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Intag Cloud Forest Reserve Lodge

Comuna Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa 100450 Ecuador
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Ecoturism 35 miles from Otavalo. The cabins are located in a 860 acre Cloud Forest Reserve we are a Research and Educational Center in Intag (outside of Otavalo). Visitors can go on guided hikes, bird watch, access under-studied primary cloud forest, and attend lectures by experienced conservationists. Student groups are welcome! Our cabins, set among our shade-grown coffee trees, are comfortable with tile lined bathrooms. Come and experience a biodiversity hotspot! The three bedroom cabin and the two cabins with balconies are available for reservations for 1 to 6 people. The cabins have two private bathrooms with solar heated showers and water toilets. Two new cabins with balconies overlooking the valley have private bathrooms. The spacious screened in dining room and kitchen are available for all guests.
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Marciasimon wrote a review Oct 2019
11 contributions2 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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anniegirlie wrote a review Aug 2019
Glasgow, United Kingdom60 contributions23 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: August 2019
Laura W wrote a review Jul 2018
10 contributions4 helpful votes
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!!)
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Date of stay: May 2018
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Dats_Photography wrote a review Oct 2017
Calgary, Canada169 contributions50 helpful votes
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
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Date of stay: July 2017Trip type: Traveled solo
Edward F wrote a review Aug 2016
Andover, United Kingdom4 contributions2 helpful votes
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!
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Date of stay: July 2016Trip type: Traveled with family
EcuadorImbabura ProvinceIntag ValleySanta Rosa
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Frequently Asked Questions about Intag Cloud Forest Reserve Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Intag Cloud Forest Reserve Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Plaza De Los Ponchos Mercado (0.5 miles), Otavalo Market (0.5 miles), and Parque Bolivar (0.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Intag Cloud Forest Reserve Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Intag Cloud Forest Reserve Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Intag Cloud Forest Reserve Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Intag Cloud Forest Reserve Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Cosecha Coffee & Bakery, Daily Grind, and Cafe Pachamama.