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Maquipucuna Cloud Forest Reserve

Address: Reserve and Ecolodge: Parroquia Nanegal | Office: Baquerizo E9-153 entre Tamayo y Plaza, Quito, Ecuador
Phone Number: +593 99 421 8033
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Ranked #10 of 99 Attractions in Quito
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Owner description: Spectacled bear season 2014 started officially as of September 7. We expect that it will last...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Owner description: Spectacled bear season 2014 started officially as of September 7. We expect that it will last between 2 weeks and 2 months. Watching the spectacled bear in the Cloud Forest is a unique experience! Located 50 miles northwest of Quito, this reserve encompasses almost 6,000 hectares. It has an ecolodge with private or shared bathrooms and all with hot water. The lodge is located in the northern part of the Reserve, where there are 32 km of easy to strenuous trails. From there one explore the amazing biodiversity of the area which includes 1970 species of plants, 376 species of birds, 45 species of mammals and 150 species of butterflies. Maquipucuna is home to the Spectacled Bear, only bear species of South America. The lodge is run by the non-profit Maquipucuna which offers the possibility of all inclusive packages.
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Severna Park, Maryland
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Wonderful experience. Very quiet and secluded feeling, while being very close to Quito. Definitely "got away". Wonderful diversity of birds and excellent guide to help us locate them. Plenty of time and opportunity to go hiking on our own as well. Rooms and lodge are fairly basic (not fancy) but clean and very comfortable. Perfect for us. But if you... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We went to the cloud forest as problems with transport prevented us from going to the Indigenous markets. I loved seeing the humming birds in their natural environment and the tour around the orchids was spectacular. Also interesting was the chocolate research station and the village itself was quaint.

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Great hospitality, bird watching and food. Guides were expert and the hikes were exciting. We saw many beautiful birds, orchids and butterflies.

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Vermillion, South Dakota
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7 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We (me, my spouse, and daughter) traveled to Maquipucuna on July 26th and stayed for 4 days. We loved it. Luis, the driver, picked us up at our hotel in Quito and provided a good history on the 2 hr drive. We stopped and viewed the 0,0,0 point and Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve on the way. The last 15 minutes is... More 

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San Clemente, California, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Again, what can I say! There wasn't much about Ecuador that I did or saw or ate that I didn't absolutely love!

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Wellington, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This is an eco lodge in the lower altitude cloud forest. It is lower than Bellavista or Tandayapa, so the flora and fauna are a bit different. This is a place to enjoy relaxing, walking in the forest and sharing in the natural experience with the very enthusiastic staff. We were collected from Quito in what was described as a... More 

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Athens, Georgia
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I've been a teaching assistant with the University of Georgia in the entomology department for the past three years. Each year, I get to partake in a whirlwind adventure though out northwest Ecuador on a entomological summer term abroad. Maquipucuna is by far my favorite place that we visit in Ecuador. Our group spends ten days at Maquipucuna and each... More 

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Quito
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This place is wonderful, there you can find waterfalls, so don't forget to carry your water boots, nature that you can observe there is so amazing, weather is hot and it has some kind of humidity. sun protector and repelent are indispensable.

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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

We stayed for 3 nights and took the Classic package with all the meals and wildlife guide included. We had a cabin away from the lodge but it was spacious and had a lovely veranda with hammocks to relax in and enjoy the sounds of the forest and the roaring river. All the meals were of good quality with a... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

I just returned after 4 nights at Maquipucuna Cloud Forest Reserve. Have you ever had an experience that was life changing in so many ways? This was it for me. The pure silence (with the only sound being the river rushing), the amazing Arsenio, Luis, and Carlos. The two women cooks who allowed me to learn how to make the... More 

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