Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge & Reserve is the first private ecological reserve in Ecuador to be included in the National System of Protected Areas (SNAP)
Nature Discovery & Birding Paradise Lodge
Bellavista was set up in the 1990s by Richard and Gloria, a Colombian - British couple who had been living for some years in Ecuador. Gloria, mother of two by her first marriage, once ran a boutique in Quito city and was the main contributor to the first Colombian tourism guidebook to Ecuador. Richard was first a Galapagos naturalist guide in the 1980s, working later after doing a Masters degree in USA, for College Semester Abroad programmes for US undergraduates, both here in Ecuador, and in Madagascar.