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Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve

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Part of the Mindo Area of International Importance for Birds, this 1,800-acre reserve features more than 175 species of birds, a wide diversity of plant life and many hiking trails.
Mindo, Tandayapa, Ecuador
+593 2-223-2313
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our visit to Bellavista Lodge was wonderful. We did not sleep there but at Hill Cottage nearby. The trails are beautiful and allow you to explore the cloud forest without too much effort. For birdwatching, the place is really great (Quetzal, Antpitta...) but it's important...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank mathieug406
Reviewed 24 August 2018

We arrived in the early evening and were allocated an astonishing room in a wooden house built out over a steep slope with an enclosed viewing platform. Despite being in the middle of nowhere we had both electricity and a fully functional bathroom. At reception...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Tony L
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

Bellavista is a lovely place with forest for miles and lots of unique birds and animals to see. Great walks to do. Very peaceful and relaxing. The food was great. Our accommodation was pretty basic for what we paid. We were in the treehouse which...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank PowerfulOm
Reviewed 6 August 2018

This is a fabulous place for wildlife enthusiasts – we had a memorable time and I took over 1000 photos. There was so much beauty and nature everywhere. Lots of people come here for the birds. Most people only booked one night which is too...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank DarwinBeagle
Reviewed 1 July 2018

We did the 2 day/1 night package with BellaVista; it was an amazing experience and wonderful to totally unplug from the world for a couple days (no cell service or wifi)! Do not just do a day trip; you must stay at least one night...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Indygirl575
Reviewed 26 May 2018

We have just spent a day at Bellavista and yes it was a long journey from Quito and yes there is a long bumpy road for the last 12k but it was sooooo worth it! We were made very welcome with a good breakfast and...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank wheretonext61
Reviewed 22 May 2018

This is a stunning add-on to your Quito or Ecuador trip! Yes it is rustic but the experience of the birds and trails and Cloud Forest will be imprinted on your heart and soul forever! Richard and Gloria Parsons had the vision decades ago to...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Robert T
Reviewed 16 May 2018

I had the pleasure to visiting Bellavista Cloud Forest in May 2018 as part of a whirlwind tour around the continent to introduce our new associate to the wonders of the Country of Ecuador. Upon arrival at Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve, we had a sense...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 7 May 2018

If you are thinking of just doing a day trip, but have the time to do an overnight stay I would thoroughly recommend it. The people who only came for the day had a great trip, but I think that staying overnight gave us a...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank jenrh126
Reviewed 5 May 2018

We enjoyed a two night stay at BellaVista in April 2018. Our room was very nice and spacious with lots of birds all round the hotel. We had a few guided tours through the forest and learned about foliage and birds, including Tucans. Even though...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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28 December 2015|
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Response from Doug K | Reviewed this property |
Your health care specialist should be able to provide you with appropriate information. Standard precautions for Ecuador would pertain, i.e., tetanus, hepatitis A and B, and diphtheria. Yellow fever is only necessary if... More
Karen P
15 October 2015|
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Response from TAbaggs1981 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Karen, We went to Bellavista as part of our Honeymoon trip in June. In short it is a brilliant place if you are content with nature and being off the techno radar. Experiencing the humming birds in such close quarters is... More
16 January 2015|
Response from James2468 |
You can ask a taxi to take you there from Quito, but it is a 2 hour drive so I wouldn't recommend it. Also the last 30 mins of the drive is down a dirt track. It is also in the middle of nowhere! You are best to book an... More