We spent 2 nights and 3 days here. The setting is stunning. You are at the top of a mountain looking out over pristine forest. The views can't be beat! I'd recommend the Mirador Suite.
We booked the package where they picked us up in Quito. They were nearly a half hour late and at 6:30am that is a real pain. I'd add 20 -30 minutes to the time they tell you for pick up.
The trails here are quite difficult, since the hotel is at the top of a mountain every one involves a lot of going down or climbing. Particularly the Discovery falls trail, we nicknamed it the "trail of death" there has to be nearly 1,000 steps. When we first arrived we took the organized tour with the guide Andrea, she was great, very knowledgeable. We then decided to hike on our own, our favorite hike was to the waterfall on the S & Y trails. It is also very difficult, walking in the river and some rock climbing but it was beautiful. Really the only wildlife to see there is birds. If you aren't interested in birds then you should enjoy hiking or you will be disappointed.
The power was out for about 24 hours of our stay. It was fine, but I'd recommend bringing a flashlight. Also, the lodge is staffed by a number of students and volunteers some are quite good but others are obviously just trying to get through it so that they can get their free lodging or get their school project done.
On the last day we took the day trip to Mindo. We saw the butterfly farm, orchid farm, chocolate factory and hummingbird garden. The butterfly farm and the chocolate factory were great! The Orchid farm and hummingbird garden were a bit of a disappointment. Also, we should have eaten lunch in Mindo, the hotel recommended Nalgito for its world famous fritadas but the restaurants there were quite dirty and by the time we got there at 1pm were out of food!
Overall, it is a beautiful setting with great hiking and lots of birds.
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- Also Known As:
- Bellavista Cloud Forest Hotel Tandayapa
- Bellavista Cloud Forest Ecuador/Tandayapa