Maquipucuna cloud forest lodge, Ecuador
Description of Maquipucuna cloud forest lodge, Ecuador
This ecotourism cloud forest lodge is only 80kms from Quito, yet in another world. Three days at Maquipucuna gives plenty of time to fully immerse yourself in the Ecuadorian cloud forest where the lodge is located. Not just a lodge, however, Maquipucuna Reserve has a scientific research centre benefitting from the 15,000 acres of forest that it owns. And no ordinary forest either, but part of the Choco Andean Bioregion, one of the world’s leading biodiversity hotspots.
Not surprisingly, therefore, it is flora and fauna rich, and guides can take you hiking or biking through the forest in search of its bevy of birdlife, including toucanets and cock-of-the-rock. Other wildlife includes spectacled bears, armadillo and even puma. Our guides also lead trips to the ancient archaeological ruins at Yumbo.
The Maquipicuna Foundation was founded in 1988 as a local non-profit, with a mission to research and study biodiversity conservation and sustainable resource management in Ecuador. We are delighted to host scientists and naturalists from all over the world, as well as volunteers who want to help out for a longer period. For those guests who want to immerse themselves fully in this biodiverse beauty, we also have camping facilities. Chilling in hammocks and river swimming are all part of the Maquipucuna remit too, of course.