Bellavista protects 1800 acres of endangered cloud forest on the western slopes of the Andes. Bordering the Choco bio-region, the forest is part of something that scientists refer to as a biodiversity "hotspot" - a place of extreme biodiversity in danger of extinction. Explore the miles of trails in Bellavista, passing by waterfalls, steep ravines, and thick gardens of hanging epiphytes in search of some of the 320 bird species recorded here. You'll 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.
An early morning drive takes you up though the highlands and into the cloudforest. Arrive at Bellavista just in time for a gourmet breakfast. After settling in to the lodge, you can enjoy the flurry of hummingbirds or take a hike on the varied trails through this tropical cloudforest.
Take a guided walk to learn about the fascinating birdlife and complex vegetation of the cloudforest or enjoy the trails on your own. Hike to Discovery Falls or visit the geodesic dome for a 360 degree view of the cloudforest. Spend the evening on a night walk in search of nocturnal creatures.
Day 3: Bellavista to Quito
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Spend the morning relaxing near the lodge or on an adventurous hike to a waterfall hidden deep in the forest. After lunch, it's back to Quito in time for an evening on the town!
Beyond expectations! Then again we weren't sure what to expect. Lovely stay at the lodge, met other like-minded travelers (many had their trips planned by Adventure Life) and the owner was a gracious hostess. It felt like you were one happy family, visiting with a favorite aunt.