Our two-day trip is a wonderful way to become acquainted with the special environment of a cloud forest so close to Quito – only one hour 45 minutes away!

We offer our guests a unique stay in paradise, surrounded by myriads of hummingbirds and exhuberant forests!

You will enjoy our gourmet food, the fabulous views of forest and mountains, and our extensive network of safe, well-marked trails.


Day One:
6:30 AM Departure from your hotel in Quito City (Special fees apply for pick ups and drop offs at the Quito Airport or hotels nearby. Airport pick ups are available any day from 6 AM to 6 PM.)
Arrival at Bellavista and breakfast.
Guided hike
Afternoon: Forest hike – discover the ecology of this mysterious forest - and/or bird watching

Day Two:
Early morning bird walk
Guided hike to one of various waterfalls hidden deep in the forest
Afternoon: Siesta, or further hikes
3 PM departure for Quito.

Leaving Quito we descend a scenic mountain road with forested mountains and beautiful views. Reaching the turn to Bellavista, you climb to the top of the mountain, again with fabulous views, where Bellavista lodge is perched. Settle into your room, enjoy our special breakfast and see the hummingbirds. Then you are invited to join the first hike into the forest.

After a tasty lunch, you can take a guided hike with a Bellavista naturalist, or explore on your own. A guided hike will acquaint you with the exuberant vegetation (orchids, bromeliads, ferns, trees, etc) of the cloud forest, its bird life, and the fascinating adaptations to life in this special environment. The evening is relaxed; we recommend you take time to admire the incredible variety of moths, many of which are unknown to science. You can also look for night birds such as the Common Potoo!!

After a refreshing night’s sleep, an early morning bird hike in the serene morning light is well worthwhile. At 8 AM, our special Bellavista breakfast is served. Afterwards, perhaps explore on your own, or go with a guide to a waterfall! Every hike reveals something new even for those of us who are fortunate enough to live in the forest every day!!

Lunch is served at 1 pm, and afterwards you choose whether you want to take a short hike or just relax while enjoying the flight and activity of the hummingbirds.

Arrivals in Quito are espected at around 5 PM

Various types of optional excursions are offered. Please enquire with the office our your guide in Bellavista.

What to bring:
T-shirts or comfortable blouses/shirts
Sweater or fleece for the evenings
Quick drying trousers (blue jeans not recommended)
Lightweight socks
Change of clothes
Sunhat and sunscreen
Rain poncho (a few available if needed)
Rubber boots are provided – to size 47 (few pairs in large sizes). No extra cost.
Binoculars recommended (available for rent)
Water bottle for hikes
Small daypack for hikes
Flashlight and batteries
Plastic bags to protect camera, etc

What is included:
Round trip transport from/to Quito (we collect you at your hotel in Quito at 6:30 am; drop off back in Quito is
at around 5:30 PM). Important note: transfers from / to Tababela Airport or nearby hotels are available at extra cost.
All meals, starting with breakfast on day 1 and finishing with lunch on the last day.
1 night accommodation
Shared naturalist guided hikes
And taxes

  • Special fees apply for pick ups and drop offs at the Quito Airport or hotels nearby. Airport pick ups are available any day from 6 AM to 6 PM.