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Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve

Quito, Ecuador tel: +(593) 2-2901536 | info@bellavistacloudforest.com | www.bellavistacloudforest.com

Birding Ecuador

Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge and Reserve is a birding and wildlife tourism project  built on sound ecotourism foundations.  Always looking with a view to long-term conservation of the forest, they strive to have a low impact on natural resources, and a strong impact on people´s awareness of the value of such a cloud forest. Bellavista protects rare species, acts as a source of clean water for lower-lying areas, and importantly also is a place in nature to enjoy, to bird, to relax, and to discover comfort and good food.

Naturalist/birding guide service is key to what Bellavista offer, and this service is included in all the transport-inclusive packages. Guides will lead you on hikes of discovery along the extensive trail system into primary and secondary forest, discovering birds, orchids, bromeliads and the ecosystem of the cloud forest. Exclusive bird guides are always available to enhance your birding Ecuador experience. And again, if you want to explore alone, this is perfectly safe (no wildlife dangers!) on the well-marked trails.

Ecuador Eco Lodge

The Eco Lodge offers 17 rooms, which includes 4 superior rooms with vast views towards Pichincha Volcano and 13 “standard” rooms, which are in reality anything but standard, since they have a Bamboo house,  a half-timbered Trailhead / German house, the Tandayapa Suite, Pichincha “Suite”and rooms in their original and emblematic Geodesic Dome. All ecolodge rooms offer great views!  Rooms include en suites, and have tea / coffee making facilities.  Shared bath is also offered in the Dome for the budget-minded and camping is an option too. Student study groups will enjoy the Research Station/Hosteling on offer.

Guests can regard the Lodge as a home base from which to plan and organise their own birding and wildlife excursions, both within its private reserve, and beyond in the surrounding region of northwestern Ecuador. (Activities and excursions can be pre-arranged, or arranged on the spot).

Cock-of-the –Rock & Antpitta Discovery

 
This full day Birding trip goes to a Cock-of-the-Rock lek an early morning  drive from Download Itinerary

Bellavista Discovery Packages

 
From a day trip to 3 days 2 nights (or longer), these packages offer a naturalist’s Download Itinerary

Birding Bonanza

 
A 4 day tour based at Bellavista Lodge, with its Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan, Masked Download Itinerary

Northwestern Ecuador Birds Galore

 
This 5 day tour of the Birding Bonanza adds a night away from  Bellavista for birding at Download Itinerary

Back Roads Bird Roads

 
A 10 day tour to maximise the experience of northwestern Ecuador’s avian diversity! Download Itinerary
For more birding Ecuador and eco lodge experiences visit the Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge and Reserve website
Please note the Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve reserves the right to change listed pricing anytime at their discretion.  Please contact them directly to confirm.

Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan

 
This turquoise toucan is range-restricted to our elevation in northwestern Ecuador and its

Olinguito

 
The delightful Olinguito, which is the first new mammal to be discovered to science in the

Violet-tailed Sylph
Hummingbird

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The male, with its long, violet tail, stuns all visitors. The female, with just a short tail,

Masked Trogon

Masked Trogon
 
This bird literally sits peacefully on a branch, or on a fence post, right near visitors. Its

Toucan Barbet

Toucan Barbet
 
The duet call of this ridiculously colourful bird is one of the iconic calls of Bellavista Cloud Forest.

Ocellated Tapaculo

 
Tapaculos are normally known to be skulking, loud-voiced and dull in colour. Meet the

Tanager-Finch

Tanager-Finch
 
The first discovery of a nest of this iconic bird was made in Bellavista Reserve in 1997.

Booted Racket tail
Hummingbird

Booted Racket tail Hummingbird
 
Tiny with a tail that ends with two “rackets”, the male of this species stuns the observer

Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager

Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager
 
The bright yellow of this confiding bird captures the awe of all observers!

Strong-billed Woodcreeper

Strong-billed Woodcreeper
 
The long down-curved bill of this unusually large Woodcreeper pries insects

Other Ecuador Wildlife

A variety of orchids adorn the trees, and huge bromeliads are found in great abundance high in the trees. Every amateur naturalist will be amazed by the shapes, colours and sheer diversity of moths at Bellavista. In 2015, an Austrian entomologist discovered 70 species of Noctuidae moths new to science in nine months.

Frogs are masters of mimesis, camouflage, so expect to lose them in the leaf litter of the forest floor as soon as you have found them! So too are unexpected lizards. Poisonous snakes are not an issue at Bellavista, but let yourself be surprised by the truly giant worms that occasionally reveal themselves!!

And another species of the weird, Caecilians are found at Bellavista: limbless and blind, incredibly slick to the touch, they look like silvery worms but are in fact amphibians!

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Conservation is Bellavista´s driving force. Bellavista is a pioneer of cloud forest preservation and conservation in the Tandayapa Valley, and among the first to conserve such forest in the northwest of Ecuador´s Pichincha province.  As the Eco Lodge grew (and grows), so too the number of hectares preserved from deforestation, or recuperated from cattle grazing (to date, 700 hectares , close to 2000 acres, protected) .

Hand in hand with purchasing forest to secure its long-term conservation, and protection of wildlife habitat, are the efforts to offer guided visits with a broad philosophy of  interactive education.  And people resident in the region have, through Bellavista´s efforts,  learnt new ways of living with the forest. Bellavista´s influence has convinced many individuals to change from a forest-resource-extractive way of life, to efforts and jobs that on the contrary allow the forest to survive, creation of reserves, wildlife observation activities, etc.

All studies conducted at a reserve like Bellavista give further importance to its conservation ideals. Bellavista has a small research station and welcomes research scientists to discover more about the little-known cloud forest ecosystem, and its little –studied wildlife and plants. New species are being discovered (70 new species of Noctuidae moths in 2015!)

Student groups of a variety of ages are welcome to stay and receive study programmes, with the help of Bellavista, but usually run by the guest institution.

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