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Maquipucuna Reserve

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Baquerizo E 9-153 | Between Tamayo & Plaza, Quito 170168, Ecuador
+593 99 421 8033
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The most unique cloud forest in the Andes, Maquipucuna offers easy to moderate trails to access forests for easy sightings of the elusive and endangered Spectacled Bear. Spectacled bear season in 2017 is expected around November or December. Daily sightings of up to 10 different bears; that is more Spectacled Bears that mosts bear scientists have seen in their entire careers. Besides being the official home of the Spectacled bear and thousand other wildlife species, Maquipucuna is a birdwatchers paradise. Up to 184 birds have been spotted in a single day. The Reserve has an internationally awarded Maquipucuna Ecolodge. The nearly 15,000 acres Maquipucuna Reserve, located only 2 hours away from Quito, is also home to around 400 species of birds, 45 species of mammals, 250 species of butterflies and over 2000 species of plants. Maquipucuna is so biodiverse and well protected that it harbors about 10% of Ecuador's plant diversity and 4% of all the bird species known for the entire planet! Maquipucuna has the category of Protected Forest and has been declared as Important Bird Area (IBA).
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Baquerizo E 9-153 | Between Tamayo & Plaza, Quito 170168, Ecuador
+593 99 421 8033
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Overnight stay, Christmas week, so was pretty quiet in the reserve. We were there only 26 hours or so. After arriving, Arcenio gave us a rundown of the reserve, the trails, history, animals. He booted up (they provide rubber boots, a must for the trails...More

1  Thank perducci
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I booked my 2 1/2 day stay after reading all the reviews AND recommendation from the adventure tour company I was using for my Galapagos trip to follow. The on-line is thorough letting you know what to expect (comfortable but basic, RUSTIC rooms). I received...More

2  Thank Alicia T
wisearth, Owner at Maquipucuna Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Alicia, Thank you for your visit and your feedback. We are so happy that you had a great experience at Maquipucuna. This past semester has been very busy for our small team working towards the declaration of Biosphere Reserve for our area, participating in...More

Reviewed 13 November 2017 via mobile

I had a great 3-day/2-night stay at the eco lodge. We went hiking, bird-watching, and night-walking. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and fun to learn from. I wish I would have had another day. The accommodations were excellent — spacious and clean. The food was...More

1  Thank Diantha W
Reviewed 3 October 2017

This place was incredible. We camped there for one night and had the greatest time. It was basically glamping!! With two big palapas with a big fire pit and picnic tables and benches and also a second palapa with a sink, grill, and firewood! It...More

Thank cori_jo1
wisearth, Manager at Maquipucuna Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Cori_jo1 thank you for your generous review. We are so happy you lived Maquipucuna's magic.

Reviewed 9 August 2017

I was studying abroad and was fortunate enough to stay in Maqui for a week. Originally, I thought, "how am I supposed to spend a week here?" In the end, I tried to hold onto Maqui as long as possible before leaving. The staff is...More

2  Thank ska53792
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

Very friendly lodge. Nice hikes done with spotting of Quetzal, Trogon, motmot and many beautiful butterflies. Interesting explanation of the many different insects close by

Thank Richard M
Reviewed 29 May 2017

We saw a large variety of birds including hummingbirds, toucans and woodpeckers. Lovely walks through the cloud forest and along the river.

Thank ashryn
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed 2 wonderful days in the Eco Lodge and the reserve and relished every minute. A fabulous experience only 2 hours away from the buzzing megacity of Quito. A large variety of birds from tiny colibris to big aras, the profound knowledge of our...More

1  Thank DoRoVanBonn
Reviewed 12 January 2017

This a solid conservation project that is preserving thousands of acres of cloud forest, opportunities to see Andean spectacled bears, birds and enjoy comfortable rooms at the lodge.

2  Thank MarkThurber
Reviewed 9 January 2017

It was a wonderful nature experience and we arrived just in time for the Spectacled Bears. For those who have a few spare days in Quito but would prefer to be in the jungle rather than the city, Maquipucana is perfect. It's only around two...More

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12 March 2017|
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Response from wisearth | Property representative |
Yes! Maquipucuna offers transfers to and from Quito's hotels, airport or airport hotels, and Otavalo and farms up to 2 hrs from Quito.
19 April 2016|
Response from wisearth | Property representative |
He have had day trips; however we don't encourage them because it takes 2:30 hours to travel each way from Quito's center. It can be done, it's a beautiful trip, but you will not see as many birds past 8 in the morning. Have... More