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Maquipucuna Cloud Forest Reserve

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Address: Reserve and Ecolodge: Parroquia Nanegal on Way to Mindo | Office: Baquerizo E9-153 entre Tamayo y Plaza, Quito, Ecuador
Phone Number: +593 99 421 8033
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Description: Spectacled bear watching in the Cloud Forests of Maquipucuna is a unique...
Spectacled bear watching in the Cloud Forests of Maquipucuna is a unique experience! Besides being a birdwatchers paradise, the Maquipucuna Cloud Forest Reserve is the official home of the endangered Spectacled bear and thousand other wildlife species. It is now the beginning of March and the small avocado trees ("Pacches") are loaded with fruit, hence we expect a spectacled bear season 2015 sometime between August and November. The visit to the Reserve and the internationally awarded Maquipucuna Ecolodge offers the opportunity to explore one of the most spectacular natural sites on the planet. The nearly 15,000 acres Maquipucuna Reserve, located only 2 hours away from Quito, is also home to at least 376 species of birds, 45 species of mammals, 250 species of butterflies and over 2000 species of plants. That is, Maquipucuna harbors about 10% of Ecuador's plant diversity and 4% of all the bird species known for the entire planet! Maquipucuna has the category of Protected Forest and has been declared as Important Bird Area (IBA). The ecolodge offers comfortable private or shared bathrooms and all with hot water, a camping site, amazing local bilingual guides, 32 km of trails from easy to strenuous, waterfalls and rivers. The lodge is run by the non-profit Maquipucuna which offers the possibility of all inclusive packages, including return transportation from Quito or the airport area.
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Wonderful place to relax and enjoy nature in the cloud forest near Quito

This is a private reserve with a lovely small and intimate lodge located on the private reserve. Birdwatching and hiking through the cloud forest are the major activities. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

This is a private reserve with a lovely small and intimate lodge located on the private reserve. Birdwatching and hiking through the cloud forest are the major activities. The guides are very nice even to those of us who do not know a toucan from a parrot. There are three meals a day served in a nice open air restaurant.... More 

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Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This is a superb remedy for stress - to be surrounded by natural, beautiful and fascinating things that fill your senses... All your needs are taken care of by experienced locals - all you have to do is enjoy; the lodge is consistently rustic done well, the food is organic, interesting and tasty, the hammocks are great for relaxing to... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Our driver and Rodrigo, the director, arrived at our hotel early to take us to Maquipucuna and then they waited for us. Unfortunately our driver didn't speak any English and our Spanish is very limited so after we dropped Rodrigo at the office, we didn't get any insight into Quito and the area on our way up. We were the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Trip started with pickup from my hotel. Turns out I had the lovely Rodrigo (for part of the journey) who started the whole idea of the reserve. Journey continued with another driver and car,driver was lovely and well for one the scenery on the way was wonderful and interesting to see the change of landscape, only a few hours away... More 

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

There is a great cabin to stay, fantastic trails and by far, the place with the higher biodiversity I've seen in my life.

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Chicago, Illinois
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

My wife and I spent two days/one night at the Maquipucuna Cloud Forest Eco Lodge and had a wonderful experience. Our cabin was great, the food was very good, our driver picked us up in Quito exactly on-time and brought us back at our convenience and the staff was excellent. They got all the basics right. But more importantly, the... More 

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I spent a few days in Maquipucuna in 2011 and absolutely loved it there. You couldn't ask for a more beautiful place with wonderful trails to hike and a really friendly staff. The food was wonderful too. I loved lounging in their hammocks and just listening to everything that was happening around me. I would definitely recommend it.

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

Dear LCTAreview, Thank you for taking the time to write your impressions about the Maquipucuna Reserve & Ecolodge. Even though we live here, we too still marvel at how amazingly different is Maquipucuna despite being so close to the urban part of Quito. Would you believe Maquipucuna is part of the Quito's county? The Reserve is part of Quito and... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 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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wisearth, Owner at Maquipucuna Cloud Forest Reserve, responded to this review

Dear FranRalston, Thank you for taking the time to comment about your visit to Maquipucuna. We are so happy you enjoyed your visit! More 

Arlington, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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