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Maquipucuna Cloud Forest Reserve

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Address: Baquerizo E 9-153 | Tamayo y Plaza, Quito 170150, 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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Quite the hike, but fun.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Michele S
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Phoenix, Arizona
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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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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We liked the lodge built out of Gaudua bamboo, the comfortable beds and large walk-in shower, plus good food in the outdoor dining area above the river. Several great trails go into the cloud forest. Be sure to have one of the guides point out the birds; many are hard to see. Birding along the road is great too. The... More 

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Munich, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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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 

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