Just got back from a three-night stay in one of the "suites," and I absolutely agree with all the favorable reviews. The site is lovely and relaxing (including the sound of the very nearby river at night); the food is excellent (including the specially made dishes for my vegetarian friend); the rooms were very spacious and clean, with good hot showers. (I put "suites" in quotes only because they consist of a single large room, separate bathroom, and deck area with hammock -- so not precisely what American's would normally label a suite -- but this observation is by no means a complaint.) The hiking trails were great. Arsenio is a wonderful bird guide, and is also very knowledgeable about the flora and non-avian fauna -- not to mention always friendly and good company. I always wonder whether guides are actually able to maintain their interest from day to day and week to week over the years, and Arsenio really does seem to be genuinely excited -- maybe mostly for his guests -- when he finds a good bird. Luis did an excellent job with the night hike (frogs, giant snails, bats, insects), and with the little tour of the organic farm -- and was fine company, and very informative, when he drove us from Quito and then back -- the latter on spectacular mountain roads (which he offered and we gladly accepted). Everyone who works at Maquipucuna goes all out for the guests -- including whoever it was who made sure coffee was ready for me at 5:10 when I was going to go our for a pre-sunrise hike to a good birding spot with Arsenio. I must also note that the value we got with our "Classic Tour" -- including the lodgings, food, guide services, round trip transport and T-shirts -- was considerably more than we paid. Maqui is well worth a day trip from Quito, but I was very glad I had the time to stay three nights, and would gladly have stayed longer.
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