Discover a fabled “cloud forest” – different from the Amazon, but equally a rain forest – technically a “subtropical montane rain forest." Over 400 hectares (4 square km) directly owned, helping to protect a further 300 hectares more. This Day Tour to Bellavista allows you to spot huge variety of colorful birds, rare mammals (including the Olinguito, only discovered to science in 2013 ), and strange insects too! Birds include the Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan, Masked Trogon, Ocellated Tapaculo, Tanager-Finch, and myriad Hummingbirds such as the range-restricted Gorgeted Sunangel. Spend that spare day in Quito hiking in a forest reserve, or relaxing and admiring the hummingbirds and the landscapes of this wonderful region.
Visit the first private reserve to become protected by the nation: Bellavista Private Protected Area (APPB)
Discover the delicate touch of a hummingbird as it lands on your fingers!
Depart from your Quito hotel early this morning at 06:15AM for a scenic mountain drive deep into the rainforest.
Arrive at the forest reserve, enjoy a satisfying breakfast at Bellavista Lodge. Spot several different species of hummingbirds feeding close by before heading out for a guided hike into the dense rainforest. During your hike, be acquainted with the diverse plant and animal life of the Cloud Forest and how they have adapted to life in this special environment. Learn more about the area's complex ecology, what Bellavista is doing to protect it, and about the endangered mammals such as the spectacled bear, mountain lion, Andean coati, and others that take refuge here.
Break for lunch and explore the forest further on your own before transferring back to Quito in the afternoon.
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!