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Why Visit Bellavista Lodge and Its Protected Area?

A unique lodging experience with spacious superior rooms, attractive wood / bamboo based rooms, or the quirky pie-shaped rooms of the Dome. Camping also possible.

Recognized as a Sustainable Ecotourism enterprise. Bellavista was the pioneer of ecotourism in our region!

 Discover  a fabled “cloud forest” – different from the Amazon, but equally a rain forest – technically a “subtropical montane rain forest”. Over 400 hectares (4 square km) directly owned by us, and we help protect a further 300 hectares!

You are visiting the first private reserve to become protected by the nation: Bellavista Private Protected Area (APPB). And we are in the core zone of the Andean Choco of Pichincha Biosphere Reserve (UNESCO) !

Find a huge variety of colourful birds, and rare mammals(including the Olinguito , pictured here, only discovered toscience in 2013!) Strange insects too!

Birds include the Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan, MaskedTrogon, Ocellated Tapaculo, Tanager-Finch, and myriadHummingbirds such as the range-restricted Gorgeted Sunangel.

Hummingbirds on your finger-tips! Discover the delicate touch of a hummingbird as it lands on your fingers!

Great trails into the forest for exploring , birding, wildlife
discovery or true adventure!

Hike safely in a forest where danger does not lurk. Explore with our renowned naturalist guides, our dedicated birding guides, or alone on our well-marked network of trails.

Choice international and national dishes are the speciality of
our “Sunrise View” restaurant – vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan all catered for. With a direct view to Pichincha Volcano!

Family friendly! Give your children the chance to discover the
hidden wonders of this cloud forest – and the chance to be free!

Photographers paradise: great wildlife photography in a safe

Delight in the delicate beauty of orchids or in the outrageous
blooms of bromeliads​.

Are you a student or a university professor? Enquire about our special options for study programmes or specific research. (In 9 months, 70 new species of Noctuidae moths new to science were discovered in Bellavista ´s APPB! ).

Meet the nightlife: Olinguito, the Kinkajoo and others in the
trees behind the restaurant in the evening.

Take a day trip or a trip lasting few days to explore the
biodiverse northwest beyond our Protected Area.


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Conservation & Bellavista Reserve

Bellavista Reserve is a founding member of the Network of Private Protected Forests of Ecuador, and collaborates with local conservation organizations, working to preserve the cloud forest of Northwestern Ecuador for the unique and fascinating species that live there, and for educational, recreational and scientific purposes.

The wonderful news is that many Ecuadorians are becoming more aware of the importance of their unique natural heritage and are increasingly concerned about its conservation.

Our work as a Reserve is to help protect this amazing ecosystem and all the species that are part of it.

Recent efforts include being actively involved in the "Corridor of the Spectacled Bear" - a conservation effort directed towards education about the edology and needs of the Spectacled Bear, and conservation of its habitat in our northwestern Pichincha region. 

Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO

The Andean Choco of PIchincha, where Bellavista is located, was declared as Ecuador´s newest Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, in July 2018.

The region is incredibly rich in wildlife, with some 270 species of mammals, 210 reptiles, over 500 species of birds and 130 amphibians. Bellavista´s 700 hectare (2000 acre) reserve is itself home to the Spectacled Bear, the Olinguito (only discovered to science in 2013) and birds such as the Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan, Ocellated Tapaculo, White-faced Nunbird, Gorgeted Sunangel and Violet-tailed Sylph Hummingbirds, not to mention lots of orchids, and moths including the Noctuidae family, of which 70 new species were discovered in 2015 -2016!.

The high biodiversity and endemism of the cloud forest, along with that of the Amazon and the Galapagos, make Ecuador a BIODIVERSITY HOTSPOT.

Moreover, the declaration of our immediate region as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is also due to the strong ongoing efforts towards conservation, sustainable tourism, sustainable agriculture, and sustainable development projects within our region. 


The Orchids

Orchids (Orchidaceae) are among the most admired plants in the world due to their elegant and beautiful shapes, and also because of their colours, and their usually delightful  fragrance. Their greatest diversity is found in the eastern and western tropical and subtropical zones of Ecuador. 

The great majority of orchids live on trees, as epiphytes, where they can comfortably receive heat, light and moist tropical air, hence their profusion in the cloud forest where the frequent mists keep the trees humid; others prefer rocks semi-covered with moss, while other orchids choose to grow at ground level, often under the shade of a big tree.

World-wide, it is calculated that about one in every ten species of plants is an orchid. Here in Ecuador, about one out of every four plants is an orchid! Ecuador has some 4200 species of orchids, but this may be a low estimate.

World-wide, there are something between 30.000 and 35.000 species. About 800 new species of orchids are said to be discovered every year!!