The Bamboo House 1/7
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.
Mirador Suite 2/7
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!
Pichincha Suite 3/7
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.
San Luis House 4/7
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.
The Dome, Private Rooms 5/7
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.
The Dome, Dorm Rooms 6/7
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!
The Trailhead German House 7/7
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 & Programs 2019
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 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.
1 Day Program
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.
2 Days Program
DAY 1 – 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!
DAY 2 – 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.
3 Days Program
DAY 1 – 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!
DAY 2 – 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.
DAY 3 – 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.