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Maquipucuna Cloud Forest Reserve

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Address: Baquerizo E 9-153, Quito 170150, Ecuador
Phone Number:
+593 99 421 8033
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

The most unique cloudforest in the Andes, Maquipucuna offers easy to...

The most unique cloudforest in the Andes, Maquipucuna offers easy to moderate trails to access forests for easy sightings of the elusive and endangered Spectacled Bear. Spectacled bear season started on December 7, 2016 and is expected to last through the first week in February. Daily sightings of up to 10 different bears; that is more Spectacled Bears that mosts bear scientists have seen in their entire careers. Besides being the official home of the Spectacled bear and thousand other wildlife species, Maquipucuna is a birdwatchers paradise. Up to 184 birds have been spotted in a single day. The Reserve has an internationally awarded Maquipucuna Ecolodge. The nearly 15,000 acres Maquipucuna Reserve, located only 2 hours away from Quito, is also home to around 400 species of birds, 45 species of mammals, 250 species of butterflies and over 2000 species of plants. Maquipucuna is so biodiverse and well protected that it harbors about 10% of Ecuador's plant diversity and 4% of all the bird species known for the entire planet! Maquipucuna has the category of Protected Forest and has been declared as Important Bird Area (IBA).

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Stay a couple of nights and enjoy a break from city life

This is an eco lodge in the lower altitude cloud forest. It is lower than Bellavista or Tandayapa, so the flora and fauna are a bit different. This is a place to enjoy relaxing... read more

Reviewed 7 July 2014
Wellington, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2014

This is an eco lodge in the lower altitude cloud forest. It is lower than Bellavista or Tandayapa, so the flora and fauna are a bit different. This is a place to enjoy relaxing, walking in the forest and sharing in the natural experience with the very enthusiastic staff. We were collected from Quito in what was described as a... More 

5 Thank Lyndle
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58 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2014

This place is wonderful, there you can find waterfalls, so don't forget to carry your water boots, nature that you can observe there is so amazing, weather is hot and it has some kind of humidity. sun protector and repelent are indispensable.

2 Thank Negro1974
Barnsley, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2014

We stayed for 3 nights and took the Classic package with all the meals and wildlife guide included. We had a cabin away from the lodge but it was spacious and had a lovely veranda with hammocks to relax in and enjoy the sounds of the forest and the roaring river. All the meals were of good quality with a... More 

3 Thank Ratty27
Seattle, Washington
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105 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2014

I just returned after 4 nights at Maquipucuna Cloud Forest Reserve. Have you ever had an experience that was life changing in so many ways? This was it for me. The pure silence (with the only sound being the river rushing), the amazing Arsenio, Luis, and Carlos. The two women cooks who allowed me to learn how to make the... More 

4 Thank sealizis
San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 April 2014

Visited the lodge with my friend – reviewed above (April 6, 2014). It’s a beautiful place, and we appreciate what is being done there for the environment and for the local people. However, I’m writing to correct a couple of the responses by the management. I called to make a reservation in the morning – the owner did ask that... More 

1 Thank stuart g
wisearth, Owner at Maquipucuna Cloud Forest Reserve, responded to this review

Dear Stuart g, Maquipucuna is beautiful and Maquipucuna is our passion and we are as involved or more than we ever did. I will not go into further details, because I already provided them in the response to your partner. During your call in the morning, I stressed to you that we only work with confirmed reservations. It saddens me... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2014

First the positives – lovely location – tremendous rushing river, lots of birds, good trail system – easy access to trails. Good birder guide. Major problem is that it is over priced for what you get and it is not well run. First the price issue: We paid 98 for the room, 20 (ten each) entrance fee for the reserve... More 

2 Thank jcw721
wisearth, Owner at Maquipucuna Cloud Forest Reserve, responded to this review

We appreciate very much all constructive criticism that we receive, as we continuously strive to improve the Maquipucuna experience. We are very sorry that we failed to provide enough of our great coffee, and even more saddened that you used that failure to misconstrue in your review, what really happened. When you called around 10 in the morning to find... More 

Petaluma, California
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2014

It has been almost a year since I was there and the magic of Maquipucuna will never leave me. I'm an avid explorer, love the outdoors and nature and a grand place to just relax- this is the place! Simple not complicated, far enough away from city life, beautiful lush green plants, waterfalls, a river view right out my window,... More 

2 Thank Rochelle M
Orlando, Florida
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578 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2014

We stayed at the lodge, and I will review that experience elsewhere. The hummingbirds did not disappoint. There were plenty to see all day. I was told not to use a flash to photograph them as it's not good for them. As a professional photographer and somewhat knowledgable ecologist, I found this curious and illogical. 90% of the images of... More 

1 Thank John D
Perth, Australia
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2014

After 8 days straight of touring the Galapagos Islands my family and I were delighted to relax and recharge our batteries at Maquipucuna. The atmosphere is very relaxed, with hammocks littering the place, all meals provided (and delicious!) and hummingbirds everywhere you look. We stayed over new year’s eve, and were so humbled by how welcoming the owners, staff and... More 

5 Thank Felicity H
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2014

Our family enjoyed the relaxing environment with hammocks and hummingbirds and the sounds of a gurgling stream below the lodge...we wish we could have stayed longer. The food was great and the rooms comfortable. Alas, we did not see the spectacled bear, but we did see some unique birds and learned a lot about the area from the guides.

2 Thank kanneh

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