Welcome to Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve & Lodge Tandayapa , Ecuador

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.

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...

I had a wonderful three night stay at Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve! My room was beautifully decorated, looking directly out into the trees so that I was able to enjoy the bird life right from the comfort of my bed. The food in the restaurant was delicious and plentiful, as well. But the very best and memorable thing about Bellavista was my bird guide. This clever young man is a true expert! In a short 5 hours, he helped me to add no less than 48 new species to my life list! I told him what I wanted to see, and he took me to the right spots to see them. That’s almost 10 birds per hour!

C. M Van Cleve