I stayed here with fellow contributer "mexdoc" and we loved everything about it, even though she might have gotten sick from something she ate there during our stay... That being said, the food was really delicious (fresh trout, chicken and broccoli lasagna, homemade desserts, etc. etc.) and we ate it up! The location is stunning and makes one believe in the power of nature and the possibilty that we might not destroy our planet after all, at least not all of it. Thanks to the efforts of doña Gloria and her husband, who have single-handedly acquired and preserved over 600 hectares of pristine cloud forest, we admired beautiful birds, butterflies, orchids, etc., etc. and walked paths accompanied by toucans, hummingbirds and other flora and fauna. We stayed in the "Casa Alemana", something out of Hansel and Gretel, which had a breathtaking view across the cloud forest. It was better than basic and yes, things are a bit damp, but this is a cloud forest and that's what it's all about. The grounds are very well kept and at night, during dinner, we were ushered up to the terrace where we had the incredible opportunity to watch while the recently re-discovered Olinguito descended a tree in pursuit of a banana that had been left for him. I can't heap more praise upon this enchanted place... I only hope that everyone there --Andrea, Jorge, Sara and everyone else- keeps up the excellent work. Please note that some of the really nasty reviews I have read are from 2007 and my impression is that things have changed. I can't wait to return.
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- Also Known As:
- Bellavista Cloud Forest Hotel Tandayapa
- Bellavista Cloud Forest Ecuador/Tandayapa