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Maquipucuna Cloud Forest Reserve

Reserve and Ecolodge: Parroquia Nanegal | Office: Baquerizo E9-153 entre Tamayo y Plaza, Quito, Ecuador
+593 99 421 8033
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Ranked #9 of 103 attractions in Quito
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Traveler Description: Traveler Description: Spectacled Bear season 2013 started officially on December 28, 2013 and is expected to last between 4 to 6 weeks. Spectacled... more »
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San Clemente, California, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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
13 helpful votes 13 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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54 reviews 54 reviews
17 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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San Francisco, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Visited the lodge with my friend – reviewed above (April 6, 2014). It’s a beautiful place, and we appreciate what is being done there for the environment and for the local people. However, I’m writing to correct a couple of the responses by the management. I called to make a reservation in the morning – the owner did ask that... More

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wisearth, Owner at Maquipucuna Cloud Forest Reserve, responded to this review

Dear Stuart g, Maquipucuna is beautiful and Maquipucuna is our passion and we are as involved or more than we ever did. I will not go into further details, because I already provided them in the response to your partner. During your call in the morning, I stressed to you that we only work with confirmed reservations. It saddens me... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

First the positives – lovely location – tremendous rushing river, lots of birds, good trail system – easy access to trails. Good birder guide. Major problem is that it is over priced for what you get and it is not well run. First the price issue: We paid 98 for the room, 20 (ten each) entrance fee for the reserve... More

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wisearth, Owner at Maquipucuna Cloud Forest Reserve, responded to this review

We appreciate very much all constructive criticism that we receive, as we continuously strive to improve the Maquipucuna experience. We are very sorry that we failed to provide enough of our great coffee, and even more saddened that you used that failure to misconstrue in your review, what really happened. When you called around 10 in the morning to find... More

Petaluma, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

It has been almost a year since I was there and the magic of Maquipucuna will never leave me. I'm an avid explorer, love the outdoors and nature and a grand place to just relax- this is the place! Simple not complicated, far enough away from city life, beautiful lush green plants, waterfalls, a river view right out my window,... More

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Orlando, Florida
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260 reviews 260 reviews
65 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

We stayed at the lodge, and I will review that experience elsewhere. The hummingbirds did not disappoint. There were plenty to see all day. I was told not to use a flash to photograph them as it's not good for them. As a professional photographer and somewhat knowledgable ecologist, I found this curious and illogical. 90% of the images of... More

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