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The Cloud Forest


Tropical cloud forests cover much of the Western and Eastern slopes of the Andes, from 500 to 1,500 metres in altitude, and are areas of rich bio-diversity and a paradise for nature lovers and bird watchers.

Ecuador's premier centre for bird watching is Mindo, a small town in the Cloud Forest, just 2 hours from Quito. Several great lodges are great bases for bird watching here and there are a handful of luxury lodges in the Cloud Forest near Mindo, set on private reserves.

Bird watching is the number one activity here, with excellent trails and top quality birding guides. Activities such as zip-wires and river tubing are available for the more adventurous.


Discover The Cloud Forest

El Septimo Paraiso

Conservation focued country house style accommodation in Mindo's Upper Valley, 2km from town, with great excursions.

Package from Quito
Eco lodge in Mindo
3 Nights from
Transfers, Breakfast, Guide

Casa Divina

Eco-lodge on the outskirts of Mindo with conservation focus and ideal for bird watching in Mindo's Cloud Forest.

Package from Quito
Eco-lodge close to Mindo
3 Nights from
Transfers, Bird Guide, Meals

Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve

Eco-lodge in Mindo, on a 700-hectare private cloud-forest reserve, which is a paradise for nature lovers and bird watchers.

Guide & meals Included
Eco lodge near Mindo
3 Nights from
Package with transfers

Mashpi Lodge

A luxury cocoon amidst the cloud and tropical forests in a private reserve with world class bird watching.

Package from Quito
National Geographic Lodge
3 Nights from
Transfers, Breakfast, Guide

Ecuador Birding

Discover the Cloud Forest bird reserves on both sides of the Andes and head into the Amazon bason for the best birding in Ecuador.

Cloud Forest, Andes, Amazon
Ecuador Birding Adventure
10 Nights from
Flight Inclusive Price from UK

Ecuador in Depth

18-day journey across Ecuador's most beautiful places. Cruise the Amazon, experience a thrilling train ride and explore the Galapagos.

Ecuador under 3 weeks
Mainland & Galapagos
18 Nights from
Flight Inclusive Price from UK

A day in the Cloud Forest

Mindo is located in the western cloud forest of Ecuador. It is known for its high bio-diversity of flora and fauna and it famous for the abundance of bird life.

Bellavista is a protected reserve that was totally reforested after having been pasture land. Only in the very steep slopes there where reminiscent of native flora and thanks to it, the reforestation occurred quite rapidly and the diversity came back as well. Now you can follow paths with lush secondary forest where you can find islands of primary forest.   The area surrounding the Hotel has many colorfour flowers that attracts hummingbirds and also there are quite a few hummingbird feeders, which is a photographer paradise to capture birds in flight and feeding.

Enjoy a superb day tour from Quito into the Cloud Forest, spending the day around Bellavista Cloud Forest accompanied by an expert guide.

An early start (6:30) is required to make the most of the day. Depart Quito with your own driver and guide, passing the Ecuador Monument, and shortly afterwards start dropping from the inter-Andean valley to the Mindo - Tambillo protected mountain forest.

The views are superb on the 90-minute drive.

Once at Bellavista, the hummingbirds will take your full attention! Large numbers hover constantly around the feeders, and it is easy to identify six to ten species at very close range.

After breakfast on arrival, a naturalist guide will take you on a hike for 2 to 2.5 hours into the forest.

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 fascinating environment.

Every hike reveals something new, even for those that live in the forest every day!

After the hike, a hearty lunch is served in the circular restaurant in the dome, with breathtaking views.

After lunch, there is the option to relax and watch the hummingbirds and admire the constantly changing play of cloud and light, or go for a self-guided hike on the easy to follow trails, which are safe and well marked.

Your driver will expect you back at the dome at 3 pm for the return to your hotel in Quito.

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