The view from Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve (Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve)

Just two hours easy drive from the bustling Ecuadorian capital city of Quito, Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve is a fascinating and relaxing place to visit either before or after a dive trip to the Galapagos. Bellavista is set in a private reserve of 700 hectares of pristine cloud forest in the Upper Tandayapa valley, on the west slope of the Andes and enjoys superb views of the surrounding area.

Hummingbird feeders are arranged all around the lodge buildings and relaxing here will give you the opportunity to see up to 16 different species of hummingbirds. Wonderfully evocative names match their iridescent plumage and you will soon see Velvet-Purple Coronets and Andean Emeralds, plus many others, zipping back and forth flashing jewel-like colours of ruby, emerald, sapphire and jade green. From just a few centimetres away it is possible to sit and watch their frantic comings and goings throughout the day. Each room has its own hummingbird feeder, so you can enjoy this fantastic spectacle from your own private balcony.

The more adventurous can explore some of the reserve’s 7 kilometres of easy forest trails (either alone or with a local naturalist guide), strolling through the beautiful cloud forest with its colourful birds and moss-strewn trees, laden with epiphytes (‘air plants’ which grow on other plants) such as bromeliads and orchids.

The lodge is based round a 4-storey, bamboo geodesic dome and has just 15 simply furnished but comfortable rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Each room, either in the main lodge or in the ‘bamboo house’ close by, has one double or two twin beds. Meals are taken in an atmospheric central dining room and include both Ecuadorian and international cuisine. The 360 degree view from the dome allows you to gaze upon the rugged volcanic cones of Pinchincha and Cotacachi towering above the rainforest in the distance. Daily walks, guided by local naturalists, are available for you to join if you wish, but you are free to explore alone should you wish to.

Price: From about £272 (about USD$375, about €313).


  • 2 nights accommodation on a twin/share basis in a room with private bathroom at Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve Lodge
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) daily from lunch on arrival day to lunch on departure day
  • Naturalist guided hikes.
  • Transfers from/to Quito airport.

Single Occupancy Supplement: Please contact us.

Double room (Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve)

Bellavista's dining room (Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve)

The main lodge (Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve)

Trail Head House (Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve)

Flower detail (Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve)

Cock of the Rock (Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve)

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