This place is really off the beaten track, right in the middle of sensational cloud forest. It is a proper immersion in the forest and all it has to offer nature lovers, such as an epic dawn chorus, many birds (we found Sandra’s garden great for tanagers, hummingbirds toucans and even a Potoo!), amazing orchids, and great trails into pristine forest, river valleys and waterfalls. Sandra was a lovely and interesting host, providing delicious locally sourced food, and Roberto provided an excellent guided walk with stunning views. Would definitely recommend to anyone who loves nature and doesn’t mind a bit of mud!
it was a great experience staying with sandy the owner. The forest is preserved and we had a marvelous visit to the night moths. Food is superb. Coffee is locally roasted. The cabins are very confortable with great views.
this place is simple but beautiful . 20 minute walk from the end of a road, wood cabins in the heart of the forest , best food we had in Ecuador . Sandra organised a local guide to take us into the forest, we saw her neighbours making sugar from sugar cane and she food us to see the local birds.
Our visit was wonderful. The cabins are lovely and comfortable (albeit on the chilly side so bring warm pajamas!) in the beautiful setting of orchids, coffee and lemon trees, flowers, and hummingbirds on the side of a valley. The cloud forest there is gorgeous and has clear trails in it (an exception in Ecuador!). A fabulous guided hike through the primary cloud forest is available for a completely reasonable price; the guide, Roberto, was extremely knowledgeable and ready to answer everyone's questions. A cock-of-the-rock lek is about an easy 20-min walk through the forest, and Sandy, the owner, is happy to lead you to it. A lovely waterfall is an easy hike. Excellent honey and delicious coffee, produced on site, are available there. The location is somewhat of a challenge to reach as even if you have a 4-wheel-drive vehicle and can drive as close as possible, you still have to hike in ~20 min. You can hire someone to take your luggage/food in via motorcycle to make it a bit easier, but you cannot drive all the way to the lodge. For us, that was a bonus, even though we had to pack in our food as well as clothes, etc. Still, we enjoyed the quiet of being away from the traffic and the light pollution of Quito (where we live). TIPS: We all expect that a cloud forest like this essentially at the Equator will be hot. Well, don't count on it. We were distinctly chilly and actually cold at night. Take long socks, at least mid-calf length, to protect your ankles from some nasty biting bugs -- I spent 3 weeks itching and finally got something from a pharmacy that helped, but at first even regular pants were a problem because they gently rubbed against my legs and made the itching worse! Also, you will need the socks to wear inside the knee-high rubber boots for hiking. And yes, you will NEED to wear knee-high rubber boots for hiking (Sandy has an excellent collection of appropriate rubber boots for guests to borrow). Plus, good socks will make you more warmer and more comfortable. Take neutral-colored clothing if you want to see birds; bright colors will scare them off. We had an absolutely fantastic trip, and we will be going back, without question (regularly, I imagine). We plan to have Roberto take us on the primary forest hike again and again, because it will surely be different each time (We are also working on getting a regular supply of honey and coffee set up!!)…
Great place to get away from the regular tourist traps where you can enjoy the Intag Cloud Forest and all it has to offer. Like the cock of the rock bird, flowers etc. Well worth the trip. When at the Cloud Forest Reserve you will enjoy home cooked meals and fresh coffee that grows on the property. Lots of trails to explore or just relax. The property is undergoing some renovations and improvements, so your visit will be rustic but comfortable. Given the opportunity I would go back happily
We spent an interesting few days in this wonderfully remote and peaceful location surrounded by birds, waterfalls and cloudforest. Sandy and her team are very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna and local life, having lived there for many years. Facilities basic but comfortable, with delicious food, and nothing was too much trouble to sort out. Do try it out!
The Intag Lodge is an incredible place to get introduced to the cloud forest and the Intag region as a whole. Carlos Zorrilla, the owner and operator, offers profound insight into the ecology of the area and the culture of the Intag region. The lodge serves incredible local dishes, and almost all of the ingredients are grown right on the farm. The coffee beans are grown less than 100 yards away and toasted in small batches on site, and makes a high quality cup of coffee. I suggest wearing long sleeves, as the mosquitos are out during the day, but are completely absent within the sleeping quarters. I highly suggest taking the time to make it out to this Lodge, and taking a full day here to explore the farm, take a hike throughout the cloud forest, listen to the tropical birds, and talk to the local farmers. Enjoy!…
I stayed at the Intag Cloud Forest Reserve with a class from Cornell University for four days, and it was a wonderful experience. The food was vegetarian and delicious, and the cabins were cozy and comfortable. There were single rooms, as well as rooms that could accommodate 4-8 people with bunk beds (wifi was available in the common area near the dining space and kitchen). The area and landscape are absolutely stunning, and the location of ICFR allows you to submerse yourself in the landscape. Additionally, it is ideal for travelers interested in birds, amphibians, plants, bugs, etc., as accessible hikes from the lodge allow you to explore the cloud forest and spot the unique and wonderful species of the region. Whether you are looking to hike, explore, or just relax and enjoy being immersed in a beautiful place, this is the place for you. It was an incredible experience!…
Everything about the Intag Cloud Forest Reserve lodge is great. It is in a beautiful area, surrounded by cloud forest and hiking trails to explore the unique ecosystem. Accommodations were quaint rooms in three different wooden houses dispersed throughout the woods. There is an amazing view from the yard/gazebo of the mountains that are usually shrouded in mist. Perfect place for bird watching, hiking, and/or just relaxing to the sounds of nature. Meals were always delicious and vegetarian with most of the ingredients grown on site. The lodge is actually a part of a permiculture farm that is really neat to check out because the layout and management of it is really efficient. I would definitely highly recommend spending some time here!
I would wake up from the beautiful cabins and be in midst of a cloud forest. I would take hikes in the early morning down to the waterfalls and learn about the forest through Roberto's expertise. Don Carlos has a lot to teach about the mining conflict in Intag and learning more about it was a highlight of my trip. The food, by Mariana and Norma is absolutely amazing! Everything is vegetarian and the most delicious vegetarian food I have ever tasted.Overall, beautiful experience.