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Welcome to Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve & Lodge Tandayapa , Ecuador

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'Thank you for a wonderful two days at Bellavista! Charles and I had a lovely time and your staff helped to create a very memorable experience for us. Your lodge and the surrounding property is absolutely stunning! We enjoyed watching the hummingbirds each day and taking the guided tours you provided. The staff was very friendly and accommodating and made us few very at home.'

"We had a fabulous time at the reserve! Our guide was really great with the kids. He kept them engaged while teaching them some really great stuff about the cloud forest. They especially enjoyed learning how to get water out of witch's fingers, seeing a dragon's blood tree, and discovering how to use tree fern sap as hair gel... which my son just HAD to try out. The staff even presented my daughter with a birthday cake for her 11th birthday. She said the trip to the reserve was her best birthday present ever. Thank you for such a wonderful trip." Phoenix Pearse

Bellavista is a dream come true, not just for us, but for every nature lover and bird-watcher whose imagination is stimulated by the idea of a Cloud Forest. Started by a Colombo - British couple, Gloria and Richard, in 1991, what was initially a 55 hectare reserve has now become a certified ecolodge with a 700 hectare private reserve, the land owned by Gloria and Richard and a handful of like-minded conservationists. For anyone who seeks to immerse him or her self in its mysteries, soak in its vast views, anyone who wants to discover its rare and endemic birds, orchids and other species, anyone who wants to discover true peace and wild places, anyone who loves forests, there are few places like it so easily accessible!!.

Bromeliads and orchids, hummingbirds and tanagers, toucans and antpittas, all vie for our attention, and could keep any dedicated naturalist enthused for a lifetime of observation. Add to that the sense of adventure hiking the forest trails, or deep adventure hiking up streams to reach hidden waterfalls……and you have the ingredients for a travel experience about which famed photographer Tui De Roy has said …… I will return to Bellavista again and again, because I know that here I will always find sheer magic….. .

Less than 1 hour 45 minutes from the heart of Quito city, or 1 hour from the Mitad Del Mundo Equator monument. Bellavista is a private reserve of 700 hectares, at the top of the famed Tandayapa Valley, near Mindo, in an area that has won the highest 24 hour bird count for several years in a row in the Audubon Christmas Bird Count for the Americas. By visiting Bellavista you help us and everyone to protect this habitat, hopefully for ever...