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Maquipucuna Cloud Forest Reserve

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Address: Baquerizo E9-153 | Tamayo y Plaza, Quito 170104, Ecuador
Phone Number: +593 99 421 8033
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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As of July 26, Spectacled Bear season 2015 has begun at Maquipucuna!!! It...

As of July 26, Spectacled Bear season 2015 has begun at Maquipucuna!!! It can last between 2 weeks and 2 1/2 months. Besides being the official home of the endangered Spectacled bear and thousand other wildlife species, Maquipucuna is a birdwatchers paradise.

The Reserve has an internationally awarded Maquipucuna Ecolodge. 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).

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Simple accommodation humming birds and forest beautiful.

The hikes around are breathtaking as a suggestion consider hiring horses to cover more ground. The fauna and bird life particularly the humming birds are really special and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2016
Mark O
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

The hikes around are breathtaking as a suggestion consider hiring horses to cover more ground. The fauna and bird life particularly the humming birds are really special and everywhere.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016

We stayed 2 nights/3 days at the Ecolodge and enjoyed the experience. Arsenio was our guide and and a phenomenal birder. Hikes in the cloud forest were easy along former roads to moderate on the Pre-Inca trails. Arsenio kept the hikes interesting as he whistled bird songs and they sang back. He explained the uses of plants along the trails.... More 

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Cotacachi, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

I have spent my entire career in environmental conservation. First as a ranger in California, as director of California State Parks and as deputy director of the National Park Service. Maquiepucuna is the epitomy of what an ecolodge should be. It sits lightly on the land, employs local indigenous people and the food is all natural and some of the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016

If you are planning a trip to Ecuador then Maquipucuna ecolodge should be on your list of places to stay! I stayed here for 10 days on a tropical semester in 2014. I loved it so much that I had to return this time bringing my husband. The staff is so friendly and the food is amazing! This is not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2016

My stay was such fun, a perfect trip for the outdoors-lovers! The food was delicious and they catered to my gluten intolerance with the greatest of ease. I was hesitant about some noodles in my soup only to realize they were rice noodles, specially prepared for me! I haven't had service that catered to my allergies like that yet, after... More 

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Kehl, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2016

I stayed in Maquipucuna for 2 nights. The travel from Quito was organized for free.It was a great experience because of all the nature and the birds and other interesting animals. The workers there are amazing and really take care of you. The birdwatcher guide was amazing explaining me about birds. On both days in the morning we went to... More 

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

Thank you for your review! we are happy to be able to understand and accommodate our visitors needs and preferences. Our vegan, gluten free carrot cake is one of our new favorite recipes :) The cacao beans for the chocolate massage is cacao arriba and come directly from our conservation partners in the Playa de Oro community, so it is... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We stayed at Maquipucuna for three nights recently and would have probably been happier staying two, mostly because in general we prefer more independent travel. We have some lovely memories of Maquipucuna and appreciated the friendly and helpful staff. We were disappointed by what was sometimes an inability to enjoy the sounds of the forest. Maquipucuna seems to double as... More 

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

Thank you for your review. Up until the summer of 2015 we did have a large volunteer camp of international high school students coming to stay in the neighboring town and to work for a few days at the Reserve. We don't foresee such a large number of campers at the Reserve in the future. More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015 via mobile

We stayed at the lodge as a couple for four days and three nights. Maquipucuna Lodge offers packages which include a guide for unlimited walks each day, all meals, a room with a private bathroom (and HOT water, a rarity in Ecuador), unlimited boiled water for drinking and the park entrance fee. It's a very good deal - if you... More 

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Quito, Ecuador
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I had the chance to visit this ecological reserve and was a wonderful experience. I highly recommend for travelers who prefer nature than cityscapes. They have conserve a beautiful pristine tropical rain forest close to Quito. You have some small waterfalls where you can go swim and have some fun. perfect for bird watching.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We hiked the Maquipucuna Cloud Forest Reserve on the 1st day with our tour group. I am in great shape and had numerous people with us of various ages. I did find the hike to be a bit difficult because it was steep and muddy, but enjoyed the waterfalls and the interesting bird that we saw that is only to... More 

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