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Santa Lucia Cloud Forest

Barrio La Delicia | Nanegal Grande, Quito 00000, Ecuador
Santa Lucia Cloud Forest
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is hard to imagine how they managed to built such lovely cabins given the approx 400m altitude everything needs to come up by mule or be carried by hand. When the cloud clears, the view from the cabin and from the lodge is awe inspiring. Be prepared for no power in cabins - torch or candlelight after dark. This... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the Santa Lucia Cloud Forest Reserve (80 km NW of Quito) in March 2015, which was exactly the WRONG time to try to see birds, hike or stay dry. Despite this, the private cottages are AMAZING -- hand built, with beautiful wood -- hard to believe all the work that had to have gone into the construction. Likewise,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

The cabins are genuinely one of the most beautiful rooms I have ever stayed in (including comparing to luxury resorts) and to a very high standard with large, artistically designed windows overlooking a cloud forest valley. No electricity and en suite showroom is very basic but with hot water. People are very friendly and our guide Eddy was brilliant -... More 

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Heathfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Beautiful scenery, amazing staff, I have never been anywhere so spectacular. Gives a very refreshing concept on the success of Cloud Forest ecotourism outside the now degraded Mindo. Incredible birdwatching available even just from the lodge, though the many trails offer much more. And don't forget to play football with the staff!

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Hove, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Stayed for a couple of days after touring the country in May 2007, not 2013 as per the date of this review, can't recommend a visit here enough. We walked with a guide, Eduardo, and Pancho up the trail. This was approximately 4km long, and took us up to the lodge which is 2km up. The sights of the forest... More 

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

My husband, son, and I stayed at Santa Lucia for three nights and four days in August 2013, and it's hard to think of better adjectives than those that already appear in other reviews. The location is stunning, the staff is friendly and attentive (without being intrusive), and the birdwatching is superb. Our guide, Eddie, made every effort to answer... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

We stayed in Santa Lucia for 2 nights and had an amazing time. The tough, sweaty hike up to the top of the mountain where the lodge is located is worth every second. The views from the lodge are stunning – you get 360 degree views of pristine cloud forest. The birdwatching is superb, we saw around 50 species of... More 

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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

It's difficult to write a fair review of a place which can't easily be compared to anywhere else by virtue of its location and the fact that it is run by a community rather than by a commercial enterprise. We are a family of 4 who were the only visitors during our stay. The views were spectacular. The tranquility was... More 

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Haida Gwaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

First the lodge, truly a special place in the midst of astounding plant and animal biodiversity. Everything from the hummingbirds to the orchids and other epiphytes were just magical. The guides, the staff and the food were over-the-top good, and the showers with a view were the best showers ever! We also volunteered for four weeks in Nanegal with the... More 

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Saskatoon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Our family of seven, ranging from ages 25-55 stayed at Santa Lucia lodge from December 31st-Jan 4th 2013. As you can imagine, or may know from experience, arranging a trip for a group of adults can have its challenges. Santa Lucia Lodge was extremely helpful, informative, and accommodating from our first contact via e-mail to the end of the trail... More 

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