Over 300 species of birds including the iconic Plate-billed Mountain toucan and the Gorgeted Sunangel hummingbird are frequent in Bellavista and the surrounding area. Additionally there are mammals like the olinguito and the Spectacled bear. A bounty of frogs and colourful insects live among a countless number of orchids, bromeliads, and ferns. The eco-lodge offers hummingbird feeders, and 10 km of on site trails that lead to waterfalls, streams and viewpoints. Nearby are butterfly exhibits, community farms and a variety of montane, cloud forest and valleys attractions.
Why Book with Tours of Exploration?
- We specialize in customized, personalized tours that can suit your needs, interests, and hobbies. Whether you are here for research, photography, or pursuing another hobby, we will ensure you leave your trip fully satisfied with how your vacation time was spent.
- We choose to work with local partners, not only to guarantee an immersive, culturally and naturally authentic experience; but also to economically support the area's local population.
- Book with confidence as deposits are risk-free and refundable.
2021 - 2022 Departure Dates & Costs
Private departures daily from Quito based on 2 or more persons.
3 days/2 nights: from $ 425 USD tba
Several room types from basic to superior offer flexibility in pricing and comfort. All meals included during the stay.
Transfer Quito - Bellavista - Quito by road
Meals and guided touring
After an early breakfast, we leave Quito heading northwest towards Mindo along the Nono-Tandayapa-Bellavista Road/La Ecoruta El Paseo del Quinde. This is the old scenic route, world-famous amongst birding aficionados, that takes us to the town of Mindo (towards the Pacific Coast), offering intimate views of wonderful stunted elfin and lush subtropical cloud forests, along the way. Around midday, we will stop for an optional lunch. The town of Mindo is nestled amidst the exuberant presence of dense montane forests, laden with bromeliads and other epiphytes; a true tropical wonder, where nature thrives at every turn. We first visit an exquisite orchid garden to see many diverse and fascinating varieties; spectacular hummingbirds, frogs and butterflies are also a common sight here. The town’s cable-car (tarabita) takes us across the Nambillo River gorge into a waterfall-laden forest that is great for hiking and bird-watching. In the late afternoon, we return to Quito and transfer to hotel, or overnight and spend another day bird and butterfly watching.
Day 1. Quito to Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge (D)
AM:At 6:30 AM your driver will collect you at your hotel. We’ll start driving along the Calacali – Nanegalito road with colorful landscapes and ever-changing vistas all the way. Somewhere on the road we will turn left and on to the secondary road which for about 30 more minutes will take as to Bellavista Lodge, perched on top of the Tandayapa Valley. Arrival at Bellavista. Your guides will greet you here and will show you your room and facilities before going for breakfast. Settle in after breakfast and then meet your guide at an appointed place in the lodge for a short briefing, and right away your hike will commence. Your guide will choose the best trails and hike options according to the group size (no more than 7 hikers), weather and trail conditions. After 2 or more hours of easy and very educative hike, you are back in the lodge for lunch. PM: your package includes another forest hike into another different trail among the many trails in Bellavista – discover the ecology of this mysterious forest. Dinner and overnight. You may well get a good sighting of the delightful Olinguito, right at the Lodge!
Day 2. Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge (B,L,D)
AM: As your guide had mentioned the day before, today you have the option (included in your package) to go on this early 6:15 / 6.30 AM morning bird hike. Your guide will only be focusing on the birds of Bellavista, all around the Lodge. At 8:00 AM we serve our special Bellavista breakfast. Once again and as appointed by your guide, you will meet and chat about your next hike. Different trails every time, perhaps this time you will go and discover our waterfalls along the adventurous Yumbo / Immersion Trail. Lunch at 1 PM. PM: An option to go and discover the trails on your own, along the self-guided trail or by the aid of our trail-map. This will definitely be a highly exciting moment. Or, join your included guided hike with your guide at 3 PM or just sit and chat with other guests while watching the feeders at at close quarters full of hummingbirds of 10-12 different species! Dinner and overnight.
Day 3. Bellvista Cloud Forest Lodge to Quito (B,L)
AM:Early morning bird hike. Same as yesterday or if you are not a birder, just lie down and listen to the awakening of the forest as the sun appears and sets the world in motion. GALLERY 8:00 AM: Breakfast Further hikes for discovery of the exuberant forests around the lodge are as planned in your package or just relax in our lounge or talk to your guide for any Day Excursions he may have available for today outside Bellavista! PM.Lunch At 3:00 PM and after settling your bill for any souvenirs or extras, you driver will be waiting for you to embark for your transfer back to Quito City or airport. At around 5 PM you will be arriving back at your hotel in Quito.
or extend an extra day!
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