My 84 year old mother, a family friend, and I arrived at Maqui resort after a pleasant drive with our driver Bernardo, and after one night, all we could say was "wish we would have booked more than one night"! The scenery on the way from Quito changes with altitude, and by the time of arrival at Maqui, we were in the middle of lush green primary forests, clear rivers, and fresh air. Just after unloading our luggage, Rebecca, one of the owners, told us a rare spectacled bear sighting had just been made, did we want to go try to see it. Of course we said yes, and Rebecca guided us, took my mother's arm the entire way to help her footing, and we arrived at the spot up the trail about 30 minutes where we watched in awe as the bear fed on berries high up in the trees, then finally settled down for a nap on one of the branches. We were thrilled, since the bears only come down that far for a few weeks a year to snack on their favorite fruit. We got settled in our rooms, taking in the beauty of the lush green vegetation and the dance of the hummingbirds right by our balconies. Lunch was delicious and fresh, as were all the meals, more than we could eat, but we managed to stuff down the tasty fruit, vegetables and deliciously prepared chicken. The afternoon light rain encouraged us to lie in the hammock, read a book, and drift off into naps with the soft sound of drops on the huge leaves. It was still pleasant enough to go for another walk that afternoon and next day before our departure. This is a beautiful place, lovingly taken care of by Rodrigo and Rebecca, in their efforts to preserve a part of Ecuador for future generations to enjoy the natural resources of plants and animals. They treat their guests like friends, and share in their enthusiasm for this special place. Highly recommend, but for more than one night!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Maquipucuna is the official home to the Spectacled bear and the closest pristine rainforest reserve & ecolodge to Quito, Capital of Ecuador. The Maquipucuna Ecolodge is located 2 hours northwest to Quito, it is the official gateway to the Maquipucuna Nature Reserve. The Reserves extends over close to 6,000 hectares (15,000 acres) containing more 45 species of mammals, 250 species of butterflies, and 1000 species of moths - among other species. In addition to hosting more than 2,000 species of plants, Maquipucuna harbors 376 bird species or 4% of the world's bird diversity. Visitors can hike a system of 8 trails spanning 32 km of well maintained trails, dive into natural swimming holes, visit waterfalls, experience the first coffee-tour in Ecuador, bird-watch, visit our organic garden,visit neighboring community ecolodges, learn about our conservation efforts in the Choco-Andean conservation & sustainable development corridor, or simply relax. ... more less
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