Bellavista Cloudforest Reserve
Categories: Cloudforest, Superior, 1 to 3 Days, Under $299
Bellavista Cloudforest Reserve - Ecuador Retreat
Starting At: $89 USD
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Difficulty: Easy - Regular
Length: 1 - 3 Days
Places: Tandayapa - Ecuador
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The bellavista reserve is a dream come true, not just for us, but for every nature lover and bird-watcher – with less than 1 hour 45 minutes from the heart of Quito city. Bellavista Cloudforest is a private reserve at the top of the famed Tandayapa Valley, near Mindo, in an area that has won the highest 24 hour bird count in 2006, 2007, and 2008 in the Audubon Christmas Bird Count for the Americas.

Bellavista Cloudforest Retreat Highlights:

What was initially a 55 hectare reserve has now become a certified ecolodge with a 700 hectare private reserve now known as Bellavista Cloudforest. For anyone who seeks to immerse him or her self in its mysteries, soak in its vast views, anyone who wants to discover its rare and endemic birds, orchids and other species, anyone who wants to discover true peace and wild places, anyone who loves forests, there are few places like it so easily accessible!

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Bellavista Details

 

Bellavista cloudforest - the bamboo house

The bamboo house (3 rooms)

A family room with a double & three single beds. A 2 story balcony with a true birds eye view of the Tandayapa Valley! With 2 rooms downstairs, one double, & a twin room with wheelchair access with a comfortable balcony.

Bellavista cloudforest - mirador suite

Mirador suite (2 rooms)

Offers a suite of 2 rooms, bedroom and living-room, for a comfortable private stay for a couple. Views straight down the Tandayapa Valley, birding from your cozy bedroom is often great!

Bellavista cloudforest - pichincha suite

Pichincha suite (1 room)

A comfortable room with a double and a single bed, with a sitting area and views towards Pichincha Volcano, offering ample space for couples, or nice for a small family.

Bellavista cloudforest - san luis house

San luis house (3 rooms)

2.5 km from the main lodge area, a private sanctuary for honeymooners, families or others who want their own company. A spacious suite downstairs with 2 bathrooms, 2 rooms available upstairs with twin beds & covered balcony.

Bellavista cloudforest - the dome private rooms

The dome, private rooms (5 rooms)

The Dome has 3 bedrooms with double beds and 2 rooms with single bed. Each room has a small bathroom with hot shower. These rooms are smaller and rustic compared to the rest of the lodge.

Bellavista cloudforest - the dome, dorm rooms

The dome, dorm rooms (3 rooms)

The Dome also offers on its 3rd and 4th floors, a communal area great for family or student groups looking for a lower-priced option with a special atmosphere. The big balcony on the 3rd floor dominates the forest, and the 4th floor is where Tarzan lives!

Bellavista cloudforest - the trailhead german house

The trailhead german house (3 rooms)

This construction of brick & wood built by young Germans experts in half-timbered houses fits beautifully into the surrounding forest landscape. We have included spacious balconies each with chairs, where our guests can rest while watching the birds come and go. The house has two floors & is decorated in our very own Bellavista style. It can accommodate a family of 6 on the second floor and has a couple of very cosy double rooms on the first floor.

Bellavista Features

Bellavista Hummingbird

Bellavista Hummingbird

Exceptional Cloudforest

The New York Botanical Gardens wrote that the diversity of epiphytes (“air plants” that grow on other plants) is higher in the cloud forests of Ecuador, Colombia and Peru than anywhere else on the planet. Bellavista is part of the Mindo Area of International Importance for Birds, the first area so designated in South America, by Birdlife International in 1997. Since Bellavista is located on the equator, flowers are in bloom year round.

Birding At Bellavista

Synonymous with one of the very best birding areas in Ecuador, an area that has won the Audubon Christmas Bird Count for the highest number of bird species seen in one day! Hike the extensive trail system (10 km of trails), or the little-travelled dirt roads that cross the Reserve. There are always great birds to see, be it a good tanager flock, specialty birds like Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan or the Tanager-Finch!! hummingbirds are guaranteed!

Orchids

Orchids are among the most admired plants in the world due to their elegant and beautiful shapes, and also because of the fragrance and the colors they produce. This plant species is the largest in the world. Out of each 10 species of plants, 1 is an orchid. Here in Ecuador, one out of every 4 plants is an orchid! Ecuador has some 4200 species of orchids. The world has something between 30.000 and 35.000 species.

Bellavista Programs 2017

  • Hotel Pickup: 06 to 06h30 am
  • Arrival & breakfast at Bellavista
  • Guided Hike in the cloud forest
  • Lunch: 13:00h
  • Further exploration: 14 to 15:00
  • Depart to Quito: 15:00 (flexible)
  • Arrive in Quito: 17:00

An early pickup (06-06h30) to travel past the Ecuador Monument, & on down a mountain road with superb views, & then turn off on a dirt road with more fabulous views for our climb to Bellavista. Once at Bellavista, the hummingbirds take our full attention! Large numbers hover constantly round the feeders, & it’s easy to identify six to eight species at very close range. They sometimes will even perch on your finger. After breakfast we go for a guided naturalist hike into the forest, of about 2-2.5 hours duration. Your guided hike will acquaint you with the exuberant vegetation of the Cloud Forest, its bird life, & the fascinating adaptations to life in this special environment. Every hike reveals something new even for those of us who are fortunate enough to live in the forest every day! After your hike, lunch is served in our circular restaurant, with breathtaking views and a flurry of hummingbirds all around you. After lunch, you have the option to relax and watch the hummers and other colorful species near the dome, or take yourselves on another hike into the forest. The trails are well marked & safe, your return transfer back to Quito will be expecting you at 3:00pm to depart.

 
Day 1

  • Hotel Pickup: 06 to 06h30 am
  • Optional: Brief stop at Pululahua crater overlook.
  • Arrival at Bellavista, Breakfast upon arrival.
  • Mild nearby morning walk.
  • 13:00: Lunch.
  • Hike: Discover the ecology of the forest – &/or bird watching
  • Dinner: 19:00

Day 2

  • Early morning bird walk optional
  • 8:00h Breakfast
  • Guided hike to waterfall/s hidden deep in the forest
  • 13:00h Lunch.
  • Afternoon: Nap or further hikes
  • 15:00h Departure from bellavista (flexible)
  • 17:00h Arrival at your hotel.

Leaving Quito after an early breakfast, we stop at Pululahua (optional) for a view into the crater with its patchwork fields on the crater floor. We then descend a scenic mountain road with forested mountains almost all the way. Reaching the turn to Bellavista, you climb to the top of the mountain, again with fabulous views, where Bellavista lodge is perched. Settle into your room, and enjoy the flurry of the hummingbirds or take a hike into the forest on our varied trails. After a gourmet lunch, you can take a guided hike with a Bellavista naturalist, or explore on your own. A guided hike will acquaint you with the exuberant vegetation (orchids, bromeliads) of the cloud forest, its bird life, and the fascinating adaptations to life in this special environment. The evening is relaxed; we recommend you take time to admire the incredible variety of moths, many of which are unknown to science, and look for night birds such as the Common Potoo!!

After a refreshing night’s sleep, an early morning bird hike in the serene morning light is well worthwhile. At 8 a.m., an ample breakfast is served. Afterwards, perhaps explore on your own, or go with a guide to a waterfall! Every hike reveals something new even for those of us who are fortunate enough to live in the forest every day! Lunch is served at one, and afterwards you choose your time of departure. Some people take a final hike in the forest, and some take a peaceful siesta, others observe the birds or admire the ever – changing patterns of mist, cloud and sunny mountain vistas. Finally, you leave, to be back in Quito at dusk.

 
Day 1

  • Hotel Pickup: 06 to 06h30 am
  • Optional: brief stop at Pululahua crater overlook.
  • Arrival at Bellavista, Breakfast provided upon arrival.
  • Settle in, & maybe take a reconnaissance hike into the forest.
  • Lunch: 13 to 14h00
  • Forest hike – discover the ecology of the forest – &/or bird watching.
  • 19:00h Dinner.

Day 2

  • Optional early morning bird hike – pre dawn departure
  • 8:00h Breakfast
  • Hike to a waterfall hidden in the forest, or walk our Self-guided Trail. Lunch
  • Further options for easy hikes or true adventure, alone or guided, Dinner

Day 3

  • Early morning bird hike
  • 8:00h Breakfast Optional- Horseback riding, or further guided hike
  • Lunch at midday
  • Afternoon: siesta
  • 15:00: Departure from bellavista (flexible)
  • 17:00: Arrive at your Quito hotel

Leaving Quito after an early breakfast at your hotel, we stop at Pululahua (optional) for a view into the crater with its patchwork fields on the crater floor. We then descend a scenic mountain road with the option to stop for a hike to see the rushing waterfall and orchid display at the Pahuma reserve (extra cost). Reaching the turn to Bellavista, you climb to the top of the mountain, again with fabulous views, where Bellavista’s lodge is perched. Settle into your room, and enjoy the flurry of the hummingbirds or take a hike into the forest on our varied trails. After lunch, you can take a hike on your own into the forest, or go on one of our (included) guided hikes. Your guided hike will acquaint you with the exuberant vegetation of the cloud forest, its bird life, and the fascinating adaptations to life in this special environment. The evening is relaxed; we will help you discover the incredible variety of moths, many of which are unknown to science!

After a refreshing night’s sleep, an ample breakfast is served. Afterwards, take a guided hike or explore further on your own. Answers may be provided to some of the questions that came to mind during your hike yesterday. Even for those of us lucky enough to live in the forest environment, there is always something new to amaze us! After lunch, an afternoon hike deep into the valleys of the reserve is recommended, and in the evening it is possible to see night birds and more.

On day three, an early morning bird hike is recommended to discover more about the colorful denizens of the forest. After breakfast, we offer the chance for an adventurous hike to a waterfall hidden deep in the forest. Others may prefer a more leisurely hike along trails closer to the lodge, or to simply soak in the fascination of the ever-present hummingbirds. After lunch at one, you choose your time of departure. Some people take a final hike in the forest, and some take a peaceful siesta, others observe the wildlife or just admire the ever-changing patterns of mist, cloud, and sunny mountain vistas. Finally, you leave, to be back in Quito by dusk.

Bellavista Rates 2017

INCLUSIONS
 
 
Transport (hotel-bellavista-hotel)
 

Breakfast & Lunch (2 meals)

 
Shared bilingual naturalist guide
 
Activities as listed
 
Use of lodge facilities

EXCLUSIONS
 
 
Accommodation at lodge
 
Bar consumptions
 
Personal expenses & souvenirs
 
Travel insurance, tipping (guide & staff)
 
Private guidance, additional activities

INCLUSIONS
 
 
2 Nights accommodation at lodge
 

Transport (hotel-bellavista-hotel)

 
All meals (lunch last meal)
 
Shared bilingual naturalist guide
 
Activities as listed & use of lodge facilities

EXCLUSIONS
 
 
Bar consumptions
 
Personal expenses & souvenirs
 
Tipping (guide & staff)
 
Private guidance
 
Additional activities

INCLUSIONS
 
 
1 Night accommodation at lodge
 

Transport (hotel-bellavista-hotel)

 
All meals (lunch last meal)
 
Shared bilingual naturalist guide
 
Activities as listed & use of lodge facilities

EXCLUSIONS
 
 
Bar consumptions
 
Personal expenses & souvenirs
 
Tipping (guide & staff)
 
Private guidance
 
Additional activities

Children Allowed: Yes
Children Minimum Age: None
Considered Child: Under 12 years
Child Discount: Varies per program
Child Discount Restriction: None, available all year

Day Tour: $79per child
2D / 1N (Private Room): $143 per child
2D / 1N (Dorm Room): $113 per child
3D / 2N (Private Room): $200 per child
3D / 2N (Dorm Room): $154 per child

Cancellations 31 or more days prior to lodge entry: ($35 fee per person)
Cancellations 29 to 15 days prior to lodge entry: 30% cancellation fee
Cancellations 14 to 7 days prior to lodge entry: 60% cancellation fee

Cancellations 6 to 2 days prior to lodge entry: 80% cancellation fee
Cancellations 1 day prior to lodge entry: 100% cancellation fee
Cancellations policies subject to change without prior notice

The above Terms & Conditions/Policies do not represent to a full extent all the terms & conditions by the Lodge, the most important and relevant clauses have been listed as a guideline, and are enforced by the tour operator to GreenGo Travel as your acting travel agent and subsequently to the end customer. In cases such as the initial percentage of payment required, the amount of days prior to cover the final balance & cancellation fees will be subject to our terms and conditions. A higher/lower initial payment, and additional time may be required to process your reservation.

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