is home to hundreds of species of plants, birds and other animals. Immerse yourself in this natural sanctuary in the company of those who have dedicated their lives to conserving Ecuador’s endangered cloud forest.

The short trips are a wonderful way to become acquainted with the special environment of a cloud forest so close to Quito. If you have been to the Amazon, it is different in so many ways yet at the same time there are enough similarities that a person with no time to travel to the Amazon can get a true flavor of an Equatorial rain forest!
The Bellavista Cloudforest lodge offer their guests a unique stay above the forest canopy, surrounded by myriads of hummingbirds! Stay in our four-story, thatched roof, 360 degree glassed geodesic dome; in the half-timbered Trailhead House or in a luxurious bamboo house with three storeys of balconies; in Gloria´s Honeymoon House, or in the House in the Woods truly away from it all.
Either way, you will enjoy our generous servings of gourmet food, the fabulous views of forest and mountains, and our extensive network of safe, well-marked trails.
The itinerary gives you the choice of a variety of guided activities, or the chance to explore on your own, or indeed just to relax! Note that you can choose according to your interests and level of physical challenge you want…. easy hikes to full-scale adventure!

Sample Itineraries

Tour 2 days/1 night

Day 1:
8:30h Departure after breakfast from your hotel.
Optional: brief stop at Pululahua crater overlook.
Arrival at Bellavista.
13:00h Lunch.
Afternoon: Forest hike – discover the ecology of this mysterious forest – and/or bird watching
19:00h Dinner.

Day 2:
Early morning bird walk optional
8:00h Breakfast
Guided hike to one of various waterfalls hidden deep in the forest
13:00h Lunch.
Afternoon: Siesta, or further hikes
15:00h Departure from Bellavista (flexible)
17:00h Arrival at your hotel.

Tour 3days/ 2 nights

Day 1:
8:30h: Departure after breakfast from your hotel.
Optional- Brief stop at Pululahua crater overlook.
Arrival at Bellavista.
Settle in, and maybe take a reconnaissance hike into the forest.
Afternoon: Forest hike – discover the ecology of this mysterious forest – and/or bird watching.
19:00h Dinner.

Day 2: 
Optional early morning bird hike – pre dawn departure
8:00h: Breakfast
Hike to a waterfall hidden in the forest, or walk our Self-guided Trail.
Afternoon: Further options for easy hikes or true adventure, alone or with a guide!
19:00h Dinner.

Day 3: 
Early morning bird hike
8:00h: Breakfast
Optional- Horseback riding, or further guided hikes – many different areas to explore!
Afternoon: siesta
15:00: Departure from Bellavista (flexible)
17:00: Arrive at your Quito hotel

Important to bring
  • T-shirts or comfortable blouses/shirts
  • Change of clothes
  • Plastic bags to protect camera, etc
  • Sweater or fleece for the evenings
  • Small daypack for hikes
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Quick drying trousers (blue jeans not recommended)
  • Water bottle for hikes
  • Lightweight socks
  • Binoculars recommended (available for rent)
  • Rain poncho (a few available if needed)
  • Camera, enough film and spare camera battery
  • Hiking boots or trekking shoes
  • Sunglasses/ Sunhat/ Sunscreen

Price Includes:

Price Doesn’t Include:
  • Meals , starting with lunch Day One and finishing after lunch last day
  • Accommodation
  • Shared Naturalist Guide Service
  • Access to 700 hectare Reserve
  • Brief Visit to Pululahua Crater Overlook
  • Transportation from/to Quito
  • Rubber boots are provided – to size 47
  • Extras not specified (extra drinks, extra snacks, exclusive guide service, exclusive transport, personal laundry, items of a personal nature, extra day trips outside reserve, Hummingbird House)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips