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.
For anyone who seeks to immerse him or herself 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.
Bellavista Lodge offers to the guests a unique stay above the forest canopy! Some prefer our 4-storey geodesic dome, while others prefer our unusual Bamboo House, the half-timbered Trailhead House, or our secluded San Luis house. And for the budget-minded, we offer our Research Station / Hostel or camping options.
The 360 degree view from the dome allows you to gaze upon the rugged peaks of Pichincha and Cotacachi in the distance. You can also sit out on your private balcony and observe the magical activity of the forests.
The lodge has an excellent network of trails, over 10 km in length, ranging from easy to genuine adventure.
The Lodge has 4 waterfalls on the property of 700 hectares, all deep in the forest and truly beautiful.
In this lofty paradise you can lie in bed and watch the sun rise over Bellavista or watch the mist lift from the deep valleys below.
The Lodge offers all the comforts of home: hot showers, comfortable beds, friendly staff, plenty of relaxation, and delicious food. Our kitchen staff provides the finest in Ecuadorian and international cuisine (vegetarian, trout, chicken – red meat not usually offered) and refreshments. Full board and individual meals are provided.
Our different houses offer single, double, triple and family rooms with private baths and balconies. There is also a dormitory-style, shared bath accommodation, with 360 degree views and a large balcony!
If you want to be alone in your forest cabin, you can stay in San Luis House, located 30 minutes hike from the main area of the lodge but we of course offer shuttles at no cost and as needed.
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