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Maquipucuna Cloud Forest Reserve

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Address: Baquerizo E 9-153, Quito 170150, Ecuador
Phone Number:
+593 99 421 8033
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

The most unique cloudforest in the Andes, Maquipucuna offers easy to...

The most unique cloudforest 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 started on December 7, 2016 and is expected to last through the first week in February. 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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If you are planning a trip to Ecuador then Maquipucuna ecolodge should be on your list of places to stay! I stayed here for 10 days on a tropical semester in 2014. I loved it so... read more

Reviewed 13 March 2016
Tanja W
Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 13 March 2016

If you are planning a trip to Ecuador then Maquipucuna ecolodge should be on your list of places to stay! I stayed here for 10 days on a tropical semester in 2014. I loved it so much that I had to return this time bringing my husband. The staff is so friendly and the food is amazing! This is not... More 

4 Thank Tanja W
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Reviewed 30 January 2016

My stay was such fun, a perfect trip for the outdoors-lovers! The food was delicious and they catered to my gluten intolerance with the greatest of ease. I was hesitant about some noodles in my soup only to realize they were rice noodles, specially prepared for me! I haven't had service that catered to my allergies like that yet, after... More 

2 Thank Melissa E
Kehl, Germany
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Reviewed 17 January 2016

I stayed in Maquipucuna for 2 nights. The travel from Quito was organized for free.It was a great experience because of all the nature and the birds and other interesting animals. The workers there are amazing and really take care of you. The birdwatcher guide was amazing explaining me about birds. On both days in the morning we went to... More 

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wisearth, Manager at Maquipucuna Cloud Forest Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! we are happy to be able to understand and accommodate our visitors needs and preferences. Our vegan, gluten free carrot cake is one of our new favorite recipes :) The cacao beans for the chocolate massage is cacao arriba and come directly from our conservation partners in the Playa de Oro community, so it is... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2015

We stayed at Maquipucuna for three nights recently and would have probably been happier staying two, mostly because in general we prefer more independent travel. We have some lovely memories of Maquipucuna and appreciated the friendly and helpful staff. We were disappointed by what was sometimes an inability to enjoy the sounds of the forest. Maquipucuna seems to double as... More 

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wisearth, Manager at Maquipucuna Cloud Forest Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Up until the summer of 2015 we did have a large volunteer camp of international high school students coming to stay in the neighboring town and to work for a few days at the Reserve. We don't foresee such a large number of campers at the Reserve in the future. More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 August 2015 via mobile

We stayed at the lodge as a couple for four days and three nights. Maquipucuna Lodge offers packages which include a guide for unlimited walks each day, all meals, a room with a private bathroom (and HOT water, a rarity in Ecuador), unlimited boiled water for drinking and the park entrance fee. It's a very good deal - if you... More 

7 Thank Martin M
Quito, Ecuador
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Reviewed 13 August 2015

I had the chance to visit this ecological reserve and was a wonderful experience. I highly recommend for travelers who prefer nature than cityscapes. They have conserve a beautiful pristine tropical rain forest close to Quito. You have some small waterfalls where you can go swim and have some fun. perfect for bird watching.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2015

We hiked the Maquipucuna Cloud Forest Reserve on the 1st day with our tour group. I am in great shape and had numerous people with us of various ages. I did find the hike to be a bit difficult because it was steep and muddy, but enjoyed the waterfalls and the interesting bird that we saw that is only to... More 

3 Thank Michele S
Santa Rosa, California
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Reviewed 10 July 2015

We liked the lodge built out of Gaudua bamboo, the comfortable beds and large walk-in shower, plus good food in the outdoor dining area above the river. Several great trails go into the cloud forest. Be sure to have one of the guides point out the birds; many are hard to see. Birding along the road is great too. The... More 

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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed 31 May 2015

This is a private reserve with a lovely small and intimate lodge located on the private reserve. Birdwatching and hiking through the cloud forest are the major activities. The guides are very nice even to those of us who do not know a toucan from a parrot. There are three meals a day served in a nice open air restaurant.... More 

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Lima, Peru
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Reviewed 27 May 2015

This is a superb remedy for stress - to be surrounded by natural, beautiful and fascinating things that fill your senses... All your needs are taken care of by experienced locals - all you have to do is enjoy; the lodge is consistently rustic done well, the food is organic, interesting and tasty, the hammocks are great for relaxing to... More 

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