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Maquipucuna Reserve

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Baquerizo E 9-153 | Between Tamayo & Plaza, Quito 170168, Ecuador
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The most unique cloud forest 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 in 2017 is expected around November or December. 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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Baquerizo E 9-153 | Between Tamayo & Plaza, Quito 170168, Ecuador
+593 99 421 8033
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Reviewed 16 March 2015

There is a great cabin to stay, fantastic trails and by far, the place with the higher biodiversity I've seen in my life.

Thank Gustavo_Morejon
Reviewed 12 March 2015

My wife and I spent two days/one night at the Maquipucuna Cloud Forest Eco Lodge and had a wonderful experience. Our cabin was great, the food was very good, our driver picked us up in Quito exactly on-time and brought us back at our convenience...More

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2  Thank Greg T
Reviewed 10 March 2015

I spent a few days in Maquipucuna in 2011 and absolutely loved it there. You couldn't ask for a more beautiful place with wonderful trails to hike and a really friendly staff. The food was wonderful too. I loved lounging in their hammocks and just...More

1  Thank Danielle G
Reviewed 5 December 2014

Wonderful experience. Very quiet and secluded feeling, while being very close to Quito. Definitely "got away". Wonderful diversity of birds and excellent guide to help us locate them. Plenty of time and opportunity to go hiking on our own as well. Rooms and lodge are...More

5  Thank LCTAreview
wisearth, Owner at Maquipucuna Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2015

Dear LCTAreview, Thank you for taking the time to write your impressions about the Maquipucuna Reserve & Ecolodge. Even though we live here, we too still marvel at how amazingly different is Maquipucuna despite being so close to the urban part of Quito. Would you...More

Reviewed 25 November 2014

We went to the cloud forest as problems with transport prevented us from going to the Indigenous markets. I loved seeing the humming birds in their natural environment and the tour around the orchids was spectacular. Also interesting was the chocolate research station and the...More

5  Thank FranRalston
wisearth, Owner at Maquipucuna Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2015

Dear FranRalston, Thank you for taking the time to comment about your visit to Maquipucuna. We are so happy you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 14 August 2014

Great hospitality, bird watching and food. Guides were expert and the hikes were exciting. We saw many beautiful birds, orchids and butterflies.

2  Thank dwnovak
Reviewed 4 August 2014

We (me, my spouse, and daughter) traveled to Maquipucuna on July 26th and stayed for 4 days. We loved it. Luis, the driver, picked us up at our hotel in Quito and provided a good history on the 2 hr drive. We stopped and viewed...More

7  Thank Akjackson
Reviewed 23 July 2014

Again, what can I say! There wasn't much about Ecuador that I did or saw or ate that I didn't absolutely love!

Thank Debra R
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...More

5  Thank Lyndle
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
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11 March 2017|
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Response from wisearth | Property representative |
Yes! Maquipucuna offers transfers to and from Quito's hotels, airport or airport hotels, and Otavalo and farms up to 2 hrs from Quito.
19 April 2016|
Response from wisearth | Property representative |
He have had day trips; however we don't encourage them because it takes 2:30 hours to travel each way from Quito's center. It can be done, it's a beautiful trip, but you will not see as many birds past 8 in the morning. Have... More