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Maquipucuna Reserve

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Maquipucuna is the closest and largest cloud forest reserve close to Quito. Besides guided tours to watch hundreds of birds, insects, orchid species and Yumbo culture vestiges, it's a unique site that offers easy to moderate trails to access forests...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Via Nanegalito a Nanegal | Chocó Andino Biosphere Reserve, Quito 170168, Ecuador
+593 99 421 8033
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Reviewed February 4, 2019

We stayed at Maquipicuna for 5 days in January, and it was a highlight of our time in Ecuador. The diversity of orchids and hummingbirds was stunning. Our guide, Arsenio, had limited English, but his enthusiasm for birds, and his deep knowledge of birds and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank lindavP8165HL
Reviewed January 22, 2019

This reserve is basic. The food is fine. The guide, while very pleasant, was not informative before our first hike. He told us how long the particular hikes would take but asked no questions as to our level of comfort with hiking. As such, we...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Bonnie R
Reviewed December 12, 2018 via mobile

Even if I didn’t have the chance to see bears, Maquipucuna was absolutely worth the visit. We ate excellent local meals, saw many birds, walked for hours in the nature and had a very good sleep. But the most wonderful thing was the staff. Great...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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wisearth, Owner at Maquipucuna Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded December 13, 2018

Dear Carola Thank you for sharing Maquipucuna's magical experience with the TripAdvisor community. I will make sure to share this with your staff so that we all keep up the good work. Rebeca

Reviewed December 5, 2018

We stayed in the creekside room overlooking the roaring creek just a few feet up the hill from the main lodge. The room was very large with a king sized bed, a bunk bed and a spacious bath with big shower that had a huge...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Makeithappen57
Reviewed July 21, 2018

This is a great place to see several different species of Humming Birds! Feeders are hanging from several trees and the birds love the sweet nectar. There is also a huge Poinsettia plant there also on property. Take lots of pictures because their wings are...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank fheagle
Reviewed July 19, 2018

Has anyone stayed here in the last 6 weeks? Our visit is planned for next month. When we first made the reservation they responded quickly and efficiently, but not we have a paid reservation in a few weeks, have tried contacting them in the last...More

Date of experience: July 2018
3  Thank Amelie K
Reviewed May 21, 2018

What a wonderful experience from, long treks, excellent guides, swimming in waterfalls, making chocolate, visiting organic gardens, wildlife, butterflies and the possibility of seeing a spectacle bear, this is an experience you will never forget.

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank Sharon G
Reviewed April 17, 2018

This place not only fulfilled a Swiss Family Robinson fantasy, it also provided a real world learning experience. This is a place for serious nature lovers: in fact, I even met a trained biologist herpatolgist who was there leading an American traveler on specialist photographic...More

Date of experience: April 2018
4  Thank Fiftyfourcountries
wisearth, Manager at Maquipucuna Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded April 19, 2018

Thank you for your review and so happy you enjoyed Maquipucuna. We have had a spotty rain season, hard rainny days followed by days of dry spells. Insects emerge in response to these bouts of rain. That's life in the rainforest. We hope you can...More

Reviewed April 7, 2018

We stayed 3 days and enjoyed every minute. Communication for booking and transport to the place from Quito was without any issue and the driver provided us along the way already with lots of nice and useful information. Greeting was warm and welcoming and we...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Doris A
Reviewed February 10, 2018

This is a really great place. I agree with other reviews about great food, clean rooms and very pleasant staff. I had a very difficult time arranging shuttle transport. They are on facebook and twitter. I tried both of these after they did not answer...More

Date of experience: January 2018
4  Thank clark l
wisearth, Manager at Maquipucuna Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2018

Dear Mr Leslie We are sorry about your experience and it's important to highlight that is about a reservation made through BOOKING.COM that we don't use anymore. Therefore some clarifications are in place. The cost of return shuttle to hotels in Quito for two people...More

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March 11, 2017|
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Response from wisearth | Property representative |
Yes! Maquipucuna offers transfers to and from Quito's hotels, airport or airport hotels, and Otavalo and farms up to 2 hrs from Quito.