First the lodge, truly a special place in the midst of astounding plant and animal biodiversity. Everything from the hummingbirds to the orchids and other epiphytes were just magical.
The guides, the staff and the food were over-the-top good, and the showers with a view were the best showers ever!
We also volunteered for four weeks in Nanegal with the Santa Lucia community. The staff were lovely, the work interesting, and the accommodation more than adequate.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Community-based, Santa Lucia owns a 1800 acre montane cloudforest reserve in the Chocó Andean region, a biodiversity 'hotspot. Just 2.5 hours from Quito, we offer beautifully crafted cabañas on a mountain peak with amazing views over the forest. 80% primary forest, the reserve has over 394 species of birds; 45 species of mammals including pumas and the endangered Spectacled Bear; and thousands of tropical plants native to the region. Ideal for birding and hiking. ... more less