Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve

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  • Toucan - © William Mackesy
  • Humming birds in action - © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • Humming birds in action - © William Mackesy
  • Humming birds in action - © William Mackesy
  • Humming birds in action - © William Mackesy
  • Humming birds in action - © William Mackesy
  • Richard Parsons, brilliant with children - © William Mackesy
  • Strangler - © William Mackesy

Key information: Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve

    • This magnificent tract of steep cloud forest harbours an extraordinary diversity of bird and plant life, including a delightful selection of humming birds.
      • Explore these mysterious, often misty slopes on an excellent network of paths.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating83
  • Beauty30
  • Natural interest18
  • Human interest4
  • Charisma31
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating83

Vital Statistics

  • Length: Your choice
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,360 m
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WALK SUMMARY

This magnificent tract of cloud forest lies in the Tandayapa Valley on the western slopes of the Andes some 2 hrs northwest of Quito. Its steep slopes harbour an extraordinary diversity of bird and plant life, including up to 20 of Ecuador's 134 species of hummingbird, (over 40 species have been counted within the Tandayapa Valley!) and innumerable species of epiphytes (plants living on trees).

There is a plethora of fine walks here; an excellent network of trails enables you to explore these mysterious forests, likely as not in mist in the afternoons. You can traverse, or drop steeply to gorgeous waterfalls.

The lodge has good food and accommodation, so, while this is good day expedition from Quito (take in Pululahua Crater and the pleasing town of Mindo while at it), spending a night of two here is a delight and you won't find yourself repeating your routes (much).

www.bellavistacloudforest.com.

The reserve is the brainchild of Richard Parsons, and has his individual imprimatur: Walkopedia had a very happy long afternoon walking there.

For more information and photos, including detailed practical information and some warnings, see our Quito Area walk page.


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